September 19, 2018

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 2, Issue 5

September 19, 2018  


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch 

Dear Honors students and Honors friends,

Today we return to campus and to our daily work together after the anxieties and destruction brought to our state and region by Hurricane Florence.

Although Boone and Appalachian State seem to have come through Florence with relatively little damage, we know that many in our state and region are still facing dangers, and that the work of rebuilding and recovery will be challenging, expensive, and long.

I’m happy to report that Honors College students in Cone and Summit Residence Halls have already begun thinking about how we as a community, in the Honors College and at Appalachian, might find ways to help. Please write to me about opportunities that you find or create to help our fellow residents of North and South Carolina through the difficult days and months ahead. We will publicize such opportunities for individual and collective action in the Honors Wednesday Memo.




Jeff and the amazing Honors College Staff at their weekly staff meeting. 

From left to right: Dr. Louis Gallien, Dr. Angela Mead, Dr. Garrett McDowell, Dr. Jeff Vahlbusch, Dr. Rick Klima, Dr. Heather Waldroup, Ms. Jessica Yandow, and Dr. Ted Zerucha.

Photo by Brad Rentz


Upcoming Opportunities: 

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications! 

Graduate Research Fellowship

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides three years of support through graduate school education for individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research. If you are interested, please attend the information event on September 21 from 11 am to 12 pm, in the Nolichucky Room of the Student Union (Room 211). For more information, please visit

Smith Gallery Assistant

The Smith Gallery is hiring a Gallery Assistant for the 2018-2019 academic year. The deadline for applications is September 21 and final decisions will be made on October 1st. For more information, please visit:

Sign-up for the GRE!

GRE Season is upon us! If you are planning on applying to graduate schools and are required to take this test, please schedule as soon as possible.  Testing dates fill quickly in the fall and are limited by breaks and holidays. GRE Testing is available daily at the testing center. Please visit to sign-up, and remember to choose Appalachian State University for your testing center.

Apply for the Equity in Action Team 

Equity in Action is an on-campus, student run, social justice conference. Applications to join the Equity and Action Team are now open on AppSync. The deadline is this Friday, September 21.  For more information, please visit

Peace Corps Applications

Applications to join the Peace Corps are still open! The application deadline is October 1 and there are several online information sessions scheduled. For more information about how to volunteer, please visit


Stay in the Know…

AHA! Will meet next Wednesday (9/26)

Strategies for Launching and Building a Career in Photography

There will be a free seminar and reception today in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of the Student Union from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm where PDN’s 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch will share the most valuable lessons they learned as they launched their careers. For more information, please visit:

Visiting Speaker: Enrique Morones

Enrique Morones is the founder and director of San Diego-based human rights organization Border Angels. He is also the founder of House of Mexico, established 'to share, celebrate, educate and promote the rich art, culture, and history of Mexico to San Diego and its visitors. Enrique will visit on September 20 at 6 pm in Belk Library room 114. For more information, please visit

Equinox Harvest Celebration

Come celebrate the changing of the seasons in the Appalachian Roots garden on Howard Street this Friday (9/21) from 5-8pm. There will be displays of the bounty of the campus gardens, fresh seasonal foods and a potluck, crafts, workshops, and live music.  For more information, please visit

Anthropology Brown Bag Series

On the second and Fourth Wednesdays of each month in Belk Hall 342 at Noon, there will be a series discussing various topics in the field of Anthropology.  On September 26, “Sharing space in the Anthropocene” will be the second series. Be on the lookout for more updates in the Wednesday Memo about this series in the future!  For more information on the brown bag series, please visit

International Speaker: Gabriela Alemán

On Tuesday, September 25, the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures will launch its new International Speaker Series with a public lecture by Ecuadorian author Gabriela Alemán.  One of the most prominent Latin American writers of her generation, Alemán will make a stop at Appalachian State to share with us POSO WELLS, her first novel to appear in English. For more information, please visit:

2018 Morgan Science Lecture Series

The Morgan Lecture Committee and the College of Arts & Sciences is pleased to welcome Dr. Geraldine Richmond (University of Oregon) to campus. She will present: “Mulling Over Emulsions Molecular Bonding and Adsorption at Oil-Water Interfaces” on September 25 in GWH 112 at 2 p.m. For more information, please visit

Nearly Naked Mile

You are invited & encouraged to join in the 4th Annual Nearly Naked Mile on Monday, September 24. This is a one-mile fun run/ walk around campus that raises awareness for the homeless population in Watauga County. Pre-registration is available on AppSync now! For more information, please visit

Homecoming Blood Drive

The “Dare to Give” Homecoming Blood Drive will take place on September 25 from 8 am to 7 pm in the Convocation Center. Sign-up today to donate blood or volunteer on Appsync. For more information, please visit:


In the Honors Spotlight


Jarrod Mayes Designs for Change in New York City 

Mayes at The Honors College Graduation December 2016. Photo by Shauna Caldwell.

This past May, Honors Jarrod Mayes (Dec ’16) was selected as a finalist for the Fellowship for Change in Design with the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). As he described,

“In May, I applied to the Center for Urban Pedagogy's Fellowship for Change in Design, their star-studded jury selected me as a finalist. Seriously, they are absolute giants in the field! It is extremely humbling that they saw something in my work.”

Then, just as Mayes was named a finalist for the CUP fellowship, he landed another, even better opportunity, an offer from Brooklyn design studio Hyperakt.

At Appalachian, Mayes was a graphic design major who worked on his Honors thesis, Past Bleed Present, with mentor, Tricia Treacy, Associate Professor of Graphic Design. While a student, Jarrod also worked designing promotional materials for the Honors College.

For more on Jarrod Mayes’ intriguing story, please visit:  Story by Garrett McDowell, photo by Shauna Caldwell.


Mariann King Travels to Europe to Study War and Genocide


King standing in front of the Berlin Wall. Photo Submitted.

In May, Honors rising junior Mariann King traveled to Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, and Poland with the faculty-led study abroad course, War in Europe. This trip was organized and led by Dr. Cameron Lippard, assistant professor of sociology, and Dr. Jason White, assistant professor of history. The interdisciplinary program offered students six semester hours of credit studying the causes and consequences of war in Europe. Through the exploration of various historic sites, museums, and cultural exchanges, students learned about the impacts of World War II, the Cold War, and the Holocaust. 

For more on Mariann King’s Story, please visit Story by Garrett McDowell


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