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• March 29, 2012



Official University News & Announcements

Meeting Notes


Send copy to David W. Freeman, Director of Student Publications, Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, second floor, Plemmons Student Union, or e-mail:

SDR helps you with involvement

Each student at Appalachian State University has an official co-curricular transcript. Involvement, leadership positions, on-campus employment, awards, leadership programs etc. can be listed on the transcript. Visit to see what your options are for involvement. Start building your experiences today.

Need help getting involved?

The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership is available for advising appointments. Schedule a time today to talk with a professional in the office to determine your best plan of action. Get out, meet people and make a difference. Call 262-6252, or visit the CSIL website at www.csil.appstate. edu, drop by Room #219 for more information.

Spring Counseling Center groups

Understanding Self and Others Group: Issues commonly addressed vary from depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, self-esteem, issues of family conflict or abuse, etc. Students who want to resolve specific concerns as well as those seeking personal growth are welcome. This can be a good time to get peers’ perspectives on various issues, and to recognize that you are not alone. Four groups are available: Mondays 1:30-3 and 3:30-5; Tuesdays 3-4:30; Wednesday 3-4:30; Thursdays (with dog) 3-4:30; Fridays 10-11:30.

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Therapy Group: This group will present an opportunity for gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals to explore life challenges. It will provide a safe environment in which to address a variety of issues (e.g., coming out, spirituality, family relationships, depression, selfesteem, abuse, etc.). Goals of the group include: reducing isolation, finding support and making changes. Tuesdays 5-6:30 and Fridays 1-2:30.

Painful Pasts, Promising Futures Group: This group is designed for those who have experienced traumatic events in their lives or who come from backgrounds in which they did not feel safe. Members will learn how their past experiences and their biology are affecting their lives now. More importantly, they will learn what to do about it! Members will learn important insights about their patterns in relationships and skills to better manage their emotions and relationships. Thursdays 3:30-5 and Fridays 3-4:30. (For information contact Amber Lyda: 262-3180 or Transgender Therapy Group: This group is similar to the “Understanding Self and Others” group in that a variety of issues will be explored in a safe and supportive environment. Some of the issues will be unique to gender-variant students. Goals of the group include: reducing isolation, finding support and making changes. Wednesdays 4:30-6. (For information contact Sheri Clark: 262-3180 clarksl@

WISE Women, Image, & Self Esteem: This group is designed for any woman interested in changing how she values herself. If you’d like to feel better about yourself and less controlled by appearance, food and what others think, this group may be for you. Thursdays 2-3:30 p.m. (For information contact Denise Lovin: 262-3180 or lovindm@

An Introduction to Mindfulness Group: Mindfulness involves stepping out of “auto-pilot” reactions and learning to pay more attention to our present experiences. Activities in this group will help participants cultivate a mindful approach to their lives, which can decrease stress, create emotional balance, and allow a person to take actions more in line with their values. Thursdays 2-3:30 (For information contact Chris Hogan: 262-3180 or To get started with a Counseling Center group, come to the Counseling Center during Walk-In Clinic, call 262-3180 or visit the website for more information at www.counseling. If you are interested in group but these times do not work for you, please get in touch with Chris Carden at 262-3180 or

Career resources available at ASU

Come explore the resources on campus here to assist you with your career planning and job searching needs. Is choosing a major causing you stress? The Peer Career Center can help! Choosing a major is one of the many decisions you will have to make during your college career. Do not take it lightly. The average person spends 86,000 hours working in his/her lifetime. How many hours are you going to spend choosing your career? We offer assistance in finding a major and career that matches your interests, abilities, values and experiences. Call 262-2029 to schedule an appointment or drop by our office located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union, beside McAllister’s Deli. Visit us at www.peercareer. The Career Development Center offers many resources to assist you in your job and internship search skills. Career Counselors will help you build a professional resume, cover letter, and help develop your interviewing skills. Students can utilize Career Gear, (, our new and improved career management system, to schedule career counseling appointments, post resumes, search for jobs and internships, sign up for on campus interviews, research employers, identify employer mentors and stay up to date with career center events and fairs. Learn about all of the great resources in the CDC at

