New Interim Director for Parent and Family Services

Allison Sawicki DodsonWelcome to our new Interim Director for Parent and Family Services, Allison Sawicki Dodson!

Allison Dodson is the newest member of our Dean of Students team. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University, and received her bachelor’s degree in English, Secondary Education in 2008. As an undergraduate student, Allison was involved in our Appalachian Student Ambassador program where she gave campus tours and served as a student representative for the Office of the Chancellor and the Alumni Association. Allison was also active in the program formerly known as Freshman Seminar as both a Peer Leader and Peer Leader Trainer. During her time at ASU, Allison studied abroad in Germany and participated in a summer service trip to Nairobi, Kenya.

Being involved in Appalachian’s campus community as an undergraduate student led Allison to pursue a career in Student Affairs. She attended graduate school at the University of Virginia, and received her Master’s degree in Student Affairs Practices in Higher Education in 2009. As the Graduate Assistant for the UVA’s Office of the Dean of Students, Allison focused the bulk of her thesis and graduate work on leadership development within the student experience. She went on to work in student services at UVA’s Darden Graduate School of Business until 2011, when she returned to North Carolina. Most recently, Allison worked at NC State University in their Alumni Association supporting the work of their constituency programs and reunions.

Allison and her husband Ethan, also a graduate of Appalachian, are thrilled to be back in Boone. Ethan has joined Appalachian as well and is now working in University Advancement. They enjoy spending time with their two dogs, exploring the beautiful high country area, tackling new recipes in the kitchen, traveling, and cheering for the Carolina Panthers. Allison’s office is located in the Dean of Student’s suite on the 3rd floor of the Plemmons Student Union. Please stop by to visit her the next time you’re on campus!

Counseling Center

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As the fall semester is drawing to a close, the Counseling Center would like to highlight some of the services we provide and the levels of utilization of those services. University counseling centers across the country are seeing dramatic increases in the utilization of services, and the Appalachian State Counseling Center is no different. The numbers below represent percent increases from the first 8 weeks of the fall 2014 semester to the first 8 weeks of the fall 2015 semester, and staff increases cannot completely account for these increases.

  2014 2015 Percent Increase
Initial Consultations 508 709 40%
Individual Therapy 910 1379 52%
Group Therapy 209 357 71%
Emergencies 56 58 3.5%
# of Students Served 644 862 34%

If your student is struggling, encourage them to come to the Counseling Center during our initial consultation times, (Monday through Friday 8:30-11:00 AM and 1:00-4:00 PM). If your student is experiencing an emergency during normal business hours, 8 AM-5 PM Monday through Friday, encourage them to come to the Counseling Center and indicate that they are experiencing a mental health emergency. If your student is experiencing a mental health emergency after normal business hours or on the weekend, they can call 828-262-3180 and be connected to an on-call counselor. More resources can be found on our website at

University Housing

University Housing

As the holiday season begins, we would like to share some tips about welcoming your student back home for the university breaks as well as some discussion points as your student begins planning their next semester and next year!

Tips for a happy holiday with a college student

  • Welcome them home with a favorite meal, restaurant outing, or activity

  • Remember that they have become accustomed to being away from home rules and doing as they wish

  • Review your expectations of your student’s behavior while at home (ex: What is the [or is there a] curfew now that you have a college student rather than a high schooler at home?)

  • Know that their relationships with friends at home will have changed and be prepared to help them navigate those changes

  • Talk about next year’s housing plans (Re-application for on-campus housing begins January 11)

When the residence halls close for university breaks…

  • All residence halls remain open during Thanksgiving break.

  • Halls close for Winter break on Saturday, December 12 at noon. Students who need to remain in the halls until December 13 due to graduation must contact their Residence Director.

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Office of Student Financial Aid

Welcome to ASU

As we progress through the semester, the Office of Student Financial Aid hopes your student is enjoying their time at Appalachian and taking advantage of all that the university and area have to offer.

If your student is considering studying abroad, please encourage them to visit the Office of International Education and Development's 2015 Appalachian Global Symposium. This event will be held on November 18th in the Plemmons Student Union. A more detailed event description and schedule can be viewed on the International Education and Development Office’s website. While financial aid for study abroad can be available, it most commonly is awarded in the form of student or parent loans. Students are strongly encouraged to inquire about their aid eligibility with a financial aid counselor if interested in a study abroad experience.

As we near the end of 2015, please keep in mind that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed each year and the first day that the 2016-17 FAFSA will be available is January 1st, 2016. Appalachian State’s priority processing date for 2016-17 is March 1st, 2016. If your 2015 taxes will not be completed by that date, you can complete the 2016-17 FAFSA with estimates based off of the previous year’s tax information. After tax filings are complete, corrections will need to be made to the FAFSA to update tax information. We recommend using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to automatically populate your tax information into the FAFSA.

The bill payment due date for spring semester is December 21st, 2015. Students receiving financial aid should see the expected amount of financial aid reflected on their bill. Financial aid for spring semester will be disbursed ten days prior to the first day of classes and refunds begin to post after classes begin. Spring semester classes will begin on January 11th, 2016. Please note that continuing students will receive spring semester bills via their ASU email address, not through regular mail. If parents would like to receive an email when bills go out, please have your student add your preferred email address in their AppalNet Parent Portal. Parents will then have access to view the bill through the portal.

