Chancellor Everts’ message to parents and family

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A MESSAGE FROM THE CHANCELLOR | April 9, 2019

April weather in Boone changes quickly. We may have snow one day and beautiful spring weather the next, but the daffodils and forsythia are in full bloom. Our campus is lively and much is taking place. As we celebrate Earth Month, I am reminded how our beautiful location offers opportunities for our students to develop important skills that will serve them and their communities throughout their lives.

Our students apply their classroom learning by engaging in meaningful work that contributes to local and regional communities. Employers admire our students’ passion, strong work ethic, professional readiness and willingness to contribute. This article explores the reasons Appalachian graduates are sought after. If you have a moment to read it, I think you will be impressed by the possibilities ahead for your students.

A recent Facebook post from one of our students about his upcoming internship impressed me. He said, “I will be working under a skilled team that has managed huge projects across the country and has a deep passion for giving back to the local community, which ultimately attracted me to this specific company!”

Employers value corporate social responsibility, and our reputation as a campus that both teaches and practices these ideals is recognized nationally. A few notable examples include:

  • The Appalachian Energy Summit has provided a platform through which UNC campuses together with industry partners have avoided nearly $800 million in utility costs.

  • Appalachian is one of the most environmentally responsible institutions of higher learning in the United States, according to “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 399 Green Colleges,” an annual guide created in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

  • For the ninth year in a row, SIERRA magazine recognized Appalachian in its 2018 index of “Cool Schools.”

Appalachian’s academic leadership in sustainability sets the standards for institutions across the nation. A few factors contributing to this national reputation include:

  • 74 percent of our students say Appalachian’s sustainability reputation influenced their decision to attend the university.

  • There are 876 undergraduate academic courses at Appalachian that incorporate sustainability into the course curriculum.

  • Appalachian was the first higher education institution in the U.S. to offer renewable energy and sustainable development degree programs.

  • Our student-led solar vehicle team — Team Sunergy — has performed well in international competitions since 2016, taking podium spots each year in the Formula Sun Grand Prix track race, and moving from sixth place in the bi-annual American Solar Challenge cross-country competition in 2016 to a tie for second place in 2018. This summer, they travel to Australia co compete in the World Solar Challenge.

These are not only points of pride, they are just a few of the reasons for Appalachian’s standing as the premier, public undergraduate university in North Carolina. The faculty and staff at Appalachian are honored to be part of developing your students’ commitment to community, stewardship and resiliency.

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Sheri Everts SignatureSheri Everts
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.


Academic Advising and Class Registration for Summer and Fall 2019

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Hi Appalachian Families! It is officially Spring on the calendar but it is still chilly in the High Country! Hopefully, the weather will soon catch up to the calendar! Please check in with your students to be sure they have met with their advisors and are prepared to register for summer and fall classes early this month. See last month’s Appalachian Connections for more details. Also, talk with your students to be sure they are performing well in their classes. Ask for specifics about grades, absences, and assignments due. Encourage them to work hard this month and prepare well for their final exams!


The Great Outdoors: Connecting to Your Roots

Spring

Hello Appalachian Parents! I have been thinking a lot lately about the power of the outdoors and the intrinsic connection we humans have with nature. Perhaps it is the coming of spring and the longer, warmer days of this season. Or maybe it is the stories I hear every day in my work with students about how much better they feel after the simple act of spending time outside. Or it could be the panic I felt after I reading a recent news headline about today’s youth spending an average of seven hours a day on entertainment media, including televisions, computers, phones, and other electronic devices. Ever since I was a child, I have found solace in being outside, especially in nature. I grew up in remote, rural places so my playground was the woods, beach, and ocean as opposed to a cityscape. I think I discovered at an early age, without even knowing it, that the simplicity and vastness and beauty of the natural world is a remedy for all sorts of ills.

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Spring Semester Recap

Career Development

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What an amazing month it has been! Our students sprung into action and put their best foot forward as Appalachian’s largest career fairs occupied campus.

On March 20, the Internship and Job Fair attracted over 600 Mountaineers to network with our record number of 143 employers. Energy radiated through the Holmes Convocation Center as connections were made, resumes were shared and interviews were scheduled. Many employers said they were inundated with resumes from well-prepared and qualified student candidates. Interview rooms were booked in the Career Development Center well into the following week as a result.