Free, confidential legal advice

A licensed attorney is available to answer your questions, provide advice, and make referrals. This service is offered free of charge to any Appalachian State University student. Contact the Student Legal Clinic if you have a traffic ticket, a minor criminal charge, a question about your lease or the conditions in your off-campus apartment -- or any other issue or problem that you need legal help with. The Student Legal Clinis is located in Room 221of the Plemmons Student Union. Call (828) 262-2704 for an appointment. It’s fast and easy! Appointments can usually be scheduled within a few days.

Financial Aid questions?

Parents and students with financial aid questions are encouraged to visit our website at and their AppalNet account. The Office of Student Financial Aid is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., except for University observed holidays.

Spring Diversity Speakers Series

The Office of Multicultural Student Development has announced the Spring schedule for the 2011-2012 Diversity Speaker Series. We hope that you will take advantage of these unique opportunities to see, hear and learn from

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some of the leading experts on diversity and social justice. All Diversity Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. The series includes: Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in the SNCC, Tuesday, April 24, Blue Ridge Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union, 7 p.m., editors Faith Holsaert and Marsha Noonan.

Sustainability film series to begin

The sustainability film series at Appalachian State University enters the third year with films that focus on environmental and economic issues and social justice. A feature-length film will be shown in Greer Auditorium each month during spring semester. All films begin at 7 p.m. and are shown free of charge. A 30-minute panel discussion will follow. Visit for more information. The film series schedule is as follows: April 17, “Wasteland”. The series is hosted by Appalachian’s Office of Sustainability and Department of Geology. For additional information about the film series, contact Brian Zimmer in the Department of Geology at

Spring Visiting Writers to start

Novelist Lee Smith reads from her writings on Thursday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m., as guest author in the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series. The reading takes place in the Table Rock Rook of Plemmons Student Union. Smith is the author of “Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger,” “On Agate Hill,” “The Last Girls” and “Fancy Strut.” She will present the craft talk “A Life in Books” from 2-3:15 p.m. in Table Rock Room in Plemmons Student Union. Poets Rod Smith and Sarah Kennedy will close out the series on Thursday, April 19. Smith will discuss his works “Outlaw Style,” “Ensemble” and “Trespasser.” Kennedy will discuss her works “Home Remedies,” “A Witch’s Dictionary” and “Consider the Lilies.” A craft talk, “Historical Narrative Poems: Where Is This Voice Coming From,” will be presented at 3:30-4:45 p.m. at Table Rock Room in Plemmons Student Union. For further information on Visiting Writers Series, call 828262-2337 or see

‘Leave Yosef A Legacy’

Leave Yosef A Legacy is an annual day of service event planned and sponsored by the Service and Leadership Residential Learning Community. The event will be hosted on Saturday with check-in beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Legends and the day will conclude at 2:30 p.m. in the same location. A free lunch will be served during the event and the service site locations include Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society, Farm Cafe, Horse Helpers, and Daniel Boone Gardens. To register for the event, visit If you have any questions regarding the day of service, please contact Jordan Seagraves seagravesaj@email.

‘Autism Speaks U’ set for April 14

The Appalachian State University chapter of Autism Speaks U will hold its first 5k Run/3k Walk event on April 14. The event will be held on the Greenway Trail. Early Registration tickets are available through April 6 for $20. The day of the event tickets will be available for $25. To be guaranteed a T-shirt you must register before April 1. Registration on the day of the event will begin at 8 a.m. with the 5k beginning at 9 a.m., 3k Walk following shortly after. Email Ashley Crowder if you have any questions at, or go to for more information.

