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Appalachian’s Walk for Awareness held Sept. 2

BOONE-Campus safety is the focus of activities Tuesday, Sept. 2, at Appalachian State University.

In conjunction with the 19th annual Walk for Awareness, a safety fair will be held on Sanford Mall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fair will provide information about university programs and activities designed to enhance personal safety, such as the AppState Alert cell phone alert system, the university’s Blue Light emergency assistance request system and Safe Ride Program.

The program “Why Walk: A Survivor’s Story” will be presented at 8 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Price Lake Room. The program includes a video based on a television interview with a former Appalachian student who is a sexual assault survivor.

The Walk for Awareness begins at 9 p.m. on Sanford Mall near the Sanford Hall portico. The theme for this year’s walk is “Appalachian Steps Up” and promotes the campus’s safety initiatives.

Speakers are Mary Ballard, a professor in the Department of Psychology, Becca Gummere, associate director of OASIS, Jai Jackson, a graduate student and resident director at Appalachian, Cortez Gilbert, a junior social work major and member of the Mountaineer football team, and Crystal Styres O’Hara, a senior secondary education major.

The walk serves as a reminder to campus and community members to always be aware of their personal safety. It also commemorates lives lost to violence, supports victims and survivors of violence, and affirms participants’ commitment and responsibility to speak out against all forms of violence.

Members of the campus and Watauga County communities are invited to join the silent walk through campus, which will end at the courtyard adjacent to Rankin Science Complex and Edwin Duncan Hall.

Student organizations and clubs participating in the walk are encouraged to wear a club T-shirt. Also, no cell phone use or smoking is allowed during the walk.

The Walk for Awareness is supported by the Appalachian Parents Association and University Highlands student apartments.