Chancellor Everts’ message to parents and family

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This week, classes resumed, and Appalachian is ready for another successful semester.

For our students, the achievements of our alumni — many of whom are profiled on our website — serve as inspiration, showing them the broad applications of an Appalachian degree.

  • Jess Eatman ’13 holds Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics and sociology, with a concentration in applied research methods. She applies aspects of both her degrees in her work as an analytics manager for a team of report developers at a Fortune 500 health care company.

  • Maleek Loyd ’18, who holds a B.S. in communication, electronic media/broadcasting, founded a Charlotte-based video production company with his two brothers. The siblings create promotional videos and documentaries for small businesses, nonprofits and corporate clients.

  • Catrina Thompson ’09, a graduate of the Master of Public Administration program with a concentration in public management, serves as Winston-Salem’s chief of police and has implemented programs to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the local community.

For stories like these and more, I invite you to stay connected with the university throughout the year. In addition to this newsletter, our news and events website, Appalachian Today, and our social media channels provide exciting updates, such as photos from the Mountaineers football team’s fifth straight bowl game victory. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

To see Appalachian from a student perspective, visit the university’s Instagram account. Each week a new student “takes over” and shares his or her Appalachian Experience — your student might be featured next!

All the best in 2020,

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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.

Winter Club Expo - January 22nd!

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Winter Club Expo ….Getting involved is the best way for students to feel connected to their university. App State has over 425 clubs and organizations—come find which ones fit your interests! Log on to AppSync ( to learn more about the many opportunities at Appalachian.

Club Expo is from 11am—2pm and will be located throughout the Plemmons Student Union. Encourage your student to stop by!

Updates from University Housing


Fall 2020 Housing Reapplication for Returning Students

Current students who wish to live on campus for the 2020-2021 academic year must reapply for housing. Only students who apply during the Reapplication window (Dec. 1st through Jan. 31st) will be eligible. We do not anticipate being able to house all students who applied for the selection process. Your student should be checking their e-mail regularly during February for updates on their status in the reapplication process. Please visit the Reapp website for more information.

Room Change

To request a room change, students select the room change link from our University Housing website. If they need help identifying a new room, they can meet with their hall supervisors who have access to the vacancy list. Once the room change is submitted, University Housing will attempt to accommodate the request based on availability. Students will receive an email when the request is processed. This email gives instructions on how to proceed with the room change.

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Career planning got you down?

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Interested in visiting a large NC employer?

Are you free during spring break?

Sign up for US 3540: College to Career Bootcamp.

Campus Dining Update - Spring 2020

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Hello Parents!

We’ve been busy over break preparing for another fun semester. While students were away, Campus Dining culinary staff participated in chef-lead culinary clinics where our teams were able to sharpen their skills and get creative with menu ideas for the new semester (see photo below). We can’t wait to share what we’ve learned with your students!

There are a few reminders and updates for Spring 2020:

  • Students can add, drop, and change their meal account through our online form. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email us at or call our offices during normal business hours.

  • Students who plan on living on campus, or who are living off-campus but plan to maintain a meal account, can now find 2020-21 meal account rates on the AppCard website.

  • App Bakery is here to help you celebrate with your student! We are happy to assist you in ordering a birthday cake, Valentine’s Day treat, or any other special holiday menu items for your student to conveniently pick-up on campus. To order from App Bakery, please call 828-262-3061.

  • The Campus Dining Student Advisory Board is still seeking applications for additional board members. This board meets with Campus Dining leadership to bring the student perspective to decision making processes. Additional information and the application form can be found on our website.

Happy New Year!

Appalachian State University Campus Dining

Updates from Financial Aid

Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid is returning from break energized and excited to greet students as they return to classes. Our office is already buzzing with emails and visits from students preparing for the semester.

We are receiving new FAFSA’s daily and it looks like many applications were completed over the winter break. Your student will be receiving communication from us later this month if we do not have a FAFSA application on file for next year. Aid offers for the upcoming academic year will be sent to continuing students in April. New students can expect to receive their aid offer in March. If you have any questions about the process of applying or need assistance understanding your student’s aid offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

If your student was selected for verification, information and tutorials are available on our website ( to guide you through the process. Our new digital forms allow for documents to be signed electronically and we expect it to make the verification process easier and faster!

