Jacy Corey Fry
Greetings! I’m Jacy Corey Fry, the Director of International Student & Scholar Services in the Kearney International Center at MSU, Mankato. I’ve had the pleasure of working with many faculty, staff and students over the last 12 years in the world of international education. I graduated from the College of Saint Benedict with a BA in Liberal Studies, concentration in Sociology and a minor in Gender & Women’s Studies. I did my graduate work in Higher Education Administration at the University of South Dakota. My love for travel has brought me to China, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Mexico, Cost Rica, and Canada. I am married and have two children. I enjoy gardening, reading, funny movies, crocheting, and spending time with my family. I enjoy meeting students from all over the world and look forward to welcoming you to MSU, Mankato!
Hello! I’m Pat Lueck. I am the Office Manager for the Kearney International Center. I started my career by studying at a small private college located amid the bluffs of Southern Minnesota. I graduated with a degree in Political Science and Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies. I spent my junior year studying in Mexico City and traveling all around the country soaking up the ambiance. It was really difficult to come back to cold Minnesota after a year in the sun! I decided that I would love to have a career centered on travel. I graduated and promptly accepted a position in IT with no connection whatsoever to travel! I’ve spent most of my working career in IT! I’ve been part of manufacturing IT, Banking IT and IT in an Online Travel environment. I came to Minnesota State University with a totally different career focus – Security! After spending five years in Security I have moved to the International Center. It’s a terrific place to work. Unlike Security where you are only contacted if someone has a problem- everyone who comes to us is happy! They are happy to be here studying or are happy to be embarking on a trip to study abroad! I enjoy working with my colleagues and all of our students and I love being immersed in a diverse culture once again. My primary function is to hold the office together and try to keep things running smoothly. I’m married, I have two sons who are also married and I have a beautiful granddaughter. I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling and reading. I’m an old movie buff and enjoy using quotes from some of the classics!
Immigration and Programs Coordinator
Hello, I am Ishrat Kamal-Ahmed and serve as the immigration and program coordinator for the International Center. I was born in Chittagong, Bangladesh and moved to the United States in 1994. Now I have two places that I can call home! My bachelor degree in Biology: Toxicology and graduate degree in Community Health were earned from the Minnesota State University, Mankato. Currently I am in a pre-doctoral Public Health program at the University of Minnesota. My function in the office is to oversee immigration compliance. I also serve as a host advisor for students attending the university under the scholarship provided by the U.S. Department of State. Besides that, I am involved in student advising and counseling. I am a mother of two children and will soon have my third child. Books, humor, action movies, food, hard rock music and sleep are somethings I love in life. I strongly value education and knowledge and believe that the United States is one of the best places for a life-long learner to pursue his or her dreams, especially for women who very frequently do not receive opportunities and supports to reach their potentials.
SACM Program Specialist
Hi! I am Hamdi Elnuzahi and I am originally from Sudan. In 2008, I moved to the United States and continued my higher education at Minnesota State University Mankato graduating in 2011 with a degree in Aviation Management, and a Masters of Public Administration in 2013 along with a Certificate of Public Management. I began a graduate assistantship in the Department of Aviation advising and recruiting the Saudi students. This led to teaching an Aviation Terminology class which I designed and is being taught each semester. Traveling and living in different countries gives me the ability to understand different cultures and to communicate with people from these cultures, i.e., Saudi Arabia. Egypt, and North African countries. Because of these experiences and cultures, I enjoy working in the International Center. Living in Mankato and experiencing the snow has given me the strength and patience to motivate myself and others. I like to be generous with my friends whom I consider a part of my family. Stop in and see me in the International Center, join me for dinner as I enjoy cooking and eating, and I love meeting others and making new friends. I will always be a student and am working on my Ph.D. in Strategy Planning and Crises Management in one of the Sudan University’s called Alnileen University in Khartoum City.
Hi, I'm Sharon Erickson, the Receptionish in the Kearney International Center. I was born and raised in New Ulm, a small town about 30 miles west of Mankato, attended MSU, and have always ha the urge to travel, especially to warmer climates. I enjoy ethnic diversity and interacting with people of differing cultures. Here in the Kearney International Center among my various office duties I answer the phones and assist students who come into the office. Working here in the International Center has been a very rewarding experience in regards to enriching my life with the diversity of cultures I am exposed to on a daily basis. On a personal level, I enjoy music, dancing, and am drawn to palm trees and the ocean.
Recruitment & Retention Specialist
Hello and welcome! I am the Interim Recruitment & Retention Specialist in the Kearney International Center. I recently graduated from Minnesota State Mankato with a B.A. in Geography and International Relations. As an undergraduate student, I studied abroad in Russia during summer 2012 with a Gilman International Scholarship, and interned at the American Consulate General in Frankfurt, Germany through the U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program the following summer. I enjoy working with the MSU international student population and promoting intercultural exchange to university students. I look forward to answering your prospective student questions and helping you transition into the MSU & Mankato community!
Sponsored Student Specialist
Welcome to Minnesota! Do you have a question about your exchange? or your J-visa? or the Friendship Family Program? or do you just have a great story to tell about your time in Minnesota? Come find me in the Kearney International Center! I'm the Sponsored Student Specialist and I do advising for any student holding a J-visa. Additionally, I coordinate the Friendship Family Program. Back in 2008, I began my journey into the world of international student education. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, I completed a TEFL certification and moved to China to teach English and learn Chinese, returning to the U.S. in 2012. Finally, I came to Mankato to pursue a masters degree in Experiential Education. I love talking about language learning, cultural transitions, oriental history and culture, and experiential education. Some of my hobbies include outdoor sports, travel adventures, Christian discipleship, and watching things grow (so that I can cook them and eat them). I look forward to getting to know you and your story!
Salam, my name is Tahir Farooqi. I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, but originally I am from Pakistan. I've been here in the United States for over ten years. I did my Bachelors in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. I Masters in Engineering Management from St. Cloud State, and am currently doing my Masters in Business Administration at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I have previously been President and Board Member for multiple student organizations on campus. My ultimate goald would be to have my own engineering firm. I work closely with International Student Association to make sure all events happen is a timely manner and accordingly.
I love to help people and working at the International Office has helped me meet people from all cultures, understand them and appreciate people from all walks of life. In my spare time I love to sing, video editing, writing novels and comics, video games and watch movies.
Hi, I'm Ty! I hold a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Modern Foreign Languages from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. Now, I am excited to be back home in Minnesota to continue my education as I pursue a Master's in Student Affairs here at MSU. I will be serving as one of the graduate assistants in the Kearney International Center. As an undergrad, I was fortunate enough to study in both Spain and China, as well as travel to several other countries around the world. I have always been fascinated by other cultures and ways of living. In my free time, I enjoy playing volleyball and tennis as well as catching up on my favorite shows online or just being outside (when the weather is nice, of course!). Although I grew up not far from Mankato, I am new to this community, and I am excited to get to know you and what this campus has to offer!