The Office of Community-Engaged Leadership's Alternative Service Experience

The mission of the Office of Community-Engaged Leadership’s Alternative Service Experience program is to provide students with learning opportunities by engaging in meaningful service and dialogue. This past spring break, CEL sent out over 60 mountaineers on six ASE programs across the south east.

Each program consists of two student peer leaders, who are responsible for coordinating the group’s service and planning nightly reflection activities, as well as faculty, staff or graduate assistant Learning Partners. Each of the community partners that ASE worked with this year has hosted spring break programs from App State for many years. Through ASE, students had the opportunity to learn about a variety to social issues, like what happens to the rural Appalachian communities as America transitions away from coal and toward a clean energy future on the program “Protecting Our Peaks.” They also got to live and work in many exciting places over spring break, from the islands of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge on the “Restoration & Exploration at the Coast” program, to the nation’s largest natural habitat refuge for retired elephants on the “Elephant Sanctuary” program.

One of the benefits of going on an ASE is connecting service experiences to classroom learning. Mailyn Greig-Ratz, a senior who designed her own Interdisciplinary Studies major called Food Outreach Studies, served as one of the Peer Leaders on a program called “Growing Up Green.” This ASE worked with the Jones Valley Teaching Farm in Birmingham, AL. Mailyn said, “I’ve learned a lot about community needs assessment in my classes and it was really nice to see my studies in practice. I want to go more into the educational aspect of food outreach, like workshops and afterschool programs, which is a big part of what Jones Valley does. This Peer Leading experience was a nice introduction to what that career could be like. I definitely gained a lot from it.” Mailyn is pictured below on the far left with her ASE group.

ASEs happen annually over fall, winter and spring break. Check out the ASE website and follow the program on social media @aseappstate to learn more. If you’re interested in being a faculty/staff learning partner, student peer leader, or program participant, please contact Summer Wisdom

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Nominate Students for CEL Programs!

The Office of Community-Engaged Leadership (CEL) engages Appalachian State University students in academic, experiential, and community-oriented programs that enhance their capacity to serve and lead in socially-responsible ways for the benefit of their local and global communities. CEL currently has applications for two student groups that support this mission: The LEAD Team and Serve Team.

The Serve Team students coordinate and promote sponsored community projects and events, facilitate presentations and reflection sessions, and engage the campus in awareness and education of social issues. Members volunteer on various branches of involvement including Alternative Service Experiences, App State Voter Coalition, Blood Drive Committee and Days of Service Committee! View full position description HERE.

The LEAD Team is a group of student leadership educators who facilitate leadership workshops and conferences, promote leadership programming on campus, and develop leadership capacity individually and among other students. View full position description HERE.

Do you have a student that you think would be a great fit for one (or both) of these roles? We strongly encourage you to nominate them! To nominate students for the Serve Team, please email Carly May. To nominate students for the LEAD Team, please email Ashley Borders. The Office of Community-Engaged Leadership thanks you for your support during this busy time! 

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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 Elisabeth Cavallaro, Interim Director of Wellness & Prevention Services. Please read below to learn more about Elisabeth!

Elisabeth was raised in Jacksonville, Florida and graduated with a Bachelor's in Psychology from Florida State University and a Master's of Public Health from University of North Florida. She loves being able to apply a truly public health approach to improving the mental health of the students on campus, especially since improving mental health through public health techniques is such a new practice in the mental health world. Making a difference with students and working with the great team in Wellness and Prevention keep her excited to come into work every day. She enjoys bringing her passions into the workplace in creative ways, such as fusing video-games and mental wellness (catch her live on Twitch Monday nights!). In her off-time, Elisabeth is usually playing with her dog or cat, jamming out on guitar or ukulele, enjoying all that Boone has to offer with her friends, like hiking, trivia, live music and art walks, or racing to finish a book for one of the two book clubs she is a part of. 

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Upcoming Events and Reminders

Please pay close attention to the dates below and get them on your calendar. Click on the links to get more information.

3/22/22: After Hours in Career Lounge-Global Encore: Promoting Your International Experience @ 6:00pm, Career Development Center Room 222 PSU

3/22/22: Nobuntu-Nobuntu, a female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz to Gospel.  7:00pm @ the Schaefer Center

3/23/22: Taste of Dialogue-Political Polarization @11:30am, 201AB Blue Ridge Ballroom, PSU. Contact Cori Ferguson for more info.

3/24/22: Student Affairs' Committee- Appalachian Board of Trustees @ 3pm, North End Zone's Grandview Ballroom

3/24/22: Health Sciences Career, Professional, & Graduate School Fair @6:00pm, Levine Hall 

3/25/22: Appalachian Board of Trustees Full Board Meeting @ 9:00am, North End Zone's Grandview Ballroom

3/29/22: App State Baseball vs. UNC-Asheville @ 6pm, L.P. Frans Stadium, Hickory, NC (RSVP deadline is Tuesday, March 22nd by 5pm)

3/30/22: ESS Technology Workshop-Everything You need to Know About Images @11am, 169, Three Top Mountain, PSU

3/31/22: Talent Jam: Work it Watauga @ 5:00pm, Ransom Pub, Boone

4/1/22: University Budget Presentations (will be updated before 4/1)

4/5-4/7/22: Diversity Celebration (Various dates and times)

4/6-4/7/22: iBackApp 

4/9/22: University Spring Open House

4/12/22: Staff Wellbeing-P-Card Training for Student Affairs @12:00pm, 169 Three Top Mountain, PSU

4/21/22: ESS Technology Workshop-Copyright & Image Editing @ 11am, 169 Three Top Mountain, PSU

4/23/22: Student Memorial Program

5/4/22: Staff Wellbeing-Environmental Health and Safety @ 11:30am, 169 Three Top Mountain, PSU

5/6-5/7/22: Spring Commencement

7/16/22: Alumni Awards Gala (same weekend as Black & Gold Reunion Weekend-more details to come)

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