International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)


Technology's Impact on the Emotional Wellness of International Students

Thursday, October 17
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: Teton

With smartphones in the hands of most international students, the addiction to technology, gaming, and social media is becoming more prevalent - and the statistics reflect this. You may think that this constant online “socializing” would make students feel connected, but in reality experts are finding students more lonely and anxious. This session is going to explore the emotional wellness of international students as technology, smartphones, gaming, and social media play an ever important role.

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Carol Solko-Olliff, Masters

Director of Int'l Student Services
Fort Hays State University

Carol Solko-Olliff has been in the field of International Student Services for over 25 years. During this time she has served as a state rep for Kansas and presented at State, Regional and National NAFSA conferences on a variety of topics related to International Student Services.


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Allison J. McMullin

International Student Coordinator
Dixie State University

Allison McMullin is the International Student Coordinator at Dixie State University as well as adjunct faculty for the Student Success Center. She has been with DSU for 4 years, first as the D.S.O, and she has worked in the field of international education for 5 years. She has specialized in many areas such as student leadership, academic records, program development, advising, and university relations, and intercultural learning.


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Jennifer D. Frankel

International Director
International Student Insurance

Jennifer Frankel, the International Director at International Student International, also serves as the Chair-Elect of the Florida Association of International Educators, Development Coordinator of NAFSA Region II, and as a member of the NAFSA Trainer Corps. She has presented at both the regional and annual NAFSA conferences on topics including sexual assault awareness & Title IX, mental health awareness, crisis management, and more. She received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Masters in International Business from the University of Florida and has lived in Mexico, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, and Chile.


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Linda L. Melville, MIA, MA

Director, International Student and Scholar Services
University of New Mexico-Main Campus

Linda Melville is currently the Director of International Student and Scholar Services at the University of New Mexico. Linda previously worked in International Education Administration at both Carnegie Mellon University and Carlow College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was a Peace Corps Teacher Trainer in Libreville, Gabon and taught ESL in the US, China, and France. Linda received a Master’s in International Administration from the School for International Training and a Master’s in Linguistics/TESOL from California State University, San Jose. A NAFSA leader and Trainer Corps member for more than 20 years, she has served in many NAFSA roles and has been a frequent presenter of sessions and workshops at regional and national conferences since 1995 on a variety of topics affecting the field of International Education. Contact:


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