January 16, 2019

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 2, Issue 18

January 16, 2019


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch 

Dear Honors students, faculty, and friends,

Kicking Off Spring in Honors.

We’re excited to welcome Honors students and faculty back to campus for the start of spring semester, and we wish all of you—and Honors education at Appalachian--a terrific 2019.  We’re all eager to get back to work on what we love.

Always Read the Memo 

The Honors Wednesday Memo is the place to find opportunities and information especially curated for Honors College and departmental Honors students, and the place to discover ways to connect to fellow Honors students and faculty.

Honors Events (this week and next)

Please join us for two upcoming Honors events. Cookies with Jeff is THIS Friday, January 18th, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in and Lunch with Honors is NEXT Wednesday, January 23rd, noon to 1:00 p.m. in Summit Hall’s Fireside Lounge. For full details see the Stay in The Know section below.

Research and Study Abroad Support

Thanks to gifts by supporters of extraordinary character and generosity, both alumni and friends of Honors at Appalachian, we are able to offer a growing number of Honors College students financial support for some thesis research expenses and for studying abroad.  Watch future Honors Wednesday Memos for details!

Pillar of Fame:  K-Cup Donations

Let's celebrate and thank those good people who are keeping the Honors College in K-cups:  Audrey Fessler, Rick Klima, Shari Blackburn, Lindsey Wise, Angela Mead, Brad Rentz!




The photo above shows students discussing their wok with guests at the Balanced Brains Showcase. Look for the Spotlight Story below! Photo by Garrett McDowell.


Upcoming Opportunities: 

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications!

Appalachian Chorale

The Appalachian Chorale has begun its rehearsals for Spring 2019.  Rehearsals will continue until the concert on Tuesday, April 30. The Chorale is comprised of 75 to 100 singers and is open to all students, faculty, and members of the High Country community. If you are interested in joining the Appalachian Chorale, please click here.

UNC Internships in Higher Education

There are two paid internship positions within the UNC system. The 2019 Marian Drane Graham Scholars Program, for rising juniors or rising seniors with an application deadline on February 18, 2019 and the2019-2020 Presidential Scholars Position  with an application deadline of January 28, 2019. Please click here to learn how to apply.

International Mountain Studies Symposium 

Advanced undergraduates, graduate students and faculty or staff members are invited to propose group sessions or individual presentations from any academic discipline focusing on mountains. Applicable submissions are academic papers, presentations and creative endeavors related to the Appalachian Mountains and/or any other mountains around the world.  The deadline to submit your proposal is January 28, 2019. Please visit our website to learn more.

Asheville Art Museum Internship

The Asheville Art-Museum is offering several internships for the summer of 2019. There are internship opportunities for communications, curatorial, development, education, and in the museum store/visitor services. Priority deadline for all positions is March 1, 2019.  Please visit our website to learn more.

México 2019 Ethnographic Field School

This summer, from June 9 through July 20, On the UQROO Summer Anthropology program, students will spend the first weeks in Chetumal taking intensive introductory Mayan.  This opportunity is worth 9 credit hours and all majors are welcome! Please click here for more information and how to apply.


Stay in the Know…

 Cookies with Jeff!  THIS Friday, January 18th, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Appalachian Hall 284.  Drop in to munch cookies, to introduce yourself, to meet fellow Honors students, to think together about what our Honors future at Appalachian could and should be, to plot our next positive changes. Click here for full details on our website.

Lunch with Honors.  NEXT Wednesday, January 23rd, noon to 1:00 p.m. in Summit Hall’s Fireside Lounge, revered Honors professor Dr. Tom McLaughlin will lead a talk about improvisation as a miraculous and necessary human skill.  Pizza will be served, and participation is limited to 20 students. PLEASE RSVP here. Click here for more information.

Mountain Film Series

The first movie of this spring’s mountain film series, Force Majeure, will show on January 23 in Belk Library Room 114 at 6 p.m. This Mountain Film Series supports Appalachian's International Mountain Studies Symposium to be held Tuesday, March 12, 2019 on the fourth floor of Plemmons Student Union. For more information, please visit our website.

Climate Stories Collaborative

The Climate Stories Collaborative is a faculty-led initiative aimed at growing the capacity of faculty and students to use a variety of creative media to tell the stories of those who are already affected by, and/or taking action to address, climate change. There will be several events held this spring semester for this collaborative initiate. Please click here for a complete list of events.

Career Center Events

The Career Development Center will host several events over the spring semester. Between January 24 and 29 you can attend resume clinics in the Student Union and on January 30 there will be an Internship Expo! For a complete and detailed list of upcoming events from the Career development center, please visit our website.  


In the Honors Spotlight 

Honors Students Showcase Balanced Brains


Photo above features the class and includes:  (top row, left to right) Lauren Breher, Karolyn Martin, Cathy Kramer, Maddy O'Grady, Dani Hitchcock, Montanta Murphy, Laura Perrone, Mackenzie Cole, Kirsten Burton, Mary Alice Faunce, (middle row, left to right) Hannah Apostolico, Rachel Ramakrishnan, Cori Ferguson, Kyra Howard, Dr. Garrett McDowell, (front row, left to right) Sarah Royster, Kara Snow, Grant Shields, and Nate Parillo. 

Friday, December 7th, Honors students showcased their work from their first year seminar, HON 1515: Balanced Brains. This Creative Show was designed and constructed by 18 Honors students who took the seminar. Over the course of the semester, students learned about and practiced visualization, drawing, photography, meditation, creative writing, and dream analysis, among other creative, visual, and intuitive activities. In their Creative Show, students presented their coursework including drawings, paintings, photography, creative writing, and much more. These creative students shared their course work with guests including students, faculty, staff and administrators from across the university, as well as community members, family, and friends.

For the complete story by Garrett McDowell, click here.


Honors Graduates Awarded Medals


The photograph above shows Dean Vahlbusch giving opening words at the ceremony. 

In the Honors College Commencement ceremony held Friday, December 14, 2017, we celebrated the accomplishments of those who completed the requirements to earn the distinction of University Honors. In the ceremony, the following Honors graduates were bestowed their medals: Zacheriah Alexander, Ashlee Harvey, Victoria Haynes, Olivia Paschall, and Natalie Steinbicker. Dr. Jefford Vahlbusch, Dean of the Honors College, shared details of each student's achievements while at Appalachian. Then each graduate had the opportunity to share their own words of reflection and gratitude.  

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


To Stay in the Know and to Learn About All Opportunities in Honors, please visit https://honors.appstate.edu/announcements 

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