March 8, 2023


edited by Kistler Hunt

Volume 6, Issue 23

March 8, 2023

Dear Honors College and departmental Honors program students, faculty, staff, friends,

Honors Colleges, as we have been saying and demonstrating for years, are ideal places and spaces for innovation in learning, teaching, serving, and change-making — at universities and in the communities that surround them. Here's a lovely case in point:

I'm excited to announce the Inaugural Honors College Latine Studies Learning Community, the first of its kind at Appalachian State.

Honors College AND departmental Honors students who join the community for Fall 2023 will enroll in their appropriate level of Spanish language (Honors Beginning Spanish II, Honors Intermediate I, Honors Intermediate II) and also a linked GE Honors course on Hispanic Literatures and Border Crossings. In Spring 2023 students will continue their Honors language studies and can take Honors art history credit in a related area.

Students: please write to Dr. Heather Waldroup in the Honors College to express your interest in and learn more about this unique experience.

Writing with profound thanks to Drs. Paul Worley and Catherine Fountain, chair and assistant chair in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and to all professors and instructors of Spanish in that great department.




Upcoming Opportunities:

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

Honors Thesis Writing Groups

Honors College Graduate Assistant Jasmine Garcia will be hosting thesis writing group sessions on March 20 and March 29. These sessions are an opportunity for students to get together and work on their theses, talk about their progress, and have a space to ask questions. The March 20 session will be held from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. The March 29 session will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. There will be virtual options available for both sessions. For more information and for any questions, contact Jasmine Garcia.

NC BREATHE Poster Competition

Applications are now open for CleanAire NC’s NC BREATHE Student Poster Competition. The NC BREATHE conference will be held both in person and virtually from 8:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Charlotte, North Carolina. Poster submissions should focus on public health, environmental health, health equity, and/or climate change. Posters should be submitted by March 17 at 11:59 p.m. For more information and to apply, click here. For any questions, contact Kirsten Minor.

Inaugural Honors Latine Studies Learning Community

The Honors College is now inviting students to join our inaugural Latine Studies Learning Community, the first of its kind at App State. This is an intentional learning experience focused on the almost 500 hundred years of Latine History, from the first settlement in St. Augustine in 1565 to today. Students enrolled in the community in the fall will be placed into the appropriate level of Spanish (Honors Beginning II, Honors Intermediate I, or Honors Intermediate II), and take a General Education course on Hispanic Literatures and Border Crossings. In the spring, students will continue with their studies in Spanish and may take a second General Education art history course. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with students who share their interests, to get to know their professors and fellow students well, and to participate in events through the Honors College and the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. For more information and for any questions, contact Dr. Heather Waldroup.

Services at the Hunger and Health Coalition

The Hunger and Health Coalition has many resources available for students. The mission of Hunger and Health Coalition is to relieve poverty and hunger in a compassionate manner for families and individuals who are experiencing economic hardship and food shortages. This assistance may include food, medicine, wood, and referrals to other community resources. Anyone in Watauga County, including App State students is eligible. For more information, click here.

AHA! Food Drive

The Appalachian Honors Association (AHA!) is hosting a food drive to support the Hunger and Health Coalition. Donations must be unexpired, nonperishable foods. Drop-off bags will be located in the Honors College Library, Cone Residence Hall, and Summit Residence Hall. For more information, contact Alisa Duong.

Stay in the Know:

Looking Glass Gallery Artist Reception

The work of Honors College student and Chancellor’s Scholar Caleb Brown is currently being featured in the Looking Glass Gallery. Brown is a junior commercial photography and sustainable development major. His exhibition, “Where Our Roots Lie: Donde de Sostienen Nuestras Raíces,” will be featured through April 6. There will be an artist reception on March 8 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. For more information, click here.

Schaefer Center: Lucy Loves Desi

The Schaefer Center will be hosting LA Theatre Works as they perform “Lucy Loves Desi: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom,” which provides a behind-the-scenes view into the classic TV show, “I Love Lucy.” The performance will be March 8 at 7:00 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Visiting Writer Series Presentation

The Department of English is hosting its annual Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writer Series throughout the remainder of the Spring semester. Their next presentation will feature Poet Dr. Ricardio Nazario-Colon. Dr. Nazario-Colon will be presenting his work, “Of Jibaros and Hillbillies,” a poetry collection about the diversity of culture in the United States. A reading of Dr. Nazario-Colon’s work will be held on March 23 from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. For more information, click here.

DLLC Symposium

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (DLLC) 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.

IntAPP Coffee Buzz 5k

International Appalachian (IntAPP) will be hosting its 11th annual Coffee Buzz 5k on April 15 at 10:00 a.m. Funds raised from the 5k will go towards supporting the Landon Hill Memorial Scholarship, which funds transformative study abroad experiences for students. For more information and to register, click here. For any questions, contact Emma Hay.


In the Honors Spotlight

Abby Farrell accepted to Doctor of Physical Therapy program at UNC


Top photo features Abby Farrell at work at BreakThrough Physical Therapy in Boone. Photo submitted. 

Abby Farrell has been accepted and plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program this upcoming fall. Farrell is a senior majoring in exercise science and minoring in psychology, who plans to graduate in May. She explains that the Honors College has been pivotal in supporting her towards graduate school and in shaping her decision to attend a doctoral program in physical therapy (PT). Farrell shared that she is grateful for the “tight-knit community” of the Honors College and how that community has enabled her to make lasting connections with many professors throughout her time at Appalachian. Farrell will begin the three-year DPT program in August 2023. 

To read more about Farrell’s experience and her PT school application process, click here.


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