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Remembering Mountaineers

Over the course of the academic year, nine students have died at ASU.

Right outside of the Student Development office, Cindy Wallace walks by a sizable list of student names every day.

As she scans the names mounted on a plaque on the first floor inside the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building, the vice chancellor skips randomly from name to name, pointing to a student she met once or knew very well. Wallace will say something she remembered about them, doing so with a nostalgic smile on her face as she remembers each student differently.

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Preventing Suicide

What Can YOU Do To Help Prevent Suicide?

Appalachian State University has trained over 1,000 students, faculty, staff and off-campus community members in how to be a suicide prevention gatekeeper. A gatekeeper is someone who is aware of the warning signs for suicide, knows what steps to take to intervene, and is familiar with resources. One thing our gatekeepers are trained to do is to form a safety net around students of concern. A safety net is a group of people who are aware that a student is struggling and who support the distressed student. Families are a vital part of a student's safety net and an important part of suicide prevention efforts. We want to make sure you are aware of ways you can help contribute to the safety of this campus community.


Summer Programs to South America

ASU’s Walker College of Business is offering two summer programs to South America this year.  These programs are open to all Appalachian students, regardless of major.  If your child or family member is interested, please contact Dr. Martin Meznar at meznarmb@appstate.edu.  Both programs are capped at 16 participants.  Once 16 participants have registered, no more applications will be accepted.

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How to Help Build Resilience

Life often brings with it challenges and stressors, some of which we expect and can plan for and others that we cannot, and it is important to be able to cope in healthy ways with the curve balls that life can throw our way. The Realize Your Resilience program defines resilience as “the ability to adapt well in the face of adversity and to thrive in everyday life,” and for college students, resilience involves both academic factors and non-academic factors that contribute to their overall ability to be resilient. No one can predict the stressors that a student might face during his or her time in college, but there are ways to help students build protective factors that can help them cope when stressful events do occur.

According to the Realize Your Resilience program, there are seven “building blocks” of resilience including: (a) success orientation, (b) goals and purpose, (c) thought patterns, (d) mentorship, nurturing relationships, (f) high achievement expectations, and (g) involvement and engagement, and over the next several months, each of these building blocks will be explored so that you can gain some knowledge and skills about how to help your student become more resilient.

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How Some of You Spent the 2014 Winter Break

Banff, Canada

“My daughter Scarlett, her brother and I visited Banff Canada and I believe the highlight was dog sledding with a great team of huskies.” - Diane

 

Eastern NC Penguin Plunge on New Year’s Day 2015


L to R, Amanda ( ASU ), Ashley ( UNCG ) Philip ( HHS ) Phil ( Dad ), Sarah ( Mom )

As a family Buffa Family Tradition, we again took part in the Eastern NC Penguin Plunge on New Year’s Day 2015; at Atlantic Beach NC ... all Money raised was for The Humane Society of ENC...

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Important Messages from University College Academic Advising

It’s Major Declaration Time!

Please remind your students that the Major Declaration deadline for sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good academic standing will be Friday February 13 by 5:00 pm. Students who have not yet declared their majors can complete the online major declaration form at: http://www.advising.appstate.edu. 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 have earned 30 semester hours, have credit for English 1000 (Expository Writing) or its equivalent, have credit for or are currently enrolled in First Year Seminar (UCO 1200), and have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Of course, some departments such as Music, Art, Athletic Training, Nursing, and Communication-Electronic Media/Broadcasting require official admittance before students can declare their majors. Please encourage your students to contact their UC advisors for assistance.

Juniors (60 or more earned hours) and Seniors (90 or more earned hours) who have been at Appalachian for at least one semester but have not yet declared their majors are REQUIRED to do so by the February 13 deadline, if eligible. Juniors and Seniors who do not declare their majors by the deadline will be required to meet with their UC advisors before being allowed to register for fall classes. We want to ensure that our students (especially Juniors and Seniors) stay on track for graduation!

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University Housing

2015-2016 Housing Reapplication Underway

The reapplication process for 2015-2016 on-campus housing kicked off on January 12 and ended January 30. Offers to live on campus will be sent to ASU email accounts February 9-13. Students have 48 hours to respond to their invitations. Failure to respond will result in their name being placed back into the pool without the guarantee of being chosen again. Please remind your students to check their email regularly beginning February 9 so they do not miss their opportunity to live on campus. For more information about the reapplication process, please visit http://bit.ly/AppReapp.

Summer 2015 Employment Opportunities

Applications are now available for students to apply for Conference Assistant positions for Summer 2015. Positions run from May-August and provide on-campus housing. Full descriptions for the positions can be found at http://bit.ly/UHSummerJob. Applications are due February 13. 

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Student Accounts: 1098-T

The annual mailing of the 1098-T form began last week. Please refer to the ‘IRS Form 1098-T Information’ link on the Student Accounts web site for information about the 1098-T form. You do not have to wait by the mail box for your 1098-T to arrive, it is available on the student’s AppalNet and the Parent Portal. 
 
If your student has given you parental access to their student accounts information you can access the 1098-T by clicking on the ‘View 1098t’ button on the Parent Portal. Enter the Tax Year and click Submit. 
 
A few quick facts about the 1098-T:

  • ASU reports amounts billed in Box 2. This amount may be different from what you paid in 2014.
  • Do not file a copy of form 1098-T with your tax return.
  • For more information see Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education and Form 8863, Education Credits.

The Wellness Workshops

The Counseling Center presents
The Wellness Workshops:  Feelin’ Good in the Neighborhood!

Bored and Brilliant: The Lost Art of Spacing Out
Wed. Feb. 11th 11:00-12:00pm in Three Top Mountain/Union

Survive and Thrive: Suicide Prevention Training
Mon, Feb. 23rd 12:00-2:oopm Three Top Mountain Rm/Union

It’s NOT all about the BASE: Crafting a Compassionate Sense of Self
Tues, March 3rd 4:15-5:15pm Rough Ridge Rm/Union

Talk to the Paw: Come Destress with Allstar, the Dog
Thurs, March 26th 4:00-5:00pm Three Top Mountain Rm/Union

Reducing Stress with Mindfulness
Wed. April 15th 12:30-1:30pm Three Top Mountain Rm/Union

Extra credit slips will be made available
For more information contact the Counseling Center
262-3180 or counseling.appstate.edu


Alternative Service Experience

Weren't able to make it to ASE lottery? No problem! There are limited spots available on the ASE domestic programs. Hurry to claim your spot on the spring break of a lifetime!

Sign-ups are located in the ACT Outreach Center. Please bring your completed lottery packet or you can pick one up if you haven't already. Please also bring a $100 check or money order deposit made out to "ACT" to claim your spot. 

Adventure awaits. We look forward to serving with you this spring break!


Club Sports

Parents and Families,

Below is a link to the latest issue of the Club Sports Illustrated, a bi-monthly publication that features App State's Club Sports teams. The Club Sports Program consists of 19 student led sports teams that represent our Appalachian State University in competition with other American university teams of the JV and Club level.  

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, you will read about how each team handles the Boone winter weather! Click below to read the most updated Club llustrated!

Click here to read the latest Club Sports Illustrated!

Thank you all for supporting Club Sports!

Alyssa Gribble
UREC Publicity Programmer, Club Sports


Important information from Student Health Services

While there are no confirmed cases of measles in North Carolina, the disease has been confirmed in 14 states.

Appalachian State University, local community and regional health care providers are monitoring the trends of active measles cases nationwide.

Information about the current measles outbreaks is online at the following Centers for Disease Control website: http://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html. Information regarding recommended vaccination protocols also is available online at http://www.cdc.gov/measles/vaccination.html.

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Complete the 2015-2016 FAFSA Application

Parents, remember 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.

Completing the FAFSA is easy. Just follow the steps below.

