BOONE, N.C. — Two faculty, one alumna and one graduating senior from Appalachian State University have received awards from the Fulbright Program, the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and those of other countries.
“We are extremely proud of the faculty and young scholars receiving Fulbright awards this year,” Chancellor Sheri N. Everts said. “Global learning and sustainability are two of our university’s strategic initiatives central to the academic mission. The research the professors are conducting – one in Ghana and the other in Malaysia – has broad implications for sustainability in those countries and beyond. Our students’ experiences abroad as teachers and researchers will make them better global thinkers and frame their local actions for a lifetime."
Dr. Susan Lappan in the Department of Anthropology and Dr. Anatoli Ignatov in the Department of Sustainable Development received Fulbright Scholar awards to Malaysia and Ghana, respectively. Receiving prestigious scholarship awards from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for opportunities in Europe were Ryan Hellenbrand ’17 and Megan Holt-Smith ’15 ’16.
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College of Fine and Applied Arts – Assistant Professor, Department of Sustainable Development
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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. Learn more at https://international.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The 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 to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.