International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)


F-1 Student Advising for Beginners (Sunday) - (WS07)

Sunday, May 27
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
PCC, Room 108A

Member Fee: $399.00 | Non-member Fee: $529.00

Learn how to handle the most common requests made of new U.S. Designated School Officials (DSOs). Topics covered include issuing I-20s, maintaining status, employment, practical training, travel and reentry, and program extensions. SEVIS is discussed in relation to international student advising practices and procedures.

Learning Objectives:

Stephanie A. Otte

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

Ms. Otte is an International student/scholar advisor at the Rutgers University. Ms. Otte earned her BS in Accounting from Berkeley College. She is responsible for advising F-1 students and J-1 EV in all matters. She has been an active member of NAFSA since 2013 and was a recipient of 2014 NAFSA’s Advocacy Travel Grant. Ms. Otte has co-moderated the F-1 Intermediate Workshop at the regional level in 2015 and 2017 and F-1 Beginners Workshop in 2016 and 2017. In addition to being avid advocate for the International community, Ms. Otte is the mother of two beautiful children, and is a diehard fan of the Walking Dead.


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Sarah Wambe, MA Higher Ed Admin

Director of Admissions
Concord University

Sarah Wambe was born and raised in San Francisco, and completed her undergraduate degree at California State University, Long Beach. After graduation she moved to London, where she interned at an accounting firm and had the opportunity to travel extensively in Europe. Sarah returned to the Los Angeles area in 2006 and has been working in education ever since. In 2014 she relocated to West Virginia to develop and grow the both the domestic and international enrollment at Concord University. Sarah graduated with her Masters in Higher Education Administartion from West Virginia University in 2017. She currently serves as a member of NAFSA Trainer Corps. Her current position is Director of Admissions at Concord University in Athens, West Virginia where she supervises domestic staff, recruits international students and serves as DSO. In her spare time Sarah enjoys volunteering with the Junior Leauge of the Roanoke Valley.


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Jill A. Munro, M.A.

Director of International Student Services
The College of Wooster

The presenter has worked in both the Advancement and Student Development field for over 25 years. She became an Assistant Dean in Academic Affairs at the College of Wooster in 2010. She loved working with international faculty and in the summer of 2011 became the Director of International Student and Scholar Services. She was promoted to the Director of International Student Services in 2017 where she collaborates with four other branches in the Center of Diversity and Inclusion. She advises international students, faculty and staff, supervises the Assistant Director, is the PDSO, and teaches the Global Engagement Seminar (GES).


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John Gradel, MA

Assistant Director, Institute for International Studies
Lock Haven University

John Gradel is an Assistant Director of the Institute for International Studies and International Admissions at Lock Haven University, where he serves as a Designated School Official and Alternate Responsible Officer. He received his bachelor’s in Social Studies Adolescence Education and History from the State University of New York at Fredonia. Mr. Gradel received master’s in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in Administration and Leadership Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has presented on a wide-range of topics in international education from working with study abroad students to international students. Most recently he has presented at the Region VII conference with presentations titled, Improving Mental Health Awareness Among International Students and To Orientation-finity and Beyond! This past fall, he was the Lead Presenter for F-1 Beginners Workshop at the Region VII conference.


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Alexis Andrea Cano

Senior International Student Advisor II
Texas A&M University-Kingsville

I was born and raised in South Texas and work as a Senior International Student Advisor II with Texas A&M University-Kingsville. I work under the Director for International Student & Scholar Services and International Studies & Programs, and oversee three (3) International Student Advisors. I have 8 of years experience as an International Student Advisor and have adapted to an ever changing student body and organizational changes. I hope to use my years of experience to provide new DSOs with helpful information and guidelines they can use to become successful in their field.


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