Message from the Chancellor

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As our faculty and staff prepare for the first day of classes on Jan. 17, I find myself once again energized and inspired by the start of a new semester. The upcoming MLK Challenge on Jan. 21, a day devoted to service to the greater Boone community, is a reminder of our students’ amazing energy and deep commitment for serving the community through volunteer work and service-learning. Their work has been recognized by the President’s Higher Education Honor Roll, the Carnegie Foundation for the Engagement of Teaching, and Beyond the Books website for Excellence in Service-Learning.

Since its inception in 1988, Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) has provided service experiences as opportunities for students to connect and engage with others to build authentic relationships, stimulate critical thinking and skill building, and recognize individual impact and responsibility to the local and global community.

Locally, ACT partners with more than 160 organizations. These partners utilize the expertise of university faculty and staff, and provide service-learning and volunteer opportunities to our students.

Projects include activities that encourage students to get to know and give back to local communities, including blood drives, events to support those who face food and housing insecurity, support and fundraising for local charities and alternative service experiences, in which students travel to locations across the U.S. and abroad to assist organizations during scheduled university breaks. Extended initiatives include social justice training, the development of a database of local organizations for volunteer and service opportunities and leadership training and cultivation programs.

On the academic front, Appalachian offers nearly 100 service-learning and community-based research courses each year. Furthermore, our Civic Engagement Certificate Program honors students who have participated in a significant number of service-learning experiences and have distinguished themselves by demonstrating an outstanding level of commitment to civic leadership and social responsibility.

Students often say these opportunities to work in the community open their hearts and minds to ways they can make a difference, and influence their choice of major and career path. In turn, employers appreciate the resiliency and skills these kinds of experiences build in our students.

I am proud of our students and salute you, their parents and families, who have instilled a desire to serve and improve their communities, country and the world.

Best wishes for 2017, 

Chancellor Sheri Everts
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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.

Winter Club Expo

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Bring in the New Year by exploring some of the 400+ clubs and organizations on our campus at Winter Club Expo!

January 24th 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Plemmons Student Union

We welcome all new and returning students to find their place at Appalachian with one or more of our clubs and organizations here on campus!

(All current clubs and organizations needing a contact table at Winter Club Expo, please be sure to register your organization here! Student organizations must be registered in AppSync in order to participate.)

Appalachian State University's Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration features W. Kamau Bell


Ending Racism in About an Hour

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Schaefer Center

Just like skinny jeans, superhero movies, and celebrity weight loss, racism continues to make a comeback. Luckily for us, campus speaker W. Kamau Bell is here to make (non)sense of all of it all. "The Curve" is a comedic, topical exploration of the current state of America's racism, combined with a little (unknown) history, a little PowerPoint, and a whole bunch of Kamau. And because racism is always attacking in new ways and from new angles, Kamau attacks back by constantly adding new material. "The Curve" is a seamless mix of stand-up comedy, video and audio clips, personal stories, knowledge-dropping, and solo theatrical performance.

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Career Update

As your student prepares to return from winter break, we would like to share several first hand accounts of student internship experiences in light of our upcoming Internship Fair. This annual event will take place Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 11am to 2pm in the Grandfather Mountain Ballroom of the Plemmons Student Union. We have over 45 organizations in a wide range of fields on campus recruiting for summer and long term opportunities.



Internship location: Brigham Young University in Laie, Hawaii - Island of Oahu

Program/destination: BYUH is a religiously affiliated institution with roughly 3,000 students and has the most culturally diverse undergraduate population in the country. Colin embraced this opportunity to experience a very different environment and culture. He wanted to explore a place that he had never been and push his comfort zone. “Plus, Hawaii's not such a bad place to be for the summer,” said Colin.

Currently studying: Student Development, which Colin describes as a combination of counseling and development in higher education.
Class level: Graduate Student
Take away from the experience: Colin learned a great deal about other cultures working with a highly international population. He gained hands on experience working for a private, small, but higher education institution. Through this field experience he managed a small team of students, planned school-wide events, and gained technological skills by working to adopt and integrate a new online career platform for their student body. Great experience to take with him as he continues his studies and prepares for the workplace.

