August Employee of the Month

James "Jimmy" Kramer currently serves as a Coordinator in Residence Life/University Housing here at Appalachian State University. He has been in this position since 2014.

His nominator stated "Jimmy is dependable, efficient and punctual. He gives great attention to detail and is willing to take on difficult projects, especially in August with preparing for the coming academic year. He has been asked to cover when our department has been down staff and has always stepped up and has performed an amazing job.. Jimmy projects a warm, cheerful attitude to the students and staff. I have seen him resolve conflicts and handle difficult situations with remarkable patience and admirable tact. He goes out of his way to help people. He works hard, and always tries to lift the spirits of those around him. Jimmy demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to our University and it's community. Jimmy is a fantastic teammate and helps his colleagues and is a true champion for higher education. Jimmy brings strong assets to our Department/Division and is focused on continuously learning and developing best practices to manage routine activities in University Housing."

Jimmy we appreciate you and congratulate you on being August's Employee of the Month.

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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.

Aug 12
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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 for your opportunity to sign yourself and your colleagues up to volunteer and contact with our new Mountaineers.

Jul 10
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House Calls

Registration for House Calls 2019 is now open!  

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  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 or (828) 262-8284. 

Jul 9
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