Message from the Chancellor

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Although the mountains are generally nature’s protectors from hurricanes and tornados, we’ve been tracking Irma this past week with some trepidation. Thankfully, we have been spared – we are expecting significant wind and rain over the next few days, with wind gusts exceeding 40 miles per hour on mountaintops. Still, as one of our colleagues noted, “That’s any day in January from my back deck.”

Rest assured, we work to be prepared, and continue to be vigilant should the situation change. Campus safety officials have been closely monitoring Hurricane Irma and preparing response measures in case the university feels the effects. In the event of any emergency, we provide updates to the campus community as needed, and ensure safety measures are executed to protect everyone here from the effects of a storm or other threat. If a weather condition warrants the community’s immediate attention or action, we send emails to campus and as well as alert messages via the AppState ALERT text and voice message system. In cases of heightened alerts, the latest information can be found at

You also play an important role in your student’s safety. Allison Dodson encouraged you on Thursday to take time now to make a safety communication plan with your student. Receiving this newsletter shows you have already taken an important step in your own emergency preparation – being on this distribution list means you will receive important information related to your students’ health, safety and well-being on a regular basis as well as in times of crisis.

We also feel for those who are suffering in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. We encourage community engagement and regularly share opportunities for our students to make a difference. Disaster recovery efforts will be ongoing for some time, and Student Affairs is working with student groups now to be sure volunteer efforts are effective and meaningful.

So many of our nation’s emergency management personnel are working long hours, often at personal risk, for those in need in Texas, Florida and beyond. I am reminded of our country’s heroes whose sacrifice and hard work on and around 9/11 made such a difference 16 years ago. I know the Appalachian Community joins me in expressing our thanks to all of those who work every day to keep us safe.

We continue to discuss and debate the subtleties of free speech. Tonight our College of Arts and Sciences hosts “Speak Up and Against Hate,” a panel discussion with representatives from our Department of Government and Justice Studies, the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies, the Office of Equity Diversity and Compliance, University Police and the Boone Police Department.

We will also mark Constitution Day with a series of events, including a tag-team reading of the Constitution by students, faculty and community leadership on Sanford Mall, Monday, Sept. 19.

Often, some of the most meaningful university experiences take place outside the classroom. It is a privilege to have your students with us. The last few weeks have offered powerful reminders of our responsibility to nurture, inform and prepare them for life outside the confines of a college community. Thank you for your trust.

Chancellor Sheri Everts
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At Appalachian, we put students first, always, and together we are building a bright future. Ultimately, the reason Appalachian’s stellar faculty and staff come to work every day is to realize this vision.

Counseling Center Services - All Students are Welcome

The Counseling and Psychological Services Center strives to foster an affirming environment where all students are welcome and respected; a safe and confidential environment that honors each person’s experience and is open to the honest discussion of thoughts, feelings, attitudes, values, and beliefs.

In serving over 2,000 students this year, we are honored every day by the personal experiences that students share with us, and the opportunity to offer support and assistance to students from all backgrounds and identities.

As a reminder:

Getting Started

For students to get started, encourage them to come to the Counseling Center in the Miles Annas Building for an Initial Consultation. Check-in times are Monday-Friday 8:30-11:00 A.M. and 1:00-4:00 P.M.

Emergencies During the Day

For students experiencing an emergency during Counseling Center hours of operation (Mon-Fri 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.) they may come to the Counseling Center and indicate that this is an emergency. They will meet with a counselor as soon as possible. Examples of emergencies are recent suicidal thoughts, recent sexual assault, homicidal thoughts, the death of a friend or loved one, having unusual experiences such as hearing voices or seeing things other people do not, and other similar events.

Emergencies After Hours and Weekends

The Counseling Center offers after-hours emergency coverage for urgent mental health issues. Students or others concerned about a student can call the Counseling Center at 828-262-3180 and select the option to speak with the counselor on call.

