Preferred first name initiative

App State students, faculty and staff can elect to use a preferred first name that is different from their legal first name for certain purposes, regardless of whether or not they have legally changed their name. Preferred first names may not be fraudulent or misrepresent, or be inappropriate or offensive. Currently, this option applies to first names only.

How to add your preferred first name in Banner

  • Visit AppalNet.
  • Click on the “AppalNet Self Service” tab.
  • Click on the “Personal Information” tab.
  • Click on “Preferred First Name.”
  • Enter your preferred first name.
  • Select “Update preferred first name” to ensure it has been saved.

Changing your preferred first name in Mountaineer Apps (Google)

  • Login to your App State Gmail account.
  • Click your avatar in the top right corner.
  • Click “Manage your Google Account.”
  • Click “Personal info” on the sidebar.
  • Click your current name.
  • Verify your App State credentials.
  • Enter your preferred first name.
  • Click “Save”

Important notes about updating your preferred first name

  • Changes typically process within 24 hours, but can take up to two weeks.
  • Changing your preferred first name is only applicable to Appalachian State University records and services and does not mean that your legal name has changed elsewhere.
  • If someone has your name as anything different in their contacts or address book, this may prevent them from seeing your new preferred first name.
  • If you have your settings for “send mail as” set to a name different from your preferred first name, it will override any other names set elsewhere in Google.

If you go through the steps to update to a preferred/chosen name and still find your legal name being used in App State systems, please email diversity@appstate.edu.