March 20, 2019

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 2, Issue 26

March 20, 2019


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch

Dear Honors students, faculty, staff, and friends,

Here's something that will put a spring in your step:  on Saturday, March 30th, starting 9 a.m., Appalachian State University is hosting its first-ever Walk to Defeat ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

The Appalachian Honors Association (AHA), the main student organization in the Honors College, has pulled together a team of walkers, and is recruiting fellow walkers and inviting donations. They have already raised more than $400 of their $1000 goal, and are currently in 8th place among all teams for the amount of money raised. All proceeds go to the North Carolina ALS Chapter to fund research into a cure for ALS.

Please see below for information on ALS, on the walk, and on how to give.

We are thrilled to be staging this walk under the leadership and in honor of Dr. Dane Ward, Dean of Libraries at Appalachian, who was recently diagnosed with ALS.  Dane, it is a privilege and blessing to be your colleague and friend.

Let's walk!



The spring equinox falls today  Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 5:58 P.M. EDT. Tonight there will also be a supermoon!Stay tuned for all things blossoming in Honors this spring! Photo by Brad Rentz.

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Upcoming Opportunities: 

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications!

High Country Walk to Defeat ALS

On Saturday, March 30 at 10 am, the first High Country Walk to Defeat ALS event will begin at LLHS.  Check-ins begin at 9 am. See the AHA section of the memo for more information about participating in the walk. For more general information about the walk, click here.

The Appalachian is Accepting Applications

Appalachian State’s student-run newspaper, The Appalachian, is accepting applications for several editor positions. Working for The Appalachian is an excellent way to build your resume, improve your writing and editing skills, get a professional workplace experience, and improve your media literacy. For more information and how to apply, visit our website.

Talent Jam

Talent Jam is a high-energy, hyperlocal event that features dueling, open-mic pitches where companies looking for talent, and people that have talent, each deliver alternating 60-second pitches. The event is followed by a casual but impactful networking reception. Registration is required and pitch opportunities are very limited. The deadline to submit your pitch is April 1st. For more information, click here.  

Artist Showcase: Autism Society of NC

The Autism Society’s fourth annual artist showcase will be held on April 6 from 5 to 7 pm in the Parkway Ballroom of the Student Union. Artwork will be displayed from artists with diverse abilities and food will also be provided. For more information, visit our website.

Academic and Creative Research Submissions to Aisthesis

There is still time to submit your work to Honors Journal of  the University of Duluth’s Honors Program. As an interdisciplinary publication, Aisthesis welcomes academic work, including honors capstone projects, literature reviews, and research articles, from all fields of research. Creative writing, multimedia, as well as visual art submissions are also encouraged. The submission deadline is March 21, 2019. For more information, click here.  

AHA Upcoming:

Walk to Defeat ALS with AHA: You can join and/or donate to the AHA Team by clicking here.

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


Stay in the Know…

ASL Club Meeting

There will be another ASL club meeting tomorrow (March 21) in Chapell Wilson Room 111 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. There will be snacks and games for all that are interested! For more information, visit our website.

Education Career Fair

On Friday March 22 from noon to 4 pm the semi-annual Education Career Fair will be held in Holmes Convocation Center. Students of all majors interested in impacting the world through education are welcomed to join us in exploring and networking with the possibilities for your future. For more information, including a list of attending employers, click here.

Decked in Denim

Comesupport Students Helping Honduras at Galileo's on Saturday, March 23rd at 10pm. SHH will be hosting a denim themed 18+ club night with dancing, drinking, and more! All proceeds will benefit Escuela Planes de Arena Blanca. For more information, click here.

Maria Kingery Presents Solar Coaster

This event, part of the Sustainable Energy Speaker Series will be held on March 25 from 4 to 5 pm in the Table Rock room of the Student Union. Maria Kingery will give a lecture on her life on the “solar coaster” and about starting very early in the solar industry. For more on her lecture and the speaker series, click here.

Semicolon Week Events

March 25 through March 30 will be Appalachian State’s third annual Semicolon Week. There are several events planned for this week sponsored by the Western Youth Network, Wellness and Prevention Services, and the American Foundation for Suicide prevention. For a detailed list of the events, visit our website.


In the Honors Spotlight

Здрасти! Honors Rachael Kelley spends Spring Semester in Bulgaria!


Photo features Rachael Kelley at an old fortress in Skopje, Macedonia. Photo submitted.

Honors Rachael Kelley is spending this Spring semester studying abroad at the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG). AUGB is located in the small city of Blagoevgrad about 100 km south of Bulgaria's capital, Sofia. Kelley is a sophomore English major in Honors at Appalachian. In this tale from abroad, she shares why studying abroad has been so important for her as an Honors student,

“We can't just be students of Appalachian State University; we need to be students of the world. It's easy to think that the United States is the whole world, but it's not! There are so many cultures, traditions, and lifestyles in the world, and the path we walk is only one of hundreds. When we decide to take a step off our own and explore someone else's, that's when we truly learn how to be a student of the earth.”.

Click here for the full story by Garrett McDowell.


Honors Students Shine at International Conference


Top photo features the poster hall at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting. Seven Appalachian undergraduate students and one alumnus presented their research to the over 25,000 scientists in attendance. Photo by Bob Swarthout.

Four Honors students and one Honors alumna presented at the 2018 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, an international interdisciplinary conference for scientific research.  Those students included: Patrick Faught, Emily Fedders, Anton Hengst, and Rose Rossell. Honors Alumni Olivia Paschall (December '18) also presented.

To learn more, read the story, Appalachian students, faculty share research and network at national meeting, from Appalachian Today by Ellen Gwin Burnette.


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