February 14, 2018

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 1, Issue 18

February 14, 2018


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch 


Dear Honors Collegians!

As you know, I was off-campus last week for “jury duty.”

Most people think of it as a “duty" and an inconvenience. But Watauga County Superior Criminal Court proudly and properly calls it "jury service." Willingly answering the call and actually being seated on a jury are two of the most significant things citizens can do. Jury service is actually direct, radical democracy: your fellow citizens, and you if you are fortunate, are chosen at random and entrusted with discerning truth and plausibility in evidence and argument; with discussing and disagreeing with each other; and with deciding finally on questions of guilt and innocence, blame and responsibility, together.

What a privilege it is to serve our society this way:  by using our educations and skills to listen, discern, question, reason, argue, revise, persuade and thus to build consensus with others on key questions. Sounds like Honors education!


Upcoming Opportunities: 

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications! 

Call for Abstracts: Research Day 2018

The Office of Student Research is now accepting abstracts for the 21st Annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors Meeting. The deadline to submit your abstract is Wednesday, March 14 at 5 p.m. For more information, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/call-abstracts-research-day-2018

Want to Learn a New Language?

You can learn another language with Mango, an online interactive tool that is available to all Appalachian students. You can attend an introduction to Mango session on February 15 from 3:00 – 4:00. For more information and instructions on how to register for the online session, please visit:  https://honors.appstate.edu/want-learn-another-language-register-introduction-mango-online-workshop

Career Fest

Come to Holmes Convocation Center on Tuesday, February 21 from 1-5 p.m. for this semester’s Career Fest where over 145 companies, non-profits, healthcare and government agencies will be there! For more information, please visit:https://honors.appstate.edu/career-fest-february-21-2018.

Social Justice in Guatemala

All majors are welcome to study abroad in Antigua, Guatemala with available Summer, Fall, and Spring programs. The deadline to apply for this upcoming Summer trip is February 25. To learn more about this opportunity, please visit:https://honors.appstate.edu/social-justice-guatemala-university-arizona.

Study Abroad in Rural Italy!

You can hike the Alpi Apuane Mountains and experience local meals and culture.  This is an active travel program that explores some remote and rugged areas in Italy which will include hiking and paddling! For more information, please visit:https://honors.appstate.edu/italy-cultural-landscapes-summer-2018.


Stay in the Know… 

The Heart and Other Organs of Darkness

On Thursday, February 15, at 5 p.m. in Belk Library room 114, Dr. Allen Shelton will speak about Black Mountain College as an influence on his “ethnographic reportage” on writing as an “exile from the south” and more particularly his hometown in Alabama.  For more information, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/heart-and-other-organs-darkness.

Collegiate Recovery Community

Students who are in recovery from any kind of addiction and/or mental illness can find support with the Collegiate Recovery Community. Meetings are every Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30-7 p.m. on the first floor of the Student Support Services Building next to the Post Office. To learn more about this support community, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/collegiate-recovery-community.

Have a Campus Related Issue? Contact App State’s Ombudsperson

The Ombud's office offers a free and confidential consultation about a challenge or problem that you face. Many students benefit from discussing a variety of concerns with the Ombud. The Ombud is an independent, impartial, confidential, and informal resource available to students. For more information, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/ombud%E2%80%99s-office.

Wrongful Conviction: Scott Hornoff’s Story

Scott Hornoff was a police officer in Warwick, Rhode Island when he became a suspect in a murder. He was later sentenced to life in prison for this crime.  Scott shares his story of imprisonment for 6.5 years on Tuesday, March 13, 7-9 p.m. in the Parkway Ballroom of the Student Union. For further information please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/wrongful-conviction-scott-hornoff%E2%80%99s-story.

Sustainable Energy Speakers

Students interested in Appalachian’s initiative to become more sustainable should consider attending this lecture from Patrick Richardson and Jim Dees on Monday, February 19 from 4 – 5 p.m. Calloway Peak room 137A in the Student Union.


In the Honors Spotlight

Leah Wingenroth Studies in London


Leah spent this past Fall semester at the University of Roehampton in London. She lived on campus with British Roehampton students and became fully immersed in the campus life. While abroad, Leah took unique classes pertinent to her double major in English and Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies at Appalachian. To learn more, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/news/leah-wingenroth-studies-london

Maggie Watts Joins INTERSECT Social Justice Retreat


The interdisciplinary focus of Honors at App, has helped Honors sophomore Maggie Watts find intersections between her interests in counseling, social inequalities, and women’s issues. The Honors College HWM led her to Appalachian’s INTERSECT Social Justice Retreat that took place at the Blowing Rock Conference Center January 26-28, 2018. To learn more about Maggie’s experience with INTERSECT:  https://honors.appstate.edu/news/maggie-watts-joins-intersect-social-justice-retreat


Appalachian State Honors College on Social Media!

We’re now on Snapchat!!! Add us with this Snapcode or by searching "apphonors."


Check us out on Instagram also! Find us by searching “Appalachian Honors College”


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.