June 12, 2019

Honors Monthly Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 2, Issue 34

June 12, 2019 

Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch

Endings and beginnings are equally exciting in the Honors College. 

We said “good-bye and farewell” at our Honors graduation ceremony on May 11th, celebrating 64 amazing spring 2019 Honors College graduates with individual praise, deep gratitude, happy tears, and heartfelt applause. And then we handed each graduate the microphone, and we listened. 

Please see the news story below to learn more about our graduates, the ceremony, and for photos

 We’ve been saying “hello” since the beginning of Honors summer orientation on May 30th, welcoming the 118 amazing new Honors students who will be joining us this fall. 

Our goal in the Honors College is intellectual, personal, and professional development at the highest possible levels. Hearing our graduates’ astonishing achievements and their moving words of thanks to family, faculty, the university, and the Honors College, it is clear that we, collectively and collaboratively, are succeeding. 

Sending congratulations to all our students, and best wishes for next steps. Please keep in touch with us and let us know how we can help!



The top photos feature three of the first Orientation groups of Fall 2019 incoming Honors College Students. Each photo includes Honors rising senior and economics major Stephen Justice, the Honors College 2019 Student Orientation Undergraduate Leader (SOUL). Photos by Toni Addae-Kumi. 

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!

Campus History Project Showcase

Are you working on a project related to the history of Appalachian State University? Or, have you completed a campus history project and want to show it off to the University community? The Appalachian State History Committee invites all students, faculty, and staff to submit a poster or digital exhibit for presentation at the annual Founders Day celebration, which will be held on September 5, 2019. The first round of decisions begins on Saturday, June 15. For more information, click here.

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.

Asheville Art Museum Internships

The Asheville Art Museum is offering paid and volunteer internships for this fall. Internships are offered for: communications, curatorial: exhibition design and preparation, development, education, and museum store/visitor services. The priority application deadline is July 1.  For more information, visit our website.


Stay in the Know… 

App Allies

Appalachian Allies (App Allies) is an LGBTQ+ ally development and training program built upon the Safe Zone training model.  The training has several activities that are going to be reflective, small group, and sometimes large group discussions. There are three upcoming workshops, the first will be on Tuesday, June 18 from 1 to 4 pm. The next workshop will be in July, and the last workshop will be in August. For more information, click here.

NCHA Conference

The 2019 North Carolina Honors Association (NCHA) Conference will be hosted by NC State University in Raleigh, NC. The conference will be held on Friday, October 4, 2019, through Saturday, October 5, 2019.  There will be a Keynote/Dinner and student social event(s) on Friday and breakfast, poster/concurrent sessions, lunch, student-focused session, business meeting and closing/awards ceremony on Saturday. For more information, please click here.

Counseling Center Summer Services

During the summer semesters, the Counseling Center is open from 8:30 am to 11 am and 1 pm to 4 pm Monday through Friday.  They offer both individual and group counseling and are located in the Miles Annas Building which is next to the Campus Post Office. For more information, visit our website.


In the Honors Spotlight 

Sixty-four Honors College Graduates


Sixty-four Honors College students with majors in 26 different departments defended their Honors theses and graduated from Appalachian with “University Honors” this past weekend. Per our requirements, each also completed a minimum of 24 academic credits in Honors courses or experiences became an integral part of our Honors College community, and studied abroad or met our international education requirement in another way. 

For more on our recent graduates and the ceremony including photos, click here.

Two Honors Seniors Speak at Appalachian’s Spring 2019 Commencement


Photo features Senior Austin Lubkemann (left) and Samantha Malone (right) at the Honors Graduation. Photo submitted.

Austin William Lubkemann and Samantha J. Malone, two seniors graduating with University Honors spoke at Appalachian State University's Spring 2019 Commencement. Lubkemnan will begin medical school this coming fall and Malone will be applying to medical school after graduation and plans to pursue a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

To read more about these two Honors students’ and their amazing accomplishments, click here.


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


Appalachian State Honors College on Social Media!

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Have news to share? Submissions to the Honors Wednesday Memo can be made by emailing honors@appstate.edu. Any content received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday will be considered for the following week’s issue.