Fall 2017 Club Expo

The Office of Campus Activities will be hosting the 2017 Fall Club Expo on Sunday, August 20th from 2:00 to 6:00 pm in the Holmes Convocation Center. The Expo is an event where student organizations and ASU departments come together to showcase the various ways that students can get involved at Appalachian State and within the Boone community. With over 400 student organizations and numerous community partners, ASU has something for everyone! This is a great opportunity for your students to meet new friends and learn about exciting leadership and involvement opportunities. Please encourage your students to stop by to jumpstart their involvement at Appalachian.

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Welcome Weekend Kicks Off Your Student’s Transfer Experience!

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Every fall new students kick off their Appalachian memories with Welcome Weekend, their official welcome to Appalachian. This weekend, held this year August 18 - 21, offers transfer students - who often live off-campus - a way to connect socially with other new students while getting comfortable with the campus before classes start. Specifically designed programs are offered to help transfer students get to know the campus, their classmates and the community. Some highlights include:

  • Social for students living off-campus
  • The Appetizer
  • Faculty Exchange & Common Reading Discussion
  • T-Shirt Swap & Lunch with the Office of Transfer Services
  • Club Expo
  • Black & Gold Convocation

The full schedule and event descriptions can be found on the Welcome Weekend website and on Welcome to App’s AppSync portal. Transfer students are encouraged to fully participate in this weekend’s events! As classes begin on Tuesday, the Office of Transfer Services will continue to offer other activities to engage students. Our schedule of Fall events can be found on our website or our AppSync portal.

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Career Development Center Updates

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Do you know that 4,500 students on average work on campus in part-time positions? Did you know that students who work 8-10 hours a week have a higher GPA than students who do not work?

Is your child interested in finding student employment opportunities during their time at college? At Appalachian State University, employment is indeed a possibility for all students!

We believe that finding a job should be a student driven process so we do not assign our students directly to their positions. This allows students to find jobs that are a great fit for themselves based upon their academic interests and lifestyles.

In order to begin searching for job, please tell your student to check out our student employment website to find information about our largest campus employers and to visit our career management website: http://careergear.appstate.edu/

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An Appalachian Summer Festival

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June 25-August 5, 2017

Presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, this annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus, and features a diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming. Click here to view the 2017 festival brochure!

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Meet Archie

Supporting collaborative student work in the College of Arts and Sciences

Art and geology students at Appalachian have created a Triassic aetosaur replica based on a handful of pre-historic bones unearthed in North Carolina, called Gorgetosuchus pekinensis that roamed the Upper Triassic Pekin Formation, Deep River Basin in North Carolina 230 million years ago. Many stages later of clay, foam, a wire-frame and bronze casting, this 3-D digital model is now life size and they are calling it "Archie."

Now, you can participate in the Gorgetosuchus pekinensis project and support our students work by contributing towards the preparation of the habitat for Archie. This installation will provide educational outreach to our community schools, continued cross-disciplinary partnerships and hands on collaboration in a project that is bringing history to life that will be shared with generations to come.  

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The Graduate School goes to NYC

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Graduate students and staff in the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies recently visited New York City as part of the course, From Graduate School to the Workplace: Impact of Immigration. The one credit-hour course, part of a professional and personal development program, Trails to Success, for ASU graduate students, was offered for the first time in the spring semester. Students taking the course and graduate school staff/faculty who led the course explored the topic of immigration as it relates to the workplace. The course was visited by numerous presenters who spoke on topics such as legal issues in immigration, past and present immigration policies, immigration in media and entertainment, as well as many personal immigration stories.

