December 5, 2018

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 2, Issue 16

December 5, 2018


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch 

Great Honors colleges have great Honors student organizations—and we do!  And we are grateful to all who make these groups successful:

1.  The Appalachian Honors Association (AHA!) is an executive team of engaged Honors College students organizing social occasions*** and (sometimes) service projects for Honors students, staff, and faculty. All Honors students may join.

***Remember the “Night before Reading Day” + Santa party in Summit Hall’s Fireside Lounge on Wednesday, December 5, from 7 to 9 p.m.  All are welcome!  Santa’s grand entrance is scheduled for 7:15ish barring any sleigh issues.

2.  The Honors College Vanguard is a vibrant group of Honors College ambassadors who represent the College at public events and help to inform and recruit prospective Honors students (and their parents J). Applications will be due in the middle of spring semester.

3.  The Honors College Peer Mentors were founded this semester by visionary and dynamic Honors College sophomores from Summit Hall to serve Honors College freshmores and help them connect to the College and the University and start getting more out of their days at university.

Honors students!  This coming spring semester, let’s strive to get more students involved in these organizations and figure out how to integrate you more meaningfully into our work and our governance structures.

Simply put:  Students! we want and need your help in running this great Honors College. Are you game?




Jeff teaching the 1 credit German add-on to Dr. Hellenbrand’s HON 2515 course The Blue Danube. Photo by Brad Rentz


Upcoming Opportunities: 

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications!

Applying to Medical, Dental, or Optometry School?

Any student/alumni planning to apply to one of these programs should attend one of the Application Cycle Information Sessions! December 5th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, RSW 156, December 6th, 10:00 - 11:00 am, RSW 156 and later on December 6th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Levine Hall (Room TBA). Please visit ourwebsite to RSVP and to learn more. 

Asheville Art Museum Curatorial Internship

If you are interested in helping Museum staff with Appalachia Now, an interdisciplinary survey of contemporary artistic production in southern Appalachia. This juried exhibition will be one of the two major installations in the new Asheville Art Museum, opening in spring 2019. Applications for this internship are due by December 16, 2018. To learn how to apply, please visit our website.

Appstate-Università di Padua Bioarchaeological Field School

The purpose of this program is to teach students human osteology, bioarchaeological field methods, and the contextualized analysis of archaeological human remains in an Italian context. This is a summer session II course that will take place in Venice, Padua, and Trento, Italy! The application deadline is February 1, 2019.  Please click here for more information and to learn how to apply!

Study Abroad to Paris and Rome

This is a 3-week summer study abroad course where you will see the way the power and religion are intertwined from the Roman Empire to Modern Christianity, through the venues of Art, Architecture, Ritual, and Belief. Additionally, you'll see the Colosseum, The Vatican, The Louvre, climb the Eiffel Tower, dip your toes in the Mediterranean like Odysseus and so much more. Applications are now being accepted, please click here to learn more!

Honors Summer Institute on Holocaust Remembrance

This summer, from June 10 through June 26 in Groningen, Netherlands. This program will only accept 20 students and the application deadline is February 1.  Please apply soon if you are interested!  You can find additional information about this opportunity by visiting our website.


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.

Olivia Paschall: December 5, 6 pm, Rankin Science West room 293, a Geology major with a concentration in quantitative geoscience, will present Exploring Late Devonian Mass Extinctions and Ocean Anoxia Events in Understudied Paleoenvironments of Asia.

Victoria Fowler:  December 6, 9 am, Peacock Hall Room 3019, will present Consumer Perceptions of Commercial Drone Services.

Andrew Crumpler: December 6, 9:30 am, Peacock Hall Room 3019, will present Does the CEO Pay Ration Provide Significant Information?

Emily Turner: December 6, 10 am, Peacock Hall Room 3019, will present Gender Differences in Buying Habits and Attitudes of Cruelty-Free Cosmetics.

Gerard Ramos: December 6, 10:30 am, Peacock Hall Room 3019, will present Social Media Marketing Elements and the Effects on College Age Consumers.

