Message from the Chancellor

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A MESSAGE FROM THE CHANCELLOR | February 3, 2017

Last month, I had the pleasure of addressing our faculty and staff, commending them on the remarkable work they do every day to help the students you have entrusted to us succeed, here on campus and in their chosen careers.

As I was preparing my remarks, I scrolled through our university website – appstate.edu – and noted these news headlines:

  • Appalachian students give over 1,200 combined hours of local community service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy

Community engagement. Student research. Global learning. Each of these initiatives is a priority in Appalachian’s Strategic Plan (2014-19) and integral to our students’ Appalachian Experience and subsequent successful integration into society. It appears we are succeeding: a recent study showed that after graduation, nearly 85 percent of our 2014-15 undergraduate and just under 100 percent of our graduate alumni are either employed or enrolled in an institution of post-secondary education.

Feedback from employers indicates they appreciate our graduates’ abilities to think critically, build relationships and communicate effectively.

We’re proud of these numbers and our students’ success in the workplace. We will continue our best efforts to prepare our students to be leaders – creative problem solvers who approach challenges with the ability to think in an interdisciplinary manner. Thank you for choosing Appalachian and for allowing us to educate and influence tomorrow’s productive and conscientious global citizens.

 

Chancellor Sheri Everts
SignatureSheri N. Everts
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 Update

University Housing

ReappHousing Reapplication Underway

The reapplication lottery submission for 2016-2017 on-campus housing kicked off on January 11 and ended January 31. Invitations to select a room on campus will be sent to appstate.edu email accounts beginning February 13th. Students have 48 hours to respond to their invitations. Failure to respond will result in their name being placed back into the pool without the guarantee of being chosen again. The next available opportunity for housing on campus will be to sign up for the waitlist beginning March 1st. Please remind your students to check their email regularly beginning February 13th so they do not miss their opportunity to live on campus. For more information about the reapplication process, please visit http://housing.appstate.edu/reapp.

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From the Office of Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid encourages you to work with your student to complete the 2017-18 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if you have not yet done so. Students must complete a 2017-18 FAFSA to be considered for financial aid for the Fall 2017, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 semesters.

It is important to complete the 2017-18 FAFSA early to beat deadlines for programs that are first-come, first-served such as North Carolina state grants.

To complete the 2017-18 FAFSA, 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. 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 it does, the Financial Aid Office 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 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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CareerFest

Careerfest

Spring CareerFest – an essential tool in networking students and getting them HIRED!

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 organizations, and government agencies that are ready to network with students and introduce them to valuable professional opportunities. More than 130 employers are expected for the event, with thousands of internship and job opportunities available to our students.

We encourage students of all classes to come to this event. First-year and second- year students can gain an overview of the diversity of employers. Junior-level and transfer students can explore internship opportunities. Those graduating or in graduate school can seek full-time employment.

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University Tutorial Services

Tutorial services

With only five weeks until midterms and six weeks until spring break, it is around this time when the semester starts kicking into high gear!

University Tutorial Services offers several services that can accommodate your students’ educational and schedule needs. With over 40 courses tutored and 150 tutors, it easy to find your match with one of our three methods of tutoring.

  1. Weekly Group Sessions – Where your student can get paired with a tutor for small group tutoring. (Majority of 1000 and 2000 level Undergraduate Courses)

  2. LEAD tutoring – Where a tutor attends your students lecture class and bases their tutoring program from their lecture. (Chemistry Only)

  3. Departmental Help Labs – Dedicated spaces for specific subjects where students can come without an appointment and get help on understanding the material from class. (Chemistry, Physics, Economics, Math, and Accounting Only)

Hopefully your student is one of the 1500 students that are being helped on a weekly basis. Have a question, comment, or concern? Visit our website, tutoring.appstate.edu. You can contact us by phone (828-262-3060), by email (apputs@appstate.edu), or in person (Rm. 208 D.D. Dougherty).

