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  • Appalachian State University / Alumni Profile: Jerri Snyder ’14
    one Snyder was able to make with confidence and support from faculty They re just incredible Snyder said of her professors within the business school They care so deeply about their students Snyder had a lot of people take her under their wing In particular the BB T Student Leadership Center got to know Snyder on a personal level securing her an internship with Hershey Later on they would contact her directly with an amazing internship opportunity with Wells Fargo The internship would eventually lead to a job with the bank where she works closely within the Wholesale International Group Utilizing her international business major Snyder finds herself well outfitted for her job which involves occasionally doing on site audit reviews This job takes her and those on her team to various countries including Canada Hong Kong London and other locations It certainly doesn t hurt that Snyder had already spent some time overseas by the time she graduated having studied abroad in Seville Spain and going on a trip to Costa Rica There s more than one way to do something she says Different cultures do things differently Because working with different cultures is part of her job an understanding of this is vital Adaptation to different cultures does not come easy but when an international focus is paired with an adventurous streak like Snyder s it certainly comes easier You have to try out new things early on so you can find the things that are important to you Apply Visit Info Program International Business BSBA The International Business BSBA degree at Appalachian State University provides students a sound understanding of international business principles coupled with language training and first hand international experience Department College of Business International Programs The International Business BSBA degree at Appalachian State University

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/jerri-snyder (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Student Profile: Andrew Augustyniak
    possibly as a government language instructor To prepare for teaching Augustyniak is part of Appalachian s Accelerated Admission Baccalaureate to Master s program Starting in summer 2015 he began taking classes while still completing his undergraduate requirements toward a Master of Arts in Romance Languages with a concentration in French College Teaching I can honestly say that the faculty in my department really know me for who I am and what I m pursuing at our university Augustyniak said They support me in my goals and I am confident in saying they do everything they can to help me achieve those goals In summer 2015 Augustyniak spent time in Paris on a faculty led trip with French professors Darci Gardner and Jean Francois Fournier The class explored French literature and translation by visiting French cultural sites He said the experience was life changing He plans to write a short story to share his experience abroad with fellow students The story will be published on the department website Augustyniak plans to spend his fall 2016 semester studying in France as he finishes his undergraduate education but will return to Appalachian to complete his graduate education Andrew Augustyniak plans to use his double major to work with the U S Government in international intelligence focusing on the French and Middle Eastern worlds Apply Visit Info Programs Languages Literatures and Cultures French and Francophone Studies Education K 12 The Languages Literatures and Cultures BS French and Francophone Studies Education K 12 degree leads to a licensure that allows students to teach French at any level in both public and private schools from kindergarten to high school Languages Literatures and Cultures BA French and Francophone Studies French is an official language of the United Nations and an official or national language in more than

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/andrew-augustyniak (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Dr. K. Martial Frindéthié
    global world The initial stimulus to write usually comes from my students inquiries Then I research the multifarious aspects of the questions analyze them break them down into their most understandable forms and synthesize them in one place for my students and the general public to access My activity as a scholar is a virtuous cycle of teaching research and teaching Q Why should students interested in studying French choose Appalachian A The French and Francophone program at Appalachian is designed and taught by highly qualified nationally and internationally recognized and experienced faculty that are very attentive to individual students needs Our French and Francophone Studies program combines theoretical knowledge with sustained experiential international stays to give students updated practical skills The French and Francophone Studies program has greatly contributed to the overall success of Appalachian a university that has by the dedication of its faculty and staff constantly won a respectable place among the top teaching institutions in the country Q What do you enjoy most about teaching at Appalachian A Arriving here after almost a decade in the Washington D C area I found Appalachian State University to have a peaceful natural and human environment that for me turned out to be very propitious to scholarly production One thing that characterizes most of the students I have worked with at ASU is that they have a sense of purpose They seem to know what is at stake and they take ownership of their education It is rewarding When teachers don t have to chase students to make them understand the importance of their studies they have more time to devote to the essentials and provide students with the best return on their education investment I believe that this has to do with the manageable size of the campus

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/k-martial-frindethie (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumna profile: Amanda Romjue ’07
    s degree in Spanish in May 2007 then received her Master of Arts in Romance Languages with a concentration in teaching Spanish in December 2008 Now Romjue is pursuing a Ph D in Teaching Learning and Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska Lincoln She anticipates completing her degree by May 2016 While she completes her doctoral work she has returned to Appalachian to work as language lab director for the Department of Languages Literatures and Cultures Romjue said that beyond what they taught her in the classroom her Appalachian professors taught her how to network and build professional relationships Romjue said she still sees that in the department when professors encourage students to attend conferences mentor students or engage students through research I would encourage students to go on the department website and look at what our professors study and reach out to or take a class with any professor they have a common interest with Romjue said We have a very diverse group so there is something for everyone However Romjue said that studying Spanish goes beyond learning the language Its importance lies in understanding and empathizing with different cultures something that harkens back to her time in elementary school Meet more alumni Studying Spanish goes beyond learning the language according to Amanda Romjue 07 Its importance lies in understanding and empathizing with different cultures Apply Visit Info Program Languages Literatures and Cultures BA Spanish Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world With this degree students gain language skills that are useful in careers in business health care and social services government and foreign relations and service industries Transferable skills include interpersonal and intercultural communication the ability to understand and analyze different cultures and perspectives flexibility in thinking and adaptability to new environments

