Congrats December Graduates

Congratulations to all of our seniors and graduate students who will be graduating on Saturday, December 13th. Parents and families, thank you for allowing us to share your family member’s journey with them. Remember to visit often and please stay in touch with our beloved Appalachian State University. If there is ever anything that we can do for you, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Encourage your student to get involved with the Appalachian Alumni Association by going to http://www.alumni.appstate.edu/.

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A Message From The Chancellor

Parents and Families,

As the semester draws to a close, I would like to thank each of you for your role in making Appalachian such an extraordinary place. While engaging every day in our academic mission, the Appalachian community has joined together to celebrate successes and support one another through difficult challenges. I am heartened by the passion I see in our students, faculty and staff to make this university a place of the highest academic standards and, at the same time, a safe and just place for all in the community.

The health and safety of our students remains a top priority at Appalachian; it is critical that our students have a safe and secure environment within which to live and learn. While many resources have been in place to help maintain the safety of our students, I would like to share with you some additional measures we have put in place this semester to provide even greater support. These include:

  • More than 800 faculty and staff have participated in interpersonal violence training;
  • University Police have increased patrols and visibility across campus and participated in a Safety Walk with Student Government Association representatives;
  • Regular email communications from key areas (including the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor for Student Development, Dean of Students, Counseling Center and Parent and Family Services) have shared important information and connected students with resources;
  • An additional licensed mental health counselor has been hired to work with survivors of interpersonal violence;
  • In-person safety conversations with students have been increased in scope and number in residence halls and academic areas, and these have been attended by Counseling Center and University Housing staff;
  • Appalachian Cares, the website for matters of student health and safety, continues to be regularly updated with messages for students and parents, and prominently features campus, local and national resources and crisis lines;
  • Increased digital messages in Plemmons Student Union, Belk Library and Information Commons, and Peacock Hall are providing information about health and safety, including several new communication pieces referencing the Code of Student Conduct and the maximum outcome for students accused of sexual misconduct;
  • The Appalachian Connections newsletter continues to provide resources to parents and families of students;
  • The Student Government Association has hosted discussion forums and created a new position, Director of Campus Health and Safety, which has joined the Interpersonal Violence Council, a group that has been actively working to improve matters related to interpersonal violence on our campus since 2012;
  • Increased training sessions have been offered to educate students, faculty and staff on interpersonal violence prevention, self defense and suicide prevention;
  • Suicide and interpersonal violence prevention information, including crisis hotlines, has been prominently placed in the student newspaper, and posted in key locations on every floor of every residence hall;
  • Increased Counseling Center support for students includes expanded walk-in hours and additional counselors for faster access to services.

The end of the semester brings the joys of new accomplishments, but achieving these can be stressful. Encourage your students to take time to take care of themselves, to reach out if they need some help, and to be there for others who might need them. This Appalachian community is full of friends, colleagues, faculty and staff who are here to support all of our students. As part of this community, no one needs ever to be alone when dealing with difficult challenges. In addition to campus resources, local and national hotlines are also ready to listen and help. These resources are available on the Appalachian Cares website.

As I begin my sixth month at Appalachian, I would like to thank the entire Appalachian community, including the parents and families of our students, for welcoming me, and allowing me to listen and learn. I wish for our students a successful end to this semester, a safe and relaxing break, and a new year filled with promise.
Sincerely,

Sheri N. Everts
Chancellor

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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, and we want you to be a part of it! 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. Please note that some service projects will be conducted outside so be prepared with warm clothes! Participants will be provided with a FREE breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

So celebrate this holiday with us by living out Dr. King’s vision – working side-by-side in our community.

Register at act.appstate.edu.  Spots are limited!


Home for the Holidays: How Parents and Students Can Enjoy the Break

While students and parents alike may agree that the three week holiday break is something to look forward to, they may find themselves disagreeing on certain expectations of how this time is spent and house rules. Some areas of conflict that tend to arise involve whom the student is spending time with, how the break is spent, and what house rules and curfews are still in place. In many cases, students may be hoping to spend a large portion of their time relaxing or hanging out with old friends while parents are looking forward to quality time between the student and the family. Additionally, students have been enjoying new freedom as a college student, such as staying out later hours, not checking in with parents, and determining how much time and effort is put into keeping their living area clean and tidy. However, parents may expect that students are going to display the same behavior and live under the same rules that they had in place in high school. Communication and understanding around these topics can help you pave the way for a happy and healthy holiday season. Read more for some suggestions as you look forward to the semester break.

