Message from the Chancellor

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A MESSAGE FROM THE CHANCELLOR | April 10, 2017

“Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App State” was a series of events taking place on campus in late March that centered around the First Amendment and freedom of expression on our campus. In presenting this programming, Appalachian is taking a proactive approach to addressing issues of free speech, academic freedom and respect for differences of opinion and belief faced by college campuses across the nation.

We brought together leading experts from our campus and from campuses and organizations across the country and held more than two dozen events. In large public forums and small group workshops, we explored how a state-governed institution of higher learning can respect and adhere to the First Amendment while also fostering an environment where difficult conversations, likely to elicit a variety of opinions and beliefs, might safely and respectfully take place.

Our speakers included Dr. David Pilgrim, founder of the Jim Crowe Museum; Ken Nwadike, a motivational speaker who has made it his mission to help people listen to one another during contentious circumstances; Robert Shibley, executive director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (or FIRE); as well as our own on-campus experts, including sustainability experts and Dr. Nancy Love, whose research area is hate speech in music.

Our week culminated with a visit from Dr. Lee Bird, vice president for student affairs at Oklahoma State University-Stillwater and an expert on student development and the First Amendment rights of students.

The conversations continue. Many of our guests recorded podcasts, so their expertise remains on campus beyond their visits.

Featured among those podcasts are Provost Darrell Kruger and Interim Vice-Chancellor for Student Development Leroy Wright talking about why an event such as this is important, what we learned and, more importantly, how we continue the work we have begun. I think you’ll find these discussions interesting and informative. Please know, we are doing all we can to prepare your students to be respectful and judicious in their exchanges here and in the work/play spaces they choose after graduation. 

Chancellor Sheri Everts
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Chancellor

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.


University Housing

University Housing

End of Year hall closing is approaching

Residence halls will close for the semester on Friday, May 12 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 12. Students need to plan accordingly in order to be moved out by Friday. Graduating seniors and students participating in commencement ceremonies may request approval from their residence hall’s Coordinator to stay in the halls until Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 12pm.

All residence hall floors will be conducting check out meetings prior to May 1. Please encourage your student to attend so they are informed of all check out requirements and avoid charges to their account for damages or improper check outs.

Wait List now available

Current Appalachian students who did not complete the ReApplication process and are still interested in living on campus should visit hms.appstate.edu beginning March 1 to add their names to the wait list. Questions regarding the process can be directed to University Housing at 828-262-2160.

Summer Housing Applications currently open

The application for summer housing (sessions 1 & 2) is available at hms.appstate.edu. Housing for summer 2017 will be in White Hall.

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Financial Aid Update

Summer Sessions 2017

The summer 2017 online Financial Aid Application became available on March 1, under the financial aid tab through AppalNet. In order for summer 2017 financial aid eligibility to be determined before summer classes begin, students need to complete this application, as well as be sure they have completed the 2016-2017 FAFSA (and have Appalachian listed as a school to receive their FAFSA using school code 002906). If changes need to be made to your student’s summer school application after it has been fully submitted, please advise them to contact our office. They will need to work with a financial aid counselor to make changes.

If your student is planning to participate in a summer study abroad trip, they will need to complete the Summer Study Abroad Agreement Form in lieu of the online summer school application.

2017-2018 FAFSA

Students are encouraged to submit their 2017-18 FAFSA as soon as possible to optimize their eligibility for financial aid. Students may apply electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

To complete the FAFSA for the upcoming 2017-18 school year, you will use income and tax information from 2015. This is the same income and tax information you reported on the 2016-17 FAFSA. Because 2015 income and tax information is included on both the 2016-17 FAFSA and 2017-18 FAFSA, it should match for both FAFSA years. Sometimes conflicting information can still occur; if it does, the Office of Student Financial Aid must 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 until all conflicting information is resolved, any pending spring and summer 2017 financial aid cannot be released. More information about the 2017-18 FAFSA changes can be found on the Federal Student Aid website.

