September 13, 2017

Honors Wednesday Memo

Opportunities and Information for Honors Students

Edited by Kelly Dancy

Volume 1, Issue 1

September 13, 2017


Message from Dean Vahlbusch


Dear Honors College students!

I am thrilled to announce and introduce our first-ever Honors Wednesday Memo!

Inside, you will find HONORS OPPORTUNITIES (jobs and volunteer opportunities, scholarships, fellowships, internships, social events), important INFORMATION, and PROFILES of current and former Honors College students and faculty.

The idea is to gather things that will enhance your intellectual, personal, and professional development!

Please always click open the Honors Wednesday Memo and skim — and then dive into the links that grab you.

Don't miss a chance to grow, learn, serve, join, collaborate.

This memo is the wonderful work of Honors College student Kelly Dancy: please join me in thanking her!

Sending thanks,


Upcoming Opportunities:

September 20thAppalachian State’s 11th annual Homecoming Blood Drive will take place from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center. Sign up to donate or volunteer at It is always important to donate blood when you can, but in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma the Homecoming Blood Drive is especially timely.

October 1st: Peace Corps applications due for departures in May, June, and July 2018. Apply by January 1st for departure in July, August, and September. To apply:

October 6thObama Fellowships application deadline.

Are you passionate about civic engagement? Apply for the two-year, non-residential Obama Fellowship, which offers “hands-on training, resources, and leadership development for a diverse set of community-minded rising stars – organizers, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and more.” Please visit to learn more about this opportunity. Dr. Jeff Vahlbusch will be more than happy to assist potential applicants!

November 8thInternational Research Grant applications deadline.

If you are engaged in a research endeavor that has an international and/or global focus, please consider applying for this grant of up to $1,500.00. For more information and to apply, please visit

November 15thAppalachian Global Symposium proposals deadline.

Share your recent activities that contribute to the university’s global mission at International Education Week! For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit

Upcoming Events:

Art and Consciousness: "The Sharing Project" and "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century"

From September 1st to October 27th, The Smith Gallery will host “The Sharing Project” and “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.” A multimedia presentation by Winston-Salem artist Joe Tauber, “The Sharing Project” combines interdisciplinary perspectives to grapple with the nature of sharing in both a familial and political context. “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century” is a set of broadsheet posters based on the book of the same name by Yale University professor and historian Timothy Snyder that addresses the issues of social inequity and the preservation of freedoms. For more information, visit

The Humanities Council is sponsoring a book discussion series of Timothy Snyder’s book, On Tyranny, every Wednesday from September 13th to October 4th. Learn more at

The Humanities Pedagogy Brown Bag Lunch Series Returns!

Are you interested in dinosaurs? Check out the first presentation of this year’s Brown Bag Lunch Series, “Triassic Park: An Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Bring Gorgetosuchus Back to Life!” The event will take place in room 421 of the Belk Library from 12-1 p.m. on Friday, September 15th. For more information, visit

Marcie Cohen Harris and William R. Ferris to Speak on Campus Friday, September 15

Two great upcoming opportunities for those who study history and culture: Marcie Cohen Harris, professor of American Studies at UNC Chapel Hill, will speak on “The Edible South” in room 114 of the Belk Library from 3-5 p.m. William R. Ferris, Professor of History and Folklore at UNC Chapel Hill and former Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will speak in room 114 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Women in Education Leadership Symposium

The second annual Women in Education Leadership Symposium will be held in the Reich College of Education from Friday, September 22nd through Sunday, September 24th, 2017. The cost of attendance is $75 for students with (with AppCard). To learn more visit

The Honors College Welcomes 111 New Students!


The Honors College admitted one hundred and eleven new students in fall 2017. We are very excited to welcome the new students, and we would like to thank the Honors upperclassmen who volunteered to assist with move-in. Check out the link below to read more and see photos by Shauna Caldwell from the exciting day:


Honors Student Spotlight

Olivia Paschall Interns at ExxonMobil in Houston, Texas


Senior honors student and geology major Olivia Paschall spent summer 2017 interning at ExxonMobil where she integrated well, engineering, and seismic data to analyze reservoir potential in a prolific hydrocarbon system. Learn more about her experiences with the company at

Honors Alumni Spotlight

Marit Barber


Honors alumna Marit Barber (May ’17) has started the Master’s Program in Social Work at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Having been accepted with advance standing, she will be able to complete her MSW in only one year. She is also interning at UNC Family Medicine, where she will be doing behavioral healthcare through graduation. She plans to work in healthcare. To learn more about Marit’s achievements and her experiences with service, research, international experiences, and internships while at the Honors College, visit


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