International programs office reorganizes, refocuses missions
The Office of International Programs within the Division of Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach is undergoing a reorganization to better and more directly serve student and faculty needs. The changes include updated department names, areas of responsibility and directors.
Evie Myers, vice president for Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach, said the changes reflect the growth of international activities at NDSU and will provide new focus in both internal and external global undertakings.
“NDSU continues to expand its international partnerships and outreach. Creating a separate department to coordinate and develop these activities, while refining the focus of international programs to student services and study abroad, will support and enhance our mission,” Myers said.
Lisa Hauck, former director of the Office of International Programs, is now director of the Office of Global Outreach. The office, which will be located in Putnam Hall, will provide leadership and support for NDSU globalization efforts, including recruitment and admission of international students, and international faculty and visiting scholar immigration.
Admission and faculty and scholar services already have moved to Putnam Hall and remaining staff will move from the Memorial Union when additional renovations are completed.
The existing Office of International Programs has been renamed the Office of International Student and Study Abroad Services. Alicia Kauffman will direct the office, which will provide support services for graduate and undergraduate international students and students studying abroad. The office’s staff and services will remain in the current Office of International Programs location in Memorial Union room 116.
“Having leadership with one mission provides more opportunities in each department,” Hauck said.
Kauffman expressed excitement about the new opportunities the changes will provide, noting, “The reorganization will allow us to really focus on the student support and advocacy side of things.”
NDSU serves nearly 1,200 international students, faculty and staff. This year NDSU is on pace to have more than 300 students study abroad.
NDSU is recognized as one of the nation's top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.