Career Development Center's Student Employee Appreciation

During the season of thanksgiving, the Career Development Center is proud to recognize the hard work and dedication of our approximately 4,000 student employees. Together they contribute to an average of 25,000 hours of work effort per week to the university. Their tremendous impact on campus is an integral piece in helping Appalachian thrive.

On November 17th, the Career Development Center hosted our annual Student Employment Appreciation Brunch, honoring our students’ commitment to working on campus. Together with one of our employer partners, Lowes Foods, and with the generous donation of drinks from App Catering, students were treated to a free brunch and lots of cool giveaways. This year’s event was hosted in our new space in the Plemmons Student Union, which allowed students an opportunity to explore the Center, learn more about our programming, and reflect on the skills they have developed in their jobs. Faculty and staff supervisors from across campus showed up to volunteer and thank students in person, and there was even live music provided by WASU, our on-campus radio station. It was amazing to be back in person, and the energy of the more than 200 students who attended was just what was needed as the semester winds down.

During Spring 2022, the need for student employees is greater than ever. The effects of the pandemic over the last two years has created a drastic decline in university operations due to the decrease in the number of student employees. As of now, there are a wide variety of on-campus jobs available to students across many sectors and skills sets. The benefits of working on campus are many, including flexible hours and supervisors who will work with students’ class schedules. Our largest campus employers continue to be Campus Dining, Holmes Convocation Center, University Recreation, Plemmons Student Union, the Belk Library and Information Commons, University Housing, and Advancement Services Call Center. However, there are literally hundreds of jobs posted across almost every department on campus. Students are highly encouraged to utilize Handshake (the University’s official career management platform) to find and apply for jobs. Based on students’ financial need and cost of attendance, they may also be eligible to participate in the Federal Work Study program, wherein their semi-monthly paycheck for an on-campus job is paid through a combination of departmental and work-study funds.

When applying to on-campus jobs, students need to have access to the original documentation required by the Department of Homeland Security for I-9 e-verification.

Students looking for work this spring should consider an on-campus job. They will learn valuable career readiness skills that will support their growth and development well into the future.

Jan 12
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Voter Registration Award

On campuses across the country, students built on the momentum swing of 2018 and voted at high rates in the 2020 election, with voter turnout jumping to 66% in last year’s presidential election. However, of significance for our campus, Appalachian State's student voting rate increased significantly in last year's presidential election, rising to 76.9% in 2020 from a rate of 52.5% in 2016. For context, the "Voting Rate" is defined as the percentage of eligible students who voted and is a product of the voter registration and yield rates.

In addition to increased voting rates, Appalachian State University also earned the Highest Voter Registration Award for the state of North Carolina. This award was granted from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for nonpartisan student voter participation efforts in the 2020 Election. Appalachian had a 93.7% voter registration rate, a number 15 points higher than our voter registration rate in 2016.

These numbers are part of a larger set of data that the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University compiles on student voting records and trends. IDHE’s National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE, pronounced n-solve) is the nation’s largest study of college and university student voting. Institutions must opt-in to the study, and at this time, nearly 1,200 campuses of all types—community colleges, research universities, minority-serving and women’s colleges, state universities, and private institutions—participate. The dataset reflects all 50 states and the District of Columbia and includes 49 of the nation’s 50 flagship schools. IDHE uses de-identified student records to ensure student privacy. The 2020 dataset is robust with 8,880,700 voting-eligible students representing 1,051 colleges and universities.

The Office of Community-Engaged Leadership will continue to lead and support the efforts of voter registration, education, and mobilization in the upcoming mid-terms. If you are interested in serving on the Election Engagement Coalition, please reach out to Heather Jo Mashburn or Carly May to indicate your interest. 

Jan 12
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Getting to Know More People in Student Affairs

In continuing with our "Getting to Know More People in the SA Series", this month we are highlighting Dr. Brad Vest, Director of the Plemmons Student Union, Brian Brown, Director of Electronic Student Services and Jeff Cathey, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs. Please read who makes up the Division of Student Affairs at Appalachian State University!

Happy New Year Dr. Brad Vest!

Brad was born and mostly raised in Decatur, Alabama. He attended high school in Chillicothe Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lander University located in Greenwood, South Carolina; a Master of Arts degree in Student Development Administration from Appalachian State University; and a Doctor of Education in Student Affairs Leadership from the University of Georgia.

Brad has been working in higher education for more than 30 years. He has worked in campus activities and facility management over the course of his career. He currently serves as the Director of the Plemmons Student Union.

