February 21, 2018

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 1, Issue 19

February 21, 2018


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch


Dear Honors College students,

New Lights in the Lounge. Have you looked into the Honors College Library + Lounge lately?  It’s lots more gemütlich than it was. “Gemütlich”? That’s an untranslatable German word that means “cozy,” welcoming, safe, warm, and “happily hang-out-in-able.”  Thanks to App State’s expert electricians, you can now switch off the Library’s bright overhead lights. And thanks to Honors Executive Assistant and Program Manager Jess Yandow, we now have many desk and floor lamps giving you all kinds of friendly, warm, adjustable light. Come check it out!

Coming soon to the Library: an Honors College coffee and tea machine! (Watch this space for news of the rollout).

And please mark your calendar for Cookies with Jeff on Thursday, March 1, from 2 – 5 p.m. in Appalachian Hall 284.




In the World of AHA! 

AHA! Meeting tonight at 5:15 p.m. in the Honors College Library 

The Honors College’s first Spring Formal will be held on April 7th in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of the Student Union.  A toiletry donation to OASIS or $3 is required for entrance.

The AHA! Toiletry Drive for OASIS is continuing donation collection in Cone Hall, Summit Hall, and Appalachian Hall. 


Upcoming Opportunities: 

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications!

Career and Professional Development Workshop

The Lagrant Foundation is co-hosting this workshop on Friday, February 23 from 11:30-3:00 p.m. with Lenovo at their headquarters in Morrisville, North Carolina. Resumes from interested students should be submitted as soon as possible.  Please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/lagrant-foundation-tlf-career-professional-development-workshop for more information.

Extra: Millennial Art Celebration

Millennial artists are encouraged to submit their art to display from March 22 to April 9.  Submissions to be included in the exhibit are due by February 28. For more information about this art celebration, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/extra-millennial-art-celebration.

Join a Hmong Culture Reading Group

Did you know that North Carolina has the 4th largest population of Hmong in the U.S.? Did you also know that App State has a vibrant Hmong student group dedicated to promoting Hmong Culture? You can participate in a reading group dedicated to learning more about Hmong Culture! Visit our website to learn how to sign up:  https://honors.appstate.edu/join-hmong-culture-reading-group.

Upward Bound Summer Resident Advisors

Choose to spend your summer making a difference in the lives of high school students in the ASU Upward Bound program as a Resident Advisor! You will be compensated $1,700 and food and housing are provided. Applications are due by February 28, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/hiring-upward-bound-summer-resident-advisors to learn how to apply.

Summer Study Abroad Opportunities

Want to study abroad this Summer with the ArchaeoTek Field school in Romania? Applications are still open, however, availability is limited so apply soon! To learn more, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/archaeotek-fieldschool-opportunities.


Stay in the Know… 

Climate Research Lecture

On Friday, February 23 at 3:30 in Rankin Science West 293, Dr. Paul Mayewski the Director of the Climate Change Institute will give a lecture entitled “Journey into Climate: Adventure, the Emergence of Climate Research and the Unmasking of Human innocence.” To learn more about this event, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/journey-climate-research-distinguished-professor-dr-paul-mayewski.

Eating Disorder Recovery Support Group

Students who have recovered or are recovering from an eating disorder are invited to the Eating Disorder Recovery Support Group that will carry out various activities that create a sense of community.  This group meets every Thursdayat 7 p.m. in the Women’s Center. For more information, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/general-body-meetings.

Salsa y Salsa

Head to Galileo’s on King Street this Friday (February 23) for dancing and chips and salsa! Admittance is $5 and the event lasts from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.! Please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/salsa-y-salsa-fiesta-night for more information!

Warm Up with Humanities

New Appalachian State Faculty are already conducting interesting research! The faculty will present their research on February 23 from 1-4p.m. in I.G. Greer. For more information, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/warm-humanities-celebration-research-new-faculty.

Connections Group

Do you feel isolated in your experience as a member of a marginalized community at ASU? The Connections group welcomes you to discuss any personal challenges related to your identity, background, or cultural difference. The group meets on Tuesdays from 5:30-6: 30 p.m. If you are interested, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/connections-group for more information.


In the Honors Spotlight

Zach Cook Completes Medical Internship in Athens 


Zach spent this past summer in Athens, Greece, working in the Evaggelismos hospital. Assigned to a different practice each day of the week, he was exposed to both the clinical and surgical sides of medicine. He experienced medical practices in orthopedics, cardiology, radiology, emergency and intensive care, among others. Zach had three days a week outside the hospital to explore Greece and experience the culture. To learn more, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/news/zach-cook-completes-medical-internship-athens

Matthew Streets in Southern Studies


Matthew Streets, a sophomore Honors College student, and history major delivered an address on: The Myth of the Southern Gentleman at the Annual International Southern Studies Conference on February 9, 2018, at Auburn University. His Academic Mentor, Professor Louis Gallien, of The Honors College chaired a session at the same conference titled: Manifold Ideas of the South on the same day. For more information, visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/news/matthew-streets-presents-southern-studies-conference.


Appalachian State Honors College on Social Media!

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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.