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Hall Closing Reminder

Residence halls will close for the semester on Friday, May 13, 2016 at noon. Students are required to move out of the halls 24 hours after their final exams but no later than noon on Friday, May 13. Graduating seniors and students participating in commencement ceremonies may get approval from Coordinators in residence life to stay in the halls until Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 5pm.

Housing is not provided for students between spring and summer semesters.

“Don’t Throw it Away” reduces landfill waste

Is your student overwhelmed by the amount of belongings they have collected this year? Doubt you will fit it all into your vehicle to move home? Donate unwanted belongings to Appalachian’s Don’t Throw it Away program. This program collects students’ unwanted items to sell at the Big Sale in the fall to raise money for local non-profit agencies. Not only does this support our local community, it also reduces the amount of waste taken to landfills each year.

Every residence hall has a Don’t Throw it Away collection station in the main lobby. Simply place unwanted items in the taped area and a campus volunteer will come collect the items. Please do not leave trash or items that cannot be reused. Dumpsters are located outside each residence hall for those items.

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May Commencement


GraduationAre you the parent of a graduating senior? Is your student planning to participate in the Spring Commencement ceremonies on May 13th and 14th? If so, the Office of the Registrar would like to share some important information and details related to Commencement that will assist you in planning for this important day of celebration.

Ceremony schedule information can be found on the Graduation tab of our website. Here you will find the day, time and location for each College ceremony. If you are unsure which College your students’ major falls under, a list of all majors and their corresponding College can be found on the University’s main website under the Academics tab. Doors to the arena open an hour prior to the start of the ceremony, so please plan your travel accordingly. Shuttle buses to and from the parking areas will be available.

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Senior Class Gift

Senior Class Gift

Dear Parents,

As the semester is drawing to a close, the Office of Alumni Affairs & Annual Giving is looking forward to welcoming graduating seniors into the Appalachian Alumni Family! If you have a student who is graduating this semester, please take a moment to read about the Senior Class Gift.

The Senior Class Gift Program celebrates the Appalachian experience, and provides an opportunity for graduating Seniors to pay that gift forward to the entire university. Each senior is asked to make a gift equivalent to their graduation year (e.g. $20.16) to The Appalachian Fund. The Senior Class Gift is directed to The Appalachian Fund because it makes a difference for every Mountaineer: it supports 74 areas across campus including scholarships, facilities and technology, faculty development, study abroad funding and much more.
Students who choose to donate will be invited to an exclusive Senior Toast with the Chancellor at the McKinney Alumni Center on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. They will also receive a donor lapel pin to wear at graduation, and will be recognized on the alumni website. Parents are also invited to donate to the Senior Class Gift in their Senior’s honor, enabling their student to receive all the benefits of donation. 
To make a gift on behalf of your senior, please click here and be sure to include your child’s full name in the "Additional Gift Information" box. Email invitations to the event will go out the first week in May.

Thank you for considering this opportunity, and congratulations to our seniors!

SummerSummer Wisdom ’08
Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs & Annual Giving
Appalachian State University
McKinney Alumni Center
ASU Box 32015
Boone, NC 28608
828.262.7758 office

Sustainability & Local Food 2015-2016 Year in Review

Food Services composts between 90-100 tons of organic material annually.

Appalachian Food Services has been self-operated since 1925.  We are 100% receipt supported and receive no state funding; our operating budget comes from student Meal Account purchases.

In an effort to be good stewards of these funds, we aim to be as sustainable as possible.  Our sustainability initiatives include purchasing local products, reducing, reusing and recycling.

We purchase all items in bulk, eliminating excess delivery traffic and packaging.  We also operate a Meat Cutting room, Vegetable Prep department and Bake Shop to ensure that diners enjoy the freshest possible products.  Furthermore, we employ a local staff to prepare the food that is served on campus.  This staff includes 500-700 students each year; we are the largest employer of students on campus.

