This is going to be a great year!
More than 550 new students will be joining classmates, faculty and staff for the first day of classes Monday. Welcome! At the same time, our December graduates are starting anew and, if history proves, will successfully land at their first destination in 2019 — be it a new job or postsecondary education.
We have much to anticipate in 2019. A few of the projects that are top of mind:
- Conservatory for Biodiversity Education and Research — A final report from the feasibility study is expected to be complete by the end of January. A variety of stakeholders have been interviewed to determine the best mix of labs, conservatory, meeting space and gardens.
- Kidd Brewer Stadium north end zone project — Demolition of Owens Field House is expected to begin in mid-to-late February. Construction for the new parking deck at the site of the old Winkler building, now underway, is expected to be completed in early fall 2019.
- New residence halls — Work will continue on this project to replace seven residence halls. The first phase is expected to begin at the Winkler site in February, with 912 beds ready for occupancy in the fall of 2020.
- The Academy at Middle Fork — Our teaching team reports a successful and impactful first semester. Students are excited to participate in the upcoming second Hiker's Harvest — an innovative group play day that helps set schoolwide behavior expectations.
- Child Development Center — Plans are underway to more than double the capacity of the Child Development Center that serves Appalachian faculty, staff and students. A project feasibility study, which is expected to be complete in May 2019, will pave the way for additional expansion.
Each of these projects ensures a better future for Appalachian and the best possible Appalachian Experience for our faculty, staff and students. The reward for temporary construction obstruction will be much needed parking and enhanced facilities.
As we begin a new year, I am excited about these projects and will continue advocating for Appalachian’s faculty, students and staff. In my conversations with legislators, donors, alumni and members of the Board of Governors, I continue to share the extraordinary stories of your successes and to advocate for the additional resources necessary to support a university of our size and caliber.
We are the premier, public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina. We are more than 19,000 students strong, our faculty and staff are extraordinary and our alumni are making a difference around the world.
It is going to be a great year!
Sheri Everts, Chancellor