Volunteers needed for training

Every year Appalachian conducts a large-scale emergency training exercise that involves local emergency responders and numerous university departments. Because the training is usually conducted after the end of spring semester, few students have ever participated in the training. This year is different and we need student volunteers as actors in the exercise on Friday, March 30. Volunteering as an “actor” is relatively simple – all you have to do is play the part of an emergency victim. If you are available on Friday, March 30 from Noon– 5 p.m. and may be interested, or if you have questions, send an email to

ASU to help you with sustainability

f you are interested in preparing for your sustainable future (and enjoying some free food) consider coming to the following lecture series: April 3 (Tuesday) - Entrepreneurship Future: Learn about how to start a small business, including writing a business plan, getting the financing and how to market your brand. Speakers include banking professionals as well as local business owners with firsthand knowledge of how to have a successful business! Free food provided by Beef O Bradys; April 4: (Wednesday) - Sustainable Future: Learn about sustainability reports and energy audits. Speakers include our very own Dr. Tammy Kowalczyk and a energy audit specialist from WAMY. Free food provided by Jimmy Johns and Come Back Shack. All Events are open to students and the community and are held from 5:30 6:30pm in the Library Room 421. There is limited free food so please RSVP to!

ASU to honor 40 Who’s Who


The 2012 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges will include the names of 40 students from Appalachian State University who have been selected as national outstanding campus leaders. Campus nominating committees have included the names of these students based on their academic achievement, service of community, leadership in extracurricular activities, and potential for continued success. They join an elite group of students from more than 2,842 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several foreign nations. Outstanding students have been honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934. Each recipient is invited to be honored at the Recognition of Student Leaders Program on April 27. Who’s Who Recipients for 2011‐2012 are: Meredith Katheryn Anderson of Apex; Samantha Louise Bonham of Greensboro; Mark Thomas Bridges of Morganton; Derek Daniel Brown of Siler City; Emily Irene Brown of Durham; Stephanie Rose Childress of Warrenton, Va.; Rebecca Hye Cho of Raleigh; Samantha Lee Dawn Craig of Lincolnton; Jordan Elizabeth Davis of Albemarle; Kelsey Moss Dorset of Gaithersburg, Md.; Hannah Leigh Dow of Mattoon, Ill.; Ryan Alexander Duffy of Apex; Courtney Brion Freeman of Carlton, Ga.; Abigail Anne Gac of Weddington; Ashley Clara Griffin of Hendersonville; Weston Tucker Haney of Robbinsville; Kelsey Geneva Hanger of Asheville; Mattie Lee Hardin of Lakeland, Fla.; Jon Brian Hartley of Lenoir; Nathan Joseph Healy of New Bern; Alain P. Humblet of Brossard, Quebec, Canada; Paula Elizabeth Hunt-

er of Great Falls, Va.; Lauren Samantha Kanapaux of Holly Springs; Devin Austin Lattin of Asheville; Jaimie Elizabeth McGirt of Wilmington; Davonte Lamar McKenith of Mint Hill; Javier Alejandro Medrano of Forest City; Kristen Marie Pate of Clinton; Samantha Pearl Patton of Morganton; McKenzie Rae Phillips of Newton, Ill.; Corianne Denise Rogers of Raleigh; Brianna Colleen Ruggles of Huntersville; Kimberly Ann Seufer of Greensboro; Laura Jean Sylvester of Raleigh; Alexander James Thomas of Durham; Caitlin Elizabeth Wainright of Winterville; Megan Janell Williams of High Point; Amber Marie Wilson of Denver; Jill Johanna Yerden of Cary; Sarah Elizabeth Young of Charlotte.

