University of Oregon

Meet the Staff

Vice Provost for International Affairs

Dennis C. Galvan is Professor of Political Science and International Studies and Vice Provost for International Affairs at the University of Oregon.  Professor Galvan received his Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in 1996 and his B.A. From Stanford in 1987.  He has has conducted field research since 1988 in a cluster of thirty villages in rural Senegal, and has conducted comparative field research in Central Java, Indonesia, since 1999. His published work examines everyday institutional change, peasant adaptation of property regimes, social capital and democratization, sustainable development, ethnic relations, and grass-roots patterns of nation-building. He is finishing a new book, Everyday Nation Building, which looks at ordinary life ethic and religious cooperation in Senegal and Indonesia.  He serves as Executive Director of the new Global Studies Institute (GSI) within the Office of International Affairs. For more information visit Professor Galvan's faculty site.

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Director, International Student & Scholar Services

Abe has worked in the Office of International Affairs office since 2002, and currently directs the International Student and Scholar Services office.  Originally from New Hampshire, Abe received his M.Ed. in Student Affairs from Western Washington University.  He has lived in Chile and Colombia, and has travelled extensively in Latin America, Europe, and Oceania.  When Abe isn't in the office helping international students and scholars, he can be seen pedaling down the streets of Eugene on two wheels with his family.

Assistant Director for International Student and Scholar Services

Andrew joined the University of Oregon as Assistant Director for International Student and Scholar Services in October 2013. Andrew was born in Okinawa, Japan, but lived in New York City for nearly twenty years before coming to the west coast. Andrew received a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Regional Studies from Harvard University, and has traveled to numerous countries in Europe and Asia. His hobbies include movie-going, reading, trying out different brands of coffee and, more recently, exploring the countryside and surroundings around Eugene.

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SEVIS Coordinator, Friendship Foundation for International Students (FFIS) Coordinator

Becky has over 20 years of experience working with international students. She has lived in Indonesia, France and Haiti and has traveled to even more places around the world. Cooking is one of Becky's favorite leisure activities, especially preparing cuisine from around the world. She also enjoys hiking and gardening and learning about other cultures. As SEVIS Coordinator, Becky is responsible for managing the government's information system containing data on UO international students and scholars. You can contact Becky with questions about obtaining an I-20 to study at the UO, adding dependents, transferring or returning to the UO after a period of absence, or any other SEVIS-related question. Becky is also the UO liaison for the Friendship Foundation for International Students, an organization which provides hospitality and friendship to international students, scholars, and their families. You can email Becky or call 541-346-1436.

International Student Advisor

Ethan joined the ISSS team in July of 2014. He serves as an international student advisor and international student orientation coordinator. A Colorado native, Ethan holds a B.A. in International Politics from the University of Stirling in Scotland, and an M.A. in International Education and Development from the University of Sussex in England. His previous work involves advising international students from the Middle East and North Africa. Ethan has lived in Belgium, Poland, and the U.K., and has travelled Europe extensively. In his spare time he enjoys exploring Oregon, experimenting in the kitchen, learning Polish, and most of all, skiing.

International Scholar Advisor

Kate Comiskey joined International Affairs as the International Scholar Advisor in 2014, where she assists international faculty and visiting scholars in immigration-related matters. Kate grew up in the forests of southern Oregon and has lived in France, Italy, Brazil and Argentina. She has traveled through southern Asia and Europe and drove the length of Latin America, from Oregon to Argentina. She has an MA in Intercultural Communication from Portland State University, where she served as an International Student Advisor for five years. Kate also spent three years as an immigration paralegal in the New Orleans, Louisiana area, with the immigration law firm Ware + Gasparian and later with Catholic Charities New Orleans. Kate has over 10 years experience working with international visitors to the United States.

International Student Advisor

Megan joined the ISSS team in January of 2008. She is an international student adviser and currently helps international students with orientation and scholarships. Megan loves traveling and has been to South Africa, India, Malaysia, Thailand and New Zealand to name a few. Megan has a B.S. from Colorado State University and spent much of her time facilitating experiential education courses before beginning work with international students. Her current hobbies include just about anything outdoors and she frequently competes in triathlons. She is available for student appointments by calling the front desk at 541-346-3206.

International Student Advisor

Paolo joined the ISSS team in November of 2011. Raised in Italy in a mixed Filipino and Piedmontese family, he has “international” encoded in his DNA.  Paolo has lived in Japan and Germany, travelled to 35 countries, and simply loves meeting people from all over the world to hear their stories. In his spare time he enjoys re-learning Korean and Japanese, cooking tiramisu, eating it, and spinning dance music records. Paolo obtained a B.A. from UCLA and an M.P.A. from CSULB. His primary responsibilities are advising international students and coordinating exchange and sponsored programs but his experience includes graphic design and project management.

International Student Advisor

Robyn joined the ISSS team in August of 2014. She serves as an international student advisor, as well as the international student peer mentor coordinator and UO liaison for the nonprofit Friendship Foundation for International Students (FFIS). Through all of these roles, Robyn is able to provide international students a genuine and successful experience here. Robyn grew up in the Olympic National Forest area and Columbia Gorge region of Washington, but was an international student herself in Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain and Australia. She lived overseas for six years in Spain, Chad, Benin and other rural parts of Africa. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer for four of those years. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Central America and Southeast Asia. She pursued her M.A. in International Education at the School For International Training (SIT) in Vermont and holds a B.A. in Communications from San Diego State University. Robyn’s hobbies include cooking, traveling, reading, listening to live music, working with students and swimming in the lakes and rivers of the Northwest.

International Student Advisor

Zhaohui Chen joined the ISSS team in September of 2014. He serves as an international student advisor. Originally from China, Zhaohui Chen received his Ph.D in Second Language Acquisition & Instructional Technology from the University of South Florida.  Zhaohui has been a long-time educator for K-16 in both China and the United States.  Immediately prior to joining the OIA at the University of Oregon, Zhaohui served as the Director of International Business Development at Avant Assessment, a provider of language assessments to students worldwide.  He lives in Eugene with his wife and daughter, and fully enjoys what Oregon has to offer.

Administrative Program Specialist

John began working in International Affairs in 2010.  He works closely with students and staff while overseeing scholarship applications, and compiling and analyzing statistics.  John enjoys cooking second only to eating, and likes being outdoors when it isn’t raining.   He enjoys travelling, and has visited over a dozen countries.  He is available to answer general inquiries, and is happy when anyone gives him an opportunity to practice his Mandarin.

Administrative Program Assistant

Mariska has worked in the Office of International Affairs since 2007 and began working for ISSS in 2014. She works closely with students and ISSS staff to support their needs with scholarship applications, compiling and analyzing statistics, and assisting with ISO, International Student Orientation.  Gatherings with family and friends brings her the most joy, especially spending time with her granddaughter.  She loves the outdoors like camping, hiking or kayaking and plans to spend her retirement traveling the world in search of the best seafood meal.  Mariska's passion for cooking includes Indonesian, Thai, Indian, Japanese, German and Mexican foods to name a few. If you have a great recipe to share, you can email her directly. She is always up for a challenge!

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