An Evening with Julian Bond

31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Commemoration: An Evening with Julian Bond
Friday, January 23, 2015 at 7 pm
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

From his college days as a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to his role as former Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Julian Bond has been an active participant in the movements for civil rights, economic justice, and peace and an aggressive spokesman for the disinherited.

While a student at Morehouse College over forty years ago, he founded the Atlanta student sit-in and anti-segregation organization. As SNCC's Communications Director, Bond was active in protests and registration campaigns throughout the South during one of this nation’s most difficult times. While still a student, Bond was a founder in l960 of the Committee on Appeal for Human Rights (COAHR), the Atlanta University Center student civil rights organization that directed three years of non-violent anti-segregation protests that won integration of Atlanta's movie theaters, lunch counters, and parks. Bond served four terms in the Georgia State House and six terms in the Georgia State Senate.

The widely published author of many books of poetry, Bond is also author of A Time to Speak, A Time to Act, a collection of his essays as well as Black Candidates Southern Campaign Experiences. In 2002, he received the prestigious National Freedom Award. He has also been named one of America's top 200 leaders by Time Magazine. In 2008, he was named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. Bond's teaching experience includes being a Pappas Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and a Visiting Professor at Drexel University, Harvard University, and Williams College. He is currently a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the American University in Washington, DC, and a Professor at the University of Virginia in the Department of History, where he is co-director of Explorations in Black Leadership.

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Winter Storm Ready

Snow is coming. Are you and your students prepared? Please take a moment to view our Winter Storm Ready document. It contains information on cancellations, notifications, and driving.

Sending My AppState Student a Package

Where's My Package?

Students receive packages at both the University Post Office and the East/West Service Desks.  The University Post Office is located in the Miles Annas Student Services Building.  Any Appalachian State University student with an ASU mailbox can receive United States Postal Service (USPS) or UPS packages sent to an ASU P.O. Box address.

The East and West Service Desks accept UPS, FedEx, and DHL packages for students living on campus.  The East Service Desk is located in Appalachian Hall and accepts packages for students living in the following residence halls:  Appalachian Panhellenic Hall (APH), Cannon, Cone, Doughton, East, Hoey, Lovill, Summit, and White.  The West Service Desk is located in Coltrane Hall and accepts packages for students living in the following residence halls:  Appalachian Heights, Belk, Bowie, Coltrane, Eggers, Frank, Gardner, Justice, Living Learning Center (LLC), Mountaineer, and Newland.

Students must have a photo/ASU ID to pick up packages at both the University Post Office and either Service Desk location.

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It's Up to Me - Suicide Prevention

If your student is concerned about the emotional well-being of a friend, encourage them to attend a Survive and Thrive suicide prevention session. Students will learn statistics about suicide, myths about suicide, warning signs and risk factors for suicide, how to talk to someone in distress and where and how to refer for more help.

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Office of Student Financial Aid

Complete the 2015-2016 FAFSA Application

Parents, in this New Year, make the resolution to help your student complete their 2015-2016 FAFSA application before the March 1, 2015 priority deadline.

Students must complete a 2015-2016 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be considered for financial aid for the Fall 2015, Spring 2016, and/or Summer 2016 semesters. Again, Appalachian’s FAFSA priority processing date is March 1, 2015.

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MLK Challenge 2015

On Monday January 19th, 2015 Appalachian State University & ACT will celebrate the 16th anniversary of the MLK Challenge. Students, faculty, staff and the Watauga County community will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King through a day-long service event that will challenge participants intellectually, socially and physically.

Participants will meet at Legends at 8am and be randomly assigned to a group. Each group will then be given a “challenge” which will be completed by days end. Service projects will be conducted both inside and outside so participants will need to be prepared with warm clothes! Everyone will be provided with a FREE breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

The Appalachian Family living out Dr. King’s vision – working side-by-side in our community.

Academic Advising

Hi Appalachian Parents! The “spring” semester is upon us and always brings interesting weather to the High Country! Please make sure your students have warm coats, hats, boots, and gloves so that they can make it to class in very cold weather.

Please remind your students that the Major Declaration deadline for sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good academic standing is 5:00 pm on Friday, February 13, 2015. Students who have not yet declared their majors can complete the online major declaration form at: by clicking the yellow circle icon that states “Declare Your Major.” It is quick and easy! Students who declare by the deadline will be able to seek academic advising for summer and fall classes from their major departments or Colleges.

Students are eligible to declare their majors if they are sophomores (30 earned hours), have credit for English 1000 (Expository Writing) or its equivalent, have credit for or are currently enrolled in First Year Seminar (UCO 1200, HON 1515 or WGC 1103), and have a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Of course, some departments such as Music, Art, Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Nursing, and Communication: Electronic Media/Broadcasting require official admittance before students can declare their majors. Students who are participating in the General Education Exchange Reverse Transfer program are not eligible to declare their majors until they complete that process. Please encourage your students to contact their UC advisors for assistance.

