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Article Published: Mar. 3, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Appalachian Cultural Museum to remain closed

Appalachian State University has announced that the Appalachian Cultural Museum will not reopen.
The museum was displaced from University Hall, located off Blowing Rock Road, in March 2006 to make room for ASU's Institute for Health and Human Services.

Efforts from stakeholders, a building search committee, community members and local government, including the Boone Town Council, which considered housing the museum on the Horn in the West property, yielded little success.

Artifacts from the collection that were not reclaimed by their donors remained in storage in the old Belk Library.

According to an ASU news release, the university will instead move some of the collection's pieces to other campus collections and strategically place other artifacts with regional non-profits.

"Our focus and plan will provide a clear strategy for the future study and preservation of Appalachian mountain culture," said Dr. Anthony Calamai, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "We realized some things could not continue as they had in the past, and there are positive and important opportunities to be gained through the changes.

"Some objects from the collection can be employed by campus programs in living history demonstrations or as teaching tools for students interested in careers in museums or historic sites. Partnering with other regional museums will ensure artifacts will be available to an even wider and more diverse audience."

Officials said the plan "reaffirms and extends (ASU's) commitment to the study and preservation of Appalachian culture," focusing on the university's efforts and resources on academics and specialized collections, and that the museum's collection "will have a new life and a strong impact."
Former Appalachian Cultural Museum curator Chuck Watkins declined comment.

ARHS and UNC Cancer Resource Network team up

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System has entered into an affiliate agreement with University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center's UNC Cancer Resource Network.

This agreement allows the Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center to participate as a study site for clinical research trials, which may afford cancer patients in the High Country more treatment options.

One of the advantages of the affiliation is the use of UNC-CH's Institutional Review Board, which provides the essential elements of experienced research support staff, technology and principal investigators, as well as a variety of potential clinical research studies based on specific patient population and cancer types.

In the past, patients that have been interested in pursuing treatment options offered via clinical trials, needed to travel "off the mountain" to participate in such alternatives.

For more information, contact research nurse Teresa Callahan at (828) 268-5526.

To learn more about Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center, visit

TRCS announces K-8 Spanish program

In a budgetary time when many elementary schools' foreign language programs are facing deep cuts, Two Rivers Community School (TRCS) announces that, as of this year, all of its students (K-8) are now recieving instruction in Spanish.

TRCS kindergarten instructor Vicki Krueger was born in Puerto Rico and has long given her kindergartners all of her native Spanish that she could fit into her daily curriculum.

Last year, two bilingual staff members joined Two Rivers, and director June Gilch saw an opportunity. Middle grades science teacher Jessica Gilway and fifth grade teacher Michael Gelbart taught in a dual language school in South America for three years before they came to TRCS.

Gilch brought the three teachers together and they put together a Spanish language instruction program for all students.

According to longitudinal bilingual education researchers Virginia Collier and Wayne Thomas, learning two languages has many cognitive benefits for children, such as enhanced creativity, analytical thinking and listening skills.

Their work has also shown that learning two languages at a young age makes it easier to learn a third and fourth language down the road. It also opens the door to understanding other cultures and increases employment opportunites in today's globally connected workplace.

For more information on TRCS, a tuition-free charter school, visit or call (828) 262-5411.

MTV says WASU rocks

Thousands of votes cast and it comes down to this.

WASU, 90.5, Appalachian's own radio station, is officially in the top five.

It's the Woodie Awards, and MTV aims to recognize one radio station.

If station manager Brittney Tensi has anything to say about it, that station will be WASU.
"This is huge," she said. "We were nominated last year but we didn't make it past the top 25."
Voting ended Monday. Thursday, MTV calls the station to let them know who won.

Listen at 2 p.m. for the official announcement. WASU can be heard on 90.5 FM and around the world at

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