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Happy Holidays

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Development would like to wish you and yours a Happy Holiday Season.

Congratulations to all of our seniors who will be graduating on Sunday, December 18, 2011. Thank you for allowing us to share your childs journey with them. Remember to visit often and please stay in touch with our beloved Appalachian State University. Encourage your student to get involved with the Appalachian Alumni Association by going to Alumni Association web site.

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Mandatory Health Service Information

Mandatory Immunization Requirements: We must have these important forms, in their entirety, prior to 30 days after the start of class (to avoid being administratively withdrawn). The deadline for these forms is December 15th. Please confirm with the student by having them verify a check mark on their First Connections website confirming this record has been received and that the student is showing as compliant as to all required immunizations.

Also, please remember to include the Report of Medical History Form.

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Noticing Different Moods in Your Children?

Counseling Services

A change in weather can often relate to a change in mood. Cold weather, lack of sunshine, more time indoors, less physical activity can all contribute to what some people refer to as winter blues or seasonal affective disorder.  If you notice a significant down shift in mood  with your son or daughter, withdrawal/social isolation, irritability,  and/or a change in behavior (ie. appetite, sleep patterns, study skills, substance use), you may check in with them and talk with them some about how the winter season may be impacting them in a negative way. The campus Counseling Center is available to help. Visit our website for more information in regard to our services at or call 828-262-3180. You may also go to our website and click on online screenings to assess for depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues to help determine if your son or daughter would benefit from our services.

Office of International Education and Development

International Education

Throw a dart at a world map and chances are you will hit a country where Appalachian State University has had, currently has, or will have a study abroad program.

Appalachian ranks third in the nation among masters-degree granting institutions for the number of students who studied abroad on short-term faculty-led programs of eight weeks or less. The university ranks fourth nationally among the masters-degree granting institutions for the total number of students who participated in a study abroad program, short-term as well as semester and year-long programs.

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January 2012 Parent Orientation

Parents are invited to attend Parent and Family Orientation which is held at the same time as their student's orientation program. These sessions are especially designed for parents and families and cover topics from residence halls to academics to campus life. Registration is required. Read on for directions.

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Performing Arts Series Spring Semester Events

Soweto Gospel Choir

Soweto Gospel Choir
January 28, 2012

Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile
February 17, 2012

Moulin Rouge - The Ballet
Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet

March 22, 2012

All performances are held at Farthing Auditorium and begin at 8pm.
For more information visit or call 1-800-841-ARTS

The Farthing Auditorium Box Office will be closed for the university holiday starting December 17, 2011 through January 8, 2012

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It's that Time of Year to Complete your Financial Aid for 2012-2013

For students to be considered for financial aid for fall 2012, spring 2013, and/or summer 2013, please complete a 2012-2013 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid.)

What you will need:

  1. Department of Education PIN# located at
  2. Student and parents 2012 Federal Tax Information
  3. Log into to complete the 2012-2013 FAFSA

**** Remember Appalachian State Universitys School Code is 002906 *******
The first date the FAFSA can be completed for 2012-2013 is January 1, 2012. March 1, 2012 is the priority date to complete the 2012-2013 FAFSA; however, fill it out as soon as possible after January 1, 2012.

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Parents: Protect Yourselves and Boone Neighborhoods

Snow sled

Are you considering buying a home or apartment in Boone for your student, or do you currently own rental property in town? If so, please be aware that the Town of Boone has a strict zoning ordinance that prohibits more than two unrelated people from residing in R-zoned districts (which include most neighborhoods in and around Appalachians campus). The purpose of the ordinance is to keep Boone neighborhoods safe and intact. If tenants and/or owners are in violation of this ordinance, fines can range up to $200/day until the tenants move out. Please be aware of this ordinance before you make plans to purchase property. For more information about zoning, contact Christy Turner in the Town of Boone Planning and Inspections Department at 828-268-6960 or

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Travel and Study Abroad this Spring Break or Summer!

France and Italy
France and Italy
Philosophy & Religion

The Office of International Education and Development (OIED) would like to invite you and your student to explore travel and study abroad opportunities offered by short-term faculty-led Appalachian Overseas Education Programs (AOEP).

Now is the time to explore and learn about the wide range of academic and hands-on global learning opportunities offered in over 30 countries during the upcoming spring and summer breaks.

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Internship Fair News

Struggling to find something talk to your son or daughter about during the holiday break?  Let them know about ASU's upcoming Internship Fair!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
First Floor Student Union, 11am- 2pm

Business casual is recommended.
Encourage your student to speak with organizations seeking interns from all majors for Summer, Spring, and Fall internship experiences.

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