International Business Student Association welcomes exchange students to campus

The International Business Student Association (IBSA) started the semester by welcoming exchange students to an evening of games and a dinner of pizza and chinese food on Wednesday, February 15. This dinner is a tradition for the club and is often the first activity of the semester. 

The event was well attended by students visiting Appalachian’s campus from partner institutions around the globe, even despite exchange student numbers still lagging post-pandemic. Marty Meznar, associate dean for global and civic engagement for the Walker College of Business, welcomed the students and expressed how grateful he is to have international students back on campus in growing numbers again.

“The international student welcome dinner is an important event that helps exchange students get connected with IBSA and the Walker College of Business,” shared club president, Vicky Chen, adding that “Appstate students also have the opportunity to gain a global perspective and make long-lasting connections.”

This semester, the club also welcomed new faces to their executive board. Returning president Vicky Chen leads the group, with vice president Jeremiah Ayisah-Quaye, secretary Christian Chavez Gonzalez, treasurer Anand Sharma and social chair Savitha Tranquebar. They are actively recruiting new members.

IBSA will host a guest speaker at their meeting on March 22  and will close the semester with a social on April 19. 

If you want to learn more about the club or are interested in being an active member, feel free to reach out to the president Vicky Chen under

About the International Business Student Association

The International Business Student Association members serve as ambassadors of the Walker College of Business International Programs and International Business within the university community, with the goal of expanding student knowledge of global business and awareness of international issues.

About Walker College of Business International Programs

The Walker College of Business encourages students to study abroad and provides a variety of short-term international programs designed to develop international business skills and intercultural knowledge. These faculty-led programs have proven to be invaluable for many students. Scholarships are available. Fluency in a second language is not required and students can earn credit toward their degree. For more information on future opportunities, please contact Global & Civic Engagement Specialist Meredith Church Pipes,, or visit

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Published: Feb 24, 2023 3:21pm