April 10, 2019

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 2, Issue 29

April 10, 2019


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch

Dear Honors students!

May I ask you for help?

1.  Honors and Honors College students interested in research:  please RSVP for Lunch with Honors on Friday, April 12th, from noon - 12:50 p.m. Learn from expert Dr. Johnny Waters about student-faculty research collaboration and what's in it for you!  RSVP to me: vahlbuschjb@appstate.edu asap.  Free pizza, salad, and growth.

2.  Honors College students interested in building a great Honors community:  please sign up to help during the Campus Open House this coming Saturday, April 13th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., by sending me a simple email:  vahlbuschjb@uwec.edu.  Partial shifts are possible, and fun is guaranteed!

In real gratitude, and always ready to support you,



Honors alum Raven Moffett ('18) (left) and Honors senior Elizabeth Williams (middle) with renowned art critic Lucy Lippard (right). Moffett and Williams traveled to Charlotte with faculty from the Honors College andDepartment of Art to hear Lippard lecture at The Light Factory last week. Photo by Dr. Heather Waldroup.

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


Upcoming Opportunities: 

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications!

Conestock 2019

Conestock 2019 is tomorrow, April 11 from 6 to 9 pm in the Summit/Cone courtyard! ConeStock is our very own student-led music festival, where residents can display their musical talents! There will be free t-shirts, lawn games, tie dye, face painting, and food.

Volunteer at Buildfest

On Saturday, April 13 from 9 am to 2 pm, you can participate in the sixth year of Playhouse Buildfest. BuildFest features fifty hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) activities, a fire engine, and a physics show. For more information on this service opportunity, click here.

NY Loft: Call for Interns

The Office of Business Affairs accepts applications from students who want to live in the Loft while interning in NYC. There are a total of two positions open each semester. Applicants must submit their request by April 15, 2019. For more information on the loft, visit our website.

Fulbright Student Awards Program

The Fulbright Student Awards Program Application for the 2020-2021 cycle has now opened! To learn more about the award application process, visit the information session this Friday at 3 pm in room 169 of the Student Union. Additionally, you can visit our website for more information.  

Submit Energy Related Research

Students are encouraged to submit an abstract for their energy-related research or project to be considered for the 8th annual Appalachian Energy Summit. This is a great opportunity to showcase your work, develop business skills and network with students and professionals, there will be $1,700 in cash prizes available as well. Submissions are due by May 15, 2019. 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.

Gabriela Neufeld: April 12, 11 am, Biology Conference Room RSW 210, a biology major, will present Influence of water chemistry and predator communities on the egg mass polymorphism of Ambystoma maculatum.

Caroline Shriver: April 15, 1 pm, Appalachian Hall Room 162, a psychology major with a social science concentration, will present An Examination of Drunkorexia: Calorie Regulation Prior to Alcohol Consumption Among College Students.

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

Juliet Irving: April 15, 1 pm, HOW Space (182 Howard Street), a psychology major with a human services concentration, will present Black American Spirit: Ridge Spring, South Carolina.

Clare Phillips: April 17, 11 am, LLHS 252, a nursing major, will present The development of a theoretically derived visual educational tool for communicating benefits of exercise and diet for increasing fertility in PCOS.

Tierney Daw: April 17, 1 pm, Biology Conference Room RSW 210, a cellular and molecular biology major, will present A Zebrafish Model of Gut Motility.

AHA Upcoming:

Honors Formal: Save the date! This year’s formal will be on April 13at 8 pm and will be held in the Reich College of Education’s Rotunda! Tickets are $5 at the door! Look around Appalachian Hall, Cone, and Summit for more information!


Stay in the Know…

Poet Nathaniel Mackey Reading

Distinguished poet Nathaniel Mackey is coming to Appalachian tomorrow, April 11 and will read and speak in the Hughlene Bostian Frank visiting Writers series. Mackey will host a craft talk from 3:30 to 4:45 pm in the Gordon Gathering Hall, room 124-A of the Reich College of Education buildings. Afterwards, at 7:30 there will be a reading in the Three Top Mountain room of the Student Union. For more information, click here.

Diabetes Dash

Come join the College Diabetes Network: Broken Pancreas Club on Thursday, April 11th at 7 pm for a 1-mile run/walk beginning on Sanford Mall benefitting T1International, an organization that helps people around the world gain access to life-saving insulin. The run is free with a suggested donation of $5. There will be t-shirts for finishers while supplies last. Get ready for glow sticks, music, and a fun time! For more information, visit our website.

Climate Scientist Visiting to discuss Challenges and Benefits of Mitigating Climate Change

Dr. Drew T. Shindell, a climate scientist and a co-author of the recent publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which dealt with the issue of the effects of 1.5C warming will be giving two talks at Appalachian State University on Friday, April 12, 2019 open to the campus and community. For more information, click here.

Boone Birding Festival

Appalachian State Audubon Club is partnering with the High Country Audubon Society and professors/researchers from Appalachian State University to bring you the Boone Birding Festival. The festival will take place in Valle Crucis Park on Sunday, April 14 from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information, visit our website.

Feminist MIT Scholar on Armenians in Post-Genocide Turkey

The  Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies invites the members of the ASU community to its final research colloquium of 2018-19 academic year. The event will provide ample opportunities to discuss the immensely enriching work of Dr. Lerna Ekmekçioğlu, the McMillan-Stewart Associate Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The lunch colloquium with Prof. Ekmekçioğlu will take place at the Center on Monday, Apr. 15, from 12:00 until 2:00 pm. For more information, click here.

In the Honors Spotlight

Five Honors Students Become Appalachian Student Ambassadors


Top photo features Honors senior and Appalachian Ambassador Austin Lubkeman leading a campus tour.

Five Honors students have been named new Appalachian Student Ambassadors: Aman Hyrams, Emma Strange, Ethan Triplett, Cori Fergusson, and Rachel Ramakrishnan (nursing). Hyram is a junior biology major. Strange is a sophomore majoring in anthropology. Triplett is a sophomore exercise science major. Ferguson is a first-year student majoring in psychology. Ramakrishnan is also a first year student majoring in nursing. These Honors students have been selected based on their academic merit, presentation skills, and their commitment to the Appalachian Community.  

For more on the newly inducted Ambassadors, click here for the full story by Brad Rentz.


Gracyn Travitz Spends Semester in Costa Rica


Photo features Travitz in the tree canopies of Monteverde, Costa Rica, ziplining the longest zipline in Latin America. Photo submitted.

Honors sophomore and public health major Gracyn Tavitz spent this Spring semester at Veritas University in Costa Rica. There she took classes in health and psychology, holistic medicine, and healthcare and medicine. About her experience, Travitz shares, “the experience was absolutely life changing.”On the weekends, Travitz traveled across the country visiting places like Manuel Antonio, Playa Uvita, Guanacaste, and Monteverde. In and out of the classroom, through daily human interactions, food, and festivities, Travitz experienced a completely new and different country and culture. As she explained, “I immersed myself in every experience and opportunity possible.” In the end, this study abroad semester left Travitz full of gratitude and awe. She further reflected "My viewpoint on so many things in the world has  shifted, and I feel like I was truly able to grow as a person in ways that words cannot even begin to describe." 

For more on Travitz’s, click here for the full story by Garrett McDowell.


To Stay in the Know and to Learn About All Opportunities in Honors, please visit https://honors.appstate.edu/announcements

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