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Financial Aid Update

The Office of Student Financial Aid encourages you to make a New Year’s resolution to help your student complete their 2017-2018 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible. Students must complete a 2017-2018 FAFSA to be considered for financial aid for the Fall 2017, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 semesters.

Please note some important 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 helps 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 all conflicting information is resolved. More information about the 2017-18 FAFSA changes can be found on the Federal Student Aid website.

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University Housing


Fall 2017 Housing Reapplication for Returning Students

Current students who wish to live on campus for the 2017-2018 academic year must reapply for housing. Applications are available now through January 31. Once the student has applied, the housing lottery will open 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.

Opportunities in Housing

Spring semester is a busy season in University Housing. During this time, we recruit and hire undergraduate students for summer Conference Assistants, fall Desk Assistants, and fall Night Assistants. We also offer at least two scholarships for returning students. All of these processes will be available on AppSync and advertised via our social media accounts. Be sure to have your student join or follow us so they do not miss out. Click on the image below to join us on social media!

AppCard 101


The AppCard is a multifunction ID card for students and provides access to:

  • Meal & Express Accounts

  • Residence hall & building access

  • Library checkouts

  • Recreation facilities

  • Campus events

  • and more!

Yes, one little card does so much. We answer lots of questions from parents about the difference between Meal and Express Accounts; we hope the handy chart below will answer your questions.

Meal Accounts Express Accounts
  • Are required for students living on campus

  • Can be used anytime, anywhere for any on-campus food purchase – there are no restrictions on the number of times your student can use his/her Meal Account in a given day

  • Are accepted in all on-campus food-serving locations – dining halls and franchises, coffee shops, vending machines, campus convenience stores and more

  • Are simply an amount of money that is loaded on a student’s AppCard at the beginning of each semester

  • Work like a debit card with a declining balance - students are charged per item not per meal

  • Balances carry over from fall to spring but must be used by May Commencement

  • Are optional and for convenience purposes only

  • Are used primarily for on-campus non-food purchases – laundry*, copies, event tickets, fees, books and more

  • Can be used for food purchases if a) a student is living off campus and does not have a Meal Account or b) a student has used up his/her Meal Account funds

  • Work like a debit card with a declining balance

  • Are not linked to a bank account – sorry, no cash withdraws

  • Balances carry over each year that a student is enrolled at Appalachian

*laundry machines in East Hall accept quarters only

You may be wondering if your student can use his/her debit card for on-campus purchases. The answer is yes and no. He/she can use a debit card in all locations except vending machines, laundry machines and for library copies or printing.

Need to deposit additional funds to either account? You can do that online 24/7 (select “Make a Deposit” - $50 minimum required) or by calling the AppCard Office (828-262-6141) during regular business hours.

Important Reminders from Student Health Services

Mary Shook Health Services

Three key reminders for parents:

  1. All students should make sure they have waived or accepted major medical insurance to AVOID any unnecessary billing to their student account.
  2. Incoming students must have complete immunization records submitted by MedPortal
  3. Flu season is HERE and the flu vaccination is IMPORTANT and available at Student Health

For any questions or concerns, please contact the Student Health Services Office at (828) 262-3100.

Appalachian Community Together Events

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Dance Marathon gets grooving on February 25th, 2017!

Dance Marathon is a fun and unforgettable 15 hour experience that is packed with fun activities, loads of food, great entertainment, and a lot of awesome dancing! To participate, students register with our online fundraising platform and pledge to raise a minimum of $150 ($10 per hour of dancing) to support two amazing local non-profits, Western Youth Network and Parent to Parent Family Support Network. Both of these organizations provide essential services to children and their families in Watauga County and the High Country of Western North Carolina

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Spring Transfer Events

Welcome transfer students

With over 400 clubs and organizations, intramurals and club sports, concerts, movies and other free programming there is always something to do that will appeal to your student at Appalachian. As a family member of a new or continuing transfer student you may hear from them though how the cold Boone winters makes staying tucked inside their warm apartments or residence halls a better activity. We need your help to encourage your student to get involved and avoid social isolation and loneliness that can creep in when they don’t get out and interact. The Office of Transfer Services understands the importance of social connections and has developed multiple events throughout the spring semester to help facilitate involvement among transfer students. Full details can be found on our website. In addition, there is a Transfer Student Organization that meets on Thursday nights that always welcome new members. We invite you to encourage your transfer student to participate!

