Lettuce Learn Project

ASU instructor uses grants to expand Lettuce Learn Project

The Child Development Center at Appalachian State University recently received two grants to further develop its Lettuce Learn Project, which will include new expansions to the children’s garden.

Lettuce Learn

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Spring Break Conversations: March 9-13

John Thomas Building

Many of your students are home for Spring Break; others may be traveling to a warmer, tropical destination! Are you feeling a little anxiety about what you are going to discuss with your son, daughter or family member? Concerned about them traveling with friends and their safety? 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. Allow them to openly and freely talk with you.

Coming Home

  • How are your classes going? Do you feel that you are meeting your academic goals that you set for yourself in January?
  • What types of activities are you involved in on campus? Have them name specific groups/clubs, etc.
  • How is your roommate situation? (Sometimes this relationship can be stressful at this time of the year. Asking this question may help you coach them on a conversation with their roommate(s) when they return from the break.)
  • Is the college experience you are having what you had anticipated? Why or why not?
  • What types of programs have you been to on/off campus?
  • If the semester were to end today, what would your grades be? Why? How could you improve them?
  • How much money do you have left on your meal card? Are you eating the right kinds of food? If they don’t have a meal card, how are they managing their money otherwise?
  • Have you met with your academic advisor this semester? Your professors? Utilized office hours?
  • How are you doing with the events that have happened this academic year?
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Douglas Gillin Named Athletic Director

Douglas Gillin Athletic DirectorFollowing a national search, Chancellor Sheri N. Everts has named Douglas Gillin director of athletics at Appalachian State University. He will begin his new duties April 6.

Gillin has been deputy athletics director at the University of Missouri since 2012, was assistant marketing director from 1999-97 and general manager of Mizzou Sports Properties from 1997-99. He also has held posts at Lehigh University and the University of New Mexico, in addition to managerial roles with ISP-Syracuse Sports Properties.

In 2002, he joined ISP Sports Winston-Salem and was named executive vice president in 2007. ISP Sports became part of IMG in 2010. IMG is the country’s leading collegiate multimedia, marketing and licensing/brand management company. Gillin was IMG-Winston-Salem senior vice president-college properties until 2012.

“I commend the search committee members for their hard work and welcome Doug to this amazing university,” said Chancellor Sheri N. Everts. “I am confident he is the athletics director to build on our history of athletic success and address the opportunities associated with moving to the Sun Belt Conference, while remaining focused on the core academic experience of our student-athletes. In keeping with the university’s mission, I look forward to working with Doug to ensure that Appalachian’s tradition of excellent education-focused support for our student-athletes remains central to our athletic program.

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It's Up to Me: Resilience Block 2

Its Up To Me

Block 2: Goals and Purpose

This aspect of resilience is related to setting goals for oneself and to working toward achieving one’s long-term lifetime goals. One of the developmental tasks for college students is exploring their values, creating goals for themselves, and creating meaning and purpose in their lives. However, students often believe that they have one purpose in life, and their life will only have meaning if they can seek out and find their one true purpose. In reality, our lives often have one or more purposes that are highly connected to our identity, beliefs, and values, which are also things that many college students are in the process of exploring and clarifying. One concrete way to begin creating purpose in our lives is to set goals that are specific, measurable, and have a tangible outcome, and the goals should be consistent with our identity, beliefs, and values. Purpose is not necessarily something that we have to search for or seek out. It is something that we can create in our lives by doing. These concepts are often easier said than done, particularly for college students who may still be trying to define who they are and what they believe and find important in the world so below are some tips and activities that you might encourage your student to use to begin to creat purpose in his or her life.

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Yosef Club Spring Tour

Yosef Club

The Yosef Club Spring Tour is set for April 8 through April 22

The 2015 Yosef Club Spring Tour will make stops in eight cities across the Southeast from April 8-22, Appalachian State University athletics announced on Tuesday.

The Yosef Club’s annual jaunt throughout some of Appalachian State’s biggest fan and alumni bases will make stops in the Triad (April 8), Asheville (April 9), Atlanta (April 13), Greenville, S.C. (April 14), Charlotte (April 15), Hickory (April 16), Raleigh (April 21) and Wallace (April 22).

