Message from the Chancellor

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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!

Chancellor Sheri Everts
SignatureSheri 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.

University Housing Update

University Housing

Fall Move-In

Nearly 1,000 volunteers are looking forward to moving our new students into the halls on Friday, August 18. Residents should plan to arrive to campus during the move-in time that was indicated on their housing assignments. Your student’s boxes should be labeled with their name and room number so we can efficiently get their belongings to the room. Returning students can move in Saturday, August 19 through Monday, August 21. Students who need to move in early due to involvement in a campus activity or group should have received a separate email with specific move-in instructions. We look forward to having you all back!

No fridge in your student’s room? Rent one!

For our residence halls that do not provide a refrigerator in the room, we have partnered with a rental service through Standards for Living where students can rent their fridge for the year. The MicroFridge® will be delivered to their room prior to August 18th move-in (if the order is placed before August 9th) and will be picked up by the company after the student moves out in May. The cost of renting a MicroFridge® for the academic year is $170.79 which includes sales tax. Only ONE MicroFridge® is allowed per room, so your student will need to communicate with their roommate before ordering.

Residence halls that do not provide refrigerators include: Mountaineer Hall, Living Learning Center, Belk Hall, Frank Hall, Summit Hall, Lovill Hall, Doughton Hall, Cone Hall, Cannon Hall, and Hoey Hall. These halls are eligible for MicroFridge® rentals.

Room Change Process

Students can request room changes beginning three weeks after the start of classes (subject to change based on availability of space). To request a room change, students log onto and select the room change link in their list of options. If they need help identifying a new room, they can meet with their hall supervisors who have access to the vacancy list. Once the room change is submitted, University Housing will attempt to accommodate the request based on availability. Students will receive an email when the request is processed. This email gives instructions on how to proceed with the room change.

Please note: Due to the overwhelming demand for on-campus housing, it may not be possible for your student to make a room change, especially during the first few weeks of the semester when priority for new room assignments goes to students living in overflow housing.

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Time for Textbooks

Time for Textbooks

Fall 2017 Textbook Distribution begins Tuesday, August 15th! The Bookstore will be distributing books during any open store day on or after this date. The rental textbook program covers one textbook per course for most undergraduate, on-campus classes and additional supplemental course texts can be purchased from the Bookstore.

How To Get Textbooks

OPTION ONE Place an online order and have your textbook order waiting in the store.

Step 1. Go to the Bookstore website and sign in.

Step 2. Choose rental textbooks and any supplemental textbooks for the order.

Step 3. Pay $5 online order convenience fee and cost of any supplemental textbooks selected.

Step 4. Wait for an email to the student letting them know their order is available for pick up.

Step 5. Go to the 2nd Floor of the Bookstore to pick up the order. Bring photo ID and Online Order #.

OPTION TWO Same Day Textbook Pick Up

Step 1. Go to the Bookstore website and sign in. Print your Booklist.

Step 2. Bring Student AppCard and Booklist to the Bookstore.The student may also print the Booklist at home. Walk-in line begins forming on the 1st Floor.

Step 3. Have textbook order filled at time of arrival.

Pro Tips!

  • Lunch time is the busiest time of the day.

  • Move-In Weekend and First Day of Class +2 are the busiest days for textbook pick up.

  • Follow the Bookstore on social media for updates on line length and processing updates!


Rental Textbooks are due back to the Bookstore by Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Student accounts are charged for unreturned textbooks on December 20. Late returns can receive half credit. A Buy Back Event will be held during the last week of classes to allow students the opportunity to sell any Purchased Textbooks for cash.

Encourage Your Student to Participate in Welcome Week!

Welcome Week

Welcome to APP 2017 begins with Welcome Weekend! Our goal during Welcome Weekend is for your student to become more comfortable at Appalachian, to make new friends, to have fun, and to start weaving themselves into the fabric of student life at Appalachian.

Welcome Weekend activities serve as an extension of your student’s summer orientation. Encourage them to take advantage of Welcome Weekend and Welcome to APP events throughout their first semester to ensure a great start at Appalachian!

