March 27, 2019

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 2, Issue 27

March 27, 2019


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch

Dear Honors students and friends, Honors and faculty,

Our new Lunch with Honors series brings together faculty, staff, and students for meaningful discussions over, well, lunch.

This Friday, Professor of Biology Shea Tuberty inaugurates a subcategory of Lunch with Honors—call it Turning Points—in whicha faculty, staff, community, or Honors alumni member joins us to talk about a moment, a mentor, a book or poem, an experience that shaped their lives and helped make them who and what they are.  Lucky are they who hear and heed such stories.

Dr. Tuberty will talk about how a single student study-abroad experience transformed his life.

We still have spaces open:  this Friday, March 29, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Summit Hall’s Fireside Lounge.  Please RSVP to me (vahlbuschjb) by 8 a.m. Friday at the latest. Spaces are limited, and the learning will be profound.

Coming Up:

A Lunch with Honors with Geology and Honors Professor emeritus Dr. Johnny Waters on “Student-Faculty Research:  The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Beautiful.  Or: What’s in it for me?,” on Friday, April 12th at noon.


A Lunch with Honors with History professor Dr. Mary Valante on “The Past was Female:  Women’s Work and the Urban Economy of the Viking Age” (with hands-on practice in 9th and 10th century yarn-spinning), onFriday, April 19th, at noon.



Honors sophomore Stephen Carver talks with Taylor Gibbs, the Honors Study Abroad Ambassador, on Thursday, March 21st in the Honors College library.

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Upcoming Opportunities: 

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications!

Humanities Pedagogy Brown-Bag Lunch

Dr. Heather Waldroup will present “Teaching Visual Materials: Controversy and Censorship” on Friday, March 29 from 12 to 1 pm in 137A Calloway peak room of the Student Union. The next speaker in the series will be on April 5 from Dr. Timothy Smith. For more information on this brown bag series, click here.

Career Center Upcoming Events

There are several upcoming events sponsored by the career center. First, on Thursday, March 28 from 6 to 8 pm, the Health Sciences Professional & Graduate School Fair will be hosted in the LLHS building. Next, on Wednesday, April 3 from 11 am to 2 pm, the Part-time Summer and Fall Jobs Fair will be hosted in the Grandfather Ballroom of the Student Union. For a complete list of upcoming Career Center events, visit our website.

McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

The Sixth Annual Regenerative Medicine Summer School from the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine will be held from June 16 to June 22.  The program is designed to provide a week-long didactic and hands-on learning experience addressing the science and engineering related to the multidisciplinary field of Regenerative Medicine. Additionally, there will ten, paid eight-week research internships available as well. For more information, and how to apply, click here.


Appalachian State is collaborating with TED talks to bring four amazing speakers to campus. Dr. James Wilkes, Chloe Dorin, Kat Dolan, and Dr. Joseph Bathanti are all coming to the Price Lake room of the Student Union on Sunday, April 7 from 2 to 4 pm. For more information, click here.

Physics of Food and Cooking

This summer, you can take PHY 3530 “The Physics of Food and Cooking” taught from 10:30 to 12:25 Monday through Thursday. Although this course is a 3000 level, it is open to all students. For more information, visit our website.


Upcoming Thesis Defenses:

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

Katherine Miller: April 12, 3 pm, Katherine Harper Hall Conference Room, an interior design major, will present Design Elements for Luxury Branding for a Rustic Bourbon Distillery.

Shayla Moniz: April 15, 3 pm, Smith-Wright Hall room 217, a psychology major with a human services, will present Do racial and ethnic differences exist in hospital utilization and concurrent psychiatric diagnoses for suicide attempts?

Call for Help: Take a Thesis Survey

Hello! My name is Lydia Shoffner, a senior in the Honors College. This semester I am working on my thesis as I prepare to graduate in May with a double major in advertising and public relations, and a psychology minor. I have been working on my thesis project with Dr. Emory Daniel in the Communication department and Dr. Martz in the Psychology department. In order to gather data for this project, I have created a survey to look at the impact of celebrity endorsements, social media influencers, and brand promoted content regarding makeup advertising. This project has been IRB approved, and will take less than 15 minutes to complete. I appreciate your input for this project!

Please follow this link to take the survey:

AHA Upcoming:

Walk to Defeat ALS with AHA: You can join and/or donate to the AHA Team by clicking here. We completed our fundraising goal! Thank you and come support us at the walk at 10 am on March 30, beginning at LLHS.

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


Stay in the Know…

y(OUR) Story

y(OUR) Story is a collaborative production hosted by Wellness and Prevention Services where mental health stories from people in our Appalachian community will be shared. This event hopes to inspire those struggling with their mental health to not give up, and to bring conversation about mental health out of the shadows and into the light. y(OUR) Story begins at 8 pm on Wednesday, March 27 in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of the Student Union. To learn more, click here.

Way of Council

Speak honestly, be brief, and listen from the heart. These are three main rules of Way of Council, a facilitated dialogue that brings total strangers -- both international and domestic students -- together to listen and share stories about a given topic, theme, or prompt. Way of Council will meet on Thursday, March 28 at 7 pm. For more information, visit our website.

5K for Alzheimer’s Awareness

Help support the Alzheimer's Association with Appalachian Neuroscience Organization in the second annual 5K Alzheimer's Awareness Walk on March 30th beginning on Sanford mall from 11 am to 2 pm. All proceeds from this event go to the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information, click here.

Appalachian Musical Theatre Club Presents Miscast

On March 30 at 7 pm and March 31 at 5 pm, Miscast will be performed in the Greer Studio Theatre. Admission to the event is free. For more information, visit our website.

Climate Stories Collaborative

The next event in this series will be held on Tuesday, April 2 from 6:30 to 8 pm in the Parkway Ballroom of the Student Union. Mel Chin will hold an Artist Talk, followed by a meet and greet for both students and faculty. For a complete list of upcoming events in the Climate Series Collaborative, click here.


In the Honors Spotlight

Honors Study Abroad Ambassadors are available in the Honors College Library every Thursday from 2 to 3:30. They are here to answer your questions about going abroad and help you plan the best trip possible! To learn more about the Ambassadors office hours, click here.

Honors Taylor Gibbs Spends the Fall in Lancashire, England


Photo above features Gibbs (front left) abroad with her quidditch team at a match. Photo submitted.

Honors’ Taylor Gibbs studied abroad in the Fall of 2018 in Preston, England at the University of Lancashire.  Gibbs chose this University because it offered classes relating to both her major and minor, a desirable location, and perhaps most importantly for Gibbs, there was a quidditch team that that she could play on.  

To learn more of Gibbs’ experience, click here for the full story by Brad Rentz


Honors Julia Klass Studies Abroad in Lincoln, England


Photo shows Julia Klass in Prague, Czech Republic. Photo submitted

Honors Junior, Julia Klass, a biology major, studied abroad in the spring semester of her sophomore year at Appalachian. She traveled to the University of Lincoln in England. Julia took classes during the week and explored England on the weekends, During the breaks in her semester, Julia traveled across the channel and by the end of her study abroad she managed to visit eleven countries in Europe.

To learn more about Klass’ adventures abroad, click here for the full story by Brad Rentz.


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