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Protecting your Student's Mental Health

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Protecting Your Student’s Mental Health: What Can Parents Do?

College can be both an exciting and challenging time. When it comes to your student, you have a lot of things on your mind. How well is your student doing academically? Are they making friends? Are they making good financial decisions? Are they staying safe? What does their future look like?

With all the things going on in your student’s life, you also want to make sure you are considering your student’s emotional health.

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News from the Office of Financial Aid


Summer Sessions 2015

Instructions on how to access and complete the online summer 2015 Financial Aid Application is now available on the Financial Aid web site. In order to be eligible for summer 2015 financial aid, students must complete this application as well as the 2014-2015 FAFSA. Please remind your student to be sure to list Appalachian as a school to receive the results of their FAFSA.

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Reapp, Scholarships, and More from University Housing

University Housing

Reapp Ends, Wait List Begins

Students who did not choose or receive housing during Reapp and are still interested in living on campus, should visit housing.appstate.edu beginning March 1 to add their names to the wait list. Questions regarding the process can be directed to University Housing at 828-262-2160.


University Housing is accepting applications for a $500 scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year. Applications close on March 30. Please encourage your student to apply at http://bit.ly/UHScholarship.

Summer Housing Applications Open April 1

Each summer, University Housing opens one residence hall to house students who take summer classes. Applications for summer school housing are available at http://bit.ly/AppStateHMS. Summer housing will be in White Hall.

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Join Us for the Graduation Luncheon

Graduation ShakeIn honor of our students' momentous achievement, the University Libraries will sponsor a gourmet luncheon for them and their family in the River Street Cafeteria featuring:

  • French Dip
  • Turkey Gouda
  • Caprese Panini
  • Spinach
  • Feta Pie
  • Fruit
  • Salad Bar
  • Desserts
  • music
  • and much, much more!!!!

$25 per person, children $15.00

Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10
12:00pm or 2:30pm seating

Yosef will be in attendance for photos!

To register please go to: http://tinyurl.com/2015LibraryGraduationLuncheon

Proceeds go to support the Library Student Employee Scholarship Fund.

2015 Appalachian Student Ambassadors Members

The Appalachian Student Ambassadors are a group of 45 undergraduate students who serve Appalachian State University as student representatives for the Office of Admissions, the Alumni Association and the Office of the Chancellor. Below you will find some of the ways they contribute to the University!

  • Participate in Boone’s Adopt-A-Street program, by regularly cleaning Horn in the West Drive
  • Annually paint new boot prints and block A’s up Stadium Drive
  • Represent Appalachian at regional and national conferences hosted by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (CASE ASAP).
  • Host alumni events, providing a positive link between alumni and students
  • Greet visitors to the Chancellor's guest box and McKinney Alumni Center at home football games
  • Have a representative on the Alumni Council providing Appalachian student updates
  • Serve as student representatives at Alumni Corporate Committee meetings, ASU Foundation Board luncheons, regional chapter meetings and other board meetings
  • Communicate by newsletter and personal contacts to the alumni Ambassadors to encourage their continued involvement with Appalachian
  • Serve as hosts for University and Chancellor events promoting the Alumni Association
  • Ambassadors guide campus tours six days a week
  • Assist in all admissions events, including Honors day and InsideApp days 
  • Travel to college fairs as student representatives of Appalachian State University 
  • Provide university information to visitors at Fall Family Day and Spring Open House
  • Participate in Scholars' Weekend
  • Promote Appalachian's tradition of excellence

Congratulations to the newest Ambassadors!!! Read more for pictures!

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Office of Sustainability


BOONE—The University of North Carolina System avoided $103 million in utility costs in the 2013-14 academic year, according to Len Hoey, energy engineering manager at the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Appalachian’s Utility Savings Initiative (USI) report shows $3,381,913 avoided energy costs in academic year 2013 -2014, slightly more than one quarter of that in decreased water usage. To view that report and find more information about Appalachian’s and the other UNC system campuses’ energy reduction savings and measures visit http://sustain.appstate.edu/university-data.