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Student Health Influenza Immunizations

Student Health Service

The influenza season has arrived in North Carolina.  Student Health Service, state and local health departments, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Flu vaccine is available at Student Health Service which is located on the second floor above the Post Office.  If your student has not received the flu vaccination this academic year, please encourage them to do so. 
  • Cost is $15.00
    • Payment can be in the form of cash, check, ASU Express account or charged to the student account (tuition bill)
    • An insurance claim form can be completed by the parents or the student.  Full reimbursement for this expense is usually possible when an insurance claim form and the receipt for payment are submitted to the insurance company. 

Immunization Clinic Hours 

  • Monday-Friday, 8:00-11:30am, 12:45-3:30pm
  • Wednesdays, 9:00-11:30am, 12:45-3:30pm
    *App Card Required!
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How Can I Get My Child Home?


Dear Parents and Families,

Many of you are wondering how your children will be getting home over the Thanksgiving and Winter break. Below, I have listed some information for you to view on all of the transportation that can get your child home that I am aware of at this point. Of course there are your usual rental car companies and I have listed them at the bottom, but they do have age restrictions on drivers. Please let me know if you have additions that I am not aware of to be added to the list.

Sunway Charters (formerly Horizon Coach Line)

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News from Career Development

Cup of Brew

What’s going on in Career Development?

On the evening of October 21, the Career Development Center and Athletics Department partnered to provide an interactive Dining Etiquette workshop and networking meal sponsored by Transportation Insight.  Student-athletes representing a variety of sports were invited to a professional dining experience where they were able to network with recruiters from Transportation Insight and gather dining etiquette tips that will serve them both now and in the future. 

Upcoming Events

Cup of Brew and Résumé Review – Encourage your student to stop by our contact table in Plemmons Student Union for a free cup of coffee! They can receive résumé and/or cover letter feedback from our Career Counselors.

November 9th -13th 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Career Development Center offers students opportunities to improve their professional presence throughout the year.  Please see the Career Development Center website at for future event information.

News from University Recreation

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Now that November is in full swing, University Recreation is excited about all of fun activities this month has in store.

Outdoor Programs:

Upcoming Trips

  • Winter Backpacking (Roan Highlands, TN): 11/13-11/15
  • Camping Overnight (Worley’s Cave, TN): 11/13-11/14

The Appalachian Mountain Photography Contest provides both amateur and professional photographers the opportunity to showcase their interpretation of the unique character, people, places, and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians. Categories for the competition include: Adventure, Blue Ridge Parkway, Culture, Our Ecological Footprint, Flora/Fauna, and Landscape. Submissions are due online at  by Nov. 20 at 5 pm.

Go to for more information!

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Off Campus Housing

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Believe it or not, it's already time for your student to start thinking about housing for next year (academic year 2016-17). Students who live in the residence halls will begin receiving information about the reapplication process for living on-campus in December. The deadline for reapplying is January 30, 2016. Students who are considering moving off-campus next year should start thinking about where they want to live and researching their options for rental housing in the community. The Off-Campus Community Relations webpage has lots of helpful resources for students looking for off-campus housing.

The Student Legal Clinic and Off-Campus Community Relations Office have partnered with University Housing to create a program designed to help students make informed decisions about where to live and find housing that is right for them. The program -- "Housing Options; Find Your Match" -- will be presented six times in late fall and early spring semester. Information about both on-campus and off-campus housing will be included. See the flier, below for details, and please encourage your student to attend.

Download: Find Your Match Flyer 2015

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Deans Update

Bonnie Schaefer

As the temperature and the leaves continue to fall on our campus, the activity level in the Walker College of Business continues to rise. More than 1,200 students, faculty and business community members attended the Boyles CEO Lecture on October 13. Westglow Resort & Spa Owner and former Claire's Stores CEO Bonnie Schaefer met with students from the Walker Fellows and the Women of Walker organizations in Peacock Hall before delivering her lecture, Finding Your Path, in the Holmes Convocation Center. Just over two hundred business students, faculty members, and key supporters participated in the executive luncheon following Dr. Schaefer's lecture. John Pfeifer delivered comments at the luncheon, speaking on the axioms of learning. Both the lecture and the luncheon talks, as well as a podcast with Dr. Schaefer and photos from the day are linked from our website.

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The Schaefer Center Presents: Spring 2016

the arts

Friday, January 29 at 7pm

American Shakespeare Center: "Julius Caesar"
Profoundly moving, breathtaking, and deeply human...a thrill ride of betrayal, violence, and perhaps most surprisingly - love

Saturday, January 30 at 7pm

American Shakespeare Center: "Henry V"
The story of England's hero-king and the greatest upset in European military history; Shakespeare's finale to his great history plays

Saturday, February 13 at 7pm

Dr. John & the Nite Trippers
Unique and authentic New Orleans, boogie-woogie jazz, praised for its funky, bluesy influence on rock

Friday, April 22 at 7pm

CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater
Choreography that fuses Salsa, Afo-Cuban, and contemporary urban and abstract dance theater

Tickets and more information at

Appalachian State Designated Military Friendly

Military FriendlyAppalachian State University has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, a leader in connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse.

Now in its seventh year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

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AppState Senior Receives Leadership Award

Kelsey TrevethanELON—Appalachian State University senior Kelsey Trevethan has been recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to community engagement.

Trevethan is one of 21 students chosen by their campus to receive the network’s Community Impact Award. One student leader from each member school receives the honor. More than 200 college students have been recognized by the network since the award was first presented in 2006.

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