Student Mentors

About the Transfer Student Mentors

One of the success stories of helping transfer students is the students themselves. The Transfer Student Mentors (TSMs) are a group of transfer students who have successfully transferred to Appalachian.  The TSMs assist incoming transfer students by providing accurate information and helping students get connected with the Appalachian community and campus. The TSMs visit community colleges, lead campus tours, reach out to admitted students, support Transfer Student Orientation, and transfer student events.

The  TSMs remain available to students once they transfer to campus. They can answer questions, help students navigate their first semester on a new campus, assist students with ways to get involved or just meet for coffee and conversation.  The TSMs are here to help students be successful at Appalachian. Students may connect with them through email, social media, Google chat or over a cup of coffee on campus.

The TSM program is a student leadership program that helps students develop leadership, mentorship, communication, public speaking, and a strong sense of identify as a member of the Appalachian community. Students interested in becoming a Transfer Student Mentor may contact Matt Huntanar at huntanarmg@appstate.edu.


  • Stephanie Barber (Transferred from Wilkes Community College)

    Hi Transfers and welcome to App! My name is Stephanie Barber and I am from Wilkes, NC. I transferred from Wilkes Community College where I received my Associates in Arts Degree. I began my journey as a mountaineer in the fall of 2019. In the beginning of my community college career, I was very unsure of what I wanted to do as a career and then decided that I would follow my dreams to be a teacher, which lead me to study Elementary Education at the best teaching school on the planet! Since the very first campus tour, I knew that this was a place that was going to be my home. Being that the Transfer Student Organization was a huge help to me, I wanted to return the favor and become a Transfer Student Mentor. So here I am, feel free to contact me at woodiesd@appstate.edu with any questions or if you just need a new friend!
  • Ashley Bingman (Transferred from Surry Community College)

    Hello, my name is Ashley Bingman and I transferred from Surry Community College. My major is Psychology. I love sitting on the Mall in the spring time and I've admired the art tunnel since I toured it in high school! Please feel free to contact me at bingmanab@appstate.edu.
  • Logan Childers (Transferred from UNC Asheville)

    Hi, my name is Logan Childers and I transferred from UNC Asheville. My major is Music Industries. One of my favorite spots on campus is hanging out on the Mall playing music or spending time with the dogs. Please feel free to contact me at childersdl@appstate.edu.
  • Gavin Cook (Transferred from Northeast State Community College)

    Hi Mountaineers, my name is Gavin Cook and I transferred from Northeast State Community College in Tennessee. My major is Art Education. One of my favorite spots on campus are the woodshops where I can work on my paintings and sculptures. Please feel free to contact me at cookgc@appstate.edu.
  • Alexandra Desseyn (Transferred from Central Piedmont Community College)

    Hi friends, my name is Alexandra Desseyn and I transferred from Central Piedmont Community College. My major is Environmental Economics and Policy. One of my favorite spots on campus is the Solarium and Sanford Mall. Please feel free to contact me at desseynah@appstate.edu.
  • Jay Francis

    Jevaughney Francis (Transferred from Wake Technical Community College)

    Hello fellow Mountaineers! My name is Jevaughney Francis. I was born and raised in Mandeville, Jamaica for about 9 years, and I then moved to Raleigh, NC in 2007 where I currently live. I transferred to Appalachian State from Wake Technical Community College in fall of 2017 after one year. I am currently a junior, and I study Sustainable Technology with a minor in Media Studies. I enjoy gaming and was an eAthlete on a team for App. I look forward to hearing for anyone that needs help being a part of the Mountaineer community. Please feel free to email me at francisj1@appstate.edu.
  • Katie Halloran (Transferred from Wake Technical Community College)

    Hi everyone, my name is Katie Halloran and I transferred from Wake Technical Community College. My major is Psychology (with a Human Services Concentration and Sociology Minor). One of my favorite spots is Durham Park on campus! I love walking around there and hearing the water, it's very relaxing for me. I also really enjoy the Solarium because of the plants and the waterfall. Please feel free to contact me at hallorankm@appstate.edu.
  • Kenna Haney (Transferred from Wake Technical Community College)

    Hi, my name is Kenna Haney and I transferred from Wake Technical Community College. My major is Sociology with a concentration in criminology. A few of my favorite spots on campus are sitting on Sanford, doing homework in Cascades or eating anywhere outside! Please feel free to contact me at haneykl1@appstate.edu.
  • Sam Hedrick (Transferred from UNC Asheville)

    Hi everyone! My name is Samantha Hedrick but I go by Sam. I'm from a small town called Randleman, NC which is close to Asheboro if you know where that is! I'm majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management and I love it. I transferred to Appalachian from UNC Asheville in Fall 2019 after taking a gap year to do the Disney College Program. I chose App because I love the community the school has and it really felt like home to me. Please email me if you have any questions at hedrickss1@appstate.edu.
  • Julia Hollingsworth (Transferred from Wofford College)

    Hello and welcome to App State! My name is Julia Hollingsworth and I am from Anderson, South Carolina. Transferred From: I transferred to App in the spring of 2020 from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, and I knew right away that it was home.My transition was very smooth thanks to Transfer Admissions and Engagement and the advice they offer new students. I have learned that involving yourself is key to falling in love with your school and finding your community, and that has made my time so far at App so enjoyable! I met so many wonderful people through the events they provided us that I could not help but become a Mentor myself and help future transfer students. I have finished my first year, still not entirely sure what I want to do, but I am seeking a BA in both English (Creative Writing concentration) and Religious Studies, with a minor in Media Studies. I desire to build lasting connections and help anyone along their new path as a Mountaineer! If you have ANY questions, or just want a new friend when everything seems unfamiliar, feel free to email me at hollingsworthjg@appstate.edu :)
  • Ben Jarrell (Transferred from UNC Greensboro)

    Hey everyone, my name is Ben Jarrell and I transferred from UNCG. My major is Management. One of my favorite things to do is electric skateboarding and long boarding on campus mainly around Sanford Mall. Please feel free to contact me at jarrellbh@appstate.edu.
  • Russell Michaels (Transferred from Catawba Valley Community College & NC State)

    Hello Mountaineers! My name is Russell Michaels and I am currently a senior studying Environmental Science with a concentration in Life Science. I was born and raised in Hickory, North Carolina and transferred to App in the spring of 2020. I transferred (most recently) from Catawba Valley Community College with an Associates Degree, but also spent two years at NC State right out of high school. I took a two year gap between my time at NC State and transferring up to App during which I worked out west in Yellowstone and Colorado and Thru-Hiked the Appalachian trail. I love hiking, playing soccer and tennis, reading sci-fi and poetry, as well as the occasional video game. If you have any questions at all or just need someone to talk to please don't hesitate to email me at michaelsra1@appstate.edu.
  • John Polito (Transferred from Wake Technical Community College)

    Hello and welcome to App State, my name is John Polito and I transferred from Wake Technical Community College. My major is Business Management. One of my favorite spots on campus is Durham Park where you can actually fly fish on campus. Please feel free to contact me at politojm@appstate.edu
  • Megan Rice-Weber (Transferred from Anderson University)

    Hello Mountaineers, my name is Megan Rice-Weber and I transferred from Anderson University in South Carolina. My major is Marketing and Accounting. My favorite spots on campus are Stanford Mall and the Student Union. Please feel free to contact me at riceweberm@appstate.edu.
  • Victoria Sloan (Transferred from Wilkes Community College)

    Hello Transfer Students! My name is Victoria Sloan, I am from Statesville, NC. I transferred from Wilkes Community College with an Associates in Early Childhood Education. I arrived at Appalachian State in Fall of 2018. I knew App State was where I wanted to go when I was in middle school. I am so glad that it was my one and only choice of where I wanted to go, it is like home here. I am currently majoring in Elementary Education with a second academic concentration in Math, Science, and Technology. Since being here at Appalachian State I have involved myself in Transfer Student Organization (TSO) and I have made a lot of new friends by going to the transfer student socials that they provide! My goal as a Student Transfer Mentor is to answer your questions, help you get involved and make App State feel like home to you!! I look forward to seeing you around Appalachian!! Feel free to message me at  sloanva@appstate.edu, if you have any questions or need someone to talk to!!
  • Alex Solt (Transferred from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College)

    Hello Mountaineers! My name is Alex Solt. I am a junior here at App majoring in Business Management. I grew up in Wisconsin and made the move to North Carolina to attend Appalachian, and be closer to family, in the fall of 2019. I hadn't heard about App until I came to North Carolina to visit my family and was looking for colleges to transfer. When I found out about App and their business school, I set up a tour and it was at that point, I knew App was the school for me. Some of my hobbies include hiking, fishing, hunting, playing tennis, and hanging out with friends or my dog, Brooklyn. If you have any questions or want someone to talk to or hang out with, feel free to email me at soltap@appstate.edu. Welcome to Appalachian State, fellow Mountaineer!