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Office for Education Abroad
Michigan State University
International Center
427 N. Shaw Lane Rm 109
East Lansing, MI 48824
Tel: 517-353-8920
Fax: 517-432-2082
abroad(at)msu.edu
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Nick Schrader Program Coordinator, American Semester Program
Office for Education Abroad

109 International Center
schrad53(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Nick Schrader, Program Coordinator for The American Semester Program (ASP), is responsible for inbound, non-degree seeking study programs, student advising, program development and international student recruitment. Nick maintains communication with external and international partners while also coordinating socio-cultural programs for ASP and exchange students.

Originally from Sturgis, Michigan, Nick is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and Global & International Studies. During his time as an undergraduate, Nick participated in a semester-long study abroad program at the Universidad de Burgos in Burgos, Spain and a summer program at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Valparaíso, Chile.

At MSU, Nick gained on-site experience in Japan, supporting a Freshman Seminar Abroad (FSA) program. This experience helped him in coordinating and leading FSA programs to both Iceland and New Zealand. Prior to his transition to ASP, Nick maintained a program portfolio for the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Spain.

Jean-Paul Sewavi Program Coordinator
Office for Education Abroad

109 International Center
sewavije(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Jean-Paul Sewavi came to MSU from the University of Dayton where he worked as the Programs Manager for Education Abroad for several years. Prior to joining the University of Dayton, he served as a study abroad advisor at the State University of New York at New Paltz (SUNY –New Paltz) for over four years where he developed expertise in planning and managing study abroad and exchange programs. Jean-Paul’s primary responsibility at MSU is the administration of education abroad programs offered through the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, as well as serving as liaison with the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement and initiatives related to community engagement abroad.

With over 14 years of experience in education abroad program management, Jean-Paul brings invaluable experience and expertise in managing faculty-directed study abroad and global service-learning programs. Jean-Paul holds a Master’s degree in Multicultural and International Management from the School for International Training and he has extensive experience working and living in Africa.

Doreen Sheridan Program Coordinator
Office for Education Abroad

105 International Center
sherid80(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Doreen Sheridan is the Coordinator for Exchanges and Freshman Seminars Abroad in the office. In this role, she works with MSU's exchange partner universities, prospective or current exchange students and the Freshman Seminars Abroad teams and vendors. As the Exchanges Coordinator, Doreen communicates with partner universities regarding mutually beneficial study opportunities, which are summarized in exchange agreement documents, and offers support to students with questions about the application process, the semester at MSU or the exchange program in general.

Originally from Germany, Doreen came to the U.S. as an international student more than 14 years ago. She studied Linguistics and Psychology at Montclair State University in New Jersey and earned an MBA from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. Doreen has enjoyed exploring many of the U.S. states, but has come to love Michigan with its natural beauty, history and culture. Consequently, she now owns a wide selection of fleece clothing and excellent snow tires, but really the Michigan winter can be fun also.

Doreen has worked in the field of international education for more than 8 years and is passionate about offering enriching study and campus life opportunities for students. Having been an international student herself, Doreen is excited to support those students who travel to MSU for their study-abroad experiences. It is important to her that all exchange students have the best possible experience in Michigan as they immerse themselves on campus and in the U.S. culture.

Jennifer Somerville Budget and Financial Manager
Office for Education Abroad

5 International Center
somervi5(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Jennifer joined the Office of Study Abroad in February 2016 as the Business Manager. Her background includes various administrative roles in academic and non-academic units on campus. Her career at MSU began in January 2006 in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. After three years, she received a promotion to office manager of the department of Accounting and Information Systems in the Broad Business College. In July 2012, she joined Founding Director, Michael Rush in the opening of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum where she was the Finance and Human Resources Coordinator for 3.5 years.

Prior to Michigan State University, Jennifer held various positions with increasing responsibility at the Story Automotive Group in Lansing. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Michigan State University.

Yvonne Squiers Enrollment Management Specialist
Office for Education Abroad

109 International Center
squiers(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Yvonne Squiers has been at MSU since 1997 and the Office of Study Abroad for the last 15 years. Yvonne provides clerical and student application support for the colleges of Business, Communication Arts and Sciences, and Education. She is responsible for stewarding student applications through the entire process, from initial application through to return from abroad. She confirms course enrollments for each program and collects onsite emergency contact information for students/faculty while abroad. Yvonne also serves in a supportive role related to student health and safety issues, which includes registering students with U.S. Government Travel Registration Site STEP, enrolling them in insurance while abroad, and running a student conduct report.

Inge Steglitz Associate Director
Office for Education Abroad

109 International Center
steglitz(at)msu.edu

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Biography: As associate director, Inge provides leadership and direction for all functions related to program development and management, student advising, college/unit liaisons, and portfolio development and maintenance. She oversees program evaluations and works with the executive director and a team of program coordinators on ensuring a well-balanced program portfolio. In addition, she directs faculty engagement and development and is responsible for academic outreach, faculty seminars, and other faculty development initiatives, such as site visits, the Faculty Learning Community on Teaching & Learning Abroad, and an annual workshop series offered in conjunction with MSU’s Academic Advancement Network.

Inge has contributed scholarly articles to several books on topics ranging from orientation programming, culture learning/teaching and faculty development to assessing intercultural competencies. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming third edition of NAFSA’s Learning Across Cultures book. A member of and regular conference contributor to NAFSA: Association of International Educators since the mid-1980s, Inge has held various national leadership positions in the organization, mostly recently as chair of the 2016 national NAFSA conference.

A native of Heidelberg, Germany, Inge first came to the U.S. on a Fulbright and has now spent more than half of her life there. She earned her PhD in intercultural communication from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, where she also worked in the Office of International Education and taught in the department of communication. Her dissertation research focused on conceptualizing and developing a model to assess the impact of education abroad on students' cognitive development and she continues to be interested in defining and assessing education abroad learning outcomes. She considers herself fortunate to have a professional career that is also a vocation.

Lori Thomas Enrollment Management Specialist
Office for Education Abroad

109 International Center
thoma657(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Lori Thomas provides clerical and student application support for the colleges of Natural Science and Social Science, as well as Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine, Human Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine. Lori is responsible for stewarding student applications through the entire process, from initial application through to return from abroad. She confirms course enrollments for each program, uploads partner university transcripts and course approval forms, and collects onsite emergency contact information for students/faculty while abroad. Lori also serves in a supportive role for the cross-functional scholarship team, and works with transcript processing for partner programs.

Christine Trinidad Assistant Director, Enrollment Management and Student Services
Office for Education Abroad

109 International Center
trinid10(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Christine Trinidad provides leadership and direction for all functions related to enrollment management and student services. She is responsible for ongoing quality improvement of enrollment management systems, processes, policies and procedures; for ensuring that communication, promotion and outreach messaging is comprehensive, consistent and accurate; and for providing training for and oversight of all aspects of student advising.

Christine is a strong proponent of education abroad with over ten years of experience in higher education and the profession of international education. She has served in multiple capacities on the student services side of education abroad, including her current role, as well as an education abroad advisor at her previous position at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego in Political Science and Ethnic Studies and received her Master’s degree in Education with a focus on Postsecondary Leadership from San Diego State University. She spent a year at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies in the United Kingdom that inspired her to enter the profession of international education.

Since 2006, Christine has made it her professional goal to improve the student experience (from first point of contact to return) and has made it her personal mission to reach out diverse and underrepresented populations.

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