November 2, 2022

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

Edited by Kistler Hunt

Volume 6, Issue 11

November 2, 2022

A note from Honors Wednesday Memo editor, Kistler Hunt:

Dear Honors students and all friends of Honors,

Throughout my time here at Appalachian, I’ve been inspired by my professors and fellow students. To be in an environment where you’re surrounded by people who have done remarkable things and for them to share their admirable talents with you is truly wonderful. This memo features lots of inspiring opportunities to learn and grow, as well as an equally inspiring story about one of our alumni. My challenge to you: find ways to be inspired. Seek out that opportunity, even if it seems far from reach! It allows you to learn more about yourself in ways you’ve never seen before.

Best wishes,

Kistler Hunt

Top photo features Honors students Vanya Dill, left, and Amanda Hammers, right, at the AHA! October Study Break held in the Honors College Bailey on October 21. Dill is majoring in geology and Hammers is majoring in psychology. Photo by Alisa Duong.

Upcoming Opportunities:

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

2023 Study Abroad Scholarship Applications

The Office of International Education and Development is now accepting applications for students studying abroad between December 1, 2022 and December 1, 2023. Scholarship amounts range from $250 to $2,000. Students do not need to be committed to a study abroad program to apply, but if awarded a scholarship, will need to commit to a program within 30 days. Applications are due November 4. For more information and to apply, click here.

Critical Language Scholarship Application Workshops

The Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships (NCS) will be hosting workshops for the Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS). The CLS Program is a fully funded program that provides intensive overseas language and cultural immersion. Through CLS, students spend eight to ten weeks abroad to learn one of 14 critical languages and earn academic credit for their work. The NCS Office will be holding workshops to help students with filling out the application. Upcoming workshops will be held from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. on November 2 and November 8. For more information about the CLS Scholarship, click here. For any questions, contact Johnna Reisner.

2023 SOUL Applications

The applications for the Student Orientation Undergraduate Leader (SOUL) Program are now open. As a SOUL, students serve as mentor, guide, and resource for all new students and their families, educate students about how to make the most of their time at Appalachian, and much more. Students will be paid during their time as a SOUL and work full time during Summer Orientation from mid-May until the end of June. The application and necessary forms are due November 4. For more information about being a SOUL, click here. To apply, click here.

National Conference on Undergraduate Research Abstracts

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is now accepting abstract applications for their 2023 National Conference, held in person from April 12 – 15, 2023 at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Both students and faculty can submit their abstracts for consideration. The deadline to submit abstracts is November 30. For more information and to submit student abstracts, click here. For faculty submissions, click here. For any questions, contact the Office of Student Research.

HON 2515/3515: Culture and Arts in Vienna

The Honors College is offering various options for studying abroad in the summer of 2023. In one titled “Culture and Arts in Vienna,” students can receive credit for HON 2515 and HON 3515 during Summer Session I by traveling to Vienna, Austria from May 13 – June 2. The course consists of two interdisciplinary honors courses that focus on the art, literature, and music of Vienna from around 1700 to the present. For more information, click here.

Stay in the Know:

Native American Film Series

In conjunction with Native American History Month, the Office of Diversity, the Gadugi Partnership, and the Native American Student Association is proud to bring back the Native American Film Series. Upcoming showings will be held on November 2, November 9, and November 16. The upcoming showing on November 2 will feature the film “Powerlands,” which discusses Native American displacement. All showings will start at 6:00 p.m. For more information, click here.

Mountaineer Food Hub and Free Store

As fall approaches, the Mountaineer Food Hub and Free Store is in need of gently used winter coats. The Mountaineer Food Hub and Free Store serves to address food insecurity and resource consumption within the campus community. The free store carries interview clothing, winter gear, school supplies, household items and various other goods. Those interested in donating can drop off their items anytime Monday – Friday from 8:30 – 5:00 p.m. For more information, click here.

Climate Responses and Response-Ability

In Spring 2023, nine academic programs across campus are offering a course titled “Climate Responses and Response-Ability.” The course is organized around climate solutions rather than academic disciplines, and includes climate responses based in technology, ecosystem management, markets, governance, and social and cultural transformations. Students can take this course in various departments, including from the Honors College as an Honors seminar, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, and much more. For more information about the course and the various sections offered, click here.

AHA! Friendsgiving

AHA! will be hosting a Friendsgiving on November 17 at 6:00 p.m. During this November study break students will have the opportunity to interact with one another and enjoy time together. For questions, contact Alisa Duong.

International Education Career Talk

The Office of International Education and Development (OIED) is hosting a series of short talks this year for globally minded students who are considering careers in International Education, whether in study abroad, international student advising, international admissions and recruiting, or English language programs. This talk will feature information about the many facets of IE and advice for breaking into the field. The next talk will be held November 18 at 1:00 p.m. To register and ask questions, contact Karen Binger Marshall

In the Honors Spotlight

Corbin Ester ‘15 continues medical training at Duke

Photo features Dr. Corbin Ester '15. Photo submitted.

Honors College alumnus and Chancellor's Scholar Corbin Ester is now a resident in his first year of the Diagnostic Radiology Program at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. Before starting medical school, Dr. Ester worked for two years at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). After working at the NIH, Dr. Ester applied and was accepted into Harvard Medical School (HMS). Dr. Ester highlights the resemblances between his time in Honors and his work as a physician. He says, “Radiology (and Medicine) is a field where you have to be able to problem solve quickly. In the Honors College, my professors treated me as a capable adult who could solve problems once I was given a foundation of knowledge…My time in the Honors College helped me develop the confidence in my ability to learn and work toward a solution that has helped me develop into an effective resident.”

To read more about Dr. Ester’s experience, click here.


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