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

785-532-6550 fax


Grant M Chapman

Associate Provost




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Grant Chapman is the senior international officer at Kansas State University.  He leads and manages the Office of International Programs (OIP), the University office for centralized international activities, initiatives and programs.  Grant has oversight over Education Abroad, English Language Program, International Partnerships, International Faculty Collaboration and Research, International Student and Scholars Services, International Special Programs/Sponsored Students. Grant publishes and presents on international higher education and international law.

Prior to Kansas State, Grant served as a faculty and administrator in various positions at Webster University.  He was the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Director for International Programs (Senior International Officer).  Prior, he was director of Webster's London campus.  He serves as an adjunct faculty for international law.

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

Phi Beta Kappa – Gamma of Oklahoma Chapter

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

Fulbright Award to Japan

Twenty-five plus years experience in international higher education including working and living outside the United States

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



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Marcellus M. Caldas has a PhD in Applied economics from University of São Paulo (Brazil), a PhD in Geography from Michigan State University, and a Post Doctoral training in the Center for International Development at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Marcellus has a long history of teaching, research and administrative experiences, and provides leadership, support and advice to K-State faculty members in all disciplines in identifying and developing international grant opportunities to maximize faculty international opportunities.  He leads and coordinates general K-State faculty collaboration initiative to include scholarly international collaboration research, as well as organize faculty activities, travel and relationship building in key countries. In addition, he facilitates the development of K-State student/faculty research projects in connection with international partners and oversight the International Planning and Analyzes. Marcellus represents the OIP in the Associate Deans Research Council, in the College Advisory International Council, and in the Global Campus Advisory Council. Caldas represents OIP as the main authority in absence of the Associate Provost.

Education: PhD Applied Economics, PhD Geography

Sara Thurston, 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 1,000 international students, over 300 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

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

Director, Education Abroad
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
Beverley Earles, Ph.D.Associate Director for International Planning and Analysis




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Originally from New Zealand, Dr. Beverley Earles is the Associate Director for International Partnerships. Dr. Earles is responsible for managing international strategic partnerships, guiding OIP colloborative programs.  In addition, her data collection and analysis provide for useful datat for the ever changing international education environment.   Her work assists in decision making with parternships with regards to short programs, recruiting international students, and decisions about funding and scholarship activity for programs and faculty. 

Dr. Earles has over 30 years of involvement in international affairs and has held office in several international organizations including Chair of Program Administration, TESOL.  She is also a site reviewer for the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA).

Education: Ph.D. World Religions, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 1984.  Dip. TESL, English Language Institute, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 1979.

Joseph BraunComputer Information Specialistjjoseph@ksu.edu

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Joe is responsible for computer technician support over 30 employees, the ELP students 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.