This year, Food Services has increased efforts towards Zero Waste as well as those to source local and sustainable products.  We endeavor to improve awareness of our sustainability initiatives both on and off campus.  Furthermore, we continue to partner with the Office of Sustainability to identify opportunities and fulfill Appalachian's strategic plan.

Read the full feature for our 2015-2016 Sustainability Highlights.

Photo:  Pre-consumer compost from Vegetable Prep.  Food Services composts between 90-100 tons of organic material annually.

Scholarships for Study Abroad

“But Study Abroad is expensive!”

This is one of the top reasons students provide for not studying abroad. Although study abroad certainly isn’t cheap, it doesn’t have to be cost-prohibitive either. The cost of studying abroad varies greatly depending on the type and location of the program, the length of stay, and whether the program is administered through a university or an outside agency. While the overall cost of studying abroad can exceed that of studying on the home campus—which may lead students to consider it unaffordable—it is a mistake to make this assumption beforehand or to assume that the difference is prohibitively large. Some study abroad programs can actually be less expensive than tuition and fees for the equivalent amount of time on the home campus.

Regardless of where your student wants to go or what they want to study, encourage him or her to look into all the study abroad–related scholarships and grants available as early in the process as possible. Generally speaking, there are five types of study abroad scholarships:

  • Merit-based: These awards are based on a student’s academic, artistic, athletic, or other abilities, and often factor in the applicant’s extracurricular activities and community service record.
  • Student-specific: These scholarships are primarily awarded to individuals who meet certain demographic criteria, typically based on gender, race, religion, family background, or economic status. Scholarships for minority students are the most common.
  • Destination-specific: These are scholarships awarded by a particular country to students planning to pursue a study abroad program in that country. They are awarded as an incentive to study in that country rather than somewhere else.
  • Program-specific: These scholarships are offered to qualified applicants by individual study abroad programs and/or the colleges and universities that sponsor them. These scholarships are often given on the basis of academic and personal achievement, but qualifications do vary.
  • Subject-specific: These scholarships are awarded by study abroad programs or institutions to students based on their major or field of study. These scholarships often require the recipient to enroll in subject-specific courses or conduct subject-specific research while abroad.
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Summer Sessions

Summer SessionsDid you know students are charged 50% more tuition if they take in excess of 140 credit hours?

Starting in fall 2010 the General Assembly increased the tuition surcharge at all UNC institutions on 1) all credit hours in excess of one hundred and forty (140) when taken as part of students’ first baccalaureate degree; and 2) all credit hours in excess of one hundred and ten percent (110%) of the number required for a second or subsequent baccalaureate degree.  Included in the calculation of credit hours are 1) all course work attempted at Appalachian (i.e., courses earned, courses failed, courses repeated, and courses dropped after the UNC system "census" date published in the academic calendar), and 2) all course work transferred to Appalachian from other UNC institutions and NC community colleges.

Did you know Summer Session credits are excluded from the surcharge calculation?

Hours earned through the summer sessions cannot be calculated in the 50% Tuition Surcharge on credit hours earned over 140.

You see, Summer Sessions do not receive appropriations (funding) from the State of North Carolina.  Summer  instruction and administration is funded through tuition paid during the summer.  Therefore the state does not include summer hours earned in the Tuition Surcharge calculation.  For example, a student with 135 earned hours but who completed 12 of those hours in summer sessions, in reality has 123 hours toward the Surcharge calculation and therefore has the opportunity to enroll in 17 credit hours during the academic year without facing the 50% Tuition Surcharge.

The formal explanation: Tuition Surcharge

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The Five Best Gifts for an App Grad


Do you know an App Grad? Visit the University Bookstore Website to see some of our best selling graduation gifts for new Appalachian Alumni.

  1. Diploma Frames make a wonderful gift and allow the graduate to prominently display their well earned degree. You can build your own at University Frames.
  2. Appalachian Alumni T-shirt. Been there. Done that. Wear your accomplishment with pride!
  3. Pewter Alumni Car Tag.
  4. Presentation Tankard with Appalachian seal.
  5. Leather padfolio with brass Appalachian seal medallion.
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University Recreation Update

UREC LogoMay is here and with it comes the end of the year! This spring has been a lot of fun at University Recreation, and we are ready for many more great semesters to come following the celebration of our 10th birthday at the Student Recreation Center.

