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  • Friday, May 12, 2017

    On May 11, a new case of mumps was confirmed in an Appalachian State University student, bringing the total number of mumps cases in Watauga County to four, and the total number of cases in Appalachian students to three. As you travel home or to other locations during the summer months, please exercise caution and be vigilant about caring for yourself and others.

  • Friday, May 12, 2017

    Recent confirmed cases of mumps among Appalachian State University and Caldwell Community College students in Watauga County have generated questions about MMR immunization requirements for college students. North Carolina state law requires two immunization vaccinations before enrolling in school, college or university for the first time.

  • Friday, April 28, 2017

    Two cases of mumps were confirmed in Watauga County on April 27 and 28, 2017, making a total of three confirmed cases in the county for the year. The two additional cases are in an Appalachian State University student and a Watauga Campus Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCC&TI) student. All confirmed cases are residents of Watauga County.

  • Monday, April 10, 2017

    In follow up to Saturday’s communication, we wanted to provide you with an update on a case of mumps in an Appalachian State University student, which was confirmed on April 7. While at this time, we have not detected additional cases of mumps, we remain on heightened alert for anyone with signs and symptoms compatible with mumps.

  • Saturday, April 8, 2017

    We have learned of one confirmed case of mumps at Appalachian State University and we want to share information about this situation with you. We are providing this information in the interest of maintaining open communication about the potential of exposure. Below we have summarized important information regarding mumps exposure and symptoms to encourage community members to promptly report suspected mumps cases.

  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    In accordance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315) adopted by Congress in 2008, Appalachian State University prohibits the unlawful manufacture, possession, use or distribution of controlled substances or illicit drugs on its campus. The University will take all lawful actions necessary to eliminate illegal drugs from the University community. Appalachian State University adheres to the University of North Carolina policy on Illegal Drugs, adopted by the Board of Governors on January 15, 1988, and published in The UNC Policy Manual, section 1300.1.

  • Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    On October 5, 2016, I sent an email notifying you that all faculty and some staff are now designated as responsible employees under Title IX. In order to understand your reporting obligations and ensure all campus employees are aware of their rights under Title IX and the university’s workplace violence policy, all employees are required to complete the Haven online training module.

  • Monday, October 17, 2016

    Homecoming celebrations show us that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves.

  • Friday, September 23, 2016

    In light of the shooting and protests in Charlotte, we are once again reminded of the value of life, and the importance of building relationships that create a just community.

  • Tuesday, August 30, 2016

    John Weaver, Appalachian’s head coach and director of track and field and cross country, addresses the attendees at the 27th Annual Walk for Awareness.

  • Friday, April 29, 2016

    Our campus has been touched by the disappearance of James Martin Roberts, who goes by his middle name, and who was last seen near campus on April 21. Our thoughts and concerns are with Martin and his loved ones and we hope for his safe return. While Martin is currently enrolled at Caldwell Community College, Appalachian’s University Police have joined other agencies in working with the Boone Police to assist in the investigation and search.

  • Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    The investigation into the April 24 fire in Lovill Hall is actively underway. University Police continue to work with the Boone Fire Department and have investigated the scene of the fire, reviewed surveillance video of the residence hall, conducted multiple interviews and continue to conduct interviews and follow up on leads discovered through interviews and anonymous tips.

  • Monday, April 25, 2016

    On April 24, 2016 at approximately 10:41 p.m., Appalachian State University Police received a fire alarm activation notice from Lovill Hall. University Police officers and the Boone Fire Department responded. The sprinkler system activated on the fourth floor of Lovill Hall.

  • Friday, November 20, 2015

    Each week, I will be in locations across campus so I can be regularly available for open dialogue sessions with you –without appointment – just to listen to your concerns, your challenges and your ideas.

  • Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    Many years ago, I needed support academically to finish some challenging courses. I will never forget what a difference that support made for me. At Appalachian, we have great resources to help you finish strong.

  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015

    Tonight, as we gather to remember and honor those whose lives were forever changed by interpersonal violence, we also walk together giving a symbolic voice of commitment to the work we must continue as a community.

  • Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    As Mountaineers, we must continue to do the small things that make a difference to one another and our community that allow us to better understand one another and this journey called life.

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    The Division of Student Development is pleased to announce the appointment of Appalachian’s first Director of Wellness and Prevention. The Director will oversee University efforts to support and encourage Appalachian students to think critically about healthy decision-making and take meaningful action to increase positive, health-related behavior.

