Message from Chancellor Everts

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At Appalachian, we promote a spirit of inclusion that inspires students, faculty and staff to form relationships well beyond graduation. Our students and alumni think critically and understand the responsibilities of community engagement.

Appalachian’s identity is built on the university’s tradition. Since inception, the university has had one vision – putting students first by providing access to a quality education. Conceived by the Dougherty brothers over a century ago, this vision has been built upon by each successive chancellor. This tradition is important to me, and I have worked to honor it by working with the entire Appalachian Community to continue building upon our distinctive identity and core values.

Appalachian’s outlook has always been promising and moving ever forward. This is because its focus is squarely on the students who come to this special place to learn, grow and prepare for leadership. Because students are our focus, I’d like to share just a few accolades garnered by our students in recent months:

  • Students Elizabeth Hundley, Megan Everhart and Kaitlyn Hutchens have been named SOURCE Awards winners for their conceptual lighting design projects in power management company Eaton’s 39th annual lighting design competition. This marks the third year in a row a student from the university has taken home the top honor, and the second year all three winners have been Appalachian students. Read more
  • Students enrolled in Principles of Fund Raising, an upper-level class within the school’s nonprofit management minor, raised over $12,000 for High Country nonprofits during the spring semester. Read more
  • Joshua Whitehead has been selected as the 2016-17 winner of Appalachian State University’s Truman Capote Literary Trust Award for Creative Writing. He is a rising senior majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in theatre arts. Read more
  • Sixty-one Appalachian State University undergraduates representing 25 different academic departments presented their research at the 30th Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research at UNC Asheville. Read more
  • Two-hundred and twenty-two students were named to the athletics department's academic honor roll for the 2016 spring semester. Those honored included 143 student-athletes and 35 student athletic trainers, managers, cheerleaders and support staff. To be included on the academic honor roll, a student must have a 3.25 or higher semester GPA while enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours. Read more
  • Six new Wilson Scholars were chosen for Appalachian’s most prestigious full-ride scholarship, making the total number of recipients of this scholarship, which emphasizes academic excellence, leadership and service, 14. The scholarship is now in its third year. Read more
  • Chancellor’s scholar and junior geology major Devin K. Hoffman is a recent recipient of the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Hoffman will spend this summer doing fieldwork in Turkey before returning to Appalachian for his senior year. Read more
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First Year Travel Abroad Opportunity!

The incoming class of 2020 is the FIRST class to have this new opportunity to travel with their First Year Seminar classmates. Lillian Nave Goudas created a field experience portion to her Art, Politics & Power FYS course to allow students to earn an extra 1-credit hour in international travel to Europe.

If you are a full-time student, the tuition is free for the 1-credit hour, and financial aid packages can be applied to the cost of the trip that takes place Jan 3-11, 2017. You won't miss any coursework or the holidays with your family, and you will get to see the most beautiful medieval cities in Europe on this Study Abroad experience.

Space is still available, but you will need to sign up soon to reserve your spot. The course is listed as "closed" but that is only because you need instructor permission in order to enroll.

Please see the flyer and check out the website and if you are at all interested, email Lillian Nave Goudas at and she can get you into the course.

Visit the BIG Sale on August 15th!

The Big Sale

Looking for items to fill your student's dorm room? The BIG Sale is where shoppers throughout the Boone community can come pick up everyday items at a marked down price. These include:

  • carpets
  • couches
  • other furniture (dressers, shelving, nightsands)
  • lamps
  • home goods
  • T.V.s,
  • and so much more

You name it, you can find it at the BIG Sake. This year, the BIG Sale will be on August 15th, 2016 from 8-2 p.m. in Legends. All of the proceeds benefit four non profits: Watauga County Arts Council, Watauga Humane Society, Casting Bread Food Pantry, and Ashe County Sharing Center.

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Message from the Chancellor


Summer is here!

We are pleased to share with you the June issue of Inside Appalachian, a small sampling of some of our activities, on-campus and off. You can view the June newsletter at

If you would like to share information or story ideas for publication here or in any of our media channels, please send them to And please visit for a closer look at the amazing stories that make our campus such an exciting place to be.



Sheri N. Everts

Bookstore Update

Online TextbookThe Fall 2016 semester will be The University Bookstore’s second year to offer undergraduate on-campus students the opportunity to place online textbook orders for in-store pick up. An advantage to students choosing the online order method is to have their textbook order, including rental textbooks and any course books they wish to purchase, ready and waiting for them at the Bookstore. The Bookstore still also offers the traditional method of textbook pick up.

To take advantage of making a textbook online order for in-store pick up, students can go to the Bookstore website, and click on the Textbooks tab. They will enter their Banner Number and the system will identify all of the books required for the classes to which the student is registered. Students decide which of the books on the booklist they wish to order. Students may then choose any additional items to add to their order. There is a $5 charge for in-store pick up of online textbook orders. Students are also charged for any purchased textbooks included in their cart. The ordering page for Fall 2016 will be active approximately one month before classes begin.

