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Staff

Karl Markgraf
Dr. Karl Markgraf
Director
 

Dr. Karl Markgraf has served UW-Eau Claire as Director of the Center for International Education since 1998. In this position he oversees Study Abroad and Exchange, International Student and Scholar Services, the Intensive English Program, International Student Recruitment, and Chinese Programs and Services.

Dr. Markgraf received his B.A. in German from the University of Oregon and his M.A. and Ph.D. in German Language and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an active member of several international education professional organizations, and has published and presented at international, national, and regional conferences and workshops in the fields of study abroad, service-learning abroad, international student recruitment, cross-cultural learning, international education administration, and related subjects. He has lived and taught abroad and offers broad experience in all aspects of international education. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, camping, and paddling in the woods and waters of North America.

Kris Tappe
Kristine Tappe
Program Associate
 

Kris began working at the Center for International Education in June 2012. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from Marquette University and a minor in Naval Science. After college, Kris spent 20 years with the Marine Corps, serving 5 years on active duty and 15 years as a reservist. Kris previously worked in Graduate Studies at UW-River Falls and for the School of Education at UW-Stout. In her spare time, Kris enjoys reading, music, and outdoor activities.

Kris is the "first stop" for all things CIE; she is the office manager and assistant to the director. Contact her to schedule an appointment with any of the permanent or student staff.

Study Abroad

Jenna Krosch
Jenna Krosch
Study Abroad Coordinator
 

Jenna began working at UW-Eau Claire in April 2013 as a Study Abroad Coordinator. She received her B.S. in International Studies from UW-River Falls and her M.Ed. in Student Affairs Administration from UW-La Crosse. Prior to coming to UW-Eau Claire, Jenna studied in Australia, co-led study abroad short-term programs to Jamaica and Israel and was employed in the Study Abroad Office at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In her free time Jenna loves to bake, spend time outdoors, work on DIY projects, search for vintage treasures and travel.

Jenna coordinates the annual study abroad fair, assists with the peer adviser program, organizes the annual study abroad photo contest, operates all study abroad social media, and oversees the undergraduate marketing and Joyal/Alexander Reentry interns. She also does the coordination and student advising for the following programs:

  • Australia & New Zealand
  • Europe: Czech Republic, Greece, Latvia and Sweden
  • Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Thailand (with the exception of Globalization in China, Globalization in India and India Feminisms)
  • Worldwide: Semester at Sea
Cheryl Lochner-Wright
Cheryl Lochner-Wright
Study Abroad Coordinator
 

Cheryl has a B.A. in German/Secondary Education from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota and an M.A. in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology from the University of Minnesota.  She has studied in Germany, worked as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Germany, and conducted her master's research in Guatemala.She worked in international education at both of her alma maters prior to coming to Eau Claire as a Study Abroad Coordinator.

Cheryl coordinates study abroad orientation, works with the peer adviser program, supervises the advising intern, oversees the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship awards and is the campus adviser for the U.S. Student Fulbright program.  Additionally, Cheryl does the program coordination and student advising for:

  • German-speaking programs:  Austria, Germany (German-speaking semester and academic year exchanges through the Hessen-Wisconsin exchange and the Marburg spring semester)
  • Italy
  • Spanish-speaking programs in Central America and Spain (except Women in Nicaragua)
Colleen Marchwick
Colleen Marchwick
Study Abroad Coordinator
 

Colleen Marchwick began working at UW-Eau Claire in September 2003. She received her B.A. degree in History and French from St. Catherine's University in St. Paul, MN and her M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Ohio University. Colleen's own journey in international education began with an undergraduate study abroad year in France followed by later service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. Prior to coming to UW-Eau Claire, Colleen worked at Washington State University in international education and the Chicago Regional Office of the Peace Corps. Colleen was a founding team member of the International Fellows Program where she played a lead role in program design and development.  Recently, Colleen was selected for a three-year term in NAFSA Trainer Corps to train in the following areas: education abroad advising; fundamentals of short-term programming; and health, safety, and risk management.

Currently, Colleen coordinates all fall study abroad promotions (with the exception of the annual study abroad fair), International Classroom Speakers program, conducts advising for Boren Scholarship for Undergraduates, and does the program coordination and student advising for the following programs:

  • Africa-Botswana, Ghana, and South Africa
  • Europe: France, Ireland, ISU-Hessen (summer), Hessen-Germany (English language options)
  • United Kingdom-Scotland and England (with exception of Public History and SPED in Scotland)
  • Worldwide- EducatorsAbroad Student Teaching
Raissa Schnitzius
Raissa Schnitzius
Assistant Study Abroad Coordinator
 

Raissa began working as Assistant Study Abroad Coordinator at UW-Eau Claire in April 2012.  She has a B.A. in Spanish with a minor in mathematics from Hamline University and a diploma in band instrument repair from Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical.  While completing her Bachelor's degree, Raissa spent a semester abroad in Córdoba, Argentina at la Universidad Católica de Córdoba. 

