September 28, 2022

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Kistler Hunt

Volume 6, Issue 6

September 28, 2022


Dear Honors students and Honors friends,

I'm delighted to send you today's Memo, the great work of editor Kistler Hunt. Today we celebrate Honors College alumna and graduate assistant Jasmine Garcia ‘22 and Honors College student and campus ambassador Margaret-Ann Littauer, and offer you 10 important opportunities. Happy reading, and please reach out if we in the Honors College can help you apply or connect.

Writing with best wishes always,




Top photo features Jasmine Garcia ‘22 our new Honors College graduate assistant. Garcia is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Spanish college teaching, which she plans to complete in 2023. Garcia is an Honors College alumna who earned her Bachelor of Science in Spanish education (K-12). She successfully completed her thesis, “The Importance of Using the Target Language in the World Language Classroom” in the fall of 2021 under the directorship of Dr. Benjamin Souza, associate professor in the Department of Languages, Literature, and Culture, and with Dr. Chris Osmond, professor in the Department of Leadership and Education Studies, as second reader. Photo submitted.


Upcoming Opportunities

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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.

Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Information Session

The Japanese program is hosting a virtual information session regarding the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program on October 3 at 3:00 p.m. The Program Coordinator of the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta, Georgia will be talking about the JET Program and all that it offers. The JET Program is the only teaching exchange program that is managed by the Japanese government. Applicants are not required to have knowledge of Japanese. To learn more about the program, click here. To register for the information session, click here.

 Appalachian Global Symposium

The Office of International Education and Development is currently accepting proposals from students, faculty, and staff for its 10th annual Appalachian Global Symposium to be held on November 16. 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.

NC Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium

The Office of Student Research encourages undergraduate students and their faculty mentors to submit abstracts for presentation at the 2022 State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS). Abstracts can feature original research, as well as creative endeavors. The conference will be held in person on December 3 at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington. The deadline to submit abstracts is October 26. There is no registration fee for the event. To submit an abstract, click here.

George Williams Garrett Memorial Scholarship Application

The Honors College is currently accepting applications for its George Williams Garrett Memorial Scholarship. The Garrett Scholarship provides $1000 support to students in the Honors College who are interested in pursuing careers in scientific research, a passion of the Garrett family. The scholarship is open to students in all fields of science, but preference will be given to students who are planning on a career in medicine or medical research. This award has the option for renewal. Applicants must fill out the application in consultation with their research mentor by 12:00 p.m. on November 11 and include a letter of recommendation from their thesis mentor. Click here to learn more about the scholarship and to click here to complete the application.


Stay in the Know


Visiting Writer Series Presentation

The Department of English is hosting their annual Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series named in honor of the late Hughlene Bostian Frank ‘68. Their next presentation will feature memoirist Neema Avashia, author of “Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place.” Avashia will host a reading on September 29 from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m., as well as a craft talk on the same day from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. For more information about the event and Avashia, click here.

App Builds a Home Walls-Up Event

App Builds a Home is hosting their first walls-up event of the semester on September 29 and 30 from 9:00 – 4:00 p.m. both days. This event supports Habitat for Humanity and participants will aid in the process of building interior walls in a family home. The event will be held at Grace Lutheran Church. For more information and to sign up, contact Esme Hernandez-Alvarez.

Appalachian Student Ambassadors Canned Food Drive

The Appalachian Student Ambassadors will be hosting their annual Canned Food Drive until October 2. The Canned Food Drive involves the collection of canned goods and monetary donations benefitting the Hunger and Health Coalition, which seeks to remove food disparities in the High Country. Tables will be placed in the Bookstore and Trivette Markets from 10:00 – 3:00 p.m. throughout the week to collect donations. For more information, contact Appalachian Student Ambassadors.

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, theater, and dance throughout the academic year. The Schaefer Center will feature Complexions Contemporary Ballet for their performance, “STAR DUST: From Bach to David Bowie” on October 6 at 7:00 p.m. For tickets, 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 toward their health professions goals. To apply, students must complete an application on Engage, and attend an information session. The final information session will be held on October 13th at 7:00 p.m. The application deadline is October 14 at 12:00 p.m. To complete the application, click here.


In the Honors Spotlight

Margaret-Ann Littauer Selected for Appalachian Student Ambassadors



Photo features Margaret-Ann Littauer. Photo submitted.


Honors College sophomore Margaret-Ann Littauer was recently selected to be a part of the Appalachian Student Ambassadors organization. Littauer describes Appalachian Student Ambassadors as “a group on campus that serves the Alumni Association, University Admissions, and the Office of the Chancellor to be professional representatives of the University. We do a lot of work with these offices to serve past, present, and future Mountaineers.”

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