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Find Your Match


Where will my child LIVE next year?

Believe it or not, now is the time for your student to start thinking about where he or she will live during the 2015-16 academic year.  Although it might seem early, it's worthwhile to begin researching housing options for next fall now. This means thinking about type of housing (on-campus or off-campus; apartment or house; large rental complex or smaller building), cost, location, and other factors that are important to your student.  Planning ahead, and being a knowledgeable consumer, will allow your student to find housing that is a good fit for him or her.

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LGBT Center Naming

Ed Springs, second from the right, addresses campus and community members attending the dedication of the Bo Henderson and Ed Springs LGBT Center at Appalachian State University. Springs and Bo Henderson, third from right, are university benefactors and volunteers. Also pictured are Henderson and Spring’s great niece and nephew, far left, and Chancellor Sheri N. Everts, far right. (Photo by Marie Freeman)

BOONE—A center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and their allies has been named for university benefactors Bo Henderson and Ed Springs of Blowing Rock.

Henderson, a 1979 graduate of Appalachian’s Department of History, and Springs, owner of Edward H. Springs Interiors in Charlotte, have supported university programs and activities since 2001. They have been partners for 31 years and married for the past three years.Chancellor Sheri N. Everts said that since its opening in 2008 in Plemmons Student Union, the center has provided resources, support, advocacy, information and a welcoming atmosphere for LGBT individuals and their allies.

“Appalachian is committed to a diverse and engaged community, and this center stands as an illustration of that commitment,” Everts said. “This center can help educate the entire university community on issues of importance to the LGBT community, provide valuable insight on LGBT-inclusive university policies, and develop an atmosphere of safety for students to feel comfortable in their own skin.”

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University Housing

Fall 2015 Housing Options

Students who wish to live on campus for the 2015-2016 academic year must reapply for housing. Applications are available January 12 – January 31. Please visit for more information. Please encourage your student to reapply.

Opportunities in Housing

Spring semester is a busy season in University Housing. During this time, we recruit and hire for Conference Assistants for the summer, Desk Assistants and Night Assistants for the fall. We also offer at least two scholarships for our returning students. All of these processes will be advertised on Facebook. Be sure to have your student like us at so he/she/they don’t miss out.

News from Food Services

Happy New Year! We’re excited for the spring semester, especially our calendar of special events.

Save the Date

  • January 15th: Welcome Back Hot Chocolate Bar
  • January 22nd: World Traditions Series
  • February 17th: Mardi Gras Lunch
  • March 4th: Steak Day
  • March 7th – 15th: Spring Break
  • March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day Specials
  • April 2nd: World Traditions Series
  • April 4th – 7th: Easter Break
  • April 22nd: Carolina Chowdown: A Local Food Feast
  • and more!
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University Library

In December, the University Libraries sponsored a contest with Art Professor, April Flanders to design our 2014 holiday cards.   The Art 2125 Printmaking class created 200 hand printed cards for the library to distribute to donors and special friends.  Class winning designs were inspired by resources from our rare materials and special collections, including our wall paper collection, comic book collection and design books.

Our grand prize winner was a design from Logan Hall inspired by an antique kaleidoscope book in special collections.  Other winners included Katie Hodges, Kristen Runde, Ethan Streicher, Katie Johnson, Eida McCoy, Cua Lau and Miles Elliott.

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The 12th Annual Dance Marathon - February 21st 10am-1am!

Dance Marathon is a fun and unforgettable 15 hour experience that is packed with fun activities, loads of food, great entertainment, and a lot of awesome dancing! To participate, students register with Appalachian and the Community Together’s online database, and pledge to raise $150 to support Western Youth Network and Parent to Parent Family Support Network, two outstanding non-profits that provide essential services to kids in our community.

Last year a record breaking $33,246.49 was raised to benefit Western Youth Network and Parent to Parent Family Support Network and we are hoping to surpass that amount in 2015!

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New Information from the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Graduate Certificate

Program Overview - 2015

Department of Reading Education and Special Education
Program Director: Dr. Margaret Werts;
Location of instruction:
On campus

The Appalachian State Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders is a post-baccalaureate certificate program that prepares educators to meet the range of individual needs of people with a label of autism spectrum disorders. The numbers of persons with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders is increasing. Educators need current information, strategies, and support in using evidence based practices in schools and communities.

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Passport Services

The University Post Office offers US Passport application services.  Students may pick up a passport application at our post office, and once they complete it, the University Post Office will accept their application and send it to the government for processing.  If students need a passport photo, the University Post Office offers this service, too.  So if students are planning to travel outside the US, the Post Office can help with the passport process.

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