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BOONE — Paul A. Brown of Salisbury has been named to a three-year term on Appalachian State University’s Board of Visitors.
The 24-member board advises and assists members of Appalachian’s Board of Trustees and Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock on public policy matters that impact the university. The Board of Visitors also advises and assists with the university’s fund-raising activities and needs, and helps communicate the university’s mission and accomplishments.
Brown received a bachelor of science in business administration (BSBA) from Appalachian’s Walker College of Business in 1981.
Brown is vice president of sales for SLT LLC, an energy savings product and technology company, and member/manager of Better Building Products LLC, manufacturers of structural insulated panels. From 2000-2010, he was vice president of W.A. Brown & Son Inc., manufacturers and suppliers of walk in coolers and walk in freezers.
He has served on the Rowan County Economic Development Commission, was a trustee of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, and has been active in the Rowan Chamber of Commerce.
Do you know a junior or senior in the 2013-2014 academic year with a passion for the environment and the natural world? Invite them to explore the concept of environmental leadership this summer at Catawba College’s Center for the Environment!
The National Environmental Summit for High School Students will be held July 9-13 on the Catawba College campus. We have an impressive facility with a 189-acre Ecological Preserve (home to 150 different bird species and 175 plant species), green building facilities, and renovated LEED Certified dorms. The summit will offer ample informal and formal learning opportunities with students from across the nation.
Diverse Focus Groups will be led by college professors. Last year’s focus groups included topics on Economics, Invasive Species, Blogging, and Education through Theatre. The 2012 blog can be viewed at http://redesigning2012.blogspot.com/.
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) will lead workshops on Whole Systems Thinking and Collaboration. Visit www.rmi.org to learn more about RMI.
Learn more about this opportunity by visiting www.centerfortheenvironment.org. Please contact Sarah Moore for more information at samoore@catawba.edu or 704-637-4727.
Salisbury Academy offers camp programs for children entering junior kindergarten through rising ninth-grade students. Children do not have to attend the school to enroll in camp programs.
Seven weeks of sessions are offered beginning June 10 and ending July 26, with both morning and afternoon sessions. The program also offers flexible drop-off and pick-up schedules. Families may select from a variety of morning and afternoon session options or combine both for a full-day program.
Included in the camp schedule this summer are options such as athletic camps, academic camps, art camps, Spanish cooking, speaking and immersion camps and more. New this year, the school has added camps including Wild About Birds, American Girl History and Mind Your Manners. Back by popular demand will be the Big Splash camp each Friday. For a complete camp schedule, visit www.salisburyacademy.org. Registration is open.
Salisbury Academy launched a new website recently, with an interactive calendar and a new look to go along with the new logo and tag line developed earlier this school year as part of their 20th anniversary celebration. The new site may be accessed by visiting www.salisburyacademy.org.
“The Salisbury Academy website is another great communication tool for our families,” said Head of School Diane Fisher. “This new site is more interactive and will be a vehicle for existing and new families to get information and learn more about all that we have to offer.”
The new website, designed by Miller Davis Inc. and hosted by RenWeb, includes downloadable forms, online giving and interactive calendars.
Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) students at China Grove Elementary participated in a wax museum on Jan. 31. Fourth- and fifth-grade students researched famous people and prepared a two-minute memorized speech.
Students performed their memorized speeches when a monetary donation was given by visitors. Characters such as Henry Ford, Sacagawea, Babe Ruth and Marie Curie shared their most notable successes with visitors from kindergarten through fifth grade. The AIG students raised more than $160 from the event which will be given to the Rowan County Humane Society.

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