Team Galliher

Galliher

Meet the Galliher Family!

Hunter, who just graduated from North Iredell High School, will be starting here at Appalachian State University in the fall as a freshman! He plans to major in Construction Management.

As you can see above, his family-Mom Lisa, Dad Van and sister Haley are all excited for Hunter to be here as one of the newest Mountaineers on campus.

Van is a member of the Appalachian Alumni Council here as well.


Office of Student Financial Aid

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Our experienced staff is dedicated to assisting students and their families to make informed student aid decisions and the Office of Student Financial Aid is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding University holidays. Should questions or concerns arise regarding your student’s financial aid, please feel free to contact our office by telephone, email, or visit our office on the 2nd floor of John E. Thomas building. For more information about counselor meeting hours, please visit our website.

If your student has not yet completed the 2015-2016 FAFSA, the good news is that it’s not too late. The 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can still be completed and submitted online at fafsa.ed.gov. Effective May 2015, the Federal Student Aid PIN is being replaced by the FSA ID. Going forward, instead of using a PIN number, students will have a username to log into FAFSA.gov, National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS.ED.gov), StudentLoans.gov, and other portals you might access for your financial aid needs. Complete instructions on how to create an FSA ID can be found here.

Mark your calendars to receive fall 2015 bills on July 14th. All students will receive their bill through their ASU email account. Bills will be due August 4th.

The Office of Student Financial Aid will be disbursing approved financial aid to students’ accounts on August 10, 2015. Please have your student check their AppalNet account to ensure that all financial aid requirements are satisfied. The Office of Student Accounts will begin issuing financial aid refunds during the first week of the fall term for students with a credit balance after all institutional charges have been paid. Please see the Office of Student Accounts website for more information on refunds and setting up direct deposit.

Parents, please remind your student to set up their Parent Access portal through AppalNet as this removes restrictions enforced through the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This allows the Office of Student Financial Aid to communicate details specific to your student’s financial aid. For more detailed instructions on how your student can set up Parent Access in their AppalNet account, please visit the Registrar’s Office website.

Many questions can also be answered by visiting the student’s AppalNet account or our website. It is extremely important that your student be in the routine of checking their AppalNet account and ASU email for Financial Aid updates as this is the primary means by which financial aid information will be communicated to students.


Improvements to Peacock Hall

Peacock Hall

Business students returning to Appalachian this fall will find their “home away from home” in a new and improved state. Peacock Hall, the home of the Walker College of Business, is undergoing extensive renovations this summer, which will provide a more inviting and comfortable physical environment conducive to learning, conducting research, and networking among students, faculty, staff and the broader community. The updates, which will include are expected to be complete prior to the beginning of the fall 2015 semester. Some of the highlights include:

  • A redesigned lobby area and the Broyhill "Living Room," a comfortable and attractive networking space for students, faculty, staff and visitors. This new space will replace the student lounges housed on the second and third floors;

  • More flexible learning environments in selected existing classrooms and new "break-out" areas to facilitate group learning;

  • Renovated career services and student advising areas to add office space and improve functionality.

To follow the progress, please visit: http://business.appstate.edu/renovation


Suicide Prevention

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Suicide Prevention is Everyone's Business - How Your Student Can Help

We know that 2/3 of people who die by suicide have told someone about their intent to die in the weeks before their death. In a University setting, peers are often the first to hear and see suicide warning signs. They can help prevent suicide by recognizing those warning signs and getting that person to a professional resource, like the Counseling Center on campus. Approaching someone about suicide can often be challenging, though. That's why all students at Appalachian State have access to an online suicide preventing training simulation. In this game, students learn suicide warning signs, tips and tricks for having tough conversations, and participate in a simulated conversation about suicide.

To access the game:

Family members are invited to take the faculty version of this online training by entering the enrollment key: appstate592.