“The momentum throughout the system, is astounding,” said Ged Moody, director of sustainability at Appalachian State University. “The proactive efforts of University leaders, the enormity of our savings, the active participation of our students — all bode well for the energy future of the university system and the state as a whole.” 

Hoey spoke to more than 200 energy professionals from across the state who attended the mid-year meeting of the Appalachian Energy Summit, which was held at UNC Charlotte last month. 

Total avoided utility costs system wide since 2002-03 is $499 million, he said. “We are on track with our goal of (saving) $1 billion (in utility costs) by 2020 and $2 billion by 2025.”

In opening comments, William Johnson, assistant vice president for finance and capital planning at UNC General Administration, said, “We are making the business case for renewable energy and need to continue to do so. Not simply because of the savings,” he said, “but because we are doing the right thing. We must continue to go forward. The University of North Carolina system is an economic engine for the state of North Carolina.”

Mandatory Student Insurance

Student Blue

All students eligible for the UNC System Mandatory Hard Waiver Plan must either waive out of or enroll in the student insurance coverage for the Fall 2015 semester by September 10, 2015.

Open enrollment and/or waiver submission for Fall 2015 semester should be available on line May 2015 at www.bcbsnc.com/asu.  Rates and Benefit information should be available then also.

The premium will appear on each semester's tuition bill unless the student submits proof of creditable coverage health insurance by the waiver deadline. The student's waiver request must be verified by BCBS/Student Blue and a response to the waiver request will be sent to the student.  Upon waiver approval, the premium will be reversed off of the student account.

If you have any questions, contact the Student Insurance Coordinator at (828)262-7463.

Club Sports

Club Sports

Dear 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 19 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 month, 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!

Click Here to read the latest Club Sports Illustrated!

Thank you all for supporting Club Sports!

Alyssa Gribble
UREC Publicity Programmer, Club Sports

Exam Pack

Make study time tasty with an Exam Pack from Appalachian Food Services. The Exam Pack includes your student's favorite snacks. Exam Packs will be delivered to East and West campus service desks where students can conveniently pick them up beginning Thursday, April 30, 2015. We will notify your student via email fo your generous gift along with pick-up instructions.

Exam Pack includes:

  • App Food Services Bake Shop Granola Bar

  • Appalachian Premium Mountain Spring Water

  • Clif Bar Chocolate Chip

  • Doritos® Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips

  • Florida's Natural® Orange Juice

  • Fresh Fruit (apple and orange)

  • Gardetto's® Snack Mix

  • Glories™ Sweet Potato Chips with Sea Salt

  • Lance® Toasty Crackers

  • Nature Valley® Oats 'n Honey Granola Bar

  • Otis Spunkmeyer Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffin

  • Peanut M&M's®

  • Rold Gold® Pretzels Tiny Twists

  • Sensible Portions® Garden Veggie Straws

  • Snickers® Bar

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Join University Libraries

Come join us as we visit Biltmore House and Gardens

Date: April 20, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $100 per person

Ticket price includes:

  • Transportation to and from Biltmore Estate
  • Tour of the house with audio guide
  • A gardens and winery tour
  • A delicious boxed lunch - choice of Turkey, PBJ or Veggie Wrap
  • An ASU parking permit for the day
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Remembering Mountaineers

Over the course of the academic year, nine students have died at ASU.

Right outside of the Student Development office, Cindy Wallace walks by a sizable list of student names every day.

As she scans the names mounted on a plaque on the first floor inside the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building, the vice chancellor skips randomly from name to name, pointing to a student she met once or knew very well. Wallace will say something she remembered about them, doing so with a nostalgic smile on her face as she remembers each student differently.

Full story on The Appalachian Online...

Preventing Suicide

What Can YOU Do To Help Prevent Suicide?

Appalachian State University has trained over 1,000 students, faculty, staff and off-campus community members in how to be a suicide prevention gatekeeper. A gatekeeper is someone who is aware of the warning signs for suicide, knows what steps to take to intervene, and is familiar with resources. One thing our gatekeepers are trained to do is to form a safety net around students of concern. A safety net is a group of people who are aware that a student is struggling and who support the distressed student. Families are a vital part of a student's safety net and an important part of suicide prevention efforts. We want to make sure you are aware of ways you can help contribute to the safety of this campus community.