April 25, 2018

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 1, Issue 27

April 25, 2018


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch


We have been reveling in a whirlwind of Honors activity since last’s week’s Honors Wednesday Memo. Looking back at only my calendar, I find:

·       21 successful Honors thesis defenses (and more to come!)

·       Dr. Wilma Dunaway’s fascinating talk on slavery in the Appalachian Mountains (thanks to Dr. Gallien!)

·       a wonderful day-long visit in Boone with Honors colleagues from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina

·       an interview with the University Communications folks on our great growth in Honors College application numbers

·       many conversations with prospective and admitted Honors College students

·       four presentations on Honors education during the Campus Open House on Saturday; and 

·       my first, exciting chance to participate in the campus-wide Budget Request Process on behalf of the Honors College.

And the theme of my Budget talk?  Honors at Appalachian is Honors done differently. Together, we can make it so.

All staff members in the Honors College are sending you best wishes as you wind up the semester and prepare for finals!



Upcoming Opportunities:

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications!

Present at the North Carolina Honors Conference

The 2018 meeting will be held September 28 and 29 on the campus of High Point University. Honors students will have an opportunity to present their research, either as a formal presentation or in poster sessions. The proposal deadline is in September, and the Honors College will keep you in the loop with specific deadlines and guidelines for submission. For more information, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/2018-north-carolina-honors-conference

Study Abroad in Spring 2019

Before this semester ends, you should begin your application to study abroad in the spring of 2019! Applications will be accepted until September 15 for most programs. Begin yours as soon as you can! For more information, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/study-abroad-spring-19  

Proposals for Appalachian Global Symposium

Proposals are now being accepted for the sixth annual Appalachian Global Symposium that will take place during International Education Week on Wednesday, November 14th.  The deadline to submit your proposal is May 25. To learn more, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/appalachian-global-symposium-proposals-now-being-accepted

Group Fit Auditions

Are you interested in leading a group fitness class? Auditions are Friday, April 27 from 4 – 7 pm and Saturday, April 28 12 – 3 pm.  For more information, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/group-fitness-interest-meeting  

Submit Your Project for the Appalachian Energy Summit

College and University students are invited to submit their energy-related research, or community or campus-oriented project to be considered for the Student Poster Competition.  There are cash prizes and networking opportunities available!  The deadline to submit your proposal is June 1.  To learn more, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/submit-your-energy-related-research-or-project-june-1-and-be-part-appalachian-energy-summit


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.

Kelly Flanders: a mathematics major with a minor in French and francophone studies, will present Sophie Germain and the Struggles of Women During the French Revolution on April 26at 9 am in Walker Hall Room 310.

Alyssa Phillips: a cell/molecular biology major, will present Cytogenetic Tools to Study the Compolospecies on April 26 at 3 pm in the Rankin Science West Biology Conference Room.

Mandy Mericle: a music major (flute), will present Hierarchical Form in Prokofiev's Flute Sonata Op. 94, II. Scherzo on April 26 at 3:30 pm in Room 212 of Broyhill Music Building.

Lindsey Bearss: a cell/molecular biology major, will present Reasons for initiation and continued use of electronic cigarettes: a systematic review of the literature on April 26 at 4 pm in Appalachian Hall Room 163.

Brooke Sweeney: a political science major with minors in French and francophone studies, will present Le Sexe est vendeur: Representation of the Female form in French Advertisements during the Art Nouveau Movement and the Cognitive effects of these advertising strategies on April 27 at 9:30 am in Appalachian Hall Room 163.

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

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

Mackenzie Brown: a cell/molecular biology major, will present Construction of a ΔpotBΔvpsL Mutant and the Effects on Biofilm Formation in Vibrio cholera on April 27 at 10 am in Room 100 of the Student Union.

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

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

Natalie Willmschen: 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 on April 27 at 12:30 pm in Appalachian Hall 163.

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

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

Caleb McMahon: a music performance (trombone) major, will present Appalachia Re-Imagined: Jazz Sextet Arrangements of Appalachian Folk Songs on April 29 at 3 pm in the Recital Hall (Room 129) of the Broyhill Music Center.

Caroline Rushing: an exercise science pre-professional major, will present Cardiovascular and Autonomic Responses to Resistance Training in Individuals with Down Syndrome on April 30 at 10 am in Appalachian Hall Room 186.

