Student Affairs Summer Employee of the Month
Paula Hicks currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Appalachian State University Child Development Center here. Paula has been with the University for 28 years.
Her nominator stated "Paula is always taking on additional responsibilities with a smile. In May while the Director was out, she calmly handled a situation without letting others know there was even a problem. By being a calm leader, she didn't stress the other staff out and clearly handle the problem at hand.
Paula we appreciate you and congratulate you on being this Summer's' Employee of the Month.
New Student Move-In Day
As summer Orientation sessions have come to an end and Summer Session 2 reminds us all to soak up the last of summer, it is time to prepare for new student move-in day! We are so excited to welcome all Mountaineers back to campus this fall. Friday, August 16, 2019 is Appalachian’s official freshmen and transfer student move-in day. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members will be on hand this very special day to welcome students to their new home. Each year we work closely with the Parent Association and Parent & Family Services to recruit volunteers to assist families with the move-in process. University Housing has also reached out to student organizations and the local community for additional volunteers. Our goal each year is to have over 800 volunteers to help make the move-in process run smoothly and efficiently.
If your office is not involved in move-in day, please contact University Housing at 828-262-6111 or firstname.lastname@example.org for your opportunity to sign yourself and your colleagues up to volunteer and contact with our new Mountaineers.
Once again, the Dean of Students Office is gearing up for House Calls, our signature outreach to off-campus students that takes place each fall semester during Safety Week. House Calls 2019 is scheduled for Thursday, September 5, from 5 - 8 p.m. With the help of faculty and staff from across campus, we hope to knock on over 2,000 individual apartment doors to greet students, provide them with safety resources, and help them connect with the Appalachian community. If you've volunteered for House Calls in the past, thank you so much for being a part of this important outreach! We hope you can participate again this year. For those who haven't done it, maybe this is the year to give House Calls a try! For new employees, House Calls is a great way to meet your colleagues and get involved at the University. Past volunteers have also found value in interacting with students "on their own turf" outside of a classroom or school activity. And it's fun! We start the evening at 5 p.m. with a meal and brief training in Parkway Ballroom in the Student Union. By 6 p.m. House Calls volunteers are heading out to their areas to knock on student doors and deliver refrigerator magnets printed with safety resources. Most groups are finished well before 8:00 p.m.
You can read more about House Calls and find a link to register at housecalls.appstate.edu. When you click on the registration link, you will be taken to the newly designed AppSync portal. From there, click on Off-Campus Student Services and then on "2019 House Calls Registration Form". Questions? Contact Karla Rusch at email@example.com or (828) 262-8284.
April Student Affairs Employee of the Month - Ms. Geralyn Mitchell
Geralyn currently serves as the Assistant Director and Career Counselor for the College of Fine and Applied Arts along with the Hayes School of Music in the Career Development Center. Geralyn has been with the University for 5 years.
Her nominator stated "On April 4, Appalachian hosted our first Talent Jam and Geralyn took lead on this initiative. Talent Jam was a community pitch event where individuals had 60 seconds to showcase their talents that would be of interest to employers and employers had 60 seconds to pitch their talent needs. The program was coordinated and planned with community partners - Boone and Blowing Rock chambers, Watauga Economic Development Commission and Silicon Hollar.
She scheduled monthly planning meetings, prepared materials for those who were pitching and also coached some of them. That collaborate embodies engage. Care - this concept was design to reach students and recent alumni for whom a traditional Job Fair is intimidating or not in a setting that feels welcome. Talent Jam was at Ransom and as such allowed more natural conversation.
I had several conversations with students about their career ideas and plans that I would have unlikely had at Holmes Center at the Internship and Job Fair. Finally transform - this was a new an innovative program. Geralyn tracked down leads for pitchers and was able to get a wide variety of folks to come - from a first year student on the soccer team who wants to provide private coaching to the CFO of Maymead needing to hire for a controller. That was transformative to bring all these pieces under one roof.
The other part was watching the students who did pitch get on stage with minimal prep and speak confidently about their talents including one student who is a member of our SDAP community who pitched her musical performance talents. Geralyn took lead to create a new exciting and super engaging program that blended community and university and engaged the students/alumni who participated (estimate 50-70 of the total 170-200) with leaders and business owners in Watauga County.
Geralyn we appreciate you and congratulate you on being April's Employee of the Month.