May 8, 2019

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 2, Issue 33

May 8, 2019 

Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch

Dear Honors students, staff, faculty, friends,

As we bring this academic year to a happy close, I am filled with gratitude for all those who make Honors work--both in the Honors College and in departmental and college Honors programs at Appalachian:

  • The many faculty members who teach Honors courses, and the department chairs and deans who make that teaching possible
  • The many faculty members who mentor Honors students through their Honors thesis projects, at least two faculty members per thesis, and often three
  • The faculty directors of departmental and college Honors programs across the university
  • The many faculty members who engage Honors students in independent studies, Honors "contracts," and special Honors subsections of regular courses

I will thank further extraordinary Honors helpers in future issues of the Honors Wednesday Memo. For today, please join me in thanking those named above, and consider trumpeting their names and work from your particular rooftop.  They deserve that, and much more.

I'm wishing you all a great summer. Please watch for our Honors Monthly Memo in June, July, and August! 



Photo is from the Honors Cookout last week on Reading Day. 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!

Can You Help with Honors Move in?

Honors College Move-in Team members get to move into Summit (or another residence hall) early and help our new Honors College students move into Cone, start building community, and get acclimated on campus and in the Honors College. Off-campus Honors College students may also join!

Here's the schedule:

Tuesday 8/13:  you move in

Wednesday 8/14:  help move new Honors students into Cone

Thursday 8/15:  join the Honors College trip to the Farm (optional)

Friday 8/16 (morning):  attend Honors Convocation (optional)

(Friday 8/16 is the official Appalachian move-in date this year).

If you are interested, send an email to Jeff (vahlbuschjb) with yes, no, or maybe to:

Early Move in and Wednesday:  ???

Farm Thursday:  ???

Convocation Friday:   ???

Call for 2019 Global Symposium Proposals

Presentation proposals are now being accepted for the seventh annual Appalachian Global Symposium that will be held on November 20, 2019. The Global Symposium highlights global education activities in the Appalachian community. Priority deadline for submissions is June 21, 2019. For more information, click here.

Stay in the Know…

Don’t Throw it Away

There is still time to volunteer with Don't Throw it Away! Shifts will continue through May 13 and are from 12 to 2 pm and 5 to 7 pm. For more information, visit our website.

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.

Club Expo

Fall Club Expo will be held in the Convocation Center on August 18 from 2 to 5 pm. If your club would like to participate in Club Expo this fall, registration is open now on Appsync and closes on August 12. For more information, click here.


In the Honors Spotlight 

Honors Dr. Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand Awarded Fulbright


Dr. Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand, professor of German and global studies in Appalachian’s Department of Languages,

Literatures and Cultures. Photo by Marie Freeman

Honors Faculty member Dr. Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand will be spending the Spring 2020 semester at the University of Graz in Graz, Austria, as Fulbright Visiting Professor of Cultural Studies. Dr. Sterling-Hellenbrand is a professor of German and global studies in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Appalachian State University. In Honors she has taught seminars like HON 1515: Wolves: Facts and Fictions, HON 2515: The Blue Danube, and the faculty-led study abroad seminar HON 3515: King Arthur.

Click here for the full story edited by Jessica Stump in AppalachianToday. 

Senior Patrick James Heads to University of Florida at Gainesville 


Honors senior and anthropology major Patrick James has been awarded a full scholarship to the University of Florida at Gainesville. Patrick will be pursuing a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies. To learn more about James, his journey at Appalachian, and his future plans, click here to read this student spotlight story from the Department of Anthropology. 


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