March 13, 2019

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 2, Issue 25

March 13, 2019

Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch

Dear Honors students,

It's not too late to RSVP:  Please sign up for our Honors College Course Preview (+ Dinner).  It's tonight!

Wednesday, March 13th

5:00 to 6:30 p.m. 

Parkway Ballroom, PSU 420

Faculty teaching in the Honors College this fall will preview their upcoming HON seminars; and pizza, salad, and cookies will be served. MUNCH and MINGLE with Honors faculty and fellow Honors students, and LEARN about extraordinary Honors courses.

Please RSVP now by simply responding to this email ( 

And:  Important Mental Health Information. The last half of an academic semester is a stressful time for students and faculty. We all need to take care of our mental health. Appalachian's Department of Wellness and Prevention Services offers students programming for mental health awareness, self-care, and suicide prevention. Please check out the helpful story highlighted below by veteran Appalachian writer Linda Coutant from AppalachianToday.

Sending thanks,



Picture above is the cover of our Course Preview Catalog for Fall 2019

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Upcoming Opportunities: 

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications!

Resume Clinics

Do you need help cleaning up the structure of your resume? Are you struggling to find the words for the perfect bullet point description? With several career fairs on the horizon, the time is now to start polishing your resume. Join Career Counselors at their contact table right outside Cascade's atrium in the Student Union to work one on one in resume review. The counselors will be available from March 13 through March 19 from 11 am to 1 pm. For more information, click here.

Internship and Job Fair Season

This semester’s Internship and Job fair is coming on March 20, from Noon to 4 pm in the Convocation Center. The Career Development Center is hosting resume clinics as well as the Look Smart Professional Closet in order to assist students prepare for the fair. For more information, visit our website.

Windgate Curatorial Internship

The Asheville Art Museum is currently seeking applications for the following internship. The priority application deadline is April 1, 2019. The purpose of this internship is to aid curatorial staff in accomplishing critical tasks associated with new acquisitions, collections management, and exhibition of the Museum’s craft collection. If you are interested in applying for this internship, click here.

Equity In Action

This semester’s Equity in Action Conference will be on April 6! Equity in Action is a student-run conference geared towards educating all those that participate on issues and topics relating to diversity, equality, equity, and social justice. Equity in Action aims to address issues that both directly and indirectly affect the lives of marginalized people and create conversation around how WE can effect positive change. For more information, visit our website.

Feelin’ Good Workshop Series

The Counseling Center’s workshop series still has a few more events planned for the rest of the semester! The next event, on Monday March 18, from 5:45 to 6:45 pm is “Befriending Yourself with Self-compassion.” This will be held in the Rough Ridge Room of the Student Union. For more information, click here.


AHA Upcoming:

Project Condom: Our team will present their creation on April 3 from 7 to 9 pm in the Parkway Ballroom of the Student Union.

 Honors Formal: Save the date! This year’s formal will be on April 13! 


Stay in the Know…

Dr. Ted Thornhil Presents His Research on Race and College Admission

In collaboration with the Department of Culture, Gender, and Global Studies, the Department of Sociology cordially invites you to attend a premiere research talk by Dr. Ted Thornhill. Specifically, will discuss his recent study which found that white admissions counselors are more responsive to deracialized and racially apolitical black students than they are to those who reveal a commitment to antiracism and racial justice. His presentation is today, from 7 to 9 pm in Belk Library and Information Commons, 114. For more information, click here.

Dr. Beth Herbel-Eisenmann Presents on Power in Math Education

On Thursday, March 14, from 3 to 5 pm, Dr. Beth Herbel-Eisenmann will present her work in the Reich College of Education room 124A. She will discuss “Power and positioning in professional development, mathematics classrooms, and research. For more information, visit our website.

Open Studio: Cultivating Joy

Presented by the Orchesis Expressive Arts Honor Society and the Counseling center, this event is a walk-in workshop providing a space for you to reconnect with what makes you happy.  You can take the time to relax on Friday, March 15 from 3 to 4:30 pm in the Reich College of Education Room 301. There will be free crafts, decorate-your-own cookies, and easy access information about mental health resources on campus. For more information, click here

Word, Composed

The University Libraries at Appalachian State University presents World, Composed, a reading by poet Jessica Reed as part of the 2019 Bivens Occasional Lecture on the Scholarship of Books and Readings. Reed will present her poems and writings on Tomorrow, March 14, at 5 pm in Belk Library room 114. For more information, visit our website.

The Shame Game

Dr. Larissa Tracy will present “The Shame Game: From Guinevere to Cersei Adultery, Treason, and Betrayal” tomorrow at 7 pm in Belk Library room 114.  To learn more about this presentation, click here.


In the Honors Spotlight

Honors Emily Fedders Wins Awards


Honors senior Emily Fedders won the Outstanding Student Presentation Award at the 2018 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, an international conference. Emily is a geology major with a minor in mathematics who is working on her Honors thesis with Dr William Anderson, professor and chair of the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Appalachian State University

Click here for the full story from Appalachian’s Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences.


"Mental health — a key to academic and social success"


Dr. Linda Coutant, Senior Writer for Appalachian’s University Communications, writes: One in four young adults struggle with a mental health problem, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). To serve them and reduce stigmas around mental health for all students, Appalachian State University offers year-round programming for mental health awareness, self-care and suicide prevention.

Click here to read the full version of this story by Linda Coutant in Appalachian Today.



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