Appalachian State University is among national leaders in education abroad. The Institute of International Education’s 2017 Open Doors Report ranks Appalachian 5th nationally among the top 40 comprehensive master’s degree granting institutions for the total number of students who studied abroad for credit in 2015-16, and 3rd nationally for the number of students who participated in short-term programs for academic credit.
The International Education Week (IEW) Photo Contest, sponsored by Appalachian's Office of International Education and Development, is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to share photos they have taken that demonstrate their understanding of international cultures and places. Entrants are encouraged to submit a photo in up to two different categories: Private or Public Spaces; Ceremony, Celebration and Culture; Landmarks, Landscapes and Nature; International at AppState and Local to Global.
As a new feature in 2017, the contest was opened to faculty and staff. Students judged faculty and staff photos, and faculty and staff judged student photos.
- Hailey Lucas (Private or Public Spaces)
- Evangeline Giaconia (Ceremony, Celebration and Culture)
- Macy Watts (Landmarks, Landscapes and Nature)
- Cassidy Harris (International at AppState)
- Heather Guy (Local to Global)
Student runners-up were Elizabeth Bevacqua (Private or Public Spaces), Ana Paula Maldonado Wattiez (Ceremony, Celebration and Culture), Alexa Olson (Landmarks, Landscapes and Nature), Rachel DenBleyker (International at AppState) and Shelby Baker (Local to Global).
Please note that entries were not received for all categories in the faculty/staff contest.
- Garner Dewey (Private or Public Spaces)
Director of QEP
- Rebekah Saylors (Landmarks, Landscapes and Nature)
Coordinator of SECU App Partnership
Office of the Dean
College of Education
- Randall Reed (Local to Global)
Department of Philosophy and Religion
Faculty/staff runners-up were Jeanne Mercer Ballard (Private or Public Spaces), Jean-François Fournier (Landmarks, Landscapes and Nature) and Rick Klima (Local to Global).
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.