As part of our commitment to increasing the diversity of Appalachian’s student body, members of the Chancellor’s Student Advisory Board for Diversity Recruitment hosted a postcard-writing event Feb. 10 in Plemmons Student Union. This event was attended by more than 100 students, faculty and staff who penned heartfelt, hand-written notes to students of color who have been admitted to undergraduate programs at Appalachian, encouraging them to “choose App” for their college experience.
In 2014, Chancellor Everts introduced the Faculty Club—an opportunity for faculty from across campus and faculty emeriti to join in a relaxed and informal setting designed to generate an atmosphere of community and collaboration. Because of the wonderful camaraderie it created, last fall the chancellor launched Staff Connect to nurture and build professional relationships beyond the boundaries of departments or previously established professional ties. These gatherings have afforded the staff, faculty and administration the chance to learn more about our Appalachian community, its concerns and points of pride.