In June, a colony of 30,000 honeybees was installed atop Roess Dining Hall in honor of Alice Roess for her eight years of service on the Appalachian Board of Trustees, including the past year as chair.
The hive was installed by Dr. James Wilkes in the Department of Computer Science, a beekeeper who engages in research to track and analyze beekeeping best management practices. The hive will be maintained by the student beekeeping club, which sustainable development majors Katie Payne and Hallie Graves started about a year ago.
The bees are expected to cover three square miles beyond their hives, pollinating campus and the downtown Boone area. The bees may produce harvestable honey as early as August.
This is an excerpt from Appalachian Magazine. Read more about how Appalachian student and faculty researchers seek to recover the declining bee population.
Photo right: A close-up of the beehive honoring Alice Roess, outgoing chair of Appalachian’s Board of Trustees. Photo by Troy Tuttle
Photo above: James Wilkes and son Sullivan bring a beehive to the rooftop of Roess Dining Hall. Photo by Troy Tuttle