George Mason prof talks on ethics

Philosophy professor Andrew Light will lecture on the role of ethics in climate change today at 7 p.m. at Appalachian State University. Light’s lecture, “Climate Ethics for Climate Action: Towards a Better Moral Outcome in International Climate Negations,” will be presented in the Bryce and Izoria Gordon Gathering Hall in the Reich College of Education Building at the corner of College and Howard streets. His talk is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the College of Arts and Sciences. Admission is free and the public is invited. Light is an associate professor of philosophy and public policy and director of the Center for Global Ethics at George Mason University. He also is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he works primarily on international climate and science policy. Environmental ethics is taught in Appalachian’s Department of Philosophy and Religion. “Climate change is a moral problem because it presents harm to the non-human natural world and human beings in the present and future. It raises a lot of very interesting ethical questions regarding our assumptions about what we should value and the nature and scope of our responsibilities for present and future harm. Climate change ethics is concerned with what we should do about climate change,” said Dr. Kim Hall, who started Appalachian’s first environmental ethics course in 1999. “Students at Appalachian are really interested in environmental issues. There is a lot of creative energy on campus around thinking about environmental problems, how we might approach and understand them through the various academic disciplines on campus, and how we might work on solutions to various problems. Climate change presents us with questions and issues that have profound moral significance,” Hall said. “For example, will there be water and food, for whom, and for how long into the future? How much species extinction are we willing to live with in what will be a radically transformed world? These are problems that affect us all.”

Autism film to screen Saturday

“Neurotypical”, a film about autism from the perspectives of people with autism, will be shown Saturday, 2-3:45 p.m., and Monday, April 2, 7-8:45 p.m. in the new Reich College of Education’s Gordon Gathering Hall (Room 124) at Appalachian State University. Neurotypical, a term coined in the autism community as a label for people who are not on the autism spectrum, begs the question: what is the standard that identifies one person as whole and capable and another as disabled and broken? Neurotypical parallels the lives of three individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families. Violet, 3 years old, is absorbing the sensory world and learning ways to navigate through it; Nicholas, a teenager, is coming to terms with his diagnosis and his identity; and Paula, newly diagnosed, balances her autism advocacy work with the demands of homeschooling her son and sorting out a disintegrating marriage. Through segmented interviews, these three individuals and seven other highly articulate people (both on and off the autism spectrum) bring their personal stories, found philosophies, and candid observations to Neurotypical, calling attention to the subject of neurodiversity as an urgent and multi-layered issue within the 21st century civil rights debate. For more information on the film and links to the film trailer, please visit:

Spaghetti dinner for research

Alpha Omicron Pi’s 3rd Annual All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner held on Wednesday, April 4th from 5-7:30pm at Harvest House. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. All proceeds benefit The Arthritis Foundation and Ovarian/ Prostate Cancer Research.

Passover dinner set for April 4

The Mountaineer Passover Dinner will take place this year on April 4 from 7-9 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union. This event is a modern twist on the traditional Passover seder (dinner combined with a holiday service) and is geared towards those who are not familiar with Jewish customs. Along with great food, musical entertainment, and even a bit of dancing, the Mountaineer Passover Dinner provides a fun cultural experience for all. It enriches the community’s knowledge of Jewish traditions while delivering a delicious meal catered by Food Services. The meal includes kosher chicken, the traditional matzah cracker, and the other traditional components of the seder plate. This is a great extra-credit opportunity for Professors to provide for their students, Tickets are $7 or two for $12 and can be purchased at a contact table in the Student Union this week. Refer to the Facebook event “Mountaineer Passover Dinner” for Contact Table times and more information or e-mail us at

Humanities series continues tonight

The 2011-12 Humanities Thematic Series, “A Sense of Place” continues tonight with “Alternative Spaces, Alternative Realities.” Speakers: Patrick O’Shea (LES), “Augmented Reality: A New Way to Interact with Our Surroundings” and Chris Osmond (LES), “‘The Porousness of Certain Borders’”: The Liberatory Power of the Grid” 5-6:30 PM, Table Rock Room, Plemmons Student Union.

Anthropology Club to show film

The Anthropology Club is sponsoring the film “Electronic Awakening” on Wednesday, April 4, at 5 pm in Sanford 407. It investigates the mysticism and spiritual movement behind Electronic Dance Music culture. Director, Andrew Johner, an alum of the Anthropology program at ASU, will talk briefly about his research at the conclusion of the film.

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