In early March, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which is the tool built into the FAFSA that allows you to import IRS data directly into the FAFSA and helps prevent conflicting information, was disabled due to security concerns. On March 30, the IRS and U.S. Department of Education Office of Federal Student Aid released a statement that the tool will remain down with no time frame for when it will be back up and running. More information about the DRT outage can be found on the IRS website. If you or your student still needs to submit tax documentation, you can do so by obtaining an IRS Tax Return Transcript. You can request a Tax Return Transcript at irs.gov or calling 1-800-829-1040.

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Encourage Success with an Exam Pack

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Make study time tasty with an Exam Pack full of your student’s favorite snacks. Starting Monday, March 6, Parents and loved ones may place and order and Food Services is happy to deliver a supportive treat to your student.

For on-campus students, Exam Packs will be delivered to East and West campus service desks where students can conveniently pick them up beginning Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Off-campus students can pick up their Exam Pack at a convenient on-campus location.

We will notify your student via email of your generous gift along with specific pick-up instructions.

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UREC Newsletter

UREC LogoHello, Parents!

As Robin Williams once said, “Spring is nature's way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!’” This Newsletter includes everything UREC for the month of April!

University Recreation hosted UREC Week of Service March 27th-31st! Students traveled to various locations in the high country throughout the week to volunteer their time with organizations such as Appalachian Brian Estates, Hunger and Health Coalition, OASIS and Horse Helpers. The week concluded with a pizza party at the SRC to celebrate a week full of love and light.

Outdoor Programs:

April showers bring May flowers, and also, TONS of thrilling adventures with UREC Outdoor Programs!

  • BIKE APP - How to Get Involved in the Cycling Community Workshop - 4/3
  • Top Rope Belay Clinics - 4/3, 4/4, 4/10, 4/11 (4:00pm-5:30)
  • BIKE APP - Tuning on Sanford Mall - 4/6
  • Top Rope Belay Challenges - 4/6, 4/7, 4/13, 4/14 (12:00pm-1:00pm)
  • Gym to Crag Climbing Program Session #2 - 4/7
  • BIKE APP - Advanced Repairs Workshop - 4/7
  • Gym to Crag Climbing Program Session #3 - 4/8
  • Outdoor Photography Workshop | Grayson Highlands - 4/9
  • BIKE APP - Tuning on Sanford Mall - 4/10
  • BIKE APP - Road Riding Basics and Route Planning Workshop - 4/11
  • Lead Belay Clinics - 4/12 (10:00pm-11:30pm)
  • Easter Break Backpacking Trip | Brevard, NC - 4/15 -4/18
  • Easter Break New River Gorge Climbing Expedition | New River Gorge, WV - 4/14 - 4/18
  • Easter Break Rafting Overnight | French Broad River, NC or Nolichucky River, TN - 4/15 - 4/16
  • Backpacking & Waterfall Adventure | Pisgah National Forest, NC – 4/22-4/23
  • Iron Mountain Backpacking | Iron Mountains, VA – 4/22-4/23
  • Rafting/Funyaking Day Trip | French Broad River, NC – 4/23
  • SUP Afternoon Clinic | Price Lake, NC – 4/25
  • Waterfall Hike Series #2 | Harper Creek Falls, NC – 4/26
  • SUP Day Trip | Watauga Lake, TN – 4/29

On March 24th and 25th, Appalachian’s Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts hosted the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival. Boone has consistently been among the most attended screenings in North America; the event is so popular that it sold out before posters were put up!

*For trip pricing information and all things Outdoor Programs, visit op.appstate.edu

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Spring Commencement

Grad capAre you the parent of a graduating senior? Is your student planning to participate in the Spring Commencement ceremonies on May 12th and 13th? 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. In addition, our photography vendor, GradImages, will be on-site capturing photographs of your student as they cross the stage. These photos will be available for purchase after the ceremony and students will be notified by email how to access photos. Please visit their website at gradimages.com for more information.

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Career Development Update

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May 4th, 5th, 8th, and 9th from 11am - 3pm, the Career Development Center will be in the University Bookstore to help with any last minute career prep! Students, have an interview coming up? Not sure that your resume is in tip-top shape? Looking for opportunities to apply to? Stop by while picking up graduation regalia or returning rental books.

