A MESSAGE FROM THE CHANCELLOR | August 7, 2017
Can it be? In two short weeks we will be welcoming the largest overall class ever to our campus - 18,618 students. This is also the largest incoming first-year class, and the most diverse.
Thirty-one percent of our first-year students identify as first in their family to attend university. We anticipate 1,275 transfer students will be joining us, many of whom arrive well prepared by our top community college partners – Caldwell, Wake Technical, Central Piedmont, Catawba Valley and Wilkes.
We know this is a time of mixed emotions for those sending first-year students to us, and our faculty and staff are prepared in every way to help them make a smooth transition. One of our goals is to develop students who are resilient, capable of skillfully responding to challenging situations and able to bounce back from obstacles. Please take a few moments to explore our resiliency toolkit - a series of articles with pointers for navigating everything from dialogue enhancers to conflict resolution and holistic wellness. Please encourage your student to use this handy resource as well as the services provided by Student Affairs.
Each year we assign a shared reading experience for all incoming students with the intention of bonding the Appalachian Community by creating common ground for discussion. 2017’s selection is “One Amazing Thing” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. The book offers lessons for bridging cultural and ethnic diversity through storytelling. We hope it will prompt discussions about preconceptions, cultural differences and communication, while offering inspiration for overcoming life’s challenges. I encourage you to read along with your student.
Move-in day is one of my favorites! You’d expect sheer confusion as thousands of new students plus parents, siblings and several mountains of boxes and bags arrive on campus. Instead, University Housing has developed a well-oiled machine, amazingly orchestrated by organized and welcoming staff and volunteers. We all look forward to the controlled chaos of move-in and to the Fall 2017 semester with high expectations.
It is great to be a Mountaineer!
Sheri N. Everts
At Appalachian, we put students first, always, and together we are building a bright future. Ultimately, the reason Appalachian’s stellar faculty and staff come to work every day is to realize this vision.