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Office of International Programs

Office of International Programs
304 Fairchild Hall
1601 Vattier Street
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506 

785-532-6550 fax


Marcelo Sabatés, Ph.D.

Associate Provostsabates@ksu.edu



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Marcelo directs the Office (established in 1991) that oversees the Study Abroad, International Admissions and Recruiting, International Scholar and Student Services and English Language Programming. Marcelo has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Buenos Aires, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Brown University with doctoral studies at Oxford University. He previously served as Interim Provost of OIP and Head of the Philosophy department. Marcelo's main areas of research are Philosophy of Mind and Metaphysics but he also has long standing research interests in philosophical issues in Latin-American fiction and Latino identity and politics. He has published in some of the most important journals in the field and has lectured in over 15 countries. His most recent publication (with Terry Horgan and David Sosa) is Qualia and Mental Causation in a Physical World, Cambridge University Press, 2015. Marcelo is co-founder and past president of Alianza (Faculty/Staff Alliance for Hispanic/Latino Affairs) at K-State.

Grant M ChapmanAssistant Provost for International Administrationgrantchapman@ksu.edu



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Grant Chapman manages the day-to-day operations of the Office of International Programs (OIP) with special attention to budget, personnel, international agreements/contracts and risk management. Grant as well as Assistant Provost, Marcellus Caldas represents OIP as the main authority in absence of the Associate Provost. Grant has direct oversight of several OIP areas including International Student and Scholars Services, Study Abroad, International Admissions and Recruitment, Special Programs/Sponsored Students and the centralized services for the Office (accounting, technology, and administrative support).


Education:, MA in Public Administration, St. Louis University 1993, JD, St. Louis University 1992,  and BS in Political Science, Oklahoma State University 1989

Phi Beta Kappa – Gamma of Oklahoma Chapter

Dean Rudolph C. Hasl Award for International Law (St. Louis University)

Fulbright Award to Japan

Marcellus M Caldas, Ph.D.Assistant Provost for International Faculty Collaboration and Educational Programscaldasma@ksu.edu



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Provide leadership, support and advice to K-State faculty members in all disciplines in identifying and developing international grant opportunities to maximize faculty international opportunities. Organize faculty activities, to include scholarly international collaboration research, as well as travel and relationship building in key countries.  Lead and coordinate general K-State faculty collaboration initiative with and for the OIP. Facilitate the development of K-State student/faculty research projects in connection with international partners.

Education: PhD Applied Economics, PhD Geography

Sara Thurston-González, Ph.D. Director, International Student and Scholar Servicessaratg@ksu.edu



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Sara directs International Student and Scholar Services which serves the over 2,000 international students, 360 international scholars, and their families.  The office provides the immigration and cultural adjustment support through orientation, advising, programming, and trips.  Additionally, ISSS provides programming to educate the university and entire community about the diverse cultures represented at K-State.   

Education: Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, Loyola University Chicago; M.Ed., Counseling and College Student Personnel, University of Louisville ; B.A., Spanish and Art History, University of Louisville

Kristin OberheideDirector, International Admissionskeokeo@ksu.edu



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Kristin and the International Admissions team help prospective students around the world with the processes of applying to and attending Kansas State University. Kristin oversees strategic planning, communication, marketing, policy, process, and assessment related to international student recruiting and admissions.
She works with internal university departments and with partners abroad to increase the global diversity and intercultural learning for our Kansas State student family.
Education: B.A., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2002, Psychology and German; M.P.A., Cornell University, 2010, Government, Politics, and Policy; Ed.D. Candidate, University of Texas at El Paso, in progress, Higher Education Leadership
Mary WoodDirector, English Language Programmwood@ksu.edu

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Mary directs the English Language Program (ELP).  The mission of the ELP is includes English Language instruction for international students;  English proficiency screening for incoming international undergraduate and graduate students; academic and cultural orientation to help ELP students transition into the university; and University support for departments and colleges looking to become more international.


