Chancellor Everts’ message to parents and family

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With the possibility of a significant winter weather event on the horizon, preparations are underway on campus. We are accustomed to the challenges of winter weather, and our campus and community personnel manage snow and ice safely, expertly and efficiently.

Student safety is our top priority. Across our university, staff from Emergency Management, Physical Plant, Food Services, Housing, Parking & Traffic and many other areas are preparing for the potential impacts of this storm. As standard practice, we work with numerous agencies, including the National Weather Service and response agencies across the region, to determine the best course of action for our university community.

Earlier today, your student received a message from Emergency Management Director Jason Marshburn, which:

  • detailed many of the preparations our campus has underway, including preparations for Food Services operations and extended residence hall housing if needed;

  • provided information about how to prepare for possible severe weather;

  • shared important information about how to stay informed regarding schedule changes for exams and events taking place over the next few days; and

  • encouraged those traveling over the coming days to check forecasts and travel conditions.

As we wind up final exams for the semester, Academic Affairs has contingency plans in place, which we will implement as needed, with as minimal impact as possible to students’ schedules.

Over the past two years, we have been increasing our use of technology so students can learn safely from their homes and residence halls on days when travel in the mountains is treacherous, and if the end of this year is any indication, it appears we may be relying on this technology even more next semester!

This has been an eventful semester, full of successes for our students, faculty and staff. We look forward to commencement for our graduates next Saturday, Dec. 15. The same day, we have the added excitement of the R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl for our Mountaineers.

As winter weather continues, the students have been delighted to know we installed the Appalachian Duck House — a bit of whimsy and fun as we close the year.

My best wishes to each of our Appalachian Families for the holidays.

Sheri Everts, Chancellor

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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.

End of Semester & Reapplication Information from University Housing

University Housing

Mark Your Calendars

As the fall semester comes to a close, we begin planning for Spring semester. Part of this planning includes offering opportunities for students who wish to change rooms for spring semester (Pre-Spring Room Change) and release from their contract for students who meet the criteria (Auto-Release). These processes are described below. Please pay close attention to the deadlines and communicate with your student about their plans for Spring 2019.

Automatic Release

Housing contracts are for a full academic year (fall and spring semesters). However, University Housing offers automatic releases from contracts for ONLY the following circumstances:

  • Student teaching/internships outside of Watauga County
  • Marriage
  • Graduation
  • Transfer
  • Withdrawals from the university
  • Study abroad

From now until the end of the semester, students who qualify for automatic release must visit to complete the auto-release form. Please provide required documentation to verify the reason for release. Email notifications will be sent to students’ Appalachian email accounts to confirm or deny requests.

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Let's Talk Textbooks

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The textbook “Need to Know” list for December.

  1. Rental textbooks for the Fall semester must be returned to the Bookstore by Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Unreturned textbooks are charged to student accounts on Wednesday, December 19, 2018. Late returns are credited back half of the charge. Textbooks can be returned by mail and must be postmarked by the 18th to get full credit. See the Bookstore website for more information.

  2. Textbooks that were purchased for class, may be sold for cash at the Bookstore from December 6 - 14, or anytime after February 5, 2019.

  3. Online Ordering for the Spring semester opens on the Bookstore website, December 15, 2018. Placing an online order is one option for getting rental and purchased textbooks. Online Orders will begin fulfillment on January 2, 2019. Once filled, orders can be picked up at the student’s convenience on the 2nd floor of the Bookstore. An App Card student ID is required.

  4. Same Day Pick Up, for those students choosing not to place an Online Order, begins January 15, 2019. Students have a booklist printed on the 1st floor of the Bookstore before going upstairs to have their books checked out to them. An App Card student ID is required.

Pro Parent Tip! Additional course materials such as notebooks, writing instruments, and study helps, can be added to online textbook orders.

Have a Senior? Check out our regalia and graduation page!

Home for the Holidays: Taking Good Care of Yourself


When we think of the holiday season, many of us think of a time to celebrate with family and friends. This can be fun and relaxing, AND it can be stressful. Many of us may feel pressure to reconnect with lots of people, spend money on gifts, and feel joyful all the time, but in reality we may feel our emotional, physical, and financial resources being stretched thin. 

