Message from the Chancellor

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As we come to the close of the 2016 fall semester, our students are managing the final exam crunch, while embracing the excitement of December graduation, the coming winter break and the holiday season. All of us in the Appalachian Community are looking forward to the Spring 2017 semester and the promising opportunities it brings.

Here are a few thoughts to see you and your students into 2017:

Take heart. Enjoy these health- and heart-smart suggestions for the holidays from Dr. Rebecca Kappus, Department of Health and Exercise Science. And when you find a little down time, download our Appalachian Magazine app from iTunes. The newest digital edition, chock full of Appalachian news, will be available mid-December.

Think global. Appalachian State University ranks as a global learning leader: third nationally among the top 40 master’s degree-granting institutions for total number of students who studied abroad for credit in 2014-15 and third nationally for the number of students who participated in short-term programs for academic credit.* I think you’ll enjoy these remarkable photos from Appalachian’s 2016 International Education Week Photo Contest. And please remind your student, a Study Abroad 101 workshop is offered twice monthly to help them begin their journey toward a study abroad experience – both long and short term.

Sustain. Sierra magazine recently released its 2016 list of “Cool Schools” and once again Appalachian is included among the nation’s 201 “greenest” colleges and universities. Our commitment to the Three E’s is evidenced in our research, creativity, innovation and practice.

I am heartened when I hear from alumni, donors, employers, parents and families about the excellent problem-solving and engagement skills of Appalachian graduates. This is a testament to our faculty, staff and students. We have the skills, abilities and will to craft solutions to difficult problems while effectively bringing our different perspectives and ideologies to the table.

For those of you who will have students graduating Dec. 10, I hope your entire family’s Appalachian Experience has exceeded your expectations. And to all of the Appalachian Community, my best wishes for a healthy, sustainable holiday season. 

Chancellor Sheri Everts
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.

*Source: Institute of International Education’s 2016 “Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange”


Fall Commencement

Are you the parent of a graduating senior? Is your student planning to participate in the Fall Commencement ceremonies on December 10th? 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. Flowers and gifts will also be available for purchase on the Concourse level by Grad Flowers should you wish to present something to your graduate after the ceremony.

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University Housing


Current on-campus students who wish to live on campus again for the 2017-2018 academic year must reapply for housing. Applications are available December 1 – January 31. Once the student has applied for reapplication, the housing lottery will open in February and allow groups of students to select a room and sign a contract until all available spaces are filled. Your student should be checking their e-mail regularly during February for updates on their status in the reapplication process. Please visit for more information. Please discuss housing options with your student and encourage them to reapply.


Winter Break closing

Residence Halls close at 12:00pm on Friday, December 9, 2016. Residents must leave the hall within 24 hours of their last exam or by noon on December 9, whichever comes first. Halls reopen for returning students on Friday, January 13. Residents may leave their belongings in their rooms over winter break unless they requested and were approved for Pre-Spring Room Change. All residents are required to attend a floor meeting to receive more detailed closing information. If residents are unable to attend the meeting, they should meet with their RAs to obtain the information.

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Food Services Semester Wrap-up

Food ServicesThe semester has really flown by and Winter Break is fast approaching. Food Services will be closed over the break from Sunday, December 11th – Tuesday, January 10th. We reopen for the spring semester on Wednesday, January 11th. Please view our Winter Break Schedules.

We have enjoyed a busy semester filled with special events, new products, new faces and more. Please see below for a recap of Fall 2016:

  • Special Events: This semester we hosted 55 special events including many National Food Day celebrations, FREE Monotony Breaks, Sustainable Seafood Days, Carolina Chowdown: A Local Food Feast and our Annual Thanksgiving Meal.

  • McAlister's Deli Renovation McAlister's Deli was renovated this semester and reopened September 19th. Renovations included a new Wi-fi Counter, new take-out window, new booths & tables and more! We were very excited to welcome the campus community back to McAlister's Deli.

  • New Theme Meals: We introduced two new weekly theme meals: Signature Burger Day and Seafood Night, both at Park Place.

  • Behind the Scenes: We offered Behind the Scenes tours in September, October and November. Participants had the opportunity to see our operation from the storeroom to the dining room, learning how being self-operated makes us "local" in every sense of the word. 

  • Sustainability: Local Appetite returned for a fourth year; we began serving local milk from Glenview Farms; we continued our partnership with Sea2Table, a company that works directly with fisherman, for Sustainable Seafood Days; and we sourced new shirts made from recycled plastic bottles for employees.

  • New Faces: We hired three new supervisors: Tim Futrelle (Rivers Street Cafe), Valerie Saunders (Chick-fil-A) and Erica Norris (Cascades Cafe). 

We have enjoyed serving you and your student during the fall semester!  Visit our website often for news, menus, schedules, special events and more.  And, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  We’ll see you in 2017!

Financial Aid Update

As this busy semester comes to an end, The Office of Student Financial Aid wishes your student success through their final exams and hope that you enjoy your holiday break.

Please be aware of some exciting changes beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA filing process. Most significantly, you and your student are able to complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA as of October 1, 2016. Typically, you wouldn’t have been able to access the form until January 1, 2017, but a change in the rules allowed the FAFSA to open three months earlier beginning this year.