  • Transfer Student Pizza Party - Thursday, January 19 at 6pm in Blue Ridge Ballroom
  • Introduce Yosef - Monday, January 30 at 6pm in Parkway Ballroom and/or Wednesday, February 8 at 5:30pm in Blue Ridge Ballroom
  • Transfer Day at Camp Broadstone - Saturday, February 18 from 3-8pm (advance registration required)
  • Paint Nights - Tuesday, February 28 at 6pm and Tuesday, March 21 at 6pm at the Turchin Center (advance registration required)
  • Sunset Hike - Wednesday, March 29 at 4pm (advance registration required - $10 cost)
  • Sunset Canoe Trip - Tuesday, April 11 at 4pm (advance registration required - $10 cost)
  • De-Stress Fest - Wednesday, April 26 from 12-3pm in Linville Falls Room

Questions? Contact the Office of Transfer Services at

Level Up: Support for Students with Social-Communication Challenges

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Level Up is a small group focused on supporting academic and social success through social thinking and communication skills for students with social-communication challenges. Social-communication refers to skills such as engaging in conversation, using and interpreting nonverbal signals, understanding others’ point of view, and is essential for academic and social success in college. The group is part of a research study focused on learning about the needs of college students with social-communication challenges as well as identifying effective strategies for intervention and support.

The group meets weekly on campus and is free to ASU students. It is facilitated by Dr. Emily Lakey and Jennifer Van Gilder, speech-language pathologists who work in the ASU Dept. of Communication Sciences & Disorders. Each group meeting focuses on one or two specific topics, such as self-awareness, conversational skills, reading body language, and problem solving. Skills are explicitly taught using a variety of activities including direct instruction, video clips, role play and demonstration. In addition to group instruction, opportunities are also provided for individualized goal setting, skill practice and application.

Level Up is currently recruiting new group members. If you believe that this group would benefit your student or would like to learn more, please contact Dr. Lakey at or visit

Campus Activities Update

Fiddlers Convention

Fiddler’s Convention

The Appalachian Popular Programming Society (APPS) will host the 9th Annual Old-Time Fiddlers Convention from 10am-5pm on Saturday, February 4, 2017.  The Fiddler’s Convention 100% student operated, and all events are open to the public and family friendly. This unique event draws over 400 attendees from nine states and celebrates the rich musical and cultural history of the Appalachian region.

Events include: concerts, instructional workshops, music competitions, a gathering of luthiers, as well as a handmade market featuring crafters from across the region. For more information, please visit

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University Bookstore: Textbooks 101

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Happy New Year Parents! We look forward to welcoming your student back to campus as they visit us in the University Bookstore to pick up their textbooks for the Spring 2017 semester. You can help your student by reminding them of some key information. Here’s what they need to know…

Walk In Orders

Textbooks can be picked up, this semester, beginning on Tuesday, January 10. This date is always posted on our store calendar, available on our website, and also on the University calendar. All students need to bring their student ID card to pick up textbooks. Students can bring in a printed Book List of the books needed for their classes. See Book List printing instructions below. A line for Book List printing is also available in the store. Textbooks may only be picked up by the student themself. Parents and friends are not allowed to pick up textbooks. Students can pick up their books anytime after the opening date for the rest of the semester. We will not run out of textbooks on the rental program. If a course section has been added at the last minute and we do happen to not have any books on the shelf when your student walks in, we will have more in stock within days. Many students choose to go to class first before selecting their books. Lines are longest during the first week of pick-up, shorter during the second week and virtually non-existent the rest of the semester.

