November 9, 2022

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Kistler Hunt

Volume 6, Issue 12

November 9, 2022

Dear Honors students, faculty, parents, staff, friends, 

Last week Dr. Vicky Klima, Honors College academic mentor for STEM students, and professor of Mathematics, and Dr. Angela Mead, Honors College director of Advising and Student Services, and I journeyed to Dallas, Texas, for the annual National Collegiate Honors Council conference, four days of intense conversations on all aspects of Honors education.

Together the three of us brought what we do in Appalachian's Honors College to all:  Vicky, Angela, and I gave presentations, participated in panel discussions, moderated student research panels and multiple conference sessions in various 'threads,' participated in group discussions, judged student research posters, worked as volunteer consultants, and helped student attendees practice interview techniques, including elevator speeches.

We also attended many conference sessions offered by others, on dozens of important topics, and engaged in nearly countless conversations with colleagues and students, aiming to learn from members of great Honors Colleges and programs across the nation and around the globe, and aiming to gain inspiration for our own Honors College changes and tweaks and improvements to come.

'Twas rejuvenating, and I admit: the tacos in Dallas were pretty good, too.



Top photo features Honors senior Meghan Skinner during her internship at HCA Healthcare in Nashville, Tennessee, over the summer. Skinner is majoring in computer information systems. Photo submitted.

Upcoming Opportunities:

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International Education Week

The Office of International Education and Development (OIED) will be hosting their International Education Week November 14 – 18. International Education Week is an annual celebration of Appalachian State University’s global engagement through clubs, courses, and conversations. In addition, the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships will be hosting events throughout the week, including information sessions for the Fulbright and Gilman scholarships, held on November 14 and November 17, respectively. For more information and to view the full schedule of events, click here.

Critical Language Scholarship Application

Applications for the Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS) are now open. 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 deadline to submit applications is November 15. For any questions, contact Johnna Reisner.

International Education Career Talk

The Office of International Education and Development (OIED) is hosting a series of short talks 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.

National Conference on Undergraduate Research

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, and the deadline 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.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Scholarships

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is now accepting applications for their Fall 2022 scholarships. All students must have completed their first semester of freshman year at a HACU member institution at the time of applying. Various scholarships are available for students, but the deadline to apply is December 9. To learn more information and to apply for a scholarship, click here. For any questions, contact Dr. Claudia Cartaya-Martin

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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 9 and November 16. The upcoming showing on November 9 will feature the film “Inhabitants: An Indigenous Perspective,” which discusses indigenous land restoration efforts post-colonization. All showings will start at 6:00 p.m. For more information, click here.

Visiting Writer Series Presentation

The final presentation of the Fall semester for the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series hosted by the Department of English will feature crime novelist Scott Blackburn. Blackburn will be talking about his book, “It Dies With You,” a timely story about the long shadows cast by sins of the past. Blackburn will host a craft talk and a reading on November 10 from 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. and 6:00 -7:15 p.m., respectively. For more information about the presentation, click here.

AHA! Friendsgiving and App Builds A Home

As a part of the November study break, AHA! will be collaborating with App Builds A Home (ABAH) to host a Friendsgiving and a fundraising letter writing event on November 17. Those interested can send emails or physical letters to their families, friends, and neighbors to encourage them to donate to ABAH. For any questions, contact Alisa Duong or Esme Hernandez.

Mountaineer Food Hub and Free Store

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.

HON 2515/HON 3515: Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes

The Honors College is offering various options for studying abroad in the summer of 2023. In one titled “Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes” that provides credit for HON 2515 and HON 3515, students will travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, and London to explore the perspectives of people who live very different lives than their own. To learn more about the study abroad program click here. For questions or to express interest, contact Dr. Paulette Marty.

In the Honors Spotlight 

11 first-year App State students earn Chancellor’s Scholarship for 2022–23

Photo features (left to right) the 2022-2023 Chancellor’s Scholars: Kimberly Acosta-Flores, Phoebe Isabella Atkins, Daliana Estevez, Milena Garcia-Carillo, Alex Hayes, Ella Mayfield, Emerson Phillips, Gaea Polanik, Umamah Syeda Fatima Quadri, Enzo Ramos, Hayley Richardson. Photo by Chase Reynolds.

Eleven first-year students have joined the Appalachian State University Community as Chancellor’s Scholars for the 2022–23 academic year. The Chancellor’s Scholarship is App State’s oldest and most academically competitive merit-based scholarship — it has been awarded for 38 years. “The newest class of Chancellor’s Scholars shares a dedication to community service and academic excellence,” said App State Chancellor Sheri Everts. “Their contributions to the university community will be enhanced by their engagement with faculty, staff and peers across campus and within their chosen disciplines.”

Read more in the story by Jessica Stump here.


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