June 29, 2022

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Kistler Hunt

Volume 5, Issue 33

June 29, 2022


Dear Honors students, faculty, friends,

What a pleasure it is to meet incoming Honors College students during summer orientation, and to start talking together — and to start them talking together — about ways that the Honors College and Appalachian State University can "connect great students to great opportunities." That's what we are for!

Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Honors College students! Here's a great opportunity for you. I invite you to sign up now to move back to campus early (on Friday, August 12) and be ready on Monday, August 15, to help our new Honors College students move into Cone Hall! 

It will be great fun, and will help create our wonderful Honors College community anew. And: for helping your incoming Honors College colleagues you will receive an Honors College T-shirt: rare, coveted, and beautifully designed.

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors in the Honors College: See below for a sign-up link!




Over the summer, the Honors College has been welcoming the newest class of Mountaineers! Top photo features (left to right) students from the June 17 orientation session: Sydney McDonald, Nick Phairas, Daliana Estevez, Joseph Miller, Azaria Anderson, Eleanor Clodfelter, Teagan Maher, Chloe Maher, Meliya Sangeorge, Erin Alden, Abigail Mastrovito. Photo submitted.


New Students! Honors student worker Sophie Cole, with support from Honors SOUL Kathryn Long, Honors student worker Annie Morgan, and former Honors graduate assistant Sophia Lang has curated a handbook to help you navigate your new life at Appalachian. This includes information about Honors requirements, registration, and more. To view the handbook, click on the attachment at the bottom of this email!


Upcoming Opportunities:

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

Volunteer for Honors College Move-in Week!

The Honors College is looking for volunteers to help with move in on August 15. Move in for volunteers will be on August 12, with a training event on August 14. Students have the option to attend the Honors cookout (August 15), the Honors Day at the Farm (August 16), and Honors Convocation (August 19). For more information and to sign up, click here. 

Common Ground Conference on Food Studies

Common Ground is a research group invested in developing technologies that seek to break down barriers of access in scholarly communication. They will be hosting their 12th annual Conference on Food Studies October 22 and 23 in New York. The Food Studies Research Network is brought together around a common interest to explore new possibilities for sustainable food production and human nutrition, and associated impacts of food systems on culture. They are seeking proposals that focus on various themes, including food production and sustainability; food, nutrition, and health; food politics, policies, and cultures. The deadline to submit a proposal is July 22. To submit a proposal, click here. To learn more about the Conference on Food Studies, click here.

Appalachian College Advising Corps Advisors

The Appalachian College Advising Corps is hiring recent graduates to help improve access to higher education in western North Carolina. Advisors will support students from low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented backgrounds and connect them with opportunities within higher education. This is a full-time position, lasting no more than two years. During their time with the program, advisors will have access to loan deferment programs, as well as monetary awards for their service. To serve with the Corps, students must have graduated between June 2020 and June 2022. To learn more about the College Advising Corps and to apply, click here. For any questions, contact Gloria Medina.

College of Fine and Applied Arts Student Engagement Team

The College of Fine and Applied Arts is recruiting students for their Fine and Applied Arts Student Engagement Team (FAASET). The FAASET program is an opportunity for students to develop greater leadership skills, public relations, and marketing skills and to utilize their talents in art, theatre, design, strategic communication, public speaking, and community engagement in sustainable and equitable ways that enrich the college and all of their programs. Applications are due July 1. For more information, click here. To apply, click here.

Wine to Water Internship

Wine to Water is a global water organization based in downtown Boone focused on ending the water crisis using sustainable methods. They are seeking interns for the fall semester, starting on August 22 and ending on December 6. There are various positions available, including International Programs, Marketing, Volunteer Programs, Operations, and Stewardship. Applications are due July 9. For any questions, contact Wine to Water. For more information about internship requirements and to apply, click here.


Stay in the Know:

2022 Appalachian Summer Festival

The Office of Arts and Cultural Programs will be hosting its annual Appalachian Summer Festival from July 1 – July 30. This celebration features an eclectic, diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and film programming. Tickets are on sale nowTo learn more about the event and to buy tickets, click here.

Watauga Back to School Festival Volunteers

Watauga Back to School will be hosting its 10th annual back to school festival this coming August. They are seeking volunteers to aid in various aspects of the festival – joining planning committees, working behind the scenes, volunteering at the event, etc. In addition, they are looking for people to spread the news about the festival at the 4th of July parades in Boone and Blowing Rock. Blowing Rock’s parade is on July 2 and Boone’s is on July 4. To learn more about the Watauga Back to School Festival, click here.

ASU Summer Symposium on Film and Photography

The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies will hold its 20th Annual Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium from July 23-28. This year’s symposium will highlight the role of film and photography during and after the Holocaust and include specific sessions. This event will be held in a hybrid format, with options to join virtually. For more information and to register, click here.

Environmental Law Institute Summer School Courses

The Environmental Law Institute is offering free classes throughout the summer geared towards undergraduate, graduate, and law students. Upcoming classes include: “Basics of the Clean Air Act” (June 30), “Law and Policy of Products Regulation” (July 14), “Hazardous Waste and Sites” (July 21), and “Environmental Justice” (July 28). For more information about each class and to register, click here.

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture Workshops

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture helps build an equitable, sustainable High Country local food system by supporting producers and cultivating community connections that educate, inspire, and increase the demand for local food. They are hosting various workshops throughout the month of July, including workshops on rotational grazing and agrotourism. All that are interested are able to join. The rotational grazing workshop will be held on July 1 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., and the agrotourism workshop will be held on July 31 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. For more information and to register for the July 1 workshop, click here.  For more information and to register for the July 31 workshop, click here


In the Honors Spotlight

Honors SOUL Kathryn Long helps incoming students find their place at Appalachian


Photo features (from left to right) students in Long’s orientation group in the June 10 session: Hayley Richardson, Amanda Jacobs, Jae Hollingsworth, Emma Goodson, Madi Alexander, Lila Rhodes, Long, Avery Hodgson, Ryan Honeycutt, Amanda Hammers, Ella Mayfield, Mira Sowinski. Photo submitted.


At App State, the Honors College has a Student Orientation Undergraduate Leader (SOUL) specifically dedicated to welcoming its incoming students, and this year that leader is Kathryn Long. Long is a rising sophomore Honors College student who is studying communication sciences and disorders. As a SOUL, Long is often one of the first people incoming students meet upon their arrival to Appalachian. She welcomes students in with open arms, excited to mentor them and help prepare them for their success in Honors and throughout their time in the High Country. Drawing from her own experiences as a first-year Honors College student, she is devoted to the Honors promise of "unconditional support." 

Read more here 



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


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