May 1, 2019

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 2, Issue 32

May 1, 2019


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch

Dear Honors College students and friends,

Our traditional AHA Honors College Spring Cookout is tomorrow, May 2nd, on Reading Day, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Honors College Bailey (courtyard). Let's gather to celebrate this semester and support each other through finals!

On the menu:  veggie burgers, hamburgers, hot dogs, salad, potato chips, Dr. Mead's legendary brownies, fixings. 

Drop by to eat and mingle, to eat and run, or to grab some food and go:  we'll be glad to see you for a minute or an hour.

RSVPs are helpful but not required. You can also sign up via this link to help with set-up, grilling or serving, and tear-down.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Jeff and AHA President Miguel Rico, signing for AHA and the whole Honors College staff


Photos are a collection of Honors Thesis defenses over the past week. Photos submitted. 

Do you have a photo submission for the top of the Memo? Send it to!


Upcoming Opportunities: 

Dr. Vahlbusch will be delighted to assist with applications!

AHA Cookout on Reading Day

When:  Thursday, May 2nd, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where:  The Honors College Bailey (a.k.a. Courtyard)

What:    Veggie burgers, burgers, hot dogs, chips, possibly brownies

Why: Nourish our Honors community, build strength for finals

Who:  You + Honors friends, faculty, and staff

During the Honors Cookout Kara Haselton will be hosting a gallery inside the Honors College on the first floor. This gallery will be displaying her final photography composite for sophomore Honors seminar "Take My Picture!" and she would love to receive feedback from other students. So, make sure to stop by while you're there!

For more information on the Reading Day Cookout, click here.

Preparing to Apply Information Sessions with HPA

The Health Professions Advising Office is hosting workshops on Reading Day to share information and help students and alumni preparing to apply to graduate health professions programs this summer (or in the future). Information Sessions are on Thursday, May 2nd in RSW 156. The Medical, Dental, Optometry Workshop will be held from 11 to 12:20 pm and PT, PA, OT, AT, and others will be held at 12:30 – 1:20.  For more information, click here.

Attend a Finals Learning Tune-Up

Learning tune-ups are drop-in study sessions hosted by Student Learning Center specialists. At a Tune-Up you can receive tips on study skills, note taking, time management resources, and much more. The final session is tomorrow, Thursday May 2 from 9 am to 3 pm. For more information, visit our website.

McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Summer School

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.


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” 

Aleasia Brown: May 1, 9 am, Appalachian Hall 163, a cellular and molecular biology major, will present Analysis of Imp, a Rna-Binding Protein Involved in Regulating Thermal Nociception and Dendrite Morphology in Drosophila Melanogaster.

Hayley McCulloch: May 1, 10 am, Anne Belk Hall room 228, a secondary history education major, will present The Man on the Monument: Heritage and Hate in Lexington, North Carolina.

Maggie Steranko: May 1, 1 pm, LLHS 208, a psychology major, will present Auditory Verbal Therapy: A Systematic Review of its Use for Prelingually Deaf Children.

Lauren Burrows: May 1, 2 pm, LLA Room 205 (Great Hall), a sustainable development major, will present Loss & Continuity in Ancestral-Based Control over Land and Environment in Africa.

Taylor Arrowood: May 2, 9 am, Rankin Science West Room 293, a geology major, will present Using near-surface geophysical techniques to analyze bedrock depth along the New River floodplain in Boone, NC.

Luke Beane: May 2, 9:30 am, Rankin Science West Room 293, a geology major, will present The Loperot fossil site in the Miocene: digging into the roots of our past.

Ivy Wagner: May 2, 10 am, Peacock Hall Room 3019, a economics major, will present Sharing Economy Participation as a Function of Gnerational Cohort.

Neeshell Bradley-Lewis: May 2, 10 am, Rankin Science West Rom 293, a geology major, will present Reconstruction of Historical Infrastructure at Ingleside Plantation (31LN216) Using Geophysical and Archival Methods.

Jacob Pratt: May 2, 10:30 am, Rankin Science West Room 293, a geology major, will present Analysis of Quartz Grain Microtextures and Roughness Coefficients as a Proxy for Paleo-Sea-Ice within Alaskan Ice Rafted Debris.

Kali Smith: May 2, 10:30 am, Peacock Hall Room 3019, a economics major, will present Environmental Gentrification with Small Green Infrastructure Projects.

Catherine Lattimore: May 2, 11 am, Peacock Hall Room 3019, a actuarial science major, will present Flood in the U.S.: Restructuring the Systems for Risk Assessment and Financing.

