Making a difference in our community

Volunteers, service and outreach
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Service in and for the community and surrounding counties is a proud tradition for our students, staff and faculty. Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) calculates volunteers from Appalachian donated more than 1.1 million hours between the 2004–05 and 2016–17 academic years. This month:

  • Staff Senate is coordinating a coat and blanket drive to stock our free store and benefit families in the High County. Locations for donations can be found here. This is one of many Staff Senate activities that make a difference in our rural communities.
  • More than 200 students, faculty and staff participated in Appalachian’s 20th annual MLK Challenge — a model that has been adopted throughout the state and nation.

Appalachian’s impact on the communities we touch is significant: We teach, learn and volunteer in our schools; intern and collaborate with our health care centers; buy local food and products; and support and staff our nonprofit organizations, all the while developing a workforce of critical thinkers who go on to contribute locally and globally.

Each of you contributes to the Appalachian Experience. You provide the impact stories I share as I advocate for our university across the state and beyond. Thank you for fostering the Mountaineer spirit.

/s/ Sheri Everts

Sheri Everts, Chancellor

Building infrastructure update

As the premier, public, undergraduate institution in North Carolina, we are building our infrastructure so our physical spaces keep pace with our slow but steady growth, innovative pedagogy and research. Keep abreast of our progress on a number of projects here.

The $191 million residential hall project that will provide close to 2,200 additional beds is moving along at a steady pace. Beginning this week, updates will be posted each week here.