Breaks from school give us the chance to take some much-needed time away from academics, but they may also mean we are taking a break from the healthy routines we have worked to establish while at school. We may find ourselves eating, drinking, or spending too much, while sleeping, exercising, and relaxing too little. Colder temperatures and less daylight may also impact our moods and energy levels.

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Meal Account Reminders

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As the semester ends, Food Services would like to remind students and parents of some important Meal Account information.

  • Any remaining Meal Account funds will roll over from the fall to spring semester.

  • Meal Accounts are automatically renewed for the spring semester. If a student is studying abroad, would like to change their plan, or has moved off-campus, please call the AppCard Office to make necessary changes.

  • Meal Accounts can be spent on all on-campus food including the markets, dining halls, coffee shops, and vending.

  • All funds in the Meal Account must be spent by the end of the spring semester or it is forfeited.

  • Students have an Express Account that can be used on-campus for food and non-food items. This account rolls over year to year.

For more information on Meal Accounts please visit the AppCard website.

Fall 2018 Commencement


Are you the parent of a graduating senior? Is your student planning to participate in the Fall Commencement ceremonies on December 15th? If so, the Office of the Registrar would like to share some important information and details related to Commencement that will assist you in planning for this important day of celebration.

Students who have formally applied to graduate can participate in the commencement ceremony. In order to have their name listed in the Fall 2018 commencement program, students must have applied by the final deadline of November 2nd. Once a student has submitted their application for graduation, a review of their academic record is completed to determine if all the degree requirements have been, or will be, met. A degree is only awarded after a student has satisfied all degree requirements. Students who do not meet all degree requirements in the term, will have their application for graduation automatically moved to the next available term. Students who meet all degree requirements and formally graduate typically receive their diploma in 10-12 weeks following commencement.

Ceremony schedule information, including the day, time, and location for each of the College ceremonies can be found on our website. Doors to the arena open an hour prior to the start of the ceremony, so please plan your travel and parking accordingly. Each ceremony will also be live-streamed for those who may be unable to attend in person. If you are unsure of which College your students’ major falls under, a list of all majors and their corresponding College can be found on the University’s main website under the Academics tab.

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Updates from Financial Aid

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Spring 2019 Bill

The bill payment due date is January 4, 2019 for Spring semester charges (they would have posted to your students account around November 16, 2018). Students receiving financial aid should see the expected amount of financial aid to be applied to their spring charges reflected on their bill; if not on the bill, please check AppalNet to make sure there are no outstanding requests for documents or information from financial aid. Any difference showing on the bill must be paid by the January 4 deadline. Keep in mind that the earliest that financial aid for spring semester can disburse is 10 days prior to the start of spring classes. Any refunds will begin to post after spring semester classes begin. Please note that continuing students received spring semester bills via their ASU email address rather than through regular postal mail. If parents would like to have access to spring bills through the portal, please have your student add your preferred email address in their AppalNet Parent Portal.

Tips for Completing the 2019-2020 FAFSA

Please be aware that the 2019-2020 FAFSA opened on October 1, 2018. Be sure to work with your student to submit their 2019-2020 FAFSA as soon as possible to ensure the greatest chance that they receive the most aid for which they are eligible.

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, which will be needed to sign in and compete the FAFSA. Please remember to add Appalachian State University as a school to receive your FAFSA. Our school code is 002906.

The FAFSA uses income and tax information from two years prior. For example, the 2019-2020 FAFSA will use 2017 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 2017 income and tax information when filling out the FAFSA; if your family has experienced significant changes in income since 2017, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information.

Should your student be selected for verification and need to submit tax documentation, this can be done by obtaining an IRS Tax Return Transcript. You can request a Tax Return Transcript at or calling 1-800-829-1040.

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More Programming For Students Moving Off-campus Coming In January 2019!

Around this time of year, we are all about housing, housing, housing. Students who live in the residence halls have begun to receive information from University Housing about how to re-apply to live on campus during the 2019-20 academic year. At the same time, many students are considering moving off-campus and trying to decide what type of housing would be best for them. There are many factors to consider in making these decisions. Winter break is a good time to thoroughly discuss and explore the options with your student.

