John E. Thomas Hall • ASU PO Box 32111 • Boone, NC 28608 (828) 262-2160 • www.housing.appstate.edu
Appalachian State University
Thank you for your interest in University Housing at Appalachian State University. With over 5,600 of our 17,000 students living in 20 residential complexes we are an integral part of the App Experience. We have a proud tradition of producing some of the finest housing professionals in the country, and we would be proud to have you join us as we advance this reputation. Appalachian State University is a special place. Our catch phrase, â€œApp Caresâ€?, is reflected in how we go about our work and focus our efforts to help students be successful. We are a key component in helping students develop academically and personally. Our staff are what makes us unique. One important difference about Appâ€™s University Housing is that we recognize we exist to impact students. As a result our renovation and new construction designs are focused on having our students interact. While many campuses are building more apartments, we continue to focus on traditional halls which offer the amenities students want, but the access to students our staff need so we can impact lives. We strive to not have buildings where more than one door separates students from their peers and community opportunities. Our efforts with Residential Learning Communities call for student, staff and faculty involvement. We do not have RLCs simply to say we have them; these are real living and breathing learning opportunities for our students. If we say we do something you can rest assured you could come to our campus and actually see it. Our ultimate goal for our staff is to mold you into a housing professional that other campuses want to recruit so they can take their residence life program to the next level. To accomplish this we will offer you opportunities to be involved in in-depth discussions about how to improve our operation and encourage you to be creative in your approach in decision making. We want you to understand the big picture of our operation, but will challenge you to learn more about yourself, the profession and what you aspire to become. As a warning, we are striving to be the premier residence life program in the Southeast. This means we are looking for staff with boundless energy, a desire to make a difference and a willingness to be held accountable. If these are characteristics which interest you, then we would like to meet you. I wish you all the best in your job search and your future career.
Tom Kane, Ed. D.
Director University Housing
What do you enjoy about living in the Boone area?
Boone, North Carolina, is a college town in the best sense —
a place where people say hello on the street and with a vibrant downtown a block from campus. Its eclectic hub, known as King Street, features specialty shops, restaurants and cultural attractions that appeal to students, parents, residents and tourists. Whether in town for a weekend or a four-year education, many people find it difficult to leave Boone.
The surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains attract outdoors enthusiasts year-round for hiking, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, cycling, fishing, kayaking, rock climbing and other activities. The Blue Ridge Parkway, which draws some 20 million visitors a year, and a section of the Appalachian Trail that runs from Virginia through western North Carolina are both just minutes from campus.
Education & Community “The natural wonders of the area. The Blue Ridge Parkway is at our backdoor and provides miles of trails and lookout points. Further, the area has an ideal climate, mild summers and winters.”
Andrea Sell Coordinator
Watauga and Ashe counties boast high-quality public schools and the state’s third highest percentage of teachers with National Board Certification (18 percent). Watauga County is the only North Carolina school district in which all elementary schools are ranked as Schools of Excellence. The town has a population of 15,000 and is known for having friendly, safe neighborhoods.
Boone’s accolades include National Geographic Adventure magazine’s “Best Places to Live and Play,” Outside magazine’s top 10 “Best Towns in America,” and USA Today’s “10 Great Small Towns with Huge Backyards.”
The Boone Community
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Appalachian
Describe the typical ASU student.
State University offers a challenging academic environment, energetic campus life and breathtaking location. Appalachian combines the best attributes of a small liberal arts college with those of a large research university. Known for its value and affordability, Appalachian, which was established in 1899, enrolls about 17,300 students and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. Small classes and close interactions between faculty and students create a strong sense of community, which has become an Appalachian hallmark.
Preserving these mountains is essential to Appalachian’s character. An ethic of sustainability resounds through the campus and local community, as evident through an on-campus electricitygenerating wind turbine, a commitment to making new buildings efficiently designed and LEED® certified, a biodiesel-powered public transportation system and research and academic degree programs that focus on issues related to energy, economics and the environment. Many sustainability projects on campus are funded by a Renewable Energy Initiative fee, which students overwhelmingly supported as a way to ensure a better future for all.
ASU Football is a nationally recognized NCAA Division I-AA team, which has won 3 consecutive national championships in 2005, 2006, and 2007. They were the first Division I-AA football team to defeat a Division I-A team –— University of Michigan.
Appalachian is the sixth largest institution in the University of North Carolina system and contributes an economic impact of $506 million on Watauga county (2006). ASU holds the number three spot of the Top Public Universities in the South by US News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges Guide.
“A student who is eager to do more and give back as a global citizen. App State students refuse to accept the status quo and provide energy in all they do. Getting to work with this caliber of student on a daily basis keeps me on my toes.”
Jordan Luzader Coordinator
Why did you decide to accept a job opportunity in University Housing? Residence Hall and Staff Facts
• House 5,600 students • 20 residence halls- traditional, suite, hotel and apartment styles • First year live on-campus requirement • Each year a residence hall is renovated or a new hall is built • Halls also include kitchens, laundry, lobbies, large screen televisions, staff offices, and vending areas • One Associate Director of Residence Life • 2 Assistant Directors of Residence Life • 9 professional Master’s level Coordinators • 15 Graduate Assistants • 150 Resident Assistants • 60 Night Star student staff “...the professional opportunities and challenges the position presented. After meeting the other UH professionals I was not only excited about those opportunities, but the chance to work with a fun and experienced group of people that take such pride in their position. It was an easy decision when they offered me the position.”
Brandon Nelson Coordinator
Living and Learning Together
Appalachian was chosen as a 2010 Best College for Learning Communities according to U.S. News and World Report. Freshman Living Communities were also awarded the Retention Excellence award from Noel-Levitz. Appalachian has 20 residential learning communities, in which freshmen and continuing students form study groups and integrate course material while making friends, exploring majors and discovering potential careers. In some learning communities, students live in the same residence hall and take classes together. In others, small groups of students enroll in two or three classes coordinated around a specific theme, academic major or discipline.
Why do you enjoy working with ASU students?
Why do you enjoy working in University Housing at ASU?
We provide students with convenient, well-maintained housing and foster a learning-oriented community that creates connections and opportunities for meaningful experiences.
“There are a lot of opportunities to get involved in projects across the entire division of Student Development that also benefit University Housing. I can look at my time here and see how I have helped to shape some of the policies and initiatives we are now pursuing as a department. I like knowing that my work leaves an impression that future colleagues can use as a starting point in their own work at ASU.”
Cathy Roberts-Cooper Coordinator
We strive to provide safe and sustainable housing for the Appalachian community and create a learning-centered home that engages residents to become active citizens of the world.
“Our students are great; there are countless opportunities to mentor, supervise and work directly with students.”
Jason Timpson Coordinator
What excites you about the future of University Housing at ASU?
We put the best interests of our students first and demonstrate compassion in our interactions with others.
We work hard and take the extra step to get the job done.
We seek to give voice to the diversity of the Appalachian community.
We think outside the box and constantly seek to improve and stay current.
We do what we say we do and make ethical decisions.
We develop by listening, asking, reading, reflecting, and experimenting.
â€œUniversity Housing aims to be the premier program in Residence Life. This means that we are working towards improving our efficiency and creativity both, and it means we engage in dialogues at home and with other institutions on a consistent basis. We therefore are always learning.â€?
Aaron Voyles Coordinator
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