College Roommates

“Mom, my roommate is the greatest! We are getting along so well.”

“You would not believe what my roommate is doing tonight.”

“Dad, I really need another roommate.”

Do any of these comments sound familiar? You may have heard none or all of the above statements from your son or daughter. Learning to live with a roommate can be a major challenge for some college students. As with most things, communication is the key to a successful and happy roommate relationship.

To assist roommates with their communication needs, University Housing has a Roommate Agreement for students to use. This ten page booklet provides general information on living with a roommate, provides a roommate bill of rights, and instructions on how to complete the Roommate Agreement. The two students who are roommates will discuss the questions together and agree or compromise on the answers. Answers are actually written down in the Roommate Agreement Booklet for future use, if needed.

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Family Weekend

Join us for the time-honored tradition of Family Weekend October 31-November 2, 2014!

Immerse yourself in the Appalachian Experience and join other Appalachian parents and families for a wonderful, fun-filled weekend on campus. This special weekend is your opportunity for a taste of campus life. Visit your son's or daughter's residence hall; speak with university administrators, faculty and staff members, come dressed up in your best costume and win a prize on Friday evening and so MUCH more! On Saturday cheer on the Mountaineers to football victory with your child or family member. There are other options for you to choose from as well. Bring your whole family and take time to meet other Appalachian families.

Please visit the Family Weekend website to view the schedule of events, register for the weekend and the BIG Family Weekend Tailgate with Chancellor Everts and other faculty, staff and administrators.

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Career Development Center

Parents and Families,

Below are the programs and career fairs taking place during the 2014-15 Academic Year. Please encourage your children and family members to attend and participate in these events!

Fall 2014

  • Accounting Practice Interview, Thursday, August 28th
  • Accounting Interviews, Monday, September 8th – Monday, September 22nd, Friday, September 26th
  • Resume Clinics, Monday, September 8th - Monday, September 22nd
  • CareerFest, Tuesday, September 23rd, Convocation Center (tentative)
  • Business Connections, Wednesday, September 24th, WCOB (Raley)
  • Graduate & Professional School Fair, Thursday October 2nd, Grandfather Mountain Ballroom
  • Education Fair, Monday, October 20th, Blue Ridge Ballroom
  • Risk Management & Insurance (RMI) Fair, Thursday, October 23rd, WCOB Business (Raley)
  • Risk Management & Insurance (RMI) Interviews, Friday, October 24th, CDC
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UREC Night and UREC Fest

We partnered with Subway to put on the 11th Annual UREC Fest that we hosted on the first Wednesday of classes from 4pm to 8pm at Duck Pond Field. At this event students could learn more about UREC Programs, enjoy free food, enter to win prizes, kayak in the pond, enjoy one of our several giant inflatables, play games, or just hang out. All six program areas of UREC had booths set up for students to come by and learn more about what we offer. We also had representation for 19 Club Sports teams. The event was presented by Subway, and additional businesses, including Domino’s, Mast General Store, Casa Rustica, Wendy’s, Stick Boy, and Chipotle donated prizes and giveaways.

Info from University College Academic Advising

Hi Appalachian Parents, we have had a wonderful start to the semester and the fall season is fast approaching! As the leaves begin to change, students should be thinking about MAJOR DECLARATION AND ADVISING for SPRING CLASSES!

Please remind your students that the Major Declaration deadline for sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good academic standing is Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Students who have not yet declared their majors can complete the online major declaration form at: It is quick and easy---just click on the yellow circle icon! Students who declare by the deadline will be able to seek academic advising for spring classes from their major departments or Colleges.

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College of Business

Dear Parents and Families,

In the recently released 2014 Business Leaders magazine, readers can learn how Appalachian business students are excelling in national competitions and see images of their experiences in Peacock Hall and beyond. Transformational educational opportunities such as study abroad trips, mentoring programs and cross-disciplinary projects are highlighted in this issue. Along with our high quality faculty and dynamic curriculum, these experiences are preparing and inspiring our students to be ethical, innovative and engaged business leaders who positively impact our community, both locally and globally. Business Leaders magazine is an annual publication from the Walker College of Business at Appalachian.

