Student members of Tri Beta Biology Honors Society and the Department of Biology at Appalachian State University have planted two trees on campus in honor of their former biology professor, Dr. Mary Connell. Connell, who taught at Appalachian, died unexpectedly in December 2014. “Dr. Connell dedicated 40 years of her life to the advancement of Appalachian students. She was a highly regarded teacher, a valued colleague and a dear friend. She is very much missed by all who knew her,” said Dr. Sue L. Edwards, chair of the Department of Biology. The evergreen trees were planted in a location that overlooks Connell’s former research and teaching laboratories in Rankin Science Building. (Photo by Marie Freeman)
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As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
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