Message from the Chancellor

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A MESSAGE FROM THE CHANCELLOR | July 14, 2017

Last week, some of the world’s most brilliant minds in energy policies, practices and sustainability gathered here for the 6th Appalachian Energy Summit. Fittingly, the summit opened just hours after our student-led solar vehicle team took second place at the international Formula Sun Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

The success the energy summit has had in reducing and stabilizing the University of North Carolina system’s average annual energy expenditures is significant and has had a real impact.

To date, UNC campuses – together with industry partners – have avoided more than $499 million in utility costs. And, we are on track to continue this momentum. We expect to avoid energy costs to the tune of $1 billion by 2020 and $2 billion by the year 2025.

This link takes you to a summit overview and the profiles of three impressive student projects that were highlighted during the event.

Students like these, who are invited to attend the summit, have an incredible opportunity to learn from and network with the best minds in their fields of interest. In turn, their mentors – academics and industry pioneers – are positioning these young learners to become leaders in sustainability thought and practice.

This is a great time to be a Mountaineer. 

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 Update

University Housing

Fall Move-in

Nearly 1,000 volunteers are looking forward to moving our new freshmen into the halls on Friday, August 18. Your student’s boxes should be labeled with their name and room number so we can efficiently get their belongings to the room. Returning students can move in Saturday, August 19th through Monday, August 21st.

In the coming days, your student will receive information about their room assignment and move-in time via their @appstate.edu e-mail address (if they have not already).  If a student cannot move in during that time, they may move in any time AFTER your scheduled date and time.  However, all residents must arrive and check into their room assignments before Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 6pm to avoid forfeiture of their residential space on campus.  If a student is unable to move in within these parameters, please contact Alicia Vest to develop an early arrival plan that will work.  No requests for special/early move-in times will be reviewed and no decisions made prior to July 15, 2017.

For more information about Move-in, visit our website at housing.appstate.edu/fallmovein.

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Welcome Week 2017

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Welcome Week 2017 will kick off on Friday, August 18th with tons of activities and events for your students to enjoy.

Check out our new "Welcome to App" website at welcome.appstate.edu, going live soon!


Fraternity and Sorority Life Intake and Recruitment

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Registration for recruitment and intake is now open! All potential new members must register with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life to participate in fraternity recruitment or intake. Registration closes on August 28th, 2017 at 11:55 p.m. More information regarding Fraternity and Sorority Life and the recruitment and intake processes can be found at greeks.appstate.edu. Be on the lookout for our FSL Postcard coming soon!


Step Afrika! is coming to App State

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Step Afrika!, the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping, is coming to App State on Wednesday, August 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Over the past 21 years, Step Afrika! has grown to become one of the top 10 African American Dance Companies in the US and Washington DC’s largest African American arts organization. Come and watch the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping blend percussive dance styles with technique, agility, and pure energy!


Fall 2017 Club Expo

The Office of Campus Activities will be hosting the 2017 Fall Club Expo on Sunday, August 20th from 2:00 to 6:00 pm in the Holmes Convocation Center. The Expo is an event where student organizations and ASU departments come together to showcase the various ways that students can get involved at Appalachian State and within the Boone community. With over 400 student organizations and numerous community partners, ASU has something for everyone! This is a great opportunity for your students to meet new friends and learn about exciting leadership and involvement opportunities. Please encourage your students to stop by to jumpstart their involvement at Appalachian.

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Welcome Weekend Kicks Off Your Student’s Transfer Experience!

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Every fall new students kick off their Appalachian memories with Welcome Weekend, their official welcome to Appalachian. This weekend, held this year August 18 - 21, offers transfer students - who often live off-campus - a way to connect socially with other new students while getting comfortable with the campus before classes start. Specifically designed programs are offered to help transfer students get to know the campus, their classmates and the community. Some highlights include:

  • Social for students living off-campus
  • The Appetizer
  • Faculty Exchange & Common Reading Discussion
  • T-Shirt Swap & Lunch with the Office of Transfer Services
  • Club Expo
  • Black & Gold Convocation

The full schedule and event descriptions can be found on the Welcome Weekend website and on Welcome to App’s AppSync portal. Transfer students are encouraged to fully participate in this weekend’s events! As classes begin on Tuesday, the Office of Transfer Services will continue to offer other activities to engage students. Our schedule of Fall events can be found on our website or our AppSync portal.

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Career Development Center Updates

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Do you know that 4,500 students on average work on campus in part-time positions? Did you know that students who work 8-10 hours a week have a higher GPA than students who do not work?

Is your child interested in finding student employment opportunities during their time at college? At Appalachian State University, employment is indeed a possibility for all students!

We believe that finding a job should be a student driven process so we do not assign our students directly to their positions. This allows students to find jobs that are a great fit for themselves based upon their academic interests and lifestyles.

