A Special Thank You to Staff
The campus will remain quiet for a few more days before the start of our first summer session. Faculty, staff and students deserve a break from the excellent work accomplished throughout the academic year. I find the first few weeks of summer a good time especially to recognize the more than 1,900 staff members who work steadily, and quite often behind the scenes, year-round.
A walk across campus is testimony of the planning and execution put in by our landscaping crew — the rhododendrons are particularly beautiful now. This story on the intentional conservation measures taken for one of the university’s oldest trees is just one example of the many efforts we employ to sustain the natural beauty of our campus.
Our Environmental Services staff is completing some deep cleaning and repairs while traffic is low in campus offices and residence halls. This team keeps the university clean and safe, and has committed to making an extra ecological effort to use Green Seal-certified products to reduce environmental impacts and protect human health.
The Belk Library and Information Commons staff continues to serve the campus academically over the summer and also experiences an increase in visitor traffic. The library serves the community as well as campus, and visitors can check out books and take advantage of the many additional resources and programming.
Our orientation team is leading orientations for our incoming class with help from a terrific student group of Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders (SOULs). Between now and August, SOULs will introduce the Appalachian Experience to more than 4,500 new first-year and transfer students. SOULs provide our newest Mountaineers a glimpse into life at Appalachian, answer thousands of questions and serve as friendly and compassionate peer leaders to incoming students and families.
Orientation is a busy time for the University Bookstore as well. In addition to adding inventory and stocking up on new Appalachian gear, staff members work with incoming students, explaining how to order books and outlining our book rental program — which, incidentally, is nearly eight decades old!
Between June and August, the Office of Conference and Camp Services expects around 8,000 elementary through high school students and visiting adults on campus. These guests come for a range of activities — from academic and athletic camps to the annual Appalachian Energy Summit. These individuals benefit from the expertise of our faculty and staff who lead and teach these conferences and camps throughout the summer, while also enjoying our facilities and logistics provided with the highest level of quality by our capable staff.
Monday is Memorial Day, a day of recollection and a reminder of the immense sacrifice men and women in uniform have made for our country. On Tuesday, faculty, staff and students will begin summer classes. As you all prepare for a new session, I extend my deepest appreciation to each of you who makes up the Appalachian Community for your hard work and dedication — all year long!
Sheri Everts, Chancellor