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A P PA L A C H I A N S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y Graduate Assistant Preview Program

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Introduction to Appalachian State University What is GAPP Weekend? The Division of Student Affairs at ASU The Graduate School at ASU College Student Development Program Graduate Students at ASU Life in Boone Campus Map Contact Information

Introduction to Appalachian State University Appalachian State University is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Boone, North Carolina. ASU offers a challenging academic environment, energetic campus life, and a breathtaking location and combines the best attributes of a small liberal arts college with those of a large research university. With close proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway and several ski resorts, there is much to see and do in Boone no matter the time of year. We hope that you take some time to look through the information we have provided in this flipbook and contact current graduate students at ASU to find out more about working and living in Boone, NC! For more information not listed here, please visit

Value and Affordability Repeatedly cited as a best value in public education, Appalachian’s tuition and fees include a textbook rental program, which literally saves a student hundreds of dollars over four years. For a graduate student, the textbook rental program is not applicable. Buildings & Campus, Fall 2011 • 1,300 acres, including a 410 acre main campus • 19 academic buildings • 210,000-square-foot library • 1 off-campus center in New York City • 20 residence halls, housing 4,996 students on campus • 4 dining facilities

• 11 recreational and athletic facilities Athletics, Fall 2011 • 20 varsity sports offered • 19 club sports • More than 80 intramural sports

Internationally Connected With study abroad opportunities on nearly every continent, Appalachian students have access to approximately 200 foreign sites for semester- and year-long programs of study.

Quick Enrollment Facts • • • • • • • • • •

17,344 total 15,460 undergraduate 1,884 graduate 2,972 first-time freshmen 903 new transfer students 54% females 46% males 10% ethnic minorities 15,698 in state 1,646 out of state


What is GAPP Weekend? Graduate Assistant Preview Program (GAPP), held annually in February, is a weekend of interviews where 60+ potential candidates are interviewed for campus assistantships. These potential graduate assistants and students will be interviewing for and potentially receiving different positions within the University ranging from student housing to career advising. GAPP also includes a number of opportunities to socialize with current students, explore the wonderful sights of Boone, and meet some professionals on campus. The weekend is not solely an interview for prospective students, but it is where you have the opportunity to interview Appalachian State. We provide plenty of opportunities for you to see how you might fit and feel comfort within our prestigious university. We hope to see you there!


What to expect during the weekend: • You will receive your specific schedule as it gets closer to interview time, but here’s a brief overview of what you will experience over the course of GAPP weekend! • Interviews with professionals and current grads in Student Affairs Departments • Interviews with faculty (if applying to the College Student Development program) • Social events on and around the App State campus • An opportunity to participate in a service project, sponsored by Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) • Tours of the campus and Boone area • And much more!


The Division of Student Affairs Note: Not all positions will be available every year. Appalachian & the Community Together (ACT) ACT is supported by both Student Development and Academic Affairs, and is a proud member of North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide coalition of 39 colleges/universities that is dedicated to community service, service-learning, and civic engagement initiatives. The ACT Service-Learning & Community-Based Research Program is a unit within Appalachian’s University College. University College consists of the university’s integrated general education curriculum, academic support services, residential learning communities, interdisciplinary degree programs, and co-curricular programming all designed to support the work of students both inside and outside of the classroom. • • • • • •

ACT Community Partnerships Assistant ACT Community Outreach Center Manager ACT Community Engagement Graduate Assistant ACT Service-Learning & Community-Based Research Assistant I ACT Service-Learning & Community-Based Research Assistant II ACT Alternative Break Assistant

Questions? Contact Shari Galiardi at (828)262-8211. Career Development Center The Career Development Center works to facilitate the University’s goal of economic development for the region. Our staff works to develop the career and professional skills of students, and facilitates unions between our students and employers that benefit the state as a whole. The Career Development Center offers the following positions:


