App State launches fund to assist students with emergency needs

Appalachian State University announced the creation of a new fund to help Mountaineers who are facing financial challenges that are significant barriers to academic success. The Mountaineer Emergency Fund is designed to assist students through unforeseen financial emergencies or urgent situations that would prevent them from continuing their education at Appalachian. The fund provides short-term grants to students to help cover expenses such as child care, food, prescriptions, housing, books and other needs.

Read more on the AppalachianToday website.


University Housing Updates and Information

University Housing

Health and Well-Being

Things are a little hectic right now. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has turned our world upside down. Yet, we are all in this together. We will all get through this together.

Appalachian State University Housing’s top priority is the students we serve. At this time, your student’s health and well-being are our main concern. Therefore, the University remains open, with emergency management protocols activated and operational modifications and precautions in place to support social distancing. In-person instruction has transitioned to a system of alternative course delivery, and University Housing is currently operating under limited hall access.

View the latest information on the App State Coronavirus Information website.

Collecting Belongings

Card access to the halls remains off for those who are not approved to stay on campus. To better serve students who need to retrieve belongings from the residence halls, we have created an appointment scheduler via the StarRez Housing Portal. Please log-in and select "Express Checkout for Spring 2020" under the "Forms" tab and choose your desired appointment date and time. If you need to change or cancel your scheduled appointment, you can use the same system. We kindly ask that appointments be made no later than one (1) business day prior to your arrival. If you plan to remove all your belongings and checkout of your residence hall room, please follow the Express Checkout Process instructions listed on the University Housing website.

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Updates from Student Health Service

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While we are doing our part to limit exposure to the novel coronavirus, we are here to support our students. The Student Health Service is open our regular schedule, including 8am to 11am on the weekends. We are offering virtual visits via Zoom, secure messaging (MedPortal), phone and in person visits as needed.

Whether your student is on campus, in the Boone community or at home, we continue to support them. Feel free to have them call us (828.262.3100) if they want to discuss any questions they have or would like to schedule a virtual visit.

Please encourage your students to practice social distancing and to abide by all state and local shelter in place guidelines. While they may be at a lower risk of serious complications related to CoVid-19, they can contract it and spread it to more vulnerable populations.

The ASU website is an excellent source of information at https://www.appstate.edu/go/coronavirus/

Margaret Bumgarner, Administrative Director


From the Academic Advising and Orientation Center

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Appalachian Families, the Academic Advising and Orientation Center (AAOC) staff stands with you and your students during these challenging, difficult, and sad times and tries to find strength, hope, and purpose through it all. We are hopeful that you all are healthy, that your students are adjusting to remote classes, and that this semester proves successful for them in light of these formidable circumstances.

AAOC advisors work with students who have not yet declared their majors and are available to assist these students with decisions about courses for this semester as there are several options for students to consider. We are now remotely advising students for summer and fall classes as well so please check in with your students to be sure they have been advised for the upcoming term. If not, please have your undeclared students Make An Appointment with an AAOC Advisor.

Students who are advised in the Student Learning Center or in the Honors College should follow the specific instructions from their advisors regarding appointments.

Academic Advising for Students Who Have Declared Their Majors:

Students who have declared their majors and moved from University College may have required advising in their Colleges or academic departments. Students should review their Colleges/School/Departments’ websites to learn about the advising process in those areas. For many departments, a student’s academic advisor is listed on DegreeWorks.

Class registration for summer and fall begins on April 8 (for seniors) and all of our summer courses will be online so that might be a good opportunity for students to get ahead or catch up on their academic plans. We truly miss our students and hope that Fall 2020 will bring a return to our usual array of seated, online, and hybrid classes. More information about class registration and days/times to register can be found on the Registrar's Website. Healthy thoughts and positive energy to everyone!


Updates from the Office of Student Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Dear Parents and Families,

Hello from the Office of Financial Aid!

Like your students, we have been hard at work during this time! We are happy to report that we do not expect any interruptions to service! Our financial aid professionals are working remotely and able to assist students and families with all financial aid inquiries. We have also been collaborating with other campus offices to create virtual alternatives for events like Orientation. 

If you have questions during this time, you may reach the Office of Student Financial Aid by phone (828-262-2190) and by email (financialaid@appstate.edu). We are also happy to arrange virtual face-to-face meetings through Zoom. To schedule, please send us an email with your request and we will schedule a time/date and provide a Zoom link for our meeting. 

We know that the COVID-19 emergency may bring challenges to families when it comes to paying for college. Please know that our office is here to help you navigate the uncertainties! Federal financial aid updates and a helpful Q & A are available through StudentAid.Gov. Any financial aid announcements specific to Appalachian will be posted to our website, financialaid.appstate.edu.