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015

    After extensive nationwide searches, Cindy Wallace, Vice Chancellor for Student Development, is pleased to announce three appointments within the Division. Two are current members of the Appalachian community who will be assuming new roles and the third will be joining the University for the first time. Each brings an extensive level of knowledge and experience to their respective roles and has demonstrated a strong commitment to student learning. All three will contribute to the efforts of a talented team of Student Development professionals dedicated to serving our students. Please help us welcome these folks into their respective roles in our community.

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and several programs and events are happening around campus to educate our community on sexual, dating, and interpersonal violence.

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Last semester I requested the Chancellor’s Commission on Diversity develop specific, actionable plans to recruit - and retain - students, faculty and staff of color to our campus. I am pleased to inform you the commission is finalizing new recommendations that add to earlier recommended action steps. There has been much good work done and I commend the commission for its efforts.

  • Thursday, February 5, 2015

    We have experienced many tragedies this academic year, and the loss of students last semester and this semester has been very hard on our entire community. The loss of student life is something we would like to address specifically. There has been much discussion in the media and on social media about numbers and causes of recent student deaths. Speculation has led to assumptions and generated many questions, so while Appalachian does not typically release the cause of death in individual cases involving students, we want to share the following in order to ensure our community is accurately informed.

  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015

    The news we received last night about the death of one of our students saddens me deeply. This was a devastating announcement for all of us, and I want to emphasize that there is no evidence to suggest any threat to the university community.

  • Friday, December 19, 2014

    Please take a moment to watch this short video. I know you will enjoy hearing from some of our newest alumni! Please have a safe and happy end to 2014, and here’s to a terrific new year!

  • Monday, December 8, 2014

    College campuses across the nation, and in North Carolina in particular, were instrumental to the Civil Rights movement 50 years ago. America’s youth, particularly college students, forced our nation to face ugly truths and begin the process of reconciling them. It is fitting that college campuses continue to be a significant and important part of holding our nation accountable for institutionalized racism and acts of violence and injustice.

  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014

    The health and safety of our students remains a top priority at Appalachian; it is critical that our students have a safe and secure environment within which to live and learn. While many resources have been in place to help maintain the safety of our students, I would like to share with you some additional measures we have put in place this semester to provide even greater support.

  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    Events and demonstrations that support those who have been affected by interpersonal violence are an important catalyst for culture change. We are all here tonight because we recognize that there are deep-seeded misperceptions about interpersonal violence that need to change. College campuses have historically been places where students shine a spotlight on issues of national and international importance, and Appalachian is no exception.

  • Monday, November 17, 2014

    At Appalachian, we are uniquely tied to the mission of helping one another, and I feel strongly we need it right now more than ever.

  • Friday, November 14, 2014

    Yesterday, we received the tragic news that Appalachian State University student Jeremy A. Sprinkle, an 18-year-old freshman from Kernersville, was found deceased in his campus residence hall Thursday morning. The official cause of death has not yet been determined; however, foul play is not suspected and there is no evidence to suggest there is any threat to the university community.

  • Thursday, November 13, 2014

    It is with great sadness that I reach out to you about the death of student Jeremy A. Sprinkle. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with Jeremy’s family, loved ones and friends. At this difficult time, it is imperative that we join together in care and concern as we mourn his loss. Our community can and must share the message that no one needs to be alone when navigating difficult times. If you or someone you know needs support, please reach out.

  • Thursday, November 13, 2014

    The death of a student is very difficult for our community. Even the death of someone we may not know, or know well, can take a toll. It is important you know how to access the resources you might need in order to manage in times of stress.

  • Thursday, October 16, 2014

    Current events have focused attention on global health concerns. You can rest assured that our campus is participating with many key public health agencies to provide thoughtful and excellent health care and community safety for the university community.

  • Monday, September 15, 2014

    Over the past several days, we have faced significant challenges on our campus. Saturday was an especially difficult day. I was particularly touched by the messages I received from so many of you expressing concern and support for Anna Smith's family, and for everyone at Appalachian.

  • Saturday, September 13, 2014

    I am heartbroken about the news of Anna’s untimely death. The thoughts and prayers of our entire Appalachian Community are with Anna’s parents, family and friends as we all mourn this tragic loss.

  • Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Chancellor Sheri N. Everts: I am deeply saddened to share with you that the search for our missing student Anna Marie Smith has ended tragically.

  • Saturday, September 13, 2014
  • Friday, September 12, 2014

    I want to take a moment to share some of my thoughts with you regarding the events that have taken place on our campus that are very much in all of our minds right now.

