February 27, 2019

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 2, Issue 24

February 27, 2019

Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch

Dear Honors students!

Will you help create a wonderful new tradition for Honors students and faculty?

Please come to our first Honors College Course Preview the week after Spring Break:

Wednesday, March 13th

5:00 to 6:30 p.m. 

Parkway Ballroom, PSU 420

FACULTY teaching in the Honors College this coming FALL will give short PREVIEWS of their upcoming HON seminars, PIZZA and SALAD and COOKIES will be served, and you'll have chances to MUNCH, and MINGLE with Honors faculty and fellow students, and LEARN about our extraordinary Honors courses.

Please Save the Date, RSVP by sending me an email:  vahlbuschjb@appstate.edu, and attend.  We would like to offer an Honors College Course Preview every semester!

In support, always,

Jeff and the Honors College staff


Picture above features students sharing and collaborating at the Majors Mixer hosted by AHA! on Friday, February 22.

Do you have a photo submission for the top of the Memo? Send it to Honors@appstate.edu!


Upcoming Opportunities: 

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications!

Nasher Museum of Art Diversity Internship Program

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, is currently accepting applications for the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) Diversity Internship Program! The internship runs for 12 weeks from June to August 2019 and requires a full-time commitment (32 hours/week). A stipend of $6,300 will be provided, in addition to paid travel and expenses to two museum conferences for networking, professional development, and to meet their fellow AAMD interns. Applications are due March 15, 2019. For more information, visit our website.

Leadership Coaching

Leadership Coaching is an opportunity for you to define your current skills and enhance your leadership ability. You will meet one-on-one with your Leadership Coach on a weekly or bi-weekly basis for one hour. Leadership can take place in the classroom, in campus clubs and organizations, in the community or in the workplace. Any ASU student who is currently in a leadership role or is interested in enhancing their leadership abilities is eligible! To learn more, please click here.

Aisthesis: Honors Student Journal Submissions

Are you looking to get your academic or creative work published? The University of Minnesota Duluth's Honors Program is currently accepting submissions for the 2019 issue of Aisthesis, their honors student journal. As an interdisciplinary publication, academic work, including honors capstone projects, literature reviews, and research articles, from all fields of research are welcome. Creative writing, multimedia, as well as visual art submissions are also encouraged. The submission deadline is March 21, 2019. To learn more, visit our website.

2019 Tech4Teach Fair

This year’s Tech4Teach Fair will be held on Wednesday March 20 from 11:45 am to 4:30 pm with a reception afterward lasting until 6:30 that evening all in the 420 Parkway Ballroom of the Student Union. To register for this event and to learn more, click here.

Office Hours with Honors Study Abroad Ambassadors

Are you ready to take on the adventure of a lifetime? Come to the Honors College Library any Thursday from 2-3:30 pm to learn more about studying abroad from Honors students and Study Abroad Ambassadors, Taylor Gibbs and Julia Klass. Gibbs and Klass will talk about the many study abroad programs available and answer any questions you might have about the process or experience. 


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. 

Austin Lubkemann: March 1, 2:30, LLHS room 432, an Exercise Science major, will present Validity of Withings Pulse Wave Velocity Scale Versus Gold Standard Applanation Tonometry and Body Composition Analysis in a Young Healthy Population.

Megan Campany: March 1, 3:30, LLHS room 432, an Exercise Science major and chemistry minor, will present An Investigation of Sex Differences Between Withings Body Cardio and SphygmoCor Application Technology.


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…

Civil Presence with Stacey L. Kirby

In the Smith Gallery of the Schaefer Center from February 28 through March 21 you can witness exhibition, art installation and performance series Exploring Rituals of Citizenship, State Power, and Civil Rights In support of the Latinx Immigrant Community by Stacey L. Kirby. For more on this exhibition, visit our website.

Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series:

The first visiting speaker of this series, Nonfiction Author and Journalist Beth Macy, will come to the Table Rock Room of the Student Union on Thursday February 28 with a “Craft Talk” from 3:30 to 4:45 pm and a reading beginning at 7:30 pm. For more information on this speaker series and for a complete list of upcoming speakers, click here.

The Feelin’ Good Workshop Series

The next event in the Counselling Center’s Feelin’ Good workshop is on Tuesday March 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 in the Linville Gorge (Room 242) of the student union. For a complete list of the upcoming events in this workshop series, click here.

Learn How to Become a Fulbright Scholar

During the week of March 12 through 14, Appalachian State will be hosting Fulbright Week 2019. The Fulbright Scholar Program offers over 500 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants. You can travel to and live in another country during your stay. To learn more, visit our website.

Significant Changes to Transcript Ordering Process

As of February 20, 2019, Appalachian State is now supporting electronic transcript delivery. With this new change, there are a few notable changes to the ordering process. Most notably, a fee increase - the base fee for transcripts will increase to $7.25, additionally, All orders will be placed online through the National Student Clearinghouse secure portal. Current students will be able to access it through AppalNet. There will not be any paper form or faxing option for transcripts. For a complete list of changes to the transcript ordering process, click here.


 In the Honors Spotlight

Honors Students Practice Artistic Surrogacy


The photos above feature some of the physical pieces Honors students at Appalachian have sent to their partners at Gonzaga University. Photos submitted.

Ms. Cara Hagan, assistant professor of dance studies at Appalachian State University, is currently teaching a junior level Honors seminar that explores a long-distance collaborative philosophy and practice called Artistic Surrogacy. This HON 3515 seminar titled My Place, or Yours? is affiliated with an exhibition with the same name, set to open July 5 and running through November 2019 at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. As Hagan described,

"The My Place or Yours Exhibition features artists working together on collaborative projects over long distances. The artists come from the local region (two ASU faculty members are participating artists), across the country, and across the world. Most of these artists have never, and will never, meet in person."

For more on this story by Garrett McDowell, click here.


Kira Brisotti Spends the Semester in Florence


Photo above features Kira Brisotti on a day trip in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Photo submitted.

Honors junior Kira Brisotti is studying abroad this Spring semester at Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM): the Italian International Institute in Florence, Italy. While at LdM, Brisotti is living with three other students from the United States in an apartment in the center of Florence. This is Brisotti’s first time outside of the United States. She is finding herself amazed by all that she is experiencing. She said,

“I am excited by the city of Florence and the history and culture it encompasses. I hope to take advantage of this during my time abroad. Most of the things surrounding me are older than the United States as a country, leading to a completely different and mesmerizing environment. I also hope to use this time to travel outside Florence and experience the other cultures of Italy and Europe as a whole.” 

For the full story by Garrett McDowell, 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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Have news to share? Submissions to the Honors Wednesday Memo can be made by emailing honors@appstate.edu. Any content received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday will be considered for the following week’s issue.