Message from the Chancellor

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Mid-semester is upon us. New friendships have been formed, challenges and opportunities presented and, as always, the Appalachian Community is moving forward. I am impressed daily with our students’ eagerness to embrace the Appalachian Experience. I’ve shared a few highlights and hope to see many of you during Homecoming October 21–22. This is a splendid time of the year on our campus.

We welcomed 3,125 first year students in August, approximately 17 percent from traditionally underrepresented groups, up from 15.2 percent in fall 2015, which was also an Appalachian record for diversity.

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Appalachian senior Eric Burton is a geography major who took advantage of a study abroad opportunity to do research on the Quelccaya Icecap in Peru. Here he is sampling the previous year’s snowpack, wearing a clean suit to protect the environment.
Photo courtesy of Eric Burton

Also joining us were six Wilson Scholars, and 10 Chancellor’s Scholars. These remarkable students are representative of all that we honor at Appalachian – excellence in teaching, research and service, and sustainable values in action. The university awarded more Wilson and Chancellor's scholarships than ever before this year and increased merit-based financial aid for students across the board by $500,000 - a 33 percent increase.

Each year a group of 12 Holland Fellows from the Walker College of Business (WCOB) embark on an applied business experience in Asia, with an emphasis on student research, engagement and innovation. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the William R. Holland International Business Fellowship. Read more about this global opportunity or listen to the podcast.

Appalachian offers many scholarships, study abroad, community engagement, and undergraduate and graduate student research opportunities. I encourage you to encourage your student to investigate the hundreds of adventures and life-enriching options available to them.

A former Holland Fellow and recently appointed Trustee Susan M. Branch ’99, the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Young Alumni award, recently said in an interview: “From day one, I took advantage of every opportunity Appalachian offered.” She is an excellent example of what can be for our students.

I look forward to witnessing the transformation as they mature and progress. 

Sincerely, Chancellor Sheri Everts
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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.


Fall Break Conversations - October 13th- 14th

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Many of your students will be coming home for Fall Break. Are you feeling a little anxiety about what you are going to discuss with your son, daughter or family member? Below you will find some helpful conversation starters between you and your student. Please know that these are only suggestions and you can use them as you see fit. Keep in mind that every student is different and not one conversation will be the same. Remember not to try and pressure information out of students. Allow them to openly and freely talk with you. You will know when you need to press harder for information regarding safety and well-being. When in doubt, trust your gut or refer to one of your many resources in your Parent Connections Book from orientation, Parent & Family website, or utilize one of your many campus resources.

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Career Development Center

Careerfest guide


The Career Development Center helps all Appalachian students with their career path and planning.  This Fall, we have events that are designed to boost your students confidence, and to give them professional skills and experience.

Education Fair on October 17th is an event designed to help your students in education connect with school administrators, superintendents, and other employers seeking to hire candidates in education and related fields.

Practice Interviews with Employers on November 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Your student can gain interactive experience by taking questions directly from valuable Appalachian employers.  Space is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.  Registration is required through Career Gear.

Etiquette Dinner on November 2nd
This event allows your student the opportunity to network with employers and enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship with fellow students.  This event includes a 4-course meal!  Registration is required as well as professional dress.  We encourage students to be courteous to our employers by attending if they register and to attend the entire event!  Again, registration is available through Career Gear.

Fall CareerFest:

Our largest and most comprehensive career event on September 27th was a success!   We hosted 134 employers and over 850 students.  Around 70% of the attending employers were looking for hires in all majors and over 60% were also looking to fill internships.  We had many alumni participating in this event as well.  We have set the date for our Spring Careerfest happening on March 1st, 2017!

Please discuss these events with your son or daughter, and urge participation in our workshops and services. Visit for details and information.   To see job postings, upcoming events, and the opportunities in our offices, please follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Read more for photos from the event!

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University Housing

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Service Desk Hours

Students can pick up packages and sign out spare room keys at the East Side and West Side Service Desks. The Service Desks typically operate from 7am-11:30pm each day. However, over University breaks, the Service Desks have limited availability. Below are the Service Desk hours for Fall break.