• Career Counseling Graduate Assistant • Career Marketing & Outreach Graduate Assistant • Peer Career Graduate Assistant Questions? Contact Ms. Michelle Brown at (828)262-2180. Center for Student Involvement & Leadership (CSIL) The Lee H. McCaskey Center for Student Involvement and Leadership is committed to the mission of Appalachian State University and the Division of Student Development. The guiding philosophy of the Center recognizes that the development of the whole student is achieved through in-class and out-of-class learning opportunities and experiences provided through programs designed to enhance cultural, intellectual, leadership, personal, and professional development. When afforded these opportunities for learning and growing, students will graduate from the institution with a better understanding of themselves and their peers, as it relates to their organizations, chosen professions and responsibilities as part of a larger community. The Center encompasses leadership development, student publications, student governance, new student orientation, Greek life and student organizations. The staff, through the implementation of student development theories in a variety of instructional settings, assists students in developing environments which enhance diversity, promote ethical and moral development, encourage civic engagement, promote the establishment of meaningful interpersonal relationships, and provide leadership and experiential learning opportunities. CSIL offers the following positions: • Fraternity & Sorority Life Graduate Assistant • Leadership Education Graduate Assistant Questions? Contact Ms. Kim Mitchell at (828)262-6252.

Honors College The Honors College is an excellent choice for those students with plans that include international fellowships, graduate education, and careers that will shape the future. Come visit us in the high country and see why there is no place better than our beautiful mountain campus for launching dreams. The Honors College offers the following positions: • Prestigious Scholarship Program Graduate Assistant Questions? Contact Dr. Dale Wheeler at (828)262-6805. Office of Multicultural Student Development The Office of Multicultural Student Development, a part of the Division of Student Development, contributes to the academic mission of Appalachian State University by providing marginalized and underrepresented students with mentoring, advocacy, community and identity affirmation; as well as by offering multiple and varied learning opportunities for all Appalachian students to develop an appreciation for diversity and different perspectives, enhance self-awareness, increase multicultural knowledge and strengthen intercultural competency. Multicultural Student Development operates three student-led outreach centers; the LGBT Center, Multicultural Center and Women’s Center. The Office of Multicultural Student Development offers the following positions: • Multicultural Center Graduate Assistant • Women’s Center Graduate Assistant Questions? Contact Ms. Suzette Patterson at (828)262-6252.


The Division of Student Affairs Note: Not all positions will be available every year. Office of Disability Services (ODS) The Office of Disability Services assists eligible students and employees who have documented disabilities by determining and coordinating reasonable academic and/or workplace accommodations. ODS provides advice and counsel on disabilityrelated issues on campus, including building accessibility, reasonable accommodations, assistive technology, campus resources, and offcampus agency resources. The Office of Disability Services offers the following positions: • Disability Services Graduate Assistant Questions? Contact Ms. Maranda Maxey at (828)262-3056.


Office of Student Conduct The mission as the Office of Student Conduct is to educate students about community standards, promote student learning, and facilitate the development of thoughtful and responsible citizens through a fundamentally fair process, as set forth in the Academic Integrity Code and the Code of Student Conduct. All students are responsible for abiding by the Appalachian State University Academic Integrity Code and the Code of Student Conduct. All accepted students agree to the expectations set forth by the University and from the time of their acceptance can be held responsible for their behavior. • Student Conduct Counselor Questions? Contact Ms. Judy Haas at (828)262-2704.

Department of Student Programs The mission of the Department of Student Programs at Appalachian State University is to provide students with engagement opportunities to build community and facilitate student growth. The department empowers involved students in the Appalachian Popular Programming Society (APPS), Appalachian & the Community Together (ACT), the Plemmons Student Union and Legends to offer dynamic entertainment and community service programs and quality facilities. The Department of Student Programs offers the following positions: • APPS CCA Advisor, Publicity Coordinator, and ACAPPELLAGEDDON Coordinator • APPS Appalachian Heritage Advisor & Homecoming Coordination • Plemmons Student Union Graduate Assistant Questions? Contact Jenny Koehn at (828)262-2045 University Housing University Housing provides on-campus accommodations for nearly 6,000 students across 21 residence halls. The mission of University Housing is to provide convenient, well-maintained housing and foster a learning-oriented community that creates connections and opportunities for meaningful experiences. University Housing offers the following positions: • • • •