If your student is graduating this year, now is a great time to have a conversation about with them about a repayment plan for their student loans. StudentAid.Gov offers Exit Counseling, loan consolidation advice, and information on loan forgiveness. A good plan sets your student up for success. Go to StudentAid.Gov and see “Manage Loans” for details.

Upcoming ACT Events

Tell your student to register for Dance Marathon today!

Dance Marathon is an energetic and unforgettable 15-hour experience that is packed with fun activities, loads of food, great entertainment, and a lot of awesome dancing! The February 15th event supports Parent to Parent and Western Youth Network; both of these organizations provide essential services to children and their families in Watauga County and the High Country of Western North Carolina.

Go to our website for more information!

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Your student can also sign up for MLK Challenge!

This is a day of service and reflection on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Your student could spend their day working at one of many local non-profits with a group of peers.

Click here for more information or for your student to sign up!

Spring Transfer Events

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With over 400 clubs and organizations, intramurals and club sports, concerts, movies and other free programming there is always something to do that will appeal to your student at Appalachian. As a family member of a new or continuing transfer student you may hear from them though how the cold Boone winters makes staying tucked inside their warm apartments or residence halls a better activity. We need your help to encourage your student to get involved and avoid the social isolation and loneliness that can creep in when they don’t get out and interact. The Office of Transfer Services understands the importance of engagement and have developed multiple events throughout the spring semester to help facilitate social connections and involvement among transfer students. Full details can be found on our website. In addition, there is a Transfer Student Organization that meets multiple times a month and always welcomes new members. We invite you to encourage your transfer student to participate!

Transfer Student Pizza Party - Thursday, January 16 at 6pm in Blue Ridge Ballroom

Transfer Social - Wednesday, January 29 at 5pm at Booneshine

Transfer Day at Camp Broadstone - Saturday, February 15 from 2-8pm (advance registration required)

Board Game Night - Thursday, February 27 at 5:30pm in Beacon Heights

Bowling & College Trivia Night - Wednesday, March 18 at 9pm at High Country Lanes

Paint Night - Monday, March 30 at 6:30pm at the Turchin Center (advance registration required)

De-Stress Fest - Wednesday, April 15 from 12-3pm in Linville Falls (PSU)

Questions? Contact the Office of Transfer Services at

Appalachian's Climate Action Plan


On Earth Day 2020, Appalachian will release a new Climate Action plan, focused on developing a roadmap to carbon neutrality on campus. The planning process is being overseen by the Office of Sustainability, and working groups have been meeting on specific pieces of the plan since November 2019. Learn more about the history of climate action at App, a specific timeline of actions, working group descriptions, and how you can be involved in this important process here.

News from University College Academic Advising

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Greetings Appalachian Parents!

It’s Class Registration Time! Most students have finalized their spring semester schedules but if not, please encourage your students to meet with an academic advisor right away! Students who have not declared their majors are advised in University College (UC). During the first week of classes, UC Academic Advisors will meet with UC students on a walk-in basis (No appt necessary) from 8:00 am-5:00 pm in the Advising Center in 101 D. D. Dougherty so please encourage your students to drop by if they need assistance with their spring class schedules or have questions.

It’s Also Major Declaration Time! Please remind your students that the Major Declaration deadline for undeclared sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good academic standing is by 5:00 pm on February 18. Eligible students can declare their majors by logging into AppalNet, clicking on the Student Tab, then on Student Records, then on Declare your Major. It is quick and easy. Students who declare by the February 18 deadline will be able to seek academic advising for summer and fall classes from their major departments or Colleges.

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Celebrating Our December Graduates at the Senior Class Toast

Senior Class Gift

On December 12, a group of graduating seniors and their parents gathered at the McKinney Alumni Center for an evening of food, fellowship and fun commemorating their time at Appalachian. The group raised their glasses to celebrate commencement and to honor the graduates, who gave their Senior Class Gift of $20.19 to Appalachian.

Alumni Association Executive Director Stephanie Billings welcomed the students into their new role as Appalachian alumni, and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs J.J. Brown commended students on their years of hard work. View the photo gallery here.

Parents of seniors graduating in May, watch our Senior Class Gift page for details about our Spring 2020 event. We hope to see you there!

Planning international travel in the future

Planning international travel in the future - you should begin the process of obtaining a passport and the University Post Office can help!

