Update from the Walker College of Business

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 2:50 p.m.

Dear business students,

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting us all, and we here in the Walker College of Business are no exception. My name is Sandra Vannoy, and I’m your acting dean. I’m writing to you today to let you know that as our faculty and staff are hard at work making preparations for you to continue your spring semester classes online, I’m thinking about you and your families during this unprecedented time. I want you to know that our 3,000+ undergraduate and approximately 170 graduate business students are our top priority. While our students come to Appalachian’s campus from around the nation and around the world, we’re a family. Supported by our world-class faculty and staff, I know that you will do your best to work through challenges brought about by this unexpected shift in teaching and learning practices.  

The university has made a number of resources available to our students - please see the links provided at the bottom of this message. Also, your Walker College of Business academic advising team is available to you by zoom meeting; learn more at businessadvising.appstate.edu.

I recognize that each one of you has unique circumstances, and I will do my best to help you navigate this difficult situation. I appreciate your patience and flexibility, with guidance from the UNC System, our university, our state and our nation evolving as the COVID-19 landscape changes. Please remember that the best place to find Appalachian’s latest updates is at appstate.edu/coronavirus. I am confident that we will successfully complete our Spring 2020 term and be stronger than ever, together.

Best wishes,


Sandra A. Vannoy, Ph.D. | Acting Dean
Walker College of Business | Appalachian State University
4135 Kenneth E. Peacock Hall | 416 Howard Street
Boone, NC 28608 | USA
828-262-2058 | business.appstate.edu

Additional university coronavirus information

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