The university remains open and is actively engaged in maintaining the safest possible learning and work environment.
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For details about Student Affairs operations, see the Student Affairs Covid-19 Response. Updated June 10, 2020 at 8:20 a.m.

Appalachian State University’s Staff Senate is comprised of elected representatives who work closely with university administration and the UNC System Staff Assembly to address issues and develop best solutions for staff and the university community. Did you know that we have staff senators that represent the Division of Student Affairs? Well we do and I would like to thank those who are rolling off and introduce our new/current staff senators.  Click Here for More Info!

May 20
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“The world turned upside down,” the legendary lyrics supposedly sung when the British soldiers surrendered at Yorktown, are ample words to describe the current COVID-19 situation. Yet, higher education and student affairs still find innovative and creative ways to engage students and keep them connected to campus. Since March 16, 2020, University Housing has stayed busy doing just that.

To date, only 83 approved students remain in the residence halls on campus. The approximately 5,350 remaining students who lived in the residence halls prior to Spring Break have been engaged in virtual community builders with 138 resident assistants and a virtual residential learning plan that has become a combined effort between University Housing and many campus partners. For example, this past week many residents engaged in four programs focused on personal development and responsible citizenship: an informative presentation about COVID-19, a “One Page Resume Bootcamp” with Career Development, a conversation about feminism and gender hosted by faculty member Dr. Sushmita Chatterjee, and a town hall with the Dean of Students Office.

University Housing Administrative Services has also been busy creating new processes to safely monitor those students who still reside on campus and help the remaining students efficiently gather belongings from the residence halls. For example, the team successfully built and implemented an appointment process in the StarRez system to maintain safe social distancing practices and limit the number of people in a residence hall at one time. They have processed just over 2,200 checkouts since March 16 and 1,050 card access appointments for students to return to campus since April 9. 

Apr 17
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SECU Internship Award Winners

Spring 2020 brings Appalachian State University a new group of SECU Internship Scholarship award winners. The ten recipients are serving in rural communities focused on bringing access and resources to the Western Counties of North Carolina. The scholarships are made possible by a generous donation by the North Carolina State Employee Credit Union Foundation to provide immersive learning opportunities for students and support local nonprofits and government agencies. Each student applied with essays on the impact their internship can help provide and how the funds will assist them with increased travel costs, lodging, meals, and professional clothing, amongst other expenses including tuition.

The students, all of whom are seniors, are engaged in their Field Practicum for the Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree program. They are utilizing this experience to build on core competencies of social work practice and community engagement. Two students, Monique Tyson and Mackenzie Upchurch, are serving as Guardian Ad Litem interns to promote the best interests of abused, neglected, or dependent children though the state court system. Teresita Paz is working in partnership with the Elk Park School Counselor to assist in providing support and advocacy for the students and families she serves. Another student, Diana Rivera-Gomez, is also working in partnership with the local schools through GEAR UP Watauga. GEAR UP educates students in the 9 Western Counties of NC about attending colleges and universities. Saralynn Gaillard is riding along with Ashe County Paramedics with the goal to lower utilization of costly ambulance & ER charges by providing care services, identifying gaps in health care services, connecting clients to resources, and providing follow up for clients. Wesley Dorsey is also working to connect programs and services provided by RAIN that target underserved and hard to reach communities dealing with medical crises. Early intervention services help newly diagnosed and those who have fallen out of care pathways to achieve continuity of care.

Reaching out to marginalized and socially isolated LGBTQ youth is the mission of Outright Youth, by providing a safe and inclusive space in Catawba County. Liam Waller is interning there to help build on the programming for youths 12 to 21 years of age. Hailey Von Krusze is interning at the Watauga Project on Aging that provides essential services and information to elderly community members and the families that care for them. At Summit Support Services, Nancy Wait is assisting the Ashe County non-profit in the gentle teaching to individuals with disabilities. The goal of Summit is to provide opportunities for participants to interact within their communities with housing, social, vocational, education, and worship opportunities. Our final SECU Internship Scholarship winner is Chris Cardwell. Chris is working with the Social Work Collaborative in Boone working off referrals from Hardin Park Elementary, establishing an evidence based support group for Caregivers through the High Country Caregivers Association.

