Dr. Gary McCullough
Associate dean of research and graduate education
Beaver College of Health Sciences
Staff Shout Out monthly drawing winner
Appalachian State University Staff Shout Out program
BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University’s Staff Shout Out program has named the winner of its January drawing — Dr. Gary McCullough, associate dean of research and graduate education in Appalachian’s Beaver College of Health Sciences (BCHS) and executive director of the university’s Blue Cross NC Institute for Health and Human Services (IHHS).
McCullough is one of 2,029 Appalachian staff members who have been recognized to date for their Shout Out-worthy service to the university.
In his January Shout Out to McCullough, Clint Coffey, business and technology applications specialist in Appalachian’s Office of Business Systems, thanked McCullough for his support of the university’s Health Promotion program, which he said “boosts campus health, wellness and morale.”
The program provides Appalachian staff, faculty, retirees and their spouses/domestic partners with information, programs and services that help to promote a healthier lifestyle and a better quality of life.
In particular, Coffey recognized the BCHS Office of the Dean and IHHS for providing continued Health Promotion services during the nearly 15-month period when the program was displaced from its location in Varsity Gym due to flood-related water damage in fall 2018.
By working closely with Appalachian Athletics and the Divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, the program continued to operate at various locations across campus, including the Leon Levin Hall of Health Sciences.
Of his Shout Out, McCullough said, “I really appreciate the acknowledgement of the great work our staff in the Institute for Health and Human Services did to keep Health Promotion going this past year. It’s awesome that so many people are excited to have it back on Appalachian’s main campus.”
The Staff Shout Out program, an informal recognition initiative created by Staff Senate’s Staff Recognition Committee, aims to highlight Appalachian staff members for their positive contributions to the university. The committee works to improve employee engagement and encourage an environment of support and appreciation.
Examples of actions for which Appalachian staff members have received Shout Outs:
- Going above and beyond to help a fellow co-worker or student.
- Picking up trash on campus grounds just because.
- Encouraging recycling among officemates.
- Having an infectious positive attitude.
- Taking initiative.
- Helping a co-worker complete a task voluntarily.
- Random acts of kindness.
Recipients of a Shout Out are notified the month following their nomination and receive a card detailing why they were nominated, which is handwritten and personally delivered by a member of Staff Senate. Each recipient is also entered into a monthly drawing for a gift from the University Bookstore.
McCullough will receive a gift from the University Bookstore as part of his drawing prize.
To view a complete list of January Staff Shout Out recipients, click here. For lists of Appalachian staff members who have received a Shout Out to date, visit https://staffsenate.appstate.edu/committees/staff-recognition.
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About the Beaver College of Health Sciences
Appalachian's Beaver College of Health Sciences opened in 2010 as the result of a strategic university commitment to significantly enhance the health and quality of life for individuals, families and communities in North Carolina and beyond. In 2015, the college was named for an Appalachian alumnus and pioneer in the health care industry — Donald C. Beaver ’62 ’64 of Conover. The college offers nine undergraduate degree programs and seven graduate degree programs, which are organized into six departments: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Health and Exercise Science; Nursing; Nutrition and Health Care Management; Recreation Management and Physical Education; and Social Work. Learn more at https://healthsciences.appstate.edu.
About the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services connects Appalachian State University to the community by supporting health and wellness research, interprofessional clinics and community outreach programs. The institute partners with the community to better prepare students to become exceptional practitioners who will continue to address health issues and disparities throughout the region and beyond. Learn more at https://ihhs.appstate.edu.
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 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.