April 18, 2018

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 1, Issue 26

April 18, 2018


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch


New Desks, Coffee Machine, and Whiteboards!

We listened to Honors students’ recommendations, and are delighted to report that Appalachian Hall, happy home of the Honors College, is changing—for the better.  Just in time for finals!

We’re adding new workspaces and desks to the Honors Library (done!), a coffee machine with recyclable K-cups (soon!), and mobile whiteboards for the building (1 in, and 3 to come!). We’re hoping to enable 24-hour Honors swipe-card access soon.

We want Appalachian Hall to be your space, a place to meet and engage with fellow Honors students, a place to build and sustain an Honors community, a place for Honors work and play and in between.

Enjoy the transformation!



Upcoming Opportunities:

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications!

21st Annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors

Throughout this day of celebration, App State undergraduate and graduate students will present a total of 176 abstracts representing 24 academic departments.  You can see these student presentations on Thursday, April 19, from 9 am to noon and from 1 pm to 4 pm on the fourth floor of the Student Union.  

The following Honors Students will be presenting: Alyssa Phillips, Mary Kate McCann, Amber Daniel, Austin Lubkemann, Daniel Brehm, Danielle Boase, Delaney Ryan, Emily Cluen, Emily Fedders, Emma Labovitz, Ethan Finlay, Forrest Myers, Jaelyn Felder, Jarod Fyler, Jessie Hatcher, Lydia Harris, Lyndsay Wilcox, Mabel Rodriguez, Madeline Miles, Margaret Hancock, Mariah Reneau, Megan Campany, Olivia Paschall, Rachel Jordan, Samantha Malone, Samantha Steyl, Shaina Katz, Tierney Daw, and William Johnson

For more information and a schedule for when your fellow honors students will present, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/21st-annual-celebration-student-research-and-creative-endeavors.

Upcoming Fulbright Workshops

Does a fully-funded award to study, teach, or research in one of over 140 countries interest you?  To learn more, attend an upcoming Fulbright Workshops, hosted by Joanie Andruss and the Nationally Competitive Scholarships Initiative! Dr. Vahlbusch, a former Fulbrighter, and member of the Nationally Competitive Scholarships Advisory Board, will be delighted to help you in the thought and application process!  For more information, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/upcoming-fulbright-workshops.

Financial Literacy Fair

On April 24, from 3 pm to 6 pm in the Belk Library Atrium you can learn more about budgeting, money management, identity theft, credit cards, student loans and more.  There will also be free food, prizes, and lots of giveaways! For more information, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/financial-literacy-fair.  

Resume Clinic

Today, April 18, there will be a resume clinic in the Tater Hill room of the Student Union from 5 pm to 6 pm. This is the penultimate Leadership 101 workshop. To learn more, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/leadership-101-resume-clinic.

Join Circle K International

Circle K International is the college level of Kiwanis Club. They are an Internationally recognized service organization that prides on their service work in the local area.  Join them at 5:30 every first and third Tuesday of the month in the Macrae Peak room of the Student Union. For more information, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/join-circle-k-international.


Upcoming Thesis Defenses:

Jeff says: Support your fellow Honors College students and faculty by attending Honors thesis defenses!  You'll marvel, learn, and grow. And each defense you attend, you'll make your own easier.

Annie Pharr: April 19, 10:20 am, Beacon Heights Room 417 of the Student Union, a Sociology and Recreation Management major, will present The Benefits of Camp: Necessity of the Outdoors and Community in the Digital Age.

Tanner Sciara: April 20, 8 am, Garwood Hall Room 407, a Chemistry and Biology major, will present Moringa oleifera Phytochemical Composition and the Influence of Environmental Growing Conditions.

Ashlyn Whitesell: April 20, 10 am, Garwood Hall Room 421, a Chemistry major, will present Advancements in Synthetic Organic Chemistry Using Novel Materials.

