Message from the Chancellor

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As many of our new and returning students are getting organized for convocation and a busy fall semester, Appalachian State University’s Team Sunergy is racing their solar vehicle, Apperion, in the American Solar Challenge. The eight-day, 1,975-mile road course travels through seven states from Brecksville, Ohio, to Hot Springs, South Dakota. To celebrate the National Park Service Centennial, race organizers have created a route that will include stage checkpoints at nine national parks, historic sites or partner properties throughout the Midwest. 

Chancellor with solar vehicle and team

This is the first time a North Carolina solar team has competed in this race and we placed third in the qualifying race on July 28. Go Mountaineers!

I am very proud to report Appalachian’s solar vehicle team is the only North Carolina team in the competition and the only team in the South to qualify for the American Solar Challenge. Our team members represent a variety of majors – from physics to music industry studies – and, as noted on their Team Sunergy website, “are motivated by a commitment to sustainability and a desire to capture the attention of young learners and inspire them.” Certainly, both of these aspirations are uppermost in our vision for the university.

Team Sunergy is as diverse as our university’s student profile. The team includes international, graduate, undergraduate and nontraditional students – led by Dan Blakeley, former U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion veteran and a graduate student pursuing dual degrees in engineering physics and sustainable technology. Our faculty advisors are an interdisciplinary team as well. It includes Dr. Jeremy Ferrell, professor in the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment; Brad Johnson, from the Department of Physics and Astronomy; and Chris Tolbert, an adjunct instructor for technology education. Cheering them on from the sidelines is interim director of the Office of Sustainability, Dr. Lee F. Ball Jr.

Chancellor with solar team

In 2015, Appalachian’s team entered the race but did not qualify to race on the track. This year, in a classic “come from behind” story, our Appalachian team, racing against 15 others, surpassed colleges and universities with world-renowned engineering programs to land a podium spot in the international competition.

Mountaineer grit saw Team Sunergy through the grueling scrutineering phase, dog-day July heat on the track and in the cockpit, thunderstorms, mechanical malfunctions and a complex log of racing rules and regulations. Ultimately, the team supporters on the scene said it came down to smart strategy, preparation, teamwork and determination – a true Appalachian story. Follow along at

“I honestly think we have some of the best students at Appalachian State University on this team,” said Blakely. “They are already making sure we are ready for the next event. That’s what they do – they constantly look to see how we can be better as a team and also how they can help others. If we had broken down on the side of the road today and didn’t make it to stand on the podium, I wouldn’t care, because we still did everything we came to this race planning to do.”

As your chancellor, I would like to echo Blakely’s comments and I challenge our new students and faculty, and all of the Appalachian Community, to embrace the Apperion team’s attitude and enthusiasm. Let us “constantly look to see how we can be better as a team and how we can help others.”

SignatureSheri 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.


Family Weekend Registration & Football Ticket Sales are Live!

Qa89c7t6synwThe start of the 2016 Football season is just a month away and if you don’t have your tickets yet, it’s time! Single-game tickets for the 2016 Football season are now available to the general public. You can purchase tickets through the Athletic Ticket Office at 828-262-2079 or

Family Day is scheduled for Saturday, November 5th (Game time is TBA, and will be announced about 10 days prior to the game.) As a parent or family member of an Appalachian State student, you are eligible for our Family Day Special rate for the November 5th Football game vs. Texas State. Tickets are discounted to a rate of $30/ticket with a limit of 4. Guests are welcome to buy additional tickets, but a maximum of 4 tickets will be discounted to the $30 rate; then additional tickets can be added to your order at regular price. For information on STUDENT TICKETS and other ticket options, please visit our information page.

Use Special Offer Code: FAMDAY16 when ordering to unlock this special price. We have reserved a block of 2,000 tickets at this discounted rate, and they will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Act now to take advantage of this price before tickets are sold out!

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Fall Move-In

University Housing

Nearly 1,000 volunteers are looking forward to moving our new freshmen into the halls on Friday, August 12. Residents should plan to arrive to campus during the move-in time that was indicated on their housing assignments. Your child’s boxes should be labeled with their name and room number so we can efficiently get their belongings to the room. Returning students can move in Saturday, August 13 through Monday, August 15. Students who need to move in early due to involvement in a campus activity or group should have received a separate email with specific move-in instructions. We look forward to having you all back!


No fridge in your student’s room? Rent one!

For our residence halls that do not provide a refrigerator in the room, we have partnered with a rental service through Standards for Living where students can rent their fridge for the year. The MicroFridge® will be delivered to their room prior to August 12th move-in (if the order is placed before August 7th) and will be picked up by the company after the student moves out in May. The cost of renting a MicroFridge® for the academic year is $170.79 which includes sales tax. Only ONE MicroFridge® is allowed per room, so your child will need to communicate with their roommate before ordering.