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Winter Break Closings and Events

Dates and Closings Websites and Opening

Last day of Classes

Friday, December 5th

 

Reading Day

Saturday, December 6th

 

Final Examination Period

Monday, December 8th-Friday, December 12th

 

Food Services Winter Break Schedule

Various days and times

http://foodservices.appstate.edu/news-events/392

Health Services

Closes on Friday, December 12th at 4pm

Re-Opens at 8:00am with limited services on Monday, January 12th

Commencement Ceremonies

Saturday, December 13th

http://www.registrar.appstate.edu/graduation/index.html

Office of the Dean of Students

Closed December 24th -January 4th

Re-opens January 5th with normal business hours.

University Housing Res Hall

**Closes on Saturday, December 13 at noon

Re-opens for returning students on Thursday, January 8th

*Each student has a checkout time*

Registrar and Admissions Office

Closed December 24th -January 4th

Re-Opens January 5th with normal business hours.

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An Evening with Julian Bond

The Office of Multicultural Student Development is pleased to announce the Diversity Lecture Series schedule for the Spring 2015 semester.  We hope that you will take advantage of these unique opportunities to see, hear and learn from some of the leading experts on diversity, multiculturalism and social justice.

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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Tips for a Great Winter Break

Winter break is a lot longer than most university breaks. Since your student has been gone for a few months, adjusting to life back home may be challenging. Here are some tips to make the break less stressful for everyone.

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Ready To Complete The 2015-2016 FAFSA?‚Äč

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will be available to be completed for the 2015-2016 school year on January 1, 2015. In order to optimize grant opportunities, the 2015-2016 FAFSA must be completed by the priority processing date of March 1, 2015.

Complete the 2015-2016 FAFSA by logging into www.fafsa.ed.gov

Stay current with Financial Aid

Appalachian Student Financial Aid Calendar: http://financialaid.appstate.edu/calendar

FAFSA Twitter page: https://twitter.com/fafsa

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Important Messages from University College Academic Advising

It’s Registration Time!

While most continuing students have already registered for spring classes, some have not accomplished this very important task. If your student has not yet registered for spring classes, please remind him/her to do so as soon as possible. New students began to register on December 4, so it is best for our continuing students to have their class schedules as finalized as possible. Please encourage your student to meet with his/her academic advisor for assistance with advising and registration when needed.

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Student Accounts

Parents please be aware, the due date for early registration charges for spring 2015 billed on November 17 is December 22.

If your student has given you parental access you can view the account and make payment on the Parent Portal. When you have parental access you will always be up to date on their account balance because you can view your student’s account information at any time day or night by logging into the Parent Portal. The Parent Portal is accessible through the Parent and Family and Student Accounts web pages as well as under Quick Links on the ASU Home page.

Your student can simplify their lives and save a few trees in the process by signing up for direct deposit. With direct deposit their financial aid refund will be deposited directly into their bank account avoiding the hassle of a visit to the post office and bank. They can complete a direct deposit form by going to http://studentaccounts.appstate.edu/refunds and following the instructions on that page.

The university will be closed for winter break from December 24, 2014 through January 2, 2015. The Student Accounts Office will be closed during this period and unavailable to answer account questions. Please be sure to address any questions you may have regarding your student’s account prior to the winter break closing.


10th Annual NC Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium

Pictured with their poster presentation at the 10th Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium at N.C. State University are Appalachian State University chemistry majors Tori Placentra and senior Ashlyn Henson. Their research was among 405 presentations made during the event.

A total of 71 undergraduate Appalachian State University students representing 13 different departments/programs made research presentations at the 10th Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium on the N.C. State University campus Nov. 22.

The students represented biology, chemistry, computer science, English, geology, geography and planning, health and exercise science, mathematical sciences, physics and astronomy, philosophy and religion, environmental science, Watauga Residential College, and the Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics program.

Students from across the state delivered 405 research/creative performance presentations, making this the largest conference so far. A total of 34 North Carolina academic institutions attended the symposium. The Appalachian students presented their research and creative endeavors in posters, oral reports, creative expressions and interactive exhibits.

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University Housing

Residence Hall Closing Information

Residence Halls close at 12:00pm on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Residents must leave the hall within 24 hours of their last exam or by noon on December 13; whichever comes first. Halls reopen for returning students on Friday, January 9. Residents may leave their belongings in their rooms over winter break unless they requested and were approved for Pre-Spring Room Change. All residents are required to attend a floor meeting to receive more detailed closing information. If residents are unable to attend the meeting, they should meet with their RAs to obtain the information.

