October 14, 2020

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Lakin Stevens

Volume 4, Issue 9

October 14, 2020 


Message from Dean Jeff Vahlbusch 

Dear Honors College students,

How do we make it possible for you to connect remotely with each other, express who you are, start or nurture friendships, see each other in action, build community in Honors, and plan things you could do together?

Send your ideas to me and stay tuned:  Some of your fellow students and I and Dr. Angela Mead have been planning such initiatives during our regular, usually twice-weekly "Cookies with Jeff" sessions, and are looking forward to bringing them to life.

In the meantime, please join us this Thursday, October 15th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. for our first-ever Zoom Honors College Course Preview, with faculty there to talk about their wonderful spring 2021 Honors College courses! I sent you the Zoom link to the Preview along with the HON Spring 2021 course catalogue Monday and will resend Thursday, just in case. Come to listen, learn, share, and get excited about spring and the chance to engage in HON-style transformative learning! 



October 10th was World Mental Health Awareness Day, a reminder for us all to reflect inward and extend outward to help others. During the pandemic, where most of our days are spent in front of screens, remember to take breaks for both your physical and mental health. Hiking and getting outdoors is an easy way to work on both. Not to mention, this week is “peak week” for fall leaves photos and, therefore, fall activities. Tanawha Trail on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Photo by Lakin Stevens.


Upcoming Opportunities:

Dean Jeff is happy to help you apply; send him an email at vahlbuschjb@appstate.edu.


Humanities Council Fall Symposium

The Humanities Council Fall Symposium will be featuring speakers Shawn Michelle Smith, Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Khan, and Michael Roth whose topics will cover the intersection of racial justice and photography, a study on sex and assault on campus, and safety on college campuses, respectively. Join in October 16th from 9:00 am – 2:15 pm. Register here

Extended Deadline: International Affairs Book Award  

The Edward J. Perkins International Affairs Book Award is accepting applications to support book purchases for junior, senior, or graduate students majoring in an international relations field with a GPA of at least 3.2. Applications are due October 23rd and can be found here.  

Nationally Competitive Scholarships

The Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships announced three open scholarship. The Boren Awards for International Study supports undergraduate and graduate fellowships for rigorous language study abroad. Apply by early February 2021.  The Critical Language Scholarship covers all travel, tuition, and housing of 8-10 weeks abroad for language and cultural immersion. Apply by mid November 2020. The Goldwater Scholarship supports students in fields of natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics. Apply by January 29, 2021. Learn more here.

Consider Graduate School at Appalachian

The Fall 2021 graduate application for admission is now open. The School of Graduate Studies offers 40 masters programs, 33 graduate certificate programs, 3 graduate specialist programs, and 2 doctoral programs. View their list of programs here and register here for their Graduate Admissions’ First Friday Virtual Open House.

Asheville Art Museum Spring Internships

The Asheville Art Museum offers several internships for Spring 2021: communications (multimedia storytelling), curatorial, curatorial (collections management), curatorial (preparation), learning and engagement, museum store, and visitor services. Priority application deadline is November 1st. Click here to learn more or contact Kristi McMillian.


Stay in the Know:

Counseling Center Resources

The Counseling Center continues to offer several programs this fall for students such as outreach program, Mental Health Ambassadors, and the Feelin’ Good Workshops. For more information, click here. 

Fall Sustainability Film Series

The Office of Sustainability continues to offer film showings throughout fall. Watch the trailer of the next feature, Artifishal, which is about “people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them.” Join in October 20th at 7:00pm and register here.

Black Feminist Scholars Speak

UNC Greensboro’s Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program is hosting Black Feminist Scholars Speak: Pleasurable Musings on Race, Sexuality, and Gender on October 15th from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. The event features speakers Dr. Tracy Sharpley-Whiting on the history of black women’s sexuality, hip-hop, and American culture; Dr. Sharon P. Holland on the writing process of The Erotic Life of Racism; and Dr. Jennifer Nash on black feminism, women’s studies, and us academy. Visit here for more information.

Tri State Sculptors 2020 Virtual Conference

The Tri State Sculptors 2020 Virtual Conference opened October 2nd and has upcoming events of Tri State Sculptors Members Presentations October 10th-16th, Esperanza Cortes Q&A October 15th, and a panel discussion on “Sculpture in the Time of COVID-19” October 16th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. For registration links and more information, click here.

Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series   

The Fall 2020 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series will be held in a virtual pre-recorded format between the date of their posting and December 15th. The featured writers are poet Jacinta White, novelist Jacinda Townsend, author Chris McCloud, and poet Nickole Brown. For links to their presentations, click here.   


In the Honors Spotlight


Honors Welcomes Incoming Chancellor’s Scholars 


Featured above are the ten new Chancellor’s Scholars. From left to right, top to bottom are Nadine Jallal, Matthew Mair, Rose Posey, Margaret Wagner, Anna Woolly, James Auwn, Ashely Berry, Owen Brady, Caleb Brown, and Kasey Clift.


Ten incoming first year Honors students are recipients of the Chancellor’s Scholarship, the oldest and most academically competitive merit-based scholarship at Appalachian State University. These Honor students are selected for their ambitious academic goals, seeking graduate or professional post-baccalaureate degrees. This year’s 2020-2021 class of Chancellor’s Scholars recipients include:

  • James Auwn, of Cary
  • Ashley Berry, of Cedar Point
  • Owen Brady, of Wake Forest
  • Caleb Brown, of Asheville
  • Kasey Clift, of Louisburg
  • Nadine Jallal, of Knightdale
  • Matthew Mair, of Charlotte
  • Rose Posey, of St. Louis, Missouri
  • Margaret Wagner, of Huntersville
  • Anna Woolly, of Salisbury

Read more about the recipients here!


Have news to share? Submissions 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.

To stay in the know, learn about opportunities, and take part in the Honors community, find us below!