International Student and Scholar Services

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) serves Illinois' international population and campus units through advising, immigration services, programming, advocacy, and outreach.

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Martin McFarlane

Director, International Student and Scholar Services


(217) 333-1303
mmcfarln@illinois.edu

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Martin became director of ISSS in 2015. A former international student himself, he has been with the ISSS office for ten years where he has assumed responsibility as the office’s primary expert on student visa policies and regulations.


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Stephanie Dvorachek

Associate Director


(217) 333-1303
sjahn@illinois.edu

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Stephanie has served the international student population since 2008, when she joined ISSS. Her primary duties are to represent the office policies and practices when interpreting Federal regulations to international students, faculty and staff, and departments on campus. She also trains and supervises the International Advising Specialists, as well as communicates existing and new regulatory updates to ISSS staff.


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Briaunna Antoine

Senior Assistant Director


(217) 333-1303
bzponder@illinois.edu

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Briaunna joined ISSS in 2012. Her primary responsibilities include advising the scholar and student populations and coordinating the New International Student Orientation. She obtained her B.A. in Psychology from Bowling Green State University and her M.A. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University.


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Cheryl Hinkel

Senior Assistant Director


(217) 333-1303
chinkel@illinois.edu

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Cheryl joined ISSS in 2006. She currently works with international faculty, staff, and scholars and their University departments. She received her Bachelors in Foreign Languages from Eastern Illinois University and her Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Southern Illinois University.


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Afroza Faruque

Senior Assistant Director


(217) 333-1303
afaruque@illinois.edu

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Afroza has been with ISSS since 2008. In addition to advising international students, she helps co-coordinate New Student Check-in each semester. She also oversees the ISSS Front Desk, manages the ISSS website, and works on internal staff training and outreach to campus units.


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Erin Schiller

Senior Assistant Director


(217) 333-1303
erinj@illinois.edu

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Amira Al-Mutairi

Assistant Director


(217) 333-1303
almutai2@illinois.edu

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Jennifer Avery

Assistant Director


(217) 333-1303
jsavery@illinois.edu

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Nicholas Dunn

Assistant Director


(217) 333-1303
nickdunn@illinois.edu

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Qiao Li (Lily) Huang

Assistant Director


(217) 333-1303
qhuang3@illinois.edu

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William Baptist, Jr.

International Advising Specialist


(217) 333-1303
wbaptist@illinois.edu

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William Baptist, Jr. has been an International Advising Specialist at ISSS since 2015. In addition to student advisory, he serves as liaison to numerous on- and off-campus organizations and coordinates ISSS Financial Assistance and social programming. William earned his B.A. in International Relations from the University of Delaware and worked at Loyola University Maryland in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland where he volunteered as an AmeriCorps VISTA and later worked as a program coordinator after spending 5 years working in Japan’s Gunma and Kanto Prefectures.


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Holly Bullamore

Office Support Associate


(217) 333-1303
bullamor@illinois.edu

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Melissa Chin

International Advising Specialist


(217) 333-1303
mjchin@illinois.edu

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Melissa has been working as an International Advising Specialist at ISSS since June 2015. Growing up in a multinational household, she has always had a passion for travel, language, and cultural exchange. She is originally from New York.


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Kirby Cook

International Advising Specialist


(217) 333-1303
kmlcook@illinois.edu

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Leonardo Covis

International Data Management Specialist


(217) 333-1303
leocov@illinois.edu

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Elizabeth Sheppard

Office Support Assistant


(217) 333-1303
eertel@illinois.edu

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Elizabeth has been working as an Office Support Assistant at ISSS since early 2015. She works at the front desk at the student office and answers the phones. Elizabeth is from Central Illinois and graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2009.


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Rhonda Henderson

Clerical Assistant


(217) 333-1303
rrhender@illinois.edu

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Lauren Karplus

International Advising Specialist


(217) 333-1303
lkarpl2@illinois.edu

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Kara Porter

International Advising Specialist


(217) 333-1303
porterk@illinois.edu

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Kara joined ISSS in 2015, and currently works with international scholars, faculty, and staff. Kara earned her B.A. in Communication from Michigan State University, where her study abroad experience inspired her to pursue her current career in international education.


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Luanne Schroeder

Office Support Associate


(217) 333-1303
lrschroe@illinois.edu

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Luanne Schroeder began working at the University of Illinois in 2010. She worked at the Information Trust Institute before joining the China Executive Leadership Programs in August, 2011. Luanne is responsible for the general office operations, which include documenting expenditures, scheduling, meeting university guidelines, and assisting the director, program coordinators, and business administrative associate with details for each and every program. Luanne has lived in the Champaign-Urbana area all her life, having grown up in a small town nearby. She attended Parkland College and worked in the newspaper industry for over 16 years, assisting a wide range of clients with their advertising needs.


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Dylan Thomas

Advising Assistant


(217) 333-1303
dthom@illinois.edu

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Jessica Tran

Advising Assistant


(217) 333-1303
jessicat@illinois.edu

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Contact

Student Office
400 Student Services Building
610 E. John St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-1303 ext. 1
Email: isss@illinois.edu

Faculty, Staff, & Scholar Office
327 International Studies Building
910 S. Fifth St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-1303 ext. 2
Email: isss-scholars@illinois.edu