The Garwood Family

The four-story academic building at Appalachian State University formerly known as the CAP building on Rivers Street has been named for the late John A. Garwood of Wilkes County. The building houses the departments of chemistry, computer science and physics and astronomy.

Garwood graduated from Appalachian in 1957. He played football at Appalachian for two years before he was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He died Nov. 30, 2010.

“Dad was a longtime supporter and very proud ASU alumnus,” his son John B. Garwood said during the dedication ceremony Thursday afternoon. “Throughout his whole career in public service, he always had education at the forefront of his mind, particularly ASU. He knew education was a way to level the playing field (for the underprivileged). He said (ensuring that) all children had access to an affordable college education was not only the right thing but our moral duty as citizens of this great state.”

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Family Weekend 2014

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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RA Recruitment

The Resident Assistant Recruitment and Selection process is upon us and University Housing wants to encourage you to speak with your child about the position! At Appalachian State University, Resident Assistants (RAs) are an integral part of our on-campus community and serve as mentors and leaders for our residence halls. Residence Life strives to educate our RA staff on areas of community development, conflict and crisis management, professionalism, leadership development, and inclusivity.

For the upcoming year, University Housing will be employing 140 of our top leaders on campus in the RA position. We recruit and seek a diverse group of student staff who are team-oriented, have integrity, and show critical-thinking skills. Additionally, all of our successful candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • A semester and cumulative 2.5 GPA

  • In good disciplinary standing with the Office of Student Conduct

  • Must have lived on-campus for one full semester by the time of interviews

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Fall Break Conversations

Many of your students will be coming home for Fall Break. Are you feeling a little anxiety about what you are going to discuss with your son, daughter or family member? Below you will find some helpful conversation starters between you and your student. Please know that these are only suggestions and you can use them as you see fit. Keep in mind that every student is different and not one conversation will be the same. Remember not to try and pressure information out of students. Allow them to openly and freely talk with you. On the flip side, you will know when you need to press harder for information regarding safety and well-being. Use your judgment. When in doubt, trust your gut or refer to one of your many resources in your Parent Connections Book from orientation, Parent & Family website, or utilize one of your many campus resources.

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University College Academic Advising and Registration

Academic Advising and Class Registration for Spring 2015

Greetings Appalachian Parents! We are having a beautiful start to the fall season in the High Country and that means football, soccer, hiking, biking, and, of course studying! It is also time for ACADEMIC ADVISING and REGISTRATION for SPRING CLASSES!

  • Academic Advising for University College Students:
    Students who have not declared their majors are advised in University College (UC). UC students who are REQUIRED to meet with an advisor prior to class registration are:

  • Freshmen (less than 30 earned semester hours)

  • New transfers

  • Students with less than a 2.0 cumulative GPA

  • Juniors and (60+ earned hours) Seniors (90+ earned hours) who are eligible to declare their majors and have been here at least one semester

UC students who are not required to be advised are certainly encouraged to meet with an advisor to stay on track. UC students can make an advising appointment on AppalNet or by calling the UC Academic Advising Center at (828) 262-2167. Students who are advised in the Learning Assistance Program or in the Honors College should follow the specific instructions from their advisors regarding appointments.

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Suicide Prevention

Stressed Students - How You Can Help
Appalachian State University is aware of the amount of stress our students are experiencing and its negative impact on their health and academic performance. We know that, as family members, you may very well be one of the first people to notice when your student is experiencing a tough time. Having a conversation with your student can be the beginning of things turning around for the better. However, navigating that conversation can be difficult. This is where our online training program, At-Risk, can help.

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The Appalachian Homecoming Blood Drive

The Appalachian Homecoming Blood Drive is such a beautiful event year after year. People show up in droves to give of themselves so that others have a chance to heal. Incredible stories from donors & volunteers were heard, & we truly appreciate every person who joined the call to collect 1,265 pints of blood! Special thanks to the American Red Cross and the INCREDIBLE student committee that made it ALL possible.
Printed in the High Country Press on September 25, 2014:
“ASU is among several North Carolina colleges and universities that collect hundreds of units of lifesaving blood with the American Red Cross and holds the record for the largest, single-day blood drive in the Carolinas Blood Services Region. Since inception in 2007, the Annual Homecoming blood drive has resulted in the collection of more than 9000 pints which potentially has helped save the lives of more than 27,000 people as one blood donation can help save up to three lives.”

Counseling Center

Fall break is approaching in a couple of weeks, which also means that mid semester is almost here. This is a time when students often begin to feel particularly overwhelmed with their obligations (academic work, jobs, extracurricular activities, social lives, etc.) on campus. Students may also be starting to get grades back on first tests and assignments, which might begin to raise their concerns about how they are going to do in classes. Some stress at this time of the semester is normal and healthy. Research actually shows that a certain level of anxiety can help enhance our performance, but if the anxiety surpasses the helpful level, some impairment in functioning can begin to occur. Below are some signs that your student’s stress or anxiety level is potentially reaching a more concerning level along with some resources that might be helpful.

