International Programs and Services

Staff Listing

Staff

Machel Borsum

Machel Borsum

  • Manager of International Student and Scholar Services

More About Machel

  • Machel dreamed of being an actress when she was young, so she is quite talented at speaking in accents!
  • Family is her everything—she has three children of her own, and during her time in IPS many international students have also adopted her as their American mom.

Specialties

  • opt@mtu.edu -- anything OPT related should be emailed to this email address
  • Advises and processes 12-month OPT and 24-month OPT Stem Extension
Vienna Chapin

Vienna Chapin

  • Study Abroad Coordinator

More About Vienna

  • Vienna was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula
  • Vienna received her first Bachelors degree from Finlandia University in liberal arts and communications, and minor in philosophy. She received her second Bachelors degree from Michigan Tech in scientific and technical communications (STC), with a concentration in media studies.
  • Vienna has traveled to Australia, Cyprus, India, Italy, and Spain
  • In the summer, Vienna enjoys spending time outdoors on the water and trails. In the fall and winter she enjoys binge-watching Netflix. Her favorite movie is Donnie Darko.

Specialties

  • Oversees outbound study abroad programming, recruitment, marketing, advising, and application process
  • Oversees incoming international exchange student admissions 
  • Manages department website
Laura Givens

Laura Givens

  • Senior Staff Assistant

More About Laura

  • Laura is a hockey mom, and enjoys cheering on the Hancock Bulldogs, especially her son.
  • Her hidden talent is high-kicking—she has high-kicked in front of several famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower!

Specialties

  • Assists with new International student arrival and orientation
  • Assists with the coordination of study abroad sessions
  • Assist with project development/management and department activities
  • Oversees department finances
  • Administers e-mail alerts/announcements to prospective and current international and study abroad students
  • Parade of Nations Committee Member
Helen Halt

Helen Halt

  • Assistant Director

More About Helen

  • Six of her siblings graduated from Michigan Tech. Helen is the seventh! She studied chemistry and Spanish.
  • Helen has a newfound love for racquetball—you’ll find her up at the SDC courts every chance she gets.

Specialties

  • International recruiting and credential evaluation
  • Manages admissions communications and processes
  • Oversees international student arrivals
  • Co-teaches Life @ Michigan Tech course
  • Advises students applying for national scholarships and fellowships (Fulbright, Boren, Rhodes)
Kyoung Min Kim

Kyoung Min Kim

  • Special Projects Assistant

More about Kyoung Min

  • Kyoung Min is also known as "Bina"
  • Bina was born in South Korea and came to USA in 2002
  • Hockey and golf mom, also used to be baseball and swimming mom
  • Bina likes golfing, painting, crafting, listening to music, and watching movies
  • Bina also loves to cook Korean cuisine

Specialties

  • Event planning
  • Program representative
  • Assists with international admissions and recruitment
  • Assists with Passport to the World Program
Jennifer McDonald

Jennifer McDonald

  • International Admissions Intern

More about Jennifer

  • Jennifer graduated from Michigan Tech with a Bachelors of Science degree in psychology
  • She has traveled to China, Germany and Tanzania
  • In her free time, Jennifer enjoys playing music, reading, writing and drawing 

Specialties

  • Assists with international admissions 
Janey Pindral

Janey Pindral

  • Staff Assistant

Specialties

  • Coordinates J-Scholar Program
  • International student SEVIS registration
  • Processes new I-20s for student program extensions, address changes, changing financial support, change of major, change of level, and adding dependents
  • International student transfers in and out
  • Processes newly admitted undergraduate I-20 and DS-2019 forms, acceptance letters, and scholarship letters
  • Assists with international student arrivals
Cassy Tefft de Munoz

Cassy Tefft de Munoz

  • Director of International Programs and Services

More About Cassy

  • When not at the office, Cassy spends time camping, reading, hiking, eating, and exploring the local area with her husband, daughter, and playful puppy.
  • Cassy's favorite foods include chicken tikka, tacos de pastor, and Gỏi cuốn (Vietnamese spring rolls).