For a mailed copy, please email: or call (828) 262-2057.

University Bookstore

Is your student graduating this December? Please encourage them to take advantage of the Grad Fair being held on the first floor of the University Bookstore September 16th, 17th and 18th from 10 am until 4 pm each day. The grad fair is a one-stop-shopping experience that offers your student the opportunity to order personalized announcements, graduation regalia, class rings and diploma frames.

Many university departments are also represented at this event, available to answer student’s questions from areas such as Alumni Affairs, the Yosef Club, Career Development, the Testing Center and the ACT Club.

Two lucky students attending this event will win $100 gas gift cards provided by Jostens, the official provider of App State class rings and graduation regalia.

Emergency Preparedness

September has been proclaimed as Emergency Preparedness Month in North Carolina. The designation coincides with National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is made each September to encourage citizens to prepare for emergencies.

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Appalachian's Parents Make A Difference

Since 1988, Appalachian’s Parents Association has partnered with the university to enrich our students’ educational experiences, while empowering our graduates to do more for our community, state, nation and world.

Last year, parents contributed more than $112,000 to The Parents Fund, providing immediate support to 74 different areas on campus, including:

• student scholarships
• grants for research and international studies
• technology and academic supplies
• student leadership organizations
• and areas in greatest financial need

Please stay involved – join our mailing list at – and use the form below to renew your support.

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Grief and Bereavement

According to Neimeyer, Laurie, Mehta, Harbison, and Currier (2008), 50% of college students have experienced the death of a family member or close friend in the last two years. However, bereavement is a normal life experience that most people can move through with resilience and positive ways of coping.

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Club Sports

Hello, I hope each of you has had an enjoyable and productive week!

The Club Sports Program consists of 20 student led sports teams that represent our Appalachian State University in competition with other American university teams of the JV and Club level. Some schools we compete against regularly are NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, Liberty, UNC Greensboro, and Georgia Southern. With everything going on among these 20 teams over the season we like to keep the community updated and we do so through a bimonthly publication known as the Club Sports Illustrated. The Illustrated is an online magazine comprised of articles written by the Club Sports players themselves and published through the Club Sports Publicity Office. This week in the Illustrated you’ll read about what all the teams are up to! Check it out! Share the school spirit and cheer of AppState’s Club Sports teams!

Click Here to View the latest issue of Club Sports Illustrated!

Alyssa Gribble
UREC Publicity Programmer, Club Sports

The Arts at Appalachian

Turchin Center

Tuesdays at Turchin

The Turchin Center welcomes Appalachian students each Tuesday for events scheduled only for them! Tai Chi in the galleries begins at 5pm and a Free Painting Class with a professional artist will be offered from 7-9pm in the Turchin Center Classroom 3200. All supplies provided and no experience necessary. Tuesdays at Turchin is a free program for Appalachian students only.

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University Housing

Joining our parent move-in volunteers, over 800 faculty, staff, students, and community members helped move all our freshmen in during move-in weekend. Thanks to everyone who helped make the event so successful. Now that everyone is here, fall semester is a busy time in University Housing. Please read below to learn more about all the processes that will happen between now and December.

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Join us for Homecoming Traditions


Friday, October 10

  • Friday Night Dance at Legends featuring Phatt City
  • Spirit Under the Stars Lip Sync & Pep Rally on Duck Pond Field

Saturday, October 11

  • Appalachian Friends Breakfast
  • Homecoming Parade
  • Mountaineer Tailgate Party
  • Appalachian vs. Liberty
  • College and Organization Events

Times and locations to be determined: game time will be announced 12 days prior to kick off. Please check for more details.

Local Appetite Returns for 2014

Local Appetite returns for 2014.  Appalachian State University Food Services will again be sourcing products from local farmers. This is the continuation of a powerful partnership that will support Appalachian students and the community.

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Office of Student Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid is excited to welcome students back to campus. Our experienced staff is dedicated to assisting students and their families to make informed financial decisions.