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Wellness and Prevention Services is here to support our students virtually, wherever they may be!

Wellness

Wellness and Prevention Services is here to support our students virtually, wherever they may be. Students can get connected to our clinical services (addiction counseling and nutrition counseling) by emailing us at wellness@appstate.edu or calling our office at (828) 262 - 3148.

Virtual Events

Our educational events have moved online. When possible, we are recording these events so that our students can watch them when they are able to, although we'd love for them to tune in live when they can.

  • y(OUR) Story Mental Health Show premiered on March 24th at 7:30pm. You and your student can view the show, as well as art created for the show, here.

  • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Our Red Flag Educators are hosting the following events:

    • April 1st: Coffee and Consent Video montage - Our peer educators will discuss what consent is and how to obtain it.

    • April 8th: Clothesline Project Video - Viewers will have the opportunity to read stories from interpersonal violence survivors through this virtual art show.

    • April 23rd: Take Back The Night - Learn about on and off campus as well as hear a story from a sexual assault survivor. This video will be followed by a live Q & A session via Zoom on April 24th at 11:00.

  • Koru Mindfulness Classes - Our 4 week long Koru Mindfulness classes help students feel less stressed, improve sleep and focus, and reduce self-judgement. We have moved them online! Students can sign up here.

    • Students seeking an asynchronous experience should sign up for the Koru un-class. There is a $3.99 fee to use the Koru app for this un-class. Registering for this class gives you access to the Koru Mindfulness app, including guided meditations, meditation log, and a class-wide gratitude river. The App State library does carry an unlimited use online license for the Koru class book. If you use the book and the app together, you will have a great go at your own pace introduction to mindfulness course.

  • Online Suicide Prevention Training is available 24/7.

  • Other April events:

    • Monday April 6th 6:15pm: Navigating Romantic Relationships within the LGBT Community Panel via Zoom

    • Saturday April 18 12pm - 1pm: Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention National Virtual Fundraising Walk via Zoom. More details coming soon.

    • Monday April 20th 6pm: Career as a Journey Panel via Zoom

    • Tuesday April 21st, time TBD: Money Habitudes Online Workshop, more details coming soon

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The Student Learning Center is here for your students!

Student Learning Center

For those with students struggling or nervous about the shift to online classes, please know that Appstate's The Student Learning Center is STILL here to support your students, at no additional charge!

We are continuing to offer tutoring, peer academic coaching and individual academic consultations, all virtually via Zoom!

For additional tips for success in the online environment and other available resources in the online environment, check out our website at https://studentlearningcenter.appstate.edu/home/keep-learning-during-covid-19.

The Student Learning Center is here for your students!


University Writing Center Supports Students at Home

University Writing Center

The University Writing Center is a free resource that is available to Appalachian State University students even now. We’ve been working online with distance-learning students for years, so we are comfortable helping students in a virtual environment. Our consultants are experienced writers and attentive readers who collaborate with and support students in a way that will foster confidence and competence in their writing. We work with students one-to-one to assist with any aspect of the writing process: understanding their assignments; brainstorming and research; encouraging them in their drafting; working with them on organization and structure; and helping them with their grammar, punctuation, citations, and references before they turn in their work.

Students can also access a library of handouts on many aspects of college-level writing, including Academic Writing and Writing in the Disciplines, Documentation (citations and references), Grammar and Mechanics, and Writing in the Workplace, as well as links to other resources. These can be found at https://writingcenter.appstate.edu/handouts.

We are open for online appointments, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday.

Go to writingcenter.appstate.edu to see instructions for making an appointment, or call 828-476-8644 to speak with our appointment scheduler.


Stay Active with UREC Online!

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Hello Appalachian Parents and Friends!

Below are some updates, resources, and tips for families and students to continue access to University Recreation resources and recreate virtually! This is an evolving situation, and we will provide updates specifically about University Recreation programs as soon as we can. Please continue to check our website for all updates for University Recreation programming.

Students can participate virtually with 25 virtual Fitness classes per week. Classes will be held via Instagram LIVE @appstatefitness and/or via Zoom. Visit fitness.appstate.edu for the schedule.

  • Participate in our virtual at home challenge! Use #KeepYosefMoving as you complete one of the workouts at home with your family and tag @appstatefitness on Instagram for a chance to win a t-shirt. All information and workouts can be found @appstatefitness Instagram.

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The Student Legal Clinic and Off-Campus Student Services are open and operating remotely!

