April 17, 2019

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 2, Issue 30

April 17, 2019


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch

Dear Honors Community,  

LUNCH:  This Friday, April 19th, at noon:  RSVP and join us for a Lunch with Honors with Dr. Mary Valante on Viking women and work:  “The Past was Female:  Women’s Work and the Urban Economy of the Viking Age.” The place:  Appalachian Hall 162 (note room change). All are welcome!

Come for great learning and community; for pizza and salad; and for hands-on practice in 9th and 10th century yarn-spinning. 

Please RSVP now to me: vahlbuschjb@appstate.edu (and at the latest by Friday morning at 10 a.m.)

HONORS VANGUARD:  Applications to join the Honors College ambassadors (the Vanguard) are due this Friday, April 19th, with extensions possible to next Friday, April 26th.

Honors Vanguard members represent the Honors College, help recruit prospective Honors College students, and help advise me and Honors College staff members on the future of the Honors College. Come grow as a Vanguard member, and help us grow!

Here's a link to the application. Please fill it out by Friday, April 19th (yes, extensions are available till 4/26), rename and save the file according to this filename model:  Vanguard - lastname firstinitial 4-2019.docx, and send as an attachment to me:  vahlbuschjb@appstate.edu.


Photo above from Lunch with Honors on Friday, April 12, 2019 with Dr. Johnny Waters. Photo by Brad Rentz.

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!

Fulbright Student Writing Workshops

There will be two writing workshops next week for students interested in applying for a Fulbright student award. The first will be on April 25, at 3 pm in the Rough Ridge room of the Student Union, the second will be on April 26 at 12 pm in the Beacon Heights room of the Student Union. To pre-register and to learn more information, click here.

Roman Transylvania Archaeology Field School 

This program is a great choice for those interested in the anthropology and archaeology of Roman frontier environments, through field work, laboratory analysis and lectures. There are two sessions available for this summer, and the application is still open! For more information, visit our website.

PS 4531: Russian Politics Seats Still Available

This course introduces the politics of Russia, the largest country in the world, a unique civilization between Europe and Asia, and a former superpower that is looking for a new role in the world. There are no prerequisites for the course and the course may be taken for Honors credit. For more information, click here.

Leadership Scholarship Applications

Student Leadership Scholarship Applications open until April 28. As a result of the generosity of many members of the Appalachian community, several scholarships are available to current ASU students based upon their campus involvement, leadership, and service. To learn how to apply, visit our website.

Undergraduate Research Assistantship

 The Office of Student Research is now accepting applications for our Summer 2019 Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA) Program. The Summer 2019 URA deadline is Wednesday, May 1, 2019 with award notifications made by the end of May. This is for summer work to begin after June 16, 2019. For more information, click here.

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”

Shelby Baker: April 18, 9 am, 163 Appalachian Hall, a communication sciences and disorders major, will present Cultural Competency of CSD Students.

Carly Peggs: April 23, 3:30 pm, Biology Conference Room Rankin Science South 210B, a psychology with natural science concentration major, will present Neural Activity in Amygdala Subdivisions Evoked by Periodic and/or Single Enriching Experiences in Adolescent Rats.

Samantha Malone: April 24, 10 am, Appalachian Hall room 085, a biology major, will present Nano-Reactor-Facilitated Synthesis of Dipeptides.

Latanya Gordon: April 24, 11 am, Watauga River Room (PSU 102), a biology major, will present Analysis of two novel intestinal transit assays in Danio rerio and the influence of the general husbandry regimen and experimental protocols on their success.

Karoly Majtenyi: April 24, 12:30 pm, I.G. Greer 116, a philosophy major, will present Food, Physicians, and Force: An Ethical Exploration of the 'Nudge’.

Emma Hammond: April 24, 3:30 pm, Broyhill Music Center Room 225, a music performance major, will present Taking up space: a pedagogical history of flutists’ perspectives on breath and support.

Anna Twigg: April 25, 11:30 am, Belk Library Room 232, a political science major, will present Understanding the origins and impacts of US foreign policy on family planning and reproductive health.