Online Orders

Students can also order their textbooks online. For a small $5 handling fee their books will be pulled and waiting for them when they get to the Bookstore. Students wishing to order should go to the University Bookstore website, and click on the Textbooks Tab. Students enter their student ID number (also called a Banner number) and the books required for their current classes are shown on a list, called a Book List. Students select which books they would like to receive. There is one rental textbook for most classes and sometimes there are textbooks that need to be purchased. If a student selects to purchase textbooks at this time they pay for them during the order transaction. It takes at least 24 hours to fill the order. Students need to bring their order # and student ID card to the Bookstore and pick up their order after receiving an order fulfillment email. Orders can be picked up on the 2nd Floor of The Bookstore beginning on January 10, 2017. Orders can also be shipped via UPS, normal shipping charges apply.

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Encourage Your Student to Participate in an Alternative Service Experience!

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.

Free Money for Study Abroad: Gilman International Scholarship

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Appalachian State University senior Conner Gleason-Wallace with young friends he made last summer in India as part of his Honors College international experience and with a Benjamin A. Giman International Scholarship.

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Appalachian State University sophomore Banna Bazzarie visiting Petra, a historical and archaeological city in southern Jordan famous for its rock-cut architecture. Banna was awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship to complete a required internship as part of her degree.

Nine Appalachian students studying abroad during the fall 2016/academic year 2016-17 received the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Each student received $1,500 to $5,000 to support their education abroad. Appalachian’s students are among 850+ American undergrads from more than 300 colleges and universities selected to receive the prestigious scholarship, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

The Gilman program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions they reach. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions planning to study abroad or participate in a career-oriented international internship abroad for academic credit are eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies, making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

The Office of International Education and Development (OIED) assists students in applying for national and prestigious scholarships, such as the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship, which are designed for study abroad experiences. Dedicated Appalachian staff and faculty read essay drafts and provide constructive comments to students; OIED staff meet students in person to talk about their study abroad plans, the structure and content of essays, provide follow-on project support, and technical support when submitting applications.

The scholarship application deadline for students participating in Summer 2017 programs is March 7, 2017. Encourage your students to contact OIED and receive help today! It is never too early to start planning!

For more information on Study Abroad Scholarships and how to apply, please visit the Office of International Education and Development website. We offer Scholarship Workshops and Workshops specifically on the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship multiple times throughout each semester. We are here to help all students find funding to support their education abroad experiences!

The Schaefer Center Presents... Spring 2017

This performance series offers a diverse mix of music, dance and theatre programming for campus and community audiences comprised of university students, faculty, staff and residents across the region.

Jessica Lang Dance

Wednesday, February 8
Jessica Lang Dance
7 pm, Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
$10 Student Tickets!

Founded in 2011, New York-based Jessica Lang Dance is known for repertoire rich with stunning movement and dynamic visuals that transforms classical ballet into emotionally engaging contemporary work. Hailed "a master of visual composition” by Dance Magazine, the Bessie Award-winning Jessica Lang choreographs to enrich and inspire audiences by immersing them in the beauty of movement and music.

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Off Campus Events

Parents:  Please remind your students about these upcoming off-campus housing events!

Find Your Roommate Mixer
Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Rough Ridge Room on the 4th floor of Plemmons Student Union

This fun social event is designed to provide students with more information about off-campus rental housing and help students connect with potential roommates (to live with off-campus) for the next academic year. Lots of free food, prizes, and give-aways, including a drawing for a $75 gift card from the ASU Bookstore!

Students can register for this event on AppSync by clicking here.

The Find Your Roommate Mixer is made possible through a generous grant from the Appalachian State Parent & Family Association!

ASU Housing Fair
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
International Hall, first floor of Plemmons Student Union

Co-sponsored by the Student Government Association and Off-Campus Student Services, the Housing Fair is an easy, convenient way to learn about a wide variety of off-campus housing available in the Boone community. Approximately 20 rental companies will be on campus to provide information to students about rental properties for Fall 2017.  This is a great opportunity for your student to research housing options and gather information to make an informed decision about where to live next year!

Questions or more information:  Contact Off-Campus Student Services at (828) 262-8284 or email