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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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Mary Weishaar

Dr. Mary Weishaar
Executive Director

Dr. Weishaar came to SIUE in 1994 after a career as a special education teacher and administrator in the public schools. She holds her Ph.D. from St. Louis University in Education. After promotion to professor in 2006, she assumed the position of associate dean in the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior. Dr. Weishaar was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award in 2002 to Kyiv, Ukraine where she taught at a university and conducted research. Her extensive international experience includes conducting research in China and Ukraine, as well as serving on peer review committees for the Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Panel and the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program. She also conducted a service learning project through the International Institute in St. Louis, working with refugees (primarily from Somalia, Sudan, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Bhutan) on literacy and citizenship. Dr. Weishaar authored or co-authored 6 textbooks focusing on special education administration, law and assessment. Many of Dr. Weishaar’s journal publications focus on international issues in higher education as well as international issues dealing with disability and education.

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 traveled 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.

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Liang Ge
Graduate Assistant

Liang is a graduate student from China; he had a hard time adjusting to his new life here until he truly got to know the office of international affairs. People in this office refuse to let any challenges take away his dream; they always have his back. Liang finally found his new home in the office, and by going through those amazing experiences, he finally decided to change his major from Mechanical Engineering to Educational leadership. Since he believes that there are more students in his home country deserve a service like this, instead of sharing his story of life transformation, he wants to assist students to have their own dream come true.

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