Off-campus housing will continue to be the focus of our events and educational programs over the next few months. Many students sign leases for the coming academic year (2019-20) in January, February, and March. Our programs and resources are aimed at helping students access as much information as possible about their rental options in the community so that they can find housing that is a good fit for them.


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Updates from UREC


Hello Parents!

We are finishing up another semester here at University Recreation! Read below to find out all about this semester and all you can be looking forward to in the next.

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


  • Has your student been looking for an on campus job that works well with their class schedule? University Recreation is now hiring facility supervisors! Being a facility supervisor offers the opportunity to improve upon leadership, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, professionalism, and Global/Intercultural Fluency.

  • If your student is interested in applying, have them submit their application ASAP. Applications can be found online at or at the front desk of the SRC.

  • Applications can be emailed to or submitted to the Student Recreation Center.

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  • Believe it or not, 2019 is right around the corner! A new year means a new you and University Recreation Fitness is the perfect place to kick start your resolutions!

  • Check out our personal training! Prices range from $45 - $432 depending on number of sessions and type of training. Visit our website for more information

  • We offer 80+ FREE Group Fitness classes for your student. Classes include cycling, kickboxing, bootcamp, cardio dance and so much more!

  • If your student needs help navigating our weight rooms or have questions about our equipment, we offer FREE FitClinics at the QRC and the SRC (schedule on our app & website). Topics include lower body exercises, FUN accessories, and flexibility.

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  • Adult lessons, advanced swimmer workouts, waterpolo, water aerobics, kayak clinics, paddle boarding, and so much more has been going on all semester!

  • A current lifeguard Amanda Buffa received the Certificate of Merit from the American Red Cross. To read more visit .

  • The Aquatics department is hiring lifeguards for the 2019 spring semester!

  • If your student is interested in applying, have them submit their application ASAP. Applications can be found online at or at the front desk of the SRC.

  • Applications can be emailed to or submitted to the Student Recreation Center.

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Closing Remarks at the Semester's End

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What Comes Next, Seniors?


If you have a student graduating this December, then they have been receiving weekly email updates from our office packed full of exceptional opportunities we found in our job search engine, Handshake. As you may know, we adopted Handshake this July and since have been pleased with the transition. As we review the hundreds of new jobs posted weekly, we pick out a few to highlight specific to your students’ area of study. We hope that your student is finding these updates exciting and are prompted to sign into their Handshake account and continue their search. Our staff is committed to your students’ success in finding and preparing for their next step after Appalachian.

Etiquette Dinner


On November 7, seventeen employers sponsored our annual Etiquette Dinner. During this event, students had the opportunity to network with our employer sponsors and enjoy an evening of fellowship with other students over a 4-course meal. This is continuously a fun, non-threatening way to gain experience interacting with employers, learn about the incredible opportunities our sponsors have available, and practice the tips and tricks of meal interviewing.

Student Employment Appreciation Brunch

During the season of thanksgiving, we are glad to honor the hard work and dedication of our approximately 4,000 student employees. Together they contribute to an average of 50,700 hours of work effort per week to this university. Their tremendous impact on campus is an integral piece in setting Appalachian State up to thrive. With a Waffle House brunch, a loot of giveaways and ample time for relaxation from the heat of the semester and fellowship, we say, “thank you, thank you, thank you!”

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Traveling Abroad - Visit the University Post Office for Passport Help!

Passport ticket flight usa travel tourismPlanning international travel in the future - you should begin the process of obtaining a passport and the University Post Office can help!

If you are home during Christmas/New Years break this would be a good time to get a "certified" birth certificate which is required to obtain a passport for the first time. If you are renewing a passport make sure you have your old passport with you.

We are located in Miles Annas Student Services Building. Come to the front window, Mon. – Fri., 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and ask for passport assistance to pick up an application. Once complete the University Post Office will accept your application and send it to the government for processing. If you need a passport photo, we also offer this service.