Outdoor Programs:

First Ascent is a wilderness orientation program for incoming transfer and incoming first year students facilitated by Outdoor Programs. This opportunity provides students with challenging experiences that are designed to assist them in finding their place in the Appalachian family. There are three different opportunities for students to participate with varying lengths of expeditions.

First Ascent Expedition : 7/25 - 7/31
Includes transportation to program sites and back, lodging, meals, adventure equipment

First Ascent Basecamp

  • Session 1: 7/11-7/15

  • Session 2: 7/18-7/22

  • Includes transportation to program sites and back, lodging, meals, sleeping bags, adventure equipment

First Ascent Wilderness

  • Session 1: 7/12-7/15

  • Session 2: 7/19-7/22

  • Session 3: 7/26-7/29

  • Session 4: 8/2-8/5 (Transfer Student session)

  • Session 5: 8/8-8/11 (Outdoor Residential Learning Community session)

  • Includes transportation to program site and back to campus, backpacking equipment, shelter, sleeping bags, stoves/cook sets, food

Upcoming Trips:

  • New River Canoe Overnight (New River State Park): 4/30-5/1

  • Grand Tetons Mountain-Craft Expedition (Grand Teton Ntl. Park, WY): 6/13-6/27

  • Italy - Mountain Culture Expedition (Italy): 6/7- 6/27

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

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An Appalachian Summer Festival

AppSummer logoPresented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, this annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus, and features an eclectic, diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming!

2016 Festival Highlights

  • Summer Exhibition Celebration at the Turchin Center July 1
  • Broyhill Chamber Ensemble July 6, 20, 23 (with RIOULT Dance NY) & 31
  • Weicholz Global Film Series June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, & August 2
  • Reduced Shakespeare Company: Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play July 7 & 8
  • Eastern Festival Orchestra July 10
  • Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo / Melissa Etheridge July 15
  • Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists July 17
  • Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk July 23
  • RIOULT Dance NY: Bach Dances with live music by the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble July 23
  • Pink Martini July 25
  • In/Visible Theatre: Mauzy July 28 & 29
  • Jerry Douglas Band with special guest Mipso August 6
  • The Avett Brothers (special post-festival concert!) September 8

Plus visual arts exhibitions, lectures, workshops and more!

For a complete festival schedule and to purchase tickets, visit or call 800.841.ARTS

Transfer Services Unveils New Website

The Office of Transfer Services is happy to announce that we have a new website available to help prospective, admitted, and current transfer students ( The Office of Transfer Services was originally developed as the Office of Articulation and focused on evaluating transfer credit - and our previous website reflected that emphasis. Over the last two years, the office expanded to include pre-transfer advising, mentoring and transitional support, and engagement of current transfer students. In an effort to have our website more effectively reflect our current mission, the Office of Transfer Service spent the last six months rewriting and reconfiguring our website. We invite parents to refer to our new website in order to locate resources, events, and support for your transfer student. In addition, the Office of Transfer Services works with any current student petitioning for credit or planning on completing visiting coursework at another institution; complete information and instructions for these processes are listed on our website under the current students tab. 

32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Commemoration: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

DysonMichael Eric Dyson, an American academic, author and radio host, graced Appalachian State University with his wonderful presence on Tuesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. His talk, originally scheduled for Jan. 21 as part of the university’s Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration, was sponsored by Appalachian’s Office of Multicultural Student Development and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance.

Dyson, named by Ebony magazine as one of the 100 most influential black Americans, is also a best-selling author and one of the nation’s most renowned public intellectuals.  Some of his works include “Holler if You Hear Me, Is Bill Cosby Right?” and “I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr.”   Dyson’s first book, “Reflecting Black: African American Cultural Criticism,” helped establish the field of black American cultural studies. “Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X” was named one of the most important African American books of the 20th century.

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