September 14, 2022

Honors Weekly Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students 

edited by Kistler Hunt

Volume 6, Issue 4

September 14, 2022


Dear Honors students across the university,

Here's an important job opportunity with a quick deadline:

The Honors College has a temporary part-time job opening for an assistant editor of this great weekly publication, the Honors Wednesday Memo!

Work 5 to 10 hours per week this semester, at a starting pay rate of $12 per hour, on tasks assigned by Honors Wednesday Memo editor Kistler Hunt and Honors College Dean Jeff Vahlbusch. Tasks may include gathering news of opportunities, writing stories and blurbs, editing, proofreading, posting news to the Honors College website, and working with our social media accounts.

Interested? For immediate consideration, please send an email to Honors College Business Officer Jess Yandow ( by midnight this Friday, September 16th. Jess will then send you more information and a short application form.

Looking forward to hearing from you!



Top photo features Honors senior Rebekah Augustine while studying abroad in Wroclaw, Poland this summer. Rebekah is a political science major with a concentration in international and comparative politics. Photo submitted.

Upcoming Opportunities

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

Appalachian Interchange Retreat

The Office of Community-Engaged Leadership is hosting their Appalachian Interchange Retreat from September 30 – October 2. The Appalachian Interchange Retreat is a three-day immersion retreat focused on building relationships across lines of difference and taking on collaborative action to address issues affecting campus and the community. The deadline to register for the retreat is September 16. For any questions, contact Honors College alumna Cori Ferguson '21or Summer Wisdom. To apply for the Appalachian Interchange Retreat, click here.

Honors College Vanguard Applications

Honors sophomores, juniors, and seniors are invited to apply for the Honors College Vanguard. Members of the Vanguard make a commitment to leadership within the Honors College by meeting with prospective students and their parents, representing the Honors College at public events, helping host Honors College social and service events, and serving as advisors to the Dean and Honors College staff. Applications are due September 19. The application is attached at the bottom of the memo. For any questions and to submit your application, contact Dean Jeff.

Candid Conversations with Exceptional Women Healthcare Leaders

Appalachian State University, in collaboration with Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and Seton Hall University, is hosting their webinar “Candid Career Conversations with Exceptional Women Healthcare Leaders” on September 19 at 6:30 p.m. The webinar will provide the opportunity to interact with various healthcare professionals as they share their stories and leadership capabilities that helped shape their professional careers. In addition, App State faculty Dr. Julie Sakowski, Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management, will be moderating the discussion. To register for the event, 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 there, with hundreds of internship and job opportunities for students! For more information, click here. To register for the Fair, click here.

Appalachian Global Symposium Proposals

The Office of International Education and Development is hosting its 10th annual Appalachian Global Symposium on November 16 and is currently accepting proposals. The Appalachian Global Symposium highlights the global education activities of Appalachian faculty, staff, and students by providing a platform to share recent activities that contribute to the university’s global mission. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to submit proposals surrounding global research activities, whether it was conducted in the US or abroad. The deadline for proposals is October 10. For more information and to submit a proposal, click here.

Stay in the Know

Environmental Historian Presentation

Belk Library and the Center for Appalachian Studies will be hosting Dr. Luke Manget for a lecture and book signing on September 15 from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. Dr. Manget is an instructor of American Studies and Humanities at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Morganton, North Carolina. Dr. Manget will speak about his new book, “Ginseng Diggers: A History of Root and Herb Gathering in Appalachia,” the first book to unearth the unique relationship between Appalachia and the global trade of medicinal plants. The event will take place in Belk Library. For more information, click here.

James E. Holshouser, Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service

The University Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2022-2023 Board of Governors James E. Holshouser Award for Excellence in Public Service. This award was created in 2007 to encourage, identify, recognize, and reward public service by faculty of the University of North Carolina system. Nominees must be faculty members at any UNC System institution and have distinguished achievements in public service and research. Nominations can be submitted by Appalachian State students, faculty, administrators, or alumni. Nominations must be submitted to Dr. N. Travis Triplett, co-chair of the University Awards Committee by 5:00 p.m. on September 16. For more information, click here. To complete a nomination form, click here.

Reich College of Education Art/Stravaganza

The James Center, located within the Reich College of Education, will be hosting their “Art/Stravaganza” event on September 15 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. This event facilitates a space where students, staff, and faculty can come together to make art in community with one another. Some of the activities will include graffiti art, collages, and painting. Registration for the event is required. To register and learn more about the event, click here.

Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series

The Department of English is hosting their annual Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series. The Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of the late Hughlene Bostian Frank ‘68, a generous supporter of Appalachian State University. The first presentation will include Poet Savannah Sipple, the author of “WWJD & Other Poems.” Sipple will host a reading on September 22 from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m., as well as a craft talk on the same day at 3:30 p.m. Admission to all events throughout the Series is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Susan Weinberg. To read more about the Visting Writers Series, 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.

In the Honors Spotlight

App State alumna becomes Assistant Director of Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Photo features Johnna Reisner. Photo submitted.

There is a new face to the Office of Nationally Competitive and Experiential Learning Scholarships (NCS)! App State has the pleasure of welcoming Johnna Reisner ‘15 '17 to the NCS Office. Reisner arrived at Appalachian in February 2022 and will serve as the Assistant Director of Nationally Competitive and Experiential Learning Scholarships. The NCS Office at App State, as Johnna says, “helps students find opportunities to fund their academic, professional, creative, and personal goals. Many of the scholarships we promote are experiential learning opportunities. We also support students as they develop their application materials, specifically essays and written materials that go along with many of these applications. The writing process is a huge part of what our office supports for these specific writing genres.” 

To read more about Johnna’s role, click 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!