The work these students do builds on the foundation of community established by these various organizations, Appalachian State University, and the NC State Employee Credit Union Foundation. Appalachian State University would like to thank the NC State Employee Credit Union for their generous support of our students.   

Apr 17
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Wellness and Prevention Services Engaging Students Virtually

Wellness and Prevention Services is here to support our students virtually, wherever they may be. Students can get connected to our clinical services (addiction counseling and nutrition counseling) by emailing us at or calling our office at (828) 262 - 3148.

Virtual Events

Our educational events have moved online. When possible, we are recording these events so that our students can watch them when they are able to, although we'd love for them to tune in live when they can.

  • y(OUR) Story Mental Health Show premiered on March 24th at 7:30pm. You and your student can view the show, as well as art created for the show, here.
  • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Our Red Flag Educators are hosting the following events:
    • April 1st: Coffee and Consent Video montage - Our peer educators will discuss what consent is and how to obtain it.
    • April 8th: Clothesline Project Video - Viewers will have the opportunity to read stories from interpersonal violence survivors through this virtual art show.
    • April 23rd: Take Back The Night - Learn about on and off campus as well as hear a story from a sexual assault survivor. This video will be followed by a live Q & A session via Zoom on April 24th at 11:00.
  • Koru Mindfulness Classes - Our 4 week long Koru Mindfulness classes help students feel less stressed, improve sleep and focus, and reduce self-judgement. We have moved them online! Students can sign up here.
  • Students seeking an asynchronous experience should sign up for the Koru un-class. There is a $3.99 fee to use the Koru app for this un-class. Registering for this class gives you access to the Koru Mindfulness app, including guided meditations, meditation log, and a class-wide gratitude river. The App State library does carry an unlimited use online license for the Koru class book. If you use the book and the app together, you will have a great go at your own pace introduction to mindfulness course.
  • Online Suicide Prevention Training is available 24/7.
  • Other April events:
    • Monday April 6th 6:15pm: Navigating Romantic Relationships within the LGBT Community Panel via Zoom
    • Saturday April 18 12pm - 1pm: Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention National Virtual Fundraising Walk via Zoom. More details coming soon.
    • Monday April 20th 6pm: Career as a Journey Panel via Zoom
    • Tuesday April 21st, time TBD: Money Habitudes Online Workshop, more details coming soon

Special "Social Distancing Events"

We are providing weekly social activities to keep students connected:

  • Weekly Trivia via Zoom. No registration necessary. When you log on, please identify your team in the chat box. If you do not have a team, please indicate this and you will be added to a team. Teams are limited to 8 people per team - if your team is larger than that, you'll need to split up.
  • Netflix Party Tuesdays 3pm - 5pm - If you've got Netflix, join us on Netflix Party once a week to hang out and watch a movie. More details coming soon.
  • Social Hour - Thursdays 12pm - 1pm. No-agenda social time via Zoom. No registration needed! Just drop in.
  • Family Feud Fridays via Zoom starting soon. More details coming soon.

Collegiate Recovery Community

We understand that our students in mental health recovery need support. Our Collegiate Recovery Community is here to support these students:

Keeping in Touch on Social Media

We are active on our social media accounts. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and engage with us there. Some of the things we have going on are:

  • Mindful Minutes at 1pm - Join us on Facebook and Instagram at 1pm for mindful minutes live with Wellness and Prevention Services staff on most weekdays
  • "Post Your Plate" Competition on Instagram - Throughout the month of March, use the hashtag #appstatedininghack to post the balanced meals you're eating. At the end of each week, a winning plate will get a swag bag, to be picked up when campus returns to normal operations.
  • Healthy recipes using common pantry staples (rice, canned beans, frozen veggies, etc.)

Please visit for the most up to date list of the services we are providing and how to get connected to them. We are updating this page on a regular basis and are planning to add more events and programs! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (828) 262 - 3148. 

Apr 3
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