Summer Adventures

Gouch Family

The Gouch Family

“One of the things our family was blessed to do this summer was meet Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton! Our son Harvey ("Trey") has a brother with Down syndrome who has had four hip surgeries in the last year! He is a brave guy and Trey is a great big brother. We got to have personal meet and greet with Cam at his celebrity kickball tournament! Too fun!”

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Where’s My Package?

Students can receive packages at the Appalachian State University Post Office and/or the East and West Service Desks depending on how the mail/package is addressed and the specific carrier (USPS, FedEx or UPS) being used. The University Post Office is located in the Miles Annas Student Services Building. Any ASU student with an ASU mailbox can receive United States Postal Service packages here.

East and West Service Desks serve students living on-campus. East Service Desk is located in Appalachian Hall and accepts packages for residents living in APH, Cannon, Cone, Doughton, East, Hoey, Lovill, Summit and White Halls. The West Service Desk, located in Coltrane Hall, accepts packages for App Heights, Belk, Bowie, Coltrane, Eggers, Frank, Gardner, Justice, LLC, Mountaineer, and Newland.

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The BIG Sale Success

BIG Sale

Congrats to ACT on a BIG success last Saturday. An incredible $24,139* was raised at The BIG Sale!

A BIG THANK YOU to the hundreds of Appalachian students, staff, and community members that make this program possible as well as the hundreds of shoppers that showed support for their community by coming out to The BIG Sale.

Items that were sold at The BIG Sale were salvaged from residence halls on campus during move out last spring which diverted an estimated 70 tons of material from our landfills.

The BIG Sale is green program from start to finish, coordinated by our very own Mountaineers!

*Proceeds from the 15th annual event sponsored by ACT will benefit the Watauga County Habitat for Humanity Restore and the Hunger and Health Coalition by providing energy efficiency mini-grants as well as funding a scholarship for Appalachian students.

Convocation with Ishmael Beah

A Long Way Gone

Convocation and Events with the Author of our 2015 Common Reading Book Selection, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Ishmael Beah, author of 2015’s Common Reading Program book A LONG WAY GONE: MEMOIRS OF A BOY SOLDIER will read from his work and sign books on the evening of Convocation day, Thursday, September 3. Sponsored by Appalachian’s Common Reading Program and Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series, the reading will begin at 7:30 pm in the Blue Ridge Ballroom, second floor, Plemmons Student Union.

Born in 1980 in Sierra Leone, West Africa, Ishmael Beah is also the author of the new novel RADIANCE OF TOMORROW. He is a UNICEF Ambassador and Advocate for Children Affected by War and a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Advisory Committee.

Please join us and encourage your children and family members to attend.

The day’s earlier events will include a speech during Convocation at 10 a.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center and a 2 p.m. panel discussion in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of the Plemmons Student Union.


Always a Mountaineer

Always a Mountaineer

The Student Memorial Program remembers and honors previously enrolled Appalachian students who have passed away. The plaque in the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building memorializes these students. Each fall, Appalachian invites these students' families to campus for a special Student Memorial Program. During this program we honor and remember these Mountaineers by reading their names and families' words of remembrance. This year’s program will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the lobby of B.B. Dougherty Administration Building.

These students will “Always be a Mountaineer.”

Tyler Hardin, winner of the 2015 Fox News College Competition

Fox Channel College Competition

Tyler Hardin, a sophomore broadcasting major and Appalachian State, recently won the 2015 Fox News College Competition for his report on live police webcams in the town of Greensboro.

Fox News selects one solo or group winner every year to receive a trip to New York and an interview with Fox News, in addition to a $10,000 cash prize.

He said he originally saw the competition advertised in high school.

“When I got into college and knew I was going to [compete], I set out for something that was very controversial and all over the nation,” Hardin said. “With recent events, a lot of cities are looking into investing in police body worn cameras. For me, living in Greensboro, I figured this was a great way to cover the story and shine light on both the positive and negatives of implementing that.”

Greensboro first implemented police body cameras in 2013, Hardin said. He spoke with the mayor, police officers and citizens when covering the story in order to showcase both sides.

Competing led Hardin to an internship at Fox this previous summer in New York City, working on Mornings with Maria, a show featuring an array of financial and political topics. Hardin assisted with social media, video production and general planning for the show.

