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7 tips for resolving conflict – an Appalachian professor’s perspective

Conflict. It’s something many people prefer to avoid in personal and professional relationships, but Appalachian State University’s Skip Rackmill offers a different perspective that may help people use conflict to build bridges. http://diversity.appstate.edu/news/id/183

New Employee Social Hour

Are you new to AppState? Human Resources wants to continue to welcome you and provide you
with resources. Join us for a “New Employee Social Hour.”

February 27th, 2017 – 4pm to 5pm Plemmons Student Union, Three Top Room, 169
March 27th, 2017 – 4pm to 5pm (Three Top)
April 24th, 2017 – 4pm to 5pm in Beacon Heights, 417
Join us for an hour of meeting new colleagues, making connections, and building networks across campus! Refreshments will be served and there will be a brief (20) minute presentation on a different topic each month. This month’s theme is “Campus Integration:  Explore the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.”

Campus Farmer’s Market – Feb. 22

Support the Appalachian State University and High Country community at the first indoor Campus Farmer’s Market Wed., February 22 in the MacRae Peak Room, room 137b, of the Plemmons Student Union from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  The market will feature an array of different produce and products grown and crafted right in Boone’s backyard by a variety of local farmers, artisans and students.

Team of Teams Book Club

Join the club, get the book for free! We’ll meet and discuss this compelling book and its application to our everyday challenges. 
March 8th, 2017 at 9:30 am -11:00 am 
Plemmons Student Union, Elk Knob, 165
Facilitated by Brady Rourke, Executive Director, Learning Assistance Program
What if you could combine the agility, adaptability, and cohesion of a small team with the power and resources of a giant organization? This seminar is a review of the book: Team of Teams written by General Stanley McChrystal. General McChrystal’s thought-provoking book challenges leaders to think creatively about organizational change. Informative and Inspiring, Team of Teams will influence the readers view of traditional hierarchical methods of decision-making. *Please note: you must commit to attend the workshop in order to receive your free copy.

Faculty/Staff Blood Drive Fri. Feb 10

Due to a shortage of donations this winter Health Promotions is sponsoring a faculty/staff blood drive on Friday, Feb. 10 from 10 – 2:30pm in the PSU, Linville Falls Room.  Your blood donation is critically needed now, blood donations are being distributed to hospitals as fast as they are coming in.  For more information call 262-6314.


Become an Open Door Participant

With every new year come new changes, new challenges and new chances to make our world a better place for all. The spirit of the Open Door program leads us to ask ourselves, “What can I do, not only to make my community better, but to promote the value of every person’s contribution to our community, and beyond?” A great way to do this right here on campus is by joining the current Open Door participants in our pledge to foster a positive, all-inclusive and welcoming atmosphere on campus and in the broader community. By displaying the Open Door emblems, we commit to challenge ourselves every day in the acceptance and appreciation of our beautifully diverse community, nation and world. To learn more about Open Door, or to request new or replacement emblems, please visit https://edc.appstate.edu/get-involved/open-door.

African American Read-In, Feb. 15

Belk Library is celebrating Black History Month with an African American Read-In on Feb. 15 from 11:30 – 1:30 in the library atrium.  Come and read literature or poetry  by an African American author. Bring one of your favorites or they will also have some to choose from. http://guides.library.appstate.edu/diversity/aari

Sustainable Storytelling Workshop with Jeff Biggers Feb. 16

Jeff Biggers, celebrated author, journalist, historian and playwright is giving a Sustainability Storytelling Workshop on February 16 from 1 – 5pm in PSU, Price Lake Room. This workshop is open to all faculty and staff.  Registration is required. https://faa.appstate.edu/events/special-guests/sustainability-storytelling-workshop

This workshop will take a look at what accounts for the gap between science and action on climate change, and how stories can reshape the climate narrative and galvanize action.

Spring Semester Faculty & Staff Meeting

The Spring Semester Faculty and Staff Meeting is scheduled for this Friday, January 27 at 2:00 p.m. in 201 Blue Ridge Ballroom inside the Plemmons Student Union.  Immediately following there will be a reception for all faculty and staff in the Solarium with refreshments provided by the Office of Academic Affairs and music provided by the Hayes School of Music.  The meeting will be made available again this year via live video stream at the following link: http://streaming.appstate.edu/springmeeting.

Campus Siren Test Feb. 1

Appalachian State University will test its campus siren warning system at 11:55 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
Examples of the tones that are used in an emergency or during tests can be heard online at http://em.emergency.appstate.edu/siren-warning-system.

33rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration

W. Kamau Bell will be the 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration speaker. The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour is a comedic, topical exploration of the current state of America’s racism, combined with a little (unknown) history.  This free event is Thurs., Jan. 26 at 7pm in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.

Sponsors include: Multicultural Student Development, Black Faculty Staff Association, Forum Series, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Compliance


Turchin Center for the Visual Arts – New Exhibits Feb. 3

Fizzy First Friday – Come celebrate four new exhibitions at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts inside during the Downtown Boone Art Crawl, to “engage, discover and connect through the arts.” It’s an opportunity for art lovers to see four new exciting and mindful exhibitions.  Mingle, have some special Valentine’s Day nibbles, enjoy a fizzy wine, and listen to piano melodies that will warm your heart. Join us at the Turchin – one of the the most exciting venues in town!


Campus Siren system test Jan. 4

Appalachian State University will test its campus siren warning system at 11:55 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4.
Examples of the tones that are used in an emergency or during tests can be heard online at http://em.emergency.appstate.edu/siren-warning-system.