Fall Break:

Thursday, October 13: 7am-4pm

Friday, October 14: 7am-12pm

Saturday, October 15: Closed

Sunday, October 16: 1pm-11:30pm

Speaking of Service Desks…

Has your student received notification from UPS that someone signed for their package and it’s not at the desk? It may be at the University Post Office. Packages addressed to students’ Appalachian PO Boxes will be sent to the University Post Office. Those addressed to Service Desks will be sent to the appropriate desk. Additionally, all packages sent through UPS Innovation or FedEx Ground Smart Post Service mailing options will be sent to the University Post Office.

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October is Campus Sustainability Month!

Food Services

Yosef helps Food Services stomp out Styrofoam™ in April, 2016.

Appalachian Food Services has been self-operated since 1925. Our sustainability initiatives include purchasing local products, reducing, reusing and recycling.  

Food Services continue to increase efforts towards Zero Waste:

  • NEW Staff Shirts are made from recycled plastic bottles

  • We introduced new recycling cabinets in several venues 

  • Office of Sustainability Outreach Interns help educate visitors about waste separation and recycling

  • We replaced napkin baskets with sustainable and hygienic dispensers

  • We stomped out Styrofoam™, removing polystyrene foam from our venues

  • and more!

We also continue our efforts to source local and sustainable products:

  • We serve 100% local ground beef sourced from North Fork Farm in Zionville, NC at Rivers Street Grille in the Roess Dining Hall

  • We introduced a new series, Sustainable Seafood Days, featuring sustainably-sourced seafood from Sea To Table

  • We announced that all of McAlister’s Deli’s teas are Rainforest Alliance Certified

  • Our Local Appetite partnership is back for the fourth year

  • and more!

For more, please read Food Services Sustainability & Local Food 2015-2016 Year in Review!

Office of Student Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid hopes that the 2016-2017 school year is off to a great start for your student(s). Our knowledgeable staff is committed to assisting students and their families in making informed financial decisions.

Should any questions or concerns arise regarding your student’s financial aid, we encourage you and your student to contact us. Our contact information can be found on our website. If your student is on campus, they are welcome to visit our office on the 2nd floor of the John E. Thomas building, room 265. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for University holidays, and our counselors are available to see students on a walk-in basis between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. For more information about counselor meeting hours, please visit our website.

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Welcoming New Physicians to Student Health Service

Parent and family members, please encourage your students to get the seasonal influenza virus vaccine this Fall to optimize health benefits during the winter months.

The vaccine is available at Student Health Services for $20 as well as at many community pharmacy locations.

Please join us in welcoming the following new physicians to Student Health Services at Appalachian:

Dr. Virginia “Leigh” Beasley

In September 2016, Dr. Beasley joined Student Health as a primary care clinician. She is board certified in Family Practice and holds advanced training in integrative medicine. Prior to coming to AppState, Dr. Beasley served for more than 25 years with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and was a statewide consultant. She also has previous university student health experience at Clemson University.

Dr. E. Torre Hinnant

In October 2016, Dr. Hinnant joined our Student Health Service as a primary care provider. Prior to joining AppState, Dr. Hinnant practiced in Lenoir, NC as a board certified Family Practice clinician who has also taken advanced training in integrative and holistic medicine. She has experience in sports related injuries as well as special interests in mind-body medicine and the role stress plays in illness.

Dr. Rebecca “Becky” Moretz

In January 2017, Dr. Moretz will be joining Health Services as our staff psychiatrist. Dr. Moretz is from Boone, NC. She is board certified in Psychiatry and completed her training at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then returned to Boone where she has been practicing psychiatry for the past six years. In her spare time, she enjoys clogging, running, hiking, and spending time with her family. Dr. Moretz loves living and working in the mountains of North Carolina and is excited to serve the student population at Appalachian State University. 

Important Information About Student Housing For Next Year!‚Äč

Believe it or not, it’s already time to start thinking about where your student will live next year (academic year 2017-18). Below is some information to help you and your student get started:

On-campus or off-campus?