A second important change occurring for the 2017-2018 FAFSA will require income and tax information to be reported from two years prior. For example, the 2017-2018 FAFSA will include 2015 income and tax information. This will be the same income and tax information you reported on the 2016-17 FAFSA, but that is because of the rule change. Because 2015 income and tax information will be included in both the 2016-17 FAFSA and 2017-18 FAFSA, it should match for both FAFSA years. We encourage you and your student to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which is built into the FAFSA and allows you to import IRS data directly into the FAFSA and help prevent conflicting information. Sometimes conflicting information can still occur; if so, the Financial Aid Office will need to resolve the conflicting information by requesting additional financial aid requirements for both years. Please have your student monitor their Financial Aid tab through AppalNet to ensure that there are no outstanding verification documents requested. This is very important because spring 2017 financial aid will not be released until any conflicting information is resolved. More information about the 2017-18 FAFSA changes can be found on the Federal Student Aid website.

Should you or your student have questions about applying for financial aid, please visit our website at If you have questions about the FAFSA itself, you can find additional information on the federal website at or by calling the toll free line at 800-433-3243.

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Career Development Opportunities

In Career Development this fall, we have had a number of events that have incorporated employer engagement opportunities and career path guidance for our students. In the beginning of November we hosted an Etiquette Dinner with 115 students attending to network and learn from 13 sponsoring employers. This annual event is available to students of all class levels and majors of study. We had a broad array of employers involved including BirdDog Logistics, Google, Murray Supply and PharPoint Research. This event offers a fun setting to learn through interaction with peers and employers about dining etiquette, networking, and professionalism while enjoying a free meal.

Etiquette setting
Etiquette greeting
Etiquette round table
Etiquette laughter
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Important Services from Health Services

Mary Shook Health Services

Flu season is coming soon

Parents can make a difference. Get your student vaccinated before returning to campus in January!

Health insurance requirement

The Spring 2017 waiver/enrollment period is now open through January 31

Immunization requirements for all in-coming students

Encourage your student to establish a MedPortal access


Spring Domestic Lottery

Spring Domestic Lottery

At Appalachian State University we have a unique service program called Alternative Service Experience, where students spend their spring breaks doing service alongside a community!

We are excited to offer the following 17 Domestic ASEs over Spring Break this year! Information about each of the programs can be found on our website.

To sign-up to participate in a Domestic ASE, students should attend Spring Domestic Lottery on January 30th in Blue Ridge Ballroom (PSU 201) at 8pm.

The Importance of Involvement for Transfer Students

Transfer ServicesIn order to ensure new students are adjusting properly, Appalachian State University asks all first semester students to complete a Mapworks survey four weeks into their time at Appalachian. This fall ASU welcomed 1,266 new transfer students and 57% of those students completed the survey. When we examined the overall results we found that 48.3% reported being homesick and 24.7% had low peer connections.

The cold winters of Boone makes it easy to stay indoors but it’s essential for students to interact with other students to create those important social connections. There are many ways for them to get involved: App State has over 400 clubs and organizations, has leadership opportunities like Emerging Leaders and Leader Educators, offers club and intramural sports, and trips through Outdoor Programs. The Office of Transfer Services does their part to help our transfer students connect - this past fall we held events and programs like Transfer Day at Camp Broadstone, Paint Night, and De-Stress Fest. Looking ahead to the spring we will welcome students back with a Pizza Party the first week of classes, host two Introduce Yosef events which will include a speed-friending activity, organize more paint nights, and take a sunset hike and canoe trip. All these events are designed to foster social connections that will help your students be better adjusted at App. Please encourage them to visit our website at for event specifics.  

Save the Dates

Help your student prepare for next year’s housing decisions!

For students who are currently living in a residence hall and are considering moving off-campus for the 2017-18 academic year:

Housing Options

This program is a joint production of the Student Legal Clinic, Off-Campus Student Services, and University Housing. The one hour presentation will provide information about how to reapply for on-campus housing, how to find off-campus housing, and what to be aware of so that students moving off-campus end up in housing that is a good fit for them.


  • Thursday, January 19, 2017, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Both programs will be held in the New River Room of Plemmons Student Union

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Sustained Dialogue at Appalachian State

Sustained DialogueThis year, we are celebrating Sustained Dialogue’s second year at Appalachian State! Sustained Dialogue is part of the international Sustained Dialogue Institute that prepares community members to deeply engage in difficult conversations ranging from race, gender identity, and religion to politics and various global challenges.

Students learn to listen deeply and engage in meaningful conversations in order to build a more cohesive, respectful and understanding campus community. All students, faculty and staff are given the opportunity to participate in Dialogue Circles of 8-15 members. Circle members meet consistently for 8-10 weeks. As the sessions progress, circle members focus on a particular area or topic with the goal of brainstorming ways to address or improve issues within our campus community.

Participation in Sustained Dialogue offers your student the opportunity to build meaningful relationships and develop essential leadership skills. In addition to participating in Dialogue Circles, all students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend an Inclusive Leadership Workshop. This training will provide students with active listening and inclusive language skills which can only serve to improve their experiences at Appalachian State and in their future careers. Following the completion of a full training, students will be qualified to act as a moderator for future Dialogue Circles.

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