Reminder to shut-down computer before leaving for Winter break

ITS has several maintenance dates planned over the Winter Break.  Some of this maintenance requires that your office machines be shut-down to minimize the risk of losing data on your personal and departmental storage. (m: and p:) Please save changes to any open documents that are stored on these drives to avoid losing work during the migration.
Faculty, if you are leaving this week and do not plan to return until January, please shutdown your computer before leaving (this will also help with energy savings!)

Staff should also shut-down their computer on or before 5 pm on December 23rd.  There will be other dates in early January where we will ask you to shutdown your machine for the weekend.

Appalachian Craft Enrichment program registration

Spring class registration for the Appalachian Craft Enrichment program is open.
There are nineteen classes offered this spring, open to any interested persons 16 and older. Affiliation with the university is not required.
New classes this spring include Felting, Fly-tying, Dulcimer Building and Craft BBQ.  Additional class offerings are Drawing, Stained Glass, Jewelry, Glass Beads, Pottery, Glass Fusing, Watercolor Painting, Advanced Bowl Turning, and Digital Photography. Read more and register at www.craftenrichment.com.

Campus emergency siren test Dec. 7

Appalachian State University will test its campus siren warning system at 11:55 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Examples of the tones that are used in an emergency or during tests can be heard online at http://em.emergency.appstate.edu/siren-warning-system.

Fall commencement ceremonies

December 2016 Commencement Ceremonies

Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Holmes Convocation Center

10:00 am – College of Arts and Sciences, Walker College of Business and Hayes School of Music
2:00 pm – College of Fine and Applied Arts, Beaver College of Health Sciences and Reich College of Education

Appalachian Youth Choir Dec. 13

The Appalachian Youth Choir will perform  December 13, 2016 from 5:00pm – 6:00pm in the Rosen Concert Hall.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Bryant Terry podcast

Chef, author and food justice advocate Bryant Terry is a 2015 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award-winner renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. He was on campus last month and shared his thoughts on ways to increase access to healthy, affordable food. A lifelong learner and educator who leads by example, Terry offers practical advice about how to be mindful of ways to eat – and help others eat – differently. http://appalachianmagazine.org/podcasts/soundaffect/id/674

Winter Craft Sale Nov. 30

The Winter Craft Sale for the Craft Enrichment Program will be held Wednesday, November 30, in Katherine Harper Hall, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
This student and instructor sale will include pottery, fused and slumped glass, jewelry, and more. The prices are great, and these locally made craft items make thoughtful gifts for Christmas, teachers, graduation, and other special occasions. Come shop – and help support local artists as well as the Craft Enrichment program!

Hayes School of Music upcoming events

Three upcoming events from the Hayes School of Music:
  • Appalachian Chorale concert, November 29 at 8pm, Rosen Concert Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
  • ASU Gospel Choir, Nov. 30 at 8:00pm in the Rosen Concert Hall.  This event is free and open to the public.
  • Holiday Scholarship concert, Dec. 3, at 7:30pm in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, $10 – Tickets are $10 and available from the Schaefer Center Box Office: Call (800) 841-2787 or (828) 262-4046

For more information visit music.appstate.edu

Volunteers needed for AppKIDS

Jumpstart the holiday season of sharing, caring and giving by becoming an AppKIDS volunteer or donor. Drivers and shoppers are still needed. This year’s AppKIDS event will be Friday, November 18th. Drivers pick up children at an assigned school and deliver them to campus to meet the child’s Shopper. Drivers work from about 7:30 – 8:30am or 8:15 – 8:45am depending on the school assigned. “Shopper” volunteers meet their assigned child at the Student Union for breakfast provided by Business Affairs, then drive them to participating area stores.  Shoppers assist the child with their selections, using donated funds to pay for the items. Shoppers and children are treated to a warm lunch by the Chancellor’s Office at the Appalachian House. Community service leave may be used for this program. http://staffsenate.appstate.edu/service-projects/appkids-event


Strategic Planning Survey and open forum

The UNC system is actively soliciting feedback from the public during each phase of the strategic planning process, and will be conducting an open forum on our campus in the Plemmons Student Union Rooms 137 A-B (Calloway Peak/MacRae Peak) on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 2-4 p.m.

Chancellor Everts and other representatives from UNC General Administration and the Board of Governors will be present for this discussion.  If you have not yet participated in the strategic planning survey, please do that as well. Your participation in this process is important.

Visiting Writers Series presentation Nov. 10

Robert Olen Butler, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, has written 16 novels and six volumes of short fiction. He describes “Perfume River,” his latest novel, as “the best book I’ve ever written.”

Butler will read from and talk about his work Nov. 10 through the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series. His craft talk, “What is Art and How Do You Write It?” will begin at 2:00 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room. He will read from his work beginning at 7:30 p.m., also in Table Rock Room. Books will be available for sale and signing at both events, which are free and open to the public.

Tree planting volunteer opportunity

The Department of Biology, Physical Plant, and The Office of Sustainability are looking for volunteers to help plant 19 trees along Boone Creek in Durham Park.
Your help will make campus even greener.  Email Mike Madritch at madritchmd@appstate.edu to sign up. Specify which date and time you can help out, and we’ll provide details (location, what to wear, etc).
  • Tuesday, Nov 15th, 9:00am – 11:30am
  • Tuesday, Nov 15th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Wednesday, Nov 16th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm