November 16, 2022

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Kistler Hunt

Volume 6 Issue 13

November 16, 2022


Dear students, faculty, staff, 

At this moment, when we're all feeling the warm tug of coming holidays and the stress of increased workloads, it seems good to remember that App State is a community of people wonderfully devoted to supporting each other.

When I talk with prospective students and their families, one of the best parts of my job, I often lead with a variation of this:  "Appalachian is thousands of highly-trained professionals sitting in their offices waiting for you to knock on their doors!"

And if you knock, and that person can't help, we're all pretty good at putting you in touch with someone who can.

Sending my best wishes,




Top photo features AHA! members (left to right) Alisa Duong, Sophie Columbia, Emily Grant, Lily Vowels, and Eleanor Clodfelter at the Homecoming Parade on October 28. Photo submitted.


Upcoming Opportunities:

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


Student Voices in Ecomedia Literacy

Honors students in Dr. Theresa Redmond’s HON 1515: Media Literacy and Environment seminar will be hosting a virtual panel event “Student Voices in Ecomedia Literacy” on November 21 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. This panel has a climate change focus, and will feature discussion around the ecology of media, how the media influences attention and ideology, and how technology has impacted the planet and people across the globe. For more information, contact Dr. Theresa Redmond. To register for the event, click here.

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.

Non Degree-Seeking Graduate School Applications

The Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies is now accepting applications for their non degree programs in Spring 2023. The Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies offers courses and certificates designed to improve one’s skillset and make them stand out in the workplace. The deadline for applications is December 26. For more information about this program and to apply, click here. For any questions, contact Graduate Admissions.

Medieval Cemetery Field School

Applications are open for ArchaeoTek Canada’s the Medieval Cemetery Funerary Excavation Field School. Students will have the opportunity to travel to Transylvania, Romania, and conduct extensive hands-on training and research on an exceptionally well-preserved medieval cemetery, with in situ remains dating from the 11th to the 18th century. This program has two separate sessions, one from June 4 – July 1, 2023, and the other from July 2 – July 29, 2023. For more information, click here. For any questions, contact Dr. Andre Gonciar.

Juvenile Osteology Research Workshop

Applications are open for ArchaeoTek Canada’s the Juvenile Osteology Research Intensive Training Workshop. Students will be able to study the growth and development of the human skeleton across various juvenile age cohorts, weaning and dietary stress, and many other things. This program will take place from July 2 – July 29, 2023. For more information, click here. For any questions, contact Dr. Andre Gonciar.


Upcoming Thesis Defenses:       

Dean Jeff urges, “Support your fellow Honors College students and faculty by attending Honors thesis defenses! You'll marvel, learn, and grow. And each defense you attend, you'll make your own easier.”      

To attend a defense this semester, please write to      


Ella Riddick

November 17, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Presenting “Researching Resources: A Usability Study of Appalachian State's Library Website and the RC 1000 Research Guide”


Meghan Skinner

November 29, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Presenting “Protecting ePHI: How to be HIPAA Security Rule Compliant with a Comprehensive List of Best Practices”


Stay in the Know: 

Survey for 1000-Level Language Students

Jasmine Garcia, the Honors College graduate assistant, is conducting a survey for 1000-level language students here at App State. She hopes to better understand some of their motivations behind studying a foreign language. It would take no longer than 10-15 minutes to complete the survey and Jasmine would greatly appreciate your input! She will be collecting responses until November 23rd. To complete the survey, click here.

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. The final showing will be held on November 16, which will feature the film “Another Word for Learning” which discusses the struggles of colonial education for indigenous communities. The showing will start at 6:00 p.m. For more information, click here.

HA! 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.

OIED Wine and Cheese

The Office of International Education and Development (OIED) will be hosting a wine and cheese event for campus partners on November 17 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. This event is a celebration of the collaborative efforts made to support global engagement at App State. This event is open to faculty and staff. For more information, click here.

HON 3515: Genocide, Resistance, and Sustainability

The Honors College is offering various options for studying abroad in the summer of 2023. In one titled “Genocide, Resistance, & Sustainability: Stories from Indigenous Guatemala,” students can receive credit for HON 3515 during Summer Session I by traveling to Guatemala from June 5 – 15. Students will learn about contemporary Mayan culture through homestays with indigenous families, volunteer alongside local middle school students in reforestation projects, and participate in community conversations. For more information, click here


In the Honors Spotlight

The Honors College welcomes new assistant editor to the Honors Wednesday Memo 


Photo features Stacy Thornton. Photo submitted.


The Honors College is excited to welcome Stacy Thornton to the Honors College staff as the assistant editor of the Honors Wednesday Memo. Thornton has served in this position since October 2022, primarily working with Kistler Hunt, current editor of the Honors Wednesday Memo, and Dr. Garrett McDowell, Honors College academic mentor and communications liaison. The Honors College is excited to have her on board, and we look forward to seeing all she creates!

Read more about Stacy in the full story here


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