For more detailed information on Counseling Center services, visit To access our anonymous mental health screenings, click here.



Career Fest

The Career Development Center at Appalachian provides a wonderful opportunity for your son or daughter to explore and plan for their career by offering a semester full of activities. Please encourage your son or daughter to participate in these events. We have events for all students -- first years to seniors to graduate students.

Resume Clinics: Beginning Monday September 11 to Friday, September 22, students have the opportunity to attend Resume Clinics which are held in the Student Union from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday-Friday.

CareerFest: Tuesday September 26, 2017. CareerFest is Appalachian State University's largest and most comprehensive career event. Serving students and alumni of all majors and skills, the event is host to many companies, non-profits, healthcare and government agencies that are ready to network with students and introduce them to valuable internship and job opportunities. Students should register via Career Gear. CareerFest is from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Holmes Convocation Center.

Explore Majors Fair: Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Majors Quest provides students an opportunity to engage with faculty, advisors, and junior/senior level students in major(s) of interest. Students will also gain insight into minors, concentrations, internships, service-learning and study abroad opportunities in majors. Majors Quest is from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Grandfather Mountain Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union.

Graduate School Fair: Thursday, October 5, 2017. Thinking of Graduate School? Representatives from NC and out of state programs from over 30 Graduate and Professional schools will be present. The fair is from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Grandfather Mountain Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union.


Tips from University Housing

University Housing

Parent Movein

Joining our parent move-in volunteers, over 800 faculty, staff, students, and community members helped move all our freshmen in during move-in weekend. Thanks to everyone who helped make the event so successful! Now that everyone is here, fall semester is a busy time in University Housing. Please read below to learn more about all the processes that will happen between now and December.

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Food Services Update

Food Services

When you come visit your student, and support the Mountaineers, join us for convenient game day eats for the entire family! We have catering for on-campus pick up, The Markets for anything you forget to bring, and game day menus served at the dining facilities, which are open to all.


Call 828-262-8011 or 828-262-6143 | Email

Weekend orders must be placed by Tuesday at 5 p.m. But, we request a two-week notice.

The Markets

The Bookstore Market, located next to the University Bookstore, and The Market at Trivette, located in Trivette Hall, to pick up tailgating supplies without leaving campus.

Goods and supplies available at the markets include:

  • ice
  • chips
  • popcorn
  • salsa and guacamole
  • dips
  • snacks
  • sodas
  • plates
  • silverware
  • cups
  • napkins
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Scholarships Available for Study Abroad

Study Abroad

“But Study Abroad is expensive!”

The Office of International Education and Development (OIED) awards over $50,000 in scholarships every year to students. Applications for study abroad scholarships will open Friday, September 29, 2017. Scholarships range from $500 to $2,000. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 1 at 11:59 pm.

All full-time, degree-seeking students applying to a credit bearing study abroad program that takes place between 12/1/17 and 12/1/18 are eligible to apply. Students need not have committed to a study abroad program to apply for a scholarship but if awarded a scholarship, they need to commit to a program within 30 days.

OIED scholarships open three times per academic year. Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships well in advance of their desired program. Upon request, feedback can be provided to students who do not receive a scholarship, and students can reapply during the next cycle.

For more information on Study Abroad Scholarships and how to apply, please visit the Office of International Education and Development website, We offer Scholarship Workshops multiple times throughout each semester. We are here to help all students find funding to support their education abroad experiences!

Free Money for Study Abroad: Gilman International Scholarship


Applications for the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship are open now. Students can receive up to $5,000 to support their education abroad through this scholarship, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

The Gilman program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions they reach. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions planning to study abroad or participate in a career-oriented international internship abroad for academic credit are eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies, making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

The Office of International Education and Development (OIED) assists students in applying for national and prestigious scholarships, such as the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship, which are designed for study abroad experiences. Dedicated Appalachian staff and faculty read essay drafts and provide constructive comments to students; OIED staff meet students in person to talk about their study abroad plans, the structure and content of essays, provide follow-on project support, and technical support when submitting applications.