 Education: M.A., Applied Linguistics, University of Kansas, 1984

Joe MilostanInterim Director, Study Abroadmilosta1@ksu.edu

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Joe Milostan serves as the interim director of the study abroad office, and provides leadership and support to the KSU campus community in reaching its goals for education abroad. This includes overseeing study abroad student advising, oversight of the Faculty-Led program process, management of reciprocal exchange agreements, and supervising risk management initiatives. The study abroad office also creates and hosts many different information sessions, orientations, workshops, and classes, which help to ensure students and faculty are prepared for successful education abroad, and are supported on their return from overseas.


Education: Bachelor of Arts (English), Michigan State University; Master of Arts (International Education) SIT Graduate Institute

Mary K PyleAssistant Director for International Supportmkpyle@ksu.edu

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Mary is responsible for directing and implementing logistics, agendas and support  for incoming and outgoing international visitors/delegations and on-campus events/meetings for scholars, academic institutions and business delegations. She plans, organizes and promotes the annual International Education Week events, Vernon Larson lectures addressing key global topics/issues and she collaborates with departments and units to elevate the level of international awareness on campus.

Education: College of Journalism, BA - Drake University 

Wendy MatthewsAssistant Director, Special Programs and Sponsored Studentszwendy@ksu.edu



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The Sponsored Student office works  with third-party billed government and industry sponsored students and their scholarship sponsors.  Wendy provides support to sponsors and their students in order to assist students in maintaining their scholarship.  Her office is  a resource for university academic and student service offices in regard to international sponsored students.  She also offers assistance to the English Language Program and university departments desiring to host a special groups of students for short term programs.  
Education:   Master of Science in Education; Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Joseph BraunComputer Information Specialistjjoseph@ksu.edu

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Joe is responsible for computer technician support for close to 100 employees and supporting units. He also recommends software applications and is responsible for setting up testing sites for English Language Program partner universities. He began his career at KSU in 2007 in the OIP department. Prior to KSU he had 20 plus years at McCall Pattern Department in the technical support department.

Education: BA in Sociology from Fort Hays University.

Alexis PultzGraphic Designeramp8888@ksu.edu



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Alexis creates promotional materials for International Programs, as well as materials for the departments under International Programs. She also maintains the websites, as well as focusing on consistent branding throughout our departments. Alexis also manages our social media presence and documents our events as the photographer.

Education: BFA, concentration in Digital Art from Kansas State University.

Barbara LippmanAdministrative Assistant to Associate Provost and Assistant Provostbjlippma@ksu.edu



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· Staff support and calendar/schedule management for Associate Provost and Assistant Provost of the Office of International Programs
· Administrative support to Office of International Programs
· Projects Coordination and Support as needed
· Collegiate International Advisory Council (CIAC) Support
· Human resources support, including time and leave reporting, on-boarding requests & reports and departmental document 

Education: BS in Recreational Administration from Kansas State University.

Shawna LangAdministrative Specialist (HCS Liaison)shawnal@ksu.edu



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  • Human resources support, including time and leave reporting, on-boarding, requests, reports and departmental documents 
  • Administrative support to Office of International Programs
  • Calendar/schedule management for the Office of International Programs (OIP)


Education:  High School degree

Sharon R SmithAccountant srsmith@ksu.edu



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Accounts Payable, Budget, Billing Semester Long Study Abroad

Gloria CoxAccountantgjcox@ksu.edu



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Fac-Led Study Abroad, Travel, Grants

Michelle AllisonAccountantmallison1@ksu.edu



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Fac-Led Study Abroad, Travel, Supplies and Inventory

Nathan MckinneyStudent Assistantrltw1992@ksu.edu



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Assist in the fulfillment of clerical duties and recruitment activities as designated by the Administrative Assistant to the Associate Provost and Assistant Provost.


Education: In progress at Kansas State University