Update from Appalachian State University
The joyful sights and sounds on our campus this week signaled the start of a new academic year — proud families helping their Mountaineers move into residence halls, students exploring their homes away from home and Sanford Mall once again filled with students enjoying outdoor activities. Our campus is invigorated by this renewed energy!
We remain cautious and safety-focused.
In my conversations with our students, faculty
and staff, it is understood that the COVID-19
pandemic is not over.
We must continue to be vigilant:
- Get fully vaccinated from COVID-19, if you have not done so already.
- Submit your vaccination status by Aug.16.
- Wear face coverings indoors.
- Stay informed by reading the latest university updates.
Faculty, staff and students can get vaccinated on campus at Student Health Service. Beginning Monday, Aug. 16, every student, faculty and staff member who has submitted their full vaccination status will be placed into a pool for prize drawings, which include free parking passes, gift cards for on-campus dining and community businesses, football getaway weekends and more. Additionally, students will be eligible to win $1,000 scholarships.
Faculty, staff and students continue to attest their vaccination status as they arrive on campus and in the local community. On Monday, Aug. 23, we will launch our COVID-19 data dashboard for Fall 2021. With the advisement of local public health, we are determining the metrics that will most effectively inform our campus about the university's COVID suppression efforts.
Our campus experts also serve as important
resources for information for our campus and
the community. Two recent examples include:
- Dr. Kurt Michael has offered expert advice for transitioning back to face-to-face social situations.
- Jason Marshburn
was interviewed this week about the
university's COVID safety measures with
Boone Chamber of Commerce President and CEO
The entire App State community has been
cheering on our solar vehicle team, Team
Sunergy, as they competed in the 2021 American
Solar Challenge. This rigorous competition
tests the limits of groundbreaking sustainable
technology, problem-solving skills and
teamwork. Team Sunergy, finished in first
place for multi-occupant vehicles —
winning all three stages from Missouri to New
Mexico, clocking a total of 964.8 miles and
also earning awards for teamwork and
Our students were outstanding
representatives of App State and excelled
among a roster of highly elite institutions.
Team Sunergy is the epitome of true
Mountaineer spirit and I am extraordinarily
proud of their ingenuity, perseverance and
teamwork. Read more about how
they earned a podium spot in this
Earlier this week, I toured campus with members of my leadership team to ensure we are ready for classes to begin on Monday. With welcome week events in full swing, our university is bustling with activity and anticipation of a great fall semester to come.
Sheri Everts, Chancellor