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The Student Legal Clinic and Off-Campus Student Services are open and operating remotely! Call (828) 262-8284 to set up a telephone or Zoom meeting. (We love seeing our students on Zoom!) Or email offcampus@appstate.edu or ruschkp@appstate.edu with questions.

We recently distributed a flyer with resources to local rental companies to share with their student tenants, and we are also staying in touch and providing information through our Facebook pages: Appstate Student Legal Clinic and Appstate Off-Campus Student Services.

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Updates from Campus Dining

 

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Campus Dining is working diligently to serve the Appalachian family during this unprecedented time. Our team remains ready to serve the campus community throughout the days ahead, and we look forward to seeing smiling faces...from a social distance, of course. Check out our dining hours below for those still on campus!

Operating Schedule

The following venues are open and ready to serve you with takeout service. Meal delivery (of limited items) is also available from App Catering. In order to protect our cashiers, our facilities are only accepting credit cards and AppCards at this time.

Rivers Street Cafe (Roess Dining Hall)

  • Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

  • Weekends: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

  • Monday - Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Curbside pick-up or delivery available

The Market at Trivette

  • Monday - Saturday: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The Markets are also offering curated Markets To You boxes of hygiene essentials as well as food and snacks - available for pickup at the Bookstore Market for delivery to on-campus locations.

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University Bookstore Updates

The University Bookstore is no longer open to the public. However, the staff are still taking online orders, including App State branded apparel, computers, books and novelty items.

The Bookstore will be holding online sales using promo codes over the next few months. We’ll be promoting those sales using our social media platforms. Please follow us on the social media platform of your choice:

Along with sales and promotions, we provide updates about the University Bookstore using social media.

While there might be a few challenges in the future, the Bookstore team is certain that the shared values of the App State family will keep moving us forward.


Transfer Services are Here to Support Students!

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During this unprecedented pandemic, the Office of Transfer Services wants to assure students and parents that we are still available to assist via phone, zoom, or email. Prospective students that need advising assistance can speak to our advisors, credit evaluations can be examined and explained, and we are organizing virtual game nights to engage our current transfer students.

We understand that while we may be social distancing, students are still preparing to transfer to Appalachian or striving for academic success in their now-online Appalachian courses and we are here. Please reach out and let us know how we can help you!

828-262-7877 or ots@appstate.edu


Student Leadership Opportunities

2020 Trailhead Experience

Do you know an incoming student who is interested in learning about leadership, making connections with other students and getting acclimated to campus before classes start in the fall? If so, encourage them to register for Trailhead! Trailhead is an extended orientation program from August 10-13th that helps students transition to Appalachian State.

Registration closes on July 10th. Registration is on a rolling basis.

Visit trailhead.appstate.edu for more information.

Leadership in Action Residential Learning Community

Do you know an incoming first-year student who has a passion for developing their leadership skills and making the world a better place? If so, encourage them to enroll in the Leadership in Action (LIA) Residential Learning Community! Members of LIA engage in academic and experiential leadership learning to create positive, sustainable change in their communities.

Application deadline is May 1, 2020.

Visit leadership.appstate.edu or click here for more information.

Leadership Studies Minor

With Fall 2020 registration approaching, ask the student in your life if they have thought about the Leadership Studies Minor. The Leadership Studies Minor is only 18 credit hours and helps to develop life and career skills such as critical thinking, team development, conflict res



North Carolina State Employees Credit Union Foundation Supports Appalachian Interns Serving Rural Co

Spring 2020 brings Appalachian State University a new group of SECU Internship Scholarship award winners. The ten recipients are serving in rural communities focused on bringing access and resources to the Western Counties of North Carolina. The scholarships are made possible by a generous donation by the North Carolina State Employee Credit Union Foundation to provide immersive learning opportunities for students and support local nonprofits and government agencies. Each student applied with essays on the impact their internship can help provide and how the funds will assist them with increased travel costs, lodging, meals, and professional clothing, amongst other expenses including tuition.

The students, all of whom are seniors, are engaged in their Field Practicum for the Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree program. They are utilizing this experience to build on core competencies of social work practice and community engagement. Two students, Monique Tyson and Mackenzie Upchurch, are serving as Guardian Ad Litem interns to promote the best interests of abused, neglected, or dependent children though the state court system. Teresita Paz is working in partnership with the Elk Park School Counselor to assist in providing support and advocacy for the students and families she serves. Another student, Diana Rivera-Gomez, is also working in partnership with the local schools through GEAR UP Watauga. GEAR UP educates students in the 9 Western Counties of NC about attending colleges and universities. Saralynn Gaillard is riding along with Ashe County Paramedics with the goal to lower utilization of costly ambulance & ER charges by providing care services, identifying gaps in health care services, connecting clients to resources, and providing follow up for clients. Wesley Dorsey is also working to connect programs and services provided by RAIN that target underserved and hard to reach communities dealing with medical crises. Early intervention services help newly diagnosed and those who have fallen out of care pathways to achieve continuity of care.

