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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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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.

Sandy Tupper Program Coordinator
Office for Education Abroad

109 International Center
tuppers(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Sandy Tupper assumes primary responsibility for administering education abroad programs offered through the College of Social Science. She works closely with faculty directors on budgets, logistical matters and academic issues, collaborates with international partner institutions, and provides assistance and support, as needed, with all student health, safety, security, and behavioral issues. Sandy also advises students and assists with curriculum integration. In addition, she co-facilitates the Education Abroad Advisory Council Committee on Diversity and Underrepresentation that monitors enrollment trends and recommends strategies with regard to student advising, portfolio management, promotion and outreach for traditionally underrepresented populations.

Sandy began her work in the field of international education at Lansing Community College working with the Japan Adventure and Japan Horizon Programs. She later worked on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme as a Coordinator for International Relations in a Japanese Government office in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan. Before coming to MSU, she worked in Western Michigan University's International Office.

Sandy earned a BA in Social Sciences and an MA in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University.

Elizabeth Wandschneider Assistant Director, Finances and Operational Management
Office for Education Abroad

109 International Center
wandsch(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Elizabeth Wandschneider is the assistant director for finances and operational management in the Office of Study Abroad. As such, she supervises the Business Manager and oversees financial transactions for the office, including program budgets, student financial transactions and the office’s operational budget. She also supervises the Office Manager and oversees the daily operational strategy to ensure the implementation of important initiatives and priorities. In partnership with the Office of International Health & Safety, she is responsible for the development and maintenance of OSA-specific health, safety, security and risk management protocols, including student conduct issues.

Elizabeth has taught in five different universities and published on data collection issues around post-program student evaluations. She has presented at numerous regional and national/international conferences on topics ranging from group dynamics in study abroad programs to exchange agreements. In addition, Elizabeth is certified to administer both the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and the Beliefs, Events and Values Inventory (BEVI). Each fall semester, she offers a three-credit introductory course through the College of Arts and Letters on cultural difference and study abroad.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, Elizabeth's international experiences began as a high-school student in 1982, when she was awarded an all-expenses-paid month-long trip to Germany through a competitive worldwide competition organized by the PAD (Pädagogischer Austauschdienst). She received her PhD in German Language and Literature from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 1995. She moved to East Lansing in 2000 to work at MSU's Office of Study Abroad as a program coordinator and became a proud US citizen in 2016.