  • Thursday, September 11, 2014

    Police continue the search for Anna Marie Smith, the Appalachian State University student who was reported missing by her roommate on Wednesday, Sept. 3. The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating jointly with University Police, and they are using every reasonable available measure, including interviews, forensic examination of records, surveillance video analysis, and location searches, to attempt to locate Anna Smith.

  • Monday, September 8, 2014

    Unfortunately, distressing or traumatic events occur on college campuses. These events often leave many students, faculty, staff, and members of the college or university community traumatized, worried or distressed. When this happens, providing some time in a class setting for emotional debriefing can significantly aid and accelerate the healing process. Faculty and staff can be very helpful in identifying those most troubled by this incident that might benefit from counseling services. Counseling center staff is available to consult with faculty and staff on how to talk about these issues.

  • Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    Appalachian State University officials talked today (Sept. 9) about two serious but seemingly unrelated incidents that have shaken campus in the past week. One case involves missing freshman Anna Marie Smith, who remains unaccounted for after she was last seen on campus Wednesday, Sept. 3. The other incident is a reported sexual assault that occurred midafternoon Friday, Aug. 29, and was reported to University Police late last night (Sept. 8).

  • Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    The Appalachian community has been shaken that one of our own, student Anna M. Smith, is missing and possibly in danger. We are focusing our thoughts on Anna and her family, and working toward her safe return.

  • Monday, September 8, 2014

    The Appalachian State University Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation along with other local, State and Federal agencies are now classifying Anna Marie Smith as a missing and possibly endangered person. Investigators are actively using all means to locate Anna. Anna, an 18-year old student at Appalachian, has been missing since Tuesday, Sept. 2. Anna is possibly carrying a bright blue LL Bean backpack that contained a blue ENO hammock. Anna was possibly last seen wearing a red or orange top and black leggings. Anna typically carries a red purse as well.

  • Monday, September 8, 2014

    Since our student Anna Smith was reported missing on September 3rd, there has been an outpouring of care and concern from the Appalachian community. All of our hearts go out to Anna’s family and loved ones during this difficult time. Anna’s safe return is first and foremost on our minds at Appalachian. As Chancellor, the safety and well-being of our students is my top priority.

  • Saturday, September 6, 2014

    University Police ask that you review the most recent update and contact them at 828-262-2150 if you have any information that could assist in the search.

  • Thursday, September 4, 2014

    A preliminary investigation conducted by Appalachian State University Police into a report of a missing 18-year-old student has found nothing to suggest that the student’s actions are anything other than voluntary. Thanks to response from media reports and a campus-wide notification, police have been able to track Anna M. Smith’s whereabouts from late Tuesday, Sept. 2, to late Wednesday, Sept. 3.

  • Thursday, September 4, 2014

    Appalachian State University Police are seeking information regarding a student who has been missing since Tuesday, Sept. 2. Anna M. Smith of High Point was last seen at her residence hall room on campus around noon, Sept. 2. Smith is 18 years old, has short red hair, blue eyes, is 5-feet 9-inches tall, slender build, and has nose piercings, a black and white sunflower tattoo on her upper right chest near her collar bone and Latin lettering over her lower left ribs. It is not known what she was wearing when she was last seen.

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    It can’t be said enough – you are not alone. There are offices and people across this campus that can provide support, care and help a victim-survivor navigate the process. As a friend, classmate, advisor, professor, administrator, staff member, or a general community member, please remember these resources and refer anyone you know who needs help. Our campus will be safer when we all take ownership for the well-being of all our community members.

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    At tonight’s 25th Annual Walk for Awareness, Chancellor Everts called upon the Appalachian Community to “stop standing by and stand up.” I join her in this commitment to a safe and healthy Appalachian for all. There are many resources to help you stand up and help your fellow Mountaineers, which you can find on this page. The HAVEN online training program, which the Chancellor referenced in her remarks tonight, is a great place to start. A link to this program has already been sent to all students who joined Appalachian this semester. For returning students, an email will arrive soon with more information about this online training.

  • Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Appalachian State University’s Walk for Awareness, now in its 25th year, is a community-building commemoration event held on Sanford Mall. Each year, hundreds of Appalachian students, faculty and staff come together to commemorate lives lost to interpersonal violence, support victims and survivors, and affirm our commitment to making the Appalachian community safe from interpersonal violence.

  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    As we embark on a new academic year, I am filled with excitement for new opportunities. The month of August on our campus allows you to hear the echoes of the Marching Mountaineers hard at work, new students and staff finding their way around campus, and those returning reacquainting themselves with old and new friends. This is one of the special moments being a part of the Appalachian community allows us to enjoy. During the hustle and bustle over the next few weeks, take time to enjoy the sounds, and these moments. Take the time to get connected or re-connected to the things that are important to YOU, those things that make a difference to you and others around you.