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Turchin Center Update

Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition, Exhibition and Walk

The campus of Appalachian State University was recently the site of tower cranes making intricate maneuvers to install the outdoor sculptures selected for the 31st Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition. Since its establishment in 1987, this national juried competition is presented annually by An Appalachian Summer Festival and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. he Rosen competition continues a tradition of showcasing contemporary American sculpture in outdoor settings across the campus of Appalachian State University. A summer highlight for Boone art enthusiasts is the Rosen Sculpture Walk with the Juror, which offers participants a fascinating journey into the world of contemporary sculpture through the eyes of the juror who selects the sculptures from entries from around the United States. The walk takes place on Saturday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and begins at the Schaefer Center. It is free and open to the public. The sculptures will remain in place until May 2018 and maps are available at the Turchin Center, Schaefer Center and on the website, rosensculpture.org

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Art Workshops For Kids And Teens

In addition to the galleries the Turchin Center also offers art workshops. Remaining workshops this summer, include: Drawing from Life, Famous Artists and Trash Art and ages range from 6-15 (varies by class) For more information regarding schedules and fees, visit: https://tcva.appstate.edu/workshops

Coming Up In Fall Semester

Schedules and details for the fall are being finalized. Stay tuned for information about student art workshops, yoga and tai chi in the galleries and Art-talks. These programs are all free for students.

The Turchin Center is a great place to relax, cool off and enjoy art. Please come visit the next time you are in town to experience the power and excitement of the visual arts. Admission to the TCVA is free. Visit https://tcva.appstate.edu/ for more information.

First Year Seminar Study Abroad Opportunity

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Hello New Mountaineers,

My name is Lillian Nave Goudas and I teach a First Year Seminar Course entitled Art, Politics and Power. The course looks at how art is a powerful force in culture and how it has been used and abused throughout history. We focus specifically on how Hitler and the Nazis stole thousands of artworks during World War II and how the Allies have tried to return the art to its rightful owners. If you saw the movie "Monuments Men," you will be familiar with the story. But this sort of thing is still happening today and so we will also look at the role of museums in culture and how ISIS is using similar tactics in Syria and Iraq with startling success in the current day!

Last year, I took 16 of my students to Europe for a 1 credit hour in-depth study tour linked to the course. It was a fantastic trip, and my students learned so much more by experiencing the culture and seeing the buildings and works of art we spent a semester studying. Only those students who are in the FYS can go on the trip, and all my sections are full....except for several seats I am holding for students interested in the study abroad opportunity. You do not have to go on the trip to take the course, but you do need to take the course to go on the trip!

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Level Up with PEERS®: Social Skills Group

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Level Up with PEERS® is a small group for ASU students who have social communication challenges. The group promotes academic and social success through social thinking and communication skills instruction using the PEERS® curriculum. The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is an evidence-based intervention for young adults 18 to 24 years old who have: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, anxiety, and other social challenges.

  • Topics of instruction include:
  • Making and keeping friends
  • Conversational skills
  • Appropriate use of humor
  • Electronic communication
  • Peer entry and exit skills
  • Skills related to dating/relationships
  • Handling disagreements with peers, and
  • Appropriate get-togethers with friends

The group is part of a research study focused on learning about the needs of college students with social communication challenges as well as identifying effective strategies for intervention and support.

The group meets weekly on campus and is FREE to ASU students. It is facilitated by Dr. Emily Lakey and Jennifer Van Gilder, speech-language pathologists who work in the ASU Dept. of Communication Sciences & Disorders and are PEERS® for Young Adults certified providers.

Level Up with PEERS® is currently recruiting new group members. If you believe that this group would benefit your student or would like to learn more, please contact Dr. Lakey at lakeyer@appstate.edu or visit www.levelupasu.weebly.com.

Message from the Chancellor

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Our campus is quickly approaching the end of the semester. I’d like to thank you again for entrusting your student to Appalachian’s faculty and staff. We have worked diligently to prepare them for what’s next:

  • A recent study found that 85 percent of undergraduate and nearly 100 percent of graduate alumni, tracked from Appalachian State University’s 2015 graduating class, were either employed or enrolled in some level of post-secondary education within one year of graduation.
  • Feedback from employers indicates they appreciate our graduates’ abilities to think critically, build relationships and communicate effectively.

We wish our graduating students great success and encourage them to continue the Mountaineer way of contributing in their communities.