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Appalachian State University has gone Google

This summer, the faculty and staff at Appalachian joined our students using Google Apps for Education for email, calendar, docs, drive, hangouts etc.  This has been a major project and will improve collaboration on our campus.  Even though all students began using Gmail in 2007, this project will bring some impact for your student:       

  1. Between now and August 5, students will need to change their password. This can be done at: http://password.appstate.edu.

  2. Student will change the way they log into email.  After August 5, students should go to http://gmail.com to check their email instead of Appalnet. They should use their username@appstate.edu instead of username@email.appstate.edu . (Note:  any email sent to username@email.appstate.edu will still be delivered, when you email your student you can drop the @email if you wish)

  3. After August 5, all email from the University will be directed to students at their new username@appstate.edu account, so it is important for them to make the transition to their new account to avoid missing important information at the beginning of the school year.

Accounts for students who have not been registered for a class for more than 12 months (graduation, transfer, no longer in school etc.) will be deleted.  Your student will receive multiple notifications before the deletion of their account occurs.

For more information on Appalachian Going Google, see http://gogoogle.appstate.edu


Student Accounts

Durham park bannerParents please be aware on July 14, 2015, the Office of Student Accounts will be running bills. After bills have been generated, email notifications will be sent to student ASU email addresses and available parent email addresses notifying recipients that bills are available to be viewed online via the Appalnet and Parent Portal sites.   Billing statements will not be attached to the emails.

To view e-bills:
Via the Student Appalnet (Student Appalnet link):  Select the Self Service tab; select the Student Tab; select the Student Accounts link; select the e-bill Link; select the Bill Date from the drop down menu and click View Statement

Via the Parent Portal (Parent Portal link): Login with the 9-digit Student Banner ID and your 6-digit pin; select the e-bill tab; select the Bill Date from the drop down menu and click View Statement

* Parent Portal access is granted by the Student on the Parent Access link of the Student Tab on the Appalnet.  If a parent pin needs to be reset (if it is forgotten) or an email address needs to be updated, the student must do this by selecting the same Parent Access link on their Appalnet and entering the new information and submitting.  More information on Parent Access and the FERPA law can be found at this link: registrar.appstate.edu/ferpa.html

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An Appalachian Summer Festival

Summer Festival

Appalachian State University’s annual summer arts attraction, An Appalachian Summer Festival, announces its 31st season, to take place June 27-July 31. The 2015 schedule brings a diverse and unique mixture of music, dance, theatre, visuals arts and film to the High Country! The festival has been named one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeastern Tourism Society for its commitment to showcasing a vast array of exceptional artistic talent and entertainment.

2015 Festival Highlights

  • Brian Stokes Mitchell with the Winston-Salem Symphony July 11
  • Eastern Festival Orchestra with Awadagin Pratt, piano July 12
  • David Grisman Sextet featuring special guests: Bryan Sutton Band July 17
  • The Beach Boys July 18
  • Twenty Feet from Stardom's Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton July 23
  • In/Visible Theatre: Without Words July 24 & 25
  • Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox July 31

Plus chamber music, global film series, visual arts exhibitions, workshops and more!

To view the 2015 festival brochure, click: http://issuu.com/appalachianstateuniversity/docs/appsummer-brochure-2015

Tickets and more information: appsummer.org


Red Flag Summer Institute

Red FlagDear Appalachian Parents,

You are receiving this letter because the Red Flag Campaign (RFC) is hosting a Summer Institute that your student is invited to apply for. The campaign recently received a grant from the AVON Foundation for Women in order to host a 3-day Summer Institute (July 22nd-24th). The Institute is another way to end sexual violence on Appalachian’s campus.

This institute will allow your student to develop dynamically by enhancing their knowledge and increasing their awareness of interpersonal, dating, and sexual violence. This institute will be a safe and open atmosphere facilitated by Appalachian State staff and community members. Through a variety of teaching and learning styles your student will learn to identify warning behaviors that constitute sexual violence, appropriate skills to intervene safely and effectively, and preventative measures of sexual violence. With their peers they will be taught self-care, leadership, and team building and they will further learn of campus and community resources.