  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    For the past two years, Appalachian has been working intensely on several initiatives to improve the climate of safety on our campus. While ensuring student safety has been Chancellor Peacock’s longtime top priority, a specific incident of interpersonal violence led to Appalachian being the subject of a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in February 2012. Shortly thereafter, OCR proposed a resolution agreement with Appalachian, which led to a several initiatives and actions. These included implementing a safety climate survey and spinning up an Interpersonal Violence Task Force, which in turn, made several recommendations to Chancellor Peacock. In February 2014, OCR determined Appalachian had resolved and satisfied our agreement with them, and they closed our case.

  • Monday, March 31, 2014

    For the past two years, Appalachian has been working intensely on several initiatives to improve the climate of safety on our campus. Dean of Students J.J. Brown explains some of the results from the safety climate survey and recommendations from the Interpersonal Violence Task Force, discusses specific actions Appalachian has taken, and looks forward at the work Appalachian is committed to continuing.

  • Saturday, March 8, 2014

    I hope you are looking forward to the break away from classes, exams and projects. I truly hope you are able to rest and relax during this mid-point of the semester.

  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    On January 31, BusinessInsider.com published a story about colleges with the most on-campus drug and alcohol arrests. Business Insider found this information on the website Rehabs.com, which published a set of infographics and maps using arrest data gathered from the Department of Education.

  • Monday, September 30, 2013

    A year ago, the Appalachian Family lost one of our very own, Tyler Blalock, on September 29, 2012. You have seen the flowers, the candles and the pictures placed beside a tree in Durham Park. Today, I reflect today the impact Tyler’s death has had on so many, from his friends who honor his memory with candles, pictures and flowers to his mother, Lynn, who visited Durham Park all last year. Alcohol can have - and has had - an effect on our individual stories and experiences, as well as our campus.

  • Wednesday, September 11, 2013

    I write you today reflecting on Monday’s Annual Walk for Awareness, which began on our campus 24 years ago after Jeni Gray, an Appalachian staff member was abducted and murdered, and a few days later, Leigh Cooper Wallace, an Appalachian student, escaped the same attacker after being abducted and raped. At the walk Monday night, we reflected on Leigh Cooper Wallace and her courage, strength and the influence she had on this community. We also talked about the recent allegations of sexual assault affecting our campus, and about how Leigh’s legacy of standing strong as a survivor of sexual assault has inspired countless others to also stand strong. Our principle of “It’s Up To Me” was referenced in many ways, and it highlights how we all play a role in eliminating violence from our community. Our Chancellor challenged us to put the words “It’s Up To Me” in our hearts and take action.

  • Friday, September 6, 2013

    I know that you are as excited as I am about the first home football game of the season. I love the display of Black and Gold all weekend long as we show our Appalachian Pride. I look forward to seeing the flags flying, seeing the various tailgates across campus along with visiting with many new and old friends.

  • Friday, August 16, 2013

    Welcome new students, and welcome back to all of you returning Mountaineers! It warms my heart to see all of the smiles, and excitement this time of year on our campus. The year holds opportunities, challenges and growth for all of us. As Mountaineers, I know you are all prepared for each of these opportunities and challenges. You chose Appalachian, and the coming year will be full of choices that influence how you continue to move forward. There are many resources here to help you in this journey regardless of whether you are a first year student, or returning student. We are a community that cares for one another, so let us know if you need help! I also encourage you to download the “AppCares” application at the AppStore, or Google Play Market which has a number of key numbers and resources that may be of assistance to you.

  • Friday, August 9, 2013

    We are sharing a letter, a plea, from a mother who is sharing her story from last year. We hope you will continue to talk to your student about alcohol. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and for engaging your student(s) in this conversation. We also deeply appreciate Lynn for her courage in sharing this with all of us.

  • Thursday, April 25, 2013

    At the end of each semester, things get hectic and stressful for everyone on campus. The pressure of managing deadlines, relationships, work, internships, summer plans, travel, money, housing… it can seem endless. When things get particularly stressful for me, I take comfort in the knowledge that at Appalachian, we genuinely care about - and take care of - one another. Disagreements with roommates, friends, co-workers or professors come up, and that's life. So is juggling all of the demands on our time, energy and attention.

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. It's up to all of us to be active participants. Bystander awareness and intervention is key to changing how we think and act, so we can create a future free of sexual violence.

