March 1, 2023

edited by Kistler Hunt

Volume 6, Issue 22

March 1, 2023


A note from Honors Wednesday Memo Editor, Kistler Hunt:

Dear Honors students and all friends of Honors,

Over the past few weeks, we’ve experienced quite a few days where the weather’s nice, the sun’s out, and there’s a light breeze in the air. I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I have taken advantage of this nice weather every chance that I got! These warmer days highlight a new beginning: a transition out of what I call the winter slump – long periods of cold weather, often coupled with rain, wind, or both. This winter slump can often dampen our moods; the gloomy weather circumstances can make some of us unwilling and unmotivated to do anything. The lightbulbs that once shone bright inside of us are now merely a flicker. The recent warm days allow us to transition out of the winter slump, to illuminate our lightbulbs again. I encourage you all to take advantage of the nice weather as best as you can!

Today marks another new beginning: the pilot of the Honors Wednesday Memo masthead. The process was exciting! Getting to play with different color combinations, different fonts, and so much more was truly special, and I greatly enjoyed all of it! Through this masthead, we hope to create something that can make the memo even more memorable.

Whatever new beginnings are going on in your lives, take advantage of them. I invite you to welcome them with open arms. Sometimes, the most random new beginnings reap the greatest outcomes!

All the best,


Upcoming Opportunities:

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

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. An award ceremony will be held afterward. 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.

Gilman and Gilman/McCain Scholarship Applications

Applications for the Gilman and Gilman/McCain scholarships are now open. Both scholarships provide up to $5,000 of support for students to broaden their education outside of the United States. Those receiving federal Pell Grants are eligible to apply for the Gilman Scholarship. Students with family or spouses in active military service are eligible to apply for the Gilman/McCain Scholarship. Both applications are due March 10 at 2:59 a.m. Eastern Time. For more information and to apply for the Gilman Scholarship, click here. To apply for the Gilman/McCain Scholarship and learn more, click here.

NC Space Grant Undergraduate Research Scholarship

Applications are now open for the North Carolina Space Grant Undergraduate Research Scholarship. The Undergraduate Research Scholarships are awarded to students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields that support the Mission Directorates of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): aeronautics research, exploration systems development, science, space operations, and space technology. Students must complete research in STEM that is applicable to the NASA Mission Directorate, inclusive of commercial space and/or at the U.S. National Lab on the International Space Station (ISS). This research will take place over a 12-month period, starting on June 1, 2023, and ending on May 31, 2024. Students must be full-time throughout the 2023-2024 academic year and have a 3.0 GPA or higher to be eligible. Applications are due at 5:00 p.m. on March 13. For more information and to apply, click here.

Arts-Based Environmental Education Summer Internship

Appalachian Headwaters, a non-profit that promotes environmental education, is accepting applications for their annual summer camp, Camp Waldo. Camp Waldo educates students about the environment and the arts. Those who apply are eligible for internships in pollinator science, environmental philosophy, communications/marketing, reforestation ecology, native plant horticulture and landscaping, beekeeping, organic farming, and economic development. Camp Waldo will take place in southern West Virginia throughout June and July. For more information and to apply, click here.

National Collegiate Honors Council – Partners in the Parks

Partners in the Parks (PITP) are outdoor experiential learning programs coordinated by the National Collegiate Honors Council and the National Park Service. App State Honors College students are encouraged to consider taking advantage of these great PITP opportunities as a part of their Honors education, as they offer leadership, service, and possibly even research or creative experiences. Several of the programs are within driving distance of North Carolina. The Southern Regional Honors Council (SRHC) has funding for these trips, found here. Additionally, App State Honors College students could apply to the Honors College for research support for these trips, and/or they could earn one semester hour of Honors credit by working with an Honors College supervising instructor and completing one on-site and one reflective post-trip assignment. For the Costa Rica PITP opportunity, students could also earn Honors international education credit. Any interested App State student can contact Dr. Heather Waldroup for more information about how to incorporate PITP opportunities with their Honors College requirements. 

Stay in the Know: 

ASU Production on Climate Change

The Taiwanese Literature Award-winning play, A Fable for Now, is being staged in the Valborg Theater with performances from March 1 to March 5 under the direction of Dr. Kin-Yan Szeto, professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. The play is a satirical and allegorical fable about the present and future of the earth, and ASU's production is the play's English language premiere. The play will also feature post-show panel discussions about climate change from various departments across the university. To purchase tickets and learn more information, click here.

Veterinary Technology Speaker Series: Pet Nutrition

As a part of the Veterinary Technology Speaker Series, the Department of Rural Resilience and Innovation will be featuring a virtual talk about pet nutrition on March 3 at 10:00 a.m. This talk will feature discussion on healthy foods for pets, safe foods for pets, pet nutrition hazards, etc. For more information, click here.

WellTrack Boost App

The Counseling Center has released their new app, WellTrack Boost, which provides resources and tools for mental health. This app allows people to track their mental health habits, their mood, and allows users to connect with mental health resources on campus. Those interested can click here to learn more and download the app. Participants must register with their App State email.

DLLC Symposium

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures will be hosting its fourth annual DLLC Symposium, titled “Diversity and (Dis)Connections in the Contemporary Context,” on March 23 and March 24. The symposium will feature various presentations from faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and community members on how to foster diversity in a contemporary society. For more information, click here.

Counseling Center Workshop Series

The Counseling Center is hosting workshops throughout the Spring semester in order for students to get support and learn various healthy coping skills. Their upcoming workshop will be held on March 29 at 4:00 p.m. in Room 169 of the Plemmons Student Union, which will focus on methods and activities that release endorphins. For more information, contact the Counseling Center.

In the Honors Spotlight

Honors College student Annie Morgan serves as a student health educator with App State’s WeCARE program


Photo features “Messages of Hope” from Suicide Remembrance Night hosted by the WeCARE program. Photo submitted. 

Honors College sophomore and student worker Annie Morgan has become an active student health educator through the program WeCARE (We Coach, Advocate, Refer, and Educate), part of App State’s Wellness and Prevention Services (WPS) and the Division of Student Affairs. The WeCARE program trains passionate and dedicated students, like Morgan, to promote the health and well-being of students by presenting on topics such as nutrition, mental health, sex education, dating and interpersonal violence awareness, bystander training and more. On February 15th, the WeCARE program and office of WPS hosted a Suicide Remembrance Night in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of the Plemmons Student Union. During this event, participants received information about available mental health resources on campus, as well as how to receive help if you have been impacted by mental illness or suicide.


To learn more about Morgan’s work with WeCARE, click here


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