Fulbright Week 2021

Fulbright Week: February 16-18

Appalachian State University is hosting Fulbright Week 2021, an annual event organized and supported by multiple partners across campus, including administrative offices and faculty. A plethora of virtual events have been planned to help share the many opportunities available to you through Fulbright, answer questions you have about the program, and help you prepare a strong Fulbright application.

The week is sponsored by the Office of International Education and Development, the Office of Research, and Nationally Competitive Scholarships.

We look forward to seeing you many times during this week!

This year also marks the Fulbright Program’s 75th Anniversary. Over the last 75 years, over 400,000 Fulbrighters from the United States and from over 160 partner countries across the globe, have participated in the program and worked to build mutual understanding. Be sure to check the Fulbright@75 website to see how you can join the celebrations. 


Podcast: Fulbright: Building lasting global connections 

In anticipation of Fulbright Week, listen in as three Fulbrighters Dr. Vachel Miller, Dr. Barbara Howard, and Dr. Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand discuss their unique and life-changing Fulbright experiences and the lasting impact their time abroad had on their teaching and research.


Student Workshops

Day 1 (Tuesday, February 16)

  • 10:30 - 11:30 am: Fulbright Scholarship Opportunities: An Overview
    • Are you a current undergraduate or graduate student interested in receiving a fully-funded award to study, teach, research or pursue other creative endeavors in one of over 140 countries?  Attend this session to learn more about Fulbright Student Awards, tips for applying, and how NCS supports you.  Hear from current applicants and leave inspired to pursue these amazing opportunities! Presenters: Dr. Scott Collier, Faculty Director for the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships (NCS) and Ms. Terri Lockwood, Interim Assistant Director of NCS
  • 1:00-2:00 pm: Fulbright Scholarship Opportunities: An Overview
    • Are you a current undergraduate or graduate student interested in receiving a fully-funded award to study, teach, research or pursue other creative endeavors in one of over 140 countries?  Attend this session to learn more about Fulbright Student Awards, tips for applying, and how NCS supports you.  Hear from current applicants and leave inspired to pursue these amazing opportunities! Presenters: Dr. Jefford B. Vahlbusch, Dean, Honors College, Interim Fulbright Program Advisor, and Dr. Scott Collier, Faculty Director for the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships (NCS)
  • 5:30-6:30 pm: From Application to Acceptance: Student Perspectives
    • Attend this session to learn more about student perspectives on the Fulbright application process - from planning, applying, and acceptance. Get your questions about the application process answered from Appalachian students who have successfully applied. Hear of one student's trip abroad during COVID's onset. Presenters: Kelli Frawley, Graduate Student, Student Affairs Administration, Fulbright recipient, and Fahiima Mohamed, Graduate Student, Political Science.
  • 5:30-6:30 pm: Fulbright Advising Drop-In
    • Do you have specific questions that you would like to ask?  Are you wondering if this is an opportunity for you?  Pop in on Zoom anytime during this hour to have an informal advising session where your individual questions can be answered. Advisor: Dr. Beverly Moser, Professor, Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Day 2 (Wednesday, February 17)

  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm: Fulbright Scholarship Opportunities: An Overview
    • Are you a current undergraduate or graduate student interested in receiving a fully-funded award to study, teach, research or pursue other creative endeavors in one of over 140 countries?  Attend this session to learn more about Fulbright Student Awards, tips for applying, and how NCS supports you.  Hear from current applicants and leave inspired to pursue these amazing opportunities! Presenter: Ms. Terri Lockwood, Interim Assistant Director, Nationally Competitive Scholarships
  • 12:00-1:00 pm: From Application to Acceptance: Student Perspectives
    • Attend this session to learn more about student perspectives on the Fulbright application process - from planning, applying, and acceptance. Get your questions about the application process answered from Appalachian students who have successfully applied. Hear of one student's trip abroad during COVID's onset. Presenters: Kelli Frawley, Graduate Student, Student Affairs Administration, Fulbright recipient, and Fahiima Mohamed, Graduate Student, Political Science.
  • 5:30-6:30 pm: Fulbright Advising Drop-In
    • Do you have specific questions that you would like to ask?  Are you wondering if this is an opportunity for you?  Pop in on Zoom anytime during this hour to have an informal advising session where your individual questions can be answered. Advisor: Dr. Jefford B. Vahlbusch, Dean, Honors College, Interim Fulbright Program Advisor
  • 6:30-7:30 pm: My Fulbright to Austria and Beyond-- the Fulbright Experience and what's out there for other Appalachian Students
    • Join recent Fulbright student alumnus Ryan Hellenbrand (GLS, 2017) to hear about his life-changing experience in the Austrian Alps and the way he went about finding, applying for, and receiving his year-long Fulbright.

