July 27, 2022

 Honors Monthly Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Kistler Hunt

Volume 5, Issue 34

July 27, 2022


Dear Honors students, faculty, staff, supporters, parents! 

On July 4th each year my grandpa would say, with eyes a-twinkle: "well, summer is nearly over." And my brother and I would squeal and screech in protest.

This year, in fact, there's still plenty of summer left, and thus:

(1) plenty of time to enjoy this summer's final Honors Monthly Memo, with its great news about 2022 Honors College graduate Karolyn Martin, and

(2) plenty of time for Honors students (Honors College and departmental / WCOB Honors students) to apply for the prestigious Dr. Dane Ward Endowed Honors Research Scholarship!

Here's the gist: "This scholarship honors the great life and work of our colleague and friend Dr. Dane Ward, former dean of University Libraries at Appalachian. The Dr. Dane Ward Endowed Honors Research Scholarship is intended to support exceptional research projects by Honors students at Appalachian. Preferred projects will be those seeking to make a substantial impact by increasing awareness, access to information, or direct support for a community of vulnerable people, with the potential of impacting the world and humanity! Please note: the word 'research' here also includes scholarship and/or creative activity."

Click here for more information and a link to the electronic application. Our NEW deadline will be midnight on August 31, 2022.

Sending thanks, and looking very much forward to August 15th (incoming Honors College student move-in), to all our great Welcome Week activities, and to the start of the fall semester and my 6th year at Appalachian.



Top photo features Honors rising junior Jordan Kelley in Florence, Italy, during her study abroad session in June. Photo submitted.


Upcoming Opportunities:

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

College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Advisor Award

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) have the opportunity to nominate a full-time CAS faculty member for the Richard H. Henson Outstanding Advisor Award. The award recognizes the importance of academic advising and the role that quality advising plays in student satisfaction and retention. Nominees for the award must show evidence of appropriate advising techniques, be responsive to student questions and student concerns, and be knowledgeable about University policies and procedures. Nominations are due August 1. For more information, click here.

Counseling Center Plant Donations

The Counseling Center is currently taking plant and plant cutting donations for their Plant Your Roots at App event that will take place August 25 from 11:00 - 2:00 p.m. This event will provide students with a free plant to pot, encouraging them to decorate the pot and learn ties between caring for mental health and plant care. They are accepting donations for plants and plant cuttings so that students can be provided with a plant to take home and care for throughout the school year. Donations will be accepted through August 18. For any questions and to arrange a donation time, contact Dr. Brooke Powers. For more information, click here.

Dr. Dane Ward Endowed Honors Research Scholarship

Applications for the Dr. Dane Ward Endowed Honors Research Scholarship are now open. This scholarship supports exceptional research projects by Honors students at Appalachian. Preferred projects will be those seeking to make a substantial impact by increasing awareness, access to information, or direct support for a community of vulnerable people, with the potential of impacting the world and humanity! Please note: “research” here also includes scholarship and/or creative activity. Annual scholarship support from the Dr. Dane Ward Endowed Honors Research Scholarship will be approximately $1000, and may be used for supplies, equipment, the collection and use of data and materials, technology needs, and travel to conferences to report on research findings. The deadline for applications is August 31. For more information, click here.

Call for Student Art Submissions

App State's Counseling and Psychological Services is proud to announce a student art exhibition spotlighting original work by App State students to be hung in the counseling center for the 2022-2023 academic year. Work can include all mediums, from graphic design, painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, and more. Work chosen will embody diversity, inclusion, and/or appreciation for multiculturalism within the lens of mental, emotional, psychological, and other spectrums of mental health experiences. All submitted work will be on display at a reception in late fall. Specific work chosen will also be on display in the counseling center for the 2022-2023 academic year. All screened artwork will be promoted through the counseling center’s website, newsletter, and/or social media. The deadline for submissions is September 30.  For any questions, contact Dr. Brooke Powers. For more information, click here.


Upcoming Thesis Defenses:      

Dean Jeff urges, “Support your fellow Honors College students and faculty by attending Honors thesis defenses! You'll marvel, learn, and grow. And each defense you attend, you'll make your own easier.”      

To attend a defense this semester, please write to honors@appstate.edu.      

Connor Schlaline

July 29, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Presenting “Development of a homogeneous protein-based assay for the detection of organophosphates by utilizing a fusion protein between OPH and EGFP”


Stay in the Know:

Theresa Gloster:  Memory Painting

Storyteller and painter Theresa Gloster will be hosting a talk at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum on July 28 from 11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Gloster conveys her stories through paint and other media. "My art tells stories about childhood, about memories sparked by things that go on in the world today, or about just whatever comes to mind," explained Gloster. For more information, click here.

Lunch & Learn Series

Throughout the month of July, the Turchin Center has been hosting Lunch & Learn lectures. The last one for the month is on July 28 at 12:00 p.m. This presentation about the creation and effects of visual propaganda during the Holocaust is part of the 2022 Martin & Doris Rosen Summer Symposium on Film and Photography during the Holocaust hosted by the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies. Since its inception in 2022, the purpose and goal of the symposium has been to provide information and insights about the victims, perpetrators, and consequences of the Holocaust. For more information, click here.

Appalachian Summer Festival Presentation

As a part of the Appalachian Summer FestivalMOMIX, a dancer-illusionist company, will be presenting Alice, a reenactment of Alice in Wonderland on July 30 at 7:00 p.m. MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton. In addition to stage performances worldwide, MOMIX has worked in film and television, recently appearing in a national commercial for Target that premiered during the airing of the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards. For more information, click here.

Horn in the West Outdoor Drama

Horn in the West will be performing its Revolutionary War outdoor dramas through early August. The performances are everyday except Monday from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. The play brings to life the story of the hardy pioneers who, with the help of famed frontiersman Daniel Boone, and Cherokee allies, settled in the Blue Ridge wilderness as they sought freedom from British tyranny. For questions, contact Horn in the West. For more information, click here.

Jones House Acoustic Music Session

The Town of Boone is hosting weekly acoustic music sessions at the Jones House every Thursday from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. People are welcome to bring their own instruments to play along or simply listen to the music. Local musicians will be playing old time fiddle and folk songs. For more information, click here. For any questions, contact Brandon Holder.


In the Honors Spotlight 

Honors alumna crowned Miss North Carolina



Photo features Karolyn Martin being crowned as Miss North Carolina on June 25. Photo submitted.


Karolyn Martin '22 was named Miss North Carolina 2022 on June 25 at the High Point Theatre. In May, Martin graduated from Appalachian State earning a bachelor’s of science in communication studies with a minor in marketing. She also completed University Honors. Her thesis, titled “The Digital Dilemma: Social Media's Impact on Body Image,” was directed by Dr. Melissa Adams, assistant professor in the Department of Communication, along with second readers Dr. Denise Martz, professor in the Department of Psychology, and Dr. Peaches Hash, lecturer in the Department of English

To read the full story, click 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. 

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!