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Elliott Student Union

International Center

Location

Elliott Union 302
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093

A vital regional source of international culture, the university’s International Center provides residents the opportunity to learn about the lives and cultures of students from countries throughout the world. Special programs introduce Missouri families to international students, encourage friendships and broaden knowledge of other cultures.

Elliott Student Union is the home of the International Center, which serves the more than 1450 international students for UCM. International students at Central represent over 60 different countries around the world, bringing diversity to the campus community and to Warrensburg.

The International Center processes all international student applications, helps new international students settle into academic life in Warrensburg, provides intensive English instruction, counsels students about immigration issues, and advises UCM students who wish to study abroad.

We would like to encourage everyone to get involved with international students. The International Student Organization (ISO) organizes many social activities every semester.

International Center Staff

Sujamanas Badger

Sujamanas Badger - Budget Manager

Sujamanas manages all departmental budgets for the three divisions within the International Center. She processes payments and creates financial data reports for each area. badger@ucmo.edu

Heather Hoel

Heather Hoel - Director of International Student and Scholar Services

Heather oversees all services and programming for international students and scholars and serves as an advisor concerning legal, cultural, academic, and personal concerns. She leads international student orientations, and acts as staff sponsor of the International Student Organization. She promotes alumni development (including the formation of international alumni chapters) and the creation of scholarship opportunities for international students. hhoel@ucmo.edu

Oraz Kichiyev

Oraz Kichiyev -Coordinator of International Student and Scholar Services

Oraz assists the Director in overseeing services and programs for international student and scholars. He facilitates orientations, advises students on legal, cultural, academic and personal concerns as well as working as a staff sponsor of the International Student Organization. kichiyev@ucmo.edu

Trisha Boyd

Trisha Boyd - Immigration and Communication Specialist, International Student and Scholar Services

Trisha is the Immigration and Communication Specialist working with the International Student and Scholar Services team. tboyd@ucmo.edu

Rachel Herman - Co-Director, English Language Center 

Rachel directs the English Language Center and the Intensive English Program. She actively recruits for the department and develops the promotional materials. She also advises students about program policies and procedures to help them prepare for their academic programs at the university. Rachel is also an instructor in the ELC, is the coordinator of the program’s accreditation project. herman@ucmo.edu

Valerie Heming

Valerie Heming - Co-Director, English Language Center 

Valerie directs the English Language Center and the Intensive English Program.   Plus, she creates and directs short term programs for the English Language Center. She advises students about program policies and procedures and helps them prepare for their academic programs at the university. She is responsible for recruitment and promotion for the department. She is also an instructor for both Intensive English Program and short-term program courses. vheming@ucmo.edu

Suzanne Beck

Suzanne Beck - Coordinator of Sponsored International Students

Suzanne serves as advisor to sponsored international students and scholars concerning legal, cultural, academic, sponsorship and personal concerns. smbeck@ucmo.edu