Staff Listing

Staff

Machel Borsum

Machel Borsum

  • Staff Assistant
906-487-3124
machel@mtu.edu
Administration Building 200

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

  • Supervises student staff
  • Oversees undergraduate and online application processing
  • Advises and processes 12-month OPTs
Vienna Chapin

Vienna Chapin

  • Study Abroad Coordinator
906-487-1876
vrchapin@mtu.edu
Administration Building 235B

More About Vienna

  • Vienna was born and raised in the "Yoop."
  • She received her first BA from Finlandia University in liberal arts and communications, and her second BA from Michigan Tech in scientific and technical communications.
  • She enjoys analyzing graphic design and film.

Specialties

  • Manages study abroad recruitment
  • Helps students with study abroad applications
  • Manages study abroad pre-departure sessions
  • Assists with faculty-led study abroad programs
  • Produces study abroad promotions
  • Manages study abroad webpages
  • Parade of Nations Committee Co-Chair
Laura Givens

Laura Givens

  • Senior Staff Assistant
906-487-2813
lgivens@mtu.edu
Administration Building 200

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

Helen Halt

  • International Admissions Coordinator
906-487-1218
hkhalt@mtu.edu
Administration Building 203

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

  • Coordinates incoming exchange student program
  • Assists in international recruiting and credential evaluation
  • Manages admissions communications
  • Supports prospective students through application process and post-acceptance
  • Coordinates international student arrivals
  • Advises students applying for national scholarships and fellowships (Fulbright, Boren, Rhodes)
Janey Pindral

Janey Pindral

  • Staff Assistant
906-487-1865
jlpindra@mtu.edu
Administration Building 200

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

Darnishia Slade

  • Director of International Career Education
906-487-2570
dslade@mtu.edu
Administration Building 220H

More About Darnishia

  • Dar enjoys quality time with family and friends. Her favorite pastime is watching a good comedy, and she’s always up for an impromptu road trip.
  • Darnishia enjoys spending time with her puppy Trotter, especially when they have opportunities to work as a team providing pet therapy for students and local organizations.

Specialties

  • CPT and OPT work authorizations
  • Career advising
Cassy Tefft de Munoz

Cassy Tefft de Munoz

  • Director of International Programs and Services
906-487-2813
catefft@mtu.edu
Administration Building 235A

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

  • Program Representative/Community Liaison
rjwenc@mtu.edu
Administration Building 200

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 and Multicultural Festival booth and facility coordination
  • Assist international undergraduate students with off-campus housing questions
  • Plans and hosts special events like International Ski Day and day trips
  • Helps establish and maintain positive relations between IPS and local organizations and businesses
  • Helps where needed whenever possible

Student Staff

Mackenzie Brunet

Mackenzie Brunet

  • Senior Student Staff Assistant

More About Mackenzie

  • The first-year mechanical engineering major from Hancock, Michigan has broken or chipped her teeth 11 times! Also, she can wiggle her eyes.
Anna Koerber

Anna Koerber

  • Student Staff Assistant

More About Anna

  • The third-year management and global business major from Grand Blanc, MI is an avid aviator. The T-6G Texan is her favorite aircraft! If you ever want to talk travel, aviation, or business she's the person to meet.
  • If Anna isn't studying or working, chances are she's reading. She also hopes to continue traveling the world to learn more about other cultures.
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!
Zachery L'Italien

Zachery L'Italien

  • ISA Study Abroad Ambassador

More About Zachery

  • The third-year audio production and technology major is from Lake City, Michigan.
  • Zach tells really terrible stories that his friends critique on a scale of 1 to 100. He also tells terrible jokes (so ask him to tell you one at your own risk!).
Casey Nelson

Casey Nelson

  • ISA Study Abroad Ambassador

More About Casey

  • Casey has loved the Chicago Cubs since 2001, so much so that it motivated him to study abroad in the Dominican Republic, as many of his favorite players (Sammy Sosa, Alfonso Soriano, and Starlin Castro to name a few) were from there.
  • He also enjoys supporting the local music scene and often hosts live shows in his living room featuring bands from around the Great Lakes region!
Elizabeth Scaife

Elizabeth Scaife

  • USAC Study Abroad Ambassador

More About Elizabeth

  • Elizabeth is a third-year biological sciences major with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine. She's from Grand Marais, Michigan, a tiny town right on Lake Superior.
  • A "huge Greek mythology nerd," one of her goals is to travel to Greece to explore the land where the myths originate.
  • She hopes to move to Montana after veterinary school to open a practice and run a small horse ranch.