Emily Rabe: April 20, 3 pm, Peacock Hall room 2018, a Supply Chain and Marketing major, will present Sustainability Within The Business Environment.

Shaina Katz: April 20, 5:30 pm, Appalachian Hall Room 163, a Political Science major, will present Jordan Within the Shifting Balance of Middle East Politics

Rachel Jordan: April 20, 5:30 pm, Rankin Science Wes 183, a Biology major, will present Winter Ecophysiology of Fraser Fir ( Abies Fraseri)

Zoe Kaplan: April 23, 11 am, Appalachian Hall room 163, an English major, will present The Book of Naomi: a Novel.

Dominic Ysidron: April 23, 12 pm, Belk Library and Information Commons Room 303, a Psychology and Philosophy major, will present Stereotype Content: The Speed of Mental State Inferences.

Brooklyn Eshenbaugh: April 23, 1:30 pm, Smith Wright Room 204, a Psychology Major, will present Do Motor Actions Influence Creative Cognition? A Replication of Friedman and Förster (2002)

Liz Pope: April 23, 2 pm, Appalachian Hall Room 163, a Communication and Advertising major with a minor in Media Studies, will present Look Up: Technology’s impact on attention, connection, and creativity.

Maggie Hancock: April 24, 12:30 pm, Appalachian Hall Room 163, a Psychology major, will present The Limits of Social Categories on Preschoolers' Selective Trust.

Meghan Pavelka: April 25, 8 am, Smith Wright Room 204, a Psychology major, will present On the Nature of Neural Activity: Effects of Periodic and/or Acute Exposure to Environmental Enrichment on Hippocampal c-FOS Expression in Adolescent Rats

Nick Cassidy: April 25, 11 am, Appalachian Hall Room 163, a Marketing major, will present The Effect of Scarcity Types on Consumer Preference in the High-End Sneaker Market.

Emily Cluen: April 25, 12 pm, Appalachian Hall Room 186, a Recreation Management major, will present Out of the Cabin, Out of the Closet: The Transformative Experiences of Camp and Identity Exploration.

Lydia Harris: April 25, 2 pm, Garwood Hall 336, a Biology and Spanish major, will present A tale of two subunits: co-expression using the dual plasmid approach of the two subunit protein dimethylsulfide monooxygenase from Hyphomicrobium sulfonivorans.

Haley Behm: April 25, 4 pm, Edwin Duncan Hall Room 126, a Communication Sciences and Disorders major, will present Sign language and spoken language development in normal hearing children, children with mild hearing impairments, and children with autism spectrum disorder.

Kelly Flanders: April 26, 9 am, Walker Hall Room 310, a Mathematics and Business major, will present Sophie Germain and the Struggles of Women During the French Revolution.

Alyssa Phillips: April 26, 3 pm, Rankin Science West Biology Conference Room, a Cell/Molecular Biology major, will present Cytogenetic Tools to Study the Compolospecies.

Lindsey Bearss: April 26, 4 pm, Appalachian Hall Room 163, a Cell/Molecular Biology major, will present Reasons for initiation and continued use of electronic cigarettes: a systematic review of the literature.

Nile LaTowsky: April 27, 10 am, Appalachian Hall Room 186, a Psychology major, will present The Fantasy of Wealth: Attracting College Students into the Workforce.

Emily Lucero:  April 27, 10 am, Rankin Science West Room 201B, a Cell/Molecular Biology major, will present The Cytotoxic Effects of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus on THP-1 Macrophages.

Mackenzie Brown: April 27, 10 am, Room 211 of the Student Union, A Cell/Molecular Biology major, will present Construction of a ΔpotBΔvpsL Mutant and the Effects on Biofilm Formation in Vibrio cholera.

Tanner Orders: April 27, 10:15 am, Rankin Science North Room 216, a Biology major, will present The antibacterial efficacy of ethanolic whole-leaf Moringa oleifera sub-fractions on Escherichia coli.