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Happy Holidays from the Office of Transfer Services!

Happy HolidaysAppalachian State University’s Office of Transfer Services provides the knowledge and resources necessary to empower students through their Appalachian journey by advocating and collaborating to build the bridges necessary for student transition, integration and success. The office provides services for credit evaluation and credit acquisition, transfer advising, mentoring, transitional support, engagement and retention. Recognizing the diversity of transfer students and the wide spectrum of questions and needs, the office supports students’ transition and acclimation to Appalachian through various programming, technology and dedicated customer service support. Learn more or contact us at

College of Arts and Sciences Gratitude Luncheon


Connecting student and faculty scholarship and grant winners with donors

The College of Arts and Sciences has seven scholarships and the 16 college departments have 102 scholarships totaling $197,645 awarded or to be awarded (a few have yet to be announced) for the 2018-19 academic year. The Student And Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund, awarded 17 faculty members and 39 undergraduate and graduate students grant funding for a total of $21,394 for the spring and fall semesters of 2018.

In November, the College of Arts and Sciences hosted a luncheon to honor donors and recipients, both faculty and students, of scholarships and grant funding at the Schafer Center on campus. Two students that have been the recipient of multiple forms of assistance over the years to perform their studies, broaden their research, experience travel abroad and enrich their overall educational experience addressed the attendees.

Jeffrey Miller, a senior Physics and Astronomy major with a concentration in Applied Physics has been the recipient of the Walter C. Connolly Award for Physics, a CAS Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Grant, an Undergraduate Research Assistantship, an Office of Student Research (OSR) Grant and an OSR Travel Grant, as well as he is a current member of the CAS Corps, a College of Arts and Sciences student ambassador program.

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Updates from the Walker College of Business


Beans from the Dean December 10-12

Good luck on finals! During finals week (Dec. 10-12), students can stop by Beans 2 Brew in Peacock Hall for a free cup of coffee, on the dean. The free coffee will be available between the hours of 8:00am and 10:00am, while supplies last. Beans 2 Brew will remain open for business during their regular hours.



Younger Siblings? Martha Guy Summer Institute (MGSI) is Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2019

Each year, 24 of the region's brightest rising high school seniors participate in MGSI, a three-week, business exploration packed full of transformational learning and living experiences. MGSI offers participants the opportunity to learn from regional business leaders, develop leadership and professional behavior skills needed to be successful in a business career, and create life-long friendships. The Walker College of Business is seeking participants for the July 7-27, 2019 program. Apply by February 28:

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Now Accepting Graduate School Applications for 2019-2020

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Apply Today!

Are you interested in applying to one or more of our 70 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!

Upcoming School of Graduate Studies’ Events:

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

Fun Events From the Turchin Center

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As 2018 comes to a close, we are reflecting on all that has happened this year and how thankful we are for all the students who have made the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts part of their university experience. Whether participating in a gallery tour or ArtTALK with a class, making valentines during a First Friday Art Crawl, attending paint night with friends, listening to didgeridoo when visiting the “Art from Down Under” exhibition or celebrating during Art Bash, there was something for everyone! We have a lot more planned for 2019 and hope to see your students next year!

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University provides a home for world-class visual arts exhibitions and programming. It is the largest facility of its kind in the region and its seven galleries host changing exhibitions featuring local, regional, national and international artists. Visit for more information.

Please come visit the next time you are in town to experience the power and excitement of the visual arts. Have a wonderful holiday season!

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"The Schaefer Center Presents..." Performing Arts Series

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By creating memorable performance experiences and related educational and outreach activities, this series promotes the power and excitement of the live performance and provides a "window on the world" through the artistry of nationally and internationally renowned artists. Student ticket discounts are available for each performance! For more information visit or call 828.262.4046.

Spring 2019 Upcoming Events:

February 13, 2019: Herbie Hancock

February 19, 2019: Dance Theatre of Harlem ($5 student tickets)

April 5, 2019: The World of Musicals ($10 student tickets)

Planning for the Holidays? Give the Gift of the Arts! Tickets to a live performance are a thoughtful and special gift to give your loved ones. Place your ticket order today!

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