BOONE—Evan Lohmann joined Appalachian State University’s Office of International Education and Development (OIED) as the new assistant director of education abroad in June.
Prior to this position, Lohmann served as the study abroad coordinator at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. While there, Lohmann oversaw a staff of undergraduate and graduate students, led student advisement for the unit, helped to develop and implement various faculty-led programming, and served as one of the institution’s international recruiters to China, India, Nepal and South Korea.
Lohmann volunteered with NAFSA: Association of International Educators, a nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange headquartered in Washington D.C. In 2014, he developed the curriculum for a workshop, “Expanding Roles of the Education Abroad Advisor,” which debuted at NAFSA’s national conference in May 2015. He also led the organization of Chicago’s Lessons From Abroad returnee conference in 2015 and 2016. Lessons From Abroad Inc. is an organization of higher education professionals who aim to assist in the re-entry process of individuals who have studied abroad and are returning to the U.S.
“I am very pleased that Lohmann has joined us at OIED,” said Dr. Jesse Lutabingwa, Appalachian’s associate vice chancellor for international education and development. “Lohmann brings a wealth of experience, expertise and knowledge in the area of education abroad. He has many new ideas and a bundle of energy. All of us in OIED look forward to his contribution in many different areas of our work.” Lutabingwa added, “All positions in OIED are now fully staffed.”
“My transition to App State has been quite a successful one! I am thrilled with the interest students and faculty have in international education and am proud to be a part of that,” said Lohmann. “I am especially looking forward to fostering relationships with many of App State’s overseas partners in order to ensure the quality of the programs our students participate in. I am additionally excited to welcome students to App State from our overseas exchange partners so that they can find the same passion on campus that I have.”
Two of Lohmann’s main areas of emphasis in his first year at Appalachian are to increase the outreach efforts and strengthen student advising for the OIED.
While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Lohmann studied abroad in Istanbul, Turkey. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he taught English for one year in the Republic of Georgia. He returned to the U.S., to serve as the international student coordinator intern in the Office of International Programs at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina.
Lohmann earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Arts degree in communication studies, from Eastern Illinois University.
About the Office of International Education and Development
The OIED is responsible for spearheading the internationalization efforts at Appalachian. The internationalization mission of Appalachian is to develop awareness, knowledge, appreciation and respect of cultural differences in both domestic and international contexts in its students, faculty, staff and the surrounding communities. The university is also dedicated to creating a campus environment that builds the theoretical and practical skills needed to interact effectively in a global society.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.