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International Student and Scholar Services

International Student & Scholar Services

Meet the Staff

Laura Buhs

Laura Buhs

Assistant Director 

  • BA in Italian
  • M Ed in Higher Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Experience as a international student and scholar advisor and in immigration law.
  • AFS exchange student to Italy and au pair in Germany.
Tom King

Tom King

SEVIS Manager

  • BA in History, Texas A&M University
  • MA in Intercultural Studies, Golden Gate Seminary
  • Worked with international students in Paris for six years.
  • Previous international office experience at the University of Texas Health Science Center and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Katie Pettet

Sr. International Student Advisor & Sponsored Programs Manager

  • BA in Russian and Communication Studies, University of Iowa
  • MA in Slavic Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MA in International Education, George Washington University
  • Studied abroad in Russia and the Czech Republic
  • Experience working with F-1 and J-1 students as well as J-1 scholars and student interns

Jordan GeRue

International Student Advisor & Program Coordinator

  • BA in Spanish, Blackburn College (Illinois)
  • MS in Spanish, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Studied abroad in Santiago, Chile
  • Taught high school and college Spanish before working in international student services
  • Loves tea, birdwatching, and cooking for friends.
Eleanor K

Eleanor Kurucz

International Community and Program Coordinator

  • BA in English from the University of Northern Colorado
  • Dual Citizenship - Germany & United States
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certified Instructor
  • Experience with international education, intercultural communication, and student programming
  • Studied abroad in Santander, Spain

Student Workers

Ping Robert

Ping Robert

ISSS Graduate Assistant

  • From Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • M.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
  • Current doctoral student at Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  • Loves languages, learning new things, cooking, walking in the nature, teaching and watching videos. Her podcast: Chai with Ping 
Eunice Mogusu

Mandeep Karki

Administrative Assistant, Sponsored Students Program

  • From Kathmandu, Nepal
  • B.A. in Economics, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
  • Pursuing M.A. in Economics at DU
  • Loves reading, hiking, watching and playing soccer