October 19, 2022

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Kistler Hunt

Volume 6, Issue 9

October 19, 2022


A note from the editor, Kistler Hunt:

Dear Honors students and all friends of Honors,

Welcome back, I hope you all had a lovely and restful fall break! I hope that this break allowed you to recharge and reset as we gear up for the second half of the semester.

As we head into the rest of the semester, here’s some words of encouragement that might help you along the way: you are right where you’re meant to be; you’re doing great. Especially in this hectic time of year, we often find ourselves getting lost, discouraged, frustrated. I know I’ve felt that way before! In those times of frustration, I remind myself that I need to have confidence in myself, my abilities, anything really. That little reminder boosts my overall morale and allows me to better myself. I encourage you all to the same.

All the best,




Top photo features Honors freshman Alice Paschall in the Bailey working on her ART 1001: Foundations 1 project on October 11. Photo submitted. 


Upcoming Opportunities:

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

University Forum Lecture Series Presentation

The University Forum Lecture Series Committee and the Schaefer Center will host Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed for a presentation on her Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Juneteenth” on October 24 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Gordon-Reed, a faculty member in history at Harvard University, is the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize for History and MacArthur Genius Award. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Beth Davison.

Native American Voting Rights Presentation

The Gadugi Partnership and the Native American Student Association will host Dr. Jean Schroedel for a presentation on October 24 at 12:00 p.m. Dr. Schroedel will discuss voting rights issues pertaining to Native Americans. Her work, “Voting in the Indian Country,” uses conflicts over voting rights as a lens for understanding the centuries-long fight for Native self-determination. For more information, click here.

Accelerate Your Masters Information Session

The Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies will be hosting an information session for their accelerated masters programs on October 27 at 3:00 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to connect with graduate faculty and learn more about the various accelerated masters programs at App State. Registration is required. To register, click here.

Junaluska Heritage Association Volunteering

The Junaluska Heritage Association is asking for volunteers for their event on October 28. Those interested will be helping in the installation of historically accurate field markers over the unmarked Black graves in the Town of Boone Cemetery. The event will start at 9:00 a.m. and will continue into the afternoon. Registration is required. To register, click here. For any questions, contact the Junaluska Heritage Association.

HON 2515/3515: Cuba Libre

The Honors College is offering various options for studying abroad in the summer of 2023. In one titled “Cuba Libre,” students will receive credit HON 2515 and HON 3515 in Summer Session 1 for travel to Cuba from June 5 to June 17. The first course will explore Cuban history and politics, with an emphasis on the origins of the Cuban Revolution; students will learn why Cuba and the U.S. have a long history of acrimony. The second course will immerse students in the dance and music of Cuba; students will learn that what we think of as “Cuban” music and dance has deep roots in Africa. You must enroll in both courses for a total of six hours. For more information, click here.


Stay in the Know:

AHA Study Break

The Appalachian Honors Association will be hosting a study break event on October 21 at 2:00 p.m. The study break, titled “Puppies and Pumpkins,” will feature pumpkin painting and there will puppies to interact with. The event will be held in the Honors College Bailey. For more information, click here.

Hayes School of Music Octubafest

The Hayes School of Music will be hosting their “Octubafest” on October 22 at 4:00 p.m. in the Rosen Concert Hall. The Appalachian Tuba-Euphonium Collective will showcase the range of low brass pieces, like “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Hayes School of Music Children’s Music Piano Recital

The Hayes School of Music will be hosting a faculty piano recital on October 23 at 4:00 p.m. in the Rosen Concert Hall. Dr. Rodney Reynerson will play piano pieces from Debussy, Satie, Grieg, and Poulenc that were written with children in mind but loved by people of all ages. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Hayes School of Music Brass Chamber Ensembles

The Horn Choir, Tuba-Euphonium Collective, Trumpet Choir, and Trombone Choir in the Hayes School of Music will be hosting a performance on October 23 at 8:00 p.m. in the Rosen Concert Hall. A variety of pieces will be played, many by living composers, including a premiere of Dormant Riverbeds by App State composition professor Andrew Hannon. For more information, click here.

Spooky Duke 5k/10k Registration

The Parent-to-Parent Family Support Network is now accepting registrations for their Spooky Duke 5k/10k and Costume March to be held on November 5. The “Spooky Duke” is a certified 5K and 10K race with a free Costume March and Contest where children, adults, and pets can all show off their unique costumes and share in the fun. All proceeds benefit Parent to Parent FSN-High County. To be guaranteed a shirt, those interested are encouraged to register by October 25. To register and learn more about the event, click here.


In the Honors Spotlight

App State alumna Juliet Irving ’19: A multimedia designer in the performance world


Top photo features App State alumna Juliet Irving ’19. Photo submitted.


Appalachian State University alumna Juliet Irving ’19 has danced her way into a freelance career as a multimedia designer, combining her passions — performing arts, graphic design and social justice. As a dancer and choreographer, an artist and a social justice advocate, Irving used her blended perspective to design a website for a cross-cultural dance collective, Indigo Yard Gals; a virtual exhibition titled Black Lives Matter: Brazil–U.S.A.; and virtual sets for a production of the Shakespeare play “The Tempest” — featuring directors, actors and crew members who are people of color, including Black and Indigenous individuals.

Read more in the story by Jan Todd here.


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