January 31, 2018

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 1, Issue 16

January 31, 2018


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch


Dear Honors students:

Here’s a way to get involved TODAY and a great example of how we in the Honors College can work together for positive social change: 

AHA! (our Appalachian Honors Association) is hosting a fundraiser today at Comeback Shack to raise money for OASIS, a local organization that serves survivors of domestic and sexual violence (and their children) in Watauga and Avery Counties (http://www.oasisinc.org/).

Simply come to Comeback Shack and buy lunch or dinner (or both J) today between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m., and you’ll be helping a terrific organization do its important work and helping build our Honors College community and shape our Honors commitment to active social justice. Audrey and I will come for dinner around 5:45 p.m., and would love to see the place packed with Honors College students and friends.  Please note:  as former restaurant critics, we highly recommend the burgers, fries, and milkshakes!



Upcoming Opportunities: 

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications!


Planning to apply to medical, dental, or optometry school in 2018?

Any student/alumni planning to apply to one of these programs should attend one of these Application Cycle Information Sessions! Wednesday, Jan 31 or Thursday, February 1st from 4:00 - 5:00 pm in RSW 156.  For more information please visit:https://honors.appstate.edu/planning-apply-medical-dental-or-optometry-school-2018

Ivory Tower Research Grant

Ivory Tower Inc. is a non-profit with a mission to foster and support research and education related to Fermentation Sciences. There are three proposal categories for this grant. Applications are due Febuary 20, 2018. Please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/ivory-tower-research-grant-program-2018-2019 to learn more.

Criminal Justice Study away in NC this Summer

Investigate the specific criminal justice agencies in North Carolina through coursework and travel throughout the state this summer. Applications for this opportunity due February 15, 2018. Please visit:https://honors.appstate.edu/summer-term-i-study-away-opportunity-criminal-justice-nc for more information.

Study Abroad with the Balkan Heritage Field School

Students interested in Archaeology and Conservation can travel to Bulgaria, the Repubic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Greece. To learn how to apply and more information about the work you can experience please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/balkan-heritage-field-school-archaeology-and-conservation.

Are you a filmmaker?

The Prince Grace Foundation is now accepting student film applications for is 2018 Princess Grace Film Awards. Through the annual program, grants are awarded in support of student thesis film projects at the undergraduate and graduate levels. To learn more, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/princess-grace-foundation-usa-accepting-applications-student-films.


Stay in the Know… 

Global Film Series and Latin America Film Series

The critically acclaimed film Neruda is playing Tuesday February 13 at 6:30 pm in Greenbriar Theatre.  This film is FREE to all students.  For more information about this film, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/global-film-series-and-latin-america-film-series-neruda-tuesday-february-13-630-pm-greebriar.

The counseling center is here to help

The Appalachian State counseling center is here for all students! To get started, please come to the Counseling Center for an Initial Consultation. Check-in times are Monday-Friday 8:30-11:00 A.M. and 1:00-4:00 P.M. For additional information, please visit:https://honors.appstate.edu/counseling-center-here-help-1.

The University Writing Center open for Spring

Need help with an important essay, thesis, or research paper? The Writing Center can help! They are open Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm and Friday 9am-12pm. You can make appointments! Please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/university-writing-center-belk-library-and-information-commons-204-open-spring-semester to learn how.

Inclusive leadership workshop

Sustained Dialogue is an international program that prepares community members to deeply engage in difficult conversations ranging from race, gender identity and religion to politics and various global challenges. You can attend the next on campus workshop from Friday February 2nd through Sunday February 4th.

TEDxAppalachian State University

Appalachian States invites you to join us in our second annual TEDx event on April 7, 2018 at 2 PM! It will feature students and professors who are eager to share their ideas and research. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for non-students and will be sold at the contact tables by Cascades in February and March. Buy your tickets early, because there are only 100 available.


In the Honors Spotlight

Aakriti Agrawal at Duke’s Prestigious Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program


Honors Alumna Aakriti Agrawal (May ’17) is attending Duke University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. Upon graduation from Honors at Appalachian State, Aakriti was accepted to the DPT programs at both Duke and Emory Universities. She reports that, “my decision was difficult because both have amazing programs. However, I received an academic scholarship for $10,000 from Duke.” Beginning the program at Duke, Aakriti was most interested in pursuing pain management physical therapy, but she is open to the possibility that she might find and pursue another specialization once she starts clinicals!  Please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/news/aakriti-agrawal-attends-duke-doctorate-physical-therapy to learn more about Aakrit’s achievement! 


Kelly Flanders Spends Nine Weeks in Pau, France


Honors senior Kelly Flanders spent nine weeks, May 28th through July 29, 2017, in Pau, France studying French. Kelly is a math major with minors in French and Economics. In Kelly’s words, “Pau is a smaller city that is down-to-earth, welcoming, and unique. It is in the southwest region of France about an hour away from both the Pyrénées Mountains and the Basque Country, which is an area consisting of beach towns within France and Spain along the Atlantic Ocean.” Kelly also shared that, “I was fortunate enough to stay with an incredible host family for one month, which allowed me to experience French culture on a deeper level and immensely helped my French.”  Some of her favorite memories from the trip are hiking through the Pyrénées, watching the Tour de France, and seeing the Eiffel Tour light up at night. For information of Kelly’s trip, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/news/kelly-flanders-spends-nine-weeks-pau-france.