Madeline Hamiter: December 6, 11 am, Peacock Hall Second Floor Ballroom, a Finance and Accounting major, will present The Adequacy and Impact of Financial Literacy Education in the United States.

Logan Turner: December 6, 11:30 am, Peacock Hall Room 3019, will present Voice AI and the Future of Making Purchases Online.

Robert Sherril:  December 6, 12 pm, Peacock Hall Room 3019, will present Accounting for Blockchain.

Ary Bautista: December 6, 12:30 pm, Peacock Hall Room 3019, will present Strategic Relationships for Positive Sustainable Impacts Locally and Globally.

Zacheriah Alexander: December 6, 1 pm, Garwood Hall Room 407, will present Co-expression of dimethyl sulfide monooxygenase by single vector dual promoter strategy.

Ashlee Harvey: December 6, 1 pm, Peacock Hall Room 3019, will present Fraud & Internal Controls in Non-Profit Organizations.

Emma Bouma: December 6, 4 pm, Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, will present Remembrance: The Nostalgic Impulse at Work.


Stay in the Know…

Balanced Brains Creative Show

Come join us at 3rd Place in downtown Boone during the December 1st Art Crawl on Friday, December 7 from 6 to 8 pm. where Honors students will showcase their work from this semester's Balanced Brains seminar. These fabulous creatives have been balancing their brains in amazing ways throughout the semester and would love to talk with you about it. Please click here to learn more.

MLK Challenge Day

On January 21 in the Parkway Ballroom of the Student Union from 8 am to 6 pm, you can register to spend the day serving at one of twenty sites throughout Boone! Please click here to learn how to participate.

Study and Save a Life Blood Drive

On December 6 in the Blue Ridge Ball Room of the Student Union from 10:30 am to 4 pm. As supplies last, you can also get a free t-shirt and free “delicious goodies!” For more information, please visit our website.


In the Honors Spotlight


Creativity Seminar Visit the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition


Photos above feature Honors junior Delaney Ryan (left) and Honors junior and

Chancellor's Scholar Mariah Reneau (right);

both are taking the Creativity seminar and went on the class excursion. 

Photos by Hali Miller.

This Fall semester Dr. Ray Miller, professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance has been teaching a junior level Honors seminar, HON 3515:  Creativity: In Art, in Life, and in the World.  The course description states, 

"This course is an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural investigation into the nature of creativity as an individual, social, and cultural phenomenon.  In addition to looking at the creative process as it is understood in the artistic and scientific disciplines, it also reviews how it is practiced in other fields of study from education and technology to the humanities and business.  Finally, this course engages the student in experiential learning that can be applied to their own creative processes and to the specific domains or fields of interest to each student in the course."

As an example of the experiential learning that has taken place in the course, Dr. Miller took his Honors 3515 students to see and engage with the winners of the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition


To read the full story by Garrett McDowell click here


Sophia Yang Awarded George Williams Garrett Memorial Scholarship


Photo of Sophia Yang submitted


Honors junior Sophia Yang has been awarded the 2018-19 George Williams Garrett Memorial Scholarship. Yang is a chemistry and exercise science double major. This scholarship is to support her biomedical research on obesity. Funding from this award will go towards supplies and to support her travel to Orlando to present at a national conference, Experimental Biology. 

Mrs. Sheila Garrett established the George Williams Garrett Memorial Scholarship in 2017 in honor of her late husband George Williams Garrett. Mr. Garrett, an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam, was a mathematician and systems analyst. Mrs. Garrett is a medical technologist whose career spanned 45 years. The Garrett family is devoted to scientific research, especially research focused on medical applications.

The George Williams Garrett Memorial Scholarship provides $1000 support to students in the Honors College at Appalachian pursuing careers in scientific research with preference given to students who are planning to work in medicine or medical research. Honors College students in good standing and performing research in fields related to the biomedical field are eligible to apply.  This scholarship supports research and related travel expenses outside of coursework.

For the full story by Garrett McDowell, please click here. 


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