Appalachian Global Symposium

Chancellor's Remarks from the 2014 Appalachian Global Symposium

At Appalachian, our students are engaging in multiple and varied experiences – both at home and abroad – to increase their knowledge of global issues, regions and cultures, improve their intercultural skills and demonstrate global citizenship.

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Event date(s): 
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Appalachian State University is hosting the fourth annual Appalachian Global Symposium, held each November during the nationwide International Education Week.

The Symposium is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to present their recent global experiences (research, education abroad, teaching, service - learning, or internships) on a professional platform and expand knowledge of global networking at Appalachian.


The Appalachian Global Symposium is one of the approaches that supports the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan of "Global Learning: A World of Opportunities for Appalachian Students."


The Symposium highlights global activities engaged in by faculty, staff, and students. Symposium presenters will be discussing a variety of topics including science, technology, business, education, music and politics.

Symposium sessions offer opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to present their recent global experiences (research, education abroad, teaching, or service learning, or internships) on a professional platform, simultaneously expanding the campus community’s knowledge of the dimensions of internationalization occurring at Appalachian.

2015 Schedule

All times are for Wednesday, November 18, 2015. All locations are in the Plemmons Student Union.

8:30 – 8:55 a.m.
Parkway Ballroom Lobby

Session Presenters and Symposium participants meet for coffee, registration and poster set-up. All presenters and invited guests pick up lunch ticket for Global Leadership Awards Luncheon.


Session l - 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Cultural Lenses: 413 Linn Cove

Teaching-Learning Global Women's Issues

This panel composed of faculty and students will present on some tensions that frame thinking and learning about global women's issues.  

India Photovoice Project with Women's Self-Help Groups   

The results of a 2015 study abroad research project about women’s self-help groups in India, as portrayed through photovoice, will be presented through a video and panel discussion.

Partnerships: 415 Rough Ridge

Teaching a Videoconferencing Global Studies Class with a University in Turkey

Panel discussion: on the progress to date for a QEP grant: “Teaching a Videoconferencing Global Studies Class on Representations of the East 

Exploring International Internships in India

Heather Thorp, the Field Director/Internship Director of the Social Work Department, will present on exploring International Internships. Participants will learn about preparation, in country exploration, and next steps.

Teachers2Teachers-International partnership

The goal of this presentation is to discuss the partnership between Teachers2Teachers-International (T2T-I) and Appalachian State University.

Engagement and Service: 201B Table Rock

Meet the International Scholars: Lin Xihe from China

Meet international scholars and learn about their home cultures and their work at Appalachian.

Arts, Science, and Global: 417 Beacon Heights

What's in it for me? What an International Student Can Teach You

This presentation will feature a discussion about one international student and her impact on the University Singers during and after her study at Appalachian.  

India: Odisha Rural Students Pen Pal with ASU First-Generation Students

Connecting with rural, tribal children of India, in the state of Odisha, through creative written mandala questions. Discussion of the history, current connections and future possibilities with Nava Prabhat and Student Support Services.


Session ll - 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Cultural Lenses: 413 Linn Cove

Cultural Diplomacy and Globalization of Chinese Martial Arts Cinema

By investigating cultural diplomacy in tandem with globalization of Chinese martial arts film, the presenter will look at how representing China on screen as a form of soft power has multiple social, economical, cultural, and political implications.

Developing Collaborations with COMSATS University in Islamabad, Pakistan

How might universities develop continuing models of collaborations between faculty and students? This presentation incorporates the possibilities derived from a Fulbright Specialist's Grant/Award. Skype co-presenter: Dr. Arshad Bashir, Professor, Management, Comsats Institute of Information Technology

Partnerships: 415 Rough Ridge

Study Abroad in Russia

The presenters participated in a Study Abroad and have made global connections with all grade spans in Veliky Novgorod, Russia and will present their educational connections.

Expanding International Collaborations with Partnership Institutions through a Faculty QEP Grant

Drs. Howard and Zimmerman completed a QEP-funded project in Spring 2015. This presentation outlines completed work, outcomes, and plans to expand this opportunity with Novgorod State University in Russia.

Engagement and Service: 201B Table Rock

Teaching Cultural Humility and Intercultural Competencies in Study Abroad

When traveling abroad, it is important we teach students how to enter into communities with a sense of cultural humility, ever cognizant of power dynamics and impact of our presence.

