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Summer Meetups for Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs has now hosted 2 summer meetups thus far.  These meetups consist of meeting for lunch at different restaurants in Boone.  On June 8th, we had 11 people join us for food and fellowship.  On Tuesday, June 20th, 14 people joined together at the 1180 Eatery, where we were able to enjoy the patio seating and great food!  We have 2 more meetups coming in July (July 7th and 22nd)!  Please make sure that you don't miss out on the fun!  All you need to do is signup and show up!  Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Jun 23
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Appalachian State's Child Development Center Expansion

App State's Child Development Center is expanding this fall to provide additional early care services to Appalachian students, staff and faculty. The expansion is on schedule to welcome 54 additional children and their families for the fall 2022 semester. The Center currently serves 68 children in the existing facility so the expansion will nearly double the capacity to serve AppState families.

When starting the planning process, Chancellor Sheri Everts said the university recognizes the importance of child care in recruiting and retaining highly qualified faculty, staff and students, and for allowing students to continue their education as they raise and expand their families. The Center’s operations are funded by sliding scale fees based on the income of the parents and families of the children.

The project supports the strategic plan of App State and the university’s goals and metrics associated with the University of North Carolina System’s strategic plan. It will benefit students, academics and the community.

About the New Facility

The center will be licensed for 54 additional children. The expansion will add five additional classrooms, a kitchen, laundry facilities, additional drop-off parking and staff/visitor parking, and new sidewalks around the new and existing buildings. Additionally, a new AppalCART bus stop will be placed at the center, providing greater access to and from the Center for those student parents and community families who rely on local transit.

Sitework began in the fall of 2021. The sections of the pre-fabricated building arrived at App State in December 2021 and are in place, with siding and a pitched roofed installed in early spring 2022. Workers have connected the building to its mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and interior work for the building is substantially complete. The staff at the Center are now completing the furniture installation and classroom setup. Site work for the sidewalks, parking, playground space and landscaping are taking place over the next few weeks, with a phased opening of classrooms planned for August 2022, as they are approved by public health and licensed by the state.

Information for Interested Families

There are over 215 children already on the waitlist and several of those children have priority status. We follow a five-tier priority system when enrolling new children, starting with children in the No. 1 priority category, working down to No. 5 priority category, then moving to non-priority applicants based on when their enrollment application was submitted. For more details about applying for a spot at the Center, contact the Center at

Jun 23
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Spring 2022 Black and Gold Leadership Award Ceremony

On Wednesday, April 13, Student Affairs welcomed over 170 guests to celebrate the nominees and recipients of various leadership awards. This year we combined the Student Organization Leadership Awards with the Leadership and Legacy Awards and were able to present numerous awards honoring students work and dedication towards bettering our campus community.

The "Outside the Box" award was presented to the organization, Student Made, for showing tremendous creativity and originality. The "Commitment to Justice" award was awarded to Savinance Thelma Vambe for constantly working toward positive change. The "Unsung Champion" award was awarded to Caroline Porter with Sigma Alpha Iota for being dedicated and putting forth an immense amount of work with many different activities. The "Leaders in Action" award was presented to The Appalachian student newspaper for placing a strong emphasis on not only campus involvement, but also leadership development. The "Rising Star" award recipient was Patrick Edmonston with the Religious Studies Club for showing great potential, through time and commitment, for future leadership within the organization and beyond.

The "Outstanding Academic & Professional Organization" award was awarded to the Recreation Management Association for exemplifying outstanding achievements and development among its peer organizations. The "Outstanding Club Sports Organization" was presented to the Equestrian Team for their ability to provide a place for students to thrive in their social, physical, and mental well-being. The "Outstanding Department Affiliated Organization" award was awarded to INTAPP for exemplifying outstanding achievements and community and campus development. The "Outstanding Multicultural & International Organization" award was presented to the Black Student Association for repeatedly working to not only create a safe space for all black students on campus, but also providing resources and a sense of belonging for students. The "Outstanding Special Interest Organization" award recipient is The Nerd Network for being a club that appeals to the unique and special interests of students.

