March 21, 2018

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 1, Issue 22

March 21, 2018


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch


Dear Honors College students,

Talk about choosing Honors courses! When I show HON course menus to faculty, someone nearly always says: “I wanna to be an undergrad again.”

As I wrote last week:  Choose HON courses that will take you to new and challenging places and help you develop intellectually, personally, and professionally. This is your chance to nourish yourself.

This fall we are proud to offer Honors seminars on:

What is Justice?  Justice theory and practice / Plato’s Republic and the Just Society / Justice and the Common Good / Environmental Justice / the Fourth Amendment

Design Thinking and Practice:  AppLab:  Creativity, Design, and Innovation.

Challenging Histories and Stories: Race, Class, and Gender in Brazil / the Portrayal of Southerners in Film / African American Women Leaders / Tycoons, Titans & Blaggards / Oscar Wilde

Using Head, Heart, Imagination:  On Being Human / Myth, Reality & the Wonders of Nature / Balanced Brains: Integration and Visual, Intuitive Intelligence / Creativity: In Art, in Life, in the World

The Promise and Power of Education:  Cherokee Culture and Leadership

/ Education as the Practice of Freedom

Travels and Transformations:  The Ethics of Travel and Adventure / Ireland: The Isle of Saints and Scholars / The Blue Danube

Dig in!



Upcoming Opportunities: 

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications! 

Tumblr and Young Women Presentation

On March 22 at 5 pm in Belk Library room 114 Dr. Susan Lepselter, recipient of the 2017 Gregory Bateson Book Award and an Anthropology professor at Indiana University Bloomington will present Atmospheres and Orientations. For more information, please visit:

Summer Job in Boone

If you are staying in Boone this summer and looking for a great job, check out the Summer Activities Team! As a member of this team, you will provide educational programs and engaging entertainment to students enrolled in summer courses at Appalachian State.  Applications are due by March 25 at 5 pm.  Please visit: for more information.

Apply to be a Wellness Educator

Applications to become a Wellness Educator are open until March 26. Applicants can now apply to be a part of the Red Flag Educators, We Can, and We Coach teams.  To learn more, please visit:

Education Career Fair

Will you be graduating soon and seeking employment in k-12 schools or education related organizations? If yes, then you should attend the Education Career Fair on March 26 from 12:30 – 3 pm at the Convocation Center! Over 50 school systems and educational organizations from North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, and China will be recruiting and networking. To learn more, please visit:

Summer Institute on Holocaust Remembrance  

The Hanze University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands is offering a summer learning opportunity for students to travel to Camp Westerbork, a former deportation camp from the second World War. The programs last 16 days from June 11 to June 27. The application deadline for this opportunity is April 19. For more information, please visit:


Stay in the Know…

AHA meets Today (3/21) in the Honors College Library at 5:15!

Don’t Forget to Vote in the Student Government Association Elections 

Upcoming Thesis Defense:

Margaret Smith, a biology major, will defend her thesis on Wednesday, March 28 in Rankin Science West room 183 at 4 pm. Learn more about her defense by clicking here

Cherry Blossom Festival

The Japanese Culture Club is hosting the annual Cherry Blossom Festival on March 22 from 6-8:30 pm in the Parkway Ballroom room of the Student Union. There will be free homemade Japanese food, live performances, and a fashion show. For more information, please visit:

Boyles Distinguished Lecture

On Friday, March 23 beginning at 3 pm, the 60th event in the Boyles Distinguished Lecture Series commence.  The event will feature Dr. Michael Hastings, Lord of Scarisbrick CBE and Global Head of Citizenship for KPMG International. To learn more, please visit:

Student Organization Leadership Awards

The Student Organization Leadership Awards is an event put on by Club Council to recognize the outstanding leadership and achievements of Appalachian State’s clubs and organizations and student leaders. Students and advisors can nominate organizations and individuals to win a variety of awards that are available. The application for award nominations is open until March 23. For more information, please visit:

Sex Positive Week

The purpose of Sex Positive Week is to raise awareness about positive sexual experiences and to promote healthy relationships at Appalachian State. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss safer sex practices and relationship interactions along with on and off campus resources. For a full list of events, please visit

ANTIFA Lecture

Dr. Mark Bray, author of ANTIFA: The Anti-Fascist Handbook is coming to Appalachian to give a public lecture on Thursday, March 29, at 7 pm in Belk Library room 114.  Please visit: to learn more information.


In the Honors Spotlight

Honors College Staff Shout Out! 


Our Office Manager and Executive Assistant, Ms. Jessica Yandow has been awarded a staff Shout Out by the Staff Recognition Committee, a committee of Staff Senate. Her anonymous shout out states:

Ms. Yandow’s work for the Honors College is exceptional. She is especially adroit at managing all things related to budgeting and finances, and processes travel advances and other forms not only quickly, but with precision and thoroughness. She is courteous to the myriad folks who come into the Honors College, from faculty to students to staff. She is also especially talented at multi-tasking, as her job requires her to perform a number of different duties. Jessica brings professionalism, good cheer, mindfulness, and a sense of humor to all that she does. 

To learn more about all the amazing and exemplary work Ms. Yandow does at the Honors College, please visit:

Evie Giaconia Wins Albert Clark Award


Honors senior anthropology major and Chancellor’s Scholar Evie Giaconia won the Theta Alpha Kappa (National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology) Albert Clark Award for best undergraduate paper. She presented at the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR) on March 2-4, 2018, at the Buckhead Marriott and Convention Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Her paper titled, "Beyond Gaia: Increasing Connectivity Between Humanity and the Other in the Worlds of Octavia Butler, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Diane Duane" will be published in the Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa!

For more information about Evie’s prestigious accomplishment, please visit:


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