October 5, 2022

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Kistler Hunt

Volume 6, Issue 7

October 5, 2022


A Note from Honors Wednesday Memo Editor, Kistler Hunt:

Dear Honors students and friends of Honors,

A couple times a week, I wake up early in the morning to walk to my first class of the day and take note of what’s going on around me. In the past few weeks, I’ve noticed that the leaves on the many trees are changing colors – from green, to yellow, then orange, and finally, red. As I’m reminded of this period of change, I give myself the space to reflect.

As we approach the halfway point in the semester, it’s easy to get lost in the motions of our daily routine, which lets us forget about what’s most important: ourselves. A few years ago, a little birdie gave me the best advice I have ever received: slow down.

I encourage you all, even in the hustle and bustle of your daily lives, to slow down and take time for yourself, in whatever capacity that entails. Time moves fast, so inviting that space for reflection and ponderance can orient our mindset in a more positive light. Do whatever you need to make yourself feel good!

All the best,

Kistler Hunt



Top photo features (from left to right) Honors students Dalton Nagy and Christian Hart at the AHA!’s Paint Night in the Honors College Library on September 27. Photo by Angela Sajewicz.


Upcoming Opportunities

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

Study Abroad Information Session

The Department of Sustainable Development and Department of Biology will be hosting an information session for their faculty-led Summer Session 1 Trip to Costa Rica, which will focus on tropical forests and sustainable development. Students will have the opportunity to carry out hands-on research on forest restoration and biodiversity monitoring and will work with community conservation and development groups. An information session will be held on October 7 at 3:00 p.m. in Edwin Duncan Room 315. For more information, contact Julia Showalter or Rick Rheingans.

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 interested in the health professions and help their fellow students to explore, plan, and succeed toward their health professions goals. To apply, students must attend an information session and complete an application on Engage. 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.

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.

Graduate Admissions Application Deadlines

Students interested in starting a graduate degree at Appalachian or taking graduate-level classes in Spring 2023 can apply for more than 80 graduate degree or certificate programs. The Spring 2023 deadline for degree and certificate programs is November 1. Those not interested in starting degree or certificate coursework must apply by December 26. For more information, contact Graduate Admissions.

George Williams Garrett Memorial Scholarship Application

The Honors College is currently accepting applications for its George Williams Garrett Memorial Scholarship, which provides $1000 support to students in the Honors College who are interested in pursuing careers in scientific research. 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 and include a letter of recommendation from their thesis mentor. Click here to learn more about the scholarship and click here to complete the application due by 12:00 p.m. on November 11.

Stay in the Know

Honors Trivia and Games Night

The Honors College Mentor Committee will be hosting a trivia and games night on October 5 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Plemmons Student Union Room 201A. This event invites honors mentors and their mentees to hang out and connect with one another, play games, and enjoy snacks. For any questions, contact Jasmine Garcia, Honors College graduate assistant.

Visiting Writer Series Presentation

The next presentation of the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series hosted by the Department of English will feature environmental writer and the 2022 Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Leigh Ann Henion. Henion is the author of “Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World,” a New York Times bestseller. Henion will host a craft talk and a reading on October 13 from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. and from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m., respectively. For more information about the presentation, click here.

Education Career Fair

The Career Development Center will be hosting their Education Career Fair on October 14 from 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center. The fair connects school administrators, superintendents, and other employers from the field of education seeking to hire candidates with talented students and alumni from the Reich College of Education. Registration is required. For more information, click here.

Fall Sustainability Film Series Presentation

The next presentation of the annual Fall Sustainability Film Series hosted by the Office of Sustainability will be held on October 25 at 7:00 p.m. The presentation will feature the film “Angel of Alabama,” which features a mid-career investigator who returns home to rural Alabama to support her mother's failing health. Amidst unusually rampant disease, she becomes a caretaker for her community until an unexpected diagnosis launches her investigation to heal her county. To learn more and register for the event, click here.

RIEEE Webinar Series Presentation

The Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics (RIEEE) will be hosting a webinar series throughout the Fall semester surrounding the theme of impactful research. They will host a virtual presentation on October 28 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. titled “Climate Science and Conservation in Mountainous Environments,” featuring Dr. Baker Perry, professor in the Department of Geography and Planning and Dr. Matt Estep, associate professor in the Department of Biology. For more information, contact Grace Marasco-Plummer.


In the Honors Spotlight

Honors senior draws on experiences as theatre maker



Photo features Chan in the process of building a set piece for The Trolleys. Photo submitted.

Honors senior Cecilia Chan has been working as a scenic designer for The Trolleys, a show supported by the Department of Theatre and Dance at App State. As scenic designer, Chan highlights her duties by saying, “I am responsible for the physical world of the show - designing all of the scenic elements and working closely with my director and design team to make sure this world is in line with the director’s vision, but also within creative boundaries of our individual design focuses. The most critical part is the collaboration between our team, as each of our design elements affect one another, one detail at a time.”  

To read more about Chan’s experience, click here.


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