A Message from the Chancellor

A Message From the Chancellor | November 7, 2014

Dear Parents and Family Members,

It is astonishing to me how quickly 2014 is coming to a close. What an amazing year it has been! This year, Appalachian has truly become my home, and it has been my honor to work with our incredibly accomplished faculty, dedicated staff and talented students, as well as the passionate alumni and friends who support Appalachian in so many ways.

As I look to 2015, a key priority for me is to ensure strong financial support for our university, and I am very pleased to report that the Campaign for Appalachian is close to reaching, and surpassing, its $200 million goal.

I can't emphasize enough how important this is, because when you take the time to make an investment in our students, you are also making an investment in the value of an Appalachian education. Our students benefit; our faculty and staff benefit; our alumni benefit; our state, region and nation benefit. The impact is so far-reaching, it extends across the globe. And, it all comes back to the difference one person - who makes an investment of any size - can make.

If you have any doubt whether you can make a difference, I hope you will take a moment to watch the video on our campaign page. Become inspired to join the many faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends who have made gifts both large and small and who continue to make a difference in the world... one student at a time.

Sincerely,

Sheri N. Everts Chancellor


How Can I Get My Child Home?

Dear Parents and Families,

Many of you are wondering how your children will be getting home over the Thanksgiving and Winter break. Below, I have listed some information for you to view on all of the transportation that can get your child home that I am aware of at this point. Of course there are your usual rental car companies and I have listed them at the bottom, but they do have age restrictions on drivers. Please let me know if you have additions that I am not aware of to be added to the list.

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Zimride

Appalachian is partnering with Zimride to provide an online resource for members of the campus community to travel to events and different locations with other members of the community who are travelling the same way.

Zimride allows users to post whether they need a ride or are offering a ride through Facebook, Twitter and numerous other platforms.

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Planned Data Center Move

If your student is working on projects on campus over the Thanksgiving Break, please be aware that, due to a planned data center move, wireless access in residence halls will be unavailable on the morning of Wednesday, November 26, for approximately 4-6 hours. Wireless access will be available in academic and administrative campus buildings for students during this time, via the “ASU-Visitor” wireless network.


University Housing

Automatic Release forms and Pre-Spring Room Change forms are now available at housing.appstate.edu

What if a student wants to move off-campus for the Spring Semester?

Housing contracts are for the entire academic year (August-May). Students will not be released from their contracts.

What if a student will not be returning to on-campus housing for Spring 2015 due to student teaching or internships outside Watauga County, studying abroad, graduating, withdrawing, marriage or transferring?

They must complete an Automatic Release Form. Forms can be found at housing.appstate.edu. This form must be completed to avoid housing charges being posted to student accounts. Approvals for release will be sent to ASU email accounts before Winter Break and will include check-out instructions.

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International Education Fair

The Office of International Education and Development (OIED) is pleased to announce the annual:

International Education Fair!
Wednesday, November 12
10 am – 2 pm
Grandfather Mountain Ballroom
Plemmons Student Union

Student visitors will be introduced to the following programs:

  • Over 60 Short-Term, Faculty-Led, Education Abroad Programs in over 30 Countries (spring break & summer programs)
  • Over 50 Exchange and Study Abroad Programs (summer, semester, and year programs)
  • International Service-Learning Programs
  • International Internships
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Updates from the Office of Financial Aid

The school year is off to a great start and we hope your students are enjoying their semester at Appalachian. Below is important information on upcoming events.

If your student is thinking about a study abroad experience, please have he/she visit the Office of International Education and Development's 2014 Study Abroad and International Fair to be held on November 12th from 10am to 2pm in the Grandfather Mountain Ballroom of the Student Union. This event will showcase all the Spring short-term and Summer study abroad opportunities. Financial aid for study abroad is available, but it often means the student or parent will be borrowing more in loans to finance trip expenses. Students should inquire about their aid eligibility with a financial aid counselor after visiting the International Fair.

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Find Your Match

NOW IS THE TIME TO LEARN ABOUT HOUSING OPTIONS FOR FALL 2015

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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Appalachian’s Counseling & Psychological Services Center

We are well into the second half of the semester, and this is a time when the pressures of academics and other life events often impact students in a significant way. The Counseling and Psychological Services Center is here to try and help your student get access to the resources, whether on campus or off-campus, that they need to be successful in college. We have reached a point in the semester when we have a waiting list for receiving individual counseling services, and we are meeting with most clients on an every other week schedule so that we can meet with as many students as possible. However, there are still ways that we can try to help students get access to services. First, this semester we have two group therapy options, a mindfulness group and a resiliency group, that are beginning at this point in the semester because we recognize that our other groups are typically already running. Although we do have a 10 session per academic year limit for individual therapy, our group therapy services are unlimited; therefore, many students participate in group therapy throughout their academic career.

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Thanksgiving Break Closings

Food Services

Central Dining Hall

Closes/d Opens

Chick-fil-A

November 25/ 7:00pm

December 1/ 10:30am

Pizzeria

November 24/ 10:30pm

December 1/ 4:30pm

Rivers Street Café

November 25/ 2:00pm

December 1/ 7:00am

Sanford Commons

November 25/ 7:00pm

November 30/ 1:00pm

 

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International Education: A Catalyst for Achievement

For as long as I can remember, I have always had what many refer to as the “travel bug.” I have always felt best on the go, encountering new things, meeting new people—experiencing life outside of my comfort zone. Being the relentlessly curious person that I am, my decision to spend a semester abroad in Puebla, Mexico was no shock to any of my loved ones. My international education experience introduced me to a new way of thinking that will continue to affect my life for years to come. The time I spent in Mexico has and will continue to give me knowledge to help achieve my personal, intercultural, academic, and career goals. I suggest to anyone feeling apprehensive about receiving an education abroad to take the plunge; you will not regret your decision!

