Eight Appalachian Graduates Commissioned as Second Lieutenants

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Command Sergeant Major Seth Mabus speaks during a commissioning ceremony Aug. 7 at Appalachian State University. (Photo by Jane Nicholson)

It was a special day for eight Appalachian State University students. They were commissioned Aug. 7 as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

“Nothing is quite as satisfying as a career of service for someone else or some cause greater than you,” Command Sergeant Major Seth Mabus told the new officers. Mabus is the command sergeant major of the 8th Military Information Support Group. “Be extremely proud of what you have accomplished,” he said.

The newly commissioned officers are:

  • Jacob Bradshaw, a criminal justice graduate and a member of the N.C. National Guard, branched to the Military Police

  • Brook Browne, a criminal justice graduate and a member of the N.C. National Guard, branched to the Quarter Master

  • Laura Clabbatz Penley, a nutrition and foods graduate and member of the N.C. National Guard, branched to the Medical Services

  • Cory Mabus, a construction management graduate and a member of the N.C. National Guard, branched to the Infantry

  • Brandon Mourier, a criminal justice graduate and a member of the Army Reserves, branched to the Military Police

  • Jacob Nance, a construction management graduate and member of the Army Reserves, branched to the Infantry

  • Jeremy Nixon, an accounting graduate and member of the N.C. Army National Guard, branch unassigned

  • Michael Zuber, a criminal justice major and member of the N.C. Army National Guard, branched to the Infantry

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Freshman Move In

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Volunteers, like these from 2014, make moving into a campus residence hall a speedy process for freshmen beginning their college career at Appalachian State University. (Photo by Marie Freeman)

Welcome Back Students: Freshman Move-in

Appalachian State University will welcome an expected 3,050 freshmen to campus beginning Aug. 14 when they move into campus residence halls. All other students living on campus will move into their residence halls Aug. 15.

Total enrollment is expected to be 18,142, about a 0.6 percent increase over the fall 2014 enrollment numbers, according to Susan Davies, associate vice chancellor for enrollment management. The increase will largely be with main campus undergraduate students.

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The BIG Sale

The Big Sale

Mark your calendars!  The 15th Annual BIG SALE will be held Saturday, August 15th from 8am - 2pm at Legends.  And don't forget the Carpet Pre-Sale on Friday the 14th from 11am - 3pm at Legends AND Duck Pond Field!

The BIG Sale was started in 2000 by a student, Natalie Knight, who saw large amounts of "trash" that students were throwing away at the end of the school year and wanted to do something about it.  She started by collecting items herself and donating them to OASIS, a domestic abuse shelter.  The volume of stuff became too much for her or OASIS to handle so she hooked up with a group called Dump and Run, a national organization that helps organize events like The BIG Sale on college campuses. The following year, in 2001, was the inaugural BIG Sale in the form that it is today.  The first sale took place on Duck Pond Field and raised $3100 for Watauga Department of Social Services Foster Care program.

Now some 15 years later, The BIG Sale is still going strong. At the end of this past school year more than 230 volunteers collected over 68 tons of materials from on and off campus residences.  As always, shoppers will find great deals on mini-fridges, microwaves, lamps, vacuums, carpets, futons, couches, dressers, clothes, shoes, bedding supplies, kitchen items, shelving units, cleaning supplies, housewares, and much more!

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It's Up to Me

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"It’s Up to Me” is an award winning campaign that has shaped our campus culture and promotes bystander intervention.  The Campaign has focused on a campus wide initiative for our Mountaineers to be active bystanders; when we see something, we say something! This coming fall semester, “It’s Up to Me” is offering an opportunity for students to get trained in the Big 3- Suicide Prevention, Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and Interpersonal Violence Prevention.

Visit appcares.appstate.edu to learn more about these three areas.

News from Financial Aid

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The Office of Student Financial Aid is eager to kick off another great year at Appalachian. Our experienced staff is dedicated to assisting students and their families in making informed financial decisions.

The Office of Student Financial Aid will be disbursing approved financial aid to students’ accounts on August 10, 2015. Please have your student check their AppalNet account to ensure that all financial aid requirements are satisfied. The Office of Student Accounts will begin issuing financial aid refunds during the first week of the fall term for students with a credit balance after all institutional charges have been paid. Please see the Office of Student Accounts website for more information about refunds and setting up direct deposit.

