July 11, 2018

Honors (Monthly) Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 1, Issue 31

July 11, 2018


Photo collage above features new incoming Honors freshmores from summer orientation sessions. Photos submitted.


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch

New Honors Students meet Charles Dickens.  During the eight App State Summer Orientation sessions this past June, we were (and are) thrilled to welcome into the Honors College 122 extraordinary new Honors students from nearly every corner of North Carolina and many other states.

In thinking together with our new students about the whys and hows of Honors education, I found myself turning again and again to a passage from a letter written by Dickens to his friend and fellow novelist Wilkie Collins on 6 September 1858. I first read these lines 42 years ago as a sophomore in a course on Dickens at the University of Michigan, and I have kept them close ever since:

"Everything that happens [...] shows beyond mistake that you can't shut out the world; that you are in it, to be of it; that you get in a false position the moment you try to sever yourself from it; and that you must mingle with it, and make the best of it, and make the best of yourself into the bargain."

In the Honors College and at Appalachian, we work to make the best of ourselves and of the world. And if we're paying attention, we just might discover someday what Dickens knew:  that these two welcome and all-important tasks are really, truly, one.

We look forward to the return of our new and our veteran Honors College students mid-August, and to being about our work in the world.




Upcoming Opportunities: 

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications!

Submit Your Research or Creative Activity

UReCA, the NCHC Web journal is currently accepting submissions from undergraduate students.  The deadline to submit your work is August 10. To learn more and to find out if your work qualifies, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/ureca-nchc-web-journal-accepting-submissions

NC Honors Association Conference 

High Point University will host the next Honors Association Conference this coming fall.  If you have work that you would like to present, please submit your proposals by August 31, 2018.  More information about this conference is coming soon! Don’t let this great opportunity slip by! For more information, please visit https://honors.appstate.edu/nc-honors-association-conference-call-submissions

Sustainable Food & Renewable Energy in Florence, Italy!

Are you interested in comparing energy use in the United States and Italy though physics of electricity, climate change, and cooking? Then you should check out this PHY1830 International Course.  The trip will take place from May 12 – 20, 2019!

To learn more please visit https://honors.appstate.edu/sustainable-food-renewable-energy-florence-italy.

Peace Corps Recruitment

Are you interested in joining the Peace Corps?  Appalachian can help you through the application process! Click the link to find out how you can connect with a recruiter to get started. Please visit https://honors.appstate.edu/peace-corps-walk-through-application-process.

Travel to Africa in 2019

An Honors College short-term study-abroad course is being planned for late May, early June 2019: to Ethiopia!

We will study African and Ethiopian history and culture while also considering ethical civic engagement and the question of how we best serve others. If this interests you, please visit https://honors.appstate.edu/travel-africa-2019-learn-and-serve for more information!


Stay in the Know…

King Street Market

Come out to the King Street Market this October! You can find seasonally fresh vegetables & fruit, locally-raised meats, eggs, and honey, and much more!  The market will be held every Tuesday from 4 – 7 pm. Please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/king-street-market for more information!

Counseling Center Open for Summer

If you or someone you know needs the counseling center services, please consider referring them.  An initial consultation is all that is needed to get started.  Please visit https://honors.appstate.edu/counseling-center-summer-services to find more information about Appalachian’s helpful Counseling Center.

University Writing Center is Open

Appalachian State’s University’s helpful Writing Center will be available for students, faculty, staff, and members of the Boone community for the second summer session.  For more information and the writing center’s hours, please visithttps://honors.appstate.edu/university-writing-center-open-summer-session-ii.

Appalachian Summer Festival

The 34th season of the Appalachian Summer Festival is still going on! There are several events from now through July 22nd  with more events to be announced soon. To learn more, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/appalachian-summer-festivals-34th-season-continues.


In the Honors Spotlight

Heather Hopkins Reflects on Her Honors Experience


Heather Hopkins ’10 graduated from Honors at Appalachian State University with a degree in elementary education. She then went on to complete her Master of Arts in education with a licensure in gifted education from East Carolina University in May 2011. Heather has expressed a willingness to mentor current Honors students, and offers the following advice, “Embrace your Appalachian community and experience. Enjoy every moment as a Mountaineer in Boone and then beyond!”

               For Heather’s full story, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/news/heather-hopkins-10-reflects-honors-experience


Congratulations to the 2018 Chancellor’s Scholars


Ten incoming “freshmore” Honors students have been awarded Chancellor's Scholarships, the university's oldest and most distinguished full scholarship. It is also the most academically-competitive merit-based scholarship, designed for students with ambitious academic goals, involving graduate or professional post-baccalaureate degrees, such as Ph.D., M.D., J.D., etc. The Chancellor's Scholars are exceptional scholars selected from the strongest applicants admitted to the Honors College. 

               For the full story, please visit: https://honors.appstate.edu/news/congratulations-2018-chancellors-scholars.


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.