Link Family Named Appalachian’s Family of the Year (2018-10-30 14:59:42)

Allie Link, a senior communication, public relations major, and her brother, Tanner Link, a first-year building sciences major, carry their father’s passion for his alma mater. “We love Appalachian and want to share that love with others,” she said.

Appalachian State University’s Office of Parent and Family Services, which is part of the Division of Student Affairs, recognized the Links’ love for Appalachian with the 2018 Family of the Year Award. The award was conferred during the Family Weekend Recognition Breakfast held Sunday on Appalachian’s campus as part of Family Weekend.

The purpose of the Family of the Year Award is to recognize and celebrate the impact of families on the experience of Appalachian students. Students are invited to nominate a family — either their own, or another family who has had a positive impact on their journey — for the award. All submissions are evaluated by a selection committee on the family’s support for the student’s college success and the family’s enthusiasm for Appalachian.

The Link family comprises Allie Link, her father, Appalachian alumnus Jeff Link ’90, her mother, Sonja Link, and her two brothers, Tanner Link and Noah Link.

“Through my dad, my family has found such a passion for Appalachian State,” Allie Link said. “His support and love is what builds our family up and his love for Appalachian is truly contagious.”

Her father’s support extends to other Appalachian students as well.

She said whenever her father learns that someone in their hometown of Greenville has decided to attend Appalachian, he reaches out to offer support in a variety of ways.

“He is always the first to encourage them, be there for them and tell them that if they need any help, he is always there — and he really is,” she said. “Whether it’s to give their parents restaurant recommendations, hotel advice or just to give them directions to Boone, he is the first to be there for others.

“I love that about my dad — that he’s passionate about something (Appalachian) that is so great and wants to pass that passion on to others,” she said. “I look up to him for this quality.”

Article written by Jessica Stump, courtesy of Appalachian State University

Photo by Marie Freeman