The scholarship application deadline for students participating in Spring and Summer 2018 programs is October 10, 2017. Encourage your students to contact OIED and receive help today! It is never too early to start planning!

For more information on Study Abroad Scholarships and how to apply, please visit the Office of International Education and Development website. We offer Scholarship Workshops and Workshops specifically on the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship multiple times throughout each semester. We are here to help all students find funding to support their education abroad experiences!

Tips for Completing the 2018-2019 FAFSA

If you and your student have not established a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) and password, you will need to do so prior to completing the FAFSA; note each of you will need to obtain a separate FSA ID. This will be used to sign in and compete the FAFSA. Please remember to add ASU as a school to receive your FAFSA. Our school code is 002906.

Please be aware that your student will be able to complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2017, rather than having to wait until January 1, 2018.

A second important change is that the FAFSA uses income and tax information from two years prior. For example, the 2018-2019 FAFSA will use 2016 income and tax information. We encourage you and your student to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which is built into the FAFSA and allows you to import IRS data directly into the FAFSA. This is the most accurate and time efficient way to submit tax information. Note that you must use 2016 income and tax information when filling out the FAFSA; if your family has experienced significant changes in income since 2016, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information.


The Financial Aid Office will hold a FAFSA Day on Saturday, October 28 on the second floor of the John E. Thomas building. Financial Aid advisors will be available from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon to provide assistance with completing the FAFSA and to answer any FAFSA related questions. You can register to attend FAFSA day through the College Foundation of NC website or simply come by during the event hours.

Should you or your student have questions about applying for financial aid, or would like additional information about the 2018-19 FAFSA, please visit the Federal Student Aid website or call the toll free line at 800-433-3243.

You can also contact the Office of Student Financial Aid as our staff is committed to helping answer your financial aid questions. Please visit our website for details about our contact information and counselor walk-in hours. To ensure the clearest communication regarding your student’s financial aid, please have them include you under their Parent Access portal. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits our office from discussing most information with any parent or guardian not authorized under Parent Access. For more information on setting up the Parent Access portal, please visit the Registrar’s Office website.

Office of Student Financial Aid

Appalachian Community Members Enjoy Solar Eclipse


On Monday, August 21, the day before classes started, we gathered with thousands of students including incoming freshmen, faculty, staff and members of our community to share in the Solar Eclipse on the campus of Appalachian State University. This was the first solar eclipse to cross the continental United States in 99 years.

The College of Arts and Sciences handed out 5,000 solar viewing glasses. Astronomy and physics students set up five telescopes for safe solar viewing on Sanford Mall and to answer questions from our campus and community participants. A portable planetarium was built and set up for the occasion in the Plemmons Student Union and a live stream of the Eclipse in totality from Sylva, N.C. was streamed for viewing.

You can see the recording of the eclipse in totality on our website: And to learn more about the college visit our website: or follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Guidebook.


Update from Student Health Service

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Keep updated on many health issues on our website    where you will find:

With you & glad,

Dr. Bob Ellison
Director, Student Health Service

University Recreation Update

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This Newsletter includes everything UREC for the month of September! We are excited for the fall semester. There are lots of opportunities to get involved in UREC this semester!

Outdoor Programs

OP Trips for the month of September include:

  • Grayson Highlands Backpacking – Saturday and Sunday, September 9th-10th
  • New River Clean Up – Saturday, September 9th
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding – Sunday, September 10th
  • Kayak Touring – Saturday, September 16th
  • Rock Climbing – Saturday, September 16th
  • Caving Day Trip – Sunday, September 17th
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding Half Day Trip – Sunday, September 17th
  • Kayak Touring – Saturday, September 23rd
  • Rock Climbing – Saturday, September 23rd
  • Introduction to Rock Climbing – Sunday, September 24th
  • Rafting/Funyaking Day Trip – Sunday, September 24th
  • Introduction to Rock Climbing – Saturday, September 30th
  • Rafting/ Funyaking Day Trip – Saturday, September 30th