Raissa's responsibilities include overseeing the study abroad and scholarship application process; communicating with study abroad students, liaisons abroad, off-campus organizations, and other UW-Eau Claire offices; coordinating the logistics for study abroad orientation and the annual Study Abroad Fair; assisting with study abroad program promotion; supervising study abroad student employees; processing study abroad transcripts; and coordinating study abroad programs in Chile and Uruguay.

International Student and Scholar Services

Maria Carvalho
Maria Carvalho
International Student Adviser
 

Maria's responsibilities as an International Student Adviser include: advising international students on F and J visas, advising international visiting scholars on J visas, conducting orientation, recruiting international students, coordinating annual International Folk Fair, and liaising with Housing and Residence Life, Academic Advising, Admissions, and other departments on campus. 

Maria graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2007 with a Bachelor of Social Work; she also majored in Latin American Studies and minored in Spanish.  Maria is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations through the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California and the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon.

Maria enjoys gaining different perspectives and learning from people with different experiences.  She has spent significant time in Kenya (where she was born and lived until she was nine years old), as well as Costa Rica and Nicaragua (where she studied abroad and later completed two internships).  Maria studied two years of Latin during her undergraduate studies, and is now learning Swahili.  In her free time, Maria spends time with family, travels, and bakes. 

Jodi Simek
Jodi Simek
Senior International Student Adviser
 

Jodi Simek is a Senior International Adviser at UW – Eau Claire where she advises international students, faculty, and staff regarding F and J visas, she manages relationships with sponsoring organizations and exchange partners, implements recruitment strategies, and contributes to institutional compliance with federal immigration regulation.  

Jodi was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine and previously worked at Washington State University and University of Kansas.  She also serves on the national leadership team for NAFSA: Association of International Educators and is Chair of the Wisconsin Association of International Educators.   In her free time, Jodi enjoys curling and is a USCA certified level 1 curling instructor.

Chinese Programs

Shu Cheng
Shu Cheng
Chinese Programs Coordinator
 

Originally from Taiwan, Shu came to UW – Eau Claire in 2007 to manage the Chinese programs.In this capacity, she oversees the Sino-American 1+2+1 Dual Degree program; coordinates other China dual degree programs; manages agreements with partner universities in China; recruits students from China and Taiwan; provides support for faculty teaching in China, including orientation; coordinates placement and support for visiting scholars from Chinese partner institutions; and conducts Chinese etiquette training for staff and students.

Prior to joining the UW – Eau Claire team, Shu was a children's librarian and the community event planner at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public library in Eau Claire.She is a current member of the ACLU board, Chippewa Valley Chapter, and previously served for several terms as a governor-appointed board member of the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD). 

Shu enjoys cooking from scratch (when her kitchen is clean!).  

Intensive English Program

Catherine Lee
Catherine Lee
Intensive English Program Coordinator
 

Catherine Lee is the Intensive English Program Coordinator at UW – Eau Claire. She is responsible for recruitment, admissions, orientation, immigration advising, and finances for the program.  In addition she also manages UWEC's recruiting partners.

She received her undergraduate degree in German and Biology from Colby College in Waterville, Maine,and her Masters in International Education from the SIT graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont.  Her international experience includes studying and working for four years in Germany and working for two and a half in Azerbaijan.  She has also traveled extensively around the world both for work and pleasure.

Outside of the office you can find Catherine on the bike and cross-country ski trails in Eau Claire training for the next big race.

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Stacy Woodward
Intensive English Program Assistant
 

Stacy's responsibilities as the Intensive English Program Assistant include coordinating the Conversation Partner program, maintaining the IEP website and Facebook page, assisting IEP coordinator in preparing for new student orientation, helping students through the IEP application process, and working with recruitment partners abroad.

Stacy began working in the CIE in April 2011 as the Intensive English Program Student Assistant.  She graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a B.A. in Political Science, then continued working in the CIE as the Intensive English Program Assistant.  As a student, Stacy spent a semester abroad at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland.  In her free time, Stacy enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, baking, and playing tennis.

Community Outreach/Host Friend Coordinator

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Sarah Vowels
Community Outreach/Host Friend Coordinator
 
Sarah's responsibilities as Community Outreach Coordinator include recruitment and orientation of community members to the Host Friend Program and coordinating host friend and incoming international student matches.  She also hosts two events per semester for all host friends, international students, and scholars.  As the Immigration Support Associate, Sarah organizes incoming student applications, provides immigration support to the International Student Advisers, and assists in coordinating the Peer Guide program as well as International Student Orientation.
 
Sarah began working as an undergraduate student in the CIE in August 2011 as a Peer Guide for International Student Orientation.  She graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a B.A. in Latin American Studies, Spanish, and TEFL and returned to the CIE in August 2014 as the Community Outreach Coordinator.  As a student, Sarah spent a semester abroad in Valladolid, Spain, and worked in Arequipa, Peru.  Outside the office, you can find Sarah at local music performances, the farmers market, walking the bike trail, or backcountry camping.
 
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