“I would wake around 3 a.m. and get to Fox around 5:30 a.m.,” Hardin said. “I met a lot of incredible people and the skill building for me was incredible – everyone was very welcoming.”

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It's Up to Me

its up to me

The new school year is upon us. Share these wellness tips with your student to help them start the school year off right:

  1. Stay Focused: Summer is a good time to relax and recharge – but after a few months in the sun, it’s helpful to refocus on what you want to get out of your education. Reflect on what your college education means to you, and how it helps you to achieve your potential. This will allow you to return to school with a fresh and newly energized mindset.

  2. Get Mentally and Physically Prepared: The school grind can be tough. Loads of work and socializing can put your mind and body under pressure. Clear you mind and stay centered by exercising, getting enough sleep, and eating well.

  3. Set Achievable Goals: It’s easy to get bogged down with work and other obligations. Setting goals can help you manage your priorities when the school year starts. Whether it’s to join more clubs, get involved with a charity, go for a walk every day or take advantage of your professor’s office hours, specific goals will help make the school year more productive.

  4. Create Good Habits: Good habits (like getting to bed earlier or limiting your hours of screen time) can do wonders for your well-being. Establishing good habits at the beginning of the school year will help you to start off on the right foot and maintain them moving forward.

  5. Don’t Overthink It: Be confident in your preparation and your abilities as a student. Try not to get too caught up in worrying about your grades or how much other students may be doing compared to you. Instead, put trust in yourself that you will be fine and are capable of navigating challenges that may come your way.

Students have access to more tips about staying emotionally healthy at school via CUThrive.

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Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)

Self-defense Training For Women And Men

The Rape Aggression Defense System is dedicated to teaching women and men defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics. Our system of realistic defense will provide a woman with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.

New Schedule for 2015/2016

New Advanced RAD Program for Females that have taken the Basic RAD Class in 2016. Contact ASU Police 828-262-6581 for further information. At this time there will be no fee with this class if you have taken the Basic RAD Class for Women.

Download: RAD Brochure

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The Red Flag Campaign

Red Flag Campaign

The Red Flag Campaign is hosting a series of training opportunities available for students during the month of September.

The Campaign has developed a new tiered training module that focuses on building knowledge and skills regarding interpersonal violence prevention and active bystander intervention.

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Office of Student Financial Aid

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The Office of Student Financial Aid is excited to welcome students back to campus. Our experienced staff is dedicated 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. For more information about counselor meeting hours, please visit our website.

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M.S. Shook Student Health Service at Appalachian receives AAAHC reaccreditation

Accreditation AssociationBOONE–M.S. Shook Student Health Service at Appalachian State University has achieved reaccreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

Accreditation distinguishes the campus health clinic from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external evaluation process.

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University Housing

University Housing


Joining our parent move-in volunteers, over 800 faculty, staff, students, and community members helped move all our freshmen in during move-in weekend. Thanks to everyone who helped make the event so successful! Now that everyone is here, fall semester is a busy time in University Housing. Please read below to learn more about all the processes that will happen between now and December.

Helping Your Student Navigate Roommate Relationships

Back in July, all our residence hall students were anxious to hear who their roommates would be for the upcoming year. Now, everyone is settling into the halls and learning how to live with each other. For some, this will be an exciting experience with more highs than lows. For others, it can be frustrating or overshadowed by anxiety. Whatever your student’s experience may be, you can help him or her create a positive roommate relationship.

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Career Development Center



Fall CareerFest – an essential tool in networking students and getting them HIRED!

September 29th, more than 100 companies, health care, government, and nonprofit organizations will be waiting to meet Appalachian students at CareerFest.  Student engagement, preparation, and attendance are essential to both student career development and employer relations for the University. 

At our Spring CareerFest, over 1,000 jobs and internships were presented to students, at an average salary of $41,000!

Please discuss this event with your son or daughter, urge participation in our workshops and career fair. Visit for details and information.

Career Ambassadors

We are excited to announce that we have 14 new Career Ambassadors this year! The Career Ambassador program is an opportunity for students to develop various skills and leadership experience through serving as an advocate for Career Development and Exploration at Appalachian State. Students are able to join committees based upon their interest area that will help them in their professional life. Students will learn about the internal operations of an office setting while assessing how their strengths can help the Appalachian community connect with Career Development. 