Day 3 (Thursday, February 18)

  • 4:00-5:00 pm: Closing Ceremony and KeynoteZoom registration link  
    • Keynote by Dr. Shelby Lewis, former Member and Vice Chair of The J.W. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.  
  • 5:30-6:30 pm: Fulbright Advising Drop-InZoom registration link
    • Do you have specific questions that you would like to ask?  Are you wondering if this is an opportunity for you?  Pop in on Zoom anytime during this hour to have an informal advising session where your individual questions can be answered. Presenter: Dr. Jefford B. Vahlbusch, Dean, Honors College, Interim Fulbright Program Advisor, and Dr. Beverly Moser, Professor, Languages, Literatures & Cultures
  • 6:30-7:30 pm: Fulbright Scholarship Opportunities: An OverviewZoom registration link
    • Are you a current undergraduate or graduate student interested in receiving a fully-funded award to study, teach, research or pursue other creative endeavors in one of over 140 countries?  Attend this session to learn more about Fulbright Student Awards, tips for applying, and how NCS supports you.  Hear from current applicants and leave inspired to pursue these amazing opportunities! Presenter: Ms. Terri Lockwood, Interim Assistant Director of NCS

Faculty and Staff Workshops

Day 1 (Tuesday, February 16)

  • 9:30-10:15 am: Fulbright Welcome Plenary
    • Remarks by Interim Provost Heather Norris, Vice Provost for Research Dr. Ece Karatan, Associate Vice Chancellor International Education and Development Dr. Jesse Lutabingwa, and Dean of the Honors College Dr. Jefford Vahlbusch
    • Mark Powell, Associate Professor, Department of English, discusses his Fulbright experience in Romania, which was impacted by COVID. 
  • 10:30-11:30 am: How Appalachian Supports your Fulbright, Zoom Recording
    • This session will include representatives from Academic Affairs, the Office of Research, Sponsored Programs, Special Funds, and Appalachian's Fulbright Representatives to discuss campus support through the Fulbright process. 
  • 2:00-3:00 pm: Fulbright Scholar Opportunities -- An overview- This workshop is open to all North Carolina Universities and Colleges, Presentation Video
    • Facilitated by Kimberly Williams,Outreach & Recruitment Officer, Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, Institute of International Education. 

Day 2 (Wednesday, February 17)

  • 10:00-11:00 am: How to Identify and Help Potential Fulbright Students
    • A presentation for faculty and staff. Presenters: Dr. Jefford B. Vahlbusch, Dean, Honors College, Interim Fulbright Program Advisor, and Dr. Scott Collier, Faculty Director for the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships (NCS)
  • 11:00 am- 12:00 pm: Getting started: Developing the Idea, Identifying a Location, Making the Right Connections, Zoom Recording
    • Facilitated by Appalachian's Fulbright Representatives: Dr. Suzanna L. Brauer, Professor, Department of Biology and Dr. Paul Wallace, Professor of Instructional Technology, Department of Leadership and Educational Studies.
  • 1:00-1:45 pm: Visiting Fulbright Scholar Talk with Dr. Eliasu Mumuni
    • Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program grantee from Ghana being hosted by the Department of Communication and the Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Department discusses his research and experiences as a Fulbright Scholar at Appalachian.
  • 2:00-3:00 pm: Fulbright Special Programs -- Specialist, Global, Flex, IEA, Zoom Recording
    • Facilitated by Dr. Suzi Mills, Music Education Program Director, Hayes School of Music and Dr. Anatoli Ignatov, Assistant Professor, Sustainable Development.

Day 3 (Thursday, February 18)

  • 8:00-9:00 am: Identify and Help Potential Fulbright StudentsZoom registration link
    • A presentation for faculty and staff, Presenters: Dr. Jefford B. Vahlbusch, Dean, Honors College, Interim Fulbright Program Advisor, and Dr. Beverly Moser, Professor, Languages, Literatures & Cultures
  • 10 am-12 pm: Individual Fulbright Consultations with Kimberly Williams, Outreach & Recruitment Officer, Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, Institute of International Education. 
  • 1:30-2:30 pm: Fulbright Alumni Coffee/Tea Hour, Zoom registration link
    • All Appalachian Fulbright Alumni are welcome! Come mingle with other past Fulbrighters in this informal online setting.  Hosted by Appalachian Fulbright Liaisons Dr. Suzanna Bräuer, Professor, Department of Biology and Dr. Paul Wallace, Professor, Department of Leadership and Educational Studies
  • 2:00-3:00 pm: Let’s Start Writing -- practical writing sessions, Zoom registration link
    • Facilitated by Katie Howard and Karen Fletcher, Office of Research
  • 4:00-5:00 pm: Closing Ceremony and Keynote- Zoom registration link  
    • Keynote by Dr. Shelby Lewis, former Member and Vice Chair of The J.W. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.  

Speaker Biographies

Shelby Lewis

 Shelby Lewis

Dr. Shelby Lewis is Professor Emerita, Clark Atlanta University.  She served as an Education Officer, Uganda; Senior Fulbright Scholar, Lesotho; CIES Board Member; Fulbright Specialist; Vice Chair, J.W. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board; International Specialist for USAID, UNDP, various universities and NGOs. She established Network: A Pan-African Women's Forum and the only Africana Women’s Studies Doctoral Program in the US and managed university partnerships in 32 countries. Dr. Lewis also  served as President, National Conference of Black Political Scientists and the African Heritage Studies Association.


Kimberly Williams

Kimberly WilliamsKimberly Williams is an Outreach and Recruitment Officer for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program at the Institute of International Education. Her portfolio of regions includes Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and Eurasia. Kimberly has over 10 years of experience as a consultant and administrator in higher education with several US and international institutions. Kimberly holds an M.A. in International Relations from Webster University where she completed a study abroad program for global sustainability in Brazil. In addition, she has recently completed her final year of study for a Doctorate of Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education from Cabrini University.