In order to begin searching for job, please tell your student to check out our student employment website to find information about our largest campus employers and to visit our career management website: http://careergear.appstate.edu/

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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. Click here to view the 2017 festival brochure!

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Meet Archie

Supporting collaborative student work in the College of Arts and Sciences

Art and geology students at Appalachian have created a Triassic aetosaur replica based on a handful of pre-historic bones unearthed in North Carolina, called Gorgetosuchus pekinensis that roamed the Upper Triassic Pekin Formation, Deep River Basin in North Carolina 230 million years ago. Many stages later of clay, foam, a wire-frame and bronze casting, this 3-D digital model is now life size and they are calling it "Archie."

Now, you can participate in the Gorgetosuchus pekinensis project and support our students work by contributing towards the preparation of the habitat for Archie. This installation will provide educational outreach to our community schools, continued cross-disciplinary partnerships and hands on collaboration in a project that is bringing history to life that will be shared with generations to come.  

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The Graduate School goes to NYC

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Graduate students and staff in the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies recently visited New York City as part of the course, From Graduate School to the Workplace: Impact of Immigration. The one credit-hour course, part of a professional and personal development program, Trails to Success, for ASU graduate students, was offered for the first time in the spring semester. Students taking the course and graduate school staff/faculty who led the course explored the topic of immigration as it relates to the workplace. The course was visited by numerous presenters who spoke on topics such as legal issues in immigration, past and present immigration policies, immigration in media and entertainment, as well as many personal immigration stories.

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Turchin Center Update

Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition, Exhibition and Walk

The campus of Appalachian State University was recently the site of tower cranes making intricate maneuvers to install the outdoor sculptures selected for the 31st Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition. Since its establishment in 1987, this national juried competition is presented annually by An Appalachian Summer Festival and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. he Rosen competition continues a tradition of showcasing contemporary American sculpture in outdoor settings across the campus of Appalachian State University. A summer highlight for Boone art enthusiasts is the Rosen Sculpture Walk with the Juror, which offers participants a fascinating journey into the world of contemporary sculpture through the eyes of the juror who selects the sculptures from entries from around the United States. The walk takes place on Saturday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and begins at the Schaefer Center. It is free and open to the public. The sculptures will remain in place until May 2018 and maps are available at the Turchin Center, Schaefer Center and on the website, rosensculpture.org

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Art Workshops For Kids And Teens

In addition to the galleries the Turchin Center also offers art workshops. Remaining workshops this summer, include: Drawing from Life, Famous Artists and Trash Art and ages range from 6-15 (varies by class) For more information regarding schedules and fees, visit: https://tcva.appstate.edu/workshops

Coming Up In Fall Semester

Schedules and details for the fall are being finalized. Stay tuned for information about student art workshops, yoga and tai chi in the galleries and Art-talks. These programs are all free for students.

The Turchin Center is a great place to relax, cool off and enjoy art. Please come visit the next time you are in town to experience the power and excitement of the visual arts. Admission to the TCVA is free. Visit https://tcva.appstate.edu/ for more information.


First Year Seminar Study Abroad Opportunity

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Hello New Mountaineers,

My name is Lillian Nave Goudas and I teach a First Year Seminar Course entitled Art, Politics and Power. The course looks at how art is a powerful force in culture and how it has been used and abused throughout history. We focus specifically on how Hitler and the Nazis stole thousands of artworks during World War II and how the Allies have tried to return the art to its rightful owners. If you saw the movie "Monuments Men," you will be familiar with the story. But this sort of thing is still happening today and so we will also look at the role of museums in culture and how ISIS is using similar tactics in Syria and Iraq with startling success in the current day!

Last year, I took 16 of my students to Europe for a 1 credit hour in-depth study tour linked to the course. It was a fantastic trip, and my students learned so much more by experiencing the culture and seeing the buildings and works of art we spent a semester studying. Only those students who are in the FYS can go on the trip, and all my sections are full....except for several seats I am holding for students interested in the study abroad opportunity. You do not have to go on the trip to take the course, but you do need to take the course to go on the trip!

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Level Up with PEERS®: Social Skills Group

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Level Up with PEERS® is a small group for ASU students who have social communication challenges. The group promotes academic and social success through social thinking and communication skills instruction using the PEERS® curriculum. The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is an evidence-based intervention for young adults 18 to 24 years old who have: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, anxiety, and other social challenges.

  • Topics of instruction include:
  • Making and keeping friends
  • Conversational skills
  • Appropriate use of humor
  • Electronic communication
  • Peer entry and exit skills
  • Skills related to dating/relationships
  • Handling disagreements with peers, and
  • Appropriate get-togethers with friends

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 and are PEERS® for Young Adults certified providers.

Level Up with PEERS® 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 lakeyer@appstate.edu or visit www.levelupasu.weebly.com.