October 11, 2017

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Kelly Dancy

Volume 1, Issue 5

October 11, 2017


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch


Honors ambassador (aka Vanguard) application deadline extended!

Dear Honors College students in your second to sixth semester of study:  we need you!  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 occasional advisory board for me and for our Honors College staff.

Gain leadership experience, help your fellow and future Honors College students, and help build a world-class Honors College!

Please visit https://honors.appstate.edu/community/vanguard to apply.  Our new application deadline is Tuesday, October 17th!

In thanks, and wishing you a great fall break,



Upcoming Opportunities:

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications!

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.

Alternative Service Experience Scholarships:  Spend a week abroad doing meaningful service and engaging in thoughtful reflection on an Alternative Service Experience! There are five programs going out during Spring Break: Dominican Republic, Belize, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. The Leigh Lane Edwards Scholarship is available for multiple recipients. Apply for the scholarship by October 20th on AppSync.

Audition for the 5th Annual Panorama Event: Auditions for student presentations at the TedTalk-esque event will be held on October 23rd-25th and 30th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Panorama is a great way to work through and get feedback on thesis projects from the earliest stages all the way up to thesis defense time. For more information about the auditions or the event, visit https://honors.appstate.edu/5th-annual-panorama-event-invitation-audition.

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:

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.

Leadership Fair

Are you looking to sharpen your leadership skills and get involved on campus? Come to this semester’s Leadership Fair on October 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Plemmons Student Union. For more information, visit https://orgsync.com/146541/events/2084197/occurrences/4988558.

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 Students Visit the Farm


Ten students in Dr. Heather Waldroup’s HON 2515: Museums and Heritage Studies seminar visited Appalachian State’s Teaching and Research Farm at the Blackburn Vannoy Property on Thursday, September 28th. Students learned about local history and experienced first-hand many of the diverse ways in which “heritage” is practiced.” For more information on the trip, visit https://honors.appstate.edu/news/honors-students-visit-farm.


Honors Alumni Spotlight


Honors College alumna Hannah Malcolm (Fall ’16) has been awarded the prestigious President’s Diversity Fellowship and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the Department of History at Indian University Bloomington. Hannah plans to focus on Early Modern Europe, and she also intends to minor in Eighteenth-Century Studies. To learn more about Hannah’s accomplishments and graduate school plans, visit https://honors.appstate.edu/news/hannah-malcolm-awarded-president%E2%80%99s-diversity-fellowship-indiana.


Honors Student Spotlight


Honors senior and interdisciplinary studies major Alexa Olson spent the Spring 2017 semester studying abroad in Valparaíso, Chile. Alexa was able to explore her interests in linguistics, anthropology, psychology, and Spanish while becoming acquainted with a new country, language, and culture. To learn more about Alexa’s international experience, visit https://honors.appstate.edu/news/alexa-olsons-semester-abroad-valpara%C3%ADso-chile.


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