Snow Day Stats

Snow Picture 1Even though the University was closed on Friday, January 22nd due to inclement weather, and snow continued to fall throughout the weekend, many of our offices were hard at work making sure students were happy, safe, and warm!

Here are a few details from our campus partners about their Snow Day Operations:

University Housing:

  • 2 maintenance staff stayed on campus throughout the weekend to respond to emergency needs and our on-call staff were available to respond to calls as needed for all incidents.

  • Residence Life provided pancakes, hot cocoa, tea, and fun recipes (like snow cream) for each hall to keep students entertained

  • Hall staff hosted various events in their lobbies for students, including movie nights, board games, and pancake socials

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Connect NC bond includes $70 million for Beaver College of Health Sciences building

In March 2016, North Carolina voters will decide on a proposed $2 billion bond package that would enable statewide investments in higher education, safety, parks, recreation, and water and sewer infrastructure improvements. The bond package is referred to as the “Connect NC” public improvement bond because it is described as “connecting North Carolina to the twenty-first century.” Learn more about the bond, what it would mean for Appalachian, and how it would help Appalachian meet critical demand for qualified health professionals.

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University Housing

University Housing

Housing Reapplication Underway

The reapplication process for 2016-2017 on-campus housing kicked off on January 11 and ended January 31. Offers to live on campus will be sent to ASU email accounts beginning February 10th. 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 10th 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.

Summer 2015 Employment Opportunities

Applications will be available for the Conference Assistant position beginning February 10th on AppSync. The CA position begins on May 24th through July 30th and provides on-campus housing. A full description for the CA position can be found here. Applications are due February 24th at noon.

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Preparing Your Child for Study Abroad

by Jenifer Lieberbaum

I read an article this week on the BBC website titled “Your Child Wants to Study Abroad: Here’s How to Plan.” My son, a sophomore at Appalachian State University, returned from his fall semester abroad in China just three weeks ago, so I was interested to read it and see if it would have been helpful had it been available when we were in the throes of planning his semester. The answer was “yes and no.” ‘No,’ because Appalachian State Study Abroad Office has an extremely knowledgeable staff, and they were able to direct my son through the application and planning stages without my involvement. ‘Yes,’ however, when I read the paragraphs under the subtitles “What it will take” and “Make sure your child can handle it.” I think in retrospect I may have given the idea as a whole more thought in terms of preparing my son as to the challenges he might face. Not that he would have necessarily agreed or even listened, but we definitely would have talked to him about acculturation and “it may not be as easy as you think to adjust to life in another country, especially one like China.”

My son chose China because he wanted his study abroad to be an interesting and cultural experience, not a “European vacation.” Well, he got what he wanted and then some. Needless to say, he got off the plane and entered a cultural realm not experienced by many American students. Few people spoke fluent English, even in the big cities. The whole university experience was totally different from universities in the United States, from registering for classes to living on campus. Traveling, which all study abroad students do, was difficult due to language and cultural constraints. The challenges he faced, I think, are experienced by all students who study abroad, but the extent of those challenges certainly depends on what country is chosen.

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The Counseling Center presents The Wellness Workshops

SunriseFeelin’ Good in the Neighborhood!

Test Your Mood: Mental Health Screening
Wed. Feb. 10 10:00am-2:00pm Calloway Peak Rm/Union

Re-shaping your Body Image
Wed. Feb. 24th 5:00-6:00pm Beacon Heights Rm/Union

Mental Health: What Stops Us from Talking about It and What You Can Do To Take Care of YOURS
Wed. March 23rd 6:00-7:00pm Price Lake Rm/Union

What Shape is Your Personality: Learn more about Yourself and How to Relate to Others
Wed. April. 6th 4:00-5:00pm Linn Cove Rm/Union

*Let's Get Out! Explore the Connection Between Positive Mental Health and Being Outdoors

Thurs. April 14th, 5:00-7:00pm (email to register)

*This workshop will take place outside in one of ASU's many natural settings.

Space is limited so reserve your spot early by emailing campbellha@appstate.edu.