Appol Corps (APPalachian Orientation Leader Corps) is a group of over 200 ASU student volunteers who serve the University as orientation leaders during Welcome Weekend. Appol Corps leaders guide new students through the various activities that are offered during Welcome Weekend. Your student’s Appol Corps leaders will introduce themselves to students during their residence hall meetings on Friday night (August 18th) and then come back to get them on Saturday morning (August 19th) at 12pm to begin a weekend of awesome activities.

AppSync is your student’s one-stop online campus connector to getting involved on campus. Every member of our campus has access to AppSync. Your student can explore the University’s 400+ clubs and organizations, connect with current organization members and find out when and where they meet.

Go to to find out more about each of the upcoming events!

Fall Events Help Engage Transfer Students

Involve YosefA new year, a new university, and new friends. For transfer students, that first semester at a new school is filled with many unknowns as they encounter an unfamiliar campus and town, different academic expectations, and social uncertainty. The Office of Transfer Services offers support and programming to help transfer students quickly get connected and comfortable at their new home.

This fall we have a slate of events planned all aimed at helping transfer students meet other new and returning transfer students. While our goal is for our students to fully integrate to Appalachian, we know that it’s often helpful for students to spend time with other transfer students who are or have gone through a similar transition to a new school, especially in the beginning. Events take place both on and off campus and all transfer students are invited to attend. The full schedule is available on our website and each week we highlight the upcoming events to students in a weekly email newsletter called Transfer Scoop.

In addition, transfer students are invited to join the Transfer Student Organization (TSO). TSO serves as a way for new and current transfers students to connect socially through regular meetings, social trips and events, and a supportive environment.

Student Development is now Student Affairs

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As we begin the 2017-18 academic year, we are excited to share some important updates about our division and our work.

On August 1, we are changing our name to the Division of Student Affairs.  The change to the Division of Student Affairs is an opportunity to match the language used within our profession and to align with the name of other divisions on campus.

With our new division name, we will continue to serve students in new and innovative ways.  Our new name reflects our mission and vision, along with our newly developed tagline:


The division will continue to operate in its current structure, and our locations, phone numbers and email addresses remain unchanged.  

You can now find us online at

Please review any publications or website information in your purview that includes references to Student Development and change these to the Division of Student Affairs.

Thank you for supporting us in announcing this exciting change for our division!


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J.J Brown
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Special Campus Events Celebrating the Solar Eclipse on August 21st


On Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will occur over the United States. Appalachian State University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Physics and Astronomy have been working for months to share the experience with the campus and community.

In Boone, a partial eclipse will be seen with the greatest coverage occurring at 96 percent around 2:36 p.m. The day of the eclipse, members of the department of Physics and Astronomy as well as the College will be providing telescopes on Sanford Mall for solar viewing, and faculty and students will be on hand to answer questions. The Department is also partnering with Southwestern Community College to provide a live-stream of the eclipse through totality using our wide-field telescope with a Mylar (white light) filter. A portable planetarium will be set up in Grandfather Mountain Ballroom of the Plemmons Student Union where the live stream will be viewable via big screen. Solar viewing glasses will be available on Sanford Mall the day of the eclipse for safe solar viewing.

Eclipse photo
Eclipse photo

Incoming Freshmen students will also share in this experience following the Black and Gold Convocation Ceremony in the stadium where lunch will be served. Educational videos, found on our website ( will be shared with all incoming freshmen, they will receive solar viewing glasses and a version of the live stream will be broadcast as well.

This summer, undergraduates Lucas Sanders and Christine Massingale of Southwestern Community College, part of the Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative ( have been working with Appalachian faculty members David Sitar and Dr. Dan Caton of the physics and astronomy department along with graduate student Jared Day, MS engineering physics, and undergraduate Ellie Prim, physics, secondary education.

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Health Services Update

Mary Shook Health Services

Keep updated on many health issues on our website where you will find the BCBS student insurance costs for 2017-2018 and insurance waiver deadline link (that will be updated very soon).

