February 15, 2023

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

edited by Kistler Hunt

Volume 6, Issue 20

February 15, 2023


Dear Honors students, faculty, staff — all friends,

Today I will complete our Honors College admissions process for Fall 2023 entry, finalizing our 3 lists of applicants:  those to invite to join; those to place on our waiting list; and those to invite to reapply to join the Honors College — after a successful fall semester at Appalachian — in Spring 2024.

My profound thanks for their extraordinary help in getting us to this point go to our wonderfully dedicated colleagues in Enrollment Management at Appalachian, the faculty and student members of our 2023 Chancellor's Scholar Selection Committee, and all the Honors College staff members and academic mentors who read applications this year.

Doing Honors education inclusively means doing it collaboratively!

Writing with gratitude to all, and excitement,



Top photo features (left to right) Stephen Smith, Leah Boone, Matthew Mair, Caleb Brown, James Auwn, Milena Garcia-Carillo, Kimberly Acosta-Flores, Emerson Phillips, Umamah Quadri, Dr. Mark Venable, and Maggie Vaughn at the Chancellor’s Scholars Governing Board Meeting on February 13. Photo submitted.


Upcoming Opportunities:

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

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.

AHA! Study Break

The Appalachian Honors Association (AHA!) will be hosting a study break on February 21 at 6:00 p.m. in the Honors College Library. This study break will feature Valentine’s Day card writing, as well as sweet treats. For more information, contact Alisa Duong.

Balkan Heritage Field School Application

Applications are now open for the Balkan Heritage Field School Program. These field schools, located in Bulgaria, Greece, Israel, and North Macedonia, are for students interested in archaeology, as well as the conservation and preservation of artifacts. Students will have the opportunity to participate in archaeological fieldwork as participants of the program. The early-bird deadline to register for this program is March 1. For more information and to apply, click here.

Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors Abstract Submissions

The Office of Student Research is hosting its 26th annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors on April 19. They are currently accepting student abstract submissions, which will be entered into their poster competition. Abstracts should be entirely student-driven and completed by the time of submission. The deadline to submit an abstract is March 3. For more information and to submit an abstract, click here.

International Conference on the Arts in Society Call for Papers

The International Conference on the Arts in Society is now accepting paper submissions for their 18th annual conference, which will be held from July 5 – 7 in Krakow, Poland. This interdisciplinary research network offers a forum for the role of the arts in society, including discussion on critical engagement, examination and experimentation, and discovery. Those interested must submit their proposal by April 5. For more information and to submit a proposal, click here.


Stay in the Know:

Sustainable Energy Speaker Series Presentations

The Appalachian Energy Center is hosting its annual Sustainable Energy Speaker Series throughout the Spring 2023 semester. Their upcoming presentations will be held on February 17 and February 20 at 3:30 and 4:00 p.m., respectively. On February 17, Dr. Adrian Pugsley, research fellow at the Belfast School of Architecture, will be presenting on “Adaptive Facades: Current State of Art.” On February 20, Dr. Murray Fisher, chief rotor engineer at Gulf Wind Technology, will be presenting on “Harnessing the Power of Technology: Sustainable Wind Energy in the Southeast.” Both presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Francophone Film Screening Presentation

University Libraries and the Department of English will host several film screenings as a part of its “Féroce et Formidable: A Francophone Film Festival” series. The next screening will be held on February 21 at 6:30 p.m. and will feature the film The Red Circle, which tells the story of a jewelry shop heist where no dialogue takes place. For more information, click here

The View from Junaluska: Perspectives from a Black Appalachian Community

The Walker College of Business is hosting its annual Courageous Conversations event on February 22 at 5:00 p.m. This event will feature a candid discussion on life and work in Boone with local residents of the Junaluska neighborhood, a historically Black community in the High Country. Inspired by the Common Reading book selection, “Junaluska: Oral Histories of a Black Appalachian Community,” all members of First Year Seminar as well as the broader community are welcome to attend. Registration is required. For more information and to register for the event, click here.

Goat Farming and Veterinary Needs in the High Country

The Department of Rural Resilience and Innovation is hosting its Veterinary Technology Speaker Series, which features discussion on the field of veterinary technology and veterinary medicine. Their upcoming presentation, “Goat Farming and Veterinary Needs in the High Country,” will discuss the challenges of animal farming and getting the veterinary care necessary for small farmers in rural areas. This presentation will take place on February 23 at 2:00 p.m. For more information, click here.

Spring Sustainability Film Series

The Office of Sustainability is hosting its annual Spring Sustainability Film Series, which seeks to feature films surrounding the theme of sustainability and sustainable practices. Their next film presentation will feature the film Reflection: A Walk With Water, which offers suggestions for drought recovery in California. Registration is required. For more information and to register, click here.


In the Honors Spotlight

Honors College student awarded competitive research scholarship


Photo features James Auwn. Photo submitted. 

Honors College junior and Chancellor’s Scholar James Auwn, a molecular biology and psychology major from Cary, has been selected for the competitive Fulbright-MITACS Globalink Program. The program will support Auwn's neuroscience research at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada, from May through August 2023. The Fulbright-MITACS Globalink Program is a partnership between the Fulbright Program and the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States, also known as Fulbright Canada. It is intended for U.S. students interested in going to Canada to undertake advanced research projects in their area of interest for 10 to 12 weeks. Auwn will be investigating pain chronobiology and neuroimmunology. Auwn shares, “I'd like to add my thanks for the consistent support that I've been given from my peers and mentors within the Honors College. I am very passionate about academia, and the Honors College has fostered and reinforced this passion.”

Read more in the story by Lauren Andersen here.


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