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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Environmental Change from Any Discipline

The College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University spans the humanities and the social, mathematical and natural sciences. In any area in the college, you can study how to make positive impacts on the environment. Climate change is just one global change we are experiencing and we are preparing our students to be resilient, adaptable, well-rounded stewards of our earth with experience and perspective when they leave our campus for the work world or the next step in their educational career. Watch this short video to learn about the research happening in a number of areas in our college that your students take part in with our dedicated faculty members.

Professional Development Series begins January 29

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The Business Career Services Office in the BB&T Student Leadership Center will present a five-part professional development series for the upcoming semester. Each event will offer advice in professional and leadership development. The dates and topics, listed below, are designed to help students prepare for, and benefit from Walker Spring Connect, scheduled for March 19. The hour-long discussions will be held from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in Peacock Hall Room 1015 on the following dates:

  • January 29: Interview Skills

  • February 5: Internship Panel

  • February 12: Virtual Interviews

  • February 19: Networking 101

  • March 4: How to Work a Career Fair

  • March 25: Salary Negotiation

All business students, regardless of major, are encouraged to join one or more sessions, as the series covers a variety of topics designed to help business students 'land the job' and prepare for a successful and fulfilling career after college. No registration is required, and there is no fee to participate. Seats are available on a first come-first served basis. For more information, contact Jan Stanley.

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February Is for (Dance) Lovers

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From ballet and hip-hop to contemporary and Irish step dancing, there’s something to make all hearts soar at the Schaefer Center next month.

Hearts will be pumping in February when two widely acclaimed and wildly diverse dance ensembles — the New York-based A.I.M (Abraham in Motion) and Ireland’s Trinity Irish Dance Company — come to Boone’s Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, Feb. 5 and Feb. 22, respectively. Whether your penchant leans toward ballet and hip-hop or contemporary and Irish step, you’re going to love the passion, emotion, complexity and technical wizardry brought to the stage by each internationally renowned company. Don’t miss the rare opportunity to catch these virtuoso companies with specially discounted tickets for students, locals, and faculty/staff.

A.I.M (Abraham in Motion) — Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7pm
$25 adults, $15 faculty/staff/local residents, $5 students

Born into hip-hop culture in late 1970s Pittsburgh and grounded in an artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano, and the visual arts, choreographer Kyle Abraham’s thought-provoking and emotional works offer a rumination on history, identity and community. A.I.M’s diverse representation of dancers melds modern, classical, street, and hip-hop movement to create pieces that are evocative and timely, tackling issues involving race, violence, love and loss, and community. Among Abraham’s numerous honors include the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award in 2012 and being named a MacArthur fellow in 2013. In 2016 Abraham was a recipient of a Doris Duke Artist Award, given to those who foster continuing excellence in the performing arts.

Out Magazine called Abraham “The best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama,” while The Guardian’s Judith Mackrell hailed his creative range, describing it as “too wide and too buoyant for him to feel constrained by the role of angry black choreographer. His dances may be political but they are also aspirational, complex and upbeat.”

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Exciting Programs from the Turchin Center!

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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.

Fizzy First Friday is an Arts oriented event held in conjunction with the Downtown Boone Art Crawl on the First Friday of the month. On February 7 from, 6-9pm we will be celebrating valentines day with art in the galleries, sweet treats, heart-warming music, and valentines crafts. Free event.

ART Workshops for students

Every semester, the Turchin Center offers free workshops for Appalachian students. These popular workshops are a great time for students to take a break from studying to relax, be creative and connect with friends old and new. Not only is it FREE for Appalachian students, but all supplies are provided. The workshops include:

  • Paint Night (Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm) A fun opportunity for students to unleash their creative spirit during an instructor led step-by-step paint class. Everyone goes home with their own little masterpiece!
  • Open Studio (Thursdays, 6 - 8 p.m.) Explore different mediums in an inviting space 
  • Inkalicious: Alcohol inks (Fridays, 10:30 – noon) Explore the magic of alcohol inks

For those interested in nurturing the soul:

  • Tai Chi (Tuesdays, 5 – 6 p.m.) Graceful exercise class held in the galleries.
  • Visual Journaling (6:30 – 8:30 pm) Draw, doodle, cut, collage, paint, paste, and write reflectively in a relaxed and inspiring group setting. 

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Please encourage your students to take advantage of all that the Turchin has to offer.  And please come visit the next time you are in town to experience the power and excitement of the visual arts. Visit for more information.