House Calls Fall 2016

House Calls
September 6, 2017
5 pm to 8 pm
Save the Date!

Dean of Students’ Invitation to Faculty and Staff

Dear Colleagues:

I’m writing to ask for your help with House Calls, our annual outreach event to off-campus students, scheduled for Wednesday, August 31, 2016.  House calls is a fun,  easy way to get involved, meet new colleagues, and interact with students in their home environment.

As you may be aware, more than 11,000 Appalachian State University students live off-campus in various rental houses and apartment complexes in the Boone area.  We are committed to helping each of these students connect with campus and community resources, particularly resources that promote student safety and well-being.  As part of that commitment, we reach out to off-campus students each year at the beginning of fall semester to welcome them to Boone and provide critical information about interpersonal violence, high risk drinking and other drug use, and suicide prevention.

At last year’s House Calls, fifty-six faculty and staff volunteers knocked on over 1700 doors, reaching approximately 4,500 off-campus students.  We hope to duplicate or expand on those numbers this year.  While we can’t reach every student living off-campus, through this event and other initiatives, we lay the groundwork to create a connected, engaged, and informed community of off-campus students.  Faculty and staff involvement from multiple departments across our campus is what makes this possible.

The time commitment for House Calls is approximately three hours (from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.), which includes a brief training and dinner for volunteers.  You will also receive a t-shirt.  To volunteer, please register at using our online form.  This year, as one way to acknowledge the incredible support we get from our colleagues, we plan to notify all departments of employee participation in the event.  In addition, when you register, you can indicate who invited (or inspired) you to volunteer.  We will recognize the individuals who were most successful in motivating others to sign up (consider it a friendly competition!) -- so please mention this event to your co-workers and invite others to get involved!  

We will be sending additional reminders and more detailed information as we get closer to the event, but do hope that you can reserve time on your calendar now.  Feel free to contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (828) 262-8284 with any questions.  Thank you, in advance, for your help!  Click here to register.

All the best,
JJ Brown
Dean of Students

Reflections from previous volunteers

"I wanted to thank you for allowing me to participate in such a meaningful event last night.  I thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many students on their own turf.  As a part of the faculty, participatng in House Calls has given me the opportunity to reflect on students' lives and living situations outside the classroom..."

"I felt like everyone we came in contact with was very open and appreciative that the University would have individuals going door-to-door welcoming students back and providing them with reminders for their individual safety."

"I loved meeting the students who were [home].  I think all were receptive to our visit, and most were very appreciative that their campus faculty/ staff would take the time to reach out to them."

"I had a great time helping with this and look forward to helping again in the future!"

"It was fun.  I met new colleagues."

"Excellent outreach effort."  "I thought it was tremendous!"

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