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Scholarship reception affords donors and recipients time together

October 23, 2014 - Student recipients of business-related scholarships have the opportunity to meet their donors during a reception held each fall. The Oct. 10 event welcomed 73 donors, more than 200 attendees and was a rewarding experience for many.

"Today is a very special day for our family," said Jane Fitchlee, a donor whose family created an endowment that pays annually in memory of her sister-in-law, Vickie Fitchlee. "It is very rewarding to get to spend time with a student who has a bright professional career ahead of them. Knowing that we were able to contribute to that student's education and have an impact on their life, is a special way to memorialize my sister-in-law."

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Club Sports

Hello Parents and Families!

I hope you are having a great Day! 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 month, you will read about what each team is up to and how they're doing this season! Click below to read this week's Illustrated!

Thank you all for supporting Club Sports!

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

Thanks,

Alyssa Gribble
UREC Publicity Programmer, Club Sports


Upcoming Outdoor Certification Courses

Parents and Families,
Did you know that University Recreation offers Outdoor Certification courses to students and community members? Well they absolutely so and here is the upcoming schedule of courses listed below. You can click on each course for more information. Please encourage your child or family member to take advantage of these courses.


University Housing Suggestions for the Break

With just a few weeks left in the semester, our staff in University Housing is preparing to close the halls for winter break.  As your student is inevitably excited about ending the semester and spending some quality time at home, we would like for you to help remind them to complete some necessary tasks before they leave.

If your student is staying in his/her same room for next semester, please make sure he/she does the following items:

  • Attends their closing floor meeting for important details
  • Completes all tasks on their winter break checklist.  These checklists are taped to doors as a reminder of what each student needs to do to their room prior to leaving.  After they have completed all tasks, they print their name and are set to go.  The tasks on the checklist include:
    • Pack everything you need for break (medicines, passport/ID, and take valuables home
    • Close and lock windows, close blinds.
    • Clean, defrost, unplug, and leave refrigerator door propped with a towel in front to collect water.
    • Empty all trash and recycling in dumpsters/receptacles outside of building
    • Unplug all electrical appliances
    • Set heat on low (turn heat no lower than 60)
    • Turn off the lights and lock door.
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Performing Arts Series

Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for adults

L.A. Theatre Works:  In the Heat of the Night

A classic tale of murder, prejudice, and the long arm of the law, set in a small southern town in 1960s America.  In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, “In the Heat of the Night” is based on John Ball’s 1965 novel and sheds light on the country’s evolving acceptance of the Civil Rights Movement.

Tuesday, November 11

8pm, Schaefer Center

Tickets and more info at pas.appstate.edu

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International Service Experience

Are you taking your education beyond the classroom? Consider an International Alternative Service Experience (iASE) and explore a variety of social issues while working with communities across the globe. Use your time during Spring Break to create deeper connections between your classroom work and the communities of the world.

This year’s programs are scheduled for March 7-14, 2015 and are headed to places such as Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Jamaica, and Nicaragua. You can also sign-up to go to Puerto Rico. Learn more about these opportunities by visiting act.appstate.edu/ase-spring-international or come by the ACT Outreach Center on the first floor of the Union.

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Looking for a gift for you Mountaineer?

Purchase a Jostens Meridian diploma frame! This customized diploma frame includes the Appalachian seal and a lovely mahogany finish, proudly proclaiming your student's alma mater as Appalachian State University.

Visit alumni.appstate.edu/store for a variety of Appalachian merchandise, including hates, weekend bags, totes, scarves, and more!


Exam Pack

Make study time tasty with an Exam Pack from Appalachian Food Services. The Exam Pack includes your student's favorite snacks and will be delivered* to on-campus students on Reading Day, Saturday, December 6, 2014.

Exam Pack includes:

  • Appalachian Premium Mountain Spring Water

  • Clif Bar Chocolate Chip

  • Doritos® Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips

  • Florida's Natural® Orange Juice

  • Fresh Fruit (apple and orange)

  • Gardetto's® Snack Mix

  • Lance® Toasty Crackers

  • Nature Valley® Oats 'n Honey Granola Bar

  • Nature's Bakery Whole Wheat Blueberry Fig Bar

  • Otis Spunkmeyer Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffin

  • Peanut M&M's®

  • Rold Gold® Pretzels Tiny Twists

  • Ruffles® Cheddar & Sour Cream Potato Chips

  • Sensible Portions® Garden Veggie Straws

  • Snickers® Bar

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The Gobbler

Appalachian & the Community Together (ACT) is the community service hub on Appalachian's campus and acts as a resource to students looking to get more involved in serving their community. This year, ACT is hosting its fourth annual 5K Race, The Gobbler, on November 15. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Leigh Lane Edwards Scholarship for International Service-Learning. 

The race will begin at 8am on November 15, 2014 on Duck Pond Field, Stadium Drive on the campus of Appalachian State University. Once the race is complete, participants will enjoy fresh, warm cobbler. Run the Gobbler, Eat the Cobbler!

For more information and to register, visit: thegobblerboone.wordpress.com.

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