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Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment with an International Student Advisor.
Please include your name, student ID number, and the reason for the appointment. Identify two times you are available to meet between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and we will send you an invitation to meet with an advisor virtually or in person. This is ideal if you have several questions or need more time to discuss your questions.
The best way to reach an International Affairs advisor is through emailing email@example.com. However, we do typically respond to voicemails within one to three business days. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can advise you over email or set up an appointment if needed. If you are on campus, we are also available during our daily walk-in hours from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
As always, if you are experiencing an emergency, please contact Campus Security at 312.899.1230.
International Affairs Staff
Lawrence Rodriguez, Director, International Affairs
Lawrence Rodriguez received his Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance Music with a Minor in Theatre Arts at Cal Lutheran University. Although his family is from Guam, Rodriguez was born and raised in California. After graduation from Cal Lutheran, Rodriguez spent a short time with the Walt Disney Corporation and the Rubicon Theatre Company, before returning to Cal Lutheran and working in the Residence Halls and International Programs offices for three years. He then worked for three years in the Admission Office, recruiting heavily throughout Asia and Europe.
Rodriguez came to SAIC in 2006 and has served as an immigration advisor to incoming and current international students and provides educational and cultural programming here at SAIC. In 2015, he became the Director of International Affairs overseeing both International Student Services and Study Abroad.
Outside of the office, Rodriguez cofounded a nonprofit organization, Cheer Los Angeles, which raises money in support and research for people suffering from HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.
Jessica Wolfe, Assistant Director, International Student Services
Jessica Wolfe holds an M.Ed in College Student Personnel from Loyola University and a BS in English/Education from Indiana University. She grew up in the Chicago area and has held several varied roles in Higher Education over the past 15 years ranging from Academic Advisor to Associate Registrar to Disability and Veteran Support Services. Wolfe has worked with international students for many years both at Harrington College of Design and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
As an undergrad at Indiana University, she studied abroad in England where she participated in a student teacher exchange program, co-taught creative writing and American literature in an English secondary school about an hour south of London, and spent many weekends getting hopelessly lost in the English countryside before the invention of smartphones. She has long had an interest in the arts and, according to her academic advisor, was only a few credits shy of a fine arts minor upon graduation from Indiana University. In her spare time, she enjoys working in ceramics and trying out new restaurants.
Melody Miller, International Student Advisor and SEVIS Analyst
Melody Miller moved to Chicago from Indianapolis, Indiana to attend SAIC for her Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art History (2020). She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from IUPUI in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is currently pursuing a second Master of Arts in Disability Studies at CUNY’s School of Professional Studies. Melody previously worked in International Affairs as an administrative assistant, and as a student office assistant (among many other on-campus jobs, including as an Art History, Theory, and Criticism teaching assistant).
When not at work, Melody enjoys cooking, baking, cross-stitching, reading, and entertaining her giant dog, Gouda.
Victoria McAllister, Associate Director, Study Abroad
Victoria McAllister joined the International Affairs team in December of 2016. Born and raised in the industrial Urals region of Russia, she has been working in the higher education field since 2009. After receiving both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in North-American studies and Spanish language from Ural Federal University, she continued on to work there as a Spanish and English language instructor. At the same time Victoria has been working as a freelance interpreter for various local organizations including international adoption agencies and Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts. In her free time she loves to travel the world and the USA (having been to about 20 countries so far), exploring Chicago and its neighborhoods, cooking and spending time with her family.
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