Extra credit slips will be made available

For more information contact the Counseling Center

262-3180 or counseling.appstate.edu


Transfer Zone - Supporting your Transfer Student

Transfer ServicesIn January, Appalachian welcomed 397 new transfer students. They join the 1,196 new transfers that arrived in the fall. In total, transfers represent approximately one-third of our new students each year. While we might think their experience attending a prior institution will ensure an easy transition and integration into a new environment, transfer students often struggle on a new campus. Termed by researchers as transfer shock, transfer students may encounter a temporary dip in their GPA their first semester due to changes in academic rigor in the classroom and social isolation as they join classmates who have already formed social circles.

What can you do as a supportive family member?

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Wellness and Prevention Services Highlights

Guided Meditation from Wellness and Prevention Services

Tuesday: 2:00-3:00PM, February 2nd
Located in the Student Union, Tater Hill Room, 155

Feel free to wear comfortable clothes, bring a yoga mat or pillow if desired.

Benefits of Meditation can include:

  • Decrease in anxiety and stress

  • Increase in emotional stability and creativity

  • Increased ability to focus and concentrate

  • Lower blood pressure

  • Decrease in tension related pain

  • Improves immune system

No meditation experience necessary, and drop-ins are welcome

Hosted by Wellness and Prevention Services

(828) 262-3148

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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 and government agencies that are ready to network with students and introduce them to valuable internship and job opportunities.

Please discuss this event with your son or daughter, urge participation in our workshops and career fair. Visit careers.appstate.edu for details and information.


Student Insurance

Health Insurance Requirement

Eligible students are required to have valid health insurance coverage each semester they attended a public UNC system school. Students must waive out of the requirement each semester if they are eligible for coverage during the fall and spring.

What does this mean? If a student has health insurance they must provide proof of the coverage through the online waiver verification system to BCBSNC. BCBS will verify the coverage and send an email to the students email address with the status of the waiver. Just because information has been submitted does not the requirement is waived; your student must receive confirmation of the approval. Your student needs to pay attention to their email for the confirmation message from BCBS.

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Important Information from Health Services

Health Services

Wear your helmet this winter!

  • Skiing and Snowboarding season is upon us. Please encourage your student to wear the appropriate safety helmet for their sport

  • Helmets are affordable, easily able to be rented at ski slopes, and serve as 1) important protection that can reduce severity of concussion, 2) 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.

  • For more information, check out this New York Times Article.

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Financial Aid

FASFA LogoComplete the 2016-2017 FAFSA Application

Parents, remember to help your student complete their 2016-2017 FAFSA application before the March 1, 2016 priority deadline.

Students must complete a 2016-2017 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be considered for financial aid for the Fall 2016, Spring 2017, and/or Summer 2017 semesters. The 2016-2017 FAFSA can be accessed at www.fafsa.ed.gov . Be sure to include ASU as a school to receive the FAFSA. Our school code is 002906.

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Greek Life

Greeks

Appalachian State Greek’s consist of 30 sororities and fraternities both with the Interfratenity Council, National PanHellenic Council, and PanHellenic Council.  We provide programs and services, active oversight of chapter events, maintain communication with faculty, alumni advisors and parents, organize leadership retreats and workshops, monitor academic performance of fraternity and sorority members, and recognize the positive achievements of the organizations.

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Food Services - Baking Traditions at Appalachian

The Appalachian Food Services Bake Shop, which is located on the lower level of the Roess Dining Hall, produces all of the baked good served at campus dining venues and catered events.  The Bake Shop also offers custom cakes and desserts to the campus community for purchase.  The Bake Shop team is led by Pastry Chef, Charlotte Beckner, and Bake Shop manager, Tammy Click, both of whom have long been interested in baking. (pictured, Tammy Click & Charlotte Beckner)

Charlotte and Tammy lead a team of eight staff members and up to 20 student employees.  Bakers’ hours begin in the early morning to ensure that fresh baked doughnuts, pastries, biscuits and breads are ready for breakfast. As the day continues, the focus shifts to cakes, pies and desserts, not to mention the day’s catering functions.   Between dining venues and catering, the Bake Shop produces hundreds of different items each week.

