BOONE, N.C. — Four faculty and staff members at Appalachian State University have been selected to receive Mandela Washington Fellowship Reciprocal Exchange Awards. The four awards bring Appalachian’s total number of Reciprocal Exchange grants since the beginning of the program to nine.
The Reciprocal Exchange — a component of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders — provides up to $5,000 in funding for American professionals to travel to sub-Saharan African countries in order to build upon strategic partnerships and professional connections developed during the Mandela Washington Fellowship in the United States. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and administered by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX).
Appalachian’s Reciprocal Exchange Award recipients will use the award funding to work alongside Appalachian Mandela Washington Fellowship alumni this spring on four separate projects, forming lasting partnerships, expanding markets and networks, and increasing mutual understanding between the United States and countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The award recipients:
- Dr. Jesse Lutabingwa, associate vice chancellor of international education and development, director of international research and development, and professor of public administration in the Department of Government and Justice Studies. Lutabingwa is co-director of Appalachian’s Mandela Washington Fellowship Institute.
- Dr. Brian MacHarg, director of academic civic engagement in Appalachian’s University College, which is a component of the university’s Division of Academic Affairs. MacHarg is co-director of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Institute at Appalachian.
- Dr. Suzi Mills, professor and music education coordinator in the Hayes School of Music.
- Dr. Chishimba Nathan Mowa, professor of physiology and endocrinology in the Department of Biology.
“I am very thrilled that four Appalachian faculty members have been awarded four different Reciprocal Exchange projects,” Lutabingwa said. “This is a great honor for Appalachian, and it demonstrates the strong relationship that many members of our community have developed with the Mandela Washington Fellows while they are in Boone.”
About the recipients’ Reciprocal Exchange projects
Associate vice chancellor of international education and development, director of international research and development, and professor of public administration
Office of International Education and Development
Director of academic civic engagement
University College, Division of Academic Affairs
Professor of physiology and endocrinology
Department of Biology
Professor and music education coordinator
Hayes School of Music
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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 the Hayes School of Music
The Hayes School of Music prepares young musicians for professional lives as performers, composers, music educators, music therapists, conductors and music industry professionals, ensuring the next generation of musical leadership for the state, region and nation. Noted for quality instruction by national and internationally recognized faculty musicians, the school offers four undergraduate degree programs and three graduate-level programs. Learn more at https://music.appstate.edu.
About University College
Formed in 2007, University College consists of the university’s general education program, faculty and student support, and co-curricular programming and support – all designed to support the work of students both inside and outside the classroom. All students at Appalachian begin their education in University College and benefit from its programs until they graduate. Learn more at https://universitycollege.appstate.edu.
About the Department of Biology
The Department of Biology is a community of teacher-scholars, with faculty representing the full breadth of biological specializations — from molecular genetics to landscape/ecosystem ecology. The department seeks to produce graduates with sound scientific knowledge, the skills to create new knowledge, and the excitement and appreciation of scientific discovery. Learn more at https://biology.appstate.edu.
About the College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 16 academic departments, one stand-alone academic program, two centers and one residential college. These units span the humanities and the social, mathematical and natural sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences aims to develop a distinctive identity built upon our university's strengths, traditions and unique location. The college’s values lie not only in service to the university and local community, but through inspiring, training, educating and sustaining the development of its students as global citizens. There are approximately 6,100 student majors in the college. As the college is also largely responsible for implementing Appalachian's general education curriculum, it is heavily involved in the education of all students at the university, including those pursuing majors in other colleges. Learn more at https://cas.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.