A crucial element to guarantee the most transparent communication regarding your student’s financial aid is to have them set you up under their Parent Access portal. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits our office from discussing non-directory information to any parent or guardian not authorized under Parent Access. For more information on setting up the Parent Access portal, please visit the Registrar’s Office website. Also, if you have questions or concerns about your student’s financial aid, and your student is on campus, they are welcome to visit our office on the 2nd floor of John E. Thomas building, room 265. We are open every day, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for University holidays. For more information about counselor meeting hours, please visit our website.

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Student Insurance

Students must have health insurance.

The UNC System requires that eligible students must have health insurance. You may be covered under your own insurance plan or your parents' plan - or you may choose to enroll in the UNC System's Student Health lnsurance Plan, Student Blue from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC).

Download the PDF below for more information.

Download: Student Insurance

Join The Appalachian Family for Football Season

FootballAre you a Mountaineer Football Fan? The Mountaineers will take on the Clemson Tigers before a nationally-televised audience at 12:30 p.m. on September 12, and you are invited to enjoy pre-game festivities at Clemson University with your Appalachian Family! Let us handle the tailgate planning for you. All you have to do is enjoy a hearty brunch with unlimited beverages in an air- conditioned venue. We have a prime campus tailgate spot at the Underground Recreation Center in Edgar Brown University Union, which is located very near Memorial Stadium.  For event pricing and information on game tickets and parking (sold separately), click here.

If you're not traveling to the games this season, consider watching them at one of our Alumni Chapter viewing parties! These free events are open to all members of the Appalachian Family, and are a fun and exciting way to watch the game and meet local Mountaineers. Check the event listing regularly for updated viewing parties scheduled near you.

Textbook Information


If your student is not sure how to pick up their textbooks, just have them follow these easy steps. Students can begin picking up their textbooks on Monday, August 10th.

Present Student ID on the first floor of bookstore for a list of all textbooks for registered courses, which includes both rental and any purchase texts. The textbook column on this list indicates rental textbooks with the letter 'Y', and purchase texts with the letter ‘N’. Indicate on this list if you wish to pick up purchase texts (if any) at this time.

Take list to the second floor and present to bookstore employee. Rental texts will be pulled along with purchase texts as indicated. Listen for your name to be called, and someone will present you with all rental books and any selected purchase texts.

Sign rental agreement, stating that all books will be returned by the last return date; Tuesday, DECEMBER 15th, 2015, and pay for any purchase texts that were selected.

Important things to remember: The rental system at Appalachian State is tuition based, so the cost of the rental books has already been included in the tuition and fees, paid by the student/parent. Any book not returned by the deadline date will be billed to the student’s account. Students will not be allowed to register for the next semester’s classes until their account has been cleared.

Additional information, a calendar of extended bookstore hours and contact information can be found at www.bookstore.appstate.edu.

Family Weekend

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Join us for the time-honored tradition of Family Weekend October 30-November 1, 2015!

Registration will open on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 9:00a.m.

Immerse yourself in the Appalachian Experience and join other Appalachian parents and families for a wonderful, fun-filled weekend on campus. This special weekend is your opportunity for a taste of campus life. Visit your son's or daughter's residence hall; speak with university administrators, faculty and staff members, come dressed up in your best costume and win a prize on Friday evening and so MUCH more! On Saturday cheer on the Mountaineers to football victory with your child or family member. There are other options for you to choose from as well. Bring your whole family and take time to meet other Appalachian families.

Please visit the Family Weekend website to view the schedule of events, register for the weekend and the BIG Family Weekend Tailgate with Chancellor Everts and other faculty, staff and administrators.

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University Housing

University Housing

Fall Move-In

Nearly 1,000 volunteers are looking forward to moving our new freshmen into the halls on Friday, August 14. Residents should plan to arrive to campus during the move-in time that was indicated on their housing assignments. Please have your boxes labeled with your name and room number so we can efficiently get your belongings to your room. Returning students can move in Saturday, August 15 through Monday, August 17. 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!

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The Schaefer Center Presents 2015-16 Season

Arts IconThis 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!

2015-2016 Performances

  • Rhiannon Giddens - Thursday, September 24
  • Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre - Wednesday, October 7
  • An Evening with David Sedaris - Friday, October 23
  • Jason Isbell - Saturday, November 7
  • American Shakespeare Center: Julius Caesar - Friday, January 29
  • American Shakespeare Center: Henry V - Saturday, January 30
  • Dr. John & the Nite Trippers - Saturday, February 13
  • Contra Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater - Friday, April 22

Tickets on sale August 17!