The "Spirit of Service" award was presented to Meredith Maiken with the ASE Executive Board for being a devoted student serving the community through various community service projects with an unshakable cheerful attitude. The "Outstanding Educational Program" award was awarded to the Japanese Culture Club for their effective educational program: the cherry blossom festival.

The "Community Impact" award recipient was Sigma Alpha Iota for supporting and bettering the local community. The "Appalachian Image" award was presented to the Equestrian Team for demonstrating excellence, purpose, campus life enhancement and membership and leadership development among other things. The "Outstanding Achievement" award recipient was Meredith Ingram with the ACT Team for being an outstanding member within an organization and continuously making a lasting and valuable contribution.

The "Outstanding Organization Advisor" award was presented to Heather Lippard of Sigma Alpha Iota and Erin Sanders of University Recreation's Club Sports Teams for using their leadership and involvement to be strong educational advisors. The "Dr. Jim Street Outstanding Presidential Leadership" award was presented to Abby Farrell from the Exercise Science Club for advancing the mission of their organization, preparing the organization for ongoing success and more. The "Student Organization of the Year" award was awarded to the Appalachian Ambassadors for significantly furthering its contribution to the university and the Boone community.

The "Student Employee of the Year" award was presented to Makalia Ray for showing consistent reliability, quality of work, initiative, and dedication, among others. The "Ronny L. Brooks Leadership" award was presented to Emily Broyles, Yaquelin "Jackie" Perez-Albanil, and Laouratou Boiro for excelling in a specific program or leadership role that have empowered others with a significant impact on their respective organizations.

The "Bobby L. Dunnigan Service" award was presented to Clay Langfeldt, Josie Myers, and Katelyn Goff for distinguishing themselves through the scope and quality of their service during their employment in the Division of Student Affairs. The "Gregory S. Blimling" award was awarded to Alyssa Rodriguez and Emily Nasal for their outstanding service and commitment to Student Affairs while pursuing a graduate degree.

The "Harvey R. Durham Outstanding Freshman Advocate" award was presented to Dr. Ted Zerucha for significantly improving the freshman experience on campus through sustained contributions.

The "W.H. Plemmons Leadership Medallion" award was awarded to Dr. Alex Howard, Laura Buck, and Annie Manges for their time, energy, skills, and commitment to enrich the quality of student life and advance the education of students at Appalachian.

Congratulations to all of our nominees and recipients, and thank you all for attending! 

Jun 17
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Leadership Studies Classes

Leadership Studies can be a great asset as students build their skills and confidence in leading in groups, organizations, and any future career. Our leadership courses use active learning, real-world cases, problem-solving, and community building and are taught by instructors with a range of backgrounds and experiences.

  • HPC 2700: Principles of Leadership- This course is designed to introduce students to models and theories of leadership and to create an understanding of the increasing complexity of leading in diverse contexts. With multiple course days/times offered- this makes a great elective for all majors!!
    • Monday/Wednesday, 3:30-4:45 PM / CRN: 10315
    • Tuesday/Thursday, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM / CRN: 13466
    • Tuesday/Thursday, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM / CRN: 14631
  • HPC 3100: Ethical Leadership- Ethics is at the heart of leadership. This course explores the ethical demands of leadership- what at times becomes the “dark side” of leadership. Through the examination of moral and ethical frameworks, students will develop their efficacy in analyzing multiple perspectives, decision-making, and navigating complexity.
    • Monday/Wednesday, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM / CRN: 14623

Declare the Leadership Studies Minor

The Leadership Studies Minor is an 18 credit hour minor open to students from all majors. 9 credit hours must come from Leadership Studies courses in the HPC department, and others can be selected from a wide range of interdisciplinary electives.

Apr 27
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