Later that week, at the Education Career Fair, 300+ students voiced their desires to make an impact on society in the school system. In addition to education majors, our data recorded psychology, arts and sciences, child development, recreation management and a myriad more! Students also had the opportunity the night before the fair to meet with a variety of local and early arrival employers at an Ice Cream Social. Many of our employers travel far distances to meet our students and year after year, we receive the same “well worth the trip” feedback.

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Exciting Updates from University Recreation

Hello Parents!

The semester is flying by! Read below to learn more about upcoming events and highlights from the last couple weeks!

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

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Upcoming State Holiday and Student Break! Hours shown below.

Friday, April 19th (No Group Fitness after 2pm)
Student Recreation Center 6:00am-6:00pm
Main Office 8am-5pm
Pool 6:30am-8am & 12pm-5:00pm
Outing Center 10:00am-5:00pm
Climbing Wall 12:00pm-5:00pm

Mt. Mitchell Fitness Centre 7:00am-4:00pm
Quinn Recreation Center 7:00am-4:00pm

Saturday, April 20th, Sunday, April 21st & Monday, April 22nd
Student Recreation Center CLOSED
Mt. Mitchell Fitness Centre CLOSED
Quinn Recreation Center CLOSED

Tuesday, April 23rd (No Academic Classes, No Group Fitness) (bonus pay)
Student Recreation Center 2:00pm-11:00pm
Main Office 8am–5pm
Pool 4:00pm-10:00pm
Outing Center 4:00pm-10:00pm
Climbing Wall 4:00pm-10:00pm

Mt. Mitchell Fitness Centre 9:00am-4:00pm
Quinn Recreation Center CLOSED

Wednesday, April 24th (Regular operating hours resume)

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Helping Transfer Students Alleviate the Stress of the End of the Semester

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As the weather gets warmer 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 lure of graduation or summer break - 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 home...it’s the next best thing to a hug from you!

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The perfect gift for studying students

Exam pack

For over 20 years, parents and loved ones have used Exam Packs to show their students support through exams, and you can too!

By ordering the pack of study ready snacks you are reserving a box of hand chosen nourishment perfect to bring to the library or sustain a study session.

The packs are conveniently available for students to pick up from on-campus locations beginning Wednesday, May 1 (the last day of classes). We will email your student with specific pick-up instructions.

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Accelerated Admission: Baccalaureate to Master's

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The College of Arts and Sciences houses 11 master’s of art and three master’s of science graduate programs. For those holding master’s degrees, unemployment rates are 12% lower and earnings are 16% higher, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

If your student or you are driven to further your education but need flexibility, Appalachian offers online, combination online and face-to-face, and remote campus location options to allow anyone to earn a graduate degree, as well as 13 graduate certificate programs to add to your professional knowledge.

At Appalachian, the Graduate School offers a program entitled "Accelerated Admission: Baccalaureate to Master's," which is intended for undergraduate students who wish to enroll in graduate courses during their senior year that can fulfill both undergraduate and graduate course requirements toward the completion of a graduate degree program. With this program, a graduate program director can nominate a rising senior (i.e., a student in the second semester of their junior year) or current senior to take graduate coursework during that student's senior year.

Once a student is nominated for the Accelerated Admissions program, which requires finishing their junior year (completing at least 90 hours) and maintaining an overall 3.4 GPA, they will complete a graduate program process. For more information about this program, visit Accelerated Admissions.



Planning international travel this summer?

You should begin the process of obtaining a passport and the University Post Office can help!

This semester is winding down so take advantage of the convenience of being able to apply for a passport at the University Post Office. No appointment is necessary.

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. We can provide you with an application form or you may fill one out online and bring it with you.

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#iBackAPP Day

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#iBackAPP Day has started a tradition of transforming lives here at Appalachian State University. We’re excited to celebrate our best year yet on 5.2.19!

All gifts made on #iBackAPP Day go directly to The Appalachian Fund and The Parents Fund and have an immediate, positive impact on all Mountaineers. This year, we want to give you the unique opportunity to make your gift early!

When you make your gift by April 15, you will receive a limited-edition #iBackAPP Day window cling decal as a special thank you. Join us in celebrating App by displaying your decal on your car, water bottle, laptop, t-shirt, forehead, neighbor’s mailbox—take a picture and use the hashtag #iBackAPP to show us the funky ways you show your Appalachian pride!

You can make your gift here: alumni.appstate.edu/ibackapp2019

To find out more about #iBackAPP Day, visit ibackapp.appstate.edu. And don’t forget to celebrate with us by following along on social media on 5.2.19!