The Office of Campus Activities facilitates transformational student experiences by creating a vibrant student life community where all students feel valued, connected, and successful.
With our vision in mind, we are committed to the holistic development and success of all students, the cultivation of inclusive spaces and communities, and the fostering of meaningful relationships and lifelong learning.
Through our programs, advising, and involvement opportunities, we aspire to the following ideals and actions…
Educate - We are leadership educators. We challenge students to think critically about their personal values and leadership opportunities while promoting educational risk-taking and critical reflection.
Engage - We are community builders. We create environments where people can create authentic and meaningful relationships with one another. We encourage respectful discourse to deepen personal understanding and appreciation of differences while cultivating a community of mutual responsibility.
Empower - We are resourceful advisors. We support students in owning their experiences and taking responsibility for their actions. We help students identify their personal and organizational vision and goals and share resources and tools to be successful and thrive.
Excite - We are innovators. We foster collaboration, creativity, and innovation, so students can become active campus citizens. We inspire students to become change agents by connecting knowledge to action and by leaving a positive legacy at Appalachian.
Dustin directs the overall efforts of Campus Activities with additional direct responsibilities as APPS advisor, and is part of the leadership team for the Department of Student Engagement & Leadership, under which Campus Activities is housed.
Dustin Evatt has been at Appalachian for 4 years, most recently as the Associate Director for Campus Activities. Dustin provides leadership and supervision to the Campus Activities team including the areas of Campus Programming, Fraternity & Sorority Life, and Clubs & Organizations. He directly advises the APPS Executive Council and Chairs the University Homecoming Committee. He coordinates the INTERSECT Social Justice Retreat and oversess the Student Organization Code of Conduct. Dustin also teaches the Applied Leadership course as part of the Leadership Studies Minor. At Winthrop University, Dustin received his Bachelor's of Science in Integrated Marketing Communication. He later studied at the University of Vermont where he received his Master's in Higher Education & Student Affairs. Currently, he is pursuing his Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Appalachian with research interests including critical leadership, social justice, and change. Dustin loves working alongside students and colleagues to make positive change. Dustin loves working with students who dream big and use their talents and skills to make a difference on campus or in the community. When he's not at work, Dustin enjoys watching movies and exploring local restaurants and stores.
Becky Cooke has been at Appalachian for 5 years as the Assistant Director for Campus Activities and Fraternity & Sorority Life. Becky advises 33 nationally recognized organizations and the governing councils; Panhellenic Council, National PanHellenic Council, and Interfraternity Council. Becky received her Bachelor's of Art at Central Michigan University with a major in History and double minor in English and Psychology. She remained at Central Michigan University and pursued her Master's in Educational Leadership in Student Affairs. Becky loves the students she works with and the energy that leadership and involvement creates for the staff and students we are fortunate to work with each and every day. She loves the laughter, the impact that “A ha” moments have, and watching students develop as leaders and people. In her free time, Becky enjoys any crafting project, especially cardmaking, scrapbooking, knitting, etc. She loves to cook and is addicted to new recipes! She enjoys hiking and exploring with her family, and is a self-proclaimed "phenomenal singer" while in her car! Becky likes smiling and is obsessed with Stitch, Wizard of Oz, and purple pens.
Beth Holcomb recently joined the Office of Campus Activities as the Assistant Director of Organizational Leadership & Advising after 2 years in the Office of Admissions. Now, Beth works with all of Appalachian's clubs and organizations and advises Club Council. A two time graduate of Appalachian State University, Beth received her Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Management with a concentration in Outdoor Experiential Education, and her Master's Degree in College Student Development with a concentration in College Outdoor Program Administration. Beth's favorite part of her job is working with students! When she's not in the office, you can find her fishing, hiking, gardening, practicing yoga, watching movies, or playing with her dogs!
Nick Wright is Appalachian's first ever Coordinator for Fraternity & Sorority Life where he works with all Fraternities & Sororities, and advises the National Panhellenic Council. From the Mississippi University for Women, Nick received his Bachelor's Degree in Public Health Education and Family Studies. Nick then received his Master's Degree in College Student Affairs at Eastern Illinois University. The most enjoyable part of his job is working alongside students to create a diverse and inclusive environment. When he's not in the office, he enjoys Netflix, eating key lime pie, reading, and pretending to like hiking. Nick is also a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc!
Courtney Campbell is in her first year at Appalachian State University where she is pursuing her Masters in College Student Development. She is the Clubs & Organizations Graduate Assistant where she works closely with Club Council. Courtney received her Bachelor's Degree from James Madison University in Health Science before being accepted into ASU's Graduate School. Courtney loves that she has the ability to work with students everyday and watch them grow as young adult leaders. In addition to the staff she has the pleasure of working with, she says that everyone is supportive and caring which makes her job truly enjoyable. Outside of work and studying, Courtney enjoys theater and traveling, whether it's discovering a new place on the parkway, other places in Boone, or flying to a new city!
Keith Norris (he/him/his) is a Graduate Assistant with APPS, where he advises the Special Events Council and the Executive Board. Keith graduated from Appalachian State University in the Spring of 2016 with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in College Student Development. Keith loves having the opportunity to work with students in developing their leadership styles, while still having fun with all of the programming opportunities that APPS has to offer the Appalachian community. Additionally, Keith remains an advocate for student voice and social justice in numerous ways, including racial and gender equity. During his free time, Keith enjoys hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway, singing with his a cappella group, hanging out with his students in the APPS Office, and watching a plethora of Netflix shows.
Nassim Nozartash is attending her first year at Appalachian State University (ASU) where she is pursuing a Masters Degree in College Student Development. Prior to this year, she attended the University of South Florida and received her Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences. During her undergraduate experience, she worked in the Office of Orientation and afterwards worked with the Mosani College of Medicine as a Staff Assistant. Currently, she is a Graduate Assistant working with Club Hub and AppSync at ASU. Nassim wants to continue to develop various leadership styles by exploring the multiple opportunities presented in Boone. Also, she loves to work with student leaders to help them find and develop their leadership skills within their organizations and academics. Outside of the office, she loves to dance, attend concerts, and travel around the world.
Emily Dabau is a graduate assistant for the Office of Campus Activities, working with APPS and advising CASE and Spirit & Traditions. She graduated from the University of Miami in the spring of 2017 and is currently pursuing her masters degree in College Student Development at Appalachian. Emily loves working with students and seeing them grow as individuals and leaders as they bring events to campus. Emily is also passionate about social justice and diversity. In her free time, Emily enjoys kayaking, hiking and taking road trips.
Drew Pelkey is in her first year of the College Student Development Master's Program. She serves as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority life where she advises Panhellenic Council and creates/facilitates programming for the National Panhellenic Council and Panhellenic Council. Her greatest passions are being a positive role model for students and working as hard as she can to ensure students are supported and pushed to be the best version of themselves. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. She loves to travel, hike, hangout with friends, and eat great food! She looks forward to going to football games and experiencing everything Appalachian State University has to offer!
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