We are celebrating the last 10 days of Earth Month, and this afternoon’s music fest at the Duck Pond has historically been both a celebration of our beautiful campus and a reminder to care for our people and our planet.
Tomorrow, we will host hundreds of prospective students at our 2018 Spring Open House. As they move through the day, they will hear about the close-knit Appalachian Community, the strong rapport between faculty, staff and students, our small class sizes and the many unprecedented opportunities for undergraduate research.
One topic resonates especially with prospective parents — our long-standing commitment to student safety. We recently announced plans to install keycard access to all campus buildings, the placing of additional cameras in key areas and the installation of door locks inside every classroom.
To improve campus safety and provide better service to the university community, our campus police are seeking input from students, faculty and staff during twice-weekly “Cop Connect” listening sessions held each Tuesday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. in Roess Dining Hall.
We are about to conclude a week of wellness and prevention awareness workshops, seminars and training around mental health. There is still an opportunity to participate in a campus walk Saturday, April 21, in support of suicide prevention. This is an important and hope-inspired walk that will benefit local and national initiatives around suicide prevention and awareness.
Walking, listening, sharing — our approach to student safety is proactive. Appalachian Cares is a 24/7 source for wellness, health and safety information, resources and support for the entire campus.
Indeed, Appalachian does care.
Sheri Everts, Chancellor
P.S. Thanks to everyone who participated yesterday in #iBackAPP! You really stepped up — preliminary numbers show 2,471 donors contributing more than $174,300. I'll share the final figures next week. Your support makes an immeasurable difference for all of our students, enabling programs and resources that help define the Appalachian Experience.