Message from the Chancellor

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A MESSAGE FROM THE CHANCELLOR | May 9, 2017

Our campus is quickly approaching the end of the semester. I’d like to thank you again for entrusting your student to Appalachian’s faculty and staff. We have worked diligently to prepare them for what’s next:

  • A recent study found that 85 percent of undergraduate and nearly 100 percent of graduate alumni, tracked from Appalachian State University’s 2015 graduating class, were either employed or enrolled in some level of post-secondary education within one year of graduation.
  • Feedback from employers indicates they appreciate our graduates’ abilities to think critically, build relationships and communicate effectively.

We wish our graduating students great success and encourage them to continue the Mountaineer way of contributing in their communities.

For those of you with students who will be returning, we encourage you to talk with them about long-term educational goals. Sophomores and juniors who plan now can earn undergraduate and graduate degrees from Appalachian in a shortened period of time. Why not explore our Accelerated Admission: Baccalaureate to Master’s program? It is structured to save significant dollars and time, allows students with a 3.4 GPA to skip the GRE, and is a sound choice career-wise:

  • Employment growth in occupations requiring master’s degrees is 13.8 percent, compared to 8.2 percent growth in occupations requiring a bachelor’s degree
  • The average weekly salary for a master’s degree is $1,341, 8.5 percent higher than a bachelor’s degree. (Source: bls.gov)

On the academic front, these recent articles from appstate.edu and Appalachian Magazine speak to the quality of students and faculty Appalachian attracts. We are proud of these special achievers:

  • Six high school seniors who received the Wilson Scholarship, Appalachian’s most prestigious, merit based award
  • Faculty whose “original and collaborative” projects were funded by the Chancellor’s first Appalachian Innovation Scholars Program
  • Appalachian professor Tracy Wilson Smith who received the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching

And, please read more about our other faculty of distinction here. They are dedicated to and engaged with your students.

Finally, but most importantly, thank you for your strong support during the #iBackApp fund drive May 4. We had record participation of more than 2,300 individual donors and raised more than $175,000.

Have a wonderful summer.

Chancellor Sheri Everts
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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

University Housing

Hall Closing Reminder

Residence halls will close for the semester on Friday, May 12, 2017 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 12th. Graduating seniors and students participating in commencement ceremonies may get approval from Coordinators in residence life to stay in the halls until Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 12pm.

Housing is not provided for students between spring and summer semesters.

“Don’t Throw it Away” reduces landfill waste

Is your student overwhelmed by the amount of belongings they have collected this year? Doubt you will fit it all into your vehicle to move home? Donate unwanted belongings to Appalachian’s Don’t Throw it Away program. This program collects students’ unwanted items to sell at the Big Sale in the fall to raise money for local non-profit agencies. Not only does this support our local community, it also reduces the amount of waste taken to landfills each year.

Every residence hall has a Don’t Throw it Away collection station in the main lobby. Simply place unwanted items in the taped area and a campus volunteer will come collect the items. Please do not leave trash or items that cannot be reused. Dumpsters are located outside each residence hall for those items.

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Financial Aid Update

Summer Sessions 2017

The summer 2017 online Financial Aid Application became available on March 1, under the financial aid tab through AppalNet. In order for summer 2017 financial aid eligibility to be determined before summer classes begin, students need to complete this application, as well as be sure they have completed the 2016-2017 FAFSA (and have Appalachian listed as a school to receive their FAFSA using school code 002906). If changes need to be made to your student’s summer school application after it has been fully submitted, please advise them to contact our office. They will need to work with a financial aid counselor to make changes.

If your student is planning to participate in a summer study abroad trip, they will need to complete the Summer Study Abroad Agreement Form in lieu of the online summer school application.

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Meal Account Reminder!

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Reminder! Meal Accounts must be used by Saturday, May 13

If your student has any money left over, here are some great ways to spend it so you don’t lose it!

  • Purchase graduation or Mother’s Day cakes and treats from the Bake Shop

  • Purchase bags of coffee from Conrad's

  • Purchase whole pizzas or Chick-fil-A nugget trays for friends and/or family

  • Purchase items at The Markets to take home for the summer

  • 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 13th.)

Have funds remaining on your Express Account? 

No need to hurry up and spend Express Account funds. Express Account balances carry over each year that a student is enrolled at Appalachian.

Click here for more information on Express Accounts.


UREC Updates

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That’s a wrap! This Newsletter includes everything UREC for May and the beginning of summer.

Outdoor Programs:

Trips have wound down as students are preparing for final exams. But there is a group heading out to the Grand Tetons Mountain Craft Expedition at the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. The group will depart on Wednesday June 7th and return Sunday June 25th.

Incoming students will also prepare for First Ascent in July and the beginning of August. First Ascent is an exciting way for incoming students to meet each other through a variety of challenging expeditions!

Additionally, the 15th Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition will open July 1st!

