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Spacing Out is Good?


Wait, what? Oh, sorry, I was just spacing out. Spacing out is considered a lost art with helpful benefits!  (However, you’re probably not supposed to cultivate the space-out during class….)

Come learn the “Lost Art of Spacing Out” at the Student Union this Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 11am. Details below!

The Counseling Center presents:

Bored and Brilliant: The Lost Art of Spacing Out

Wed. Feb. 11th11:00-12:00pm in Three Top Mountain/Union

Extra credit slips will be made available


Start the New Semester on the Right Foot


An important message from Appalachian’s Learning Skills Services of the Learning Assistance Program:

At the beginning of each semester, it is easy to be lulled into complacency with due dates that seem much farther off than they actually are. It’s important, however, to begin building positive habits early in the semester while that time is still a luxury. It’s so much easier to build those habits early than try to correct ineffective habits mid-way (or later) in the semester.

Did you know…?

  • Research suggests that up to 40% of your decisions on a daily basis are habit-based? Meaning, there is no real thought there- it’s automatic! Why not work to build in HEALTHY and USEFUL habits early in the semester to prevent the scramble at the middle and end?

Duhigg, C. (2012). The power of habit: Why we do what we do in life and business. (1 ed.). New York, NY: Random House.

  • Regular review of material over long periods of time increases retention dramatically. See the forgetting curve below. If you’ve ever wondered why you don’t recall even TAKING THE NOTES in early sections of your class notes, this is why. You have to keep seeing the information every few days to ensure this does not happen.

No need to fret! We have strategies to help get you started on the RIGHT FOOT!

It all starts with a little time management.

1: Find a calendar, planner, online calendar, phone calendar, etc. that will work for you.

2: Looking at all of your syllabi, transfer important due dates, readings, etc. to your selected calendar.

3: Commit to going to class- even when there’s NO attendance policy! Being there provides more opportunity to LEARN the information, while showing your professor that you are a serious student who is there to learn. You never know when those behaviors will help you out in the future! Make the commitment early and follow through.

4: Find several areas across campus and AWAY from your personal life where you can get focused and study. Get creative! There are more places that can work for this purpose than you realize! Think library, student union, lounges in academic buildings, study rooms in dorms, shady areas across campus when it’s warm, coffee shops, etc.

5: Complete a weekly schedule. On this schedule, include all of your REGULARLY SCHEDULED activities in a typical week. THEN, looking at the spaces, insert REGULAR study times that you can complete REGARDLESS of what is due. THEN FOLLOW IT!

You might ask, “What can I do in those study times if nothing is due this week?”

  1. Review notes from previous classes
  2. Quiz yourself on lecture notes
  3. Preview reading selections, then read
  4. Read AHEAD
  5. Make lists of questions that you should ask in class
  6. Meet with a tutor
  7. Review your notes
  8. Look ahead in your schedule to see what is happening over the next few weeks
  9. Plan a strategy to get your work done on time
  10. Read and reflect on assignments weeks ahead of the deadline. Jot down ideas.
  11. Meet with a study group
  12. Meet with your professor
  13. Complete homework
  14. Write first drafts (or portions of first drafts)
  15. PROOF your papers
  16. Visit the Writing Center
  17. Schedule your semester
  18. READ
  19. Rinse
  • Repeat

For more information about ways to be successful academically, visit the Learning Skills Services site at

De-Stress with Art, Bath Salts, and Free Snacks


Feeling stressed? Think you are too stressed to take the time to de-stress?  Well, think again. You must take at least a few minutes to relax and refresh– don’t worry, it will pay dividends as you’ll have more energy and focus!  And that’s why the Counseling Center presents you with a great opportunity (and did I mention FREE SNACKS?!)  Drop by their “Stress Free Zone”

Wednesday, Dec. 3rd 5-7pm Whitewater Lounge in the Student Union

Meditate – Get crafty- Eat free snacks – Breathe Deep- Relax- Make bath salts- Stretch – Take a time out!

Would You Intervene in an Act of Interpersonal Violence?


Students are learning the “red flags” or warning signs of interpersonal violence and through this training can become active bystanders ready to keep their community safer.

The Red Flag Campaign, in honor of Rape Culture Awareness Week, will be hosting an open campus Active Bystander Intervention Training on MondayNovember 17th at 7:00pm in room 421 of Belk Library.

This is a great opportunity to consider the FYS learning goal of Understanding Responsibilities of Community Membership!  They will provide extra credit slips after their presentation that you can present to your teacher, if they are willing to offer extra credit or need proof of attendance.

For more information about the Red Flag Campaign and our Active Bystander Intervention Training, please visit or contact Ellen Hartman,

House and Senate DEBATE TONIGHT!


For some of you new students, many of whom only recently turned 18, this will be the first time you’ve voted in an election.   It’s important to get informed about the positions each candidate takes before you vote.  Here’s a great way to do that- TONIGHT on campus!

AppSpeaks is pleased to present our biennial debate between local State House and State Senate candidates.

State House: Rep. Jonathan Jordan (R) will debate Sue Counts (D)

State Senate: State Sen. Dan Soucek (R) will debate Jim Sponenberg (D)

Student Moderators: Jonathan Williams and Lindsey Carbo

Time: Monday, October 27 from 6-7pm
Where: Gordon Gathering Hall (room 124), Reich College of Education building. (NOTE: this is a different location from the previously posted Price Lake Room, Plemmons Student Union)

Presented by AppSpeaks. Co-sponsored by the Department of Communication, College Republicans, College Democrats

AppSpeaks facilitates discussions on campus about local, national, and global issues. If your group would like to partner with AppSpeaks, please contact Jeff Motter (

Your Community, Your Responsibility


One thing you learn in First Year Seminar is the responsibilities of community membership.  You have an opportunity to explore your role in the campus community by attending a workshop that will train you to become a “Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper” so you can help if someone you know is in emotional distress.  This two-hour training is free.