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/amanda-romjue (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Dr. Benito del Pliego
    University and taught Spanish for CARE International in Atlanta a humanitarian organization He was born in Madrid in 1970 and has lived in the United States since 1997 He has maintained his connections with Spain by leading summer study abroad courses and by helping establish agreements between Appalachian and Universidad Pablo de Olavide and Universidad de Salamanca Del Pliego said leading study abroad programs which he has done since 2007 gives him a chance to develop mentoring relationships with students by helping them learn and understand a new culture While in Spain students explore culture history and language and discuss their experiences with art historical sites and immersion in a new way of life Students also discuss social issues they witness or experience as a part of better understanding the country he said It is a privilege to see how Appalachian students integrate into a foreign society and fall in love with the county del Pliego said They secure a passion in learning languages and culture I recommend all students to go abroad and learn about other cultures in their context Meet more faculty A poet and researcher Dr Benito del Pliego was born in Madrid Spain and has lived in the United States since 1997 Apply Visit Info Program Languages Literatures and Cultures BA Spanish Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world With this degree students gain language skills that are useful in careers in business health care and social services government and foreign relations and service industries Transferable skills include interpersonal and intercultural communication the ability to understand and analyze different cultures and perspectives flexibility in thinking and adaptability to new environments collaborative work skills and the ability to research and synthesize information from a variety of sources Department Department of Languages Literatures

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/benito-del-pliego (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumna Profile: Savannah Smith ’12
    teacher and I consider it to be my greatest strength in the classroom Smith said My professors at Appalachian have modeled that consistently and I think it helped prepare me to assume that role Smith also has been able to pass on her love of travel and the importance of a global education to her students Traveling has been a huge part of my life since I was fortunate enough to take a trip with one of my teachers in high school Smith said I think it s important for our students to be global citizens and to see other parts of the world Smith studied in Costa Rica at Universidad Veritas during her undergraduate education She stayed with a family that spoke Spanish while she took classes toward her degree She also has studied in Spain during graduate school at the University of Salamanca Now Smith takes her own high school students abroad Together they have traveled to France Spain Germany Italy and Switzerland She is planned a future trip to Europe s Mediterranean coast For some of these students my trips are the furthest from home they will ever get Smith said They need to see how other people live and how societies other than their own function on a daily basis Smith said she hopes that through her trips students increase their willingness to try new things and learn to love travel as she did in high school We want our students to be global thinkers and we can t instill that mindset in them unless we have it ourselves Smith said Spanish teacher Savannah Smith 12 pictured center said she hopes through study abroad her high school students increase their willingness to try new things Apply Visit Info Program Languages Literatures and Cultures Spanish Education K

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/savannah-smith (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Dr. Benjamin Souza
    to her class for an hour each week and do little Spanish lessons with her class It was largely because of that class I was taking as an undergraduate that I first thought seriously about someday teaching Spanish While I knew that I wanted to teach Spanish I also knew that I most likely would want to teach it at the university level That led me to pursue a master s degree and then a PhD in Spanish linguistics Q Why did you choose to come to Appalachian to teach A I was lucky enough to be hired to work here at Appalachian directly after completing my PhD work at Penn State in the fall of 2008 I had an offer from another university but honestly not only are this university and my home department a good fit for me academically and personally this beautiful area of North Carolina is hard to pass up Q You have been a part of multiple Alternative Service Experiences Why are these trips important to you A I am very thankful for the opportunities I ve had to work with the ACT office and their Alternative Service Experience programs These programs have been invaluable and lots of fun too My favorite part of those programs is seeing students grow The students often sign up for a program not knowing much about it not knowing any of the other participants and sometimes not knowing much about themselves and what they re able to accomplish It s great to see them move outside their comfort zones and engage with people in a different language and from a different culture all while doing some sort of physical work or other task as part of the volunteering experience Q What do you hope students take away from the

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/benjamin-souza (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Student Profile: Paige Putman
    for her education She began working as an EMT after graduating from high school Working with EMT trainees as well as substituting teaching in Catawba and Caldwell counties after graduating from CVCC nudged her toward education Previously she had considered working full time in emergency medical services Putman balances her time well and has maintained Dean s List honors since coming to Appalachian She has tutored students in lower level Spanish classes on campus and through a Reich College of Education field experience helped elementary Hispanic children learn English She also has assisted in Teaching English as a Second Language TESL classes at Appalachian The TESL experience will enhance her career as an educator Putman said Being able to converse with the international students at Appalachian has helped me better understand their challenges which will help my students when I begin teaching Putman has taken advantage of the university s study abroad offerings to enhance her classroom experiences She studied in Madrid Spain for five weeks and will teach English in South America this summer through an internship arranged by the international organization AIESEC She also will spend five weeks in Costa Rica in spring 2016 as a student teacher where she will teach English as a Second Language Putman also will spend 10 weeks as a student teacher in North Carolina before graduating in December 2016 My most beneficial experiences have been study abroad and the diversity of the faculty in the Department of Languages Literatures and Cultures Putman said They come from different countries such as Spain and Chile and offer students different perspectives and a diversity of culture and dialects They are very understanding and they are there to help you Apply Visit Info Program Languages Literatures and Cultures Spanish Education K 12 The Languages Literatures and

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/paige-putman (2016-02-17)
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