Welcome Back!

As we embark on a new academic year, I am filled with excitement for new opportunities. The month of August on our campus allows you to hear the echoes of the Marching Mountaineers hard at work, new students and staff finding their way around campus, and those returning reacquainting themselves with old and new friends. This is one of the special moments being a part of the Appalachian community allows us to enjoy. During the hustle and bustle over the next few weeks, take time to enjoy the sounds, and these moments. Take the time to get connected or re-connected to the things that are important to YOU, those things that make a difference to you and others around you.

Appalachian has a long tradition of making a difference in this community. The Dougherty brothers founded this institution to make a difference here in the High Country, and their way of doing so recognized the value of education. Fortunately, 115 years later, that tradition continues through the daily efforts of our faculty, staff and students who give so much to so many.

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Student Health Insurance

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Student at Appalachian State must have health insurance. Student Blue coverage must be enrolled in or waived by September 10, 2014.

Please download this Acrobat Reader PDF. It contains important health insurance information for students.

Appalachian’s ROTC program graduates ten 2nd Lieutenants

Ten students from the ROTC program at Appalachian State University ended their time as students at the university and took the first steps in becoming Army officers Aug. 8.

They were commissioned as second lieutenants and took the oath of commissioned officers in the Army, swearing to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”

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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.

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Textbook Information

If your student is not sure how to pick up their textbooks, just have them follow these easy steps. Students can begin picking up their textbooks on Tuesday, August 12th.

Present Student ID on the first floor of bookstore for a list of all textbooks for registered courses, which includes both rental and any purchase texts. The textbook column on this list indicates rental textbooks with the letter 'Y', and purchase texts with the letter ‘N’. Indicate on this list if you wish to pick up purchase texts (if any) at this time.

Take list to the second floor and present to bookstore employee. Rental texts will be pulled along with purchase texts as indicated. Listen for your name to be called, and someone will present you with all rental books and any selected purchase texts.

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It's Up To Me

"It’s Up to Me” is an award winning campaign that has shaped our campus culture and promotes bystander intervention. The Campaign has focused on a campus wide initiative for our Mountaineers to be active bystanders; when we see something, we say something! This coming fall semester, “It’s Up to Me” is offering an opportunity for students to get trained in the Big 3- Suicide Prevention, Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and Interpersonal Violence Prevention.

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If you want to be Black & Gold, Start by Being Green!

Did you know that Appalachian Zimride users have saved 411,529 pounds of CO2 emissions and removed 540,927 miles from the road since Jan. 1, 2014?

Join ZimRide, http://zimride.appstate.edu/, for free, post your daily commute and begin finding others who want to be green too.

Questions? Contact presnelldc@appstate.edu in Appalachian's Office of Sustainability.

University Housing

Room Change Process

Students can request room changes beginning September 2. To request a room change, students log onto http://hms.appstate.edu and select the room change link in their list of options. If they need help identifying a new room, they can meet with their hall supervisors who have access to the vacancy list. Once the room change is submitted, University Housing will accommodate the request based on availability. Students will receive an email when the request is processed. This email gives instructions on how to proceed with the room change. Please note: Due to the overwhelming demand for on-campus housing, it may not be possible for your student to make a room change during the first few weeks of the semester.


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Performing Arts Series 2014-2015

August 28
Gala and Silent Auction

Come celebrate the arts in our community with an evening of South African art, live music by The Mercury Dames, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction with over $13,000 worth of items!Admission is free for current Turchin Center donors and $25 for non-donors. More information: http://tcva.org/calendar/events/1379

October 7
North Carolina Symphony with the Appalachian Symphony

October 23
Los Lobos - The voices behind "La Bamba!"

November 11
LA Theatre Works: "In the Heat of the Night"

March 4
Broadway tour of RAIN - A Tribute to the Beatles

April 17
Koresh Dance Company

…and more to be announced!

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Meet Our New Faculty and Staff

William Schuman

Creating partnerships, pursuing funding and research opportunities for faculty and students, and supporting communities in Appalachia are among the priorities of Dr. William Schumann, the new director of the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University.

