Health, Wellness and Safety Week

Sept. 5 - 13, 2017

The primary purpose of Health, Wellness and Safety Week is to highlight campus resources available to Appalachian State University students. Two signature events are key components to the week’s programming:

  • the university’s annual Walk for Awareness
  • the annual Health, Wellness and Safety Festival

Also scheduled this year are outreach to off-campus students, a program on sexual assault and its impact on families, and Wellness Trivia nights.

Events are designed in recognition that the first six weeks of the semester represent a high-risk season for first-year students in particular. Three areas of emphasis are interpersonal violence and sexual violence, alcohol use and suicide prevention. Emphasis is placed on appropriate decision-making, as well as how students can be aware of their needs and responsive to the needs of others.

Photo by Marie Freeman

2017 Schedule of Events

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017

  • 3 - 4 p.m.

    University Bookstore

    Author, Claude Cooper

    Father of Leigh Cooper Wallace, Claude Cooper will be at the University Bookstore signing copies of the book “Finding Strong.” Leigh Cooper Wallace was writing the book with her dad when she passed away in 2012. Leigh was abducted and assaulted, but lived to inspire many at Appalachian.

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  • 8 - 9 p.m.

    I.G. Greer Auditorium

    Through interviews, this video recounts the genesis of the Walk for Awareness and explores the impact that it has had on our campus.

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  • 9 p.m.

    Sanford Mall
    Because rain is expected, the Walk has been moved to the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    This is a silent walk through campus that commemorates lives lost to violence in our community, supports victims and survivors of all acts of violence, and affirms our commitment and responsibility as community members to speak out against violence in all forms.

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Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017

  • Health, Wellness and Safety Festival

    10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    Sanford Mall

    Participants are encouraged to tour the area and meet representatives from various university departments, offices, as well as community partners. Also in attendance will be university clubs and organizations who have prepared messages promoting personal safety measures and ways students can promote wellness among their peers.

  • 6 - 8 p.m.

    Off-campus locations

    House calls is a fun, easy way to get involved, meet new colleagues, and interact with students in their home environment.

    As you may be aware, more than 11,000 Appalachian State University students live off-campus in various rental houses and apartment complexes in the Boone area. We are committed to helping each of these students connect with campus and community resources, particularly resources that promote student safety and well-being. As part of that commitment, we reach out to off-campus students each year at the beginning of fall semester to welcome them to Boone and provide critical information about interpersonal violence, high risk drinking and other drug use, and suicide prevention.

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  • Exploring Experiences of Sexual Assault Victims and Families

    6:30 p.m.

    I.G. Greer Auditorium

    Dr. Shelley Clevenger of Illinois State University will share information based on her extensive research and interest on this topic. Sponsored by Government and Justice Studies and the Division of Student Affairs.

Photo by Marie Freeman

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017

  • Wellness Trivia

    7 – 8:30 p.m.

    Whitewater Café, Plemmons Student Union

    Sept. 13, 20, 27 and Oct. 4

    Beginning Sept. 13, the Department of Wellness and Prevention Services will host a weekly “Trivia Night.”

    Four trivia events are scheduled, each with a focus area: Alcohol and Other Drugs, Interpersonal Violence, Mental Well-being, and Sexual Health. These events are fun, educational activities designed to educate our campus community about the topical areas as they relate to the prevalence/presence of behaviors and experiences in our society and pop culture, health outcomes, impact on the college experience, statistics and resources on and off campus. Hosted by the staff of Wellness and Prevention Services and its peer educator groups (i.e., Wellness Educators for Change, Advocacy and Student Needs (WE CAN) and the Red Flag Educators).

Continued trainings offered throughout the semester and September are as follows:

Specific trainings can be created for groups or departments by contacting Wellness and Prevention Services at 828-262-3148.

Photo by Marie Freeman