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Semester Wrap-up (highlights) / Winter Break Schedule

Best wishes to retiring Director of Food Services, Art Kessler, and welcome to new Director, Pam Cline, MHS, RD

The semester has really flown by and Winter Break is fast approaching. Food Services will be closed over the break from Sunday, December 14th – Monday, January 5th. We reopen for the spring semester on January 6, 2015. Click here for our Winter Break Schedules.

We have enjoyed a busy semester filled with special events, new products, new faces and more. Please see below for a recap of fall 2014:

  • Special Events: Our 10 special events this semester have included several Monotony Break tastings, Carolina Chowdown: A Local Food Feast, Steak Day, Thanksgiving Meal, Chili Day and a new series, World Traditions, featuring cuisine from around the world.

  • New Products: We have introduced several new products including Rainforest Alliance Certified Coffee, locally-sourced Bratwurst from North Fork Farm and gluten friendly pizza crust.

  • New Faces: We wished outgoing Director of Food Services, Art Kessler, farewell as he began his well-deserved retirement, and we welcomed new Director, Pam Cline, MHS, RD.

  • Newly Renovated Trivette Hall:  The new Trivette Hall, home to Park Place, McAlister’s Select and the Market at Trivette, reopened in August after being closed for renovations since November 2013.

  • Local Appetite Year Two: Our partnership with local farmers and community organizations to bring fresh, seasonal produce to campus was a success with new products, new farms, better visibility and student engagement as well as a 23% increase in total cases purchased and a 21% increase in dollars spent.

We have enjoyed serving you and your student during the fall semester!  Visit our website often for news, menus, schedules, special events, coupons and more.  And, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.  We’ll see you in 2015!


Being Involved as an Alumnus

Did you know that membership in the Appalachian Alumni Association is free and immediate upon graduation? All alumni are encouraged to stay connected with the Appalachian Family in a variety of ways: by getting involved with in a local Alumni Chapter, travelling with the Appalachian family through Alumni Travel Tours, and coming back to campus to celebrate Appalachian during Homecoming and Alumni Reunion Weekend. Alumni can stay up-to-date on alumni events in your area by signing up for Gold Book, the online community for Appalachian State alumni,  where they can find and connect with fellow alumni, update contact information, manage communication from Appalachian, and create a free alumni.appstate.edu e-mail address. Alumni are also encouraged to subscribe to APPdate, our monthly alumni e-newsletter, and follow us on Facebook or Twitter


The Graduation Pledge

The mission of the Graduation Pledge Alliance (GPA) is to build a global community of responsible graduates improving society and the environment through the workplace. GPA works to help realize a world where every graduate, through the workplace, is an effective leader for social and environmental improvement.

Instituting the Graduation Pledge gets at the heart of a good education and a good educational institution. Not only does it remind students of the ethical implications of the knowledge and training they received, but it can help lead to a socially conscious citizenry and a better world. In a sense then, the Graduation Pledge operates at three levels: students making choices about their employment; schools educating about values and citizenship, rather than only knowledge and skills; and the workplace and society being concerned about more than just the bottom line.

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Give the Gift of the Arts!

Tickets to a live performance is an affordable, thoughtful gift for the holiday season.

Performing Arts Series Spring 2015 Events

March 4 at 8pm
Broadway tour of RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles

A live concert event that takes you on a musical journey through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band.

March 17 at 7pm
The Peking Acrobats

An elite group of tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists, and gymnasts, known for leaving audiences around the globe spellbound by the graceful athleticism of their ancient folk art.

April 17 at 8pm
Koresh Dance Company
It’s all dance, and it’s all art” – Dance Magazine

Tickets and more info at pas.appstate.edu


Off Campus Corner

Welcome to the "Off-Campus Corner", a new feature that will focus on issues related to off-campus living.   Approximately 12,000 Appalachian State students -- 2/3 of the student body -- live off-campus in Boone and the surrounding community.  The University's Office of Off-Campus Community Relations (OCCR) is an important resource for these students and their parents. 

The goals of the Office of Off-Campus Community Relations are:

  • To provide information that will help students make appropriate decisions;

  • To teach students problem solving tools and strategies;   

  • To develop community relationships that benefit students; and    

  • To strengthen the connection between off-campus students and campus and community resources

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