Schuman developed his love of the Appalachia region while a graduate at Appalachian, earning master’s degrees in political science and in Appalachian studies with a concentration in sustainable development. He earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

His work extends from the Appalachian Teaching Project, sponsored by the Appalachian Regional Commission, to ethnographic field work in Wales. Schumann worked with a partner to develop a GPS mapping tool to promote sustainable development in rural areas. The “app” has been successfully piloted in Pennsylvania and in Wales to create innovative, democratic partnerships, with broad potential for public education and health, local businesses, and environmental sustainability.

“During the last 13 years I have had the privilege of teaching and researching in all three of Appalachia’s sub-regions: Southern, Central and Northern Appalachia,” Schuman said.

At Appalachian, he plans to build links across campus departments and programs “to wed in-depth learning of the Appalachian region with technical training and other skills to support students’ transition to meaningful employment,” he said, and “pursue policy-relevant funding and research opportunities in support of communities throughout Appalachia, especially those in western North Carolina.”


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Yosef Club and Sunbelt

Greetings, Appalachian Parents:

As you prepare to send your student back to Appalachian, or if it's their first semester on the Mountain, we ask that you support them by joining or renewing your membership with the Yosef Club. For over 40 years, The Yosef Club has been aiding Appalachian’s student-athletes through scholarship, athletic facility enhancement and programmatic needs support. Over 450 student-athletes make App Nation proud everyday through their high academic and athletic performance as well as their service throughout the High Country community.

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Food Services

Welcome parents of new and returning students. Appalachian Food Services, proudly self-operated and part of Auxiliary Services, is unique when compared to food services at other universities. We maintain two web sites:  Appalachian Food Services and AppCard.

What’s New

We are excited to introduce new products, new events and a newly renovated Trivette Hall:

  • Trivette Hall:  You'll be amazed by the difference!  The look and feel is brighter and welcoming; McAlister’s Select has moved to a larger, more efficient location off the new entrance; Park Place has an expanded service area that includes an open kitchen with hot food line, display cooking, larger salad and dessert bar and a bigger Grab & Go case.

  • Monotony Breaks:  Sample new products and seasonal foods or enjoy a well-deserved treat during exams.  The first Monotony Break in August lets diners sample our new Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee.

  • World Traditions Series:  A new series of meals featuring cuisine from around the world at Traditions in Sanford Commons.  The series kicks off with a menu of Greek favorites in September.

  • Rainforest Alliance Certified Coffee:  As part of our commitment to sustainability, all coffee served in our dining concepts and at catered events is now Rainforest Alliance Certified.

  • Local Bratwurst:  Local brats from North Fork Farm will be available each Tuesday at Homestyle Classics.

  • New Flavor Syrups at Conrads:  Create a coffee beverage with one of our new flavor syrups:  Banana Nut Bread, Cupcake & Peanut Butter.

  • Hummus Sub:  New at A Sub Shop.  Our vegan, house-made hummus is perfectly paired with fresh veggies on this healthy sub.

We look forward to serving you and your student in 2014-2015!  Visit us often for updated menus, schedules, special events, coupons and more.  And, connect with us on Facebook and TwitterClick here to learn more about 2014-2015 Highlights.

Big Sale Huge Success

The BIG Sale on Saturday August 16th 8am-2pm at Legends was a HUGE Success.

$20,812.09 raised

Furniture, electronics, clothes, books, cleaning supplies, food, plastic storage, bed risers, and plastic shower caddies, and more were available for purchase. All items were marked down. Funds from the 13th annual event sponsored by ACT, University Housing, ASU Physical Plant and Sustain Appalachian will benefit Avery County Habitat for Humanity, FARM Café, and the Farm Incubator Grower’s project (FIG) at Maverick Farms by providing mini-grants to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities and operations. Proceeds will also support an international service-learning scholarship for ASU students. The BIG Sale is a green program from start to finish, coordinated by our very own Mountaineers!

Visit our website for more information: act.appstate.edu/big-sale.

Tom Robbins:  A True Account of an Imaginative Life

Thursday, September 11, 7:00 p.m.
Rosen Concert Hall

Presented by: Appalachian State University Libraries and the Library Advisory Board

Tickets: Free on a first come first reserved basis. Available through Schaefer Center for Performing Arts Ticket Office beginning August 20, 2014

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