The Final Stretch
Exam period begins today, and our students will be burning the midnight oil! It’s easy to be overwhelmed this time of year — last-minute reports and studies, finalizing internships and plans for the summer, moving in or out, saying goodbye to friends and the familiar.
Here’s a reminder of the many resources available through the Division of Student Affairs. Take care of yourselves. Check out this resiliency toolkit. Consider a study break and celebrate the arts in the High Country. Tonight, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is celebrating its 15th Anniversary, and the Town of Boone hosts its First Friday art crawl.
Tomorrow I will be speaking at the Watauga County Habitat for Humanity during National Women Build Week. Women in Watauga County have donated more than 1,300 hours toward the completion of 27 Habitat homes. Amazing!
Through efforts across so many platforms, women enhance the quality of life in the High Country. I’d like to name a few organizations run for and by women, and thank them for the tremendous difference they make every day:
- the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge;
- Watauga Women in Leadership — which Barbara Armstrong, then director of operations at the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce, and I started in 2014 to empower High Country women in business and leadership in all stages of their careers;
- Appalachian’s Women’s Center — the only completely volunteer-run women’s center in the state;
- Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture; and
- the Hunger and Health Coalition.
I’m also pleased to report members of Appalachian’s football team — led by assistant head coach Mark Ivey — will be building Habitat homes over four weekends in June. Go Mountaineers!
We can all be proud of our support of the community over the years. Through Appalachian and the Community Together, our students, faculty and staff have volunteered more the 1.1 million hours of service over the past 13 years. I hope that even as some of you prepare to move on from Appalachian, your commitment to service will stay with you.
Sheri Everts, Chancellor