Coordinator of Jump Start Appalachian
Office of Transfer Services
Staff Shout Out monthly drawing winner
Appalachian State University Staff Shout Out program
“Matt Huntanar’s presence puts a smile on everyone’s face and he operates out of genuine care and passion for the students and Appalachian.”
Kevin Delgado-Valentin, senior associate registrar for customer service and scheduling at Appalachian
BOONE, N.C. — The Staff Shout Out program at Appalachian State University has announced Matt Huntanar, coordinator of Jump Start Appalachian — the university's transfer student transition and support program, as the winner of its December 2019 drawing.
Huntanar, who is also an adviser to Appalachian’s Transfer Student Mentors, is one of 1,002 staff members who were recognized during 2019 for their Shout Out-worthy service to the university. He works in the Office of Transfer Services, a unit within Appalachian’s Division of Enrollment Management.
Kevin Delgado-Valentin, senior associate registrar for customer service and scheduling in Appalachian’s Office of the Registrar, recognized Huntanar with a Shout Out for helping with Appalachian’s December 2019 Commencement.
“Matt is an incredible asset to Appalachian and a joy to be around,” Delgado-Valentin said. “His presence puts a smile on everyone’s face and he operates out of genuine care and passion for the students and Appalachian.”
Of his Shout Out recognition, Huntanar said, “I feel fortunate to be part of two amazing teams: the Office of Transfer Services and Enrollment Management. I take pride knowing that every single student at Appalachian has been assisted and supported at some point by the good work performed by my colleagues in Enrollment Management.”
The Staff Shout Out program, an informal recognition initiative created by Staff Senate’s Staff Recognition Committee, aims to highlight Appalachian staff members for their positive contributions to the university. The committee works to improve employee engagement and encourage an environment of support and appreciation.
Examples of actions for which Appalachian staff members have received Shout Outs:
- Going above and beyond to help a fellow co-worker or student.
- Picking up trash on campus grounds just because.
- Encouraging recycling among officemates.
- Having an infectious positive attitude.
- Taking initiative.
- Helping a co-worker complete a task voluntarily.
- Random acts of kindness.
Recipients of a Shout Out are notified the month following their nomination and receive a card detailing why they were nominated, which is handwritten and personally delivered by a member of Staff Senate. Each recipient is also entered into a monthly drawing for a gift from the University Bookstore.
As part of his drawing prize, Huntanar received a black and gold flask from the University Bookstore.
To view a complete list of December 2019 Staff Shout Out recipients, as well as lists of Appalachian staff members who have received a Shout Out to date, visit https://staffsenate.appstate.edu/committees/staff-recognition.
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About the Office of Transfer Services
Appalachian State University’s Office of Transfer Services provides the knowledge and resources necessary to empower students through their Appalachian journey by advocating and collaborating to build the bridges necessary for student transition, integration and success. The office provides services for credit evaluation and credit acquisition, transfer advising, mentoring, transitional support, engagement and retention. Recognizing the diversity of transfer students and the wide spectrum of questions and needs, the office supports students’ transition and acclimation to Appalachian through various programming, technology and dedicated customer service support. Learn more at https://transfer.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.