For those of you with students who will be returning, we encourage you to talk with them about long-term educational goals. Sophomores and juniors who plan now can earn undergraduate and graduate degrees from Appalachian in a shortened period of time. Why not explore our Accelerated Admission: Baccalaureate to Master’s program? It is structured to save significant dollars and time, allows students with a 3.4 GPA to skip the GRE, and is a sound choice career-wise:

  • Employment growth in occupations requiring master’s degrees is 13.8 percent, compared to 8.2 percent growth in occupations requiring a bachelor’s degree
  • The average weekly salary for a master’s degree is $1,341, 8.5 percent higher than a bachelor’s degree. (Source: bls.gov)

On the academic front, these recent articles from appstate.edu and Appalachian Magazine speak to the quality of students and faculty Appalachian attracts. We are proud of these special achievers:

  • Six high school seniors who received the Wilson Scholarship, Appalachian’s most prestigious, merit based award
  • Faculty whose “original and collaborative” projects were funded by the Chancellor’s first Appalachian Innovation Scholars Program
  • Appalachian professor Tracy Wilson Smith who received the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching

And, please read more about our other faculty of distinction here. They are dedicated to and engaged with your students.

Finally, but most importantly, thank you for your strong support during the #iBackApp fund drive May 4. We had record participation of more than 2,300 individual donors and raised more than $175,000.

Have a wonderful summer.

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.

University Housing

University Housing

Hall Closing Reminder

Residence halls will close for the semester on Friday, May 12, 2017 at noon. Students are required to move out of the halls 24 hours after their final exams but no later than noon on Friday, May 12th. Graduating seniors and students participating in commencement ceremonies may get approval from Coordinators in residence life to stay in the halls until Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 12pm.

Housing is not provided for students between spring and summer semesters.

“Don’t Throw it Away” reduces landfill waste

Is your student overwhelmed by the amount of belongings they have collected this year? Doubt you will fit it all into your vehicle to move home? Donate unwanted belongings to Appalachian’s Don’t Throw it Away program. This program collects students’ unwanted items to sell at the Big Sale in the fall to raise money for local non-profit agencies. Not only does this support our local community, it also reduces the amount of waste taken to landfills each year.

Every residence hall has a Don’t Throw it Away collection station in the main lobby. Simply place unwanted items in the taped area and a campus volunteer will come collect the items. Please do not leave trash or items that cannot be reused. Dumpsters are located outside each residence hall for those items.

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Financial Aid Update

Summer Sessions 2017

The summer 2017 online Financial Aid Application became available on March 1, under the financial aid tab through AppalNet. In order for summer 2017 financial aid eligibility to be determined before summer classes begin, students need to complete this application, as well as be sure they have completed the 2016-2017 FAFSA (and have Appalachian listed as a school to receive their FAFSA using school code 002906). If changes need to be made to your student’s summer school application after it has been fully submitted, please advise them to contact our office. They will need to work with a financial aid counselor to make changes.

If your student is planning to participate in a summer study abroad trip, they will need to complete the Summer Study Abroad Agreement Form in lieu of the online summer school application.

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Meal Account Reminder!


Reminder! Meal Accounts must be used by Saturday, May 13

If your student has any money left over, here are some great ways to spend it so you don’t lose it!

  • Purchase graduation or Mother’s Day cakes and treats from the Bake Shop

  • Purchase bags of coffee from Conrad's

  • Purchase whole pizzas or Chick-fil-A nugget trays for friends and/or family

  • Purchase items at The Markets to take home for the summer

  • Purchase items at The Markets to donate to food banks

  • Do a meal to meal transfer with another student (Both students must present their AppCards in the AppCard Office. There is a $7 transfer fee. Transfers may only be made from one Meal Plan to another Meal Plan. Balances must be used by May 13th.)

Have funds remaining on your Express Account? 

No need to hurry up and spend Express Account funds. Express Account balances carry over each year that a student is enrolled at Appalachian.

Click here for more information on Express Accounts.

UREC Updates

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That’s a wrap! This Newsletter includes everything UREC for May and the beginning of summer.

