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International Center Staff

Location

Elliot 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.

Ward Edwards is the home of the International Center, which serves the more than 850 international students for UCM. International students at Central represent over 50 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. We also have friendship programs in which students or families can get to know an international student personally. See the Forms section of this website for ISO membership or friendship program applications.

International Center Staff

Joy Stevenson Joy Stevenson - Director of International Center

Dr. Stevenson is the Director over all three areas of the International Center: Study Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services, and the English Language Center.  She also serves as the senior designated immigration specialist on campus. She is the campus coordinator for Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars and is actively involved in many other campus committees and organizations. stevenson@ucmo.edu

Sujamanas Badger

Sujamanas Badger - Fiscal Manager

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

Dr. Phil Hull

Dr. Phil Hull - Director of International Programs

Phil oversees International Programs at UCM, which encompasses opportunities in over sixty countries and at more than two hundred fifty international institutions.  He helps students through the study abroad process who are interested in studying overseas.  He also works with incoming exchange students from UCM’s 30+ partner institutions.  He helps promote international programs, assists faculty interested in study tours and teaching abroad. hull@ucmo.edu

Carla Prael

Carla Prael - Coordinator of Study Abroad

Carla guides students through the study abroad process to over sixty countries and more than two hundred fifty international institutions. She helps promote international programs, researches study abroad and internship opportunities, and works with students to plan their programs providing student services to participants throughout the study abroad process. She also works with incoming students from UCM exchange partner institutions.  prael@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.

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

Amy Mitchell

Amy Jammeh - Instructor, English Language Center 

Amy is a full-time instructor for the English Language Center. She teaches both core and elective courses in the Intensive English Program. She acts as activity director for short term programs. She actively recruits for the ELC. ajammeh@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