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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

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Laurel Hogue - Interim Director of the International Center.

Laurel leads an experienced team of professionals within the International Center. The International Center is comprised of International Student and Scholar Services, CEA Accredited Intensive English Program and Study Abroad and Exchange Programs.

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, as well as the preparation and mailing of all acceptance documents. She issues all initial DS-2019 documents and processes all change of status document requests. Heather leads international student orientations, and she serves as an advisor concerning legal, cultural, academic, and personal concerns. She also acts as a staff sponsor of the International Student Organization and promotes alumni development (including the formation of international alumni chapters). isss@ucmo.edu

Oraz Kichiyev

Oraz Kichiyev -Coordinator of International Student and Scholar Services

Oraz serves as an advisor to international students and scholars concerning legal, cultural, academic, and personal concerns. He coordinates international student orientations, and acts as a staff sponsor of the International Student Organization,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.isss@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. Trisha issues all initial I-20s and acceptance documents for newly admitted students. She manages all social media and correspondence with incoming students. isss@ucmo.edu

Jana Brookshier

Jana Brookshier - Coordinator of International Student and Scholar Services

Jana serves as an advisor to international students and scholars concerning legal, cultural, academic, and personal concerns. She coordinates international student orientations, and acts as a staff sponsor of the International Student Organization. isss@ucmo.edu

Sarah Zey

Sarah Zey - Coordinator of International Student and Scholar Services

Sarah serves as an advisor to international students and scholars concerning legal, cultural, academic, and personal concerns. She coordinates international student orientations, and acts as a staff sponsor of the International Student Organization. isss@ucmo.edu

Valerie Heming

Valerie Heming - 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

Sarah Pattison

Sarah Pattison - Study Abroad Coordinator

Sarah serves as the coordinator for Study Abroad and Exchange programming.  Sarah works to strengthen relationships among our international exchange partners and consortiums to create exciting, convenient and affordable options for UCM students that want to study abroad and international students that want to study at UCM.  Also, Sarah works with faculty members and athletic directors to plan specialized, shot-term study abroad programming.

NOT PICTURED Elizabeth Arentsen - Study Abroad Program Assistant