Is your student graduating this Spring and still searching for full-time or part-time employment? Have them come visit us at the Career Development Center! Appointments can be set up at careergear.appstate.edu or students can drop in Monday-Friday from 2:00-4:00pm on the 3rd floor of John Thomas Hall. Whether seeking resume advice, interview preparation, or help on their job search and career decisions, the Career Development Center is here to help.

If your child is a graduating student, remind them to create a new CareerGear account with their non-appstate.edu email address to stay engaged and up to date on employment opportunities after graduation. For returning students, tell them to log on and keep an eye out for internship and summer-job opportunities!


Summer Plans? What happens to your student's apartment in Boone?

Is your off-campus student leaving Boone for the summer and subletting his or her apartment?

Every year, thousands of students leave Boone for time with family, summer internships, work, and travel. Most who have been living off-campus during the school year are bound by their leases to pay rent through the end of July, regardless of whether they will actually be living in their apartments during the summer months. To cover the cost of an apartment they won't be using, many students look for a subletter. If this is your student's situation, check out the most recent Off-Campus Student Services blog post -- Summer Sublets -- What You Need to Know -- for more information about the ins and outs of subletting!


20% Off Coupon

Print this coupon and bring it with you to the Bookstore for 20% off a single item. See you soon!

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Happy Spring from Student Health Services

Health Services

  1. Student Health reminds everyone that flu is still prevalent on campus. Please encourage your student to follow all of the 'mama rules' regarding hygiene to stay well: rest more, eat well and stay hydrated, wash your hands, and cover your coughs and sneezes.
  2. If your student is going to travel internationally in the next few months, please encourage them to make an appointment with the travel nurse. Limited appointments are available.
  3. Is your student involved with a summer internship? Check to see if they need special immunizations to participate in the program.

 


"I Need You to Survive"

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LGBTQIA  triangleSpring Break is over, now we are in for the home stretch! For some, its graduation, the start of a new internship, and just excited and ready for summer. There's just a couple of things that you must handle in order to get there! The great thing about ALL of this, is that you're not alone! Others are in the fight, trying to survive too! Establishing healthy relationships among peers, friends, family, and the Boone community, cultivates psychological well- being. Having a network of supportive relationships provides a sense of belonging, increased sense of self worth and feeling of security. Support Groups are happening and you are invited!

The purpose of the LGBTIA+ group is to provide a space for intentional exploration of identities that are ridiculed, denied and diminish. A place to build ourselves up individually and a community to assist. The objective of the Spoken Word and Expressive Arts group is a purposeful space for authentic exploration of thought and unity with community through the nature of creativity. Empowering self and others through spoken word, verbalized feelings, and expression without censor.

Meeting times and spaces are every Wednesday at 5:45pm to 7:00pm in the Wellness and Prevention Conference Room.

Email Jerrin Kollick or Tuesday Feral or stop by the Office of Wellness and Prevention Services for more information!

 

Join us for #iBackApp Day on May 4th

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On May 4th, 2017, alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends will celebrate #iBackAPP Day in support of

Appalachian. Be a part of #iBackAPP Day 2017 by donating to The Appalachian Fund, wearing your App State black and gold, and sharing your Appalachian pride on social media and at #iBackAPP Day events. Join us on our big day and help us tell our students, "We've got your back!"

Your support of The Appalachian Fund allows us to continue an unwavering focus on an ambitious and exciting future for our students.

https://ibackapp.appstate.edu/


Could Your Student Be Our Next Transfer Student Mentor?

Transfer Mentors

The Office of Transfer Services is looking for new Transfer Student Mentors for the 2017-18 academic year! TSM's work closely with transfer students to help them throughout their transition and college experience at Appalachian and help with Transfer Track tours, lead Transfer Pre-Orientation sessions, support transfer programming, serve as a mentor to new and incoming students, and create a welcoming environment for transfer students at Appalachian. TSMs develop leadership and mentorship skills through service learning.

