February 6, 2019

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 2, Issue 21

February 6, 2019

Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch

Lunch with Honors. Here is good news for Honors students across the university, and an invitation for Honors faculty and Honors friends:

The Honors College has just founded a new discussion series, Lunch with Honors, an opportunity for Honors students to engage on important topics over a simple lunch with on-campus experts (can be faculty, students, staff), passionate amateurs, community leaders, and visiting scholars, activists, and artists.

Retired professor of English and former Honors Program director Tom McLaughlin launched Lunch with Honors on January 23rd with an inspiring talk on improvisation as a (largely unrecognized) daily human miracle.

This coming Friday (2/8) at noon, App State Fulbright grant recipient Johanna Reisner (Poland) and Joanie Andruss of our Nationally Competitive Scholarships will teach Honors students how to apply for Fulbright and other major grants and fellowships. Fulbright funds study and research, teaching, and creative endeavors in over 140 countries around the world. Interested students:  email me (vahlbuschjb@appstate.edu) to see if we still have room for you!

Faculty and friends:  I invite you to propose a Lunch with Honors session on any topic that will engage and inform our extraordinary Honors students, both in the Honors College and in departmental and college Honors programs campus-wide. Just send me an email (vahlbuschjb@appstate.edu) with your suggested topic, and we'll get you on the schedule.

Sending thanks always,



 Photo above shows last week’s AHA! General Body Meeting. Photo by Brad Rentz.


Upcoming Opportunities: 

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications!

Project Horseshoe Farm

Project Horseshoe Farm offers a 13-month gap-year fellowship program for recent college graduates and undergraduate internship opportunities of varying duration. The 2019-2020 Community Health Fellowship application deadline is Sunday, February 10. More information about Project Horseshoe Farm can be found on our website.

Join Appol Corps!

Orientation is seeking 250+ leaders for this year's Appol Corps and Welcome Weekend program. Appol Corps is an excellent leadership opportunity for students and helps you connect with prospective Appalachian students Applications are now open and are online. The deadline to apply is February 14! For more information and how to apply, please click here.

Outdoor Jobs Fair

On February 13 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Student Union, students can attend an outdoor jobs fair that will host Sixty camps, conference centers, and resorts throughout the US. For more information, please visit our website for more information.

Center for Precision Medicine Research Internship

The new Wake Forest School of Medicine Center for Precision Medicine is now accepting applications for their 2019 summer research internships. The internship will take place from June 3 through August 2 and a $5,000 stipend will be given for full-time participation. The application deadline is March 4, to learn how to apply, please visit our website.

London Calling!

This summer you have the opportunity to study abroad in London! You will take six credits in six weeks at the Kings College London campus by the River Thames. The course will take place from June 30 to August11. The application deadline is February 10,  apply soon by visiting our website!


AHA Upcoming:

Major Mixer: Our Major Mixer will be held on February 22 in Appalachian Hall. If you would like to assist, please email Jeff! (vahlbuschjb@appstate.edu)

Dance Marathon (Feb 16): Contact Anna Ruth Carmichael (carmichaelar@appstate.edu) to learn how to participate in our Dance Marathon Team


Stay in the Know…

Way of Council

Register for this week’s Way of Council now on AppSync! Come out to listen, share stores, and build community. This week’s Way of Council will be held on Thursday, February 7 at 7 pm. To find out how to register and more information about the Way of Council, please click here.

Bill Hutchins Faculty Author

On February 8 at 3 pm in the Reich College of Education Room 127, faculty author Bill Hutchins from the Department of Philosophy and Religion will speak on his book “The Fetishists.” For more information about this event, please visit our website.

Spring 2019 Learning Labs

Do you need help with a class? Did you know that there are learning labs offered for several departments that are held multiple days a week? Please visit our website to view the times, days of the week and locations!

11th Annual Fiddler’s Convention

On Friday, February 8 at 7 pm in Legends, you can see Sierra Hull with the Chatham Rabbits in the kickoff event for the 11th Annual Fiddler’s Convention. Tickets are $10 for students at presale and $15 at the door. Click here to learn more about this convention!

Spring 2019 Learning Tune-Ups

This spring, there are four tune-up events available to students. These tune-ups are geared to help students with study skills and strategies that will help get you back on track for academic success! Please visit our website to learn when and where these tune-ups will take place!


In the Honors Spotlight 

Sydney Blume Serves as Appalachian’s Garden Manager 


Photo above features Blume in May of 2018 on campus after graduation. Photo submitted.

Honors Alumna Sydney Blume ('18) currently serves as Appalachian State University’s Garden Manager under the Office of University Sustainability. As an Honors student and Chancellor’s Scholar at Appalachian, Blume double majored in sustainable development and Spanish. Currently, Blume manages all three sustainable gardens on campus. As she shared,

“My role as garden manager is to manage the gardens by planting, harvesting, and weeding annual and perennial plants including edibles, pollinator plants, native plants, and other useful or medicinal plants. I coordinate with campus clubs, organizations, and classes that are (or aspire to be) involved in the gardens as well as coordinating volunteers, service learning groups, interns, and work study students and promote this sort of engagement on campus. I also manage community engagement through outreach, coordinating with food security organizations, and community development projects. Additionally, I work on designing and developing the garden space further and fundraising and grant writing to allow this to happen. There are many aspects of the position, and it is very dynamic which is part of the reason that I love it so much!” 

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


Allison Farrell Spends Summer Doing Research and Shadowing in Australia


Photo above shows Allison Farrell (front row second from left) with other students on the Australian Sporting Industry program with the University of Canberra in Australia. Photo submitted.

Honors junior Allison Farrell spent this past summer at the University of Canberra in Australia. Farrell is a pre-Occupational Therapy (OT) exercise science major and psychology minor. At the University of Canberra, Farrell participated in the Australian Sporting Industry program. In it she studied the various sports in Australia, visited the Australian Institute of Sports, and attended countless sporting events. She traveled, along with 15 other students from all over the United States, to Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, and Cairns

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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