Our hours of Operation are:
Monday – Thursday: 9 am - 8 pm
Friday: 9 am – 5 pm


Important Reminders from Health Services

Mary Shook Health Services

  1. All students and parents 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 https://healthservices.appstate.edu/incoming-students
  3. Flu season is HERE and the flu vaccination is IMPORTANT and available at Student Health
  4. Parents, please encourage your students to wear appropriate safety helmets for winter sports especially snowboarding, skiing and sledding https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/pdfs/helmets/headsup_helmetfactsheet_snowboard_508.pdf
    • Helmets are affordable, easily able to be rented at ski slopes, serve as important protection that can reduce severity of concussion, and demonstrate an excellent role model for others on the slopes.
    • This same safety encouragement applies to skate or long boarding, street and mountain biking, and other active sports throughout the year

Counseling Center Update

Welcome to Spring 2017

A warm welcome to all new and returning students to spring 2017! Our Counseling Center staff is committed to fostering an affirming environment where all students are welcome and respected; a safe and confidential environment that honors each person’s experience and is open to the honest discussion of thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and values. We hope that you will connect with us this semester! You can find information for all of our services at counseling.appstate.edu.

In thinking about the upcoming semester, here are 4 things I would like to highlight:

  1. Groups. We had a record number of students participate in our groups last fall, and we have at least 16 different groups happening this spring. Check out our Group Counseling page and get started!

  2. Coping Skills Toolbox. Through a generous grant from the Parent and Family Association Board, students will be able to assemble their own “toolbox” filled with fun, relaxing, and stress-reducing objects and activities that research has shown to be helpful with coping. Look for our Counseling Center tables on campus this semester and build your toolbox!

  3. Kindness. Kindness is an important value of our staff, and we have an amazing team of kind and knowledgeable professionals and graduate trainees at the Counseling Center. If you are interested in learning more about some of our team, check out the “Our Staff” page on the “About Us” menu.

  4. Compassion. I hope that we can all continue to build compassion for each other throughout our campus community, and nurture compassion within ourselves as well. As we all strive for the goals that are important for us in 2017, let us also remember to be kind to ourselves. Check out self-compassion.org to learn more about self-compassion and for self-compassion practices.

Best Wishes,
Chris Hogan, Ph.D.
Director   


Campus Mail and Packages Reminder

All students living in campus housing are assigned a mailbox for receiving mail and packages. All mail sent via the United States Postal Service (USPS) will be delivered to the student’s mailbox without exception and should therefore be addressed to the student’s mailbox number.

Any packages sent via United Parcel Service (UPS) and/or FedEx will be delivered to the student’s mailbox if they are addressed with the student’s mailbox number.

If UPS and/or FedEx items are addressed to the students dorm/service desk address then they will be delivered to that address by the respective carriers.

Students can find their mailbox number and combination in their Appalnet account under addresses and phone numbers. It is the student’s responsibility to periodically check their mailbox for mail or packages. If an item is too large to fit in the mailbox a written notification slip will be placed in their mailbox. Any item received without a valid mailbox number is subject to be returned to sender as undeliverable.


Transfer Day at Camp Broadstone

Transfer services

Saturday, February 18
3 - 8pm

It’s often hard for students, especially students transferring to a new institution, to connect with each other. To help, we’ve developed numerous events including Transfer Day at Camp Broadstone. This event allows students to get away from campus to Appalachian’s recreation facility in Valle Crucis.

Students will take part in facilitated activities, share dinner and play games, and end the day socializing around the lodge’s fireplace. Made possible with grant funds from the UNC Association of Student Governments, students who participated in the fall said “I loved transfer day. I enjoyed seeing others and getting out of my comfort zone. It made me realize why I love ASU.” and “I very much enjoyed it and got to meet some great people. The size was perfect, enough but not too many to the point where I would get anxious.”

Students should register for the event by emailing mortonka@appstate.edu


Appalachian Connections

Turchin Center

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University, provides a home for world-class visual arts exhibitions and programming. It is the largest facility of its kind in the region and its six galleries host changing exhibitions featuring local, regional, national and international artists.

