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USD staff present at St. Louis NAFSA conference

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Four staff members from the University of South Dakota, including staff from the Center for Academic Engagement, Student Services and USD Off-Campus & Distance Programs, presented recently at the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) Regional Conference in St. Louis, Mo.

Ling Zhang, International Recruiting Coordinator, Meghan Lunders, assistant director of International Student Services, Eric Leise, assistant director for Global Learning, and Annika Turner, Global Learning Advisor, delivered presentations on topics that reflected their areas of interest and expertise at this year’s conference, Oct. 28-30.

Zhang provided advice and proficiency in the area of Chinese transcript and credential analysis, while Lunders presented with Kristen Albrecht from the University of Missouri on the importance of partnerships between international student advisers and academic advisers working together to assist international students. Leise and Turner, along with Angela Manginelli from AIFS Study Abroad, examined how student diversity is defined at institutional, regional and national levels, demonstrating how USD works to overcome the challenges diverse students encounter when planning a study abroad opportunity.

NAFSA regional conferences are held annually for members with the intent to discuss current issues in the field and to provide an opportunity for members to present on topics that relate to everyday work and on-going research interests. For more information about USD’s Center for Academic Engagement, visit or call (605) 677-6338.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News