Students currently living on campus will receive information from University Housing in December about re-applying to live in the residence halls next year. Students who plan to move off-campus, or are not sure about their housing plans for next year, should start to research and discuss their options this fall, so that they will be informed and prepared to make a decision about their future living situation after winter break.


It’s never too early to start researching housing options. However, we do not generally recommend entering a lease for the next academic year prior to winter break. Off-campus leases are typically for 12 months and run from August through July. Many students sign leases for the coming school year during January, February, and March. Even after March, there is still rental housing available in the community – but some housing options may fill up sooner than others and may no longer be available after the early part of the year. It’s important for your student to carefully investigate any potential rental housing before signing a lease!

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UREC Update

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Outdoor Programs has a full trip schedule planned for the year. These trips are offered to students and faculty & staff and cover a wide range of activities. All equipment needed is included in the price and a certified staff member will be leading the excursion. This is a great way to get out and do something that you may have never done before while feeling safe and making friends along the way!

Upcoming Trips

  • Grayson Highlands Overnight Backpacking: 10/1-10/2

  • Outdoor Photography Workshop: 10/2

  • Canoe the New & Fly Fishing Overnight: 10/8-10/9

  • Fall Break Backpacking Trip: 10/13-10/16

  • Fall Break Mountain Bike Camp: 10/14-10/16

  • Intro to Rock Climbing: 10/22

  • Whitewater Rafting Day Trip: 10/23

  • Stand Up Paddle Board Expedition: 10/28-10/30

For trip pricing, registration, and all things Outdoor Programs, visit

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October Student Design T-shirt Contest

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The Appalachian State University Bookstore hosted their First Annual T-shirt Design Contest during the Spring 2016 Semester. The contest was open to all Appalachian State students. The winning design was created by Fred Bednarski, a sophomore studying Graphic Design in the Department of Art.

Fred says the idea behind his design, I Am Appalachian, is the laid back attitude of App students and our ability to "soldier through" when things are rough. The phrase "I am Appalachian" might be seen on social media when students push through tough times including Boone winter weather.

In addition to having his shirt design featured for sale on campus, Fred won a $100 shopping spree at The University Bookstore, and two I Am Appalachian t-shirts. A reception and reveal was held at the Bookstore on Wednesday, September 14.

International Alternative Service Experiences on Spring Break

At Appalachian State University we have a unique service program called Alternative Service Experience, where students spend their spring breaks doing service alongside a community!

We are excited to offer the following 5 international ASEs over Spring Break this year! Information about each of the programs can be found below:

  1. Belize: The goal of the program in Belize is to gain an understanding and hands-on experience with issues in agroforestry, rainforest preservation, and culture in Belize.

  2. Costa Rica: program will be going to Costa Rica to work and stay on a sustainable farm, Villas Mastatal, located in the heart of the Costa Rican forest. Through farm work, volunteerism with locals, & ecotours, participants will learn about the importance of sustainable development and lifestyle and different aspects of Costa Rican culture.

  3. Dominican Republic: students will be working in a local elementary school where students will work alongside the community to further the development of the town with an organization called Service for Peace.

  4. Ecuador: serving in a small community with close Appalachian ties, this program going to Ecuador will provide an English camp for both young children and high school students.

  5. Nicaragua: student volunteers will work with children in a variety of activities that stimulate an interest in learning while also working on light maintenance projects that will better the daily lives of the children.

**All of these programs provide students with a unique cultural and educational experience over Spring Break while earning a 1-hour International Service-Learning Credit.

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Education Abroad Scholarships Open Now!

The Office of International Education and Development is pleased to announce applications for study abroad scholarships are now open. Scholarships range from $500 to $2,000. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 1 at 11:59 pm.

Any full-time, degree-seeking student applying to a credit bearing study abroad program that takes place between 12/1/16 and 12/1/17 is eligible to apply. OIED scholarships open three times per academic year. Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships well in advance of their desired program. Upon request, feedback can be provided to students who do not receive a scholarship, and students can reapply during the next cycle. Students need not have committed to a study abroad program to apply for a scholarship, but if awarded a scholarship, they need to commit to a program within 30 days of notification.

