A MESSAGE FROM THE CHANCELLOR | December 2, 2016
As we come to the close of the 2016 fall semester, our students are managing the final exam crunch, while embracing the excitement of December graduation, the coming winter break and the holiday season. All of us in the Appalachian Community are looking forward to the Spring 2017 semester and the promising opportunities it brings.
Here are a few thoughts to see you and your students into 2017:
Take heart. Enjoy these health- and heart-smart suggestions for the holidays from Dr. Rebecca Kappus, Department of Health and Exercise Science. And when you find a little down time, download our Appalachian Magazine app from iTunes. The newest digital edition, chock full of Appalachian news, will be available mid-December.
Think global. Appalachian State University ranks as a global learning leader: third nationally among the top 40 master’s degree-granting institutions for total number of students who studied abroad for credit in 2014-15 and third nationally for the number of students who participated in short-term programs for academic credit.* I think you’ll enjoy these remarkable photos from Appalachian’s 2016 International Education Week Photo Contest. And please remind your student, a Study Abroad 101 workshop is offered twice monthly to help them begin their journey toward a study abroad experience – both long and short term.
Sustain. Sierra magazine recently released its 2016 list of “Cool Schools” and once again Appalachian is included among the nation’s 201 “greenest” colleges and universities. Our commitment to the Three E’s is evidenced in our research, creativity, innovation and practice.
I am heartened when I hear from alumni, donors, employers, parents and families about the excellent problem-solving and engagement skills of Appalachian graduates. This is a testament to our faculty, staff and students. We have the skills, abilities and will to craft solutions to difficult problems while effectively bringing our different perspectives and ideologies to the table.
For those of you who will have students graduating Dec. 10, I hope your entire family’s Appalachian Experience has exceeded your expectations. And to all of the Appalachian Community, my best wishes for a healthy, sustainable holiday season.
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.
*Source: Institute of International Education’s 2016 “Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange”