March 2024 CAS Staff Spotlight: Lauri Miller

Each month of the academic year, the Appalachian State University College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) randomly selects one staff member to be featured in a staff spotlight on our website and social media accounts and to receive a small gift in recognition of their service to the College. To view the past recipients, visit

Lauri Miller
Administrative Support Specialist

Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences

Lauri Miller joined the Appalachian State University Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences (GES) in 2005.

Miller serves as the Administrative Support Specialist for GES. "My responsibilities in the department are wide ranging, including managing and reconciling budgets, contracts for guest speakers, Chrome River travel for faculty and students, onboarding student employees, purchasing and p-card reconciliations, and assisting faculty and students in whatever their needs may be," explained Miller.

When asked about her favorite part of the position, Miller shared, "My favorite part of this position is interacting with and helping our amazing students! Having been in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences for nearly 19 years, it goes without saying that I enjoy the people I get to work with every day!"

Miller is the recipient of the college's 2018-19 Outstanding Staff Award recognizing staff members who have demonstrated concern for the well-being of students and faculty, enthusiasm for their service, exemplary work and regularly surpasses job expectations. A colleague wrote, "The wellbeing of students is of paramount importance to Ms. Miller. Students receive her undivided attention, whether they are one of our majors needing help with timesheets, a potential future student on a college tour, or a non-major needing an override for one of our General Education Science Inquiry courses. That is the key for Ms. Miller - she always has the students' welfare in mind."

In her free time, Miller enjoys cross-stitching, reading, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family.


About the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
Located in Western North Carolina, Appalachian State University provides the perfect setting to study geological and environmental sciences. The Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences provides students with a solid foundation on which to prepare for graduate school or build successful careers as scientists, consultants and secondary education teachers. The department offers six degree options in geology and two degree options in environmental science. Learn more at

About the College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Appalachian State University is home to 17 academic departments, two centers and one residential college. These units span the humanities and the social, mathematical and natural sciences. CAS aims to develop a distinctive identity built upon our university's strengths, traditions and unique location. The college’s values lie not only in service to the university and local community, but through inspiring, training, educating and sustaining the development of its students as global citizens. More than 6,400 student majors are enrolled in the college. As the college is also largely responsible for implementing App State’s general education curriculum, it is heavily involved in the education of all students at the university, including those pursuing majors in other colleges. Learn more at

Lauri Miller serves as the Administrative Support Specialist in the Appalachian State University Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences.
Published: Mar 27, 2024 12:50pm