Message from the Chancellor

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Even though it’s winter on Appalachian’s campus, we’re 100 percent invested in the sun and its power! Did you know Appalachian is 45% more energy efficient since 2002-03? This month, I’d like to share some noteworthy solar projects underway on and around campus.

Solar-powered, smart picnic tables were installed on Peacock Hall's first-floor patio last week, providing extra form and function for learners on our campus. Our student-led, student-funded Renewable Energy Initiative (REI) gifted the three tables. Each features charging stations, and one of the three is ADA accessible.

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Students were quick to take advantage of the charging stations, settling in on the benches within minutes after the installation on Feb. 1. Photo by Marie Freeman

Our solar vehicle team, Team Sunergy, is busy designing and constructing their next-generation solar car. The new vehicle aligns with the 2018 regulations for the American Solar Car Challenge. Team Sunergy was established in the fall of 2013 and is made up of graduate and undergraduate students at Appalachian. They successfully raced their first-generation vehicle, Apperion, in two Formula Sun Grand Prix and the American Solar Challenge. After racing their new vehicle in Nebraska this summer, they are scheduled to compete in the World Solar Challenge in Darwin, Australia, in 2019. Most importantly, they are committed to developing sustainable transportation alternatives for the future.

Appalachian’s alumni routinely integrate their passion and knowledge for sustainability into their careers. Zach Sprau ’11 ’17 graduated from Appalachian with bachelor’s degrees in music performance and psychology, a master’s degree in appropriate technology and a lifelong interest in sustainability. Today, he’s using the powers of sun and soul to serve marginalized people in the United States and developing nations.

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Under Sprau’s supervision, 54 photovoltaic panels were installed on the roof of the Hospitality House in Boone, a regional nonprofit that serves homeless individuals and families in seven counties. Photo submitted

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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.

Updates from University Housing

University Housing Reapp

Housing Reapplication Underway

The reapplication lottery submission for 2018-2019 on-campus housing kicked off on December 1 and ended January 31. Invitations to select a room on campus will be sent to email accounts beginning February 12th. Students have 48 hours to respond to their invitations. Failure to respond will result in their name being placed back into the pool without the guarantee of being chosen again. The next available opportunity for housing on campus will be to sign up for the waitlist beginning March 1st. Please remind your students to check their email regularly beginning February 13th so they do not miss their opportunity to live on campus. For more information about the reapplication process, please visit

Applications open for incoming freshmen

Applications to live on campus (required for incoming freshmen who will graduate high school this year, regardless of credit hours) are now available through students’ admissions portal as well as at

New incoming students can also apply for a Residential Learning Community (RLC) during this process. For more information on RLC options, please visit

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Financial Aid Updates

The Office of Student Financial Aid encourages you to work with your student to complete the 2018-19 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if you have not yet done so. Students must complete a 2018-19 FAFSA to be considered for financial aid for the Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019 semesters.

Tips for Completing the 2018-2019 FAFSA

Please be aware that processing for the 2018-2019 FAFSA opened on October 1, 2017. Be sure to work with your student to submit their 2018-2019 FAFSA as soon as possible to help ensure their financial aid will be ready by the time the term begins, and that they have the greatest chance to 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.

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The Counseling Center Presents The Feelin’ Good Workshops

CounselingHappy February, Parents! The Counseling Center staff invites you to invite your student to our Feelin’ Good Workshops! Our workshops offer a fun opportunity for students to learn more about themselves and practice new skills to help them thrive!

For more information, contact the Counseling Center at 828-262-3180 or

Don’t Let Your Mind Bully Your Body

Explore how diet culture and media impact body image and how to develop positive body acceptance while engaging in an expressive arts activity (no art skills required!)Thurs. Feb. 15th, 6-7 pm, Rough Ridge (415, Union)

Build Your Own Coping Skills Toolbox!

Tues. Feb. 27th, 12-1 PM, Calloway Peak (137A, Union)

Re-Train Your Brain

Optimize your study habits and academic performance by learning quick and powerful skills to improve attention, focus, and concentration.
Thurs. March 15th, 6-7 PM, Three Top Mountain (169, Union)

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Helping Students Get Polished, Prepped & Ready to Present!


Spring 2018 CareerFest 

CareerFest is an essential tool in networking students and getting them

HIRED! CareerFest is Appalachian State University's largest and most comprehensive career event. Serving students and alumni of all majors and skills, the event is host to many companies, non-profits, healthcare organizations, and government agencies that are ready to network with students and introduce them to valuable professional opportunities. More than 100 employers are expected for the event, with hundreds of internship and job opportunities available to our students.

We encourage students of all classes to come to this event. First-year and second-year students can gain an overview of the diversity of employers. Junior-level and transfer students can explore internship opportunities. Those graduating or in graduate school can seek full-time employment. Please discuss this event with your son or daughter and urge participation in our workshops and career fair. Visit for details and information.

Resume clinics

Resume Clinics

This event is designed to help your student prepare resumes, practice interviewing skills, speak with employers, and more. This Spring have your student come out to meet us and let us help! February 12-20, 2018, Monday-Friday from 11:00am-1:00pm, at the Contact Tables in the Student Union. They should bring a hard copy of their resume for immediate feedback and we can help them prepare to meet with employers at CareerFest! Here are some excellent resources available to help them get started Resumes, Cover letters, Interviews.

UREC Updates

UREC LogoHello Parents!

The semester is back in full swing and so is University Recreation. Here are all the updates and events to look forward to leading up to Spring Break.

