February 12, 2020

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Brad Rentz

Volume 3, Issue 21

February 12, 2020


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch

Dear Honors College students!  (Departmental Honors students:  please also read this whole message; there is an invitation for you below!)

Here is a task for you:  please click on this link now (or very soon) for instructions, and then sign up for the Student Opportunity Center.  Log on early and often. 

The Student Opportunity Center is the largest available dynamic database of high-impact educational opportunities for undergraduates, and especially for Honors students:




study abroad

publishing and conference opportunities--and more!

So sign up, please, enter some keywords on your interests, and receive custom lists of opportunities to kickstart your life, career, further development. It's quick and it's free:  the Honors College has purchased a subscription for each of you!

Do this even if you think you don't need further opportunities:  because you never know...

Departmental and WCOB Honors students:  if you send me your name and your email address, we'll get you signed up, too.





The photo above is from AHA!’s “Study Break” in the Honors Library featuring (from left to right) John Gibbs, Clarissa Duong Abigail Burchard, Seamus Aparicio, Miguel Rico, and Aeron McConnell on February 6, 2020. Photo by Rachael Kelly.


Upcoming Opportunities: 

Hiring Open: Honors Wednesday Memo Editor beginning Fall 2020 semester

Would you like to become the new Honors Wednesday Memo Editor? The application is now open and will close at 5 pm on March 2nd. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and a completed Honors College Student Employment Form.  For more information and to find the application, visit our website

Upward Bound Resident Advisor

Chose to spend your summer making a difference in the lives of high school students in the Appalachian State Upward Bound program as a Resident Advisor. The deadline to apply for this opportunity is February 20, 2020, at 3 pm. To learn more, click here.

Lunch with Honors

On February 19 at noon in Summit’s Fireside Lounge, Lunch with Honors returns with Fulbright Program Officer, Grant Stream-Gonzalez. There will be discussions on how to craft a competitive application, as well as the opportunities for teaching, research, and flexible initiatives offered with Fulbright. For more information and to RSVP, visit our website.

Finding Opportunities from North Carolina Sea Grant

There are several opportunities for funding opportunities from NC Sea Grant that students can apply for now through April. The fellowship trains graduate students to become next-generation researchers and policymakers. The next opportunity’s deadline is February 21, 2020. To learn about the other opportunities available, click here.

Gilman Scholarship Now Open

The Gilman Scholarship Program provides up to $5,000 (or $8,000 including the Critical Need Language Award) for undergraduate students. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is March 3, 2020.  To learn more about the Gilman Scholarship, visit our website.


AHA Upcoming:

Study Break Trivia & Pizza Night

On February 20 at 7 pm in the Honors College Library, there will be a fun and exciting Study Break Trivia & Pizza Night. The next Study Break will be March 5 at 7 pm, also in the Honors College Library.

Honors Spring Formal

Save the date! The Honors Spring Formal will be on April 4, 2020. Stay tuned for more information.


Stay in the Know… 

The Vagina Monologues

From February 12 through 14, 7 to 9 pm in 420 Parkway Ballroom of the Student Union, the Vagina Monologues returns. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, all proceeds go to OASIS, INC. To learn more, visit our website.

Love Service?

Consider the Community Fellows Program through Appalachian & the Community Together (ACT)!  Each week we will be leading service trips to local nonprofits through our Community Fellows Program. Through this program, ACT hopes to inspire active citizenship and bridge the gap between university and community. For more information and how to get involved, click here.

Upcoming from the Career Development Center

There are several upcoming events for students who are searching for jobs, internships, or professional development. The next event from the Career Development Center will be Career Studio Week from February 18 through 24. Visit our website to learn more about upcoming events.

Appalachian Leadership Forum

On Saturday, February 29 from 9 am to 4 pm in the Student Union, ASU’s campus-wide student leadership conference returns! This is a valuable, one-day experience for students to develop leadership skills and network with student and staff leaders. The day will feature over 30 dynamic workshops to choose from and a keynote speaker. For more information, click here.

Virtual Dementia Tour

On February 21 and March 20 on the first floor of Leon Levine Hall, there will be Virtual Dementia Tours designed to allow people the opportunity to experience what dementia is like through an individualized, experiential tour. To learn more and how to register, visit our website.


In the Honors Spotlight

 Honors Faculty Dr. Phillip Ardoin Takes Students to the Iowa Caucus


The photo above shows the Students’ travel van beside former Presidential Candidate Ben Carson’s bus. 

Dr. Philip Ardoin, Honors Faculty member, professor, and chair of the Department of Government and Justice Studies, has taken students to the Iowa Caucus. On January 16, 2020, Dr. Ardoin published the story, "Taking Students to the Iowa Caucus: An Experiential Approach to American Politics" in Political Science Now.

To read the full story, click here.


Honors Leah Carver named 2020 Gilman Scholar


Four Appalachian students have been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad in 2020. Honors junior Leah Carver, a biology major with a concentration in ecology, evolution, and environmental biology is one of them. Carver will travel to Uganda to work with  Conservation Through Public Health and work to protect endangered mountain gorillas of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the surrounding villages                                                                                                   

To read more on this story, visit our website.


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


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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.