August 31, 2022

Honors Weekly Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students 

edited by Kistler Hunt

Volume 6, Issue 2

August 31, 2022


Dear students and friends of Appalachian's Honors College,

Halfway through WEEK TWO of the fall semester, one thing seems clear: there's a welcome new buzz of positive energy in Appalachian Hall, home of the Honors College, and in the Bailey (courtyard) outside, and all across this campus.

I'm seeing more people out and about, more people using our indoor study spaces, and I'm hearing more conversations and interaction, and more footsteps and laughter in the hallways. And more students than almost ever – and certainly more than in any semester since early spring of 2020 – are taking a minute to stop by my office and my colleagues' offices in Appalachian Hall to introduce themselves – and to start the good work of teaching us about themselves, their dreams, their goals.

"The more you do," I am very fond of saying to students – "the more we" – your professors, advisors, departments, programs – "can do for you."

So, students: please take advantage of the great energy and vibe on campus! Make an appointment, or drop by your faculty office hours to introduce yourselves, let us know you are interested and looking for opportunities to serve, work, learn, support. We are waiting, happily, for you!



Top photo features Honors sophomore Kaylee Greene during her hike at Linville Falls this past Saturday, August 27. Photo submitted.

Upcoming Opportunities

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

Fall 2022 Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA) Application

The Office of Student Research is currently accepting Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA) applications for the Fall 2022 semester. URAs offer highly motivated undergraduate students the opportunity to work closely with App State faculty on research, scholarship, or creative activity. Faculty members, in consultation with their selected undergraduate students, are encouraged to apply. The URA Program is open to all disciplines at Appalachian State. URA applications for Fall 2022 are due Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. with award notifications made by mid-September. Fall URA students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours. For more details about the URA application process, visit the Office of Student Research website.

2022 North Carolina Honors Association’s Call for Proposals

The North Carolina Honors Association (NCHA) is accepting proposals for its annual Conference of the North Carolina Honors Association, which will be held virtually from September 30 – October 1. The conference theme emphasizes "creativity in the face of uncertainty." Students are encouraged to submit proposals of any kind, regardless of whether they are connected to theme. There is no cost to register, submit a proposal, or attend the event. The deadline to submit a proposal is September 12 by 5:00 p.m. Students will be notified the following week of their proposal’s acceptance. Participants must register to attend by September 23 at 5:00 p.m. To submit a proposal, click here. To register for the conference, click here. For more information about the conference, click here.

Rural Health Engagement Coordinator

Through an AmeriCorps grant, the Public Health program is seeking students to be rural health engagement coordinators. The Public Health AmeriCorps program provides opportunities for people to make an intensive commitment to service. As a Public Health AmeriCorps member, you can gain new skills and experiences and you’ll also find the tremendous satisfaction that comes from helping others. As a part of this project, students will lead the dissemination and implementation of Psychological First Aid in Watauga County and its surrounding areas. Students have the option for both full-time and part-time employment. For more information, click here.

Immigrant Justice Coalition Job Postings

The Immigrant Justice Coalition is seeking applicants for two positions: Grants Coordinator and Community Outreach Coordinator. The Grants Coordinator will identify and apply for various grants that meet the organization’s needs, overseeing the grant application process from beginning to end. The Community Outreach Coordinator will plan, develop, implement, and analyze community relations efforts and related events. The coordinator will also recruit and supervise volunteers for the Immigrant Justice Coalition. Both positions are part-time. Anyone who has lived immigration experience or is immigration-affected is encouraged to apply to either position. For more information on the Grants Coordinator position, click here. For more information on the Community Outreach Position, click here. For any questions, please contact the Immigrant Justice Coalition


Wellness and Prevention Services is seeking applications for their WeCARE (We Coach, Advocate, Refer, and Educate) program, a merger of WECAN and their Red Flag Campaign. WeCARE works to positively impact student wellness at App State by: empowering peers to change health behaviors, working as an advocacy group for student well-being, and addressing student needs to promote and protect healthy lifestyles. They plan various events throughout the year, including Celebrate EveryBODY Week and the bi-annual Campus Wellness Assessment. This is a volunteer opportunity. For any questions, contact Kyra Patel. To apply, click here.


Stay in the Know

Biology Department Greenhouse Sale

The Biology Department is hosting their fall sale of houseplants and perennials. The event will take place from September 1 – September 3. The September 1 date is appointment only, and is open from 7:00 – 2:00 p.m. The September 2 date is open to the public anytime from 7:00 – 3:00 p.m. The September 3 date is also open to the public anytime from 8:00 – 12:00 p.m. The sale will occur at 211 Dale Street, Boone, NC 28607. People are encouraged to bring their own boxes to transport plants. For more information, click here.

Turchin Center Sculpture Tour

As a part of the Turchin Center’s “First Friday at the Turchin,” the Turchin Center will be offering tours of the newly installed campus sculptures on September 2 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. These seven sculptures, created by artists from across North Carolina, have been installed as phase one of a Campus Arts Corridor that will eventually extend from the Turchin to the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Schaefer Center 2022-2023 Program

Tickets are on sale now for The Schaefer Center Presents 2022-23 season. Presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, the performing arts series offers students, faculty, staff, and the community a diverse array of music, theatre and dance throughout the academic year. During the fall semester, the Schaefer Center will feature four-time Grammy Award winning country-soul/folk artist, Yola, a contemporary ballet performance from Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and a Celtic fiddler Christmas performance. For tickets, click here. For more information about each performance, 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 put on display for 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.

Career Development Center’s Internship and Job Fair

The Career Development Center is hosting their internship and job fair on September 21 from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center. The Internship & Job Fair is an essential tool for networking, landing an internship, or getting hired for full-time employment! Students of all majors, skill sets, and classes are encouraged to attend. There will be more than 100 employers, with hundreds of internship and job opportunities for students! For more information, click here. To register for the Fair, click here.

In the Honors Spotlight

Honors alumnus awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Photo features Honors alumnus Andrew Williard ’22. Photo by Chase Reynold.

Honors alumnus Andrew Williard ’22 has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) and will begin his teaching appointment in Saxony, Germany, this fall. Williard graduated from App State in May with degrees in economics - environmental economics and policy and languages, literatures, and cultures - German. He plans to apply his Fulbright experiences and knowledge to his future educational and career goals, he said, which include potentially completing a master’s degree in environmental studies or international relations and working for the U.S. State Department — particularly in international policy for climate change.

Read more in the story by Jessica Stump here, including Fulbright commentary from our own Dean Jeff, who has also been moonlighting as our "campus Fulbright advisor" for the past couple of years!

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