There’s still time to register for the Red Flag Campaign Summer Institute! We have limited spots left, and the deadline to apply is approaching quickly. Click here to apply to the Summer Institute simply!

When your student participates in this program, Appalachian gets closer to our goal of a campus free of sexual violence.

Click here for more information about the Red Flag Campaign.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Best Regards,
Ellen Hartman
Interpersonal Violence Support and Prevention Coordinator
hartmanep@appstate.edu
828-262-8284


Move-In

Move InGood Afternoon Parents and Families,

Can you believe it is Move-In Registration Time already?  Well it is upon us and we need your help.  Freshman Move-In Day at Appalachian State University is Friday, August 14, 2015. Volunteers are still needed to assist students by moving them into their residence hall, answering questions, providing directions, and a variety of other customer service functions to show the "Appalachian Way". 

On-line registration is currently active!  You can register by clicking below:

Parent & Family Move-In Registration

Parents and families who register will receive additional information by email in early August.  Your support of Move-in is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
Appalachian Parents Association


Summer Socials for New Incoming Students and Families

Summer SocialNew Incoming Parents/Families and Students,

You are invited to attend one of the Summer Socials taking place during the months of July and August for new incoming students, parents and families. We encourage you to participate by stopping by one of the socials in your area or nearby for food, fellowship, and a celebration of all things Appalachian. Check out the list of Summer Socials across the country that will be gathering this summer!

To register for one of the Summer Socials, please RSVP via our online form below and indicate which summer social you would like to attend. For more information or questions, please contact the Office of Parent & Family Services at (828) 262-8284.

https://parents.appstate.edu/summer-2015-socials


Yosef Club and Season Tickets

Together we rise

Greetings, Appalachian Parents:

As you prepare to send your Mountaineer back to Appalachian, or if it's their first semester on the mountain, we hope that you will invest your time and support in our athletics programs on campus by joining the Yosef Club today. The Yosef Club is Appalachian Athletics’ primary fundraising arm which aids Mountaineer student-athletes through scholarship, athletic facility enhancement and programmatic needs support. Over 450 student-athletes benefit from this support and make App Nation proud everyday through their high academic and athletic performance as well as their service throughout the High Country community.

If you are a past member of the Yosef Club and have yet to renew your 2015 membership or have never been a member, please consider joining today. We need all alumni, friends and family of Appalachian to help us send the message to our new conference that the Mountaineers are here in full force! ANY amount helps us reach our goal of fully funding scholarships for our student-athletes. Learn more about the Yosef Club or donate today by visiting www.appstatesports.com/YosefClub or by calling the Yosef Club office at 828-262-3108.

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Dave by the Bell: Parental Advice

Dave Blanks by the Bell

University Communications’ Dave Blanks likes to ask students random questions. The result: a production of short conversations that showcase the character of Appalachian State University’s student body.

Sometimes fun, sometimes serious, these impromptu conversations draw on topics both timely and topical.

In June, Dave visited the Schaefer Center to chat with parents of incoming App State Freshmen about their hopes and dreams for their children as well as their big plans for their child's room back at the house.

Renovations and Reverence in the latest Dave by the Bell. See more in the online podcast.


Welcome to APP 2015

Finding your Appalachian

For more information and a schedule of Welcome Weekend 2015 events please click on one of the following Welcome Weekend links below.

Freshman Welcome Weekend August 14th-16th

Transfer Welcome Weekend  August 15th-16th

Welcome to APP 2015 begins with Welcome Weekend.  Our goal during Welcome Weekend is for students 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 the students’ summer orientation. Please make sure that your child or family member takes advantage of Welcome Weekend and Welcome to APP events throughout their first semester to ensure a great start at Appalachian!


R.A.D. (Self -Defense) Classes for Men and Women

RADRape Aggression Defense System is one of the best women/ men’s self defense courses available. RAD is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive self defense course for women/men that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defensive training.

