Staff

Rick Lane

Rick Lane
Director, International Student Services, PDSO
rlane3@uis.edu

Rick Lane

Rachael Matingi
Immigration Specialist, DSO
rmati2@uis.edu

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Tracy Rakes
Immigration Specialist, DSO
tbear2@uis.edu

Joel Short

Joel Short
Immigration Specialist, DSO
jshor3@uis.edu

Jolene Vollmer

 Jolene Vollmer
Immigration Specialist, DSO
jvoll3@uis.edu

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Erika Suzuki
Program Coordinator
esuzu2@uis.edu

Immigration specialists assist international students in understanding and following immigration laws and in applying for immigration benefits. They maintain the university’s immigration records and report regularly to the various agencies of the Department of Homeland Security regarding the status of international students.

They also serve as international student advisors and assist international students with other societal demands and cultural questions. They are not lawyers and are not employed by the US government. They work and advocate for the best interest of the international students and the university within the parameters of immigration regulations.

Our program coordinator collaborates with others in ISS, colleagues in other campus units, and student organizations to create, plan, and implement educational and cultural programs that assist our international students with their cultural adaptation and learning while also providing opportunities for domestic students to benefit from their interactions with our international students.

If you see an event on our calendar, in our newsletter, or in a campus announcement, Erika almost certainly played some role in helping to make that event a reality.

International Student Ambassadors work closely with the Program Coordinator and serve the Office of International Student Services during international student orientation week and throughout the year with additional programming events.

The graduate assistant and student workers assist Immigration Specialists and the Program Coordinator with the functioning of the ISS office and program services. All members of the Office of International Student Services can be contacted at iss@uis.edu.

  • Suparna Banerjee, Student Worker
  • Paul Duarte-Noe, Student Worker
  • Jiaying Li, Student Worker
  • Lauren McPherson, Graduate Assistant