Chancellor Everts’ message to parents and family

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Service experiences are one way we elevate a sense of community and purpose — and also help further develop our students’ critical problem-solving skills while affirming the value of “doing good.”

Here are a few recent examples of our students gaining valuable experience while contributing to communities on and beyond our campus:

  • During fall break, students participated in Alternative Service Experience programs that included volunteering at a camp for autistic children and their families, a transitional housing program for victims of human trafficking, a domestic violence shelter and a sanctuary for farm animals that have been rescued from the animal agriculture industry.
  • In October, students, faculty and staff gathered for the third annual Community FEaST, a near-zero waste, locally sourced meal at a 100-yard-long table where they discussed the importance of sustainable food systems.
  • Students and faculty staffed an event fostering acceptance and understanding of autism and neurodiversity on Nov. 2. Camp Crinkleroot is a free, one-day event sponsored by Appalachian’s Blue Cross NC Institute for Health and Human Services. This fall’s event was focused on developing communication and social skills and activities for youth ages 8–18 on the autism spectrum or with learning or thinking differences.

Appalachian organizes hundreds of service opportunities each year. These are opportunities for our students to give back to their communities and to learn from this important work.

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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.

Reminders from UC Academic Advising

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Hi Appalachian Parents! We have had a beautiful autumn season and it is time for MAJOR DECLARATION, ACADEMIC ADVISING and PREPARATION FOR SPRING CLASS REGISTRATION!

Academic Advising and Orientation Center (AAOC) Students:

Students who have not declared their majors are advised in University College (UC) and most in the AAOC (*see note below). Fortunately, many of our students have already been advised so please ask your students if they have completed this important process.

AAOC students with required advising should make an advising appointment ASAP through AdvisorTrac if they haven’t already. AAOC students who are not required to be advised are certainly encouraged to meet with an advisor to stay on track.

*Students who are advised in the Student Learning Center or in the Honors College should follow their advisor’s instructions for making appointments.

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Managing Stress as we approach the end of the semester

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Managing stress is important for students as they come closer to Finals and the end of the Fall Semester. We at the Counseling Center want to remind Parents, Faculty, and all those who support our students to remind them of the importance of Self-Care. Here are some useful ways to reduce stress levels and promote a sense of wellbeing. Please share these with your student:

Distract yourself: Listen to music, read, color, make or look at art.

Call someone: tell them how you feel, ask for what you need.

Take care of your body: eat healthy, exercise, sleep.

Show compassion: treat yourself with the same respect you would a friend.

List your options: in any situation, you have choices.

Structure your day: Keep yourself on track and organized.

Write a Journal: organize your thoughts and feelings.

Relax: take a warm bath/shower, spend time in nature, use humor, enjoy a healthy activity.

Express yourself: let yourself cry, remind yourself it is natural and healthy.

We also have many useful resources and information about services at that parents, faculty, and staff can recommend to students. Feel free to visit our site!

Scott Dula (LCSW)
Counseling and Psychological Services
Appalachian State University

Free Flu Shots Available

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Flu clinic 2019

The Student Health Service has provided over 611 free flu shots so far this semester! Over 500 of those have been given in campus clinics. Flu shots can still be obtained free of charge by scheduling on line at the Health Services website by choosing “Immunizations-routine” or by calling 828.262.6577.

Battling the flu while trying to maintain class schedules is very difficult. Even if your student has never had the flu before, they are in close proximity in dorms, dining facilities and classrooms. A perfect environment for transmission of airborne illness.

The flu vaccine does not contain live virus. We also have preservative free version available.

Margaret Bumgarner, Administrative Director








Updates from Financial Aid

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Fall is a busy time for the Office of Student Financial Aid!

Our advisors have been to several counties around the state assisting parents and prospective students in completing the 2020-2021 FAFSA. October 26th was our annual FAFSA Day campus event and we enjoyed a wonderful turnout!

FAFSA Priority Processing Date

If your student has not yet completed the 2020-2021 FAFSA, we highly encourage you to do so by December 1st! December 1, 2019 is Appalachian’s priority processing date. Students who complete the FAFSA by the priority date are given first consideration for need-based assistance. Students should submit their FAFSA and any other requested information as early as possible in order to optimize aid eligibility. If you have any questions about the application process, please reach out to our office!

Looking Forward:

Our office will be closed for Thanksgiving on November 28-29th.