Residence halls that do not provide refrigerators include: Mountaineer Hall, the LLC, Belk Hall, Newland Hall, Frank Hall, Summit Hall, Lovill Hall, Doughton Hall, Cone Hall, Cannon Hall, and Hoey Hall. These halls are eligible for MicroFridge® rentals.

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Time for Textbooks

Time for textbooks

Fall 2016 Textbook Distribution begins Tuesday, August 9th! The Bookstore will be distributing books during any open store day on or after this date. The rental textbook program covers one textbook per course for most undergraduate, on-campus classes and additional supplemental course texts can be purchased from the Bookstore.

How To Get Textbooks

OPTION ONE: Place an online order and have your textbook order waiting in the store.

Step 1. Go to the Bookstore website and enter the Student Banner ID# and select the Fall 2016 term.

Step 2. Choose rental textbooks and any supplemental textbooks for the order.

Step 3. Pay $5 online order convenience fee and cost of any supplemental textbooks selected.

Step 4. Wait for an email to the student letting them know their order is available for pick up.

Step 5. Go to the 2nd Floor of the Bookstore to pick up the order. Bring photo ID and Online Order #.

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Student Insurance Health Insurance Requirement

Eligible students are required to have valid health insurance coverage each semester they attended a public UNC system school. Students must waive out of the requirement each semester if they are eligible for coverage during the fall and spring. The deadline for waiver submission is September 12, 2016.

The health Insurance plan provided by BCBSNC for the 2016-2017 academic year will cost $1,111.00 per semester if the student fails to waive the insurance requirement by September 12, 2016 for the fall semester.

What does this mean? If a student has health insurance they must provide proof of the coverage through the online waiver verification system to BCBSNC. BCBS will verify the coverage and send an email to the student’s email address with the status of the waiver. Just because information has been submitted does not the requirement is waived; your student must receive confirmation of the approval. Your student needs to pay attention to their email for the confirmation message from BCBS.

The UNC System requires that eligible students must have health insurance in order to attend any of the 17 public universities in North Carolina. A student may be covered under their own insurance plan or a parents' plan - or you may choose to enroll your student the UNC System's Student Health Insurance Plan, Student Blue from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC).

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Stress Management Through Mindfulness Classes

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College can be a stressful time for students, but Wellness and Prevention Services can help by teaching your student stress reduction techniques. Encourage your student to sign up for a 4 week Koru Mindfulness class. Participants report experiencing less stress, better sleep and less self-judgment. Class is limited to 12 students and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Tuesday Afternoon Class

Tues. Sept 6, 13, 20, 27,  3pm - 4:30pm in the Plemmons Student Union



Wednesday Afternoon Class

Wed. Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28,  4pm - 5:30pm in the Plemmons Student Union


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Join us for The BIG Sale!

The Big Sale

Keep your student stocked this semester by shopping at the Annual BIG Sale! The BIG sale is sponsored by Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) and will take place on Saturday August 13th, 8am-2pm at Legends, across from Red Onion Café on 321. Items being sold were salvaged from ASU student move out and community donations: gently used carpets, clothes, furniture, electronics, food, plastic storage, kitchen items, school supplies, etc. Don't miss out on App's biggest and best sale!

All proceeds benefit the energy conservation initiatives of several local non-profits as well as a scholarship for ASU students. Additional info:

Counseling Center Update

The staff at the Counseling and Psychological Services Center is very excited for the start of a new academic year! If your student is in college and away from home for the first time or they are returning to Appalachian, we want to make sure you know about our services. It is not uncommon for first year students and those that have been in college for awhile to take some time to adjust to the academic year after being at home or just out of the school routine for the summer. We are here to support your student and to help them to identify resources on and off campus that can help them be successful.

The Counseling Center is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. A student can walk in to the Counseling Center from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM to be seen by a clinician for an initial consultation appointment. These appointments are first come first serve so it could be that a student might have to wait to be seen, or all of our initial consultation appointment slots may be full for that day. If this happens, the front desk staff will ask the student to come back another day or schedule an initial consultation appointment for the student on the next business day. We do typically see 98% of the students that come into the Counseling Center for an initial consultation appointment the same day that they come in. The initial consultation appointment typically lasts approximately 20-25 minutes, and students are asked to complete some paperwork prior to seeing a clinician so that we have some demographic and background information. The purpose of the initial consultation appointment is to talk with the student about their concerns and help them identify the most appropriate services that will best meet their needs. If the Counseling Center cannot best meet the student’s needs, we have a Referral Coordinator on staff to help students get connected to services off-campus or somewhere else at the university. If it is determined that individual counseling within the Counseling Center is the best fit for a student, they are likely to have their first counseling appointment within 10 business days following the initial consultation appointment. Prior to university breaks or if a student has very limited availability, it could take a little longer for the first appointment to be scheduled. Most students that come to the Counseling Center for individual therapy get their needs met in 5 counseling sessions. The counseling Center also offers many group therapy options, which are publicized at the beginning of each semester.