Brad is lucky enough to be married to Alicia Vest. Brad and Alicia have one son to which they seem now to devote their lives to travel baseball! Even though he graduated from the University of Georgia, Brad is a HUGE Alabama Football fan! He likes to think of himself as “Tim, The Toolman” type of guy ~ he has been doing a bathroom remodel going on for four years! He enjoys getting sidetracked walking the dogs or just cooking something on his grill on the weekends.

Greetings Brian Brown!

"I was born in the American southwest where I enjoyed making my own circuit boards and robots; programming my father’s TRS-80 microcomputer; playing jazz saxophone; hang gliding; and backpacking the mountains of New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming. After having picked Boone, NC (sight unseen) off of a map, I moved to the High Country in 1989 with all my worldly possessions crammed into the back of a 1984 Mazda GLC hatchback.

I have worked with technology for almost 30 years and have spent the last 23 years in higher education, joining Appalachian in 1999. I have served as Director of Electronic Student Services since 2001. Prior to coming to Appalachian, I worked as a Network Engineer in medical technology and as a data visualization consultant. My educational background is in mathematics and the study of chaotic dynamical systems.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, cooking, listening to music, and spending time with my partner JP, our cat, and two dogs. I also enjoy restoration projects, most recently restoring a 58 year-old, 28 foot sailboat over a period of over 3 years which I plan to sail on an Atlantic circuit to Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean upon retirement." 

Hello Jeff Cathey!

"Hey there folks! My name is Jeff Cathey, my pronouns are he/him, and I have the privilege of serving as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Originally from Shelbyville TN, I grew up on a small family farm where I learned a great deal about cattle, horses, hauling hay and mucking out stalls. I attended The University of Tennessee, Knoxville where I majored in Animal Science with a minor in Business and initially intended to become a large animal veterinarian. While an undergrad, I found myself drawn to many campus involvement opportunities and subsequently to student affairs. Some of the experiences that had the most impact on me included serving as an Orientation Leader, participating in Alternative Spring Break, serving as an Ambassador for my academic college, serving as a university mascot and experience as a fraternity member and president.

I remained at UTK for graduate school with a Graduate Assistantship in the Service-Learning area. I then worked in programming for Campus Activities before moving to Colorado to work as an Assistant Dean of Students and Associate Dean of Students for 9 years at Colorado College. It was there that I gained 7 yrs experience as a chief conduct officer, gained intro experience in case management and also learned a great deal through work with the Student Union and Outdoor Programs among other areas. Additionally, Colorado College was my first experience as a Student Government Advisor.

I returned to UTK for 5 years as an Associate Dean of Students where I went much more deeply into student support, case management and crisis management before moving to Appalachian State as Director of Student Programs and then Director of Student Engagement and Leadership. This is now my 8th year at Appalachian State and my first permanent year as Assistant Vice Chancellor. It is an honor and joy to work in support of Career Development, Intercultural Student Affairs, Campus Activities, Community Engaged Leadership and the Plemmons Student Union. I also get to serve as Co-Advisor for Student Government with our beloved Dean of Students, Judy Haas.

I am most blessed to have been married to Maureen Cathey (Associate Director of Business Career Services) for 22 years. We have a daughter, Rachel, who is a sophomore at Watauga High School and a son, Spencer, who is a freshman at NC State. When not trying to keep up with what the family is doing, I find my grounding and peace through mountain biking, gardening, trail work, camping and drinking a beer with whoever would like to join. I also get great fulfillment and many friendships from my work as Team Director for our local Watauga Pioneers NICA mountain bike program and as a member of the Leadership Board for Boone Area Cyclists.

Jan 12
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Spring 2022 Orientation for New-Incoming Students and Families

We are preparing and getting excited for Spring 2022 orientation! New Mountaineer students and families will be joining us for Orientation in-person on January 6th and 7th. Students and parents will attend some information sessions together and others will be separate.

Please visit the Spring Orientation Schedule of Events for more information regarding the one day in-person model. New students living on-campus will be able to move into their residence hall the day prior to their Orientation session. Please make sure to review the Winter Break Closure and Spring 2022 Opening information on the University Housing website. In the event that we need to shift to an online format, students and families will be notified via their AppState email.

What’s a little different this spring?

  • We are allowing advisors to advise their new students prior to Orientation via Zoom. Students must still attend Orientation in January. If they fail to attend, their class schedule will be dropped before the first day of classes.
  • Any students that are not seen for early advising will be seen for individual advising on their Orientation day.

Nikki Crees and Monica Barlow

Dec 9, 21
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