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2013

    Spring Break always comes when time away from class, projects and campus is much needed. I hope that you will be able to relax and enjoy the break so you can come back ready for the final push of the semester. Whether you are picking up extra shifts at work, embarking on an alternative service trip, staying home or traveling, we want you to get some rest and be safe during the break.

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2013

    On Sunday, a campus crime alert was sent to our community to bring awareness about the report of a sexual assault that took place adjacent to campus. Appalachian is committed to preventing acts of violence in our community and it truly takes all of us to make a difference. As our theme “It’s Up To Me” states, we all play a role in the safety of our community.

  • Thursday, January 31, 2013

    Last summer, I appointed the Interpersonal Violence Task Force to make recommendations to assist our campus in addressing this important issue. In an effort to gather additional information and to comply with a resolution agreement between Appalachian and the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, the task force is launching a campus climate survey on interpersonal violence. The purpose of this survey is to further understand perspectives on and experiences with interpersonal violence. Research results will add to existing knowledge of attitudes and experiences of interpersonal violence and how Appalachian can work to prevent it. The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. All responses will be kept anonymous and will not be linked to you in any way. All information collected on the survey will be used only for the purpose of this research and will be presented in group form.

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    If students, faculty or staff are unable to safely travel home because of the flood conditions, please report to the Plemmons Student Union Information desk by no later than 9:00 p.m. and you will be provided safe shelter. If no one needs shelter at the Student Union, then it will close at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30th. As of 6:50 p.m., AppalCART has limited routes operating again and will operate unless conditions deteriorate. We will inform you if conditions change.

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Watauga County through midnight tonight, Jan. 30, 2013. If you feel you are in an unsafe location, relocate and take shelter. If your vehicle or any other property is in a low-lying flood-prone area, plan to move it to higher ground immediately. Areas prone to flooding include areas along River Street (such as the Raley Parking Lot). Students, faculty, staff and community members are urged to use caution while traveling as areas on and around campus are experieincing high water; some traffic routes may be closed if conditions continue.

  • Thursday, January 24, 2013

    With winter upon us, Appalachian has a “Winter Storm Ready” site with great information to keep you safe, warm and ready for winter!

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2012

    The Town of Boone Public Utilities and Engineering Department has announced that the boil advisory notice issued Tuesday has now been lifted. Water Plant staff members have completed testing throughout the system and have not discovered any safety concerns. It has now been verified that the town water system is safe and water from the system no longer needs to be boiled.

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2012

    We are saddened to learn that the search for Appalachian State University alumnus Jonathan Dailey ended tragically with the identification of his body in Boston on Tuesday, October 9. Police continue their investigation into his death. Please keep Jonathan's family and friends in your thoughts. For continuing information, please refer to local media outlets in Boston, the High Country and in his hometown of Charlotte.

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2012

    All the buildings listed below are served by Town of Boone water, and, therefore, everyone in those buildings SHOULD BOIL the water from these buildings before consuming it. All other buildings on campus have no water served by Town of Boone, and therefore, the water is safe to drink without boiling.

  • Monday, October 8, 2012

    Appalachian alumnus Jonathan "Jon" Dailey `11 has been reported missing from his home in Boston, MA. His family and the Boston police ask anyone with information to contact the Boston Police Department at 617-343-4526. For anonymous reporting call 800-494-TIPS (8477) or text TIP to 27463. You may also call your own local police department.

  • Saturday, September 29, 2012

    Earlier today (Saturday, September 29, 2012), we learned that Tyler Blalock, a student from Charlotte, NC passed away. Tyler was a Sophomore studying sustainable development. We ask that you please keep Tyler's family and friends in your thoughts during this difficult time. Early next week, a memorial book for Tyler will be placed in the Plemmons Student Union. This book will be sent to Tyler's parents as an expression of our concern and care for them. When the table has been set-up, an additional email will be sent to the campus community. Additionally, as arrangements are finalized by Tyler's family, we will also share those with the campus community.

  • Tuesday, March 6, 2012

    On Friday, March 2, a group of students presented Chancellor Peacock with a list of action items they would like to see the university accomplish. The Chancellor pledged to review these items, and conversations are beginning this week between student leaders and university officials.

  • Thursday, March 1, 2012

    Our University has a long history of academic integrity and a focus on students. Appalachian is a special place, and you can feel the warmth the moment you set foot on our campus. However, no place is perfect, and sometimes incidents that occur on campus and in the surrounding area challenge our community.

  • Thursday, February 23, 2012