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Support Services for College of Business Students

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Even though we all must stay home, staff members in the Walker College of Business are still “here” to serve students!

Business Academic Advising: The Business Academic Advising Office is happy to still be serving our students remotely. Students can make a phone advising appointment. For other related questions, students may email cobadvising@appstate.edu or call 828-262-2700. We will get back to you!

Business Career Services: Business Career Services Office is still here to support you remotely. Services (including resume and LinkedIn reviews, resume drops, and special Handshake access to would-be Spring Connect employers) are highlighted below. Click through to learn more.


James Center Meets Teacher Education Needs

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James Center for Student Success and Advising Continues to Meet the Needs for Teacher Education Students. 

The Reich College of Education's James Center for Student Success and Advising is operating virtually in order to continue providing consistent, accurate, effective, timely, high-quality support to students. Academic advising continues via virtual walk-in hours and by appointment.

Professional development offerings continue through a multitude of virtual options communicated weekly. Appalachian Community of Education Scholars and Transfer Educators residential learning community members will continue to receive communications via email, and events associated with these groups are being shifted to virtual settings where possible.

Students requiring access to the Grant Dean Food Pantry may contact any member of the James Center Staff or call 828-262-6095.

If you have any other needs, questions, or concerns regarding the James Center for Student Success and Advising, please contact Ike Smith (smithit@appstate.edu or 828-262-7171) and continue to visit our website for updates.

 



Common Reading Program

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Hola, App families. I just stepped outside my front door. The cows were lounging in the pasture, the spring flowers (the yellow really stood out) were in bloom, a chainsaw was running at full speed somewhere in the unseen distance, and…it began snowing. While that combination is not as atypical as it sounds (here in Watauga County), all of us (here in the world) are now sharing in something atypical and complex.

In addition to being the Common Reading Director, I also teach sections of First Year Seminar (UCO 1200). Among all of the changes, what I miss most is getting to be with students in person in the classroom and talking and interacting with them. I also know that you as parents, professionals, and citizens are also navigating unexpected changes and challenges.

In attempt to try and do something to help you all feel and stay connected—to App State, to your students, to our world, to reading—I’ve thought all week about something, anything, we could do to contribute in some way.

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Still Accepting Graduate School Applications for select programs (2020-2021)

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Apply Today!

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 gradadmissions@appstate.edu. We look forward to receiving your graduate application for admission and are here to assist you. Start your application today at www.graduate.appstate.edu.

Upcoming School of Graduate Studies’ Events:

Virtual First Friday Open House: May 2


Chancellor Everts’ message to parents and families

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A MESSAGE FROM THE CHANCELLOR | March 4, 2020

Next week, App State students will put their time to a variety of uses during spring break: working, studying, participating in one of the university’s Alternative Service Experiences and visiting with family and friends. Our hope is they will return to their classes refreshed and ready to finish the semester strong. As our students prepare to travel for spring break, we encourage consideration of CDC and State Department guidance. More information is below.

Our university continues to receive national recognition and accolades, a few of which are below:

  • The National Campus Safety Summit named the App State Police Department (APD) as one of the top 25 university departments in the country for “increasing the safety and security of their campus community” and “making a difference in student safety” — two critical priorities for our university.

  • Since 2010, our university has retained our distinction as a Military Friendly® School, and we were designated a Top 10 school for 2020–21. Across campus, we work to empower our student veterans and active-duty military students and ensure they have access to needed resources and support.

  • App State was awarded a $500,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to support scholarships designated for community college transfer students who wish to teach in their home communities.

Each of these honors underscores the value of the Appalachian Experience.

Monitoring COVID-19

As part of our emergency preparedness practices, our emergency response team routinely monitors situations that could affect campus. At this time, the team is monitoring COVID-19. App State has a resource and information website for those in our campus community who are seeking information and guidance related to our university’s preparation and response to COVID-19. Please refer to the information on this site as the definitive source for the latest information specific to Appalachian State University.

At this time, we are closely monitoring travel guidance, restrictions and advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of State (State Department). We are directly assisting students, faculty and staff who are traveling or have plans for international travel for university-approved educational or business reasons.

Students with international travel-related financial aid questions or questions regarding academic requirements related to international travel should contact the Office of International Education and Development.

It is our priority to foster a safe and productive environment for your students, and we are proud of the collective achievements of the Appalachian Community.

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Chancellor

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.