The Current Nature of and Resources for Civic Engagement in Asia

This presentation will highlight the current nature of civic engagement in Asia and will also detail resources and funding opportunities for faculty available from AsiaNetwork.

Technology/Energy: 201A Price Lake

International Collaboration in Robotics: Appalachian and Future University Hakodate

This presentation provides an overview of a collaborative robotics project between First Year Seminar students at Appalachian State University and from Future University Hakodate, located in Hokkaido, Japan. 

EU Renewable Energy Policy in Bulgaria

This presentation will review the factors that shaped the implementation of the European Union Renewable Energy Directive in Bulgaria.  

Arts, Science, and Global: 417 Beacon Heights

The Boone/Kabul Experience/Experiment

This presentation will detail the evolution, setbacks, gains and results our long distance service-learning collaboration with students in Kabul, Afghanistan, at Kabul Education University.

A Geology Field Course in Italy

Geology 4835 is a new international field course that brings together senior level geology undergraduates and their Italian colleagues in the field. I will present the outcomes of this course following the conclusion of its second year running. 

Poster Presentations

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Parkway Ballroom Lobby
Posters from student and faculty researchers will be available for viewing and conversation with the authors and sponsors.

Poster Presenters: 

    • Hessam Ghamari
    • Paul Wallace
    • Nancy Patterson
    • Sarah Aldridge
    • Natasha Athey
    • Corey Alden
    • Cameron Batchelor
    • Paula Torreiro
    • Tiffany Rikard
    • International Student Teaching
    • ACT
    • OIED

Appalachian Global Leadership Awards Luncheon

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Parkway Ballroom
Nominees for the 2015 Appalachian Global Leadership Awards, Session Presenters and Invited Guests will gather for a program including remarks and awards presentation, international food, music, and recognition for all who contribute significantly to Global Learning at Appalachian State University.


Session lll - 1:30 - 2:30 PM

Cultural Lenses: 413 Linn Cove

Global Leadership Awards Recipients 

Past recipients of the Global Leadership Award will discuss their post-award activities with moderators and committee co-chairs Suzi Mills and Rich Campbell.

Partnerships: 415 Rough Ridge

Student Experiences in a Global Understanding Course

Professors Kate Brinko, Jessica Wood and Ray Miller teach a FYS course entitled Global Understanding, in which students link via video conferencing and social media with students at Appalachian's sister institutions.

Creating Feasible, Collaborative Online Teaching

This presentation is about a project to create feasible, collaborative, international online teaching opportunities for targeted foreign language and culture courses taught in LLC, namely, Chinese and Japanese. 

Engagement and Service: 201B Table Rock

Meet the International Scholars: YanYu Zhang- China

Meet international scholars and learn about their home cultures and their work at Appalachian.

Technology/Energy: 201A Price Lake

ASU and Wine To Water’s Partnership Response to the Nepal Earthquake

In the aftermath of the earthquakes that shook Nepal in April of 2015, Appalachian State University and Wine To Water came together in response to support the victims.  Staff from both organizations mobilized and went to Nepal, funded and supplied, to meet basic needs of the hardest hit communities.

Arts, Science, and Global: 417 Beacon Heights

Welcome to Cuba

Thoughts and photos of Cuba, introduction to Cuban culture and landscape.

Interdisciplinary Study Abroad in Cuba

Highlights of a cross-disciplinary summer study abroad class in Cuba.

Session lV - 2:45 - 3:45 PM

Cultural Lenses: 413 Linn Cove

Identifying Cultural Lenses Abroad and at Home

This presentation will work to identify ways that cultural lenses guide our experiences and perceptions while in unfamiliar situations.

A Changed Perspective from Playing Lacrosse while Studying Abroad

This presentation will look at illustrating how the presenter's perspective differed from that of a more generalized conception of studying abroad and how the opportunity to play lacrosse overseas challenged the presenter's outlook of success.

Partnerships: 415 Rough Ridge

Learning Community for Domestic Off-Campus Programs 

The panelists will share their recent experiences participating in an interdisciplinary learning community focused on local-to-global education and talk about their attempts to codify these conversations through the development of a model for others 

Engagement and Service: 201B Table Rock

Meet the International Scholars: Maria Abad Carretero- Spain

Meet international scholars and learn about their home cultures and their work at Appalachian.

Arts, Science, and Global: 417 Beacon Heights

Artistic Performance: Irish Women Accused of Witchcraft 

Based on research conducted in Ireland, the presenters will speak about Irish women accused of witchcraft and offer a reading from the play After Islandmagee



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