My name is Lupita Garza-Cienfuegos; beginning Spring 2014, my role at Saint Mary’s has changed from the Director of International Admission to the Director of International Student Services. In my new role, I will be able to provide direct assistance and advice as necessary to all international students (ESL undergraduate, and graduate) to promote positive experiences during the transition from their country to life in the USA. My goals include planning and coordinating services that promote the engagement and retention of international students. In addition,I will comply with SEVIS Immigration Policies and Regulations for F-1 Visa and J-1 Visa holders and serve as immigration advisor monitoring and maintaining the SEVIS records. I will also plan, organize, and execute International Summer Programming in association with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Vice President/Institutional Effectiveness, and the Director of the De La Salle Language Institute.
The spring 2014 student orientation has run smoothly. The International Center planned and offered two full days of orientation for twelve new students who came from Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Vietnam and China. Additionally they were welcomed by returning students, Christian Brothers, staff and faculty.
Currently Saint Mary’s has a population of sixty international students who are enrolled in different Saint Mary’s programs. They represent fifteen countries from around the world. The office of International Student Services is located in the International Center in the Heights building HT 104 and HT front desk. Extension 1450.