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Anastasiou, Julian and Frisco join Appalachian’s Office of International Education and Development

BOONE—Three individuals have joined the Office of International Education and Development (OIED) at Appalachian State University. They are Dr. Maria Anastasiou, who has been named director of international student and scholar services and outreach within OIED, Adam Julian, who has been named assistant director, and Chanel Frisco, who has been named program coordinator.

View larger imageFrom left, Chanel Frisco, Adam Julian and Maria Anastasiou

Previously, Anastasiou was director of international programs at the University of South Carolina (USC) Aiken where she was responsible for all aspects of international activities on campus. Anastasiou has been involved in international scholar programs since her graduate training at USC, where she initially served as a research fellow for the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies. She has also served as administrative program director of the Fulbright American Studies Institute on U.S. Foreign Policy.

Also, Anastasiou was the European Program Officer for Frederick University in Cyprus. In that capacity, she facilitated student and professional exchanges and development through the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Program.

Anastasiou has Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in international studies from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. in economics and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Fulbright scholar.

Julian came to Appalachian from California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) where he was a visa specialist and the Department of Homeland Security’s Primary Designated School Official. He also advised all degree-seeking international students.

At CSUMB, he planned and executed orientation sessions and cultural excursions for matriculated and exchange students. He also implemented new programs and developed resources that enabled international students to excel in their new environment.

Julian has a Master of Arts degree in international education management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Indiana University-Bloomington. In 2011-12, he received a Fulbright Student Research Fellowship to study the role of non-profit organizations in the revitalization of Gagauzian language and culture in Moldova. He was also awarded a Title VIII Fellowship to study advanced Russian at Indiana University.

Prior to her appointment in OIED, Frisco was employed in Appalachian’s Office of Academic Advising and Orientation. She served as interim assistant director of OIED’s International Student Exchange and Study Abroad from November 2012 to February 2013. She also was a program assistant in OIED’s Department of International Student Exchange and Study Abroad for two years.

Frisco has an M.A. degree in higher education, leadership and educational studies and a B.S. degree in French education, both from Appalachian.

“I am very excited that Maria, Adam and Chanel have joined Appalachian as new members of the OIED team,” said Dr. Jesse Lutabingwa, associate vice chancellor for international education and development. “They bring a wealth of experience and knowledge of running a unit with multiple functions, including complex immigration laws and regulations, support services for international students and scholars, and will assist in enhancing the university’s international outreach programs.”