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Health Services: Important Staffing Announcement

Psychiatry Physician

Beginning 1 August 2016, our Student Health Service psychiatrist, Dr. Laureen Noll, will no longer be providing care for AppState students as she is moving out of state. We wish her every personal and professional best, and will deeply miss her as she has provided such amazing service to our campus community. A search for Dr. Noll’s replacement began in early May, and every effort is being taken to identify and recruit a highly qualified psychiatrist.

We are aware that access to psychiatry services in the immediate Boone area is limited. Therefore, students expecting to receive psychiatry care may encounter difficulties. These difficulties may result in limited service and/or the need to seek psychiatry care away from Boone.

Parents and students should highly consider maintaining connection with their psychiatrist or physician prescriber in their hometown, and arranging continued appointments during breaks.  If new medication needs emerge, getting started with a psychiatrist in or near a hometown would be encouraged due to the limited availability of psychiatrists in the Boone area.

The Office of Student Development, the Student Health Service, and the Counseling Center are working together closely to provide high quality care for students during this time of transition as we seek to find a new psychiatrist for our student community.

Thank you for your understanding.

Dr. Bob Ellison
Director, Student Health Service

Programs to help transfer students transition to Appalachian

Transfer ServicesUltimately transfer students integrate into college life at Appalachian but in the beginning they often find more comfort in being around other new transfer students. With that in mind the Office of Transfer Services has worked with the Center for Student Involvement & Leadership and Outdoor Programs to offer transfer specific sessions of Trailhead Academy, First Ascent, and Emerging Leaders. These programs are great ways for transfer students to meet new friends, learn more about Appalachian, and feel comfortable on campus.

Trailhead Academy is a summer leadership program for incoming students that occurred in early June. 18 new transfer students spent four days at Appalachian learning about themselves, how they could work together, and how they will become part of the campus and the town of Boone. Activities included a service project, town-wide scavenger hunt, a river tubing trip, and many group activities that allowed them to reflect on their self-awareness and how they worked as part of a group.


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University Recreation

School’s out, the kids are out having a blast, and the weather in The High Country just couldn’t get any more beautiful! Summer of 2016 is already off to a great start, so UREC is here to make it even better. Read on to discover all of the great opportunities that we have to offer this year!

Camp UREC 2016

Camp UREC is back again for another fun filled summer! Our day camp offers a large variety of age-appropriate and recreational attractions including a climbing wall, swimming pool, outdoor adventures, sports games, arts-and-crafts, and much more! We also provide summer jobs to App State students who enjoy programming, planning, and working directly with the local youth, ranging from 2nd through 9th grade.

Our general camp offers children of the high country an opportunity to explore App State's campus with opportunities to be physically and mentally active throughout the entire day! Older campers also have an opportunity to enjoy their own group activities while enhancing their leadership skills in our new Campers in Leadership Training (C.I.L.T.) program. Camp runs Monday - Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm with drop off starting at 7:45am and pick up ending at 5:30pm.

For pricing and more information, please visit or call 828-262-2100. Feel free to contact us! We want to make sure you and your camper are ready for the summer fun!

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Betty Woodring & Audrey Greene: Serving Appalachian for 50+ Years

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It was chance that led an 18-year-old Betty Woodring to employment with Appalachian Food Services in 1965. Her father, a carpenter, was working on a renovation to Appalachian's original cafeteria, when John W. Welborn, manager of Food Services, mentioned that he was looking to hire young women to work as servers and cashiers.

Audrey Greene started that same year; both young women had just graduated from high school.

51 years later, Betty and Audrey are familiar faces to generations of Appalachian students, faculty and staff, both having held positions as servers, cashiers, catering staff and more.

Both ladies have seen tremendous change during their tenure with Appalachian Food Services – from their work uniforms to the variety of food offered each day. They have witnessed building renovations, demolitions and new construction. They have watched the campus grow as increasing numbers of students have enrolled at Appalachian, and they have seen Food Services adapt to be able to successfully feed the campus community. 

As the years have gone by, Betty and Audrey have seen generations of students come and go as well as the continued expansion of the campus.

It is a testament to the Appalachian family that after 51 years, Betty and Audrey continue to choose to work for Appalachian Food Services despite all the changes. Thanks to Betty and Audrey for their years of service to Appalachian Food Services and to the campus community.

Please click here to read the full article to learn more about Betty and Audrey as well as their time at Appalachian Food Services.

Walker College of Business Update

Within six months of commencement, Walker College of Business graduates reach their first destination sites at a higher rate than the national average reported by National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

This month, the Walker College of Business announced new interim department chairs in Computer Information Systems & Supply Chain Management, Marketing, and Finance & Banking, and, in other business faculty news, five were named Sywassink Award winners for excellence in teaching, research and service; seven have been awarded professorships in the college.

Read about the graduates and faculty of the Walker College of Business in Dean Heather Norris' June Update. (