Soledad O'Brien

Award-winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer Soledad O’Brien will speak April 1 at Appalachian State University.

O’Brien’s talk, “Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes and In Our lives,” begins at 7 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on Rivers Street. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited. Her talk is cosponsored by the University Forum Committee, the Division of Academic Affairs and the Office of Multicultural Student Development. For more information, call 828-262-6158 or visit

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Grant from Wells Fargo

A $250,000 grant from Wells Fargo will support the Dr. Willie C. Fleming Endowed Scholarship Fund at Appalachian State University, created to provide scholarships to underrepresented students. The grant will be made over a two-year period and counts towards the $200 million Campaign for Appalachian.

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Who's Who

The 2014 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges will include the names of 35 students from Appalachian State University who have been selected as national outstanding campus leaders.

Campus nominating committees have included the names of these students based on their academic achievement, service of community, leadership in extracurricular activities, and potential for continued success.

They join an elite group of students from more than 2,842 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Outstanding students have been honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934.

Each recipient is invited to be honored at the Recognition of Student Leaders Program on Friday, April 4, 2014 in the Parkway Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union, 2:00 p.m.
Congratulations to all!

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Meet Chancellor-elect Noren Everts

Dr. Sheri Noren Everts visited campus March 20 after being named Appalachian’s chancellor-elect by the UNC Board of Governors.

We look forward to her start date of July 1.

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Campaign for Appalachian Update

$175 million raised so far! Read the latest campaign news.

#iBackAPP on May 1 – mark your calendars

The goal: get 500 individual donors to donate to The Appalachian Fund and Parents Fund in 24

Why it matters: These are the most critical funds on our campus, as they can support any area, at any time, without restriction.

Ways you can back App on May 1:

  1. Make a gift to The Appalachian Fund and Parents Fund
  2. Encourage at least five friends to join you in making a gift
  3. Visit for tips on how to spread the word and for information about #iBackApp events in your area
  4. "Wear your black & gold App gear to show your support."
  5. Spread the word on social media! Hashtag #iBackApp; upload a photo with your sign, change your profile images and tag Appalachian Alumni accounts throughout the day

Central Dining Facility Named for Alice G. Roess

The facility known simply as “Central Dining Hall” by Appalachian State University students has been named for Appalachian State University Board of Trustees member and university benefactor Alice G. Roess of Blowing Rock.

Alice Roess Dining Hall was formally dedicated during a ceremony Thursday afternoon, March 27, in the facility.

“This is the perfect place to recognize Alice,” said Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock. “It’s one of the most important places that we have on campus. She has done so much for this campus, giving generously of her time, support and resources for academics, the arts and athletics.”

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Academic Advising and Class Registration for Summer and Fall 2014

Hi Appalachian Parents! It is now officially Spring on the calendar but it is still chilly in the High Country! Hopefully, the weather will soon catch up to the calendar! It is now time for ACADEMIC ADVISING and PREPARATION FOR REGISTRATION for SUMMER and FALL 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 have been here at least one semester

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Congratulations 2014 Graduates

Graduation and Commencement Information

Commencement Ceremony Schedule

May 2014

Commencement Ceremonies - Friday, May 9, 2014 at Holmes Convocation Center

  • 6:00 pm - Graduate School

Commencement Ceremonies - Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Holmes Convocation Center

  • 9:00 am - College of Health Sciences

  • 12:30 pm - Reich College of Education

  • 4:00 pm - College of Fine and Applied Arts

Commencement Ceremonies - Sunday, May 11, 2014 at Holmes Convocation Center

  • 9:00 am - College of Arts and Sciences

  • 3:30 pm - Walker College of Business

Commencement Ceremonies - Sunday, May 11, 2014 at Broyhill Music Center

  • 1:00 pm - Hayes School of Music

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The Post-Partum of Midterms: Feeling Pumped or Slumped?

So, spring is officially here, although the weather would have people wondering otherwise! And while there may seem to be a lull in the amount of stress and deadlines that students are facing, the after effects of mid-semester exams and projects are sticking around for the campus community. Students may be feeling some very different emotions after getting through most of their mid-term exams in the past month:

  1. Disappointed
  2. Relieved
  3. Terrified
  4. Apathetic
  5. Motivated
  6. “What? There were mid-terms?”
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CDC Garden Letter

Hello parents and families!

We are very excited to announce the installation of a learning garden at the ASU Child Development Center! Courtney Baines Smith, a doctoral student in ASU’s Educational Leadership program, was awarded a Creating a Healthy, Just and Sustainable Student Research Grant. She will be using the funds and the help of volunteers from the Sustainability and Environmental Education Club (SEEC) to build two types of learning gardens: 1) a “Waffle Garden” that will feature the three sisters of corn, beans and squash, and 2) a cold frame garden to grow veggies in early spring and winter.

This garden will provide countless learning connections for our Child Development Center children, and will be a blossoming project for years to come! Gardening provides a chance for children to develop a relationship with their environment and opportunities for play and inquiry about their surroundings in a safe place.

