September 5, 2018

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 2, Issue 3

September 5, 2018  


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch

Q:  What is the subtitle of the Honors Wednesday Memo?

A:  Opportunities (and Information) for Honors students! 

Dear Honors students,

Honors education is many wonderful things, and one of the most wonderful is our firm commitment to help you connect with opportunities to learn, grow, develop at the highest possible levels.

Often Honors students create such opportunities.  An extraordinary group of extraordinary Honors College sophomores, most living in Summit Residence Hall this year, are collaborating with our Appalachian Honors Association (AHA!) to create a new Honors College peer-mentoring program for Honors College freshmores:  first-semester and first-year Honors College students.


Think: conversation; guidance; community; tips on life in Honors, at Appalachian, in Boone and the High Country; connections; excursions (and maybe even trips to Walmart).

Interested in having a mentor?  Please fill out and submit this short form now: Interested in mentoring? Please send me an email (vahlbuschjb).

Writing with lasting gratitude to the Summiteers, and excitement about our new mentoring program,



Jeff listens on as Honors sophomores, those spearheading the peer-mentoring program, shared advice for new Honors students at Honors College Convocation held on August 17, 2018 in the Belk Library. Photo by Garrett McDowell, Ph.D.


Upcoming Opportunities: 

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications!

Library Workshops

Did you know that the library hosts several workshops that can help you in your academic and post-academic careers? There are several opportunities for online or in person workshops throughout the semester. Please visit for a complete list of events!

War in Europe Study Abroad

In the Summer of 2019, you can travel through Belgium, France, and Germany and learn about the impacts of two world wars, genocide, and the rise and fall of fascism through the exploration of various historic sites, museums, and cultural exchanges. The first information session is September 12 at 5 pm in Belk Hall room 240. For more information, please visit

Study Abroad to Scotland

Looking to go abroad this coming summer? Consider traveling to Scotland! Inquiries about the trip can be emailed to  For more information, please visit

Study Abroad in India

Department of Marketing professors, Drs. Neel Das and Lubna Nafees, will be leading a group of students on a study abroad trip, from January 2 – 11, 2019, focusing on sustainable business practices in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India. Applications are due by September 15. For more information, please visit

Wellness Challenge

Join this year’s Wellness Challenge! Registration is now open. Visit for the link to register and for more information about the Wellness Challenge.


Stay in the Know…

AHA! will meet next Wednesday (9/12) at 5 pm in the Honors Library

Way of Council

Beginning on September 6, the Way of Council will meet from 7 – 8:30 pm in the Student Union. The three main rules of the council are: speak honestly, be brief, and listen from the heart. Register now to join the dialogue and receive free dinner.  Please visit for more information.

Weekend Anniversary Celebrations

There are several anniversary celebrations this Friday and Saturday (September 7 & 8) Beginning with the 40th Anniversary for the Center of Appalachian Studies, 45th anniversary of the Appalachian Journal and the 50th anniversary of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection at Belk Library.  There are several events planned to commemorate all these celebrations, please visit for a complete list.

American Sign Language Club First Meeting

The first American Sign Language Club meeting of the semester! It's going to be held on September 5th @ 7:30 pm in Appalachian Hall room 071.  Please visit more information!

A Taste of Dialogue: Identities

Register on APPSync for a small-group conversation about identity and increasing intersectionality over a catered meal on Monday, September 10 from 6-8 pm in the Table Rock Room of the Student Union.  Please visit  for the registration link and more information!

Mountains to Mountains

Come to a free one-time event sharing the story of how tens of thousands of lives are changing as a result of a simple meeting in 2015 between Wine to Water and Appalachian State University. From the Appalachians to the Himalayas, this is a story that will explain how the community in Boone was a catalyst for one of Wine To Water's long-term international initiatives.  The event will be held on September 6 at 7:30 pm in the Shaefer Center.  For more information, please visit


In the Honors Spotlight 

Jonathan Kappler – Graduate Speaker Series


On September 26, 2018 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM in the I.G. Greer Theatre, Honors Jonathan Kappler ('05) will speak launching the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies speaker series. Currently, Kappler is executive director of North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation (NCFEF). In Honors at Appalachian, Kappler double majored in political science and Spanish. He completed his thesis, North Carolina's changing demographics: the Latino community's political affectunder the direction of Dr. Phillip Ardoin, currently a professor of political science and Department Chair of the Department of Government and Justice Studies.  Along with University Honors, Kappler also completed departmental honors in political science.  After Honors at App, he went on to earn a master of public policy degree from American University’s School of Public Affairs. 

For more on Jonathan and the speaker series,  please visit:

Delaney Ryan Interns at American Museum of Natural History 


Honors rising junior Delaney Ryan was in New York City (NYC) this summer interning with the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and the Richard Gilder Graduate School. Ryan is a geology major with a concentration in paleontology. She was also offered an internship at the Smithsonian Institution but chose instead the Biology Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU) with AMNH.

The AMNH internship ran from May 29 through August 5, 2018. For the first eight weeks of the internship, Ryan was in NYC working in the museum, and for the last week and a half to two weeks, she did fieldwork in South Dakota and Montana. Ryan was studying Ammonites in Methane-Seep Environments from the Cretaceous under the mentorship of Dr. James Witts, Post-Doctoral Candidate, and Dr. Neil Landman, Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology. 

For more on Delaney’s interesting story, please visit 


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 



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