  1. You and your student will need to obtain a Department of Education PIN # at www.pin.ed.gov
  2. You will need your and your student’s 2014 Federal Tax information
  3. You can file the FAFSA using estimated tax return numbers. However, you are required to make corrections to the FAFSA subsequent to filing your tax return in order to update income information. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is a streamline method to add your and your student’s tax information to FAFSA and ensures utmost accuracy. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is a typically available 2 weeks after you electronically file your 2014 tax return.
  4. Access the 2015-16 FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov to complete application for the Fall 2015, Spring 2016 and/or Summer 2016 semesters. (*Remember, the ASU school code is 002906).
  5. If you are selected for verification, you are not alone.  Roughly 30% of all FAFSA filers are selected for the verification process. Verification is a process which requires institutions to collect documentation to verify the accuracy of information submitted on the FAFSA.  Acceptable documents to verify tax information, based on U.S. Department of Education policy changes are either a tax return transcript from the IRS or an updated FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. These are the only two methods to verify tax data therefore if you are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you will be required to obtain a tax return transcript from the IRS.  You can request an official tax return transcript from the IRS at http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript. Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to populate your FAFSA tax information will make the verification process more efficient because the tax information will be verified by the IRS Data Retrieval. 
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Career Development Center Upcoming Spring 2015 Events

LinkedIn Presentations 3/5, 3/6, 4/2, 4/3
11:30-1:30
Three Top Mountain 

Resume Clinics 2/2-2/18
11:00-1:00
PSU Contact Table

Outdoor Jobs Fair 2/18
10:00-2:00
Grandfather Mountain Ballroom 

CareerFest 2/19
12:00-4:00
Holmes Convocation Center

Employers will be in attendance to discuss career insights, internships and job opportunities.
Bring your student ID card. Bring plenty of resumes. Professional dress is required. R.S.V.P. recommended. 

Education Career Fair 3/18
10:00-12:00
Holmes Convocation Center 

Health Professions Grad School Fair 4/16
6:00-8:00
Holmes Convocation Center


Join University Libraries

Come join us as we visit Biltmore House and Gardens

Date: April 20, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $100 per person

Ticket price includes:

  • Transportation to and from Biltmore Estate
  • Tour of the house with audio guide
  • A gardens and winery tour
  • A delicious boxed lunch - choice of Turkey, PBJ or Veggie Wrap
  • An ASU parking permit for the day
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Student Insurance Information

The enrollment and waiver period for Spring 2015 is now closed. We are currently in the "Appeal Period" until February 14, 2015.

If you wish to appeal default enrollment, you must provide proof of coverage by completing a waiver request.  Students can go to www.bcbsnc.com/asu to register or login to their Student Blue account and complete a waiver request.  Students should continue to monitor their AppState email for correspondence from Student Blue regarding the status of their appeal.  If the waiver appeal is approved, the charge of $802 will be reversed on the student's account within a few days.  If the appeal is denied, the charges will remain on the student's account and the student will be enrolled in Student Blue by default with coverage effective January 1, 2015 through July 31, 2015.

Please remember no charges will be reversed after February 14, 2015!

If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Weston, Student Insurance Coordinator at (828)262-7463 or Student Blue at 1-888-351-8283.


Important Educational Loan Debt Information

Approximately 56% of the 2013 undergraduate class at Appalachian borrowed loans to fund their education. Responsible borrowing is an investment in a student’s future and the Financial Aid Office at Appalachian is here to help you and your student navigate the complexities of educational loans. Here are the top 8 things we want students and parents to know:

1. Know Your Loans
How much do you owe? Who is your loan servicer? When do you start paying back the loan? All these questions and more can be answered by visiting the National Student Loan Data System, NSLDS, and reviewing your student loan report. Remember to keep your address current with your loan servicer as well as with Appalachian.

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Energy Bill Savings Tips

Do you pay for your energy bills?  Winter can put a little extra strain on your wallet in the High Country.  We wanted to pass along a few tips to off-campus students to help reduce energy costs in your home.

