Stay home and stay well, business students

Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:19 p.m.

Dear business students,

I hope this note finds you well, both physically and emotionally, as you are coping with our temporary new normal. I am hopeful that you are making the best of your individual situation, and I am proud of your work this past week. The bringing back together of our community, at least online, was overwhelmingly positive, but I know that there are disappointing setbacks, too, which we’ll bear together. While I’m saddened that our college honors convocation and university commencement will not be held in person, we’re working to celebrate your achievements in meaningful ways at both college and university levels. Your ideas are welcome,

As Chancellor Everts mentioned in her update yesterday, a state-wide stay-at-home order goes into effect tomorrow (Monday, March 30) at 5:00 p.m., which will help mitigate the ongoing spread of COVID-19. I hope you will follow the guidelines strictly, as I will. On campus, this means no one will be allowed into Peacock Hall without express permission through April 29 or until further notice. If you need to contact me or members of the Walker College staff, you will find the appropriate email address or phone number at

I continue to keep you and your families in my thoughts during this time; you are my top priority. 

Remember that the best place to find Appalachian’s latest updates is at, and please know that I will do my best to support you during this time. Stay home, stay well, and soon our Appalachian Family will be together again. 

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 |