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Friday, November 11, 2011


James Shook - Honored for Exemplary Service to Appalachian State University

Service to Appalachian's faculty, staff and students is a focus of James Shook, an information technology manager for a "walk-in center" that's part of the university's Technology Support Services (TSS). Under Shook's leadership, the center's six full-time employees and 30 student employees resolved more than 6,000 computer support requests in the 2010-11 academic year.
"The computer support center has become one of the most important resources on campus for the students that are away from home and employees who would have to (spend) at least a couple hundred dollars for each repair instance," one nominator wrote. The center works on an average of 150 computers a week.
Shook was also praised for his mentoring of his student employees. "I have seen James dedicate himself to finding student employees at TSS full-time positions after graduating by contacting business and personal contacts. I could never have anticipated that my boss at TSS would be so involved and helpful to his employees," a nominator wrote.
Another person wrote that, "I came to ASU not knowing anyone and leaving my family six hours behind. My coworkers quickly became my family. That is a direct result of James Shook. He is fully committed to the support center and each and every student and staff member that works there."

For the entire article about ASU's outstanding staff awards, see: http://today.appstate.edu/staff-awards-2011/

Larry Shook - Recipient of Mayland's 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award

Larry Shook, who received his BS (1986) and MA (1988) in Mathematics Education from ASU, now teaches mathematics at Mayland Community College, and has been chosen to receive Mayland’s 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award.  Prior to coming to Mayland, he taught at Lees-McRae College, where he received the Edgar Tufts Faculty Award for Excellence in teaching, the Alpha Chi Outstanding Educator Award, and was recognized as a Distinguished Faculty Mentor.

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