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The University of Oklahoma International Student Services (OU ISS) staff has many years of experience working with international students, and actively seeks professional training and professional development opportunities through a variety of channels. Many of us have lived outside the US for extended periods of time, often as international students ourselves.

Robyn Rojas

Robyn Rojas
Director

F-1 Advisor for Tulsa campus

Robyn advises students and the university community regarding student immigration regulations including travel, employment, and maintenance of status. She holds a BA in Spanish from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and an MA in International Studies from the University of Oklahoma. Robyn studied abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico and has traveled to Peru, Colombia, and Taiwan.

International Programs

Mary Beth Polk

Mary Beth Polk
Assistant Director of International Student Programs

Mary Beth coordinates multiple international student programs, including Crimson Connection orientation, NISO Peer Mentors, Friends to International Students friendship family program, various events and workshops, and serves as the advisor for the International Advisory Committee (IAC). Mary Beth earned her Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from the University of Oklahoma in 2009 and studied abroad in Beijing at Minzu University of China. Upon graduation, she moved to Chongqing, China where she taught English to university students for four years, focusing on intercultural communication. 

Courtney Crowder

Courtney Crowder
International Student Programs Coordinator

Family trips sparked Courtney’s interest in travel and learning about other cultures. She was given the opportunity to be a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, West Indies. She fell in love with the people and the land; calling St. Vincent and the Grenadines her second home ever since. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work and a BA in Religion from Capital University and then went on to earn a Master of Social Work at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a certificate in Veterinary Social Work. 

International Student Advisors

Caroline MacLeod

Caroline Serçe
Assistant Director

F-1 Advisor for the Colleges of Earth & Energy, International Studies, Academic Affairs, Continuing Education, and Law

Caroline advises students and the university community regarding student immigration regulations including travel, employment, and maintenance of status. Caroline has studied abroad in Israel, and holds a BA in Linguistics from the University of Oklahoma. She has traveled to Europe, East Asia, Central and South America, and the Middle East.

Brenda Aflleje

Brenda Aflleje
International Student Advisor

F-1 Advisor for the College of Engineering (Norman Campus)

Brenda advises students and the university community regarding student immigration regulations including travel, employment, and maintenance of status. Brenda holds a BBA in Finance from OU.

 

Rhonda Ehrhardt

Rhonda Ehrhardt
Exchange Student Coordinator

As the Exchange Student Coordinator, Rhonda welcomes new exchange students to Oklahoma. Rhonda's family has Oklahoma roots going back to the Territorial period, and she has lived in Norman since the age of ten. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and is currently working on a master’s degree. In her free time, Rhonda enjoys bicycling and traveling. Past destinations include Mexico, Turkey, and Malta. Rhonda resides in Norman with her family and pets.

 

Brandi Hembree

Brandi Hembree
SEVIS Analyst & International Student Advisor

F-1 Advisor for the College of Arts & Sciences (except Economics majors).

As the SEVIS Analyst, Brandi maintains our specialized software, online forms, document storage, performs reporting, compiles statistics, checks various alerts from SEVIS and internal lists to assist international students in maintaining status, and manages mass email communication to our international students. 

She also advises students and the university community regarding student immigration regulations including travel, employment, and maintenance of status. She has traveled abroad to South Korea and China. She holds a BS in Psychology from Oklahoma State University.

Mukarram Lillard

Mukarram Lillard
Sponsored Student Programs Coordinator

F-1 Advisor for all sponsored students and UWC students, J-1 Advisor for all student interns and J-1 degree-seeking students

Mukarram advises students and the university community regarding student immigration regulations including: travel, employment, and maintenance of status. Mukarram is originally from Gaza-Palestine. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and Education from Al-Azhar University in Gaza-Palestine. She also holds Master’s degree in Human Relations, and a graduate certificate in Human Resources and Organizational Diversity and Development from the University of Oklahoma.

David Orsburn

David Orsburn
International Student Advisor

Advisor for newly admitted students to the Norman and Tulsa campuses, Center for English as a Second Language (CESL), requests related to Consular Processing, Change of Degree Level, and Add Dependents.

David advises students and the university community regarding student immigration regulations including travel, employment, and maintenance of status. David received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma. David has traveled to Central America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.

Megumi Wilson

Megumi Wilson
International Student Advisor

F-1 Advisor for the Colleges of Architecture, Atmospheric & Geo Sciences, Business, Education, Fine Arts, and Journalism and Mass Communication, and all Economics majors.

Megumi advises students and the university community regarding student immigration regulations including travel, employment, and maintenance of status. She is originally from Nagoya, Japan and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Chukyo University. Megumi studied abroad in Singapore, Australia, and the U.S. 

Administrative Staff

Alina Joaca-Bine

Alina Joaca-Bine
Front Office Coordinator

Alina is originally from Romania. She is a former student-athlete in track and field from University of Texas at El Paso, where she got her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. She earned her master's at OU in Exercise Physiology while working as a graduate assistant in the bone density research laboratory. She now helps International Students at OU maintain their F1 status. She loves meeting people from all over the world, learning about different cultures and languages and she has visited about 20 countries so far. Her favorites are Mexico, Spain, Greece and Romania for the people, flavorful food and rich history. She also loves road trips and spending time in nature hiking and birding.

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Krista Pettersen

Registrar & ISS Liaison, OU-Tulsa, with Kari Ernest

OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center
4502 E. 41st Street, Room 1C114
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135-2553
Phone: (918) 660-3474