October 3, 2018

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 2, Issue 7

October 3, 2018  


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch 

Dear Honors students and friends,

Today I’m thinking about Honors study-abroad, coffee, and Yosef socks.

(1) Study abroad?  Many of you know that the Honors College proudly requires its students to study abroad, or to engage in at least one internationally or transculturally focused credit-bearing experience. Point of pride and distinction:  we are one of only very few Honors Colleges or programs nationwide that have an international education requirement.

As today’s Honors Wednesday Memo shows, we in the Honors College are committed to partnering with wonderful faculty and staff members from across the university to offer extraordinary short-term and longer-term Honors study-abroad experiences. Find a terrific Honors study-abroad opportunity here.

(2) Coffee in the Honors College?  Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate from the Honors College Keurig machine in Appalachian Hall are cost-free to everyone. But our costs are adding up for K-cups, recycling, sweeteners, stirrers, cups, and creamer, and we can’t use the Honors College budget to pay for them.  Please donate what you can:  one K-cup or two dozen, packets of sugar, a jar of creamer! After donating, please inscribe your name on the new Honors College “Pillar of Fame” donation list and look for my thanks and your name in lights in a future Honors Wednesday Memo.

(3) Yosef Socks?  The immortal photo says it all.




Photo by Dr. Audrey Fessler.  Quite a feat. 


Upcoming Opportunities: 

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications! 

Pre-Health Conference

Interested in a career in healthcare? Phi Chi Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Society invites you to attend the 2nd Annual ASU Pre-Health Conference. The conference will take place in the Plemmons Student Union on Saturday, October 27th, 2018 from 10 am – 5 pm. Registration is open now until October 15 for $15. To learn more about this conference, please visit https://honors.appstate.edu/appalachian-state-pre-health-conference.

Submit to the Peel!

The Peel is Appalachian State's Literature and Arts magazine, run by students, for students and is looking to publish your work! The Peel would like to publish your visual, written, or audio/video creation. All submissions are due by October 16. Please visit https://honors.appstate.edu/today-deadline-submit-peel for more information on how to publish your work.

Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium

The Office of Student Research would like to personally invite you and your students to submit abstracts of research and creative endeavors (performance, plays, readings, exhibits, displays, etc.) for presentation at the 2018 State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS) to be held at North Carolina State University on Saturday, November 10, 2018.  The deadline to apply for travel grants to this symposium is October 15. Please visit https://honors.appstate.edu/state-north-carolina-undergraduate-research-and-creativity-symposium-sncurcs-2018 to learn more!

Study Abroad Scholarships

OIED Study Abroad Scholarship Applications are now open. Scholarships range from $500 to $2,000, so apply before the November 1 deadline! Please visit https://honors.appstate.edu/study-abroad-scholarships-0 to learn how to apply.

Study Abroad in Ethiopia

An Honors College short-term study-abroad course is being planned for late May, early June 2019: to Ethiopia! Students will work at the Mekele Blind School in the small city of Mekele, Ethiopia, teaching schoolchildren photography, engaging with the school's teachers, staff members, and the community, and assisting with construction and renovation projects at the school. For more information about this fantastic experience, please visit https://honors.appstate.edu/travel-africa-2019-learn-and-serve.

Campus Police Student Advisory Board

Apply to join the new Campus Police Student Advisory Board! The Student Government Association (SGA) is looking for passionate students from all backgrounds who want to make a difference and are not afraid to speak up. This board will create an open avenue of student involvement and oversight in regard to campus policing. There will be an interest meeting on Thursday, October 4th, at 5 p.m. in Whitewater Cafe, PSU. Attendees will get to know campus police officers and learn how to apply for the board. For more information, please visit https://honors.appstate.edu/campus-police-student-advisory-board.


Stay in the Know…

AHA! meets next week (10/10) in the Honors College Library at 5:00

Honors College Peer Mentor Social

Tomorrow (October 4) in the Parkway Ballroom of the Student Union from 8 to 10 pm, come out and meet your Peer Mentors. Be sure to arrive 10 minutes early for check-in and refreshments! Please visithttps://honors.appstate.edu/honors-peer-mentoring-social for more information.

Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Lecture Series,

This fall, beginning on October 4, several speakers will come to Appalachian’s campus to participate in the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies series.  The series will run through November 29. All lectures will be held from 6 – 7 pm in Belk Library 114. For more information, please visit https://honors.appstate.edu/gender-women-and-sexuality-studies-lecture-series-fall-2018.

Screening of The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies partners with the Philosophy Club to screen the acclaimed 2011-released film The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975. It will take place in I.G. Greer Hall, Room 119, on Thursday, October 4, at 7:00 pm. The film by Goeran Olsson evolves around 16mm film material shot by a team of Swedish journalists during a late 1960s visit to the U.S. to document the Black Freedom movement as well as the ongoing mostly urban revolts. It includes almost insightful interviews with key figures in SNCC, the Black Panther Party and activists close to them, including Stokeley Carmichael, Bobby Seale, and Angela Davis. For more information, please visit https://honors.appstate.edu/centers-program-black-freedom-struggle-begins-screening-black-power-mixtape-1967-1975.

German and American Artists on Wunderbar Together

German and American artists Isaac Payne, Terry Thirion, and Christian Ristau join ASU student Christine Perry, a German American, in displaying their latest work on themes of peace and Wunderbar together. The exhibit includes a broad variety of painting style and seeks to start conversations among audiences about its broader themes. The exhibit will take place on October 5 from 6 to 8 pm. For more information, please visithttps://honors.appstate.edu/exhibit-reception-german-and-american-artists-wunderbar-together.

Etiquette Dinner

The wonderful folks in our Career Development Center are issuing a special invitation to Honors College students to sign up for this year's Etiquette Dinner:  Experience a free 4-course meal, dining and business etiquette tips, and conversation and networking opportunities with local and regional employers!  This opportunity is 'first-come, first served': please use this Google link right away, but certainly by the priority deadline of October 10th at 5 p.m. Please visit https://honors.appstate.edu/etiquette-dinner for the registration link and more information

University Forum Series Speaker: Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.

Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. will be speaking on "With Justice for All: Human Rights and Civil Rights at Home and Abroad” on October 18 in the Shaefer Center from 8 to 8:30 pm with free admission. For more information, please visit https://honors.appstate.edu/university-forum-series-speaker-rev-jesse-jackson-sr-october-18.


In the Honors Spotlight


Students in Appalachian’s Honors College spend a ‘Day at the Farm’


Leah Barnes, a first-year elementary education major at Appalachian, holds a chicken at the Livestock station. "I've always loved being in nature and I think it's really cool being able to make new friendships and meet new people while being in this really beautiful place," she said. Photo by Chase Reynolds

When choosing Appalachian State University, students new to the university’s Honors College likely didn’t imagine that, before classes began, they would be bonding over how best to hold chickens.

On Aug. 16, these new students joined faculty, staff and other students in Appalachian’s Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development and the Honors College for “Honors College Day at the Farm,” which took place at Appalachian’s Sustainable Development Teaching and Research Farm. And for some, the day’s activities included learning proper hen-holding technique.

For the full story by Alex Jansen in AppalachianToday, please visit https://honors.appstate.edu/news/students-appalachian%E2%80%99s-honors-college-spend-%E2%80%98day-farm%E2%80%99.    


Clark Streets ('17) Teaches and Studies Language in Madrid


Clark Streets in the small town of Mijas in the south of Spain on a road trip with colleagues. Photo Submitted. 

Honors Clark Streets (May ’17) has been teaching and studying language for the past year in Madrid, Spain. He taught English in a primary school called El Olivar in a city named San Fernando de Henares on the outskirts of Madrid. This position was through Spain's Ministry of Education in a program titled Cultural Ambassadors: North American Language and Culture Assistants . 

In addition to that, Streets has been studying Spanish. He spent four months preparing with classes and tutors and has passed a language exam certifying him to work in a business setting where Spanish is the primary language. He will be continuing his language study and plans to attempt the next level (C1 exam) after he takes the GRE.

In Honors at Appalachian, Streets was a political science major and Spanish minor with a concentration in International and Comparative Politics. He worked with mentor Dr. Aleksander Lust, Assistant Professor of Political Science. His thesis was titled The Millennial Generation and Their View on Terrorism:  A Perspective for Policymakers.

For more on Clark Streets, please visit https://honors.appstate.edu/news/clark-streets-17-teaches-and-studies-language-madrid  for the full story by Garrett McDowell 


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