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Office of International Affairs
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Student Success Center 0300 (lower level)
Campus Box 1616
Edwardsville, Illinois 62026-1616
Telephone: 618-650-3785
Fax: 618-650-5099

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Ronald Schaefer

Ron Schaefer is Director of the Center for International Affairs. He is also professor of English Language and Literature, coming to SIUE in 1986. From 1981-1985, Ron taught at the University of Benin, Nigeria, where he began linguistic investigation of the Edoid group of languages. He received his doctoral degree in linguistics from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where he was a direct exchange scholar to Johannes Gütenberg Universität, Mainz, Germany from 1978-79. Before graduate school, Ron served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Afghanistan from 1971-1973. His undergraduate degree in English is from the University of Minnesota.

Diane Schilling

Diane Schilling finds that International Affairs is always interesting. She thrives when the office is busy when international students are arriving for orientation, during preparations for International Night or when a new group of students is heading out to study abroad. At home, Diane has two horses, two dogs and several barn cats that keep her entertained (or elevate her blood pressure, depending on the day. She reports that she imagines the feeling is mutual on their part.) In the summer, she spend a lot of time working with Cisco (horse), mowing grass, weed whipping (trimming) and attempting to stay ahead of the weeds in the garden.

Sandra Tamari
International Admissions Advisor

Sandra Tamari first became interested in international affairs by studying Arabic as an undergraduate student at the University of Florida . She studied abroad during her junior year at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan and after finishing her B.A. in Anthropology set off for a year of study and work in Amman, Jordan and Ramallah, Palestine under a Fulbright grant. She continued her studies at Georgetown University completing an M.A. in Arab Studies. She has traveled extensively in the Middle East with visits to Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey. In 2003, she spent a year studying German in Berlin. Prior to joining SIUE, Sandra served as the Assistant Director of Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and as a Program Coordinator for AMIDEAST.

Geeteeca Vanaik
Lead Immigration Coordinator 

Geet is an SIUE alumnus who started as an international student in 2001.She earned her B.A. in Biology and M.S. in Biotechnology Management. She joined the Office International Affairs in 2008 and is committed to ensuring that International students have the services and support they need to be successful. Her previous work experience includes working for Monsanto and Pioneer. Geet's areas of interest include leadership development and international affairs.

Linda Joyce
Office Support Associate

Prior to joining the staff at the Center for International Affairs in January 2013, Linda taught in the Edwardsville School District for 35 years. She graduated from SIUE with a BS in special education and an MS in Instructional Technology. She is looking forward to assisting the international and domestic students at SIUE.


Kim Browning 
Study Abroad Advisor

Kim Browning is our Study Abroad Advisor in International Affairs. He has lived for three years in Brussels, Belgium and has travelled to much of Europe, southeast Asia, Japan and the Caribbean. He has also helped students travel to these places as well as Latin America, and central Asia.  Kim holds a Master’s of Education from the University of Illinois. In addition to helping students, he enjoys caring for his horses and small farm.

Sui Chen

Sui Chen
Graduate Assistant

Sui is a current MBA grad student at SIUE. He first started his student career at Hogeschool InHolland University Amsterdam in 2005 for International Business studies. He transferred to SIUE in 2007 and completed his B.A. Marketing degree in 2011. During the undergraduate study, Sui was constantly involved with international student activities and IHP events. His efforts made many international students' stays at SIUE a pleasant and memorable experience. Being an international student himself, Sui is always willing to help other international students to have a better experience at SIUE.

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