Only one day until the first STELLAR students arrive to UMM, and we can't wait! Early tomorrow morning, several of the mentors and student workers will pack the van and leave for Minneapolis International Airport to greet the new students. We'll be easy to spot in the airport because we'll all be wearing our bright orange STELLAR t-shirts (and huge smiles)! We are so excited to meet all of you!
Once you arrive in Morris (and maybe have the chance to get a little sleep!), you'll have the chance to meet the rest of the International Student Programs (ISP) staff, who are also looking forward to welcoming you to the United States and to UMM. Here's a little bit about each of them:
Hilda Ladner is the Assistant to the Chancellor for Equity and Diversity and the Director of Equity, Diversity and Intercultural Programs at UMM. She received her M.Ed. From Northern Arizona University and her B.A. from Northern Arizona University. Hilda is the mother of two, one girl and one boy. She enjoys Zumba (aerobic exercise) and reading. She is excited to welcome bother the STELLAR students and Gateway students (new American students of various minority backgrounds who you will meet during the summer as well).
Pilar Eble is the coordinator of the international student programs at UMM. She grew up in the southern part of the United States in Louisiana. She has lived in Minnesota since 2003 and has been working at UMM in this position since 2008. Her Bachelor's degree is from University of Louisiana and she earned her Master's degree in higher education administration from the University of Mississippi. Pilar is the proud mother of 4 beautiful boys! In her spare time she likes to spend time with friends and family golfing, jogging, travelling and being outdoors during the beautiful Minnesota summers! Her favorite aspect of working with international students is having friends all over the world! She also loves the cultural learning that she experiences every day!
Leslie Gubash is UMM's International Student Success Coordinator. She recieved her M.S in College Counseling and Student Development at St. Cloud State and her B.A. in English at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Leslie is the Coordinator of the STELLAR program this year, she is very excited to welcome the new STELLAR students! International education is her primary passion and it is her privilege and deep pleasure to be your International Advisor and assist you with your needs throughout your next four years at UMM! Leslie has traveled to the Middle East as well as parts of Europe and South America. She hopes to someday travel to China and other parts of south east Asia. Her other hobbies include: running, painting, knitting, going to plays at the
theater, dancing and singing.
To all our new STELLAR students (who will be arriving tomorrow and Saturday) from the mentors, student workers, and the rest of the ISP staff: Have a safe and enjoyable flight. We are so excited to welcome you to the country! Remember, keep an eye out for our orange shirts at the airport. ;)
See you all very soon!