Website resources about uploading health forms and required immunization information for new students

Letter urging meningococcal vaccination

Packing suggestions for August:

First Aid Kit

  • Thermometer
  • Cold medicines
  • Antihistamines
  • Anti-inflammatory, pain, or fever reducing medications (ibuprofen or acetaminophen)
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Band-Aids

Any prescription medications needed

Student Legal Clinic and Off-Campus Student Services

As we prepare to begin another academic year, the Student Legal Clinic and Off-Campus Student Services are busy getting ready to meet, greet, and assist our new and returning students. These two programs, housed in the Dean of Students suite on the 3rd floor of the Student Union, are amongst the many departments within the Division of Student Affairs that provide out-of-classroom resources to facilitate a successful experience for Appalachian State students.

The Student Legal Clinic provides advice, information, and referrals to App State students through individual consultations with a licensed attorney. Consultations are free, confidential, and easy to schedule by calling (828) 262-8284 or stopping by Suite 324, Plemmons Student Union.

Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) maintains several websites ( and to help students find rental housing in Boone and access other campus and community resources when living off-campus. OCSS also networks with local landlords, provides educational and social programming for students living off-campus or planning to move off-campus, hosts the ASU Housing Fair early in the spring semester, and outreaches to off-campus students each fall through House Calls. This year, House Calls is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, September 6, during Safety Week. Over 60 App State faculty and staff volunteers will be knocking on approximately 2,000 off-campus student doors to welcome students and provide important safety information to them. We estimate that we reach over 5,000 students (based on the number living in each apartment we visit) through this event. While we can’t directly reach every student living off-campus, through this event and other initiatives, OCSS lays the groundwork to create a connected, engaged, and informed community of off-campus students.

Please feel free to call Karla Rusch at (828) 262-8284 with any questions you may have about the Student Legal Clinic or Off-Campus Student Services. Look for additional articles and reports on the work we do in upcoming Appalachian Connections newsletters – and follow us on Facebook for more news and information (Off-Campus Student Services Facebook page / Student Legal Clinic Facebook page)!  

Energy Summit

Majora Carter

Former director of the EPA Gina McCarthy and urban revitalization specialist Majora Carter headlined the sixth annual Appalachian Energy Summit (AES), held July 10-12 on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. A yearly gathering of the world’s most brilliant minds in energy policy and practices, the AES convenes academia, industry, and students to deliver meaningful ecological, financial, and social benefit.

The 2017 theme, “Perspectives: Policy & Practice” aimed to highlight the multiple viewpoints necessary to develop successful strategies in energy and policy. McCarthy and Carter’s keynote speeches, given Monday and Tuesday evenings respectively, were open to the general public in an effort to include the community in this important work. McCarthy’s talk, “The Business Case for Sustainability”, included an armchair discussion with physicist and co-founder and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute, Amory Lovins, and NC State PhD Candidate Ashish Virmani. Carter’s inspirational speech on Tuesday evening, “Community as Corporation: Projects, Policies and Programs”, included a lively question and answer session with the audience.

Gina McCarthy

The summit, attended by over 500 invited guests, included three days’ worth of plenary sessions in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, where attendees heard from renowned speakers including author and advisor David Orr, Director of Executive Education for Sustainability with Harvard University's Center for Health and the Global Environment Leith Sharp, and Secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Michael Regan. Topics were far-ranging and dynamic, such as redefining leadership roles in sustainability, climate stress and democracy, clean energy policy drivers, and rethinking education on a changing planet.

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Appalachian Food Services is the Largest Employer of Students on Campus

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Students are the backbone of Appalachian State University, and at Appalachian Food Services, we rely on our student employees to keep operations running smoothly. With over 800 hires per academic year, Food Services is the largest on-campus student employer.

The majority of our prep departments and dining venues offer student positions, including:

  • Vegetable Prep
  • Bake Shop
  • Kitchen prep
  • Servers
  • Cashiers
  • Catering staff

and more!

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Upcoming events at the Turchin Center

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University provides a home for world-class visual arts exhibitions and programming. It is the largest facility of its kind in the region and its seven galleries host changing exhibitions featuring local, regional, national and international artists.

As your students begin fall semester, we want to make sure all parents and students know about the art workshops at the Turchin Center. Not only are the workshops FREE for Appalachian students, but all supplies are provided. These workshops are a great time to relax, be creative and connect with friends old and new.

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