Ruby Bowles joined the compliance staff as a Foreign Student Advisor, November 2020
Namiko Bagirimvano returned to the University of Arkansas as the Assistant Director
for International Student Retention Services and Programs, February, 2021
Graduate Intern Thalita da Silva Hotz joined outreach and compliance staff for the
2020- 2021 academic year.
Heather Johnson joined the office as Front Office Administrator through Razortemps.
The campus implement Workday for financial and human resource management.
The final four training videos for “In Their Shoes” were professionally filmed to
update our popular training series regarding understanding the unique constraints
of international students. Audra Johnston and Cynthia Smith co-presented the “In
Their Shoes” workshop for a variety of audiences on and off campus over the course
of the year, including staff of the Graduate School and International Education, Fulbright
College, Communications, University of Arkansas Police Department, and NAFSA: Association
of International Educators Arkansas State Meeting
Zoom was used as the platform for multiple online events for Outreach Programs such
as iFriend receptions, new student and host orientations, ICT monthly meetings, K-12
Presentations, Owl Creek International Festival, Plaza de las Americas and Human Library.
Multiple cultural presentation videos were created to post on social media and ICT
TikTok and campsite accounts were used to create content for social media and share
more links in our social media profiles (ict and ifriend programs). Canva Pro was
bought for creation of social media content, promotion of events and announcements.
Three Jackbox accounts with the Quiplash game were used in online gathering with students.
A database for the iFriend Program was implemented to store all our host and student
information as well as provide a one-stop shop for everything related to matching
Collaborations among ISS team members brought virtual online programming like “In
Solidarity” and “You Belong here”. The “In Solidarity” program aimed to provide students
with a safe space to process the current racial tensions and their own experiences
in the US. “You Belong Here” was done to address the increased anxiety among students
because of immigration regulations in the face of Covid and remote classes.
Virtual iFriend Program was started last summer. Students needing extra emotional
support, community connection, and friendship were matched over the summer. Hosts
and student were able to meet in online matching reception through Zoom.
Graduate School and International Education
340 N. Campus Drive
Gearhart Hall 213
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701