University Recreation

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The new academic year is up and running, and University Recreation is excited to see all of the new faces that are streaming through our doors! University Recreation provides structured and unstructured leisure time activities for students. It is through these activities that students learn life-long skills that contribute to their social, physical, emotional, and intellectual growth and development. Correspondingly, University Recreation serves as a laboratory for training in Recreation Management and related fields.

There is no time to waste in getting involved! Look out for upcoming events and information in the following areas:

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Alternative Service Experience Program

ASE Banner

Alternative Service Experience Program: The program on campus that allows students to travel and do service over university breaks. If you’re looking for a way to get involved NOW, we have two upcoming sign-up events. 

Fall ASE Programs allow students to spend their 4-day break in October serving alongside others all over North Carolina. Choose from one of our 4 programs and make the most of your Fall Break! Sign-ups for Fall Break Programs will be held Wednesday, September 16th in the ACT Outreach Center beginning at 7 am ($50 deposit due at sign-up). Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity as there are LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE! For more detailed information on sign-ups and our programs visit

If you are interested in using your long holiday break to engage in service in another community, check out our Winter ASE programs below or at  To sign-up for a Winter ASE, bring your $500 deposit and completed lottery packet (pick up in ACT Outreach Center - PSU) to Winter Lottery on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 8pm in Table Rock Room of the PSU.

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Family Weekend

Family weekend

Join us for the time-honored tradition of Family Weekend October 30-November 1, 2015!

Registration is now open!

Immerse yourself in the Appalachian Experience and join other Appalachian parents and families for a wonderful, fun-filled weekend on campus. This special weekend is your opportunity for a taste of campus life. Visit your son's or daughter's residence hall; speak with university administrators, faculty and staff members, come dressed up in your best costume and win a prize on Friday evening and so MUCH more! On Saturday cheer on the Mountaineers to football victory with your child or family member. There are other options for you to choose from as well. Bring your whole family and take time to meet other Appalachian families.

Please visit the Family Weekend website to view the schedule of events, register for the weekend and the BIG Family Weekend Tailgate with Chancellor Everts and other faculty, staff and administrators.

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Why Must Appalachian Students Take General Education?

Five CsAt Appalachian, we create a transformational educational experience by requiring students to take a variety of courses across the university in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. These 44 credit hours in General Education reflect national best practices, in response to the demands of the 21st century for broadly educated, informed, and engaged citizens.

General Education enhances academic quality while improving student retention and success, and engages students in diverse experiences to increase their intercultural competence and cultivate engaged citizenship.

We prepare Appalachian students to be good employees, strong leaders, responsible members of their communities, and engaged citizens of the world. We do this by stressing not just strong intellectual and practical skills but by teaching and affecting students as whole persons. We stress critical thinking; communicating effectively, community membership and its responsibilities; and connecting local issues to global ones.

General Education has much more than economic value for our students. General Education is what helps make college a life-transforming experience. We care about our students’ careers. But we know that their time with us at Appalachian is not just about careers—it’s about community, citizenship, and character.

Submitted Aug 24, 2015 by Dr. Martha McCaughey, Faculty Coordinator of First Year Seminar

App State Wins Sun Belt Graduation Rate Award

Sun Belt Graduation Rate Award

Appalachian State director of athletics Doug Gillin (center), faculty athletics representative Dr. Alan Hauser (second from right) and senior woman administrator Debbie Richardson (right) receive the 2015 Sun Belt Conference Institutional Graduation Rate Award from Sun Belt president Dr. Nick Bruno (left) and commissioner Karl Benson (second from left) on Monday night in Montgomery, Ala. (Courtesy of Sun Belt Conference)


Appalachian State University athletics collected one of the Sun Belt Conference’s most prestigious honors on Monday evening when it was named the winner of the Sun Belt’s 2015 Institutional Graduation Rate Award.

Appalachian State earned the 2015 Institutional Graduation Rate Award on the strength of its student-athletes owning the highest Federal Graduation Rate among all current Sun Belt members for the 2013-14 academic year. The graduation rates are calculated and published yearly by the NCAA in its Division I Graduation Rate Annual Report.