Graduate Assistant for Academic Initiatives Graduate Assistant for Night Stars Graduate Assistant for Student Leadership Development Residence Director

University Recreation University Recreation provides structured and unstructured leisure time activities for students. It is through these activities that students learn life long skills that contribute to their social, physical, emotional, and intellectual growth and development. Correspondingly, University Recreation serves as a laboratory for training in Recreation Management and related fields. Additionally, University Recreation is a responsible for scheduling various athletic and recreational facilities. University Recreation offers the following positions: • Outdoor Programs Questions? Contact Mr. David Hutchison at (828)262-7388. Walker College of Business The mission the John A. Walker College of Business is to offer high quality educational experiences preparing our students for lifelong learning and leadership responsibilities in a dynamic, global environment. The college has an enrollment of more than 2,200 undergraduate and 50 graduate students and was included in Princeton Review’s 2008 edition of Best Business Schools. Walker College was reaccredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in the spring of 2008. The John A. Walker College of Business offers the following positions: • Career Services Graduate Assistantship Questions? Contact Michelle Boisclair at (828)262-7579.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Shannon Jordan at (828)262-8594.


The Graduate School at ASU Appalachian State University offers more than 50 graduate programs in a wide range of areas, most of them at the master’s level. We teach classes on campus in Boone, North Carolina, to over 1000 graduate students, and our faculty also teach courses to 1000 more students at remote sites on community college campuses or in higher education centers in the 10 NC counties surrounding the University. Master’s Degree Programs Accounting MS Appalachian Studies MA Biology MS Business Administration MBA Child Development: Birth–Kindergarten MA Clinical Health Psychology MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA College Student Development MA Computer Science MS Criminal Justice and Criminology MS Curriculum Specialist MA Educational Media MA: Media Literacy, Media Production, New Media and Global Education (Department of Curriculum & Instruction) Instructional Technology Specialist/Computers (Department of Leadership & Educational Studies) Elementary Education MA Engineering Physics MS English MA and English Education MA Exercise Science MS French—see Romance Languages 8

Geography MA Gerontology MA Higher Education MA History MA, History Education MA, and Public History MA Industrial—Organizational Psychology and HRM MA Instructional Technology—see Educational Media (LES) Library Science MLS Marriage and Family Therapy MA Mathematics MA and Mathematics Education MA Media Literacy, Media Production, New Media—see Educational Media (C&I) Middle Grades Education MA Music MM, Music Education MM, and Music Therapy MMT Nutrition MS Physics—see Engineering Physics Planning—see Geography Political Science MA Professional School Counseling MA Psychology, General Experimental MA—see also Clinical Health Psychology, I–O Psychology, School Psychology Public Administration MPA Reading Education MA Romance Languages MA School Administration MSA School Counseling—see Professional School Counseling School Psychology MA/SSP (combined master’s and specialist) Social Work MSW Spanish—see Romance Languages Special Education MA Degree Speech—Language Pathology MS Technology MS

Specialist and Doctoral Degree Programs Educational Administration EdS Degree Higher Education EdS Degree School Psychology MA/SSP Degree (combined master’s and specialist) Educational Leadership EdD Degree Graduate Certificate (Non-degree) Programs Addiction Counseling Appalachian Studies Educational Media: Web-based Distance Learning Expressive Arts Therapy French Gerontology GIScience Media Literacy Planning Reading Education Rhetoric and Composition Sociology Spanish Women’s Studies

Ready to apply for graduate study at Appalachian? Our application process involves an online form (http:// html). You can use the form to apply for: • Graduate Degree Programs offered by Appalachian on- or off-campus, including master’s and specialist degrees, and the educational leadership doctoral degree program • Graduate Certificate Programs offered by Appalachian on- or off-campus • First-Time Graduate Non-Degree or Licensure Enrollment (including summer workshop participants seeking graduate credit) on- or off-campus