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University Housing

End of Year Hall Closing Approaching
Residence Halls will close for the semester on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at noon. Students are required to move out of the halls 24 hours after their final exams, but no later than noon on Saturday, May, 10. Graduating seniors and students participating in commencement ceremonies may get approval from Coordinators to stay in the halls until Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 6pm.

All residence hall floors will be conducting check out meetings prior to May 2. Please encourage your son or daughter to attend so he or she is informed of all check out requirements and avoids charges to their accounts for damages or improper check outs.

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The Annual Diversity Celebration

The Annual Diversity Celebration supports and enhances Appalachian State University's mission of "accepting the responsibility to be actively involved in addressing the educational, economic, cultural, and societal needs of the changing region, state, nation, and world," by providing a venue where diverse perspectives, cultures and values are accepted, appreciated and celebrated.

The Diversity Celebration at Appalachian State University is an annual multicultural festival that features performing arts, craft workshops, educational exhibits and ethnic foods by local and regional presenters and artisans. This free event seeks to provide participants with a safe environment for learning about others, while encouraging deeper exploration of differences. In striving to foster an atmosphere that promotes inclusion and collaboration among all sectors of the university and greater community, the Diversity Celebration is a living, breathing entity with a sweet spirit that underscores the institution's commitment to honor diversity in all its aspects.

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Family Weekend Update

Parents and Families:
In case you haven’t heard, 2014 Family Weekend has had to move to a new date and it is October 31-November 2, 2014.  More details regarding this weekend will be coming your way very soon.  Please mark this date in your calendar!

Traci Royster
Director, Parent & Family Services

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. With everything going on among these 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. Read this week's Illustrated!

Thanks so much for your interest in App State's Club Sports Program and have a great weekend!

Miles Elliott
Club Sports Publicity Programmer

From the Office of Student Financial Aid

Summer School 2014

It’s not too late to submit a 2014 Summer Sessions Financial Aid Application. The application is available on our website. If any changes occur to your student’s summer registration after they have submitted the application, they must complete a Summer Sessions 2014 Application Change Form and submit to our office.

Students wanting summer financial aid must have filed the 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid. If the student is eligible for financial aid, new students will receive an award notification mailed to their permanent home address when financial aid has been awarded. This mailer will direct the student to their AppalNet account to view and take action on the financial aid awards. Continuing students will receive an e-mailed award notification directing them to their AppalNet account.

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News from Food Services

The semester is winding down; it's time for students to use any remaining balances on their Meal and/or Express Account.  Please remind your student that balances must be used prior to close of business on Sunday, May 11th.  In addition to eating on campus in one of our many dining concepts, please see below for other locations where Meal and/or Express Account funds are accepted.

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National Graduate Education Week 2014

Mark your calendars for National Graduate Education Week (April 7-11) During this week, the Graduate School is hosting/sponsoring several events across campus to celebrate and honor the hard work and contributions of graduate and professional students, graduate faculty, and graduate alumni, and to enhance public awareness of graduate education in our state and nation.

Specifically, National Graduate Education Week seeks to emphasize the impact and value of graduate and professional students, and the programs they are in on campuses throughout the United States. Please join us in celebrating our graduate students and faculty by participating in the many events planned.

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Policy Change Regarding Student Graduation Applications


When should your students apply for graduation?

A policy/procedure change for applying for graduation was passed to be in effect beginning with Fall 2014. The new policy will require students to apply for graduation a term earlier than they have up to this point. This change was made to allow the Colleges to give students information about any outstanding graduation requirements before they register for the final semester.

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Don't Throw It Away

Don’t Throw it Away (DTiA) will run from Saturday , May 3rd - Saturday, May 10th.

DTiA is a student created and run program designed to reduce the waste produced by Appalachian students during the end-of-year move out. Students can participate by donating or volunteering to reduce Appalachian’s impact on the environment. Unwanted items can be donated to the designated areas in residence hall lobbies (look for the blue tape) or directly to Legends (on campus night club at corner of 321 and Howard Street) during daily collection times.  Volunteers then collect, clean, and store items until they are sold at the Big Sale in the fall.

All proceeds from the sale go towards energy efficiency grants for local non-profit agencies and ASU international service-learning scholarships.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, visit:

The Arts at Appalachian

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

Pick up the April issue of Our State Magazine to see a photo essay on Appalachian's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and the 11th Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition on display at the Turchin through June 7! 

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April 2014 Multicultural Student Development Events

APRIL 1 Soledad O’Brien
APRIL 2 Queer Film Series: The New Black
APRIL 3 Multicultural Mixer
APRIL 4 Day of Silence photo booth
APRIL 8 Diversity Celebration
APRIL 9 Holi Festival
APRIL 10 Multicultural Student Organization Awards
APRIL 11 Festo de Brazil & Pride Event
APRIL 12 Professional Drag Show
APRIL 13 People of the Planet Soccer Tournament
APRIL 14 Cultural Racism Lecture by Dr. Alia Al-Saji
APRIL 15 Mountain Passover Seder
APRIL 16 Fastathon, Feminist Coming Out Day
APRIL 17 Salsa Dance
APRIL 25 Women of Influence Coffee Hour

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