Applicants must:

  • Attend weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 5:00 PM

  • Complete a minimum of 30 hours of involvement as a mentor per semester

  • Be able to attend ALL trainings and required events

  • Exhibit strong leadership potential and experience

  • Be in good academic standing with the University and maintain a GPA average of 2.5 or better (for any first semester student offered a position, the position will be contingent upon first semester grades).

  • Be in good judicial standing with the University

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Internships: How you and your Student can be Involved

As your student wraps up a semester and makes plans for summer, remember opportunities that may be available to them this year and in the future. Internships are the best way to get a foot in the door of a chosen career field and to gain valuable experience.

If you own or work for an organization that has an internship appropriate for students in the fields of the Arts and Sciences, please get involved by sharing this form (Internship Form) with a contact at your organization that has the authority to offer an internship.

In the College of Arts and Sciences, every year we have numerous opportunities and we wanted to share two past student experiences with you.

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Turchin Center Update

NR Ceramic Balls 2The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University, provides a home for world-class visual arts exhibitions and programming. While it is typical that art exhibitions occur inside, this next month the Turchin Center takes things outside and hope that students join us for what are sure to be some incredible experiences.

Currently showing in the Mayer Gallery, the exhibition, “Collective Vigilance: Speaking for the New River,” is a collaborative exhibit that showcases the headwaters of the 320-mile New River. It is a partnership of Appalachian’s Center for Appalachian Studies graduate seminar, “Sustainability and the Arts in Appalachia,” the New River Conservancy, regional artists and other non-profit conservations groups.

In early May, the exhibition is moving outside to the New River State Park 221 Access, in Ashe County, for a Weekend-on-the-River. Charlotte sculptor, Keith Bryant will install 365 ceramic globes along the banks of the river. This weekend event will include the opportunity to camp, attend talks by park rangers and community nonprofit leaders, and to discuss environmental issues currently facing the New River. Encourage your students to gather their camping gear and come out to the river for a weekend to learn about the river and enjoy the company of other students and environmental leaders.

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An Appalachian Summer Festival

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Presented 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 a diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming!

2017 Festival Highlights

  • Weicholz Global Film Series - June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26 & August 2
  • Broyhill Chamber Ensemble - June 30, July 16, 23 & 25
  • Summer Exhibition Celebration at the Turchin Center - July 7
  • Eastern Festival Orchestra featuring Midori - July 9
  • National Black Theatre Festival: "Maid's Door" - July 13 & 14
  • MOMIX: "Opus Cactus" - July 21
  • Charlotte Ballet - July 29

Plus young people's global film series, lectures, workshops and more!

Full schedule will be announced soon! For updates and information, visit appsummer.org or call 800.841.ARTS.


Walker College of Business Service Week

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Last year, students in the Walker College of Business (WCOB) organized the first-ever WCOB Service Day. Now, the Walker College is expanding the initiative to offer opportunities to not only students at Appalachian State University, but also family, faculty, alumni and the broader Appalachian community. A number of service projects are taking place in Boone April 23-29, and we invite you to join in the #WCOBServiceWeek, serving your community wherever you are. Here's how to participate:

We in the Walker College of Business value community engagement, and, together, we can impact our communities for the better!


Global Learning QEP

Nationally, 14% of college students experience study or service abroad. Here at App, the figure is almost 25%. For the 75% of students who do not have the opportunity to study abroad, the Global Learning QEP works to make sure that they graduate with our global learning goals met.

The goals are:

  • Develop globally competent knowledge (i.e., know some facts about the rest of the world)
  • Cultivate intercultural competencies  (i.e., understand that other cultures see things differently from the way we do)
  • Foster globally competent citizenship (i.e., recognize that social problems—and solutions—transcend borders)

Students will need to have these competencies to succeed in our increasingly globalized economy. Not only will they have experiences with businesses or organizations in other countries, they will likely have colleagues who are from abroad. Having these competencies is good preparation for adulthood.

Go here for more information: https://qep.appstate.edu/newsletters/spring-2017