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Appalachian Food Services is the Largest Employer of Students on Campus

Lee Urbina serving Lee Urbina, 2015-2016 Student Employee of the Year, works as a server at Park Place in Trivette Hall

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 500 – 700 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 semesterly raises and promotion opportunities.

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Fall Events & Programming for Transfer Students

Transfer ServicesThe Office of Transfer Services has developed a comprehensive schedule of events to help transfer students transition and succeed at Appalachian. Students transferring into a new school are often unfamiliar with the support and success resources at their new institution and may be coming to the new school with few or no social connections. Based on feedback from current transfer students, the Office of Transfer Services deliberately developed these programs and events to address the needs of transfer students to a new community.

There are four main types of programming planned for this fall: social events, success workshops presented by Appalachian offices, “TED”esque talks from current transfer students, and coffee & conversations for non-traditional transfer students. Most events are drop-in, though a few do require advanced pre-registration. Complete information can be found at or through the Office of Transfer Services AppSync page. A complete downloadable schedule is also available. We invite families and parents to discuss the programming opportunities with your students and encourage them to attend our events this fall!

Free Legal Services for Students

Did you know that App State students can get free, confidential legal advice from a licensed attorney? The Student Legal Clinic is located in the Dean of Students Suite on the third floor of Plemmons Student Union. Students meet one-on-one with the attorney who can provide information, referrals and advice on a range of legal issues, including minor criminal charges, traffic tickets, landlord-tenant issues, employment, and consumer law. The Student Legal Clinic is designed to educate students about their legal issues, help them make decisions about how to proceed, and provide them with problem solving tools and strategies. Many situations can be navigated by the student without hiring a lawyer. When representation is needed, the Student Legal Clinic can provide a referral list of local attorneys organized by practice area.

To schedule an appointment, your student just needs to call (828) 262-8284 or drop by Suite 324 in the Union.

The Schaefer Center Presents 2016-17 Season

The Arts at Appalachian

The Schaefer Center Presents' series promotes the power and excitement of the live performance experience; provides a "window on the world" through the artistry of nationally and internationally renowned artists and showcases some of the finest artists of our region!

  • The Avett Brothers
    September 8
  • Havana Cuba All-Stars
    September 27
  • Film: "Remember"
    ctober 6
  • Asheville Lyric Opera: Lucia di Lamermoor
    October 18
  • The Steeldrivers
    November 11
  • Jessica Lang Dance
    February 8
  • The Nile Project
    April 4

Tickets on sale August 29, 2016! For more information visit or call 828.262.4046.

Encourage your student to get vaccinated for Influenza

The semester is rapidly approaching and we want your students to perform at their highest academic potential. Health related illness, like Influenza (Flu), can cause students to miss classes, exams, and major projects resulting in poor grades. Influenza is a respiratory illness that infects the nose, throat, and lungs. According to the CDC, flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle or body aches, as well as fatigue and can last one to two weeks at a time. The flu is highly contagious and poses a true threat to college students as they live in close proximity to one another in residence halls and apartments.

Flu season typically lasts from October to May with an influx of cases during the colder months.The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated. Encourage your student to get vaccinated for Influenza during the fall academic semester to prevent getting the flu.

Vaccinations can be accessed at Student Health Services, Watauga Health Department, and local pharmacies.  

Walker College of Business Update

Students, welcome back to Appalachian from the Walker College of Business! Business students and prospective business students are invited to stop by Peacock Hall 2nd floor lobby between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16, to meet the dean, enjoy light refreshments, and receive a free Walker College of Business tote, while supplies last. Questions? Stop by or contact the dean’s office, (828) 262-2057,

Families, encourage your student to get involved in a club or organization while at Appalachian. The Walker College of Business is home to approximately two dozen students clubs, all of which benefit students by creating networks and exploring potential career paths. The clubs will be seeking new members during the Business Club Expo, scheduled for Tuesday, August 23, from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the PH 2nd floor lobby. The expo is open to all students, both COB majors and non-COB majors, and is organized by the Walker Fellows. For more information, contact Walker Fellows advisor, Amy Odom,

Save the date: The Harlan E. Boyles Distinguished Lecture on Friday, October 28 will feature Paul Thompson, Founder and Chairman of Transportation Insight as the 10am lecturer. The lecture is open to the public with no cost to attend.