A MESSAGE FROM THE CHANCELLOR | October 11, 2016
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.
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.
Sheri N. Everts
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.