Valentine cake
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University Recreation Update

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We are excited that the big snowstorm has passed and February is upon us! Additionally, we are proud to announce that even the biggest of snows won't deter our students from staying fit. On the weekend of the snowstorm (Jan. 22-24), University Recreation documented 1,493 swipes by students.

 

Outdoor Programs:

Upcoming Trips

  • Winter Backpacking (Roan Highlands, TN): 2/13-2/14

  • Caving Day Trip (Worley's Cave, TN): 2/13

  • Bouldering Day Trip (Rumbling Bald, NC): 2/27

  • Spring Break White Mountains NE Snow & Ice Adventure (White Mountains, NH): 3/5-3/12

  • Spring Break SE Bouldering Tour (NC, TN, AL, GA): 3/5-3/12

  • Spring Break Appalachian Trail Backpacking Expedition (NC, TN): 3/5-3/13

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

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Appalachian State’s Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention

Fiddlers Convention

8th Annual Convention to be held at Legends Night Club and Plemmons Student Union


The Appalachian Heritage Council is presenting the eighth annual Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention this weekend, February 5-6th, 2016 in the Appalachian State University Plemmons Student Union. This two-day convention celebrates the rich musical and cultural history of Appalachia and will offer workshops, a handmade market, music competitions, luthiers gathering, and a concert to end the festivities.

The convention will kick-off at 7:30pm on Friday, February 5th at Legends Night Club with a square dance featuring the music of the Zephyr Lightning Bolts and caller Aaron Ratcliffe. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for the public.

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The Schaefer Center Presents

Dr. John by Bruce Weber

Dr. John & the Nite Trippers
Saturday, February 13 at 7pm
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
$15 tickets for students!

Delivering unique and authentic New Orleans, boogie-woogie jazz performances, Dr. John is praised for his funky, bluesy influence on rock that landed him a spot on the Hall of Fame and won him six Grammy Awards. Since gaining a cult following in the late 1960s Dr. John has recorded over 20 albums and in 1973 scored a top-20 hit with the jaunty funk-flavored "Right Place Wrong Time," still perhaps his best-known song. After a half century of creating music for others and himself, Dr. John continues to write, arrange, produce and interpret with a passion that has yet to wane.

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A Quality Alternative Teacher Prep Program: The Appalachian Way

Some people were born to be teachers. They may have just taken a few detours along the way. App State has a new program to reach and teach those with a relevant bachelor’s degrees across the state and many other parts of the country, who want to become teachers. This program is designed to help completers secure a teaching position in a high needs area.

The Middle Secondary Masters Certification program has been successfully running for the past year. This program offers a meaningful path to recommendation for a clear teaching license provided by a well-respected, high quality teacher preparation program. It is designed for those who may be interested in teaching Middle Grades (6th-9th grade) in one of four content areas (Math, Science, Language Arts or Social Studies) or who are interested in teaching secondary Career and Technical education courses including industrial, technology, marketing and business classes. Secondary Math and Science tracks are being added in the near future.

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College of Business Dean's Update

While the Boone weather is unpredictable, from Winter Storm Jonas to flash flooding to the promise of sunshine and an early spring, our students can count on high quality instruction and leadership and professional development in Peacock Hall. RMI Career FairOur faculty, professional staff, and student leaders are actively preparing the business leaders of tomorrow in our classrooms, online, and through special events that supplement the curriculum. For example, the Brantley Risk & Insurance Center and Gamma Iota Sigma will host the RMI Career Fair on February 18, providing valuable networking interaction with the insurance industry.

Read more at the Walker College of Business


Appalachian Professors Help Transform Higher Education in Kurdistan

Transforming higher education can be a slow, laborious process – even more so if the institution is located in a country surrounded by armed conflict and regional unrest.

But despite the ongoing crisis in Northern Iraq, violence in Kurdistan has remained low, enabling professors and administrators at Salahaddin University to focus on a future that provides the best possible education for their students.

Read more at University News