Suicide Prevention Week: April 10th - April 16th

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Week is Sunday April 10th - Saturday April 16th. Mark your calendars!

Calendar of Events

Sunday April 10th

1/2 Day Mindfulness Retreat: 1:00pm - 5:00pm in Linville Falls (PSU 226)
Learn skills that can help relieve stress, get you better sleep and help you experience less self-judgment. All levels are welcome. No prior experience in meditation is needed. Extra credit slips will be provided.

Tuesday April 12th

Suicide Prevention Training: 2:00pm - 4:00pm in (PSU 137C)
Learn warning signs for suicide and how to respond when someone you know is showing suicide warning signs. Extra credit slips will be provided.

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From the Office of Student Financial Aid

From the Office of Student Financial Aid

Summer School 2016

It’s not too late to submit a 2016 Summer Sessions Financial Aid Application. Instructions on how to complete the online application are available on the Financial Aid web site. In order to be eligible for summer 2016 financial aid, students must complete this application as well as the 2015-2016 FAFSA. Please remind your student to list Appalachian as a school to receive their FAFSA. Our school code is 002906.

If changes need to be made to your student’s summer registration after they have submitted the application, they must contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to work with a counselor.

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Food Services

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Use 2015/2016 Meal Account Balances by Saturday, May 14th

The semester is winding down; it's time for students to use any remaining balances on their Meal Accounts.  Please remind your student that balances must be used prior to close of business on Saturday, May 14th. Please see below for suggestions on how to use remaining Meal Account funds.

How to Spend Remaining Meal Account Balances
  • Eat on campus
  • Share with family and friends
  • Purchase items from the Bake Shop
  • Purchase bags of coffee from Conrad's
  • Purchase whole pizzas or Chick-fil- A nugget trays
  • Purchase an Exam Pack for a friend
  • Purchase items at The Markets to take home
  • Purchase items at The Markets to donate to food banks
  • Do a meal to meal transfer with another student*

*Both students must present their AppCards in the AppCard Office. There is a $7 transfer fee. Transfers may only be made from one Meal Plan to another Meal Plan. Balances must be used by May 14th.

Have funds remaining on your Express Account?  Express Account balances carry over each year that a student is enrolled at Appalachian. Funds must be used or if applicable, a refund requested before a student separates from the university.  

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University Housing

University Housing

End of Year Hall Closing Approaching

Residence halls will close for the semester on Friday, May 13, 2016 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 13. 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 Coordinators to stay in the halls until Sunday, May 15, 2016 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.

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On May 5 Appalachian celebrates its 3rd annual #iBackAPP Day! For the last two years, the Appalachian community has come together in the first week of May to show pride and support for Appalachian by wearing their black and gold, spreading the word about #iBackAPP Day, and making a contribution to The Appalachian Fund. In each of the last two years, we have broken the one-day giving record. We need your help to make this year even more successful!

Read more at the iBack web site.

Passport Applications Services

PassportThe University Post Office offers US Passport application services.  You may pick up a passport application at our post office or fill out online, and once you complete it, the University Post Office will accept your application and send it to the government for processing.  If you need a passport photo, the University Post Office offers this service, too.  So if you are planning to travel outside the US, the Post Office can help you with the passport process.

Come to the front window, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., and ask for passport assistance.  Please remember that securing a passport is a process that begins with an application and must then proceed through government channels.  Therefore, we are told to advise faculty, staff and students that receiving your passport may take between four and six weeks, so please apply for your passport well ahead of your trip.

There is an expedited service that will provide your passport faster, but this service is more expensive than the routine service.

One of the required documents for obtaining a passport is a certified birth certificate, or if you have a previously issued passport in good condition it may be used in place of the birth certificate. If you are thinking about getting a passport and you are at home for Easter break, then this might be a good time to find your birth certificate or old passport and bring it back with you.

For more information about travel, passports and fees, click on the following link:

Remember that your University Post Office is the place to apply for your US Passport!

University Recreation Update

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April is a particularly exciting month for University Recreation because the Student Recreation Center turns 10 years old! To celebrate, UREC will be holding the "X" Games on the week of April 18-22, with fun events each day of the week and prize drawings throughout.

Outdoor Programs:

Upcoming Trips:

  • Waterfall Hike Series #1 (Upper Creek Falls, NC): 4/13

  • Intro. to Climbing Anchors & Rescue Skills (Linville Gorge, NC): 4/16

  • Waterfall Hike Series #2 (North Harper Creek Falls, NC): 4/20

  • Intro. to Backpacking (Grayson Highlands, VA): 4/23-4/24

  • Rafting/Funyaking Day Trip (French Broad/Nolichucky Rivers): 4/24

  • Sunset Canoeing (Price Lake, NC): 4/27

  • New River Canoe Overnight (New River State Park): 4/30-5/1

For trip pricing and all things Outdoor Programs, visit

Club Sports:

Interested in what all of our amazing club sports teams are up to? The newest edition of Club Sports was released on April 8 and the final issue of the semester will be published on May 6. The Illustrated is an online magazine comprised of articles written by the Club Sports players and published through the Club Sports Publicity Office.

You can view the Illustrated and see a schedule of games at

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App State in DC

M9gvkxi7qmcwGreetings Mountaineer Parents!

At Appalachian State, core to our Strategic Plan is engaging “students in diverse experiences on campus and abroad to increase their knowledge of global issues, regions and cultures; improve their intercultural skills; and, develop attitudes that cultivate global citizenship.”  The Career Development Center is pleased to announce that the AppState in DC International Experience program will provide 10 students just such an opportunity. 

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Transfer Services: A continual evolution

Transfer ServicesThe Office of Transfer Service (OTS) is a rather young office on ASU’s campus and we are continually looking to improve, not only our office’s services but how ASU serves transfer students overall. Our office’s eight employees are aided by a Transfer Services Team which is a campuswide advisement committee comprised of faculty, staff and students. This committee is dedicated to identifying transfer student needs and raising awareness of transfer student issues on campus. This year we have focused on four topics:

  • Reviewing the communications transfer students receive from ASU (from prospective students through enrollment)

  • Exploring summer bridge (transitional) programs for transfer students

  • Enhancing the career development programs provided to transfer students

  • Assessing the satisfaction of transfer students through focus groups

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The Schaefer Center Presents


The Schaefer Center Presents

CONTRA­-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater
Friday, April 22
7pm, Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
$10 student tickets!

CONTRA-­TIEMPO, a bold and multilingual Los Angeles based dance company, is dedicated to transforming the world through dance. Founded and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez in 2005, their unique form of urban Latin dance theater work brings to life voices that are not traditionally heard on the concert stage, while building community, facilitating dialogue, and moving audiences to imagine what is possible.

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College of Arts and Sciences’ SAFE Fund grantees awarded for 2016

SAFEfundAfter an extensive review process the College of Arts and Sciences has chosen nine students and seven faculty to receive funds from the newly created Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund for the 2016 year.

After a call for greater fundraising efforts to support student and faculty research by Hughlene Frank in an Advancement Council meeting just a year ago, the College of Arts and Sciences was able to create the SAFE Fund from the Dean's Fund.

The SAFE Fund now provides significant support for undergraduate research opportunities, undergraduate and graduate student travel to present at professional conferences, publication support for faculty book contracts, as well as other student and faculty projects.

Find out more here.