For a variety of reasons, college campuses can be recovery hostile environments. A few of the factors that may make the journey of recovery difficult are: access to alcohol and other drugs; a potentially non-structured environment that makes it easy to binge-engage social media or television; and, misguided perceptions about the college experience and the behaviors of other college students. In addition to these elements, a considerable amount of the university’s attention is often devoted to the management of active behaviors among students. For instance, providing education and training on the responsible use of alcohol. As a result, students actively engaged in recovery may find themselves feeling isolated and unsupported in their endeavor.Read more
The Plemmons Leadership Scholars program offers a 4 year scholarship to 10 incoming students each year. These students come in as a cohort, take a Principles of Leadership course together during the first semester and engage with the program in a variety of ways throughout their 4 years. This program is based on leadership and service with an expectation that our scholars will work to achieve ambitious goals in these areas while at Appalachian and as a lifelong habit.Read more
Sharon Jenson, of the Career Development Center, has received Student Affairs Employee of the Month for Febuary. Sharon is the historical voice of the Career Development Center and is a legacy here on campus. As such, she has insured that serving the needs of students has been our primary goal and mission in spite of significant staff turnover in the past several years. Sharon will make time to meet with any student inquiring about internships, student employment or any career matter, and link him or her with all resources available. Sharon Jensen is the kind of person that always puts others before herself. She has dedicated so much of her time to helping students and it does not go unnoticed. She is the definition of a servant leader and she has never failed at making those around her laugh just when they needed it most. Individuals like her are the ones that others should aspire to work with and be as a young, growing professional.
During November, residents of each hall on campus came together as a community to do service projects. Residents in Hoey, East, and Appalachian Panhellenic Halls spent time creating greeting cards for service people stationed overseas and hospitalized children. These greetings will go across the country and around the world spreading joy and positivity from our students. Residents in Gardner, Coltrane, and Bowie wrote cards to deliver to campus partners to show their appreciation for all they do to make Appalachian State an outstanding place to be a student.Read more
With over 11,000 Appalachian State University students living off-campus, and that number increasing each year, Off-Campus Student Services has continued to enhance and expand its programs for off-campus students. Each academic year, we kick off the fall semester with “House Calls,” our outreach to off-campus students. This year, through the efforts of more than 60 faculty and staff volunteers, we knocked on over 2,000 student apartment doors and reached well over 5,000 off-campus students with safety information related to critical issues that impact college students.Read more