September 27, 2017

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Kelly Dancy

Volume 1, Issue 3

September 27, 2017


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch


Apply to be a member of the Honors College “Vanguard!”

Last week I wrote: “the Honors College is something we create together, every day.” Here’s a chance to do just that.  If you are currently in your second to sixth semester of study at Appalachian, please apply to join the Honors College Vanguard!

Vanguard members meet with prospective students and their parents, represent the Honors College at public events, help host Honors social and service events, and serve as an Honors College "Kitchen Cabinet,” advising me and Honor College staff on decisions and directions for the College.

Vanguard members 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.

Please click on this link to apply:  The application deadline is Friday, October 6th, at 11:59 p.m.!





Upcoming Opportunities:

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications!


Peace Corps:  Applications for departures in May, June, and July 2018 are due by October 1st. Apply by January 1st for departure in July, August, and September. To apply:

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 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

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

International Research Grant:  November 8th is the International Research Grant application deadline. If you are engaged in a research endeavor that has an international and/or global focus, please consider applying for this grant of up to $1,500.00. For more information and to apply, please visit

Apply to be a SOUL:  Student Orientation Undergraduate Leader (SOUL) applications are due by November 10th. The SOUL application will open on October 16th.This is a paid position! Check out for more information.

Appalachian Global Symposium:  Appalachian Global Symposium proposals are due by November 15th. Share your recent activities that contribute to the university’s global mission at International Education Week! For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit

Upcoming Events:


Ice Cream with AHA!

Don’t miss the Honors College Ice Cream Social tonight at 8:00 p.m. in the Honors College Library. Special thanks to the Appalachian Honors Association executive team for this exciting event.

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

The Humanities Council and The Honors College are sponsoring a book discussion series of Timothy Snyder’s book, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, every Wednesday from September 13th to October 4th. Learn more at Jeff says "this is necessary learning!"

“Sustaining Democracy: Existence, Persistence, Resistance”

On Friday, September 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the fall Humanities Council Symposium will take place in the Blue Ridge Ballroom (PSU). The event, sponsored in part by the Honors College, boasts several renowned speakers throughout the day, including Timothy Snyder, who will be discussing his book, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. For complete information on the Symposium, please visit

Dr. Snyder will also be speaking on “Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning” as part of a lunch colloquium at Belk Library and Information Commons on Friday, September 29th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information visit

Appalachian Wellness Summit

On Saturday, September 30th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Appalachian Wellness Summit will take place in Three Top Mountain (PSU 169). Come participate in a number of workshops and trainings involving alcohol and substance use, mental health, nutrition, sexual health, and various wellness policies. Registration is free, and lunch will be provided. For more information, check out

The Schaefer Center Presents…

A series of eight carefully selected performances are bringing the world to Boone this year starting October 6th! To learn more about the world-class performersin this year’s visiting artist series, visit:

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.  



Honors Students Travel to Study “Secret Codes through World War II”


This summer eleven Honors students traveled with Drs. Rick Klima and Holly Hirst to Washington, D.C. and London for an eleven-day course, "Secret Codes through World War II." The theme of this faculty-led study abroad program was cryptography, focused from the 20th century through World War II. All eleven Honors students who participated were supported by travel scholarships from the Honors College. For more information and photos from the experience check out


Honors Alumni Spotlight


After spending a year interning for Sand Madsen Consulting in Denmark, Honors alumna Elyse Lawson (May ’16) Is currently attending the University of Copenhagen. Lawson was accepted into the highly selective Master of Science in Security Risk Management program in the Department of Political Science. To learn more about Elyse’s plans for the future and for pictures of her time in Denmark, visit



Honors Student Spotlight 


Honors sophomore and math major Allison Staley spent the summer interning for the District Attorney’s Office in Forsyth County in their Violent Crimes Unit. Allison spent the bulk of her time there prepping a case of assault with a deadly weapon that inflicted serious injury. She hopes to attend law school after graduation and eventually aspires to become an ADA herself. Allison also attending the “Secret Codes Through World War II” study abroad trip that is mentioned above. To learn more about Allison’s productive summer and her plans for the future, visit


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