For more information, essay questions, and how to access the application, visit the OIED Scholarships website.

Leigh Lane Edwards Scholarship Available

Applications are now available for the Leigh Lane Edwards Scholarship for International Service-Learning. These scholarships can be used for ACT sponsored International Alternative Service Experience programs occurring over Spring Break and can also be used for ICDI internship experiences. If you have always wanted to participate in one of the international service-learning opportunities offered through ACT, but the cost of the program prevented you from participating, you should consider applying for the Leigh Lane Edwards Scholarhip.

Applications are available online. Deadline for submission of applications is Tuesday, October 25, 2016. More information can be found at

Transfer Faculty Mentors provide transfer students guidance, support and referrals

Transfer ServicesLast month The Office of Transfer Service highlighted our Transfer Student Mentors that help prospective and current transfer students through peer-to-peer mentoring. In addition, our resources extend to Transfer Faculty Mentors who develop supportive, academic relationships with prospective and new Appalachian transfer students. Faculty mentors, ideally in the student’s area of study, provide help in understanding the curriculum and the student’s remaining required coursework as well as provide guidance, support, and referral to resources that will benefit new students in a new environment.

Mentors have the ability to influence, encourage, and guide transfer students to enhance their academic success. Faculty Mentors receive training in understanding the unique path and needs of transfer students, are available and approachable to prospective and current transfer students, advocate for transfer students in department and university committee meetings, and consider the effects curriculum development and changes have on transfer courses and articulations. Students can identify Transfer Faculty Mentors in their curriculum on our Mentor webpage and are encouraged to reach out to the mentors as needed.

The Schaefer Center Presents...

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2016-17 Season

This performance series offers a diverse mix of music, dance and film programming for campus and community audiences comprised of university students, faculty, staff and residents across the region.

Friday, November 11, 2016

The SteelDrivers
7 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets: $10 students, $20 faculty/staff and retired faculty/staff, $25 adults

2016 Grammy award-winner for Best Bluegrass Album, The SteelDrivers have captivated audiences with their blend of country, soul and blues.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Jessica Lang Dance
7 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets: $10 students, $20 faculty/staff and retired faculty/staff, $25 adults

Known for repertoire rich with stunning movement and dynamic visuals, Jessica Lang Dance transforms classical ballet into emotionally engaging contemporary work.

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58th Boyles Distinguished Lecture - Oct. 28


Friday, October 28, is the 58th Boyles Distinguished Lecture. Please encourage your student to attend, and consider joining them for, the 10:00 a.m. lecture in the Holmes Center to hear Paul Thompson, founder and chairman of Transportation Insight, share his story. Some courses offer credit for attendance, students, check with your professors.

The event is free and open to the public, and parking is available in the Rivers St. Parking Deck with shuttles running to the Holmes Center. For more information, visit or contact, (828) 262-2361 with questions.

F.A.R.M. Cafe


F.A.R.M. Cafe is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that builds a healthy and inclusive community by providing high quality & delicious meals produced from local sources when available, served in a restaurant where everybody eats, regardless of means.

In order to sustain the mission of F.A.R.M. Cafe, and because the restaurant operates almost exclusively on volunteer labor, we have established a Meal Exchange Policy that provides guidelines for meal exchange eligibility.

F.A.R.M. Café is a great resource for everyone in the community, including students!

90% of the hard work performed at F.A.R.M. Cafe is done by volunteers, many of whom
are students.

F.A.R.M. provides multiple volunteer opportunities for students, including:

  • In exchange for a meal (those of lesser means)

  • For class credit (or any other school-related volunteer hours)

  • For court/judiciary appointed community service

  • To donate their time in order to “pay-it-forward”

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Updates from the Walker College of Business


Dean Heather Norris announced in her latest Dean's Update that the most recent edition of Business Leaders magazine – the annual publication of the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University – would hit mailboxes in two weeks. If your student is interested in becoming a business major, or if you or your student would like to learn more about the outstanding programs offered by Walker College of Business, then please request a copy of the magazine by email request: