September 12, 2018

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 2, Issue 4

September 12, 2018  


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch 

Dear Honors students!

Today’s issue of the Honors Wednesday Memo (HWM) marks an important and exciting expansion in the HWM’s primary audience.  Beginning now, we are writing to, and collecting and publicizing opportunities for, all Honors students at Appalachian.

Next to the Honors College, which serves students and faculty members from every college, department, and major on campus, departmental Honors programs and the Honors Program in the Walker College of Business make it possible for students at Appalachian, both in the Honors College and outside it, to pursue Honors education in their majors.

At Appalachian, Honors programs are currently available in:  Anthropology, Art,  Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Dance, English, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, French, Geography and Planning, Geology, Global Studies, Government and Justice Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematical Sciences, Philosophy and Religion, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, Theatre, and the Walker College of Business. And more departmental Honors programs are now in development.

Please join me and all members of the Honors College—students, faculty, and staff—in welcoming all students, faculty, and faculty directors of departmental and college Honors programs campus-wide! 

I look forward to all that we can and will accomplish together.



Jeff with Wilson Scholar and Furniture Design major Spain Hines talking about the process of applying for a Fulbright grant to study in Germany.

Photo by Garrett McDowell.


Upcoming Opportunities: 

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications! 

Graduate Research Fellowship Information session

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission. All students are invited to attend the event on September 14 in Anne Belk Hall room 222. For more information, please visit

Honors Faculty-led Study Abroad to Vienna

This summer study abroad program, Culture and the Arts in Vienna, consists of two interdisciplinary honors courses that study the art, literature, psychology, politics and music of Vienna from around 1700 to the present, with a focus on Fin de Siècle Vienna (1880-1917) and the effects of that time that still shape the cultural life of the modern city.  The trip will begin on May 14, 2019, and end around June 3, 2019.  Please visit for more information.

Asheville Art Museum Paid and Volunteer Opportunities

There are several job opportunities available for students to apply for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019.  The application deadline for internships in the Spring is November 1. Please visit for more information and how to apply.

A Juried Expedition of Collegiate Student Art

Do you have an art piece that you wish to display? Consider applying to the University of Tennessee Martin Fine Arts office for your work to be shown in the West Tennessee Art Center.  Entry applications are due by October 5 and the display will run from October 29 through November 21. For more information, please visit

Student Learning Center Tune-Ups

Learning Tune-Ups is a fantastic way to learn new skills that can help you in your academic career! There are still several events throughout the fall semester that you can attend. On September 19 from 6 – 8 pm in the Beacon Heights room of the Student union will be the Reading and Note-Taking tune-up. For a complete list of events, please visit

Science, Math, and Business Drop-In Learning Lab

The new Science, Math, and Business learning lab is open! Students can stop by Tuesday through Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Disco Student Learning Center room 208. For more information, please visit


Stay in the Know…

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Moisés Kaufman: The Laramie Project

Acclaimed playwright and director Moisés Kaufman, author of the 2018-19 common reading, The Laramie Project, will give two presentations on Monday, Sept. 17. At 2:00 pm on Sept 17, in PSU Parkway Ballroom, Kaufman will read from his plays, talk, answer questions, and sign books, which will be for sale there. At 7:00 pm on Sept 17, in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, Kaufman will give the presentation, "Theater in 2018--The Vicinity of Hope." Please visit for more information.

Need to Know Where Help Labs Are?

Help labs are a great resource available to students that need further help in difficult classes. There are Help Labs for Accounting, Chemistry, Physics and much more! For a complete list of available times and locations, please visit

American Sign Language Club First Meeting

On Thursday, September 13, the Appalachian State University and broader communities are invited to a public lecture by Dr. Gerhard L. Weinberg, Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His lecture is entitled “Adolf Hitler and the United States: Views, Plans, and Policies and the ‘Jewish Question’” and will start at 7:30 pm in Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 114. The event is free of charge and no tickets are required. For further background information on this event, please visit

Mental Health Check-Up Day

You are invited to a Mental Health Check-Up on September 19, 2018, from 10 am to 2 pm. You can see a short film on college students’ real experiences with mental health in the Calloway Peak room of the Student Union. To learn more about this event, please visit

Suicide Prevention Week

Are you prepared to help a friend if they are experiencing emotional distress? Chances are a friend will reach out to you before a mental health professional so you should be prepared! Free Online Training is available to you! Please visit to learn how you can begin your training.

American Dance Festival’s Movies by Movers

The American Dance Festivals’ Movies by Movers Film Festival, presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance, is this coming weekend, September 13- 15, right here on campus! There is free admission to all showings of these provocative dance films from across the world, and all are welcome. Please visit a complete list of movies during this event!

Heartland Baroque Concert

The Hayes School of Music will present guest artists Heartland Baroque’s The Winged Lion and the Unremembered Sea on Tuesday, September 18 at 8 pm in Broyhill Music Center's Recital Hall.  Admission is free and open to the public! Please visit for more information on this concert.

Art Bash!

Appalachian State University students are invited to Art Bash, the Turchin Center for the Visual Art’s special students-only party. The galleries are open late, serving up not just great art, but also free food, a scavenger hunt with prizes, chalk art, music, dancing, a photo booth and more! Art Bash is completely free (and created for Appalachian students only!) Bring your friends—and your current student IDs, of course. For more information about Art Bash please visit


In the Honors Spotlight 

Honors Students Observe Health Care in Zambia


Honors rising seniors and pre-med biology majors Kierdre McFadden and Tanner Orders spent the first part of the summer in a clinical shadowing program at Lusaka's Levy Mwanawasa University Teaching Hospital in Zambia. Through this unique experience, they learned how medicine and health care are practiced in Zambia. In addition to the clinical experience, these Honors students had the opportunity to explore Zambia's cultural heritage. They visited Victoria Falls where they experienced baboons, zip lining and bungee jumping. 

For more on Kierdre and Tanner’s exciting experience, please visit:


Two Honors Alumnae Awarded NSF Fellowships 


Rachel Jordan at her First Honors thesis field site at Grandfather Mountain. Photo Submitted.

Two Honors alumnae and former Chancellor's Scholars, Rachel Jordan ’18 and Hannah Krueger ’17 have been awarded highly competitive NSF Fellowships to their support graduate-level studies in the science disciplines. Please visit for the full story by Johnna Reisner in the Appalachian Today.


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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