RAD Self-Defense classes: 2015 Sign up NOW! Classes start September 2015.

Classes will be held at Plemmons Student Union. Fall 2015 RAD Classes for Women:

1st Sessions are 6pm-9pm at the Student Union (see each date for classroom location)

  • Tuesday, October 6, 2015 Student Union in the Three Top Room # 169
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015 Student Union in the Three Top Room # 169
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2015 Student Union in the Three Top Room # 169
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2015 Student Union in the Three Top Room # 169

UREC News

Club Expo

August 16th, 2015
3:30pm- 7pm
Holmes Convocation Center

The Expo is an event that showcases all of the different ways students can get involved on campus. With over 350 student organizations, there is something for everyone, which means first time students as well as returning students should attend! University Recreation will have a table set up on the first floor, as well as 21 Club Sports Teams that will have individual tables set up downstairs. Come by and check out what we have to offer here at Appalachian State University, and see how you can get involved!

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UREC Fest 2015

August 19th, 2015
4pm-8pm
Duck Pond Field

Every Year, University Recreation puts on UREC Fest, which features: Free Food, Prizes, Giveaways, Outdoor Fun, Games, Inflatables, and UREC Demos. We will have tables from each program area (Admin, Aquatics, Club Sports, Fitness, Intramural Sports, and Outdoor Programs) there to answer any questions. Whether you are interested in rock climbing, playing sports, personal training, employment options, or just working out, University Recreation is a great way to get involved on campus while promoting a fun, healthy lifestyle!


Join an Alumni Viewing Party this Fall

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Beginning this fall, parents will receive e-mail invitations to Alumni Chapter Viewing Parties happening in their area! Viewing parties are held across the country to watch televised football games: they're a great way to share Mountaineer pride and get to know Appalachian alumni, parents, and friends in your local community.

The Appalachian Family Network consists of 27 chapters located throughout the country. Managed by local alumni volunteers, most chapter events are free and open to members of The Appalachian Family. Chapter events include service opportunities, social gatherings, fundraisers in support of The Appalachian Fund and local scholarships, and alumni business networking. To see a full list of Appalachian Alumni Chapters, click here.


You're invited to L.E.A.D. Orientation at Appalachian!

LEAD Orientation

If you are eager to make new friends, explore the Boone community, move-in early, and connect with faculty and staff, then L.E.A.D. Orientation is for you!

L.E.A.D., Linking Education and Diversity, is an optional 3-day program designed to assist new multicultural students in their transition to the university and takes place after Appalachian's general orientation program. L.E.A.D. participants will interact with other first year students, university administrators and will have the opportunity to learn and discuss some of the social, personal and academic successes and challenges that may arise. The L.E.A.D. program is filled with educational, fun, and interactive experiences that engage our diverse student community, positively enhancing their Appalachian experience right from the start!

Register today!

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The BIG Sale

ACT logoMark your calendars!  The 15th Annual BIG SALE will be held Saturday, August 15th from 8am - 2pm at Legends.  And don't forget the Carpet Pre-Sale on Friday the 14th from 11am - 3pm at Legends AND Duck Pond Field!

The BIG Sale was started in 2000 by a student, Natalie Knight, who saw large amounts of "trash" that students were throwing away at the end of the school year and wanted to do something about it.  She started by collecting items herself and donating them to OASIS, a domestic abuse shelter.  The volume of stuff became too much for her or OASIS to handle so she hooked up with a group called Dump and Run, a national organization that helps organize events like The BIG Sale on college campuses. The following year, in 2001, was the inaugural BIG Sale in the form that it is today.  The first sale took place on Duck Pond Field and raised $3100 for Watauga Department of Social Services Foster Care program.  

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News from Food Services

Food Services

Appalachian Food Services is the largest employer of students on campus.

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!

Our student employees have the opportunity to earn, learn and grow while gaining valuable resume experience. We offer flexible schedules, so that students can balance academics and other extracurricular activities as well as semester raises and promotion opportunities.

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