*Be sure to check our website for more upcoming trips and events. For trip pricing information and all things Outdoor Programs, visit

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Learning Assistance Program (LAP) is now Student Learning Center

Learning Center

Dear members of the Appalachian Community:

The Learning Assistance Program (LAP) is now the Student Learning Center. We remain located on the second floor of D.D. Dougherty Hall. The Center is comprised of University Tutorial Services, Academic Strategy Instruction, As-U-R, and holistic Academic Advising of three student groups including ACCESS (Appalachian Commitment to College Education and Student Success), SSS (Student Support Services), and ASA (Academic Services for Student-Athletes).

The new graphic was created by Wes Waugh, in coordination with the University Communications design team. It recognizes one of our university founders, Dauphin Disco Dougherty, and our lobby and entrance will soon include elements that reflect the history of D.D. Dougherty’s contributions to Appalachian State University. Fittingly, the Latin meaning of Disco is - to learn.

Please review any publications or website information that includes Learning Assistance Program (LAP) and change to Student Learning Center. Thanks for your support in helping announce this exciting change!

Student Learning Center Staff

Transfer Student Mentors help welcome new transfers

Transfer Services

The Office of Transfer Services works closely with 15 Transfer Student Mentors to aid other transfer students through the transitional process of transferring to Appalachian. Each mentor is a transfer student themselves so they understand the questions, concerns and needs of new transfer students. The Transfer Student Mentors help welcome admitted transfer students during Transfer Pre-Orientation Program (T-POP) and Orientation throughout the summer, answer questions and concerns on our Appalachian State Transfers Facebook page, attend Welcome Weekend and Transfer Services student events, communicate with new students during their first few weeks of classes to ensure they are acclimating to Appalachian well, and call newly admitted students from partner community colleges the semester before they transfer. This personal attention helps ease the barriers transfer students sometimes encounter as they make their way to a new academic environment. Our Mentors will also meet individually with new transfers that may have questions or are having trouble connecting socially. The ultimate goal is to ensure that every new transfer student makes a successful transition to Appalachian and becomes an happy Mountaineer!

Your student can connect with our mentors through or

The Schaefer Center Presents...


Join us for eight carefully selected performances designed to entertain, enrich and inspire! “The Schaefer Center Presents…” supports the university’s teaching mission by presenting world-class performances that bring classroom learning to life, while contributing in a significant way to the cultural landscape of our region.

Great performances are available to members of the university community and residents across our region at a fraction of the ticket prices found in other venues. We look forward to sharing the joy and power of the performing arts with you this season!

2017-18 Season

TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' Band October 6

Ailey II: The Next Generation of Dance October 26

Us The Duo November 17

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo February 9

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: "Visions of Cape Breton" February 27

Golden Dragon Acrobats March 16

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street April 13-15

Black Violin April 20

Tickets are on sale now! For more information visit or call 828.262.4046.

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Upcoming Networking & Career Fair Opportunity: September 27 Business Connections


The Walker College of Business hosts three career fairs designed for business majors in Peacock Hall each year–the semi-annual RMI Career Fair, the annual Business Connections event, and, newly planned for 2018, the annual Graduate Programs Career Fair. The first to take place this academic year is both the largest and most relevant to a variety of majors. The fifth annual Business Connections, scheduled for Wednesday, September 27, will provide a forum to interact and develop connections with the business community including:

  • 60+ recruiting employers fulfilling internship and full time positions
  • 35+ panel format workshops that cover current industry trends, career and professional skills and leadership development
  • Networking opportunities
  • Professional photos for all attendees at no cost
  • Idea and knowledge sharing

Online registration is now open for students: Volunteer opportunities exist. Questions? Amy Odom,



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