Alice's Restaurant: ASU renames dining hall after Blowing Rock resident
by Jeff Eason
Blowing Rock's Alice Roess is already being
ribbed good naturedly by her colleagues about Appalachian State University renaming its dining hall
in her honor.
"Some members of the (ASU) board of trustees are already
calling it 'Alice's Restaurant,'" Roess said.
The official new name of the
facility is the Alice Roess Dining Hall. A naming and dedication ceremony for the dining hall,
formerly called Central Dining Hall, will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 27.
A reception for Roess will follow the program inside the building.
According to Roess, she has served on the ASU board of trustees for the past five years,
with three more left on her term.
She also serves the community as the
chairwoman of the Blowing Rock Appearance Advisory Commission, the general events chairwoman for
this year's Chestnut Ridge Fundraiser (formerly Blowing Rock Hospital) and is on the board of the
Watauga Humane Society.
Roess is also on the town of Blowing Rock's
planning board and works as a broker at Blowing Rock Investment Properties.
recently worked on the search committee that narrowed down the list of applicants for ASU's new
"The UNC Board of Governors made the final decision, but we
narrowed the search from hundreds of applicants," Roess said. "The new chancellor-elect for ASU,
Sheri Everts, will be very good for the university. I can tell by spending time with her that she
has a great sense of humor and is very student oriented," she said.
that one of the things that made her proud to have her name and plaque on the dining hall is the way
she feels about the college students at ASU.
"I am simply crazy about ASU and
its students," she said. "They picked a great building for me, because it is such a center of
"They told me they wanted to honor me with this a
year ago and I have been thrilled to death ever since."
Roess said that
several of her longtime friends will be flying into North Carolina for the dedication
"We have known each other all our lives," she said. "They will be
staying with me. It will be like an adult slumber party."
Parking for Thursday's dedication ceremony will be available in the Rivers Street parking deck.