Health, Wellness and Safety Week

Every year, Wellness and Prevention Services, hosts Health, Wellness, and Safety Week. This year, we are holding this week, September 7th-14th.  During this week, we provide multiple opportunities for students to Engage with health and wellness resources in different ways. This year, we are not only providing opportunities for students, but also for faculty and staff. In addition to our Safety Festival, we will also be hosting a Pandemic Processes Town Hall, App Allies for Students, App Allies for Faculty and Staff, a Glow Run (in collaboration with Campus Activities), and Title IX Forum. All events can be found on our website here and on Engage. If you have any questions or concerns or are interested in volunteering opportunities, please email

Sep 8
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Welcome to our Newest Diversity Scholars

Learn more about our 21-22 Cohort of Diversity Scholars

The Diversity Scholars Scholarship Program is one of Appalachian's Signature University Scholarships.  The Diversity Scholars program is designed to recognize students who demonstrate academic excellence.  The program not only recognizes merit in scholarship but provides students with an opportunity to promote and embrace diversity on and off campus.  This program brings people together from different cultures and backgrounds to work on building unity through diversity.

During the fall semester, students apply for the program and up to ten scholars, from the incoming first-year class, are selected during the University Scholarship weekend.  We are excited to congratulate the following students for their selection into the 2021 Cohort of Diversity Scholars.

Mya Cobb, Major: Graphic Design

Cassidy Cosgrove, Major: Career and Tech Education

Drew Ellis, Major: Biology

Maya Flucus, Major: Biology

Jade Harlow, Major: Actuarial Science

Sophia Mendieta, Major: Nutrition and Foods

Caleb Otero, Major: Nutrition and Foods

Anna Palmer, Major: Music Therapy

Tara Rogers, Major: Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

Luciano Zito, Major: Finance and Banking

To learn more about the Diversity Scholars program, visit

Sep 8
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Getting to Know More People in Student Affairs

In continuing with our "Getting to Know More People in the SA Series", this month we are highlighting Mrs. Beth Holcomb, Director of Campus Activities and Mrs. Ellen Grulke, Assistant Dean and Director of Case Management. Enjoy reading about who makes up the Division of Student Affairs at Appalachian State University!

Say hello to Beth Holcomb!

Hey, folks! My name is Beth Holcomb, my pronouns are she/her, and I have the privilege of serving as the Director of Campus Activities. I received a Bachelor's in Recreation Management with a concentration in Outdoor Experiential Education. After undergrad, I was a backpacking guide for at-risk and adjudicated youth and a fly fishing guide for several years. I was the Recreation Director at the Beech Mountain Club when I realized that I wanted to work with college students. I returned to App and earned an MA in College Student Development with a concentration in College Outdoor Program Administration. I worked in Admissions for a couple of years before making the jump to Campus Activities (YAY!)

My husband, Tim, and I met our freshman year in Recreation Management classes. He now works in emergency medicine and still guides fly fishing. We have two dogs, a cat, and a bunch of chickens. When I'm not working, I love being outside and enjoy hiking, fishing, gardening, watching movies, and traveling. 

Hi there Ellen Grulke (and Emmery)!

Ellen Grulke grew up in Colchester, CT and found roots in North Carolina after her parents moved to Mooresville during her first year in undergrad at the University of Connecticut. In 2007, Ellen joined the Appalachian State community to complete her Masters degree in College Student Development. During her time as a graduate student, Ellen worked in Multicultural Student Development overseeing the Women’s Center.

After graduating from Appalachian in 2009, Ellen started her first professional job at South University in Savannah, GA serving as the Director of Residence Life and University Housing. She also spent time in Virginia Beach, VA serving as South University’s Dean of Students. Ellen met her husband, Chris Grulke while in Virginia Beach and the two later relocated back to Boone, NC. Since 2012, Ellen has served in various roles in the Office of the Dean of Students and served as the Interim Title IX Coordinator for a period of time. Ellen currently serves as an Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Case Management and is also completing her Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in higher education.

Ellen enjoys and cherishes time with her family and friends. She has a 3-year old daughter Emmery and is expecting another daughter in March of 2022. One thing Ellen is excited for is the extra time she will have after completing her dissertation. She hopes to explore new hobbies and increase her time with family, friends and the community. Ellen deeply values her personal and professional relationships and is always looking for ways to connect and support others. 

Sep 8
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Sustained Dialogue

Hello team,

Do you want to build spaces to have challenging conversations about issues that matter? Would you like to be a creator of meetings where talking about big issues is celebrated? If so, this Sustained Dialogue open workshop series is for you!

Previously known as the Inclusive Leadership Retreat, this 10 session virtual series, facilitated by Rhonda Fitzgerald of the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, will meet virtually each Monday from 3:30 – 5:00 pm EST from September 13 to November 29 (with the exception of an "off week" on October 11th for Fall Break). If you complete all 10 sessions, you'll be certified as a Sustained Dialogue moderator and have the option to moderate dialogue circles in the future if you wish. It will also give you lots of great tips and tricks for tough dialogue. I hope you'll strongly consider participating yourself, as this is some great (free!) professional development, and please send it out far and wide to your students.

Click here to sign up on Engage. Each session is mandatory to complete the skill series. Space is limited to 30 participants, so please sign up only if you can make the session each time.

Please share the attached flier, which includes a QR code that will take you directly to Engage to sign up!

Sep 8
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P.O. Box 32117
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Boone, NC 28608
Fax: (828) 262-2615