September 21, 2022

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students 

edited by Kistler Hunt

Volume 6, Issue 5

September 21, 2022

Dear friends of Honors:  students, faculty, staff, parents, guardians, family members,

In Monday's issue of Marie's Musings, subtitled "News for Faculty and Staff of the Beaver College of Health Sciences," my colleague and friend Dr. Marie Huff, Dean of that wonderful College, wrote this about last week's ESPN Game Day coverage and our nationally televised football game against Troy:

"This weekend provided an opportunity to showcase our university to a national audience, piquing the curiosity of thousands of potential students!" (Dean Huff's emphases).

Across Appalachian State, we are ready for such national curiosity, attention, and comparison, and for student interest and inquiries from across the nation and around the world. We are an extraordinary university with first-rate faculty and academic programs, extraordinary students, and a uniquely student-centered, caring culture. 

We in App State's Honors College are thrilled and proud to be a part of this outstanding university, to be one of those first-rate academic programs, and to keep working to create and sustain a world-class Honors College able to measure itself against any and all in the opportunities we are able to offer our students, and eager to recruit diverse cohorts of great students from North Carolina and beyond.

Good readers of this Memo, may I invite you to help with gifts of ideas, suggestions, critiques, questions, daydreams, time and talent, treasure – for the Honors College as well as for our currently 36 departmental Honors program across the university? How can we improve what we are doing, and what new initiatives might we begin?

I look forward to hearing from you:



Top photo features Honors senior Jamie Zurek working on her thesis over the summer in Efland, North Carolina. Zurek’s thesis focuses on the construction of a hurdy-gurdy, a medieval string instrument, with references to certain instruments from 18th century France. Zurek is majoring in music industry studies and will defend her thesis later this fall. Photo submitted.

Upcoming Opportunities

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Latin Hispanic Heritage Festival

The Latin Hispanic Alliance, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, will be hosting their Latin Hispanic Heritage Festival on September 23 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. The event will feature special guests and will honor Latin and Hispanic Cultures. Registration is required. To learn more about the event and to register, click here.

College of Arts and Sciences Mountain Studies Lecture

The College of Arts and Sciences, as a part of its biennial Mountain Studies Lecture Series, will be hosting Dr. Edwin Bernbaum for a guest lecture on September 29 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Titled “Sacred Mountains of the World,” Dr. Bernbaum will talk about the role of mountains as it relates to religion, literature, history, and more. Dr. Bernbaum is a scholar of comparative religion and mythology whose work focuses on the relationship between nature and culture. The event is free and open to the public. To learn more about the event, click here.

Appalachian Global Symposium

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

Community FEaSt

The AppalFRESH (Appalachian Food Research for Equity Sustainability and Health) Collaborative is happy to invite Appalachian students, faculty, staff and the community to the 6th annual Community FEaST (Food Engagement and Story Telling) on October 12 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. The goals of Community FEaST are to build community by encouraging conversation and storytelling about the importance of sustainable food, by minimizing waste, maximizing local food sourcing, and developing strategies to reduce food insecurity. All are welcome to attend. To learn more about the event, click here.

Health Professions Peer Advisor Applications

The Health Professions Advising Office is accepting applications for their Peer Advisor program. Peer Advisors are current students who are also interested in the health professions. They help their fellow students to explore, plan, and succeed during their health professions journey. To apply, students must complete an application on Engage, and attend an information session. Information sessions will be held on September 26 at 5:00 p.m. and October 13th at 7:00 p.m. The application deadline is October 14 at 12:00 p.m. To complete the application, click here.

Stay in the Know: 

Visiting Writer Series Presentation

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 feature 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 Visiting Writers Series, click here.

Turchin Center Art Talk

The Turchin Center will be hosting an Art Talk on September 22 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. The Turchin Center will be hosting Bart Vargas, who will speak on his artistic practice and his exhibition “Multitudes,” which is currently on display at the Turchin Center. “Multitudes” is a celebration of Vargas’ use of materials, form, pattern, and color through sculpture and painting. This event will be held in person with a virtual option. To register for the virtual option, click here. To learn more about the event, 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.

APPS AppalFest

The Appalachian Popular Programming Society (APPS), in collaboration with the Handmade Market and Cowboys at Crossroads will be hosting their kickoff to fall event, “AppalFest” on September 30 from 4:00 – 6:00. The event will feature pumpkin painting, a photo wall, yard games, and more. To learn more about the event, click here.

LGBTQ Center Coming Out Day

The Henderson Springs LGBTQ+ Center will be hosting their “App Coming Out Day” on October 11 from 11:00 – 3:00 p.m. The event will spread awareness about coming out day and its significance to the LGBTQ+ community. The LGBTQ+ Center will have a photo booth set up, as well as goodie bags to hand out. To learn more about the event, click here.


In the Honors Spotlight

Honors College Students Study Abroad in Droves over the Summer

by Kistler Hunt

Photo features (from top to bottom, left to right) Isabel Kaczmarek, Tyler Bland, Claire Kennedy, and Lily Vowels on their study abroad adventures over the summer. Photos submitted.

Over this past summer, Honors College students studied in 10 countries, including Italy, France, Canada, Spain, and the United Kingdom. In email reports sent back to the Honors College, students evaluated their experiences abroad as incredibly valuable. International experiences are truly great additions to a student’s college career, and in the Honors College, wonderfully, they are required! The Honors College encourages all students to explore and dive deeper into life-changing educational opportunities and interests, especially abroad! And we are excited to support such adventures! 

To read more about four students’ experiences abroad, click here.


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