Specialties

  • Inspector Gadget—that’s Cassy's nickname. A ceaseless problem-solver and eternal optimist, Cassy is passionate about supporting students as they dream and create the future, wherever the world takes them.
  • Oversees recruitment and admission of international undergraduate students
  • Oversees cultural and transition support for the international student community
  • Oversees study abroad programs
  • Oversees campus and community internationalization initiatives
Robert Wenc

Robert Wenc

  • Program Representative/Community Liaison

More About Bob

  • Bob retired from his full-time position at Michigan Tech in 2005, but since then has enjoyed working part-time in IPS—especially when the work is not in the morning hours!

Specialties

  • Assist with new international student arrivals
  • Parade of Nations fundraising coordinator
  • Assists international undergraduate students with off-campus housing questions
  • Organizes and hosts special events like International Ski Day and day trips
  • Assists in establishing positive relations between IPS and local organizations and businesses

Student Staff

Morgan Drumm

Morgan Drumm

  • Student Staff Assistant

More about Morgan

  • Second-year materials science and engineering major from Marshall, MI
  • She is really good at binge-watching TV shows; favorites include Friends, and Grey's Anatomy, and Survivor
Alexis Finch

Alexis Finch

  • ISA Study Abroad Global Ambassador

More about Alexis

  • Alexis is a fifth-year Civil Engineering
  • Alexis studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain with International Studies Abroad
  • If it's an adventure, Alexis is: sailing, biking, camping, hiking
  • Alexis binge watches The Office
Kate Kasten

Kate Kasten

  • ISA Study Abroad Global Ambassador

More about Kate

  • Kate is a second-year biological sciences major concentrating in ecology, minoring in fish biology
  • Kate studied abroad in Townville, Australia Fall 2018, and cannot wait for her next adventure
  • In her free time, Kate likes to watch Gilmore Girls, go on long walks, and try new foods -- she is always looking for adventure
Via Kumar

Via Kumar

  • Student Staff Assistant

More about Via

  • The second-year double majoring in management information systems and marketing from Chennai, India loves trying new food from different cultures
  • When Via is stressed, she likes watching a Friends episode..or two..or three..
  • She's also a Potterhead, so ask her anything about Harry Potter
Gabriel Lamer

Gabriel Lamer

  • ISA Study Abroad Global Ambassador

More about Gabriel

  • Gabriel is a third-year chemical engineering major with a minor in visual arts
  • He loves hiking and going on adventures, from the bottom of the Grand Canyon to the top of Longs Peak, taking pictures along the way
  • If you have any book suggestions for Gabriel, some of his favorites are the Universe vs Alex Woods and the Magicians trilogy
Quan Ngo

Quan Ngo

  • Student Staff Assistant

More about Quan

  • Quan is a fourth-year mechanical engineering technology student from Vietnam. However, he has been studying abroad (in Thailand and the US) since 8th grade!
  • He is a brother at Theta Kappa Psi
Shubham Vatsa

Shubham Vatsa

  • Student Staff Assistant

More about Shubham

  • Shubham is a first-year graduate student in mechanical engineering
  • Shubham is from India
  • He is a big automotive enthusiast and has represented India at international Baja events
  • Shubham loves talking with people and tries to know about different cultures
  • In his free time, he likes to read 
Katie Welsh

Katie Welsh

  • Social Media and Marketing Intern

More about Katie

  • Katie is a third-year exercise science major
  • Katie studied abroad in Cork, Ireland
  • In Katie's free time, she loves to ski, hike, and adventure about the Keweenaw with her dog 
Jenna Zamaites

Jenna Zamaites

  • Study Abroad Global Ambassador

More about Jenna

  • Jenna is a third year biological sciences major, minoring in international French
  • Jenna studied abroad in Lyon, France for two semesters
  • In her free time, Jenna loves to shoot film photography and, of course, watch Friends on Netflix