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Blowing Rock resident Alice Roess, seen here at Bistro Roca restaurant next to a photo of her dog Golden Boy, was honored this week when Appalachian State University renamed its dining hall The Alice Roess Dining Hall. Photo by Jeff Eason

Originally published: 2014-03-28 09:59:00
Last modified: 2014-03-28 09:59:00

Alice's restaurant

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, was held Thursday. A reception for Roess  followed 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.

She recently worked on the search committee that narrowed down the list of applicants for ASU’s new chancellor.

“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.

Roess 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 student socializing.
“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 ceremony.

“We have known each other all our lives,” she said. “They will be staying with me. It will be like an adult slumber party.”

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