Appalachian Energy Summit

Amory Lovins to deliver keynote lecture at Appalachian Energy Summit

The public is invited to attend the opening session of the third Annual Appalachian Energy Summit July 28 at Appalachian State University.

Keynote speaker Amory Lovins, chief scientist from the Rocky Mountain Institute, will speak at 7 p.m. at the Holmes Convocation Center on campus. His lecture is titled “Applied Hope.” The Rocky Mountain Institute is an independent, entrepreneurial, nonprofit think-and-do tank focused on the efficient and restorative use of the world’s resources.

A panel discussion will follow Lovins’ remarks. Panelists are Lovins, UNC System President Thomas Ross and David Orr, the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College.

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FREE Online Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

Parents are invited to take our FREE online suicide prevention gatekeeper training. This training is aimed at faculty and staff, but the information within is still great for parents. You will learn:

  • Warning signs to look for
  • How to talk to a student in distress
  • Where to refer for help

To access this FREE training:

  • Go to:
  • Create a new account
  • Enter the enrollment key: appstate592
  • Follow the on-screen instructions.

Once you complete the training, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. You will be able to access the course and all course materials as many times as you like for a year.

Enjoy the rest of the summer,

Allyson Matt
Appalachian State University Counseling & Psychological Services

It's Up to Me Trainings

"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.

Join us during Safety Week and take part in these free trainings:

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Zero Waste Stadium

In keeping with the zero waste commitment of Appalachian, Athletics is partnering with the Physical Plant and Office of Sustainability to develop a zero waste stadium plan, being implemented in the 2014 football season. The stadium game day waste collection will consist of 15 zero waste zones for the collection of compost and recycling throughout the concourse areas. These zones will have ample signage and zero waste attendants at each location to ensure attendees are educated and aware of which container to use when discarding their waste.

The group is working with the concessionaires to ensure the products they use are either compostable or recyclable. The condiment areas will consist of bulk condiments rather than individual packets. The cleanup of the stadium post game will also work to separate waste for recycling or composting. The tailgate recycling and landfill bag program, Recycle at The Rock, will continue this season as well. For more information, please contact Jennifer Maxwell, University Resource Conservation Specialist.

Dr. Randy Edwards Interim Chief of Staff

Dr. Randy Edwards has been appointed chief of staff in the Office of the Chancellor at Appalachian State University. Edwards replaces Dr. Lorin Baumhover, who first held the position from 2005 to 2009 and again beginning in fall 2012 through June 2014.

Edwards was dean of the Walker College of Business for the last nine years, was chair of the Department of Accounting for 13 years, and first joined the business faculty in 1981. He has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in accounting from Appalachian and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. Prior to working in higher education, Edwards was an auditor for Ernst & Ernst, now Ernst & Young.

“Dr. Edwards brings a wealth of institutional history and possesses a deep knowledge of the region – both of which will be invaluable as I begin my tenure at Appalachian,” said Chancellor Sheri N. Everts.

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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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Inaugural Class of Graduate Student Ambassadors Named

The first ever group of Graduate Student Ambassadors has been selected from among a stellar pool of nominees for the eight competitive positions. The current president of the Graduate Student Association Senate automatically serves as the ninth Graduate Student Ambassador.

The new Graduate Student Ambassadors are as follows:

  • Mason Calhoun, second year master’s student, Computer Science, GSAS president
  • Mary Feamster, second year master’s student, Professional School Counseling
  • Drienie Grobbelaar, first year master’s student, Nutrition
  • Nichole Gross, second year master’s student, Public Administration
  • Barbara Mindy Hill, second year master’s student, Social Work
  • Zachary Hottel, second year master’s student, History
  • Daven Johnson, second year master’s/SSP student, School Psychology
  • Brandon Tate, second year master’s student, Biology
  • Samuel Luke Tunstall, second year master’s student, Mathematics
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McGee, Palmer and Taylor inducted into Appalachian’s Rhododendron Society

Three Appalachian State University graduates whose careers have helped change the lives of countless students were inducted into the Reich College of Education’s Rhododendron Society during ceremonies held July 12 at the college.

Honorees for 2014 are Dr. Jerry E. McGee of Monroe, president of Wingate University, Dr. Michael H. Palmer of Durham, a retired Louisburg College educator, and J. Warren Taylor of Sparta retired Alleghany High School teacher and community servant.