  • The sun is a great source of heat and light during daylight hours.  Open your blinds and turn off your lights during the day.
  • Make sure your thermostat is set to a reasonable temperature during the different seasons.  Over the Summer, a good temperature to set your thermostat is 76 degrees.  Over the Winter, 68 is considered reasonable.
  • Avoid using space heaters.
  • Do you have your toaster or coffee pot plugged in while you are gone?  Unplug it to avoid power consumption while not in use.
  • Turn off the lights when leaving a room.

Steven J. Weiss
Property Manager
The Cottages of Boone

 


Local Landlord Partner with Appalachian State on Suicide Prevention Training

Local landlords partner with Appalachian State on suicide prevention training

The collaboration between Appalachian State University and local rental companies expanded in important ways this past fall semester when several local landlords participated in an in-depth suicide prevention training provided by Elisabeth Cavallaro, Coordinator of the Survive and Thrive program on campus.  Landlords are often on the frontlines in their interactions with student tenants who are dealing with stress, depression, or substance use.

The Survive and Thrive training provides tangible tools for navigating a variety of challenging situations, as well as identifying helpful resources. The following rental companies participated in the training:  Sofield Properties, Carefree Property Company, Village of Meadowview, and the Cottages of Boone.  We commend these companies for their involvement in keeping ASU students safe and look forward to partnering with additional members of the landlord community in this endeavor in 2015.  For more information about health and safety resources on campus and in the community, visit the AppCares website or the Survive and Thrive website. 


Graduation Expo February 24, 25, and 26

The University Bookstore will host a three day grad fair from 10 am until 4 pm for seniors graduating in May, 2015.  Students can order personalized announcements, class rings and graduation regalia.   Several campus departments will also be on hand to answer questions and provide information to students from areas such as Career Development, Graduate School, the Alumni Association and the Registrar’s Office.

Encourage your graduating senior to take advantage of this one-stop-shop for their graduation needs.  Please visit our website at www.bookstore.appstate.edu and click on the graduation tab for additional information.


Summer Sessions

Did you know students are charged 50% more tuition if they take in excess of 140 credit hours?

Starting in fall 2010 the General Assembly increased the tuition surcharge at all UNC institutions on 1) all credit hours in excess of one hundred and forty (140) when taken as part of students’ first baccalaureate degree; and 2) all credit hours in excess of one hundred and ten percent (110%) of the number required for a second or subsequent baccalaureate degree.  Included in the calculation of credit hours are 1) all course work attempted at Appalachian (i.e., courses earned, courses failed, courses repeated, and courses dropped after the UNC system "census" date published in the academic calendar), and 2) all course work transferred to Appalachian from other UNC institutions and NC community colleges.

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Valentines Treats from Food Services

Surprise your student with a sweet treat from the Appalachian Food Services Bake Shop. A cake or cupcakes is sure to warm his or her heart.

We would be happy to email your student to let them know of your order, and he or she can conveniently pick up the treat at the Roess Dining Hall.

Valentine Cakes & Cupcakes (clockwise from left)

  • Dark Chocolate Heart (serves: 6-8) $11.95

  • Valentine Cupcakes (by the dozen) Call for pricing*

  • Double Heart (serves: 16-18) $15.35

  • Valentine Bear (serves: 16-18) $20.95

  • Double Tier Heart (serves: 16-18) $17.50

*Cupcake pricing dependent on cake/icing selection.

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John Osburn Comes to Appalachian State University

Appalachian will host John Osborn, President and CEO of BBDO advertising agency, on campus Wednesday, April 15, as he delivers a 10:00 a.m. speech in the Holmes Convocation Center. Osborn's comments will be part of the bi-annual Boyles CEO Lecture Series, which is open to all ASU students and community members with no cost to attend.

Osborn will speak about his personal experiences leading BBDO New York, the world's most awarded advertising agency. BBDO's most recent creative work was seen during the 2015 Super Bowl and can be viewed, along with more information about the April 15 event, on the Boyles Series website.

Students may receive course credit for attendance; check with professors.

 



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