Outdoor Programs

There are a ton of trips occurring in February and Spring Break. The February Outdoor Program trips include backpacking overnight, two caving day trips, and a mountain biking day trip. Students can register for trips at the OP Outing Center in the SRC. The full schedule for Spring 2018 trips is available at

No spring break plans? Outdoor Programs has three trips during the week of spring break! Here are the spring break trips offered:

  • Rock Climbing and Exploration- Location: Red River Gorge, Kentucky, Dates: March 5th-9th, Cost: $375 for students and $400 for non-students

  • Backpacking the Appalachian Trail- Location: Pisgah National Forest, NC, Dates: March 5th-9th, Cost: $200 for students and $225 for non-students

  • Whitewater Kayak Tour- Location: Southern Appalachians, Dates: March 7th-9th , Cost: $200 for students and $225 for non-students

Tickets for the 2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour are officially sold out! This year is Appalachian State’s 22nd Anniversary of hosting the World Tour. Boone is one of North America’s largest screenings of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. The Boone, NC screenings will take place at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University on Friday March 23 and Saturday, March 24, 2018.

*For trip pricing information and all things Outdoor Programs, visit

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Say “Happy Valentine’s Day” with the Bake Shop


Send your student some love on Valentine’s Day by ordering a handmade dessert from the Bake Shop. Students can conveniently pick up their treats from Sanford Commons, before or on Valentine’s Day.

  • Heart Shape Cake – A handmade, chocolate or vanilla cake topped with sweet vanilla or chocolate icing, a custom Valentine’s Day message, and/or red, white, and pink frosting decorations. | $16.65, 8” (10-12 servings)
    Specific decorations can be requested with a possible additional fee for changes.

  • Heart Shape Cookie Cake – An indulgent chocolate chip or sugar cookie cake topped with sweet vanilla or chocolate icing, a custom Valentine’s Day message, and/or red, white, and pink frosting. | $12.95, 10” (serving)

  • Dozen Roses Cupcakes – Delicious cupcakes in your choice of vanilla, chocolate or red velvet. Finished with vanilla or chocolate icing. | Regular $19.40 per dozen, small $12.50/ dozen. *

  • Iced Brownies with Valentine's sprinkles – Rich chocolate brownies topped with chocolate icing and decorated with sprinkles. | $12.55/ dozen *

  • Decorated Heart Sugar Cookies – Sweet sugar cookies decorated with red, white and pink icing. Each cookie is 2.5 inches. | $15.20 per dozen*

* Custom design and writing not available

Call 828-262-3061 to order. Orders will be accepted starting Feb. 1, and must be placed before 3 p.m. on Monday, February 12 for February 14 pickup. Orders are available for pickup in Sanford Commons in Roess Dining Hall.

Payment may be made with Express Account, Meal Account, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, cash or check.   

Your student can become a part of something beautiful!

Join the ACT Team

Appalachian & the Community Together (ACT) is recruiting for next year’s student team! Being a part of the ACT Team is a great way for your student to develop leadership skills that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Through planning service opportunities and engaging with community nonprofit organizations, students will learn and grow while making a difference.

Have your student stop by the ACT Office in the Plemmons Student Union, room 134 or visit out website for more information on available positions.

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Transfer Day at Camp Broadstone

Transfer Day

Saturday, February 17
2 - 8pm

It’s often hard for students, especially students transferring to a new institution, to connect with each other. To help we’ve developed numerous events including Transfer Day at Camp Broadstone. This event allows students to get away from campus to Appalachian’s recreation facility in Valle Crucis. Students will take part in facilitated activities, share dinner and play games, and end the day socializing around the lodge’s fireplace. Students who participated in the fall said “I loved transfer day. I enjoyed seeing others and getting out of my comfort zone. It made me realize why I love ASU.” and “I very much enjoyed it and got to meet some great people. The size was perfect, enough but not too many to the point where I would get anxious.” Students should register for the event by emailing   

Encourage your student to participate in Dance Marathon!

Is your student looking for ways to get involved with the community? Have them sign up for Dance Marathon!

Dance Marathon is a fun and unforgettable 15 hour experience that is packed with fun activities, loads of food, great entertainment, and a lot of awesome dancing!

To participate, students register with our online fundraising platform and pledge to raise a minimum of $150 ($10 per hour of dancing) to support two amazing local non-profits, Western Youth Network and Parent to Parent Family Support Network. Both of these organizations provide essential services to children and their families in Watauga County and the High Country of Western North Carolina.

To register, or to donate to a student's page, visit

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Is your Senior graduating? Congratulations!

Grad Expo

This is a big accomplishment for your student and for you as a parent. Let us be the first to congratulate you. There are many details to be taken care of in preparation for the ceremony.

Now is the time to begin planning for a May 2018 graduation.

The Graduation page on the Bookstore website has all of the information you need about buying a cap and gown, ordering announcements, purchasing a diploma frame as well as information about buying a class ring.

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STEM Opportunities Are Realized (SOAR): A Summer Bridge Program


SOAR is a summer bridge program designed for STEM majors. Funded by the College of Arts and Sciences, SOAR was created to give every student an equal opportunity for success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

SOAR was developed because recent educational research has shown that to be successful in a STEM discipline, students must have strong preparation. As educators, we have observed that many high school graduates are not always prepared for mathematics (pre-calculus or calculus) and chemistry (general or introductory chemistry) courses that they are required to take during their first year in college. We want to offer those students the opportunity to jump-start their success by strengthening their math and chemistry skills during the summer before their first semester at Appalachian.

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