Tues, Oct 28, 12:30-2:30pm, Three Top Mountain

Wed, Oct 29, 7-9pm, Beacon Heights

Wed, Nov 5, 7-9pm, Belk Library 421

Wed, Nov 19, 5:30-7:30pm, Three Top Mountain

Thur, Dec 4, 4-6pm, Three Top Mountain

More info about suicide prevention at App State

FREE Food and FREE Art this Thursday Night!


If you haven’t walked into the gorgeous space that is the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, you now have überincentive to do so this Thursday night.  For this Thursday, October 9, from 7-9pm, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on King Street in downtown Boone (just on the other side of the Valbourg Theatre not far from the Library parking structure) will host a special “Art Bash” event just for students.  The event is designed to introduce students to the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and the exhibitions and programming we offer.  It is a free event for all students with an App State ID, and will feature:

  • Free Food
  • African drumming and dance performances
  • Performance painting by Tunde Afolayan
  • Great door prizes
  • A scavenger hunt

The evening’s festivities are themed around the current exhibition “TWENTY: Contemporary Art from South Africa.”  More information about the exhibit may be found here:

How Would Socrates Discuss Gay Rights?


Socrates is known for his use of the dialectic or Socratic method of inquiry.  Your FYS instructor probably engages in this method in class.  Now you have a chance to watch some budding pros engage in this method of inquiry, discuss, and dialogue. This Wed, Oct. 8 you can see Appalachian’s student discussion group, Socrates Café, partnering with the LGBT Center in order to discuss what it means to be part of the LGBT community and what it means to be an ally of the LGBT community.

They would love to hear any and all opinions in this discussion as they look at how this is impacting our school, community, nation, and world. They look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, October 8th at 6pm in Whitewater Lounge.

Socrates Cafe is sponsored by AppSpeaks and the Department of Communication.  The Appalachian State University’s discussion groups, called Socrates Café, are student-facilitated small groups designed to explore complex questions. The facilitators are trained to support group members in becoming more autonomous, conscientious thinkers and doers, as well as skilled speakers and listeners. In the spirit of Socrates, we believe that we only discover what we truly think about something by engaging in constructive and empathic discourse with others. After meeting in Whitewater Cafe of the campus Student Union, small groups of twelve or fewer disperse to various areas of the student union. Led by a trained student facilitator, groups spend sixty minutes discussing an issue or question. At Socrates Café, just about any question can be grist for meaningful dialogue. Or at least, virtually any question can be fine tuned so it can be looked at in a philosophical way, and our facilitators are trained to do exactly this.

What to Expect

Picture a group of people gathered together for a regular meeting to talk about their thoughts and concepts of the world. At the beginning of the meeting a facilitator assists the group in determining the question or idea that is most interesting or valuable for the group to explore. With minimum verbal participation, the facilitator assists group members in discovering and sharing their thoughts about their chosen topic. Every participant is encouraged to engage on the topic. Facilitators are trained to resist making comments or drawing conclusions on the topic. Instead, facilitators question participants to attain depth and to discover hidden complexities of the topic, as well as of the group interaction.

Analyzing Pop Songs and Running a Bank* (*but not necessarily at the same time)


A major part of your education at Appalachian will come from your taking advantage of the incredible speakers, films, exhibitions, and activities available to you on and near campus.  Go, be a sponge and absorb, enjoy being challenged, make new connections among ideas, and ask questions.

On October 8th you can catch “Post-Feminist Pop Songs: On Resilience, Gender, and Race,” a talk by Prof. Robin James, Dept of Philosophy, UNC-C. 5:00pm on Oct 8th in Belk Library Room 114. This lecture is free and open to the public.  It’s part of a series put on by the Women’s Studies Program this fall—see for the entire schedule of distinguished lectures on women’s and gender issues! Questions about this speaker series? Please contact the WS Program Director, Prof. Kim Hall, at x7603.

You should also plan to attend the 54th Boyles CEO Lecture, scheduled for Thursday, October 9th at 2:00 p.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center.  The featured speaker is Mr. Jim Blaine, President and CEO of State Employees’ Credit Union. The lecture is open to the public at no charge.  A reception will follow on the floor of the Holmes Convocation Center.  There is more information at the Boyles CEO Lecture Series website. Questions? Please email or call (828) 262-2057.

Quiz: Which Student Are YOU?


You love taking quizzes.  I know; I’m on Facebook.  So please take these two–you’ll gain meaningful insight into your performance as a student and with one of them can predict how well you’ll do by semester’s end.  However, you won’t find out which cartoon character, which character from Gilligan’s Island, or which color of the rainbow you are.


Take the online survey here; if you can’t remember whether or not you took it, don’t worry–your userID and PW will be required so as to ensure that you don’t take it twice.  This tells us how “global” you are in your thinking and values.  It’s an important snapshot or measure of your global IQ “before” your college education.  When you graduate we’ll look at you as an “after” and see how much you’ve learned and grown.


This is a self-assessment that the University requires all freshmen to take.  Take the survey here and tell us how your studies, your roommate situation, and your experiences at Appalachian have been going so far.  You’ll get customized feedback at the end. For example, some frosh report on this survey how many hours per week they’re studying and then find out that those hours are consistent with a 1.0 grade point average.  This quiz can be a great reality check. Take the quiz online here.