Dean of Students' Invitation to Faculty and Staff

Published June 1, 2015

Dean of Students’ Invitation to Faculty and Staff

Dear Colleagues:

As you may be aware, approximately 12,000 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. This event, known as House Calls, is part of our It’s Up to Me campaign, which embodies the philosophy that we all play a role in the safety and well-being of one another and our Appalachian family.

House Calls 2015 is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2, 2015. To accomplish our goal of reaching a large number off-campus students, we need your help.  You have the potential to make a tremendous impact by visiting with our students for a few minutes to let them know we care. Please consider volunteering for the evening. The time commitment will be approximately three hours (from 5 – 8 p.m.), which includes a brief orientation/ training session and dinner for volunteers. 

Last year, House Calls’ volunteers knocked on 1,500 student doors, reaching approximately 4,000 off-campus students. Visit the event website: to hear about their experiences. We are excited to build on last year’s success and hope to reach even more students this year!

If you would like to get involved, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (828) 262-8284 or register to volunteer at this site's registration page.  We will be providing more information as the event draws nearer, but do hope that you can reserve time on your calendar now.  Thank you for your consideration, and enjoy the summer! Click here to sign up.

All the best,
J.J. Brown
Dean of Students

House Calls Fall 2015

House Calls
September 2, 2015
5 pm to 8 pm
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Reflections from 2014 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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