House Calls
Thursday, September 5, 2019
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Save the Date!


House.Calls2017.JJAppalachian State staff, led by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs JJ Brown, visit The Cottages of Boone during House Calls 2017.

Dear Colleagues:

House Calls, our annual outreach to off-campus students, is scheduled for Thursday, September 5, 2019. Im writing to ask you to mark the date and consider volunteering a few hours to help.

As you may know, close to 12,000 Appalachian State University students live off-campus in rental houses and apartment complexes around Boone. 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.

Last year, 67 faculty and staff volunteers knocked on almost 2,000 apartment doors, reaching well over 5,000 off-campus students. We are aiming to visit at least this many apartments again in 2019. While we cant 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 and to promote healthy behaviors that support student success. Faculty and staff involvement from multiple departments across our campus is what makes this possible. Feedback we receive from students and parents lets us know that initiating connections through House Calls does make a difference to the students we visit. Faculty and staff who volunteer tell us that the event is fun and provides insight into student life outside of the classroom.

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. To volunteer, go to our AppSync page, log-in, and register. We are incredibly appreciative of the enthusiastic support weve received each year and look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones at House Calls 2019.

You will receive additional information after you register. Thank you, in advance, for your help!

Sincerely,
Alan Rasmussen
Interim Dean of Students

JJ Brown
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs