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2024 Student Affairs Conference Awards

On January 9th, we had to cancel our SA Annual Conference due to weather!   However, we still wanted to celebrate our award winners so we presented them at departmental staff meetings!  Below are our award winners:

Behind the Scenes Award: Paul Ford (Plemmons Student Union) and Anna Lee Evans (University Recreation)

Impact Award: Nursing Staff (M.S. Shook Student Health Service)

Fresh Influencer Award: Leigh Lessard (Student Conduct)

Front Line Hero Award: UREC Maintenance & Housekeeping Team (University Recreation)

Innovation Award: Eating Concerns Team (M.S. Shook Student Health Service)

Care.Engage.Transform. Award: Ashley Vinson (Community-Engaged Leadership)

Changemaker Award: Dr. Heather Jo Mashburn (Community-Engaged Leadership)

Thank you for nominating our award winners and so many other.  It is always tough, because we have so many wonderful people in our Division.

Feb 21
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App State Women's Center Celebrating 25 Years

As we enter Women's History Month, Intercultural Student Affairs is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Appalachian State University Women's Center. For a quarter-century, this center has been a fundamental resource for the University and the empowerment, advocacy, and support for women at our institution.

To mark this significant milestone, the Women's Center, in collaboration with Intercultural Student Affairs, is thrilled to announce the 2024 Women's History Month kickoff event featuring the accomplished Appalachian author, Halle Hill.

Halle Hill has made waves with her debut novel, *Good Women*, published by Hub City Press. The book has received accolades from Kirkus Reviews, O Magazine, Electric Literature, Book Riot, and Southwest Review, establishing Hill as a powerful voice in contemporary literature. Her stories delve into the depths of womanhood, identity, and resilience, resonating with readers of all backgrounds.

Join us on March 6, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. in the solarium of the Plemmons Student Union for an engaging Craft Talk and Book Signing with Halle Hill. This event promises an intimate opportunity to interact with the author, gain insights into her creative process, and have your copy of *Good Women* personally signed.

ISA and The Women's Center would like to thank Clarinda Choice, our former assistant director, for her invaluable contributions in organizing this event and bringing Halle Hill to our campus.

To secure your spot, please RSVP via Engage. For any questions about the event or the Women's Center, feel free to contact Cody Michael Henderson.

Let's come together to celebrate the Women's Center's remarkable journey and honor the voices and experiences of women throughout history. 

Feb 21
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NY Loft Directorship

picture by University Communications

In a 4,400-square-foot facility located in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan, you will find the Appalachian Loft -- a cozy unassuming floor designed to provide a hostel-type living environment for students, faculty, staff, and alumni in New York City. The New York Loft program was created in 1973, providing an affordable and convenient environment for the Appalachian community.

When I started working full-time with AppState in 2016, I was able to participate in a faculty study away at the Loft. This is when I first became aware of this incredible resource. Since then I have often traveled back for work and leisure. Most recently I had the pleasure of serving as the Staff Director for 2.5 weeks over this past Winter Break. The guests that came through the Loft over my time there truly represented our diverse and vibrant AppState community; a recent alumnus between leases in the city, international students celebrating the New Year Holiday in Times Square, alumni attending a much-anticipated Phish concert, and a cohort of senior theater students attending live performances and conducting auditions with Julliard and cruise lines. There was plenty of downtime -- giving me the opportunity to visit sites like the Met Museums, be an audience member in the live-recording of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and even be in Times Square for the New Year’s celebration.

The Staff Director position at the Appalachian Loft in New York City is available to all full-time Appalachian staff (SHRA and EHRA non-faculty). A staff director is needed at the Loft for two brief periods during Winter Break. The Office of Finance and Operations sends out an official call for staff directorship applications at the beginning of each Fall Semester. Directors live in and keep up the daily operations of the Loft. If you have any questions about utilizing the loft for your travels to NYC or serving as a Staff Director, check out or feel free to contact me with any questions!

Megan Kasper (she/they)

Associate Director of Community-Engaged Leadership / Director of the Leadership Studies Minor 

Feb 21
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Embracing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy: 

Author William T. Lewis Sr. Headlines Inspiring Campus Events

In a tribute to the profound impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Office of Diversity and the Office of Intercultural Student Affairs proudly announce a series of events featuring the esteemed author William T. Lewis Sr., renowned for his work "Sweet Potato or Pumpkin Pie." These events, designed to foster dialogue and reflection, will unfold across multiple campuses, offering participants the chance to engage with Lewis's perspectives on Dr. King's enduring legacy.

Boone Campus Evening Celebration

Mark your calendars for Thursday, January 25, 2024, from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM EST, as the Plemmons Student Union Parkway Ballroom at the Boone Campus transforms into a hub of intellectual exchange, literary exploration, and dialogue. Attendees can anticipate an evening filled with enlightening discussions and an exclusive book signing session with William T. Lewis Sr.

Hickory Campus Luncheon

Simultaneously, the Hickory Campus invites you to a captivating luncheon on the same day, January 25, 2024, from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST, held in the Atrium. This event promises a delightful lunch and engaging conversations, providing a unique opportunity to interact with the author and delve into the themes of "Sweet Potato or Pumpkin Pie."

Exclusive Gathering for Staff and Faculty

For staff and faculty members eager to explore the intersections of literature, social justice, and Dr. King's teachings, an exclusive gathering is scheduled on Friday, January 26, 2024. From 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM EST, join William T. Lewis Sr. for invigorating conversation and coffee at the Multicultural Center's new location, Plemmons Student Union 217.

These events, carefully curated, offer a platform for community members to collectively celebrate the principles of justice, equality, and unity championed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To ensure your spot at these events, please consider RSVPing through the provided invitations or visiting our event page [insert link].

As we unite to commemorate Dr. King's legacy, let these events serve as a reminder of the continued pursuit of a more just and equitable society.

Please RSVP for the events through Engage:

Jan 19
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