BOONE, N.C. — The Appalachian State University Alumni Association recognized its 2019 Alumni Awards winners at a luncheon held on Appalachian’s campus Friday, Oct. 18, as part of the university’s homecoming celebrations. The annual Alumni Awards honor graduates who are outstanding representatives of Appalachian through work, service and philanthropy.
Avery B. Hall Sr. ’93 and Ronald “Steve” Norwood ’80 each received a 2019 Outstanding Service Award, which recognizes individuals for their exceptional service to the university. Jonathan Kappler ’05 received the 2019 Young Alumni Award, which is given to individuals under 40 years of age for their exceptional service to the university and accomplishments in their career.
Hall, a 1999 Appalachian Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, is a member of the Appalachian State University Foundation Inc. Board of Directors and has previously served on the university’s Board of Trustees. He is senior vice president/commercial banking lender at Wells Fargo in Greensboro.
Norwood, who is founder and CEO of Consolidated Asset Recovery Systems, serves on Appalachian’s Transportation Insight for Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. His 2016 donation initiated the Appalachian Student Venture Fund, enabling students to launch start-ups while promoting local and regional economic development.
Kappler, who serves as chief of staff to the state’s deputy secretary for behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities, is a past president of Appalachian’s Alumni Association and has served on numerous university advisory boards.
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The Appalachian State University Alumni Association consists of more than 130,000 living Appalachian alumni. Membership is free and open to all graduates of Appalachian. The association’s mission is to help alumni remember their Appalachian Experience and stay connected with current Mountaineers, and to work to ensure that those experiences are available for future Appalachian alumni by raising support for the Alumni Memorial Scholarship and The Appalachian Fund.
About Appalachian State University
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 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.