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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Caryn Lindsay, Director

With a diverse background of experiences from around the world, Caryn has been Director of International Programs since 2005. She has worked internationally for the U.S. Information Agency and for the State Department in Washington, D.C. and New York City. One of her most valued experiences was volunteering for a year with a women's center in Prishtina, Kosovo. Caryn has lived in Germany, Chile, and Italy and has been fortunate to visit Australia, China, Ghana, Scotland, New Zealand and many European countries. She speaks German, Spanish and Albanian.

Mandy Prorok, Education Abroad Advisor

Mandy is the primary point of contact for both outbound study abroad and incoming exchange students in the International Programs Office. She joins us after working in international education at both the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and Arizona State University.  As an undergraduate student, she studied abroad for a semester each in Germany and Scotland, and completed her graduate program internship at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.  She also lived in Orebro, Sweden for one year and spent four years teaching English in elementary and middle schools in rural Japan through the JET Programme.  Mandy has an MA in Intercultural Relations and is familiar with Swedish, German and Japanese languages.



Emma Ulrich, Education Abroad Coordinator

New to the International Programs Office in July 2014, Emma coordinates business and administrative functions.  In her homeland of England, she originally worked for the national transportation system (London Underground Metro).  Her path from England to the U.S. led her through France as well as eight years in the Cayman Islands, where, amongst other experiences, she worked with a multi-national medical staff from every continent as an Emergency Room Coordinator and Air Ambulance & Overseas Referral Coordinator.  She also provided Crisis Management training to First Responders.  After moving to Mankato in 2001, Emma worked in the field of Law and with non-profit rehabilitative services for people recovering from substance abuse.  Her true passion is travel, which has provided her with "tourist level" language abilities in French, German and Spanish, and with both short and long-term adventures in Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Monaco, Portugal, the Greek Islands, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Canada, Mexico and various part of the U.S.A.

Anna Wiitanen-Eggen, Peer Advisor

Anna joined the Kearney International Center in Fall 2013.  She is an Anthropology/Ethnic Studies major with a minor in Spanish.  Her interest in working with international programs develped during the summer of 2011 when Anna lived with a host family and studied in Spain.  She would be very happy to meet with any students who are interested in study abroad opportunities but don't know where to start or what kind of options exist...especially those interested in Spain!



Clayton Anzalone, Peer Advisor

Clayton came to Minnesota State Mankato to study International Relations and Communication Studies.  He has lived here for one year after transferring from Western Technical College in LaCrosse, WI, where he studied Humanities and Nursing.  Clayton feels very fortunate to have been involved in multiple political organizations during the past year, and is pursuing a career in the Foreign Service.  He is here to help students better understand study abroad opportunities and to generally help in any way he can.  Feel free to stop by the Kearney International Center (CSU 250) to speak with Clayton!



Jesse Littleton, Graduate Intern/Peer Advisor

Jesse moved to Mankato from upstate New York in the Fall of 2013 to start graduate studies towards an M.S. in Experiential Education.  This will be Jesse's first year with the International Programs Office.  His first adventure with international travel was at age 15 when he travelled to Germany and France.  From those first moments abroad, he was hooked to travel and adventure.  Since then he has traveled to Ireland, England, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, South Africa and India.  As an undergraduate student, he studied abroad in Kenya for a semester and participated in a field study in China.  He has also worked as an art fabricator in both Italy and Israel.  Jesse is always excited to talk about visiting, studing, traveling, or dreaming about other countries and places!



Rachael Awoyemi, Graduate Intern/Peer Advisor

Rachael is a second-year graduate student completing Master's degrees in College Student Affairs and Educational Leadership.  She received a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from Minnesota State Mankato, with a minor in Creative Writing.  Rachael started working at the Kearney International Center during the summer of 2014 and will intern with the International Programs Office during the 2014-15 academic year.  She enjoys spending time with friends and family, and meeting people from diverse walks of life.  Her personal goal is to encourage students to step out of their comfort zones, see the world, expand their worldview, learn a new language, become attuned to international issues, build great career skills that will make them marketable, and to experience personal growth.  If you have any questions regarding study abroad or life as a graduate student, please feel free to contact Rachael.



Shelley Loewenhagen, Graduate Intern/Peer Advisor

Shelley grew up in a tiny town in Wisconsin with her mom, dad, older brother, and twin sister.  She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Consumer Science Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  During her time there, she participated in a 3 1/2 week faculty-led study abroad program to Scotland and Ireland.  She had a fantastic time!  The photo to the left was taken in Ireland.  Shelley is now completing her Master of Science degree in Counselling and Student Personnel, College Student Affairs here at Minnesota State Mankato and learning about all the ins-and-outs of study abroad programming.  Stop by CSU 250 to talk to Shelley about your study abroad/domestic exchange interests!




Office Hours

HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm

Anna, Clayton, Jesse, Rachael and Shelley are all happy to speak with students on a walk-in basis.  Appointments can be made with Caryn or Mandy by calling the International Center reception desk at 507-389-1281507-389-1281 or stopping by CSU 250.

Contact Information

The Elizabeth and Wynn Kearney International Center
250 Centennial Student Union
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN 56001
Ph: 507-389-1281 507-389-1281