Campus Services Prepare for Return to Campus

Dining, Parking, Bookstore & Post Office Updates Below

Safety Precautions

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Campus Dining is preparing for students’ return to campus. As a part of this preparation, we’d like to share some things your students will notice when they arrive in August.

This fall your meal plan is the way to enjoy all that Campus Dining offers, and students living in on-campus housing will choose a meal plan that works best with their individual dining preferences. Students will continue to find chef-inspired menus that prioritize fresh, healthy, and local options. However some other things have changed. Contact will be as limited as possible. There will be modified hours and new practices for safe-serving, physical distancing, and more frequent and enhanced cleaning. Look for highly visible signage in each dining hall guiding you to serving locations and limited seating. Students will enter dining areas on designated pathways, and they will follow well-drawn paths to serving stations and limited seating areas. Students are encouraged to make good use of the hand sanitizer stations located throughout dining areas, and yes, face coverings are required in all dining halls and retail locations, except when eating or drinking.

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Updates from the Office of Financial Aid & University Scholarships

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Hello from the Office of Financial Aid and University Scholarships!

We hope your summer is off to a pleasant start! We have a few important notes for you this month and invite you to check and the other university websites listed below for updates throughout the summer and into fall.

Information regarding CARES grant funding and eligibility requirements is available at

In order to maintain eligibility for federal, state, and institutional financial aid, a student must be making satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of a degree or a teaching certificate. We recently notified students if they are not meeting SAP standards.

If your student received a SAP notice and they were impacted by the disruption to the spring semester caused by the COVID pandemic, our office wants to encourage them to submit a SAP appeal. Committees will be taking COVID related issues into heavy consideration and we recommend that you appeal your status if you were impacted. Our counselors are happy to answer questions about the appeal or the required third-party documentation!

Bills will be released this month by the Office of Student Accounts. With this in mind, we have a few important reminders:

  • In order for our office to speak with you concerning the details of your student’s aid or bill, you must have been added to Parent Access, have your student’s ID number and your parent PIN number. Instructions on how to establish Parent Access are available in the FAQ section of our website.

  • If your student is borrowing a federal loan for the first time, remind them to complete Entrance Counseling and their Master Promissory Note at StudentAid.Gov. If these steps are not completed, their loan will be delayed.

  • At the beginning of the fall semester, financial aid will apply toward your students bill. Anything not covered by financial aid can be paid out of pocket or through a payment plan! See for information on how to enroll in a payment plan.

Our office will continue to assist students and families remotely throughout the summer and the fall term in order to support the health and safety of our students and families. We look forward to a wonderful semester ahead!

University Recreation - A New UREC is Coming for August!

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Hello Appalachian Parents and Friends!

University Recreation has been hard at work in preparation for Fall 2020! Some of our highlights include welcoming our new director: Rodo Leone! He comes to App State via Boise State University. We are excited about his experience, perspective and energy he will bring to campus. He officially started on April 20, 2020. We thank Joe Carter, retiring Director, for his 26 years of leadership and contribution to campus recreation at App State.

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Attention parents of students who will be living off-campus in fall semester 2020

New River Light and Power

New River Light & Power, the electric utility for most residences in the Town of Boone, is implementing special procedures for new customers or customers transferring service to a new address. They have asked us to share the following information:

Out of concern for the health and safety of our customers, staff, and the community due to COVID-19, we are encouraging new customers and anyone transferring service to a new location this summer to schedule their service connection and/or disconnection in advance. We hope this will cut down on long lines and a large gathering at our office that we usually experience at the end of July and beginning of August.

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Transfer Student Mentors help welcome new transfers

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The Office of Transfer Services works closely with 20 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 a happy Mountaineer! As we expect this fall to look different with social distancing in place it will be even more important for students to safely connect with each other. Please encourage your student to contact our mentors through

The Office of International Education and Development

During this extraordinary time, the Office of International Education and Development continues to work remotely to serve our students, faculty, and staff. We remain committed to developing awareness, knowledge, appreciation, and respect of cultural differences.

While study abroad trips have been cancelled for the fall semester to protect the health and safety of our students, virtual exchange and internship opportunities are available, and we are currently accepting applications for spring and summer 2021. Education abroad advisors are available to meet with students by making a virtual appointment or emailing us at

We invite both domestic and international students to connect with us through the weekly International Afternoon Coffee series, every Thursday, 1:30–2:30 EST. Students may also explore the opportunity to serve as cultural or education ambassadors in the fall. More information can be found on our Connect Globally from Home page. International students, scholars, and faculty may also make virtual advising appointments by emailing

This fall, students can look forward to a virtual study abroad fair, International Education Week, and other activities to stay connected globally. Stay tuned!

For more information about the many activities of the Office of International Education and Development, visit the OIED website or call us at 828-262-2046.

Non-partisan Voting Information

Voting can serve as an integral part of one's contribution to the community. As students transition to Boone & Watauga county, they may be interested in learning more about local elections and registering to vote in their new home.

