Information from Student Health Services

Student Health continues to monitor CDC and NC DHHS recommendations for COVID-19 treatment and vaccination.  We continue to offer vaccinations for students, staff and community. We offer both the Janssen (one shot) and Moderna (two shots).  Anyone interested may call the clinic at 828.262.3100 for details on the next vaccination opportunities.

We realize there are questions regarding a booster, that has been predicted in the news.  We will offer boosters as soon as advised to do.  Currently we are unaware of any boosters being available. 

We are preparing for the AAAHC and CLIA surveys and hope to receive new soon with dates.

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Good News for App State Students

We are all looking for some good news these days and our most recent graduates have been given just that!  "Employers project hiring 7.2% more new college graduates from the Class of 2021 than they hired from the Class of 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic, according to NACE’s latest job market report."

Read the full article HERE!

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Affinity Groups

Merriam-Webster defines affinity group as "a group of people having a common interest or goal or acting together for a specific purpose". Here is a friendly reminder of some of the affinity groups we have on campus.  After reading the information below, if you are interested in one of these groups, please reach out to the contact person listed.  

Please click on the links below for more information (if applicable).

App Advocates: The Appalachian Advocates Initiative is a program in the College of Business created to equip, expand and make visible the network of support available to members of underrepresented groups within the College of Business, our Appalachian community and the greater Boone community. Membership is open to all faculty and staff. Meredith Church Pipes is the contact person.

Appalachian African-Alumni Network (AAAN): an affinity group that is part of the Appalachian Alumni Association. The mission of AAAN is to engage all African-American alumni, develop a working relationship with university administrators, increase the role of alumni in recruitment and retention efforts of African-American students and improve visibility on and off campus at Alumni events. Please contact Selena Parks for more information.

Able-achian: Able-achian is a creative collective intended to draw attention to the experiences of disabled community members at Appalachian State University.  For more information, email:

APP Unidos: Dedicated to issues of importance to the Hispanic/Latino community on campus and in the local and state communities, while providing a networking opportunity for colleagues.  The efforts to bring together faculty and staff of Hispanic and Latinix heritage began at the UNC System wide forum held on the campus of N.C. State University back on October 6, 2012. Encouraged by Edelmira Segovia (App State Alumna) of UNC-Wilmington to form a group on campus that would connect with the growing Hispanic Student Association.  There are events App Unidos organized such as the 4th UNC Forum held on this campus to promote awareness of App Unidos.  Please contact Jaxeli Martinez or María Hofman for more information.

Black Faculty & Staff Association (BFSA): The purpose of BFSA is to address quality of life issues specific to Black faculty, staff, and students; Promote the development of leadership skills; Facilitate professional welfare and development; Stimulate a sense of social responsibility and improve communication; and Promote scholarship and cooperative research among Black faculty, staff, and students.  Membership shall be open to all Black faculty and staff at Appalachian State University.  For more information, please send an email to:

Black Graduate Student Association: established in 2019 and focuses on scholarship, service and empowerment.

Queer and Trans Staff and Faculty (QTSAF): The Queer and Trans Staff and Faculty (QTSAF) group is a gathering of folks across the queer and trans/LGBTQ+ spectrum at Appalachian State. Our goal is to provide community, support, and advocacy for queer and trans folks on campus and work to make our campus a more inclusive space. The group formed in May, and since then has hosted a social event and started advocacy efforts. If you'd like to be connected to our work, please join our organization page on Engage. If you have any questions about the group, reach out to the Staff Liaison, Sarah Parker at or email us at

Women in Education Leadership Symposium (WIELS): Works to establish an inclusive community that advocates the elimination of gender-based barriers to leadership opportunities. WIELS is committed to promoting and empowering the advancement of women, gender non-binary, feminine-identified, and gender fluid leaders, and providing ongoing support through coaching, mentoring, and networking.  Contact Precious Guramatunhu-Mudiwa or Susan Colby for more information.

Student Affairs Women in Leadership: Coming Soon.

If you are interested in an affinity group not listed, please contact Traci Royster.

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Getting to Know More People in Student Affairs Series

In continuing with our Getting to Know More People in SA Series, this month we are highlighting Ms. Margaret Bumgarner, Administrative Director of Student Health Services. Enjoy reading about who makes up the Division of Student Affairs at Appalachian State University!

Hello! I am Margaret Bumgarner, Administrative Director for the MS Shook Student Health Service. The Administrative part of the title reflects the fact that we have a medical director who is a physician and provides oversight for clinical care provided by our clinic.

I have spent the bulk of my career in all aspects of health care. Beginning as a phlebotomist and then as a laboratory medical technologist. After completing my masters, I worked in medical staff leadership and quality assurance. My experience includes all inpatient and outpatient settings and payment models.

I love being in different locations and experiencing different cultures. My love of beautiful locales and opportunity to add additional tools to my healthcare toolbox, has largely driven my job choices. I grew up in Asheville, NC and have lived in both Whitefish, Montana and Lihue, Hawaii. Boone fits right into that group!

I spend a lot of spare time with my four companion pets; three cats and a rabbit. Yes, just a cat short of being a crazy cat lady! The rabbit was my COVID adoption and in retrospect, a dubious choice. Cooking and gardening are both fun for me. Outside of home, I prefer to hike and fly fish, again all with more enthusiasm than skill.

If we haven’t met in person and there are likely several who I only know from a 3x4 inch zoom picture, please reach out and let’s get to know each other.

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Rm. 109, B.B. Dougherty
P.O. Box 32117
438 Academy Street
Boone, NC 28608
Fax: (828) 262-2615