Alex Luke: April 25, 1:30 pm, Appalachian Hall Room 163, a biology major, will present Identification and Design of Sustainability Improvements to Poultry Production.

Savanna Tanner: April 25, 3:15 pm, Beasley Media Complex Conference Room 225, a marketing major, will present A Series on Community Newspapers.

Rose Rossel: April 25, 3:30 pm, Garwood Hall Room 418, a chemistry major environmental concentration, will present Cyanobacterial Emissions of Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds: Impacts on the Remote Marine Atmosphere.

Anna Ruth Carmichael: April 26, 10 am, LLHS Room 228, an exercise science major, will present Estrogen Effects on Cardiovascular Function.

Alena Norton: April 26, 11 am, Appalachian Hall 163, a biology major, will present Zebrafish Larval Growth and Nutrition.

Sam Reis: April 26, 11 am, Smith-Wright Room 204, a psychology major human services concentration, will present Perceptions of Juvenile Offenders Who Were Maltreated as Children.

Andi Olivet: April 26, 2 pm, Walker Hall 314, an actuarial science major, will present Data Analysis of New Implementations to University Tutorial Services.

AHA Upcoming:

Honors Formal: Do you have pictures you wish to share with the Honors College or AHA? Send them to Honors@appstate.edu!  

Reading Day Cookout: Do you want to help, or do you have suggestions? Join the AHA Executive Board in a planning meeting in the Honors Library Tuesdays at 9 am.


Stay in the Know…

Holshouser Ethics Lunch

Consider attending a delicious lunch and presentation sponsored by Holshouser Ethics tomorrow, April 18 from 12 to 1:30 pm in Peacock Hall room 4140. There will be a visiting scholar who will present on Cherokee Entrepreneurs: Challenges and Opportunities. For more information, 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. The prompt for April's Way of Council is: “Tell us about a time when you achieved something, whether it was small or big, that gave you a life lesson.” April’s Way of Council will be tomorrow, April 18, at 7 pm in the Beacon Heights room of the Student Union. For more information, click here.

22nd Annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors

The Office of Student Research is pleased to announce that the 22nd Annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors meeting will take place on Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm on the fourth floor of the Student Union. For more information, visit our website.

Harry Potter and the Genetics of Wizarding

Tomorrow, April 18 from 4 to 6 pm in RSW Room 183, join guest speaker Dr. Eric Spana from Duke University as he walks us through the genetics of the magic seen in Harry Potter as only muggles can understand it. For more information, click here.

2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Lecture

On Friday, April 26, at 10 am in the Schaefer Center, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi will give a lecture entitled “Every single minute matters, every single child matters, every single childhood matters.” For more information, visit our website.


In the Honors Spotlight

AHA Participates in the First High Country Walk to Defeat ALS 


Top photo shows AHA Executive Members (From left to Right)

 Treasurer Anna Ruth Carmichael, President Miguel Rick, and Secretary Brad Rentz. Photo submitted. 

The first High Country March to Defeat Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Walk was a great success! On Saturday, March 30 at Appalachian Leon Levine Health Sciences (LLHS) building, hundreds of people walked 1.5 miles in order to raise money for ALS research. To date, this walk has raised $47,230. Which was well over the initial goal of $25,000. Appalachian State had several teams in participating in fundraising, including our very own Appalachian Honors Association (AHA). As a team, AHA raised $1,162 overall in a very competitive field of fundraising teams. AHA’s president, sophomore Miguel Rico raised the most with $648 and placing in the top 10 most fundraised individuals in the walk followed by sophomore Halley Winkler raising a total of $260. This event was AHA’s first community service event of the semester

For more on AHA’s involvement in the ALS walk, click here for the full story by Brad Rentz.


Honors alumnus “keeps applications running at IBM” 


Appalachian alumnus Chris Waldon ’16 ’18, a site reliability engineer at IBM. Photo submitted

Honors Chris Waldon (’16) majored in computer science then stayed on at Appalachian to complete in 2018 a Master of Science in computer science. Currently, Waldon works as a site reliability engineer at IBM. He “credits the Honors College at Appalachian for providing skills he uses every day in his job.”

Click here to read this full story by Jan Todd with AppalachianToday.


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


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