November 8, 2017

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Kelly Dancy

Volume 1, Issue 9

November 8, 2017


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch


Dear Honors College students:

Here’s a chance to make a difference.

I invite you to an Honors College town hall meeting to share your experiences in Honors and your dreams for Honors with Honors staff and faculty, and with each other.  Come to talk and to listen, and help us improve student experiences in the College. All Honors students are very welcome, and it is important to us that our traditionally marginalized students are represented at this event!

Date:  Tuesday, November 14

Where:  Linn Cove, Plemmons Student Union

Time:  7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served.

Sending thanks in advance,

Jeff (

Upcoming Opportunities:

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications!

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

Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop:  The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop will take place Friday, April 13th through Sunday April 15th in New York, New York. Students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of college who are interested in pursuing a graduate or professional degree that can lend itself to education research areas such as children and youth, school and schooling issues, higher education, education policy, student achievement, curriculum and instruction, education psychology, or education leadership are encouraged to apply. Applications are due on November 15th. For more information and to apply visit

Clinton Global Initiative:  The Clinton Global Initiative University at App State provides funding to support five vital focus areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health. Students are invited to submit funding proposals to support ideas that offer innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 22nd at 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit is external).

National Conference on Undergraduate Research:  The Office of Student Research would like to encourage students with faculty mentors who have completed a research project or creative endeavors to participate in the 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). NCUR will take place from April 4th-7th at the University of Central Oklahoma. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, December 5th.For more information, visit

State of North Carolina Internship Program

The State of North Carolina Internship Program is offering paid summer internship opportunities in state government agencies. Applications for the Summer 2018 program are now being accepted through January 15th, 2018. A variety of full-time professional internship opportunities across the state are available. For more information, visit


Upcoming Events:

Black Minds Matter: A Focus on Black Boys and Men in Education

The Reich College of Education will be hosting a multi-part online series, “Black Minds Matter: A Focus on Black Boys and Men in Education.” The series addresses the experiences and realities of black males in education, encourages discussion of issues facing black male students, and offers research-based strategies for improving their success. Sessions are free, open to the public, and will take place in room 124 B/C on Monday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The sessions take place every Monday from October 23rd to December 11th. For more information, visit

College of Arts and Sciences Events

Various seminars and panels brought to you by the College of Arts and Sciences are taking place all week! A wide range of events are taking place, from Mathematics Colloquia with Gene Fiorini, to an installment of the Feminist Retakes Film Series, to film showings for Medieval Studies Week. Learn more about these exciting opportunities at

Saving Time with Styles in Word

Learn how to efficiently complete a paper, thesis, dissertation, or manuscript with styles in Microsoft Word. Understanding the way styles and document themes work can give you better control over the way your documents look and allow you to spend less time and formatting and more time on content. The workshop will take place on Friday, November 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Belk Library room 327. For more information, visit

Teacher Ed Alumni Professional Development Conference

The second annual Appalachian State Teacher Ed Alumni Professional Development Conference will take place on Friday, November 10th from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Reich College of Education. This conference is free, open to the public, and a great opportunity to learn more about instructional practices, learning strategies, and web tools for all education areas.

International Education Week

Come join the campus-wide celebration of International Education Week, November 13th-17th! Attend a wide range of events that highlight internationalization initiatives at Appalachian, from workshops on applying for the Fulbright to international food tasting and trivia! For more information, visit

The Honors College Abroad

On Wednesday, November 15th, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Linn Cove (PSU), Dr. Alexandra Hellenbrand will be moderating a set of presentations on “The Honors College Abroad” as part of App State’s Global Symposium. This is a panel discussion with faculty and students in the Honors College. The panel seeks to demonstrate how Honors programs abroad have supported students and faculty in teaching and learning and research beyond the opportunities available in traditional programs or departments. For more information, visit


Honors Alumni Spotlight 


Honors Alumnus Kevin Goslen (May ’17) has been awarded a post-baccalaureate research position with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Raleigh for the 2017-2018 academic year. Kevin began working in July in the Nucleolar Integrity Group at the NIEHS in the Research Triangle Park. He is conducting structural biology research on proteins involved in ribosome biogenesis, a process with links to cancer and a group of diseases called ribosomopathies. To learn more about Kevin’s research position and plans for the future, visit


Honors Student Spotlight


Honors senior, anthropology major, and Chancellor’s Scholar Evie Giaconia spent this past summer in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest conducting ethnographic research for her Honors thesis. Evie traveled to the Shiripuno Ecolodge in the Napo province of Ecuador where she worked with the organization AMUKISHMI, an indigenous women-led ecotourism cooperative. To learn more about Evie’s research and her time in Ecuador, visit


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