Winter break is a great time to apply for scholarships. Many scholarship application windows open in the winter and close in spring. If your student is interested in applying for institutional scholarships, please go to North Carolina residents are also eligible for awards through

As always, students and parents are welcome to contact the Office of Student Financial Aid with questions or concerns regarding student aid. We look forward to serving you!

University Recreation – November Updates!

Hello Parents and Friends!

The students of Appalachian State University have been participating in University Recreation activities through informal recreation, intramural and club sports, outdoor programs, fitness classes, and aquatics. Read below to find out what’s coming up in UREC for November!

For any questions related to University Recreation, visit our website at or call us at 828-262-2100.

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  • Aquatics is hiring for the Spring 2020 semester! If your student is interested in working for aquatics, applications will be due by November 15th and interviews will be November 18th-22nd. To be a lifeguard, you must be certified. More information can be found at
  • Students can check out a variety of program opportunities in the pool! Outdoor Programs has kayak roll clinics and stand up paddle boarding clinics. We also offer group fitness classes for deep water aerobics, stand up paddle board yoga and open water polo.
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Off-Campus Student Services Creates New Resources for Students

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At this point in the fall semester, Off-Campus Student Services kicks into high gear with all things off-campus housing. Our activities include community education programs for students, outreach through social media, updating our online resources, networking with local rental companies, and partnering with Student Government Association (SGA) to plan the January 2020 Housing Fair. All of these efforts are aimed at providing as much information as possible to the 3,500+ Appalachian State students who transition from the residence halls to off-campus rental properties each academic year, as well as serving as a resource for the 12,000 students already living off-campus. Our goal is to provide an array of tools to assist students in choosing and securing off-campus housing that meets their needs and is a good fit for them. Our Off-Campus Student Services tagline: Supporting an engaged, connected, and informed off-campus community.

This year, we are developing two new initiatives. With a grant from the Parent & Family Association, Off-Campus Student Services will create the first in a series of video tours of off-campus housing. We know from research on Generation Z (individuals born after 1995) that we are more likely to reach and engage students through video presentations that offer information and entertainment in short “snackable bites.” The new video series will do just that. The videos created will be posted on the Off-Campus Student Services website and will be accessible to parents and students to view whenever is most convenient for them as they engage in their off-campus housing search. The video tour project will begin this fall, with the first video posted within the next few months.

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Helping Students Alleviate the Stress of the End of the Semester

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As the weather gets colder and the end of the semester approaches, stress levels among college students usually rise. The end of the semester rush of papers and tests - along with the approaching holidays - can create frazzled nerves, caffeine overload, and long nights at the library.

What can you do to help your college student? Often times the best thing for a person who is stressed is to have someone available to listen. Don’t try to fix it and don’t judge, just listen with understanding. Help your student keep things in perspective - the world won’t end if they get a B instead of an A on a paper. Your student has been working hard all semester and this project or exam is just a piece of their final grade. Encourage them to talk to resources on campus if you get concerned. Appalachian offers students resources like our Counseling Center, Wellness & Prevention Services, The Writing Center, University Recreation, and tons of caring faculty and staff. This is also a great time to send your student a care package from’s the next best thing to a hug from you!

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Encourage Your Student to Participate in an Alternative Service Experience (ASE)

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Alternative Service Experience (ASE) is an incredible way for your student to spend their school breaks. Our international programs are an especially fun way to travel, learn, bond, and serve! Your student and a handful of their peers jump into a plane and take it to another country, work alongside this new community. At the end of the week your student will leave with new knowledge, experiences, and 10 new best friends.

As one of the cheapest ways to study abroad on campus (with programs ranging from $1,500 - $2,100), ASE hopes to give your student a fun and meaningful experience! Take some time to read about our programs to Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico here:

A Plan to Graduate in Four Years



Graduation Rates by Summer Enrollment

The UNC Board of Governors Committee on Strategic Initiatives states that "students who enroll in summer courses are more likely to complete and do so more quickly."*

UNC BOG also notes that First Year students who complete less than 30 credit hours in their first year are less likely to enroll in the fall.

Encourage your student to speak with an academic adviser about what is right for them, e.g. complete a General Education theme on line, use summer to enroll in a course dropped during the academic year; give complete attention and study time to a difficult course; lessen their academic year load.

At Appalachian students may stay on campus for summer courses or enroll in one of the 290+ courses offered 100% online.

The summer 2020 summer schedule posts for viewing December 10, 2019.