College Student Development Program Brief Overview As a course of instruction in the Reich College of Education’s Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling, Appalachian State University’s Master of Arts in College Student Development offers emphases in Student Affairs Practice and College Outdoor Programs Administration. The Master of Arts in College Student Development prepares students to work in a variety of Student Affairs functional areas at colleges and universities. Recent graduates have secured employment in Career Development, First Year Student Programs, Orientation, Residence Life, Service Learning, Student Activities, Leadership Development, Learning Assistance Programs, Academic Advising and many other areas of Student Affairs. Admissions Prerequisites • Have a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. • GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and official GRE scores* from ETS OR cumulative GPA or last 60 hours below 3.0 but above 2.7 and official GRE Verbal plus Quantitative score of 800. *There can be up to a six week delay in ETS reporting GRE scores to the Graduate School. For full consideration, plan to take the GRE test no later than December 1 (GRE reporting Code: 5010).


Study Abroad in the United Kingdom with College Student Development Comparative Systems of Education and Development, HPC 5536, is a semester-long, 3-credit course at Appalachian State University that culminates with a 15 day visit to the United Kingdom with stops in London, York, Cambridge, Sheffiled, Castleton, Edinburgh, and Glasgow. Participants will learn about the history and current systems of campuses in each other these cities while taking time to participate in and enjoy the local culture, museums, sites, and time in major cities. For additional information, please contact: Dr. Cathy Clark College Student Development Program Coordinator 828-262-2448

Graduate Students at ASU RJ Ohgren B.S. Political Science James Madison University Residence Director in University Housing Since interacting with students is inherent in my position, I really enjoy that I get to apply things that I’m learning in class on a daily basis. It makes the material a lot more hands-on rather than theoretical. One of the things about this program that I really enjoy is that I don’t feel like a Graduate Assistant or a student; I feel like a colleague with all of my classmates, professors, and supervisors.

Meg Flora B.A. Communications University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Graduate Assistant in the College of Business Career Center I chose the CSD program because I was looking for a small atmosphere where I could have an opportunity to get to know my professors and fellow students at a much more personal level. This aspect of the program has definitely been one of the highlights of my time here so far. There is a lot to be said for becoming part of a cohort and having an unlimited amount of support while you are here, and I’m sure the same will be true after graduation as well. 12

Eric Aiken B.A. Studio Art and Anthropology/Sociology Kalamazoo College Graduate Assistantship in Student Programs What do I enjoy best about my assistantship? In my assistantship, I have never heard the word “no.” My supervisors and co-workers are very receptive to new ideas and ways of working. I enjoy working with leading professionals in this area and other assistants that are just fun.

Tessa Noonan B.A. Liberal Studies Sarah Lawrence College Residence Director in University Housing Working as a Residence Director in Housing and studying in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program allows me to practice using the skills I am learning on a daily basis, and I take my work with students into every class. I have the opportunity to tailor each of my experiences here to fit my interests and enhance my growth as a practitioner. I love my work with students and staff members, as it is rewarding and consistently challenging in the best possible way. I fell in love with App State and Boone during GAPP weekend, and I continue to be surprised with what a magical place it is.

Sara-Kate Parker B.S.C. Journalism and Electronic Media, Visual Communications, Print Design & Photography University of Tennessee Graduate Assistant in the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership I love Appalachian State University! In my assistantship I work with students on a daily basis, building leadership skills and development, and I advise the school’s newspaper, The Appalachian and literary magazine, The Peel. CSD/COPA is a great program and Boone is amazing! In my free time I love to play outside and listen to bluegrass!

Rachel Rasmussen B.S. Psychology University of Alabama, Huntsville Residence Director in University Housing

Meg Clark B.A. Psychology University of North Carolina, Wilmington Graduate Assistant in the Living Learning Center I am thrilled to be a graduate student at Appalachian State University. I chose the CSD program and field of student affairs practice because it provides an opportunity to make an impact on the lives of students. Since graduating from UNC Wilmington with a degree in Psychology, I was seeking a role that offered variety in the field of human services and the ability to incorporate creativity and personal interests at work. The CSD program and my graduate assistantship have given me the chance to get a taste of many different areas in student affairs and have provided the flexibility to be creative when working with students. Each day brings new challenges and learning experiences that make every day new and exciting.

