March 2019 Appalachian Connections message

Friday, March 15, 2019

Appalachian Connections
March 2019

Message from Chancellor Sheri Everts

Our students have just returned from a well-deserved breather. Some stayed in the area to work or use the quiet time for research and regrouping; some gave their time and talents to an Alternative Service Experience project; and some caught a few rays, caught up with loved ones or simply caught up on sleep.

If you were one of the families that enjoyed a visit from your student, I hope it was a restful, restorative time, and that you heard about events and activities at Appalachian. (You can follow us on social media — and I hope you do!) As we re-convene and move toward commencement in early May, I want to remind you that your students’ health and well-being is paramount.

Our faculty and staff are here for them. We fill our days thinking of ways to be better teachers and mentors; to make this campus safe, clean and beautiful; to purchase, prepare and provide good food to keep them healthy and feeling at home; and to envision and build new classrooms, more efficient residence halls, and spaces for study and quiet reflection.

A dedicated group of faculty, staff and students ensure the well-being of the Appalachian Community as a whole. Mental and physical health and academic success are paramount. Many of our students recount instances when they reached out and found the support and the help they need — I hear those stories regularly.

The services and myriad resources available to your student can be found here. I am proud to note that in several areas of mental health and wellness, our campus policies serve as a national model.

This is truly a caring, concerned community and I am thankful to be part of it.