More information about ASU summer sessions can be found at

Expand your worldview

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The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures in the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian offers eight languages in undergraduate studies (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish), as well as Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Applied Linguistics and a language and culture living community on campus for both American and international students. The romance languages Master's program offers a French or Spanish college teaching concentration and a French or Spanish K-12 teaching concentration, as well as graduate certificates and minors in both French and Spanish.

With so many options, there are multiple ways to incorporate learning a language into your students experience at Appalachian and broaden their world view. Watch our short video to learn more about all the opportunities this department has to offer.

How will your Mountaineer leave a legacy at Appalachian?

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Tis the season to be grateful. For those of you with seniors graduating this academic year, you are probably thankful that they are graduating and that they have experienced amazing, life-changing opportunities in their time here at Appalachian. We are grateful you sent them to Appalachian.

One way we ask our students to share their gratitude is by contributing to Appalachian's Senior Class Gift, which supports The Appalachian Fund benefitting all Mountaineers. It helps provide career mentoring opportunities, scholarships, wellness programs, and so much more. As the university's critical needs fund, it is instrumental in providing the Appalachian Experience to each and every Mountaineer.

All graduating seniors are invited to make their first gift to the university by donating to the Senior Class Gift. By contributing just $20.19 (or $20.20), our current Mountaineers are helping ensure that future students will have the same incredible experiences they had while here.

Donors to the Senior Class Gift receive the following: an invitation to the Senior Class Toast on December 12, a keepsake champagne glass, a commemorative lapel pin, and acknowledgement on the Alumni Association website and during commencement.

To learn more, or to donate on behalf of your Mountaineer, please visit the Senior Class Gift page.

App Builds a Home is in the final stages of our fundraising campaign!


Thanks to the generosity of App State students, alumni, staff, faculty, families, and friends, we've raised $40,000 of the $60,000 goal. A Watauga Habitat for Humanity donor has made a dollar-for-dollar challenge match for the remaining of 2019. Any money raised for ABAH until December 31, 2019 will be doubled. Donate soon and help finish the home for the Barker family!

Participate in the UNC System Presidential Search

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Do you want to have a say in who becomes the next UNC System president?

The process for finding a new UNC System president has begun, and the Presidential Search Committee seeks your help in the following ways:

You can learn more about the Presidential Search Committee, its process and public participation on the presidential search website.

Healthy Connections Newsletter

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I am pleased to share our 2019 fall newsletter with you. Academics are about beginnings and endings. As we are ending a productive and engaging summer, we are beginning a new semester filled with promise. We enthusiastically welcome our new and returning students and faculty who are ready to take on this new academic year.

In this edition of the Healthy Connections Newsletter, you will learn about a few of our summer camps and events, and the positive impact that our college is having on the health and wellness of children and families in the region.


Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue Heats up November with Red-Hot Bollywood Song and Dance

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The joyously over-the-top extravaganza that is Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue is a kinetic non-stop evening of song and dance that celebrates the glitz and raucousness of Bollywood, India’s glitzy film industry. The crowd-pleasing North American touring production heats up the Schaefer Center stage on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7pm as part of Appalachian State University’s performing arts series, The Schaefer Center Presents.

Taj Express rhythmically blends a variety of dance styles — classic Indian to Western ballet and cotemporary — with a collection of music ranging from disco, rock and hip-hop to classical Indian and pop, with a tango and an old-fashioned waltz thrown in for kicks. Dance numbers are delivered at a frenzied pace and with phenomenal precision by the 20-plus person cast of some of India’s most popular actor-dancers. The razzle-dazzle is complemented by a bevy of costumes whose colors look plucked straight from a vibrant spice market and thrilling live music set to an unforgettable soundtrack featuring the songs of Oscar winner A.R. Rahman (“Jai Ho”, Slumdog Millionaire). The result is an unforgettable, high-energy celebration of the spirit of India and Bollywood.

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Accepting Graduate School Applications for 2020-2021

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Are you or someone you know interested in applying to one or more of our 72 graduate degree or certificate programs? The School of Graduate Studies is excited to help you learn more about our graduate student community. If you have questions about the graduate application process, contact Graduate Admissions at or (828) 262-2130. We look forward to receiving your graduate application for admission and are here to assist you. Start your application today at

Upcoming School of Graduate Studies’ Events:

Graduate First Friday On-campus Visitation Dates for fall 19’: Click here to learn more.