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
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, Undergraduate Admissions

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

  • IPS website management
  • Event planning
  • Program representative
  • Assists with international admissions and recruitment
  • Assists with Passport to the World Program
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
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
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 Senior Staff Assistant

More about Quan

  • Quan is a senior 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
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