The Turchin also provides free workshops for Appalachian students six days a week. Art workshops include:

  • Mandala and Moon Journals (Mondays, 6 - 8 p.m.)
  • Open Studio (Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6 - 8 p.m.)
  • Inkalicious: Alcohol inks (Fridays, 10:30 – noon)

All supplies are provided for art workshops.

For those interested in nurturing the soul, yoga and tai chi workshops are held in the art galleries.

  • Tai Chi (Tuesdays, 5 – 6 p.m.)
  • Yoga (Saturdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.)

Visit: https://tcva.appstate.edu/workshops for details.

The Turchin Center also holds lecture series on Wednesday evenings. The talks are led by visiting or exhibiting artists, scholars and practitioners and provide deeper insight into creative practice, context for current exhibitions or contemporary issues shaping the world in which art is created, experienced and interpreted.

Visit https://tcva.appstate.edu/calendar/super/id/lectureseries for details.

We hope you encourage your students to take advantage of all that the Turchin has to offer.

And please come visit the next time you are in town to experience the power and excitement of the visual arts. Visit https://tcva.org/ for more information.


Think Boone in the Summer!

Summer sessionsBoone may be cold and snowy in the winter but Boone weather in the summer is low humidity and sunny skies. Perfect for outdoor activities while students take advantage of the many class offerings to fulfill liberal studies requirements or courses in their major.

Summer sessions is a vital part of Appalachian State University’s offerings to students: It offers an opportunity for students to catch up, retake a course, or get ahead in the major of their choice, and is the default term for many required internships and educational travel opportunities. Summer courses may also increase the chances for students to graduate in four years.

And, Summer Sessions’ credits are excluded from the surcharge calculation. Students who are concerned with the 50% Tuition Surcharge on credit hours earned over 140 should be aware that hours earned during summer sessions cannot be calculated into the surcharge total. Summer Sessions does not receive appropriations (funding) from the State of North Carolina. The tuition paid during the summer pays for summer instruction and administration. Therefore the state does not include summer hours earned in the calculation. A student with 135 earned hours but who completed 12 of those hours in summer sessions, in reality has 123 hours toward the Surcharge calculation and therefore has the opportunity to enroll in 17 credit hours during the academic year without facing the 50% Tuition Surcharge.

Interested in summer course offerings? The 2017 summer sessions schedule is now posted for viewing on the registrar’s site . Email questions to summersessions@appstate.edu or call 828-262-3154.


University Recreation Updates

Hello! Hope you are well. Included in this email is the newsletter for University Recreation for February.

From 60 degrees and shorts one day to snow and big jackets the next, it has been and will continue to be an unpredictable but fun month for University Recreation!

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Outdoor Programs:

Just because it’s Winter doesn’t mean our students can’t explore the outdoors with Appalachian State University Recreation! We have several day and overnight trips coming up in the month of February:

  • Beech Mountain Ski Night (2/2, 2/9)

  • Black Mountain Winter Backpacking Overnight | Roan Mountain, TN (2/4-2/5)

  • Caving Day Trip | Worley’s Cave, TN (2/5)

  • Caving Overnight | Worley’s Cave, TN (2/10-2/11)

  • BIKE APP – Basic Repairs Workshop (2/15)

  • Roan Highlands Winter Backpacking Overnight | Roan Mountain, TN (2/18-2/19)

  • Bouldering Day Trip | Rumbling Bald, NC (2/18)

  • BIKE APP – Purchasing Bikes and Cycling Equipment Workshop (2/23)

  • BIKE APP – Road Riding Basics and Route Planning Workshop (2/27)

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

If you have a student interested in outdoor careers, remind them about our Outdoor Jobs Fair on Wednesday, February 15!

 

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The Schaefer Center Presents... February Events

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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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Get to know the College of Arts and Sciences

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The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most diverse academic unit at Appalachian State University, offering 89 undergraduate majors and more than 40 minors and certificates in disciplines that span the humanities, natural and mathematical sciences, and social sciences. In addition, masters degree programs, some of which have received national recognition, are offered by thirteen of the college's academic departments. Watch students in action with our faculty.

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