I work as a Residence Director in University Housing, and I love it! It’s crazy and hectic and you never know what to expect—but that’s what makes it so awesome. I also think we have a great CSD cohort here, and I truly feel that we all have each others’ backs in case something goes wrong. As for Boone…I wouldn’t trade it for anything! If you even remotely like the outdoors, you’ll easily be able to find something to do here that you’ll enjoy (or you’ll discover a new hobby somewhere along the way). 13

Life in Boone Museums and the Arts Boone and the surrounding areas boast plenty of ways to enjoy the heritage of the High Country and the intense creativity of its residents. Facilities connected to Appalachian State’s campus often host exhibits and events that involve the whole town, such as the popular monthly Art Crawl through Downtown. Appalachian Heritage Museum Art Walk Craft Enrichment Series Hands Gallery Looking Glass Gallery


Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Visiting Writers Series

Attractions The High Country features some of the most beautiful outdoor attractions and tourist destinations in the nation. Visitors can enjoy the views, fresh air, and any of the numerous opportunities for outdoor adventures such as camping, canoeing & kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, zip-lines, water activities, fishing, hiking, and skiing & snowboarding. While some of these activities and locations close once winter sets in, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Boone in every season! Blue Ridge Parkway Grandfather Mountain Horn in the West Linville Caverns

Moses Cone Manor Ski Resorts State Parks of the High Country Tweetsie Railroad

Grocery and Shopping The areas surrounding Appalachian State University offer shoppers with options from the smaller shops on King Street to the Outlets in Blowing Rock to the Watauga County Farmer’s Market (May–October). Boone Mall Earth Fare Harris Teeter Ingles King Street Shopping District Lowes Foods

Mast General Store Shoppes on the Parkway Walmart Watauga County Farmer’s Market

Restaurants Students and residents of Boone alike take advantage of the large sampling of delicious and different restaurant fare. Options range from pub fare to Pad Thai, sushi to down-home southern buffets, burritos to barbeque. Both casual to upscale, there is an eatery to fit every ambiance and appetite. Many restaurants offer locally-grown produce, organic options, and a range of dietary choices, as well as a twist on the standard fare. A few Boone favorites are listed here: Bandana’s Barbeque & Grill Black Cat Burrito Boone Drug Casa Rustica Dan’l Boone Inn Restaurant Dos Amigos Joe’s Italian Kitchen Los Arcoiris

Macado’s Restaurant & Tavern Makoto’s Seafood & Steakhouse of Japan Mellow Mushroom New China Buffet Our Daily Bread Stick Boy Bread Company Woodland’s Barbecue

Music, Entertainment, and Nightlife Boone is a major center for music, culture, and entertainment due in large part to the events available at Appalachian State. Renowned performers are invited to campus on a regular basis, including recent shows by Ben Folds, Dierks Bentley, Corey Smith, Gillian Welch, Lewis Black and Lily Tomlin. Appalachian State has two movie theaters on campus, and Legends, a university-run nightclub that hosts regular events. Bars and clubs in town also have regular shows, dances, trivia, and karaoke nights. Appalachian State Performing Arts Series APPS $1 Film Series Boone Saloon Char

Café Portofino Galileo’s Bar & Cafe Hayes School of Music Legends Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub 15


Contact Us! We look forward to seeing you soon at App! If you have any questions or want to speak with other grads before or during the course of your time at GAPP Weekend, please feel free to contact us by any of the methods listed below. Visit our website: Join our Facebook group: GAPP—Appalachian State University Follow us on Twitter: Email: Alicia Vest, GAPP Coordinator


GAPP Weekend Flipbook  
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Welcome to GAPP Weekend at ASU!