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Academic Integrity & Student Conduct Boards

In October 2014, the Office of Student Conduct will be opening applications for students who would like to serve on our Student Conduct and Academic Integrity Boards for the University during the 2015-2016 academic year.

The applications will be available throughout the remainder of the fall semester.

Once available the applications will be located on the Office of Student Conduct website at

Read the Lease Campaign

Student Legal Clinic and Office of Off-Campus Community Relations Kick-off

"Read the Lease" Campaign

Below is a preview of a new educational outreach campaign aimed at students who are planning to live off-campus during the 2015-16 academic year.  One of the most important messages we want to emphasize to students is that it is critical to read and understand your written lease (and any addenda, rules and regulations, etc.) before signing it.  That basic message, which will be pushed out to the student body using a variety of media, will be supplemented by live educational programs scheduled for late fall and early spring semester and other methods of educational outreach.  Look for more specific information in the November Parent and Family newsletter.  Or contact Karla Rusch at (828) 262-8284 or at any time.

Read the Lease Pamphlet

Club Sports

Hello Parents and Families!

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. 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 19 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 is the Presidents' Issue, so in the Illustrated you will read an interview with each team's President! Check it out! Share the school spirit and cheer of AppState’s Club Sports teams!

Click Here to read the latest Club Sports Illustrated!

Alyssa Gribble
UREC Publicity Programmer, Club Sports

University Housing

Service Desk Hours

Students can pick up packages and sign out spare room keys at the East Side and West Side Service Desks. The Service Desks typically operate from 7am-11:30pm each day. However, over University breaks, the Service Desks have limited availability. Below are the Service Desk hours for Fall and Thanksgiving breaks.

Fall Break:

Thursday, October 16: 7am-4pm

Friday, October 17: 7am-12pm

Saturday, October 18: Closed

Sunday, October 19: 1pm-11:30pm

Thanksgiving Break:

Wednesday, November 26: 7am-4pm

Thursday, November 27 – Saturday, November 29: Closed

Sunday, November 30: 1pm-11:30pm

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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

Overparenting Anonymous

Dear Parents and Families,
A dear friend sent me this article written by Dr. Wendy Mogel titled, “Overparenting Anonymous: A 26-Step program for good parents gone bad.  Many of you will find these steps hilarious while others of you may be offended.  Some of you will see yourselves in these steps while others of you will say, “Not me.”  I hope that all of you will laugh a little but find that even though this list was probably meant for pre-college aged children/parents I still see so many similarities to the students and parents that I work with today.  I hope that you can take something from this article.
Traci Royster

Celebrating Apple Month

Did you know that we post monthly coupons on our website and Facebook page? Simply print the coupon and present it at checkout to redeem.

October’s coupon celebrates Apple Month with a FREE Local Apple. Throughout the month, diners get a FREE Local Apple with the purchase of an entree ($3.50 minimum) at Park Place Cafe, Rivers Street Cafe or Sanford Commons while supplies last. Click here for details.

Some of our other upcoming coupons for 2014-2015 include:

  • FREE Pumpkin Pie with the Purchase of Thanksgiving Lunch

  • FREE Grilled Cheese with the Purchase of Soup or Chili

  • $2.25 Beans & Rice Meal Deal

  • Hot Dog - Buy one, get one free

Alternative Service Experience (ASE)

Fall - October 16-19, 2014

Parents and Families,

Look at what some of your children and family members are doing over Fall Break! They will be taking part in an alternative service experience (ASE) from October 16-19, 2014.

What is a Fall ASE one may ask?

Fall ASE programs provide a 4-day service and learning experience in the southeast. Experiences are led and created by trained student Peer Leaders and involve direct service to a community, purposeful reflection, and new experiences outside of our local community!

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The Arts at Appalachian

Performing Arts Series

Two great live performances happening in October!
Tickets are only $10 for students and $20 for adults
North Carolina Symphony with the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday, October 7
8pm, Schaefer Center
Los Lobos
Celebrating the anniversary of their Spanish-language album, "La Pistola y el Corazon"
Thursday, October 23
8pm, Schaefer Center
Tickets and more info at 

Homecoming 2014

The Appalachian State University Alumni Association welcomes you back to Appalachian and the beautiful High Country of Boone, North Carolina for Homecoming 2014! Join us for great fun and a wide range of events celebrating Appalachian during the weekend of October 10-11, 2014.  From the Friday Night Dance to a packed house at "The Rock" to see the Mountaineers face Liberty, this is sure to be another fantastic Homecoming for the Appalachian Family!

Click here for more Homecoming details.

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