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Graduation and Commencement Information

Commencement Ceremony Schedule

December 2015

Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Holmes Convocation Center

  • 10:00 am - College of Arts and Sciences and Reich College of Education

  • 2:00 pm - Beaver College of Health Sciences, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Hayes School of Music, and Walker College of Business

May 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

  • 12:00 pm - Reich College of Education at the Holmes Convocation Center 

  • 3:00 pm - Hayes School of Music at the Rosen Concert Hall   

  • 6:00 pm - Beaver College of Health Sciences at Holmes Convocation Center

Saturday, May 14, 2016

  • 9:00 am – College of Fine and Applied Arts at Holmes Convocation Center 

  • 1:00 pm – Walker College of Business at Holmes Convocation Center 

  • 5:00 pm – College of Arts and Sciences at Holmes Convocation Center

Please note: graduate students should attend the college ceremony of their major field of study.

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News from College of Business’ Dean Heather Norris

Dean Heather Norris

The fall 2015 semester is in full swing at Appalachian. Students were welcomed back to the Walker College of Business with a reception in Peacock Hall on August 17, filling our new and improved learning and networking space on the 2nd floor with energy and enthusiasm. While finishing touches, including paint, additional digital signage and exterior maintenance are still in progress, the improvements are already enhancing every business student's experience. Overheard in Peacock Hall: "Dude, I'm really diggin' the new space!"

More than 80 faculty, staff and community members attended the Business for Good event in Blowing Rock on August 21, where we learned from experts how sustainable business practices relate to us all. Video and presentation files from speakers, including keynote speakers and local business leaders, are on the sustain tab of our website for your resource needs. The Walker College is committed to advancing sustainable business practices that promote responsible management of economic, social and natural resources, and we support the broader university goals surrounding sustainability. For example, the college's International Business Student Association (IBSA), led by faculty advisor Shannon Creighton, is coordinating the zero waste stadium clean-up this football season. If you're willing to volunteer, please sign-up online. Proceeds from the effort will support international student travel.

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Appalachian State - Best Bang for the Buck

Bang for the Buck CollegeAppalachian State University named in Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck” list

Appalachian State University has been ranked No. 9 in the Southeast on Washington Monthly magazine’s “Best Bang for the Buck” list. The list is included in the publication’s annual college guide.

A total of 288 master’s degree granting institutions in the Southeast are included on the list that looks at an institution’s admission rate, student loan default rate, graduation rate, family income, the percent of students receiving Pell grants, the net price to all students, family income and average SAT or ACT scores. According to data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 26 percent of full-time, undergraduate students in 2012-13 received Pell grants, the latest year for which data is available.

“Appalachian’s affordability, its focus on students and its history of offering an exceptional educational experience continue to draw students from across North Carolina and the Southeast to our campus,” said Chancellor Sheri N. Everts.

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The Schaefer Center Presents 2015-16 Season

Rhiannon Giddens

This series promotes the power and excitement of the live performance experience; provides a "window on the world" through the artistry of nationally and internationally renowned artists and showcases some of the finest artists of our region!

2015-2016 Performances

  • Rhiannon Giddens - Thursday, September 24

    Founding member of supergroup New Basement Tapes and Carolina Chocolate Drops
    7pm, Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
    $15 students, $25 faculty/staff and retired faculty/staff, $30 adults

  • Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre - Wednesday, October 7

  • An Evening with David Sedaris - Friday, October 23

  • Jason Isbell - Saturday, November 7

  • American Shakespeare Center: Julius Caesar - Friday, January 29

  • American Shakespeare CenterHenry V - Saturday, January 30

  • Dr. John & the Nite Trippers - Saturday, February 13

  • Contra Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater - Friday, April 22


Tickets and more information at

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Tailgate with Food Services


Need tailgating supplies?

Touch down at Appalachian Food Services for a selection of dining options as well as The Markets (campus convenience stores).

From bags of ice to whole pizzas, we have what you need to #FeedYosef on Game Days! Something to satisfy every APPetite!