This site is a non-partisan resource for students at Appalachian State and the voters of Watauga County. Through this website, students will have access to the necessary resources to register to vote and learn about issues at stake in upcoming elections. In addition to registration and voting information, all of the voter registration and engagement events being held across campus will be housed on this website. Our vision is to implement voter education activities and increase student participation in local, state, and national voting and election initiatives this year and in future elections. Find below specific information on voter registration, verification, and implications for voting due to COVID-19.

  • To verify that you are registered to vote in NC and that your voter file is correct, check your status on the North Carolina Public Voter Search website well in advance of the NC voter registration deadline. Students may also be interested to know that if you are a DMV customer with a N.C. driver’s license or DMV-issued ID, you may now register to vote or change certain parts of your registration online.

  • For out-of-state students that do not wish to register in NC and will be requesting absentee ballots, check your registration status on the National Association of Secretaries of State website.

  • Students can visit this site for a guide to state-by-state election updates relating to COVID-19, to include finding information on absentee voting.

Updates from the Walker College of Business: Career Services Supports & Holland Fellows Program

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Business Career Services summer and fall support for students

This summer, Business Career Services is open and available to assist current business students or recent graduates with their job and internship search. Students can make a virtual appointment at We also offer assistance with resume reviews, cover letters, and offer practice interviews, among other professional development services. With many industries switching to a virtual recruiting model this fall it is more important than ever that students are proactively using our services. Business Career Services and the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center will host Walker Business Connections, our signature, fall recruitment event for the Walker College of Business this October. The event, which will feature workshops, panel discussions, mock interviews and a virtual career fair, will prepare business students to find and apply for jobs and internships in a virtual environment.

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Announcing College of Arts and Sciences Summer Zoom Series

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Appalachian State University College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) is hosting a series of Summer Zoom sessions. We hope to engage with our alumni and friends of the college during these challenging times. Mark your calendars for these upcoming sessions below. Registration links are coming to get sign-in details before each session, we will post details on our website at: Come join us! BYOB.

COVID-19 Research

Thursday, July 16, 2020
4:30-6 p.m.

  • Lauren Andersen, Geography and Planning
  • Michael Opata, Biology
  • Elizabeth Shay, Geography and Planning
  • Maggie Sugg, Geography and Planning

During this panel, Andersen, Opata, Shay and Sugg will provide an overview of the current state of the pandemic, importance of social distancing, discuss their efforts to identify patterns in COVID-19 incidence and respond to questions from the audience via Zoom.

Discussion with new co-authors of new book "Environment and the Civil War" (UNC Press)

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
4:30-6 p.m.

  • Dr. Judkin Browning, History
  • Dr. Timothy Silver, History

This sweeping new history recognizes that the Civil War was not just a military conflict but also a moment of profound transformation in Americans' relationship to the natural world. Environmental factors such as topography and weather powerfully shaped the outcomes of battles and campaigns, and the war could not have been fought without the horses, cattle and other animals that were essential to both armies.

Browning and Silver weave a far richer story, combining military and environmental history to forge a comprehensive new narrative of the war's significance and impact.

Summer at AppState…

…is all about your student

Summer Sessions at Appalachian

  • getting ahead, graduating on time, catching up on coursework,

  • and reducing academic stress from their credit hour load in Fall and Spring

Summer at Appalachian State has two five-week terms:

Summer Session 1: Classes begin Monday, May 24, 2021, for undergraduates

Summer Session 2: Classes begin Tuesday, July 1, 2021 for undergraduates

Summer Schedule posts in early December 2020:
Early Registration for Currently Enrolled Students Begins April 1, 2021

Learn more about Summer School:

Email us your questions:

AppELS Institute Offers Virtual Courses for International Students

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AppELS Institute supports global learning at Appalachian State University by providing English language support to current and future international students. LEVEL UP Online Program is AppELS Institute’s newest initiative with virtual courses in English language, USA university admissions, international teacher development, and intercultural competency.

AppELS Institute courses are for international students who wish to continue moving toward their academic and professional goals even in the midst of 2020’s unprecedented challenges. If you have any international friends or family who want to begin their Appalachian journey or advance their global competency skills, please send them to the AppELS Institute website.

Appalachian students can also participate in cultural exchange and widen their global understanding by becoming an English conversation partner with an AppELS Institute student from around the world. For more information, please email

An Appalachian Summer Festival 2020 Is Online!

App State’s popular arts festival is virtual with free month-long programming of live stream
and specially recorded music, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts.

Appalachian State University’s annual summer arts event, An Appalachian Summer Festival, features a month-long selection of live stream and specially pre-recorded concerts, chats with artists, film screenings, and virtual tours. The festival, which typically draws more than 27,000 visitors to the High Country each summer for total immersion into music, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts, presents its 36th season with daily online-only programming through July 31 at

All events are free and streamed via the website as well as the festival’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. Film screenings require pre-registration, as registration capacity is limited. Some events will be archived for later viewing; others are only available for the scheduled date and time. Full descriptions about each event and how to access them are available on the website.

