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University Housing's Closing Information and End of Year Banquet

The closing of the residence halls and move out for summer is almost here! Given the current construction zones and anticipated heavy traffic that may occur on the West side of campus during peak move-out times, University Housing and University Parking and Traffic have developed a traffic management plan that will help reduce traffic congestion that may occur on this side of campus. This will affect the Stadium area of campus, which consists of Belk, Bowie, Coltrane, Eggers, Frank, Gardner, Newland, Raven Rocks, and Thunder Hill residence halls.

The plan will take effect on April 23 and remain in effect until May 7 at 12 noon. All traffic to the Stadium area of campus will travel up Stadium Drive to Jack Branch Drive from Rivers Street. Jack Branch Drive will be reserved for one-way traffic only. Most vehicles will be exiting the Stadium area by travelling the brick path toward the Schaefer Center. Please watch for traffic and reduced parking in areas near these residence halls, as students and families will be loading vehicles for move out.

In other news, our University Housing student staff was celebrated during their end-of-year recognition ceremony, which was streamed live on Tuesday, April 27, at 6 PM. The theme for this year's banquet was "A Night at the Movies". University Housing recognized our Desk Assistant (DA), Night Assistant (NA), Resident Assistant (RA) and Graduate Assistant (GA) of the Year, as well as Hall Staff of the Year. There were also awards for Crisis Manager of the Year, Community Builder of the Year, the Leigh Lane Edwards Service Award (given to an RA), and the Rising Star Award. The ceremony also included recognition of our Night Assistant Supervisors, our Student Housekeepers, and our graduating staff members.

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Happenings in Student Health!

Since January, 2020, our laboratory volume has increased over 30%. This includes 10,007 COVID tests

and bringing some testing in-house that were previously sent to a reference lab. The COVID tests have

been a mixture of the rapid antigen and molecular although we are currently doing in-house molecular

testing almost exclusively.

The overall campus positivity rate is 1.9%, which compares very favorably with the state. The rate for

student health testing tends to be a bit higher as we are typically testing symptomatic students.

The clinic is enrolled with NC DHHS as a vaccine provider and has worked with the School of Nursing,

Emergency Management and many Appstate volunteers to provide 3965 vaccines to students, faculty,

staff and the community. Vaccines will continue to be provided as they are allocated to us by the state.

We have some significant staffing changing coming up over the next several weeks. Two long term

Nurse Practitioners, Sue Sweeting (4.29) and Karen Goodman (8.1) are retiring. They will certainly be

missed and feel free to reach out to them and wish them the best!

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Student Affairs in the Community

Hospitality House: Kickin for a Cause

Student Affairs joined AppState's Recreation Management planning class to raise money in support of recreation management programming at Hospitality House! Hospitality House, a regional nonprofit homeless services agency, works in seven rural North Carolina counties (Watauga, Wilkes, Ashe, Avery, Alleghany, Mitchell, Yancey) providing housing, shelter, hunger relief, homeless prevention, street outreach, counseling and crisis assistance.

Student Affairs had three teams under one big umbrella called, Just Kick It (Teams A, B, and C). On April 10th, we met at fields 2 and 3 located at the Watauga County Recreation Center as the tournament began at 11:00a.m. Each team had 8-10 people on them. We played in the rain but it was so worth it! We also had partners/families of student affairs staff and colleagues from other divisions. You will see the teams below.

Team A: Sarah & Phillip Garrow, Angela Shook, Heather Jo Mashburn, Molly Kadyk, Heather Strine Patterson, Anitra Ball, Kevin Delgado, Patrick Setzer and JJ Brown (captain).

Team B: , Erin Hayes, Tyrel Winebarger, Allison & Ethan Dodson, Susan McCracken, Barb Krause, Mark Mashburn and Alex Howard (captain)

Team C: Alan Rasmussen, Stephanie & Patrick Billings, Zack Birtsch, Drew Lail, Erin Sanders, Jawoin Williams, Seth Findley, David Royster and Traci Royster (captain)

Congratulations and thank you to all individuals who participated. SGA and other student groups also had teams. The competition was hard and younger! Team A ended up winning their first round and advancing to the next round. Teams B&C played a really good first round but did not make it to the second round, but stayed to support Team A. A fun time was had by all and we raised over $1000 for this wonderful cause! Our participation in this event was coordinated by Judy Haas and Alex Howard! Caitlyn Brewer, senior recreation management major, was the organizer of this successful event.  Kudos to them for helping us to remain active in the community! We are ready for next year’s tournament……..ARE YOU?

App Builds A Home (ABAH): Walls Up Competition

Appalachian State has been partnering with Watauga County Habitat for Humanity to help local families build safe and affordable homes. App Builds a Home is a campus-wide initiative with students, alumni, faculty, and staff making a tangible commitment to our community.

Habitat for Humanity partners with communities all over the world to help build and improve affordable homes.

The first annual App Builds a Home Walls Up Competition took place during the week of April 19th-22nd in Peacock Hall parking lot. Structures that were built at Walls-Up will be used to build Sheila Potter's home. Sheila has been an Appalachian employee since 2016 and will be the owner of the second ABAH house.

Student Affairs had a team, SAWS (Student Affairs Wall Squad) and worked on their walls on Thursday, April 22nd. The SAWS team consisted of: Wanda Stewart, Anitra Ball, Matt Dull, JJ Brown and Traci Royster. If any of you need help building something, this is the team to help! Congratulations to this team and thank you for your participation and representing the Division. Mackenzie Millett, a junior exercise science major, helped to lead this great community service opportunity! Thanks to you Mackenzie! 

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Sustained Dialogue Summer Skill Series

The next opportunity for Sustained Dialogue is a 10 week virtual skill series that will begin on Wednesday, May 26th. If you've been around a minute you may remember the Inclusive Leadership Retreat put on by Sustained Dialogue in the past. This is the same content repurposed for COVID times to be a 10 week virtual program, open to faculty, staff and students. 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, so I highly recommend it. 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.

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 Wednesday from 1:00 pm - 2:30m EST from May 26, 2020 to August 4, 2020 (with the exception of an "off week" on June 23rd).

Click here to sign upon Engage. Each session is mandatory to complete the skills series. Space is limited to 40 participants, so please sign up only if you can make the session each time.

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