BOONE, N.C. — This year, the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees awarded W.H. Plemmons Leadership Medallions to four individuals of the Appalachian Community, recognizing their efforts to provide campus leadership for students.
During the Celebration of Leadership and Legacy awards ceremony held April 20 in the university’s Plemmons Student Union, the medallions were conferred to the following recipients:
Elaine “Lainey” Everly ’18, of Old Fort, who holds a BFA in studio art and a B.S. in sustainable development from Appalachian — W.H. Plemmons Leadership Scholar category.
Nicole Flournory ’18, of Raleigh, who holds a B.S. in communication sciences and disorders — student leader category.
Patrick Setzer, executive director of alumni affairs and annual giving in the Appalachian Alumni Association — staff category.
Keith Martin, the John M. Blackburn Distinguished Professor of Theatre in Appalachian’s Department of Theatre and Dance — faculty category.
Leroy Wright, associate vice chancellor for student affairs, served as chair of the 2017–18 W.H. Plemmons Medallion Committee, and J.J. Brown, vice chancellor for student affairs, conferred the awards.
The W.H. Plemmons Leadership Medallion, named in honor of Appalachian’s second president, Dr. William H. Plemmons, is presented annually to members of the Appalachian Community by the Appalachian Board of Trustees, which established the award in 1996.
The award, which is the highest award of its kind on campus, was created to recognize the time, energy, skills and commitment of students, faculty, student affairs educators and staff who exceed their peers in providing leadership that enriches the quality of student life and advances the education of students.
Each year nominations are sought from Appalachian students and university employees. These nominations are then reviewed, and a recommendation is made to the Board of Trustees for recipients of this award. Nominations may be made in the following categories:
A student leader who has provided distinguished leadership above that of other student leaders.
A student affairs educator within the Division of Student Affairs for meritorious leadership in his or her work to enrich the quality of student life and learning.
A member of the faculty who has provided meritorious leadership through his or her work with student clubs or organizations, or work that enriches the quality of student life and learning outside the classroom.
An employee of Appalachian who has provided meritorious leadership that has significantly enriched the quality of student life and learning outside the classroom.
More about the 2017–18 Plemmons Leadership Medallion recipients
Elaine “Lainey” Everly ’18
W.H. Plemmons Leadership Scholar category
Everly, who is from Old Fort, graduated in May with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art and a Bachelor of Science in sustainable development with a concentration in environmental sciences.
She was selected from the university’s Plemmons Leadership Scholars as the W.H. Plemmons Leadership Medallion recipient for the 2017–18 academic year.
During her time at Appalachian, Everly has served as a student coordinator for the university’s Sustained Dialogue program and was a part of the Plemmons Student Union’s student leadership team.
In their comments on Everly’s selection, the award committee said, “She is passionate, dedicated, and immensely talented. Her passions are connected to people, sustainability, and creating beauty around her.
“As a Plemmons Leadership Scholar, Lainey has shown an unwavering dedication to the program and the success of her peers. She is always present and always engaged. She is the clear leader of the senior class cohort, both in communication towards others in her class and serving as a mentor to younger Plemmons Leadership Scholars.”
Nicole Flournory ’18
Student leader category
Flournory, of Raleigh, graduated from Appalachian in May and holds a Bachelor of Science in communication sciences and disorders with a minor in Spanish.
Her nominator wrote, “She has been a rock when those around her have needed her. She has succeeded in serving as a voice for many who may not know how best to use their own. She is one who has risen to the need and will continue to raise the bar of expectations.”
While at Appalachian, Flournory served as president of the university’s Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. chapter and as a student coordinator for Appalachian’s Sustained Dialogue program.
Of Flournory’s leadership, one reference wrote, “Nichole has proven herself time and again in her leadership ability with her sorority, her NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council) community, as a student union supervisor, and as a part of the Campus Activities summer student staff. She has done all of this while maintaining a 3.62 GPA.
“Nicole manages her commitments with great poise, leads by proud example, and exemplifies loyalty to her sorority and institution daily through her actions.”
Patrick Setzer ’90 ’98
Setzer is executive director of alumni affairs and annual giving for the Appalachian Alumni Association. He is a two-time graduate of the university, earning his Bachelor of Science in communications in 1990 and a Master of Arts in higher education in 1998.
Patrick’s nominator wrote, “I have continually watched Patrick go above and beyond for Appalachian and our students. I know that his leadership has enriched my life and the lives of so many Appalachian students. Fostering relationships comes so naturally to him, and often this support for students extends far beyond their time at Appalachian.”
Setzer’s nominator called his leadership style “not only effective, but truly life-changing.”
“The students Patrick work with go on to become champions for Appalachian after graduation, often giving back to the university generously through their time, talents, and financial gifts," the nominator said. "It is no coincidence that more than a dozen of the students who grew under Patrick’s leadership now serve on major university boards, are leaders in their local alumni chapters, or are employed in key leadership roles on campus.”
Martin is the John M. Blackburn Distinguished Professor of Theatre in Appalachian’s Department of Theatre and Dance. He has coordinated student trips to the university’s loft in New York City to attend Broadway and off-Broadway musical productions, as well as planned and led student trips to numerous regional theatres, such as the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte; the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia; the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia; the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte; and the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.
Additionally, Martin is an internship coordinator for the department, connecting students with professionals in both the High Country and across the nation. He serves as a musical theatre coach and a director for department productions, and he has been a facilitator of professional experiences for students in prominent regional and national theatres, such as The American Theatre Wing, Barter Theatre and SpringboardNYC, among others.
Martin’s nominator wrote, “There are many lenses through which I could address Keith’s outstanding contributions to the department and university. But, in consideration of the Plemmons Medallion criteria, I focus here on perhaps his most important one as a faculty member: service to our students and connecting them to the community and beyond.
“The experiences that he creates in service to our students are above and beyond expectations — a direct result of his mentorship and determination. He is dedicated to seeing our students leave Appalachian with every professional advantage available to them.”
The Appalachian State University Board of Trustees is a 13-member body that promotes the development of the institution within the functions prescribed by the UNC Board of Governors. The board serves as advisor to the Board of Governors on matters pertaining to the university and also serves as advisor to the chancellor concerning the management and development of Appalachian. The powers and duties of the Board of Trustees are primarily defined and delegated by the Board of Governors. Individuals are appointed to four-year terms by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the UNC Board of Governors. Included as a voting member of the board is the president of Appalachian’s Student Government Association. The president of Appalachian’s Alumni Council and chairs of the Faculty Senate and Staff Senate serve as ex officio constituency representatives to the board. Learn more at http://chancellor.appstate.edu/bot.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational 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 embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.