November 30, 2022

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Kistler Hunt

Volume 6, Issue 14

November 30, 2022

Dear Honors College and departmental Honors students,

I'm sending my very best and warmest wishes to each of you for a successful conclusion to this semester (and a great break beyond)! Please reach out if I can help (including free pep talks on demand), and please turn to your advisors and faculty members if you need them.

And don't skip the Memo below; it offers great opportunities! Study abroad with the Honors College in Vienna, apply to become a Campus Ambassador, seek and apply for scholarships, help the Art department, enjoy dance and music, learn from students and faculty who attended the COP27 climate change conference in Egypt!

In support, always,


Top photo features Honors students (from left to right): Michelle Ellison, Madeline Cunningham, Claire Kennedy, and Percy Aagon at the North Carolina Religious Studies Conference at UNC-Pembroke on October 29. Photo submitted.

Upcoming Opportunities:

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

Southern Regional Honors Council Conference Applications

The Southern Regional Honors Council Conference will be held in Charlotte, NC from March 30 – April 2.

The Southern Regional Honors Council is a professional organization of honors colleges and programs in the Southeast. Honors College students are invited to apply to present at the conference, and applications are now open. Students can submit any presentation of their choosing, including oral presentations, poster presentations, and creative works. The deadline to submit a presentation is January 30. To submit your presentation application, click here. For any questions, contact Dean Jeff or Dr. Heather Waldroup.

Appalachian Student Ambassador Membership Drive

As a part of their membership drive, the AppalachianStudent Ambassadors will be hosting a virtual information session on December 1 at 6:00 p.m. The Appalachian Student Ambassadors is a professional organization made up of undergraduate student leaders who work in direct partnership with the Alumni Association, University Admissions, and the Office of the Chancellor to serve past, present, and future Mountaineers. This information session will provide a way for students to learn more about the organization and the upcoming application process. The application to be a Student Ambassador opens January 16 at 8:00 a.m. For any questions, contact Libbie Warren.

Appalachian Scholarship Application Portal

The Appalachian Scholarship Application Portal (ASAP) will open on December 1 for 2023-2024 student scholarship applications. The ASAP system is a "one-stop shop" where currently enrolled students can apply for general university scholarships, departmental and major-specific scholarships, as well as club and student employee scholarships. The portal will remain open until February 7, 2023. For any questions, contact the Office of Financial Aid or University Scholarships.

UNC Assured Admissions PharmD Program

Applications for the Assured Admissions Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy are now open. The Assured Admissions PharmD program provides guaranteed admission into the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy after completing two years of undergraduate education. The deadline to submit an application is December 1. For more information, click here. For any questions, contact the Health Professions Advising Office.

Department of Art Assistance

The Department of Art is in the process of packing its studios in Wey Hall and would like some assistance with that process. The packing will take place between December 5 – 9, as well as December 12 – 16. To express interest and ask any questions, contact Mary Beth Crass

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       

Dallas Cobb

December 1, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Presenting “Elaboration on, and Context for, Vocal Recital Repertoire”

Sammie Little

December 2, 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Presenting “Women’s Equal Place at Work: An Analysis of Benevolent Sexism in the Workplace”

Sophie Cole

December 2, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Presenting “I Call Bullshit: An Investigation of Situational Factors Affecting Bullshit Receptivity”

Gabbie Goelz

December 2, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Presenting “Examining Bias in Mathematics Assessment Items for K-12 Students”

Cecilia Chan

December 5, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Presenting “Cultural Inclusivity: An Inquiry Through Scenic Design”

Stay in the Know:

Global Climate Negotiations Debrief

The Office of Sustainability will be hosting a debriefing panel with the six App State students and two App State faculty who recently attended the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27) in Egypt. The panelists will share their experiences attending COP27 and allow for open discussion about climate change. The panel will take place on December 1 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Dave McEvoy

Appalachian Symphonic Orchestra Dance Party

The Appalachian Symphonic Orchestra will be hosting a concert on December 3 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Directed by Dr. Alexandra Dee, director of orchestral activities in the Hayes School of Music, the concert will feature various pieces surrounding the theme of dance. No ticket is required. For more information, click here.

Wellness and Prevention Services Twitch Streams

Wellness and Prevention Services will be hosting a Twitch livestream on December 5 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. These livestreams allow students to discuss wellbeing while playing video games. The upcoming livestream will include discussion about de-stressing before final exams. For more information, click here.

Craft Sale

The Craft Enrichment Program will be having their bi-annual craft sale on December 7 from 8:00 – 3:00 p.m. This event features work from local artists and recent Craft Enrichment students. For more information, click here.

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.

In the Honors Spotlight

Honors College students travel to Egypt to attend the 27th annual Conference of Parties

on climate change

Photo features Honors College students Grace Waugh (left) and Matthew Mair (right) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Photo submitted.

Honors College students Grace Waugh and Matthew Mair traveled to Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, to attend the 27th annual Conference of Parties (COP27) on climate change from November 6-20. COP27 is held by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Waugh is a senior majoring in sustainable technology with a minor in economics. Mair is a junior and a 2020 Chancellor’s Scholar, who is double-majoring in economics and political science.

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