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

Club Sports:

The winner of the 2017 Club Sports Photo Comp is – drum roll – the Cycling Club, with Matt Jones’ photograph titled “Miles In Snow!” The photograph was taken at Snowshoe, WV during the Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals 2016. It was unveiled at the Club Sports Banquet Monday, May 1st and will be the primary publicity photo for the entire program next year!

We had a couple of teams travel this past weekend for some last minute competitions:

  • Cycling traveled to Colorado for the Collegiate Road Cycling Nationals (4/27-5/1)

  • Men’s Ultimate traveled to High Point for a tournament (4/30)

*For more information visit clubsports.appstate.edu

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Security Deposits: What you need to know if your student's lease will be ending this summer

Most off-campus rentals require payment of a security deposit before a tenant moves in. Under North Carolina law a security deposit is fully refundable if the tenant has paid rent every month and has not damaged the rental property. Unfortunately, security deposits are not always promptly returned after a tenant moves out. Here are a few tips to help your student get his or her security deposit back:

Know the security deposit law.

The North Carolina “Tenant Security Deposit Act” requires landlords to refund a tenant’s security deposit within 30 days of the end of the tenancy (typically the end of the lease period). If the security deposit is not fully refunded, the landlord must provide a written accounting of how the deposit was used. The security deposit can only be used to cover the specific types of costs incurred by the landlord that are listed in the Tenant Security Deposit Act. These include unpaid rent, damage to the rental property caused by the tenant, and the cost of re-renting an apartment after a tenant has breached the lease (in other words, administrative costs incurred by the landlord if a tenant moves out early). The Act expressly states that the security deposit may not be used to cover damages caused by ordinary wear and tear – and that the amount deducted must be based on the actual costs of the landlord.

Document, document, document!

From the time your student moves into an off-campus apartment, he or she should document the conditions in the apartment. Documentation may include photographs, notes about any problems (including the date when the problem occurred or was discovered, when a request for repair was made to the landlord, and what was done in response to the request), and copies of any correspondence of other written documents regarding problems or repairs. Requests for repairs should be made to the landlord in writing and should be made as quickly as possible, before the problem gets worse.

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The Five Best Gifts for an App Grad

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Do you know an App Grad? Visit the University Bookstore Website to see some of our best selling graduation gifts for new Appalachian Alumni. www.bookstore.appstate.edu

  1. Diploma Frames make a wonderful gift and allow the graduate to prominently display their well earned degree. 20% off diploma frames, for a limited time The Bookstore. You can also build your own at University Frames.
  2. Appalachian Alumni T-shirt. Been there. Done that. Wear your accomplishment with pride!
  3. Pewter Alumni Car Tag.
  4. Appalachian neck tie. Impress the new boss!
  5. Leather padfolio with brass Appalachian seal medallion.

Browse these and more Gifts for Grads on our website or call 1-800-ASU-WEAR for assistance.


Update from Student Health

Mary Shook Health Services

Recent public health events involving mumps on our campus and in Watauga County serve to remind us all that vaccinations are our fundamental and best line of protection against many communicable diseases. Appalachian District Health Department (AppHealthCare), Appalachian State University and others are monitoring the cases closely, and are working together, in consultation with the North Carolina Division of Public Health Communicable Disease team, to share information and take appropriate action in response to these additional diagnoses. It is extremely important for our student population to be fully vaccinated. Vaccinations are the best defense against an outbreak.

Keep updated on many health issues on our website where you will find:

Best wishes!

Dr. Bob Ellison, Director


Internship Success

Career Development

As parents you might be preparing to miss your student while they are away this summer completing an internship. Others of you might be welcoming your student home for an internship in your local community.

To encourage internship success, here are tips we share with your student:

Stay focused on your academic goals.
Read your syllabus carefully; adhere to the assignments and deadlines given to you by your AppState faculty supervisor.

Take initiative on site.
Introduce yourself to the staff and acquaint yourself with procedures. Be gracious, engaging and interested in what each person is contributing to the goals of the organization. Be eager to assist.

Capitalize on the fact you are a student.
Soak up everything you can. Ask to be included. Dress professionally every day. Seek a mentor. Reach beyond your comfort zone to learn new things and meet new people. Prove yourself and cultivate long-term professional relationships.

Represent yourself and Appalachian State well.
Be recognized as a person with integrity and a strong work ethic. Stay clear of office gossip, politics and cliques. Do what needs doing with enthusiasm and a positive attitude no matter how exciting or menial the task and learn how the small tasks fit into the big picture. Communicate respectfully and professionally in speaking and in your e-mail/social media correspondence.

Serve the mission of your internship site.
Engage in their culture and their goals. Pay attention to how ideas are shared, how decisions are made, how tasks are accomplished, and how success is evaluated.

Recognize your emotions.
Initially, you will be exhilarated. Later some of the excitement can wear off. Be realistic about what you can accomplish in your internship. If you are being underutilized, take initiative to ask for more responsibility.

