An Appalachian State University student’s action performing CPR on an unresponsive classmate this February has earned her the American Red Cross’ highest award, the Certificate of Merit. Amanda Buffa, a senior special education major from New Bern, received the award during a ceremony Monday, Nov. 12, in the Plemmons Student Union Solarium on campus.
The American Red Cross, Appalachian State University students and representatives of the Boone Fire Department teamed up with the goal of visiting 167 households in two mobile home communities. They were to install free, 10-year life smoke alarms. Toys and disaster activity books were also distributed to the children.
For senior Amanda Buffa, her February day of class in Appalachian’s Reich College of Education started out as normal. Then, when one of her classmates collapsed and became unresponsive, her CPR skills were put to the test.
For North Carolina native and Appalachian alumnus Brock Long ’97 ’99, Hurricane Florence is personal. Long, who grew up in Newton, was 14 in 1989 the night Hurricane Hugo swept in, toppling trees and damaging buildings.
According to Chancellor Sheri Everts, Appalachian’s Emergency Management, Physical Plant, Food Services, Housing, Parking and Traffic, and many other campus units are preparing for the potential impacts of severe winds and rain.
As we move forward with hosting our first home football game of the season on Saturday, we are in close communication with Southern Miss Athletics, as well as the National Weather Service and our campus emergency management team, regarding the storm track of Hurricane Florence.
Jason Marshburn, director of environmental health, safety and emergency management for Appalachian State University, said they are monitoring the storm closely and are prepping for the worst-case scenario.
On Sept. 8, 2018, Appalachian District Health Department (AppHealthCare) and Appalachian State University confirmed one case of meningococcemia in an Appalachian State University student who lives off campus. Meningococcemia is a bloodstream infection caused by bacteria that can also cause meningitis.
We have learned of one confirmed case of meningococcemia in an Appalachian State University student who lives off campus, and we want to share information about this situation with you. We are providing this information in the interest of maintaining open communication about the potential of exposure to this case.