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New Fall Exhibitions at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

Endia Beal

The Performance Review: Endia Beal

Exhibition begins: Friday, September 4, 2015


Intervention: Kirsten Stolle

Exhibition begins: Friday, September 4, 2015


Sightings: Ruth Ava Lyons

Exhibition begins: Friday, September 4, 2015

Back to Boone

Back to Boone: Editorial Cartoons by Andrew David Cox

Exhibition begins: Friday, October 2, 2015

For more information, go to

Club Sports News

Club sports

Hello Parents and Families,

Below is a link to the latest issue of the Club Sports Illustrated, a bi-monthly publication that features App State's Club Sports teams. The Club Sports Program consists of 21 student led sports teams that represent our Appalachian State University in competition with other American university teams of the JV and Club level.

The Illustrated is an online magazine comprised of articles written by the Club Sports players themselves and published through the Club Sports Publicity Office. This issue, you will read about what each team is up to and how they're doing this season! Click below to read this week's Illustrated!

Club Sports Illustrated August 28th

Thank you all for supporting Club Sports!
Jessica Dixon
Club Sports Publicity Programmer

Appalachian retains STARS® Gold rating for sustainability achievements

Sustainability StarsBOONE—Appalachian State University has maintained its STARS® Gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements in academics, research, campus and public engagement, and operations.

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS®) is administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

STARS® ratings are based on a points system with gold awarded to institutions receiving 65 to 85 points.

Appalachian achieved a 77.24 point score on the self-assessment system and currently has the second-highest score among institutions reporting their STARS data to date. The designation is valid for a three-year period.

Universities and colleges report their benchmarking data on a rolling deadline, but Dr. Lee F. Ball Jr., Appalachian’s interim director of sustainability, is optimistic that the university will remain one of the top reporting institutions.

“This is a snapshot in time for us to be very proud of,” Ball said. “It’s not easy to get a high score like this.”

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Student Yosef Club

Stadium RainbowIf your student is looking for a way to get involved on campus, Student Yosef Club is the organization to join!

The Student Yosef Club is the student booster club whose mission is to support Appalachian student-athletes, maintain an electric game-day atmosphere and fuel the Mountaineer spirit. As a member of the Student Yosef Club, along with an exclusive Student Yosef Club t-shirt and membership sticker, your student will be able to have early entry into home football and basketball games with the opportunity of the best student seats possible. They will also receive a discount card to use at local business for exclusive deals, special invitations to events featuring Appalachian players, coaches, and other athletics staff, a subscription to the “Black and Gold” newspaper of App State Athletics, and priority points for premiere Yosef Club benefits post-graduation.

For more information or to sign up your student for the Student Yosef Club, please call 828-262-3108 or visit Go Apps!

Holocaust Survivor Susan Cernyak-Spatz

Susan Cemyak SpatzHolocaust survivor Susan Cernyak-Spatz will give a talk titled “Perpetrators through the Eyes of the Victims,” Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at Appalachian State University. Her presentation in Belk Library and Information Commons room 114 is free and open to the public.

Cernyak-Spatz, who is a professor emerita of German literature at UNC Charlotte, was born into a middle-class Jewish family in Vienna. In 1929, she moved with her family to Berlin, where they witnessed Hitler’s rise to power. They fled to Prague in March 1938. Her father managed to escape to Belgium shortly before the German invasion of Poland, but the Nazis arrested and eventually deported Cernyak-Spatz and her mother.

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Appalachian Popular Programming Society



The Cultural Awareness and Student Engagement Council, better known as CASE, strives to increase diversity awareness and student involvement here on Appalachian State's campus through the programming of multicultural and educational events. In the past, CASE has hosted events such as the Hispanic Heritage Festival, the Hmong Harvest Festival, a screening of and panel discussion for the documentary Private Violence, as well as the Back to School Diversity Photoshoot. At our weekly meetings, we discuss, decide, and vote on the various programming. Often times, we work with other multi-cultural organizations. 


The Concerts Council is devoted to bringing national touring acts to App State's Legends, Holmes Convocation Center, and the Schaefer Center. Past acts include Dave Matthews Band, Lee Brice, Nick Offerman, Dr. Dog, and Keller Williams. The council spends meetings discussing possible acts, voting on said acts, and doing the promotional marketing for the event. Being a member of Concerts provides students with opportunities to network, be knowledgeable about campus events, learn graphic design skills, foster positive professional and friendly relationships, learn time-management skills and gain hands-on experience.

Club Shows

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