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Michigan State University
International Center
427 N. Shaw Lane
Room 207
East Lansing MI 48824-1035
Tel: +1-517-355-2350
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Mina Shin Assistant Director
Visiting International Professional Program

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Galen Sibanda African Languages Program Coordinator
African Studies Center

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Biography: Galen Sibanda joined the African Studies Center as the African Languages Program Coordinator and isiZulu instructor in 2011. His research interests are phonology, morphology, Syntax/Semantics (particularly the argument structure, thematic roles and semantic classes), the linguistic structure of Bantu languages, and language pedagogy.

Galen received his PhD in linguistic from the University of California at Berkeley in 2004.

Kate Simon Program Coordinator
Japan Center for Michigan Universities

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Hersh Sisodia International Student Advisor
Office for International Students and Scholars

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Krista Smith Office Assistant
Office for International Students and Scholars

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Jennifer Somerville Budget and Financial Manager
Office for Education Abroad

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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.

Daniel Spadafore Associate Director of International Advancement
Office of the Dean

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Yvonne Squiers Enrollment Management Specialist
Office for Education Abroad

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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.