The Center for International Studies Staff

Thy Yang

Associate Vice President of International Studies

 

 

Mary Pat DenneMary Pat Denne

Office Administrative Support
mpdenne@stcloudstate.edu

Mary Pat welcomes all the visitors at the front desk of the Center for International Studies. She will help direct the visitors to the appropriate staff person at CIS who can best answer any questions.

 

Jan HallanJan Hallan

Accountant
jmhallan@stcloudstate.edu

Performs duties related to the financial operations of the Center for International Studies. Available to meet with faculty and students regarding budgetary needs, tuition waivers and health insurance.

 

International Recruitment and Admissions Team

Nichole PazdernikNichole Pazdernik

Director of International Recruitment, Admissions and Education Abroad
nlpazdernik@stcloudstate.edu
Nichole is responsible for managing all processes related to international recruitment and admissions. She responds to student inquiries, serves as a liaison between international students, SCSU, and various state and federal agencies, and works with offices across the SCSU campus to make sure students are well-served.

 

Leslie RentzLeslie Rentz

Assistant Director of International Recruitment and Admissions
world2scsu@stcloudstate.edu
Leslie reviews international student applications and makes admission decisions for freshmen, overseas transfer, U. S. transfer, exchange, and combined I-20 Intensive English Center students. Leslie prepares DS2019's for exchange students and I-20s for all of the above-mentioned students as well as for graduate students. Leslie also responds to student inquiries and verifies financial documents.

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) Team

 

Chad BroekerChad Broeker

Interim Director
crbroeker@stcloudstate.edu

Chad provides counseling and advising to international students, scholars, and their dependents regarding their personal, financial, academic, intercultural, social, and immigration issues and concerns.  He coordinates programs to promote multicultural growth, awareness, knowledge, appreciation for U.S. culture, and the academic – social and cultural - integration of international students and scholars.  He coordinates and leads the International Student Orientation program.  Chad also serves as a DSO and ARO – creating and processing immigration documentation for students and scholars. 

 

Kristy Nelson RamosKristy Nelson Ramos

International Student Advisor
kmnelsonramos@stcloudstate.edu

Kristy advises international students, scholars, and their dependents on immigration, social, academic, personal and cultural adjustment matters. She assists students, scholars, and their dependents in complying with government regulations concerning immigration and employment status. Kristy is the main contact for incoming international exchange scholars. She coordinates various cultural programs such as the International Friendship Program and Thanksgiving Program. Kristy also serves as a DSO and ARO – creating and processing immigration documentation for students and scholars.

 

Education Abroad Team

Nichole PazdernikNichole Pazdernik

Director of International Recruitment, Admissions and Education Abroad
nlpazdernik@stcloudstate.edu

Nichole oversees the entire education abroad office. This responsibility expands from working with faculty proposing programs, working with colleges and schools to establish education abroad opportunities, and working on building office processes which are student-friendly and helpful. She also works with partner institutions for student mobility between institutions. This also encompasses site visits for program development, assessment, and enhancement.

Peggy JohnsonPeggy Johnson

Associate Director of Education Abroad
pjohnson@stcloudstate.edu

Peggy is responsible for advising students to go abroad and prepares students for their education abroad experience through coordination of the pre-departure orientation. She also is responsible for the assessment of programs, and supervision of marketing of existing programs and outreach with third-party providers who also provide education abroad opportunities for SCSU students. Peggy manages existing programs and partner institutions including, but not limited to, Alnwick, South Korea, Japan, Chile, and short-term programs.

 

Stephanie KrollStephanie Kroll

Education Abroad Advisor
slkroll@stcloudstate.edu

Stephanie advises SCSU students preparing to go abroad beginning with pre-decision through post-program participation. She guides students through both specific SCSU programs and non-SCSU programs depending on the students individual goals. Stephanie coordinates marketing events. She also manages existing programs and partner institutions including, but not limited to, Australia, South Africa, Germany, Malaysia, Netherlands, and short-term programs.

 

Wade ShermanWade Sherman

Alnwick Residential Coordinator
wtsherman@stcloudstate.edu

Wade is responsible for operations of our programs in Alnwick, England. Living on site at Alnwick Castle, he works to ensure a positive experience while abroad for SCSU and guest programs. He creates a safe and comfortable environment for students to learn, develop, and grow while they are away from the main campus. Wade is responsible for UK visa issuance and compliance for students and faculty. He plans regular field trips and deals with all student development and facility maintenance matters.

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