Joanna Powers: a child development major, will present Helping Hand: A Guide for Siblings to Understand, Cope, Grieve, and Heal, and have solidified a date with my committee on April 30 at 11 am in the FCS Conference Room (5th floor of the Reich College of Education).

Ashley Goodman: a creative writing major, will present Elegy for the Eastern Cougar: Lost Souls of Appalachia on April 30 at 12:30 pm in John E. Thomas Building Room 357.

Samantha Steyl: a chemistry major, will present Mitochondrial reactive oxygen species mediate metabolic stability on April 30 at 3:30 pm in Garwood Hall Room 421.

Janet Hammond: an applied & public history major, will present A Look at Gender: The Cigarette Card Series of W. Duke Sons, & Co. on April 30 at 4:30 pm in Appalachian Hall Room 163.

Emma Labovitz: a political science and global studies major, will present Rhetoric vs. Reality: How U.S. Media Depicts Refugees in Sweden and Its Implications for U.S. Policy on May 2 at 10 am in the GJS Third Floor Conference Room of Anne Belk Hall.

Lily Shaw: a sociology and Spanish major, will present Swinging Toward Social Change: How Lindy Hop Promotes Gender Equality on May 3 at 10 am in Appalachian Hall Room 163.


Stay in the Know…

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

Campus Spring Tree Planting

Volunteer to help dig, plant, mulch, and stake trees by Appalachian Heights on campus! You can sign up for Thursday, April 26 from 9 – 11 am or 1 – 3 pm. For more information, please visit:  https://honors.appstate.edu/tree-campus-spring-planting.

Community, Culture, and Climate Justice

Today, (April 25) in I. G. Greer Auditorium, you can attend a public seminar with Dr. Anthony Oliver Smith and Dr. Elizabeth Marino.  Their work addresses climate displacement and other climate injustices faced around the world.

For more information, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/community-culture-climate-justice.

Lavender Graduation

The Henderson Springs LGBT Center is sponsoring the Lavender Graduation, an event to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of Appalachian LGBTQIA+ graduating students.  The event will be held in the Student Union’s Solarium on April 26 from 6 – 8 pm. For more information, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/lavender-graduation.

College of Arts and Sciences Events

Black Mountain College Performance "The Ruse of Medusa" by students of experimental Ethnography Friday, April 27, 2018, from 6 - 8 pm. Mathematical Sciences Student Scholars Day is Saturday, April 28, in Walker Hall. Blurred Boundaries event is also on Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm in Belk Library room 421. For more information, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/college-arts-and-sciences

Disability 101

DISABILITY 101 is an introduction to disability as a social identity and an aspect of diversity. Come out to learn more about what does it mean to be a disabled person and how disabled people are a marginalized group! They will also cover aspects of ableism, intersectionality, and disability advocacy. This event is open to people regardless of ability level!  For more information, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/disability-101.


In the Honors Spotlight

"Look Up" and Listen to this Honors Thesis by Liz Pope


So what does an Honors thesis look like? The answer to this is as creative, diverse, and ingenious as our students. It can even be a creative project, one that welcomes you to close your eyes. Open your ears and check out this example, a podcast made by graduating Honors senior and communication major Liz Pope.  While a student at Appalachian, Liz has been working as an intern with University Communications. Liz used their audio recording equipment and studio to record two of the podcast interviews. Along with this podcast, Liz will submit a written reflection of this project to the Honors College in fulfillment of the requirements of her Honors thesis. The archive of her thesis in NCDocs will link to this podcast and her podcast will have a link to the written reflection on NCDocs. Congratulations to Liz on this exceptional work! Thank you for modeling how we can all better listen and letting us know what can be gained from that. For more information on Liz’s intriguing thesis defense, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/news/look-and-listen-honors-thesis.


Dominic Ysidron Heads to Ohio University


Congratulations to Honors senior Dominic Ysidron who has been accepted and fully funded at Ohio University beginning Fall 2018 semester. Dominic is a graduating senior double majoring in psychology and philosophy. At Ohio University, Dominic will be pursuing his doctorate in clinical health psychology working with Dr. Christopher France, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology.

Additional congratulations to Dominic on the successful defense of his Honors thesis, "Warmth and Competence: Social Inference Reaction Times." For this research, Dominic worked with mentor, Dr. Andrew Monroe, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Matthew Ruble, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, served as his second reader. The top photo shows Dominic at his Honors thesis defense on Monday, April 23rd in Belk Library.

For more on Dominic’s accomplishment, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/news/dominic-ysidron-heads-ohio-university.


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