For more information on internships, how they can benefit your student, and to see examples of some of the opportunities students have had access to through an internship, visit appstate.edu/internships or have your student schedule an appointment at the Career Development Center to meet with a counselor and discuss opportunities for their future! 


Transfer Pre-Orientation Program

Transfer

Last month the Offices of Transfer Services and Orientation together welcomed over a 100 new transfer students to campus as part of our Transfer Pre-Orientation Program (T-POP). This day-long introduction to Appalachian is offered as a complement to the Orientation students will attend later in the summer. Recognizing that Orientation is more academic based and that transfer students have many concerns and trepidation about the new environment and social scene at Appalachian we offer this program to address many of their questions.

Students are offered sessions by Financial Aid & Student Accounts, University Housing, Student Employment, Student Activities, and Academic Advising. In addition, the day is facilitated by Transfer Student Mentors and includes a Q&A panel where students can ask current transfer students for their advice and experiences as successful Appalachian transfer students.

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An Appalachian Summer Festival

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June 25-August 5, 2017

Presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, this annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus, and features a diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming!

 

2017 Festival Highlights

Summer Exhibition Celebrations July 7

An Evening with Sutton Foster July 8

Eastern Festival Orchestra featuring Midori July 9

The National Black Theatre Festival Presents: "Maid's Door" July 13 & 14

Jennifer Nettles July 15

MOMIX: "Opus Cactus" July 21

Rosen Sculpture Walk July 22

Chris Botti July 22

Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers July 27

Charlotte Ballet July 29

YESTIVAL: YES with special guests Todd Rundgren & Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy August 5

 

Plus chamber music, the Weicholz Global Film Series, a young people's global film series, lectures, workshops and more! For updates and information, visit appsummer.org or call 800.841.ARTS.


Multicultural Student Development Student Centers

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Multicultural Student Development (MSD) serves all students with a particular focus on students from underrepresented backgrounds. The office oversees three student centers: the Henderson Springs LGBT Center, the Multicultural Center, and the Women’s Center.

 

The Henderson Springs LGBT Center

The LGBT Center offers a great deal of emotional support to students on campus through dedicated desk-shift volunteers and staff. In addition to that support, there are a large amount of educational opportunities sponsored by the LGBT Center. The center provides workshops and classes related to current issues in the LGBT community. One regularly offered workshop is LGBT 101: Creating Brave Spaces. This workshop is dedicated to educating the campus community about LGBT+ identities and helping the campus understand the community better. The center also provides opportunities for recognizing the challenges of the LGBT community including Transgender Day of Remembrance, Pride, Candlelight Vigil, and Day of Silence.

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Celebrating College of Arts and Sciences Students

Celebrating College of Arts and Sciences students at the 20th Annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors Day

Throughout the day on April 27, 2017, Appalachian State undergraduate and graduate students presented 190 abstracts in both poster and oral communication formats. The student presentations represented over 28 different academic departments and 98 Faculty Mentors. The top 3 posters in each category (graduate and undergraduate) were recognized and given awards. The Office of Student Research (https://osr.appstate.edu) hosts this event.

This year all 6 student awards, 3 in undergraduate and 3 in graduate presentations were our students along with the Undergraduate Research Mentorship Excellence Award Winner, faculty member Dr. Andy Heckert, Department of Geology.

We wanted to share the many types of research our students are up to and the wonderful news of this end of semester event. Many Congratulations to our students and Dr. Heckert!

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Turchin Center Updates

Appalachian Connections

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University, provides a home for world-class visual arts exhibitions and programming. One of the exciting aspects of the Turchin Center is that the gallery exhibits rotate several times during the year. In June and early July, five fresh exhibitions will be opening. Though these exhibitions open on the dates noted below, an official opening will occur during the Summer Exhibition Celebration to take place on July 7 as part of the downtown Boone Art Crawl.

Bob Ray Bday Party

Circles of Influence: Barbara Hardy Ray & Bob Ray (July 7 - Dec 2) highlights Barbara Hardy and Bob Ray, artists who share a love of rich texture, layered patterns, and examining the detritus of life.

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Beans from the Dean

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During finals week (May 8-11), students can stop by Beans 2 Brew in Peacock Hall for a free cup of coffee, on the house. The free coffee will be available between the hours of 8:00am and 10:00am, while supplies last. Beans 2 Brew will remain open during regular business hours.

May 13 Commencement Reception for Graduating Business Students and Family members

Saturday, May 13 will be an exciting day for our graduating students and their family members, and it will be an honor to add the graduating class of 2017 to our Walker College of Business alumni network. To celebrate this milestone, Dean Heather Norris and the faculty of the Walker College of Business cordially invite graduates and family members to attend a pre-ceremony reception in the 2nd Floor Broyhill Commons of Peacock Hall. Refreshments will be served. The reception will begin at 10:00 am and conclude by 11:30 am so that graduating students and guests may make their way to the Holmes Convocation Center the requisite 1 hour prior to our 1:00 pm commencement ceremony.