Colleen Marchwick is currently the Interim Lead in the Center for International Education. In this position she oversees Study Abroad and Exchange, International Student and Scholar Services, the Intensive English Program, International Student Recruitment, and Chinese Programs and Services.
Colleen has served as a study abroad coordinator in the Center for International Education since 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. Before coming to UW-Eau Claire, Colleen worked in international education at Washington State University and at the Chicago Regional Office of the Peace Corps.
At UW-Eau Claire Colleen was instrumental in establishing the International Fellows Program, a Blugold Commitment funded program that enables faculty and undergraduate students to participate in collaborative research projects in international locations. Recently, Colleen was selected for a three-year term in the NAFSA Trainer Corps to train in the following areas: education abroad advising; fundamentals of short-term programming; and health, safety, and risk management.
Jackson began working at the Center for International Education in July 2016. He received his B.A in Broadcast Journalism at UW-Eau Claire. Prior to working at the CIE he was a television reporter for WQOW TV18 in Eau Claire and made TV advertisements for Menards. Jackson studied abroad in Winchester, England as an undergrad and served as a Peer Guide for two years on campus.
Jackson enrolls students and staff in the CISI Insurance program, helps international students obtain Social Security Numbers for on-campus employment, maintains the CIE budget, as well as other tasks. When he's not in the office you can find Jackson supporting West Ham United, the Green Bay Packers, and Wisconsin Badgers. You'll also probably find him next to his grill.
Inbound/Outbound Mobility Coordinator
Rachel began working as the Inbound/Outbound Mobility Coordinator at the Center for International Education in November of 2016. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from UW-Eau Claire in 2011, and is currently a Certified Social Worker in the state of Wisconsin. Prior to returning to campus, Rachel's past work experience includes community organizing and researching public policy with several non-profits that served UW students and social work professionals. Her most recent work experience was at a local skilled nursing facility serving as an admissions coordinator in the social work department. Rachel participated in a German American Partnership Program (GAPP) while in high school and spent time in Austria, Germany, and France.
Rachel is the primary liaison between partner universities abroad for incoming and outgoing exchange students. She manages the CIE's application software, oversees the Joyal/Alexander reentry interns, works with the peer adviser program, and liaises with other UW-Eau Claire departments on campus. In her free time, she enjoys working out, reading, being outside, cooking, and spending time with her husband and two kitties at home.
Study Abroad Staff
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 is a Certified Education Abroad Professional through the Forum on Education Abroad, is a Peer Reviewer for the Forum's Quality Assurance Program (QUIP), and will begin a three-year term as a Forum Certification Assessor in July 2016.
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 the following programs:
- England (except Public History)
- Scotland (Stirling, Aberdeen, Glasgow)
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, organizes the annual study abroad photo contest, manages the study abroad application software, 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: France, Greece, and Sweden
- Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Thailand (with the exception of Globalization in China, Globalization in India and India Feminism)
- Africa: Ghana
Study Abroad Coordinator
Courtney began working in the CIE as Peer Adviser in September 2013. She graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a B.A. in English, Latin American Studies, and Spanish. As a student, Courtney spent a semester abroad in San Isidro de Heredia, Costa Rica, and a summer in Stellenbosch, South Africa. She returned to UW-Eau Claire in September 2015 to begin working as a Study Abroad Coordinator. In her free time, Courtney loves to read, ride her horse, go camping, and travel.
Courtney coordinates the fall promotional events, supervises the Peer Adviser program, organizes the International Classroom Speaker program, and has served as the general adviser for all study abroad programs. In addition, Courtney does the program coordination and student advising for the following programs:
- Costa Rica (Costa Rica Language & Culture-Spring, Summer; Costa Rica Nursing and Healthcare-Summer)
- Nicaragua (Costa Rica & Nicaragua-Fall)
- Semester at Sea
- South Africa
International Student and Scholar Services
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 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
Intensive English Program Coordinator
Catherine Lee is the Intensive English Program Coordinator at UW-Eau Claire. She is responsible for much of the administrative aspects of the program including, orientation, immigration advising, and finances.
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, as well as working two and half years in Azerbaijan. She has also traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure.
Outside of the office you can find Catherine on the running and cross country ski trails in Eau Claire training for the next big race.
Other International Student Staff not housed in the Center for International Education
Mel began working with international student admissions at UW-Eau Claire in August 2016. She works with new students throughout the application and admission process and helps coordinate their arrival and orientation.
Mel graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a degree in Spanish and a minor in Latin American Studies. As a student, she studied abroad in Mexico through one of the university’s exchange programs. Prior to joining the Admissions Office, Mel worked coordinating short-term international programs for high-school students. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, traveling and cooking.
Linda Carlson is an academic adviser at UW-Eau Claire. She coordinates the academic advising of international students across our campus, working with all of our programs and students, from dual degree seekers and degree seekers to exchange and sponsored students, to make sure they have the best academic experience possible.
Linda lived abroad twice: she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Poland from 1995-1997 and lived in Germany for 12 years from 2000-2012 where she was the coordinator of the English Language Program at the University of Tuebingen. In her free time, Linda enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, playing games and being outside, no matter the weather.