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Annual Housing Fair

For the second year, Off-Campus Student Services, in partnership with Student Government Association, will be holding the annual Housing Fair near the end of the fall semester, rather than early in the spring semester. This timing aligns more closely with the lease signing schedule for rental housing in Boone. The Housing Fair is a great opportunity for students to interact with rental companies, in-person, and learn about off-campus housing options easily and conveniently right on campus. The goal of the Fair, in tandem with other programs and resources offered by Off-Campus Student Services, is to equip students with knowledge to make informed choices about their housing. This year's Housing Fair will take place on Wednesday, November 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the International Hall of Plemmons Student Union. Please encourage students you engage with to attend!     

Nov 15
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2022-2023 Diversity & Inclusive Excellence Committee Grants

The Student Affairs Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Committee has awarded grants for the 2022-2023 grant cycle. The grants are for a program and direct engagement, which will support the diversity and or inclusion efforts in the campus community and/or student experience.  Below are the names and brief descriptions of the grants that have been awarded (brief exert of each) :

  • Creating New Pathways to Reach the Unengaged Student: "Often, health promotion activities are geared towards outgoing students who are willing to walk up to contact tables or attend events where there will be many people present. These kinds of activities may be uncomfortable for more introverted students, neurodivergent students, or students who do not see themselves reflected in the student body. Streaming video games on Twitch and engaging with students through chat allows students to interact with various university resources from the comfort of their own home, in a manner that they are already familiar with."
  • Home Matters: "These funds will be used to support families bringing in food, items, and experiences that are important in their home, and sharing it with their children's classroom."
  • Diversity Reflected CPR/AED Manikins: "Currently UREC lacks the necessary number of manikins to satisfy the needs of certifying our student employees and others who participate in the course. We desire for these new mannequins to be more reflective of the diverse population of the patrons who will be served by the very participants who are refining their skills with them."
  • Inclusive Literature Book Club: "This book club selects and discusses books each month that feature a main character of a marginalized identity, a diverse cast of characters, or are written by an author of a marginalized identity. It is the focus of our discussions to tackle themes of prejudice, inclusion, and equity in our meetings."
  • Inclusive Sports Equipment: "These funds would allow UREC to purchase this sports equipment, inviting participants with a visual impairment to participate in sports such as Basketball or Racquetball."
  • Battery Operated Swimming Pool Access Lift : "These chairs/lifts would allow for easy swimming pool access for our members with physical limitations."
  • Welcoming Doors:  "As a counseling center, we serve students from a variety of cultural and social backgrounds with diverse identities, including neurodiversity and ability status. The Counseling center would be able to specifically upgrade our doors to make them ADA compliant so that we may be able to serve all our existing and new incoming students and thereby make our services more accessible to all who might seek and potentially benefit from them."
  • Sport Wheelchairs: -"Investing in sport wheelchairs to increase our adaptive programming options. This grant would be enough for 4 as they cost about $1000 each plus shipping. 4 chairs would allow us to immediately program wheelchair Tennis, Pickleball, and 2v2 basketball."

Thank you to all who submitted and reviewed grant proposals.  Congratulations to all who were awarded for the 2022-2023 cycle.  We look forward to seeing these grants in action!

Nov 15
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Highlights from Fall Service Programs

This semester kicked off Community-Engaged Leadership’s (CEL) new Days of Service model at App State. Each month CEL sends students out to local community partners in the High Country to serve within a specific social issue context. Students complete volunteer tasks with nonprofits and participate in a student-led reflection on their experience to expand their knowledge of local social issues and explore how to practice equity-minded leadership and service within those contexts.

CEL hosted three days of service this Fall: Hello High Country, Fall Into Service, and Building up Boone. Over these three days, we had 120 volunteers complete 480 service hours in partnership with 10 community partners whose missions directly impact Watauga County. We will host three more days of service in the Spring 2023 semester: Mobilize the Mountains (February), Spring into Action (March), and Farm Day of Service (April).

CEL also implemented a new model for our ongoing service program called Community Fellows. Community Fellows is an immersive semester-long experience where a group of students form a Community of Practice to partner with a local nonprofit and work to address a specific social issue through the lenses of education, service, philanthropy and advocacy. Students complete regular service with the nonprofit, as well as work with their group to plan education and advocacy events for the App State community. Social Issue themes for this year are Food Security and Hunger Alleviation (working with Hunger & Health Coalition), Youth Development and Education (working with Children’s Playhouse), and Environmental Justice (working with A Clean Wilson’s Creek).

The Hunger Alleviation Community of Practice has been pouring their efforts this semester in the Hunger Challenge as a way to win $10,000 for Hunger and Health Coalition. They have organized food drives through A Simple Gesture, educational events focused on food security in the High Country, and our hosting a Free Farmer’s Market for App State students this Friday November 18th to raise awareness about college food insecurity and local resources to help.

Community-Engaged Leadership is excited to continue strengthening our partnerships with local nonprofits and expanding App State student’s understanding of social issues affecting our local community.

Nov 15
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UREC Team Completes Inclusive Training Offered by the American Red Cross

The professional staff and graduate assistants recently completed a new American Red Cross certifying course titled “Instructor Inclusive Training: Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment.”

Macy Penland, GA for fitness had this to say about the class, “I just completed the inclusion training. I thought it was very beneficial and needs to be completed by everyone to expand their knowledge on how to handle situations while also being inclusive. I learned a lot and feel more confident about teaching my CPR classes!

Appalachian State University was honored last spring at the American Red Cross Recognition event for being one of the top providers in the country. Top providers that were recognized trained over 200 participants. We trained 233 student employees In Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR/AED in 2021/22.

Please contact Cheryl Eddins if you would like to become certified to teach First Aid, CPR/AED to your area.         

Nov 15
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