November 7, 2018

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 2, Issue 12

November 7, 2018


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch 

Dear Honors students, faculty, and friends,

As I mentioned in this space recently, we are one of the few Honors Colleges nationwide with an international education requirement, helping our students develop global expertise.

This coming spring, the Honors College is offering three interdisciplinary HON courses and trips:

Dr. Joe Gonzalez and Dr. Emily Daughtridge:  Cuba

Dr. Brian MacHarg and Dr. Garner Dewey:  Ethiopia

Drs. Jim Toub, Victor Mansure, Alexandra Hellenbrand: Vienna, Austria

Honors College students who complete these courses and trips fulfill their Honors international education requirement and earn HON course credit. Other Honors students are welcome as space permits!

We also invite Honors students to join other outstanding short-term faculty-led study-abroad experiences offered by Appalachian this coming spring and summer. With these, too, Honors students can meet their international education requirement. Here are a few whose faculty have invited Honors students to join them:

Dr. Rick Klima:  Secret Codes of World War II.  England

Dr. Randall Reed and Dr. Jack Kwong:  Life, Love, and Death in Paris and Rome

Dr. Anthony Bly:  Santería Religion in Cuba

Dr. Kevin Kennedy, Dr. Ed Behrend-Martinez, Dr. Cameron Lippard:  War in Europe (Belgium, France, Germany, & Luxembourg)

Dr. Joshua White:  Scotland May-June 2019

Dr. Carla Ramsdell, The Physical Principles of Energy and Sustainability in Italy:  

And don’t forget:  The Honors College has (limited) funds to help you get there. Apply soon!



Dean Jeff interacting with a group of potential Honors College students from Virginia. Photo by Garrett McDowell


Upcoming Opportunities: 

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications! 

Cuba Study Abroad Interest Meeting

On Wednesday, November 7, at 5 pm, the interest meeting for the Ritmo y Arroz: Cuba study abroad trip will be held in Chapel Wilson Hall room 111. The travels dates for this trip are June 8 through June 22 and it will cost under $3,000. Please visit  to learn more!

National Health Professions Week

This week is National Health Professions week and there are still events happening on campus that you should attend! Tonight at 5 pm, in Rankin Science West room 157, you can learn more about chiropractic medicine and veterinary medicine. Please visit for the other remaining events!

International Research Grant Deadline

With support from the Office of International Education and Development (OIED), the Office of Student Research (OSR) is now accepting applications for our annual International Research Grant. All currently enrolled Appalachian undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing are eligible to apply for up to $1,500.00. The purpose of these grants is to support Faculty mentored student research or creative endeavors that have an international and/or global focus.  If you are interested in applying for this grant, please visit

Autumn Wellness Retreat

The Autumn Wellness Retreat will be held on Saturday, November 10th from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Broadstone Lodge in Valle Crucis. This event is free of charge but does require that you RSVP on AppSync for more information, please visit

Fulbright Program Social

The Office of Research and the Office of International Education and Development would like to invite you to a Fulbright Scholar Program social gathering as part of International Education Week 2018. Mingle and talk with Appalachian Fulbright Scholar alumni and share ideas about Fulbright opportunities. The event will be held on Monday, November 12 from 6 to 7 pm in the Rough Ridge Room 415 of the student union. For more information, please visit


Upcoming Thesis Defense:

Jeff says: Support your fellow Honors College students and faculty by attending Honors thesis defenses!  You'll marvel, learn, and grow. And each defense you attend, you'll make your own easier.

Emily Flymark: November 15, 12:00 pm, LLHS Room 221, a Nutrition and Foods major, will present Food insecurity and the effect on college students: An analysis of food pantries in a college town in Appalachia.


Stay in the Know…

AHA! will meet on November 14, in the Honors College Library at 5:00 

Second Honors College Symposium

A second Honors Symposium will be held on Tuesday, November 13 in the Belk Library room 114 from 7-9 pm.  There are three goals of the symposium: to bring together experts, students, and other members of the university and community on topics or issues vital regional, national, or international significance. To learn more, please visit

Say What?

From November 12 through November 16, Appalachian State is hosting several events and programs related to exploring freedom of speech and expression on campus. Please visit for a complete list of events and activities for next week.

Climate Story Author Earl Swift

Award-winning author Earl Smith will come to Appalachian’s campus on November 13 to discuss his new book Chesapeake Requiem. From 11 to 12:15 pm there will be a book talk/class in the Parkway Ballroom of the Student Union, and at 5 pm, there will be a book reading and signing in the Solarium. For more information, please visit

Farewell to Europe? The World After Brexit

On Tuesday, November 13 from 5 – 6:30 pm in Belk library room 114, you can join several professors in the discussion of Great Britain’s exit from the European Union. For more information on this event, please visit

Appalachian Global Symposium

The Global Symposium at Appalachian State University will take place during International Education Week on November 14, 2018. Come to learn about the global research and activities that Appalachian students, faculty, and staff have engaged in this year! Check-In begins at 8:30 am in front of the Grandfather Mountain Ballroom, with Welcome Remarks at 8:45 am. For more information and to register for this event, please visit


In the Honors Spotlight 

Honors Jaelyn Felder (’18) Joins 2018 Teach for America Corps


Photo features Felder during graduation in May 2018. Photo submitted

Honors Alumna Jaelyn Felder (’18) is a 2018 Teach for America (TFA) Corps member currently teaching High School English at Northeast Guilford High School in Greensboro, NC. While working for TFA Corps for the next two years, she plans to start a media program at her school to give students the opportunity to learn about news and TV/audio production. During this time, she also intends to get her professional teaching license, then go back to school to work in Higher Education. She hopes to continue teaching and fighting for educational equity in Guilford County.

For more on this story by Garret McDowell, click here


Two Honors Seniors Accept Positions with Bank of America


Photo by Garrett McDowell

Honors seniors Wade Bestler and Matthew Wallace have accepted financial analysts positions with Bank of America. Bestler and Wallace are both finance and banking majors on track to graduate in May of 2019. They are now both securely employed, and plan to start work with BoA, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, only a few weeks after graduation. These job offers came out of the highly competitive Financial Management Analyst Program Internship Program, which Bestler and Wallace completed this past summer in Charlotte. Based on their performance in that internship, each has been offered a full time Financial Analyst position. Bestler and Wallace each worked in different departments within the bank during their internships this past summer.

To read the full story by Garrett McDowell, click here


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