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Chancellor Everts’ message to parents and families

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We are nearing the end of our academic year — a year that has been much different than we could have ever anticipated. The end-of-year pressures are certainly exacerbated by our present circumstances, and I greatly appreciate the support you have provided to your students, as well as the many messages you have sent to faculty, staff, my leadership team and me, expressing your support during these unprecedented times. Thank you so much.

While we continue to answer many important questions, we will make every decision with the safety of the Appalachian Community as our top priority. A few important topics we know are currently top of mind:

  • Spring commencement. We know this event is as exciting for our Appalachian families as it is for our graduates. We are working thoughtfully and creatively to honor the importance of the day and to make our newest class of alumni proud. Our university’s first virtual commencement ceremony will be broadcast Saturday, May 16, at 11 a.m. on Appalachian’s commencement website, the Appalachian State University Facebook page and the university’s YouTube channel. It will also be broadcast on the university’s student-run television station, AppTV. A permanent YouTube video link will be available after the event. The ceremony will feature remarks by Honors College undergraduate student Olivia Gentry, who is graduating with university honors and a degree in public health in the Beaver College of Health Sciences, and Ann Marie McNeely, who is representing the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies and earning an Ed.D. in educational leadership. They both have compelling stories to share.

    I am also very pleased to announce that alumnus Stephen Dubner ’84, recipient of the Appalachian Alumni Association’s 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award and co-author of the “Freakonomics” book series, has accepted our invitation to speak at this very special event. We are thrilled to welcome — virtually — Stephen home to Appalachian. In addition to being one of our most distinguished alumni, Stephen — a former Chancellor’s Scholar and student in the Honors College program — is a celebrated interdisciplinary thinker. I am certain his perspectives, which are always astute and insightful, will prove meaningful for our graduates and all who join us for this historic ceremony. We are also excited to welcome award-winning country music artist Luke Combs as a special guest performer, joining his alma mater in celebrating the Class of 2020. We are proud to have Luke as part of Appalachian’s first virtual commencement ceremony!

    May and August graduates will also be invited to attend a special commencement ceremony in their honor in December.

  • Fall semester. In my weekly messages on April 24 and May 1, I shared that we are looking at every option that will allow us to welcome our faculty and students back to their classrooms and labs this fall.

    Prepared by the experience of this semester, informed by Governor Cooper’s timeline and supported by the knowledge and experience of UNC System Interim President Roper, we are planning to have students and faculty return to classrooms and labs in the fall. I would like to share with you how we are planning for this.

    Our learning environment has been fundamentally changed by COVID-19, and Fall Semester 2020 will not look like Fall Semester 2019. We recognize returning to campus without a COVID-19 vaccine will present new challenges. We will take every precaution to maximize safety and limit exposure for those who are vulnerable. Provided the conditions for re-opening our state are met, we will be ready.

    • Personal protective equipment, access to testing and new standards for cleaning and sanitizing our working and learning environments will be in place. We will carefully adhere to recommendations for limitations on crowd sizes, exposure to vulnerable populations and other strategies for mitigation.

    • Phase One of our newest residence halls project, which includes Thunder Hill and Raven Rocks halls, will be complete, allowing additional capacity and flexibility for us to manage new challenges presented by communal living environments.

    • Community events, experiences and gatherings will be different but will allow our campus to be together, face to face, in ways we will not have been for five months.

    • We will develop new incentives for research and teaching practices that are adaptable and responsive to the intrusions of COVID-19.

In the midst of uncertainty, one certainty is our return to campus will be implemented with the safety of our campus community at the forefront of every decision.

I continue to be inspired by the ways our campus community has found opportunity among challenges.

  • Adjunct Instructor Donna Akers transformed the final project in her Business Writing class to allow students to give back to their communities by working with local businesses, organizations and causes.

  • Students filmed a video of themselves singing “The Song of Purple Summer” — a song from their production of “Spring Awakening,” originally scheduled for this semester — and garnered coverage in Broadway World.

  • Jakob Minton, a sophomore communication, electronic media/broadcasting major, turned a routine 30-second video production assignment into a clever 2-minute sketch about his beloved family beagle, who now has his own YouTube channel and Facebook page.

  • Dr. Mark Nunes, chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, created a virtual tip jar through which anyone can donate money to local service industry workers affected by COVID-19.

  • The Career Development Center is offering new and timely resources designed to help our students as they prepare to enter a rapidly changing global marketplace. The center’s resources are also available to alumni. Notably, the staff held a successful Education Career Fair via Zoom in April, and they are planning a large-scale virtual career fair for mid-June.

We thank you, our Appalachian families, for your support and engagement, throughout this year, this semester and these particularly challenging recent weeks. All of us look forward to the time when our campus will once again be filled with an engaged and vibrant community of learners.

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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.