Outdoor Programs:

Trips have wound down as students are preparing for final exams. But there is a group heading out to the Grand Tetons Mountain Craft Expedition at the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. The group will depart on Wednesday June 7th and return Sunday June 25th.

Incoming students will also prepare for First Ascent in July and the beginning of August. First Ascent is an exciting way for incoming students to meet each other through a variety of challenging expeditions!

Additionally, the 15th Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition will open July 1st!

*For trip pricing information and all things Outdoor Programs, visit op.appstate.edu

Club Sports:

The winner of the 2017 Club Sports Photo Comp is – drum roll – the Cycling Club, with Matt Jones’ photograph titled “Miles In Snow!” The photograph was taken at Snowshoe, WV during the Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals 2016. It was unveiled at the Club Sports Banquet Monday, May 1st and will be the primary publicity photo for the entire program next year!

We had a couple of teams travel this past weekend for some last minute competitions:

  • Cycling traveled to Colorado for the Collegiate Road Cycling Nationals (4/27-5/1)

  • Men’s Ultimate traveled to High Point for a tournament (4/30)

*For more information visit clubsports.appstate.edu

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Security Deposits: What you need to know if your student's lease will be ending this summer

Most off-campus rentals require payment of a security deposit before a tenant moves in. Under North Carolina law a security deposit is fully refundable if the tenant has paid rent every month and has not damaged the rental property. Unfortunately, security deposits are not always promptly returned after a tenant moves out. Here are a few tips to help your student get his or her security deposit back:

Know the security deposit law.

The North Carolina “Tenant Security Deposit Act” requires landlords to refund a tenant’s security deposit within 30 days of the end of the tenancy (typically the end of the lease period). If the security deposit is not fully refunded, the landlord must provide a written accounting of how the deposit was used. The security deposit can only be used to cover the specific types of costs incurred by the landlord that are listed in the Tenant Security Deposit Act. These include unpaid rent, damage to the rental property caused by the tenant, and the cost of re-renting an apartment after a tenant has breached the lease (in other words, administrative costs incurred by the landlord if a tenant moves out early). The Act expressly states that the security deposit may not be used to cover damages caused by ordinary wear and tear – and that the amount deducted must be based on the actual costs of the landlord.

Document, document, document!

From the time your student moves into an off-campus apartment, he or she should document the conditions in the apartment. Documentation may include photographs, notes about any problems (including the date when the problem occurred or was discovered, when a request for repair was made to the landlord, and what was done in response to the request), and copies of any correspondence of other written documents regarding problems or repairs. Requests for repairs should be made to the landlord in writing and should be made as quickly as possible, before the problem gets worse.

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The Five Best Gifts for an App Grad


Do you know an App Grad? Visit the University Bookstore Website to see some of our best selling graduation gifts for new Appalachian Alumni. www.bookstore.appstate.edu

  1. Diploma Frames make a wonderful gift and allow the graduate to prominently display their well earned degree. 20% off diploma frames, for a limited time The Bookstore. You can also build your own at University Frames.
  2. Appalachian Alumni T-shirt. Been there. Done that. Wear your accomplishment with pride!
  3. Pewter Alumni Car Tag.
  4. Appalachian neck tie. Impress the new boss!
  5. Leather padfolio with brass Appalachian seal medallion.

Browse these and more Gifts for Grads on our website or call 1-800-ASU-WEAR for assistance.

Update from Student Health

Mary Shook Health Services

Recent public health events involving mumps on our campus and in Watauga County serve to remind us all that vaccinations are our fundamental and best line of protection against many communicable diseases. Appalachian District Health Department (AppHealthCare), Appalachian State University and others are monitoring the cases closely, and are working together, in consultation with the North Carolina Division of Public Health Communicable Disease team, to share information and take appropriate action in response to these additional diagnoses. It is extremely important for our student population to be fully vaccinated. Vaccinations are the best defense against an outbreak.

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

Best wishes!

Dr. Bob Ellison, Director

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