October 4, 2017

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Kelly Dancy

Volume 1, Issue 4

October 4, 2017


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch


Dear Honors students:

Here are more Honors words to live by:

The more you do, the more we can do for you.

Of course this means “the more you accomplish, the more we can do.” But it also (and far more importantly) means “the more you tell us, the more we can help.”  So get involved, drop by the Honors College, come to Honors events like AHA!’s superb ice cream social last Wednesday evening, visit your professor’s office hours, and talk.

Talk to Honors faculty, advisors, staff members, and fellow students about your achievements, dreams, doubts, hopes, and goals. Educate us about you! Chances are great that you’ll come away from such conversations with a referral, a recommendation, a new way of thinking, a connection made that will help you move toward your future. (Corollary:  if you don’t tell us, we won’t know, and nothing will happen.)




Upcoming Opportunities:

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications!


Visiting Egyptologist, Archaeologist, and Curator of Ancient Art

Are you interested in archaeology, classical studies, ancient art, museums, or all of the above? Come out to the HOW Space on Thursday, October 5th from 5 to 6 p.m. for a meet-and-greet with Dr. Caroline Rocheleau. Dr. Rocheleau is an Egyptologist, archaeologist, and curator of ancient art at the North Carolina Museum of Art. RSVP for the meet-and-greet by emailing Dr. John Stephenson at stephensonjw@appstate.edu.

Additionally, Dr. Rocheleau will be giving a public lecture at 7 p.m. in room 114 of the Belk Library. There is no need to RSVP for the lecture.

Graduate & Professional School Fair

Come visit with representatives from over 40 colleges, universities, and professional schools from all over the southeast from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 5th in Grandfather Mountain Ballroom (PSU). For more information and to RSVP, visit https://orgsync.com/121573/events/2076909/occurrences/4973271.

 AHA! First-Year Representative: Are you a first-year Honors student? Apply to be the first-year representative for Appalachian Honors Association! Please be willing to commit to one executive meeting every other week, along with planning events and being fully engaged. You MUST BE in your first year at Appalachian State and a member of the Honors College to run for this position. Click here to apply by Friday, October 6thhttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/1IzRcHfDq3ovmAwzPIAuuZOQWmyBJp16EMUrh0xY38Bg/viewform?ts=59cb32a1&edit_requested=true.

Honors Vanguard:  Don’t forget that applications to join the Honors College Vanguard are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 6th. In the words of Dr. Vahlbusch, “Vanguards pursue extraordinary experiences in leadership and communication, help fellow and future Honors College students, and work together to help make this a world-class Honors College.” Apply at https://honors.appstate.edu/community/vanguard

Obama Fellowships:  Applications for the Obama Fellowships are due by October 6th. Are you passionate about civic engagement? Apply for the two-year, non-residential Obama Fellowship, which offers “hands-on training, resources, and leadership development for a diverse set of community-minded rising stars – organizers, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and more.” Please visit https://www.obama.org/fellowship/ to learn more about this opportunity.

 State of NC Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium:  Submit an abstract of research or creative endeavor for presentation at the 2017 State of NC Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium by Wednesday, October 18th, 2017. SNCURCS will be held on Saturday, November 4th at Campbell University. For more information and to submit an abstract, please visit www.sncurcs.org.

 Appalachian Regional Microscopy Society:  This year’s Appalachian Regional Microscopy Society meeting will be in Boone from October 19th to the 20th. If you are engaged in research you are encouraged to submit a poster. The first fifteen students to register for the meeting and submit a poster abstract will receive a $50.00 reward. For more details and to register, visit www.arems.org.

 Become a Wellness Educator!:  Are you interested in positively impacting student wellness at App State by working to promote positive body image, mental health, nutrition, and sexual health?Apply to become a member of the Wellness Educators for Change, Advocacy, and student Needs (WE CAN) by October 20th.  To complete your application, visithttps://orgsync.com/125469/events/2079738/occurrences/4979348.

 Study Abroad Scholarships:  The deadline to apply for study abroad scholarships from The Office of International Education and Development is Wednesday, November 1st. Scholarships range from $250.00 to $2,000.00. Visit https://international.appstate.edu/scholarships/oied-scholarships for more information. 



Upcoming Events:

 The Schaefer Center Presents…

A series of eight carefully selected performances are bringing the world to Boone this year, starting October 6th with TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band! To learn more about the world-class performers in this year’s visiting artist series, visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/2017-18-season-schaefer-center-presents.

 Art and Consciousness: "The Sharing Project" and "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century"

From September 1st to October 27th, The Smith Gallery will host “The Sharing Project” and “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.” A multimedia presentation by Winston-Salem artist Joe Tauber, “The Sharing Project” combines interdisciplinary perspectives to grapple with the nature of sharing in both a familial and political context. “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century” is a set of broadsheet posters based on the book of the same name by Yale University professor and historian Timothy Snyder that addresses the issues of social inequity and the preservation of freedoms. For more information, visit https://honors.appstate.edu/sharing-project-and-tyranny-twenty-lessons-twentieth-century-smith-gallery.

 High Country Food Summit

Join scholars, farmers, and food lovers on Saturday, October 28th as they explore the theme “Dynamic Traditions, Resourceful Communities” at this year’s High Country Food Summit. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Parkway Ballroom (PSU). Registration is $15 for students, and local lunch will be provided by F.A.R.M. Café.  

 Education Abroad Fair

The Office of International Education and Development will be hosting the annual Education Abroad Fair on Wednesday, November 1st in Grandfather Mountain Ballroom (PSU). For more information, visit https://international.appstate.edu/get-involved/education-abroad-fair. To enter into a scholarship drawing that will take place at the fair, complete the Google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-lAys8z30PALIt8gyqF8Y8P7AsnSZO2gXCb0J2qRdkaadHQ/viewform/.

 Pre-Health Conference

The Appalachian State Pre-Health Conference will take place on Saturday, November 4th from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Plemmons Student Union. The conference will provide dozens of hands-on sessions, profession specific sessions, and sessions that provide useful information regardless of which career you wish to pursue. The event is sponsored by PHI CHI Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Society. To register, visit https://orgsync.com/104644/forms/276755.


Honors Alumni Spotlight


Honors College alumna Jessica Stephens (May ’17) has joined the UNC School of Medicine class of 2021. Jessica is taking time to explore all options for a specialty in her career, but she is contemplating preventative/lifestyle medicine. To learn more about Jessica’s time at the Honors College, including her thesis research, visithttps://honors.appstate.edu/news/jessica-stevens-joins-unc-school-medicine-class-2021.


Honors Student Spotlight


Honors senior biology major Alyssa Phillips embarked upon the faculty-led trip, “Exploring the Flora and Fauna of Australasia” this summer for thirty-four days. The trip proved to be an immensely impactful one for Alyssa, who plans to pursue a doctorate in evolutionary genetics. To learn more about Alyssa’s encounters with wallabies, geckos, microbats and more, visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/news/alyssa-phillips-makes-friends-wallabies.


Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook at Appalachian Honors: https://www.facebook.com/Appalachian-Honors-482157301971520/.

Submissions to honors@appstate.edu should be received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays for the following week’s issue.

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