Alia Dahlan: May 2, 11:30 am, Peacock Hall Room 3019, a mathematics major, will present The Environment for Directors’ and Officers’ Liability: Evidence from 2011 to Present.

Olivia Brettschneider: May 2, 12:30 pm, Peacock Hall Room 3019, a accounting major, will present The Internal Control Climate of Secular and Faith-Based Non Profit Organizations and the Accompanying Relative Instance of Fraud.

Cathleen Humm: May 2, 1 pm, Rankin Science West Room 293, a geology major, will present Modeling the tectonic history of the Eastern Blue Ridge using thermochronology.

Merton Chen: May 2, 1 pm, Peacock Hall Room 3019, a computer information systems major, will present Empirical Analysis of Mobile Payment Acceptance.

Hunter Lee: May 2, 2 pm, Anne Belk Hall Room 318, a computer science major, will present Disability Assistive Programming: Using Voice Input to Write Code.

Nicholas Powell: May 2, 2 pm, Rankin Science West 293, a geology major, will present The Toxaway Dome, Eastern Blue Ridge: microstructural constraints on conditions of deformation and metamorphism.

Emily Fedders: May 2, 2:30 pm, Rankin Science West 293, a geology major, will present Streambank salt plume intrusion, concentration, and residence times along a dynamic, urban headwater stream: Investigation of development and remediation mechanisms.

Aeon Russo: May 2, 3 pm, Rankin Science West 293, a geology major, will present Modeling both present and future mitigation of stormwater-driven road-salt contamination by implementing low impact development into a small, urban watershed of the southern Appalachians.


AHA Upcoming: 

Reading Day Cookout: Come out and enjoy the Honors Cookout tomorrow at 11:30! 

Stay in the Know…

 Spring Craft Sale

Today, Wednesday May 1, from 9 am to 3 pm, there will be a craft sale in Katherine Harper Hall. These are original handmade crafts from the Craft Enrichment Program participants. There will be many works ranging from pottery, glass, jewelry, and more. For more information, click here.

35th Annual Appalachian Summer Festival

Appalachian State University’s annual summer arts attractionAn Appalachian Summer Festival, will celebrate its 35th anniversary season from June 29 - Aug. 3, 2019. This month-long whirlwind of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming has emerged as one of the nation’s leading regional arts festivals, bringing over 27,000 people to the High Country each summer. Tickets for festival events will go on sale online and at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts box office on Wednesday, May 1. For more information, visit our website.

CRC Social Check-Ins

Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) hosts social check-ins every Tuesday evening from 4 to 6 pm and every Friday afternoon from 12 to 2 pm. They are located in the Miles Annas Building next to the ASU Post-office. These check-ins are safe spaces for individuals in recovery to come and hang out with other like-minded individuals to build community and connections. For more information, click here.

Craft Enrichment Summer Classes

Will you be in Boone over the summer? Consider taking summer courses of Craft Enrichment. Classes will be available in pottery, painting, and drawing.  Registration opens today, Wednesday May 1, at 12 pm. For more information, visit our website.


In the Honors Spotlight

Appalachian Honors Association Hosts Second Annual Honors Formal


Top photo shows the AHA Executive Team. From left to right (front row) Service Chair Adam Garrison, Co-Event Chair Cielo Gomez, Social Media Chair Abigail Burchard (back row) Secretary Brad Rentz, President Miguel Rico, Co-Event Chair Brendan Liston, Peer Mentor Representative Molly Campillo, and General Body Representative Aeron McConnell. 

On April 13, 2019, Appalachian Honors Association (AHA) hosted its second Honors Formal in the Reich College of Education’s rotunda. The purpose of the Formal is to facilitate a community centered event that gives hardworking honors students a night of relaxation before the end of the semester and finals. Nearly sixty honors students came to the formal to enjoy a variety of catered food, music for dancing, as well as a small photo booth.

Click here for the full story by Brad Rentz.

Honors Students Present Thesis Research at NCUR


Photo above features Honors Senior Samantha Reis (left) and Honors Senior Carloine Shriver (right).

Honors seniors Caroline Shriver and Samantha Reis attended the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Georgia April 11-13, 2019. NCUR is the world’s largest conference dedicated to undergraduate research and features scholarly and creative activity in all fields of study. Thanks to funding support from the Honors College, both students presented their Honors thesis research at the conference.

Both Reis and Shriver are working under the thesis mentorship of Dr. Twila Wingrove, associate professor in the Department of Psychology.  Dr. Elicka Sparks and Dr. Marian Williams, both professors of criminal justice in the Department of Government and Justice Studies, are serving as second readers for Reis and Shriver respectively.

For more on Dr. Sterling-Hellenbrand’s award, click here for the full story. 


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