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 housecalls.appstate.edu.  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 ruschkp@appstate.edu or (828) 262-8284. 

Jul 9
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April Student Affairs Employee of the Month - Ms. Geralyn Mitchell

Geralyn currently serves as the Assistant Director and Career Counselor for the College of Fine and Applied Arts along with the Hayes School of Music in the Career Development Center.  Geralyn has been with the University for 5 years.  

Her nominator stated "On April 4, Appalachian hosted our first Talent Jam and Geralyn took lead on this initiative.  Talent Jam was a community pitch event where individuals had 60 seconds to showcase their talents that would be of interest to employers and employers had 60 seconds to pitch their talent needs. The program was coordinated and planned with community partners - Boone and Blowing Rock chambers, Watauga Economic Development Commission and Silicon Hollar.

She scheduled monthly planning meetings, prepared materials for those who were pitching and also coached some of them. That collaborate embodies engage. Care - this concept was design to reach students and recent alumni for whom a traditional Job Fair is intimidating or not in a setting that feels welcome. Talent Jam was at Ransom and as such allowed more natural conversation.

I had several conversations with students about their career ideas and plans that I would have unlikely had at Holmes Center at the Internship and Job Fair. Finally transform - this was a new an innovative program. Geralyn tracked down leads for pitchers and was able to get a wide variety of folks to come - from a first year student on the soccer team who wants to provide private coaching to the CFO of Maymead needing to hire for a controller. That was transformative to bring all these pieces under one roof.

The other part was watching the students who did pitch get on stage with minimal prep and speak confidently about their talents including one student who is a member of our SDAP community who pitched her musical performance talents. Geralyn took lead to create a new exciting and super engaging program that blended community and university and engaged the students/alumni who participated (estimate 50-70 of the total 170-200) with leaders and business owners in Watauga County.

Geralyn we appreciate you and congratulate you on being April's Employee of the Month.

Jun 19
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2018-19 OFF-CAMPUS STUDENT SERVICES RE-CAP:  Find Out More About What We Do!

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March Student Affairs Employee of the Month - Ms. Sue Reese

Sue currently serves as the Administrative Assistant in charge of the departmental budget and payroll for University Recreation. Sue has been with University Recreation for 14 years and the University for almost 16 years. Her nominator stated "One of my favorite things about Ms. Sue is her dedication to ensure her work is correct. She is always willing to spend time with each student who comes in that has questions or need assistance. Sue is always willing to stop what she is working on to assist the student with their question or gaining access to computer, copier, office supplies, finding the right staff person, etc. Her spirit and work ethic is Appalachian through and through!"

Congratulations Sue for all you do for the Appalachian Family! Your hard work and dedication to students, staff, faculty and the community have not gone unnoticed! 

May 21
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