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Andrew Roberts Educational Program Coordinator
Office for International Students and Scholars

12D International Center

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Biography: Andrew Roberts is an Educational Program Coordinator, working mainly with international students whose situations are unusual and may take a longer time to resolve. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts in human geography, a Bachelor of Law, and a Master's in Public Administration, as well as a teaching certification and part of a Master's degree in social work. Coming from the French part of Canada, Andrew is fluent in French and functional in Spanish.

Andrew works with students and sometimes their families in connection with a number of urgent or longer-term circumstances, including health, financial, and other matters that were unforeseen. The goal is often to become 'unstuck', weigh options, then find and move toward the best and most productive path forward. There is tremendous satisfaction for all in seeing worthy Spartans succeed, however that may be in their own eyes.

Lauren Russell Enrollment Management Specialist
Office for Education Abroad

109 International Center

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Biography: Lauren Russell provides clerical and student application support for the colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Letters, Engineering, and Music. She is responsible for stewarding student applications through the entire process, from initial application through to return from abroad. Lauren also works to process course approval forms and transcripts for partner programs.

Lauren is a graduate from Michigan State University with Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and World Politics. As an undergraduate, Lauren studied at La Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador for a semester.

Ann Marie Schneider Director
Canadian Studies Center

306 International Center

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Biography: AnnMarie has been involved first-hand in the strategic planning process and the development of three keystone programs that span more than two decades: the Michigan Political Leadership Program, for citizens interested in appointed or elected office; Michigan’s Legislative Leadership Program, for freshman legislators, and; the State of the State Survey, for gauging public opinion on policy issues.

Currently, she leads the program planning and policy education division of MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. Within her immediate responsibility is the Michigan Applied Public Policy Research Program, a research incentive program related to policy-relevant discussion, and an annual forum series highlighting research expertise on pressing issues. Both the grant program and public forums nurture dialog between topic experts, policymakers, and business leaders. AnnMarie directs communication and marketing of these programs across a broad spectrum of stakeholders.

AnnMarie further bridges state and international policy education by directing the Canadian Studies Center, and by serving as vice chair of a cross-border communication network focused on regional stakeholder collaboration on trade, infrastructure, economic development, and environmental issues. Additional duties include fundraising for program support, cultivating alumni relations, guiding students on career paths, and linking faculty to research opportunities. She is vice president of the Midwest Association for Canadian Studies and on several advisory boards including the Community Economic Development Center and the Center for International Business and Education Research, Global Business Club.

AnnMarie seeks opportunities to apply her expertise in planning policy-related and leadership-based education programs that point to an action agenda. With decades of designing and building legislative leadership training and programming, in addition to organizing and facilitating more than 200 public forums, AnnMarie enjoys helping leaders develop and strategize ways that effectively address public concerns.

Nick Schrader Program Coordinator, American Semester Program
Office for Education Abroad

109 International Center

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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.

Jessica Scott-Nehls International Student and Scholar Advisor
Office for International Students and Scholars

105 International Center

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Biography: Jessica Scott-Nehls is an International Student and Scholar Advisor at OISS. Originally from northern Michigan, Jessica graduated from Kalamazoo College with degrees in Spanish Language Literature and International Studies with a focus on Latin America. She lived and studied in Argentina for a year as an exchange student and later studied abroad in Chile. Her interest in international education and immigration-related matters stems from her travels and previous work experience. Prior to joining OISS, she worked for two years with the migrant education program in northeast Colorado and later spent two years working with an immigration law firm in Boston. Jessica is thrilled to be a member of the OISS team and to work with the international community of Michigan State University.

Jean-Paul Sewavi Program Coordinator
Office for Education Abroad

109 International Center

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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.

Joy Shantz Communications and Community Outreach Coordinator
Office for International Students and Scholars

105 International Center

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Biography: Joy Shantz is an International Student Advisor and Community Outreach Coordinator at OISS. She spent her childhood in the jungles of Bangladesh and attended high school on an island in Malaysia before coming to Michigan State University to earn her BA in Journalism and International Relations. Her experiences growing up as a "third culture kid" have instilled in her the idea that the world is a big place made much easier to understand through the valuable help of intercultural communication, education and outreach. Joy worked at the Grameen Foundation in Washington, D.C. and the Office of Study Abroad at MSU before joining the OISS team. She is passionate about getting international students off campus and engaged in the Greater Lansing community and loves finding the hidden spots around town that make Lansing great.