A crucial element of parent communication with the Office of Student Financial Aid is to make sure your student has set up your Parent Access portal. To authorize you to speak to the financial aid office, a student should list you on the Parent Access page on their AppalNet account. For more information on setting up the Parent Access portal, please see the Registrar’s Office website. Also, if you have questions or concerns about your student’s financial aid, and your student is on campus, have them visit our office on the 2nd floor of John E. Thomas building, room 265. We are open every day, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for University holidays. Many questions can also be answered by visiting the student’s AppalNet account or our website. It is extremely important that your student make a habit of checking their AppalNet account and ASU email on a regular basis. This is the primary means by which financial aid information will be communicated to students.

If your student has not yet filed the 2014-2015 FAFSA, the good news is that it’s not too late to do so. The 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can still be completed and submitted on line at

First Ascent

Outdoor Programs wilderness orientation program, First Ascent, was a great success this past summer. First Ascent served over 100 incoming ASU freshman by providing them with an unforgettable journey through Pisgah National Forest.

First Ascenters spent their week forming life-long friendships, swimming beneath waterfalls, hiking along the Mountains to Sea trail, climbing above the cloud cover, canoeing the new river, sleeping under a canopy of stars, waking up to backcountry pancakes, discussing the fears and excitements of entering college and developing from a group of strangers to a cohort of comrades.

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Technology at University Libraries

Connect, Create and Collaborate

From touch-screen coffee tables, to wired study rooms, Appalachian State University Libraries is geared up for a high-tech semester.   We’ve got what students need to connect, create, and collaborate.  Whether it is a place to quickly charge a mobile device, or a soundproof room for studio quality recording, our technology team spent the summer months setting up for a cutting-edge year.  We have new 3-D and large format printers, a tech desk where students can check out photography and video gear, including GoPro cameras, and a digital media studio staffed with experts. 

To discover more about our technological advantages we encourage you and your student to attend our Tech Open House September 15 – 19, 2014.

University benefactor and library namesake passes at age 86

Carol Grotnes Belk, for whom Appalachian State University’s Belk Library and Information Commons is named, died Aug. 25.

She, along with her husband Ike, supported numerous higher education and collegiate athletics projects across the state and the southeast. She and her husband are known for the gift of artwork and sculptures located across Appalachian’s campus.

“It was a privilege to get to know Carol Belk,” said former University Librarian and Dean of Libraries Dr. Mary Reichel. “She was a warm and loving person who was devoted to her husband, Ike, and their family. Her gracious manner made everyone feel like a long-time friend, and her sense of humor come through in such a nice, low key way. It was always clear that Ike could not have accomplished all he did without Carol’s daily support and love.”

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Camp Broadstone

University Recreation is very excited to have new additions to Broadstone.  During summer 2013, we were able to build a pavilion on the lower field with funding assistance from the Parent Association.

At the current time we have another shelter under construction and are excited to see the finished product.  Recently, we have had many groups using Broadstone facilities and are urging students to take the time to visit this UREC facility in beautiful Valle Crucis.

Appalachian Recognized by Money Magazine and Forbes

Appalachian State University continues to be recognized nationally for providing a quality education at an affordable price.

Money magazine has included the university in its “The Best Colleges for Your Money” online list and Forbes magazine includes Appalachian in its “Top Colleges 2014: Best Schools, Best Value, Best For You.”

Money ranked the 665 schools on its list based on educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings provided by Enrollment, acceptance rate and high school GPA data was compiled from the 2012-13 academic year, the latest that was available from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Student Involvement and Recruitment

Dear Appalachian Parent,

Our semester has gotten off to a quick start with students seeking opportunities for leadership and engagement.  With nearly 300 clubs and organizations, including a vibrant fraternity and sorority system, Appalachian offers students many exciting options.  Over the next few weeks, student organizations, including our Greek system, will be recruiting new members.  Appalachian State, and particularly the McCaskey Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL), often receives inquiries from students and parents regarding this process. 

All students, including freshmen, can participate in recruitment if they meet the requirements established by the respective organization or their governing council. If your student has discussed joining a student organization, including one of our fraternities or sororities, you can learn more about our Greek system by visiting   or clubs at or

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