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. 

Specialties

  • Oversees all University outbound study abroad advising, programming, events, outreach, marketing, as well as pre-departure and reentry orientations
  • Manages study abroad global ambassadors
  • Assists with incoming international exchange student admissions 
  • Manages department website
  • Assists with IPS event programming
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