May 5, 2021

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Lakin Stevens

Volume 4, Issue 32

May 5, 2021


Dear Honors students, faculty, staff, friends,

As this challenging semester ends and summer starts to begin, we're interested in YOU and what you are planning, doing, working on, researching, exploring, creating!

Click here to reach our simple SHARE YOUR STORY form. With your permission, we may share results in an upcoming Honors Monthly Memo and may reach out to you for more details. We will publish one HWM per summer month at the end of May, June, July.

I'm sending my deep gratitude to each of you for staying the course during this difficult year and keeping yourselves and the Honors College and Appalachian moving forward:  in courses, community, spirit, residential life, leadership, research, scholarship, creative activity, service.

Years ago a student quoted on the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Honors Program website at the University of Michigan described the goal of Honors education as "days well lived."  With my colleagues in Appalachian Hall and beyond, I'm looking forward to great Honors days to come.

Be in touch!




Pictured above is Honors sophomore Skye-Anne Tschoepe at the Boone Greenway on Monday, April 26, 2021. Photo submitted by Gigi Upchurch. Read more about Tschoepe’s hydrology research with the support of the Sigma Xi Grant in our news story here. Share your story, your research, or your activities with the Honors College by filling out this form here!


Upcoming Opportunities: 

Dean Jeff is happy to help you apply; send him an email at

Professional Headshot Clinic

The Career Development Center hosts Picture Your Future: Professional Headshot Clinic at the McKinney Alumni Center on 5th from 1:00 – 6:00 pm. Receive a free professionally photographed headshot through appointment only. Contact here for an appointment.

Summer Volunteering with App Builds a Home

App Builds a Home (ABAH) is recruiting volunteers for summer 2021 as Watauga Habitat for Humanity offers weekly volunteer opportunities on the Potter build site. Help build the home on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, starting June 18th. Contact here to sign up.

Career Development Center Hiring Career Guides

The Career Development Center is hiring Career Guides for the 2021-2022 academic year. As a Career Guide, rising junior, senior, or graduate students work in the Career Studio throughout the week to provide feedback and resources to peers seeking to build or improve their resumes, cover letters, and other job searching skills. Apply here and contact Susan McCracken for more information.

Appalachian Energy Summit Virtual Student Poster Competition 

The Appalachian Energy Center invites students to submit an abstract for their energy-related research or project and be a part of the virtual Appalachian Energy Summit held June 23-24th. Posters should be submitted as slide decks with an optional video and should answer questions such as: why is this important? How does the research inform about ways to reduce climate impacts? How does the research positively benefit society and the environment? How does the research advance clean energy technology or behaviors? Apply by May 31st here.  


Stay in the Know:

2021 NC Women of Color Research Network Symposium

The 3rd annual symposium of the North Carolina Women of Color Research Network will take place virtually on May 27th from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm. The theme of “Telling our Stories” will feature speakers and panelists highlighting their personal journeys including Dr. Talitha Washington presenting as the keynote speaker. More information here.  

An Appalachian Summer Festival

An Appalachian Summer Festival will feature a month of live, in-person, socially distanced and COVID-compliant performances from July 2nd – 31st. The two outdoor venues will be Kidd Brewer Stadium and the State Farm Road Concert Lot. The Schaefer Center will also host limited attendance events. The Turchin Center’s 35th Anniversary Rosen Walk will also be offering a variety of events. Tickets on sale starting May 10th at 9:00 am here or by calling the box office at 828-262-4046.

Careers for Impact

The Career Development Center helps you learn about types of organizations and professional roles that allow you to make a living and a difference. Hear relatable, valuable career advice in the Careers for Impact conversations. Explore the programming here.

Spring Season of the Hughlene Bostian Frank  Visiting Writers Series        

The Spring Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series features recordings from three Appalachian novelists. This includes novelist Charles Dodd White, novelist Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, and novelist Carter Sickels. Their presentations will be available until May 20th and links to their presentations can be found here.  


In the Honors Spotlight

Student Workers Kennedy Williams and Stephany Henao Garcia Serve as the Front-Face of the Honors College


Featured above are Kenney Williams (left) and Stephany Garcia Henao (right). Photos submitted.


Kennedy Williams and Stephany Garcia Henao are the Honors College student workers, serving as the front-face of the Honors College. In their duties, they field public communication including emails and phone calls, as well as talk to prospective students and parents. Garcia Henao explained what she enjoys most about her position, “I like talking to students. I am a very extroverted person and enjoy sharing my experience as an Honors student and listening to families and prospective students share theirs as well.” Williams enjoys the connections made through her position. She reflects, “My favorite part about working in the Honors College would be the connections that I’ve made with some of the students and faculty and learning about their passions outside of an academic setting.”


To read more about Garcia Henao and Williams, and the work they do, read here.


Have announcements to share? Submissions can be made to Any content received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday will be considered for the following week’s issue.


Have a story to share? Share what you have done, what you are doing, or what you will be doing by submitting a story here


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