Tickets and more information at theschaefercenter.org

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Wayne County Scholarships

Anonymous Donor’s vision translates to $500,000 in scholarships for Wayne County Students

Scholarship winner

Albert Einstein was credited with saying, “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it…he who doesn’t…. pays it.” As an accountant and business professional, our donor knew well the wonders of compounding when he started an endowment that awarded a $20,000 scholarship to the minority student in the Wayne County Public Schools (Goldsboro, North Carolina), who recorded the highest score in the end of grade science and math test in the third grade. In 1992, the donor made his first contribution of $10,000 to fund the scholarship that was invested over the long term so that the third grader would have $20,000 in financial support to attend Appalachian State University. The vision of the donor was to inspire these 9 year olds to know that college has become a real possibility if they make education a priority and admission to Appalachian a personal goal. Twenty-six scholarships have now been created over the years producing scholarships that are valued at over $500,000.

The scholarship recipient was obviously gifted to have scored in the highest percentile in the third grade. The scholarship was designed to provide incentive to work hard and remain focused on being “college bound.” Most of the awardees are the first in their families to attend college. With the assurance of the scholarship, the financial pressures of paying college tuition are considerably lessened. The donor has stipulated that the student will major in science or mathematics and maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average. The scholarship support is for four years. [Pictured: Dean Calamai with a 4th grade recipient of the scholarship.

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CareerFest - Tuesday, September 29 12:00 - 4:00

  • CareerFest is Appalachian State University's largest and most comprehensive career event. Serving students and alumni of all majors and skills, the event is host to many companies, non-profits, healthcare and government agencies that are ready to network with students and introduce them to valuable internship and job opportunities.

  • At the Spring CareerFest, over 1,000 full-time jobs were being recruited for, with an average starting salary of $40,000

  • Visit careers.appstate.edu/careerfest for an updated list of participating employers. 

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Walker College of Business

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Students, welcome back to Appalachian from the Walker College of Business! Business students and prospective business students are invited to stop by Peacock Hall's new Broyhill Living Room in the 2nd floor lobby between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 17 to meet the dean, enjoy light refreshments, and receive a free Walker College of Business t-shirt, while supplies last. Questions? Stop by or contact the dean’s office, (828) 262-2057, wcob@appstate.edu.

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Welcome Back Students

Welcome back

Mark your calendars:

The library will host a Welcome Back Students event on Monday, August 17th and Tuesday, August 18th from 10:00-12:00 and 2:00 - 4:00 each day.  

Activities include:

  • Coffee and donut holes in the morning and iced tea and donut holes in the afternoon
  • Instructions on how to apply money to APP cards, including  how to use the kiosk
  • Instructions on how to print 
  • Introductions to our services - RAP, Chat, Consultation, Request-it, and many, many more  
  • Introductions to library faculty and staff
  • Answers to questions patrons have about our Belk Library and Information Commons
  • Introduction to all the exciting, new technology the library has to offer
  • Instructions on how to apply for student jobs in the libraries 
  • And much, much, more....

Come see us as we show our students a little love and a great big WELCOME from their Belk Library & Information Commons.

Alternative Service Experiences

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Applications are currently available for Peer Leaders for our Domestic ASE programs that will occur over Spring Break. Students that would be good candidates for this position are those students that demonstrate outstanding leadership, are concerned with current and on-going social issues, and are excited to devote their time for the betterment of communities. 

Applications can be picked up in the ACT Outreach Center and are due by Friday, September 4. For more information, visit ase.appstate.edu or email Heather Jo Mashburn at mashburnhj@appstate.edu.

Information from Food Services


Appalachian Food Services offers diners with special diets or food allergies a wide variety of options in our dining venues.

All of our concepts offer vegetarian/vegan options, there are two extensive salad bars and one unit, Healthy Select serves only vegetarian/vegan cuisine.

Because items are priced a la carte and because many of our venues offer customizable options, diners are able to create a meal that meets their needs. For example, many items can be made vegan by requesting no cheese. Furthermore, several of our sandwich concepts offer Gluten Friendly bread by request. Fireside Pizza also offers Gluten Friendly pizza crust on its own pan by request (although we cannot guarantee against cross contact as we have one pizza oven).

We have published several helpful guides on our website:

Foods are identified on our online or onsite menus by the following key:

  • (GF): Gluten Friendly

  • (V): Vegetarian

  • (V+): Vegan

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