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The Alternative Service Experience

The Alternative Service Experience program, part of the ACT Office, was recently approved to host a Winter ASE in conjunction with local non-profit Wine-to-Water to the Dominican Republic. While in the DR, participants will work alongside W2W to provide clean drinking water to the people of Santiago. Participants will assist community members in making and distributing ceramic water filters, and also take part in educating the local community on clean water practices.

More information about this particular program, as well as other ASEs occurring over Winter Break can be found at or by contacting Heather Jo Mashburn at

R.A.D. Self-Defense For Women and Men

Sign Up NOW!

R.A.D. Self-defense for women (Rape Aggression Defense) and R.A.D for Men, sign up is open. We have a Class starting on Wednesday, September 03, 2014 that will meet from 6PM-9PM at the Plemmons Student Union. Any female or male that wishes to attend needs to come by the ASU Police Department, Monday-Friday from 8AM-4PM to sign up for the class. Pre-registration is required to attend the class. The cost is $20 dollars (cash or check). The class will be four Wednesday evenings in a row (September 3rd- September 24th), when completed; you will leave with self-confidence and the knowledge knowing that you can prevent being a victim and your own earned R.A.D. T-shirt. If you have any questions please contact Detective Dunn at ASU Police Department. or like us on Facebook at Appalachian State University Police. (Class is limited to 20 students). Lifetime membership after completion of class, you may attend the class at ASU or anywhere that the class is offered. The classes are separate for women and men.

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Chief Diversity Officer Named at Appalachian

Bindu Kolli Jayne has been named chief diversity officer and associate vice chancellor for equity, diversity and compliance at Appalachian State University.

She has been the director of policy, compliance and equity and director of labor relations at the University of Delaware since 2012 and was chief policy advisor and legal counsel there from 2010-2011.

Jayne will report to the Office of the Chancellor, as well as the Office of the Provost. She will begin her duties at Appalachian June 23.

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Who Didn’t Need a Little Therapy During Finals Week?

Dog Therapy that is.

That’s why the Belk Library and Information Commons, brought in Brianna and Knox, so students could relieve a little stress. Knox is a Canine Good Citizen, and registered with Therapy Dogs, Inc. In other words, Knox knows how to be a good listener, and is great for hugging. (Even library benefactor and Appalachian alumnus Bill Rhinehart couldn’t resist the furry fellow, and joined in the fun.)

“The idea of pets as stress relievers has taken off across campuses nationwide, especially during the end of semester exam time,” said User Services Librarian Geri Purpur, who worked to get Knox some people time. “Dogs can provide comfort in a way people cannot, and can be a positive reminder of home during the chaos of these final weeks.”

Knox’s handler Brianne Harris, Appalachian 2012 Psychology alumna says the Great Pyrenees has already begun visits to Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living, as well as Life Care Center of Banner Elk.

The squeezes, rubs, hugs, and scratches were free!

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Carbon Neutral Commuter

Be a part of something excellent! Be a Carbon Neutral Commuter.

Sustain Appalachian along with Parking & Traffic are excited to partner with Sterling Planet to purchase carbon offsets for Appalachian State students, faculty and staff participating in the Carbon Neutral Commuter program. This program will help move Appalachian toward its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050!

As a Carbon Neutral Commuter you'll receive a 2014 CNC bumper sticker with your parking pass so you can tell the world, 'I care about carbon.'

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Newly Renovated Trivette Hall

The newly renovated Trivette Hall is scheduled to reopen in August 2014.

Trivette Hall, which includes Park Place, McAlister’s Select and the Market at Trivette as well as Food Services Administrative Offices / AppCard Office, closed in November 2013 for renovations. Construction and design crews have been hard at work since then and the renovation is nearly complete.

Outside, there is a new entrance, patio and sidewalks to improve accessibility. Inside, new flooring, lighting and windows create a brighter, more welcoming atmosphere. McAlister’s Select has moved to a larger, more efficient location off the new entrance; the Market has also been updated. The most exciting renovations are to Park Place, the dining concept overlooking Appalachian’s scenic Duck Pond. We have expanded the service area to include an open kitchen with hot food line, display cooking, larger salad and dessert bar and a bigger Grab & Go case.

We hope you will visit Trivette Hall the next time you are on campus. From a fresh new look to fresh menu items, the NEW Trivette Hall is sure to satisfy your APPetite.

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