February 1, 2023

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Kistler Hunt

Volume 6, Issue 18

February 1, 2023


A note from Honors Wednesday Memo Editor, Kistler Hunt:

Dear Honors students and all friends of Honors,

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the absolute pleasure of providing tours of Appalachian Hall to prospective Honors students and their families. Getting to share the beauty of Honors at App State — its endless pursuit of knowledge with an amazing support group — is an incredible honor. While on a tour, one student asked me, “Why did you decide to come here?” My “why” was the exuberant familial atmosphere shown all throughout campus! As an Honors student, I have been connected to people, places, and opportunities that I otherwise wouldn’t have heard of, and as editor, I get to share opportunities and news with you all every week. Through this, I actively get to create this family, my “why.” This amazing privilege has allowed me to do some introspection.

The motions of our everyday routine can often cause us to forget, so I challenge you all to remember your “why.” What inspired you to come here in the first place? How are your actions creating the “why” for you? Take some time this week to think about that, it works wonders!

All the best,



Top photo features students in Dr. Heather Waldroup's Art History 3810: Photography and Culture course at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham, NC, on Friday, January 27th, 2023 examining Andy Warhol polaroids with Dr. Ellen Raimond, associate curator of academic initiatives. Photo submitted.


Upcoming Opportunities:

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

Art and Design Expo Call for Entries

The Department of Art and the Smith Gallery are now receiving submissions for its Art and Design Expo to be held February 21 – March 9. Art work of any medium may be submitted by students of any major. All work submitted will be juried for inclusion in the Expo, and monetary prizes will be offered. The deadline to submit is February 3. For any questions, contact Jennie Carlisle

Fulbright UK Summer Institutes Application

Current first and second year students are encouraged to apply to the Fulbright UK Summer Institute program. The UK Summer Institute allows students with little-to-no travel experience outside of North America to explore life in the UK while studying at a university in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, or Wales. Students will spend about three to four weeks abroad. The deadline to apply is February 7. For more information and to ask questions, contact Johnna Reisner.

Aisthesis Journal Submissions

Aisthesis, a student-run honors journal published through the University of Minnesota – Duluth, is now accepting submissions for its upcoming journal volume. Aisthesis seeks to promote the work of students enrolled in university honors programs. Students can submit academic and creative works from any discipline. The deadline for submissions is March 6. To learn more about the submission process, click here. For any questions, contact the Aisthesis Editorial Board.

Gilman International Scholarship Applications

Applications for the Gilman International Scholarship are now open. The Gilman International Scholarship allows students the opportunity to study or intern abroad, with the opportunity to work in a multitude of countries, as well as learn a language. Those selected are eligible to receive up to $5000 for their study abroad program. To be eligible, applicants must be receiving a federal Pell Grant either at the time of application or during their time abroad. Applicants are encouraged to meet with Johnna Reisner in the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships for application assistance. The deadline to apply is March 10 at 2:59 a.m. Eastern Time. For more information, click here.

Nasher Museum of Art Internship

The Academic Initiatives Department at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is now accepting applications for their internship program. Students with a career interest in arts are especially encouraged to apply. This internship allows students to assist with research and planning for an upcoming exhibit featuring a transformative gift of photographs. This internship is funded and requires a commitment of 20 hours a week. The deadline to apply is March 10 at 11:59 p.m. For more information and to apply, click here.


Stay in the Know: 

Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Event – Daniel Dawes

The University will be holding its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Event on February 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Schaefer Center. This year’s MLK Commemoration Event will feature Daniel Dawes, who is a widely respected healthcare and public health leader and health equity and policy expert. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Global Health and Executive Director of the Global Health Equity Institute at Meharry Medical College. For more information, click here.

Hayes School of Music: Black History Month Concert Series

The Hayes School of Music and the Department of English will be hosting two concerts throughout the month of February to commemorate Black History Month. These concerts will feature music and poetry by Black composers and writers. The first concert will be held on February 5 at 4:00 p.m. in Rosen Concert Hall. The second concert will be held on February 19 with the same time and location. To learn more, click here.

WeCare: Suicide Remembrance Night

The WeCare (We Coach, Advocate, Refer, and Educate) Program, offered through Wellness and Prevention Services, is hosting its annual suicide remembrance night on February 15 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. This event will showcase mental health resources at App State, and mental health awareness activities. For more information, contact Kyra Patel.

Outdoor Jobs Fair

The Career Development Center is hosting an Outdoor Jobs Fair on February 15 from 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. This job fair allows students to secure both summer and year-round employment, as well as learn more about internship opportunities within the outdoor jobs field. Students of all majors are encouraged to attend. Students are also encouraged to pre-register for this event. To register for the event, click here. For more information, contact the Career Development Center.

Faculty-led Study Abroad – Climate Change and Chile

Students in the Honors College are encouraged to apply for a faculty-led study abroad trip to Chile. This trip led by Brian Davies, professor in the Department of Applied Design, will take place from July 5 – August 10 in Santiago, Chile, and includes in-country excursions. Through this program students will study climate change advocacy, and examine the effects of climate change. Applications are due February 15. For more information and to apply, contact Brian Davies.


In the Honors Spotlight

Honors Sophomore discovers the power of sustainability and community relationships

 in Guatemala


Photo features Honors student Lily Perkins (second from right) during her study abroad trip to Guatemala. Photo submitted.


Honors College student Lily Perkins spent part of her summer in the indigenous community of Copal AA La Esperanza, Guatemala. Over the course of the 10-day trip led by Dr. Greg McClure, professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Perkins, along with several other Honors College students, learned about building a renewable community from the ground up. Perkins is a sophomore majoring in sustainable development. Perkins shared that one of the most valuable lessons she learned from her experience in Copal AA was the power of relying upon community, stating “This community showed me the importance of strong community ties… [Copal AA] would not be successful without the care that everyone there had for each other. [I had never] been to a mostly self-sufficient community, so it was interesting to see that it was possible to rely on the people around you for everything you need instead of the government.”

To learn more about Perkins’ study abroad experiences, click here.


Have announcements to share? Submissions can be made to honors@appstate.edu. Any content received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday will be considered for the following week’s issue. 

Have a story to share? Share what you have done, what you are doing, or what you will be doing by submitting a story here

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