Rachel Tapia: April 27, 10:30 am, Appalachian Hall Room 163, an English major, will present Kill the Messenger: Fiction on Opportunity and Privilege.

Natalie Willmschen: April 27, 12:30 pm, Appalachian Hall room 163, a Sustainable Development major with a minor in Dance, will present Choreographing Climate Justice: A Phenomenological Study of Using Dance to Communicate the Human Dimension of Climate Change.

Rebecca Howell: April 27, 1:30 pm, Appalachian Hall Room 186, a Nutrition major, will present Experiences with Celiac Disease for those in Rural versus Urban Western North Carolina.

Mary Kate McCann: April 27, 2 pm, Appalachian Hall 162, a Global Studies and French major, will present The Debate Concerning French Interior Security Policy Since the 2015 Terrorist Attacks: Security vs. Civil Liberties.


Stay in the Know…

AHA will meet on May 2 in the Honors College Library at 5:15!

Yom Ha’atzmaut

There are several events commemorating Yom Ha’atzmaut.  On April 18,  at 7 pm there is a Panel in the Solarium of the Student Union, and on April 19, a public lecture will be held in Belk Library room 114.  For further information, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/yom-ha’atzmaut-20185778.

Charlie vs. Goliath

You can see the award-winning documentary, Charlie vs. Goliath, on April 19, 7-9:30 pm, Parkway Ballroom. Charlie Hardy, the protagonist, and Reed Lindsay, the filmmaker, will be in attendance along with a student-led panel. For more information, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/see-charlie-vs-goliath-award-winning-documentary.

5K Alzheimer’s Awareness Walk

The Appalachian Neuroscience Organization presents the 5K Alzheimer’s Awareness Walk 2018.  The event will be held on April 21 at 10 am. Registration begins at 9 am at Duck Pond Field and costs $15.  To learn more, please visit https://honors.appstate.edu/5k-alzheimers-awareness-walk-2018.

Farm Day of Service

Celebrate Earth Day by getting your hands dirty during the ACT office's annual Farm Day of Service! On Saturday, April 21, groups will be sent to work for five hours alongside community partners at farms and gardens throughout the High Country.

Sustainable Energy Speaker Series

On Monday, April 23, from 4 – 5 pm in the Calloway Peak room of the Student Union, Sal Gill will present a lecture on energy storage, renewable energy generation, electric vehicles, and much more! For more information, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/sustainable-energy-speaker-series-sal-gill.


In the Honors Spotlight

Honors Alumnus Tyler Ramsey does Ground-breaking Research with NIEHS


Honors Alumnus (’16) and chemistry major Tyler Ramsey is working at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) a part of the National Institutes of Health. Tyler’s research team has recently made ground-breaking findings that, “Lavender and tea tree oils may be causing breast growth in young boys.”

Check out the story by Linda Coutant here in Appalachian Today. In this interview, Tyler credits the Honors College with preparing him for this significant work with NIEHS. From the challenge of his Honors thesis, to the diversity of his Honors seminars, and guided by the Honors mentorship of Dr. Leslie Jones (former Honors College Director), Tyler learned team-work, how to build empathy, and how to do research.

Kayla Hall from Costa Rica


Honors Junior and communication, public relations major Kayla Hall spent this spring semester in San José, Costa Rica studying at the Universidad Veritas. Kayla received an Honors College International Education Scholarship Award for her semester abroad. About her experience, Kayla relates, “I fell in love with the country and the pura vida (pure life) way of living the Tico and Tica people preach. I had the opportunity to travel around the country every weekend, exploring the various natural landscapes and Costa Rica preserves in its national parks. This small country the size of West Virginia has active volcanoes, gorgeous Caribbean beaches, untouched rainforests, and mountain landscapes all within the distance of a bus ride. Living with a host family in a small neighborhood outside the central city, I had the chance to know Costa Rica from a perspective I never would have known otherwise.”

For more on Kayla’s experience, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/news/kayla-hall-reports-costa-rica.


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