Chris McGrew, Director
Chris McGrew is the Director of the Office of International Programs and Services at Indiana State University. He also serves as President of Global Indiana: A Consortium for International Exchange and previously served for 10 years as social studies coordinator for the Indiana Department of Education. McGrew holds a master’s degree in economic education and entrepreneurship from the University of Delaware and bachelor’s degrees from Purdue University in secondary social studies education and in political science and economics. In December of 2011, he is expected to complete a Ph.D. in education, with a social studies emphasis, from Purdue.
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Janis Halpern, Study Abroad Program Director
JANIS HALPERN has brought the Academic Programs Abroad Office at Indiana State University from its beginning stages in the early 1990s to where is today--sending over 100 students abroad who chose from over 100 sites in more than 30 countries. Janis holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Boston University in Spanish language and literature. She has studied abroad herself in Spain, Israel, and Mexico. Janis is a member of the National Organization of International Educators (NAFSA). She has been actively engaged in the Consortia to which Indiana State University belongs, having served as Chair of the Midwest Consortia for Study Abroad (MCSA), and Chair of the Council of Advisors for the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) from 2004-2006.
El-Houcin Chaqra, Associate Director for International Development and Academic Linkages
EL-HOUCIN CHAQRA joined the Office of International Programs & Services as Associate Director in 2002. Prior to his current position, he was Associate Director for the Office of Sponsored Programs and adjunct faculty in the Political Science Department at ISU. Under his leadership at the Office of Sponsored Programs, ISU increased its grants awards from $5 million/year to $15 million/year. As adjunct faculty he taught Introduction to Political Science and American Government courses for undergraduate students. He taught graduate courses in Research Methods, Statistics, and MIS in Public Administration for the MPA Program. In the last four years at IPS, Chaqra has secured over $1.5 million in grants to support joint programs between ISU and its international partners. In his current role, Chaqra is responsible for international development and academic linkages, and he provides support for international grants. He is a DSO, ARO and the contact person for the Fulbright Program. He is a recipient of ISU’s Lloyd Benjamin III Medal of International Services.
Zachariah Mathew, Associate Director
ZACHARIAH MATHEW joined the Office of International Programs & Services as Associate Director in 2011. Zachariah is a 2003 graduate of Indiana State University with a Masters degree. Currently he is pursuing his PhD in Higher Education Administration at Indiana State University. Prior to joining ISU Zachariah worked at Mallya Aditi International School, Bangalore, India and Sullivan County Community College, Loch Sheldrake, NY. Zachariah’s responsibilities include coordinating the international student and scholar services and assisting student groups to sponsor campus and community events, overseeing community engagement programs for students and scholars, and working with short-term on-campus programs and delegation visits.
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Maria D. Chaqra, PDSO, Assistant Director
MARIA D. CHAQRA joined the Office of International Programs & Services in 1998. She has a BA in French Language and Literature and a Master of Public Administration from Indiana State University. Ms. Chaqra supervises the undergraduate credentialing process and immigration advising at ISU. She is also responsible for approving CPT (Curricular Practical Training) employment and, advising F-1 students on OPT (Optional Practical Training) employment and coordinating the new international student orientation. She serves as the institution’s Principal Designated School Official (PDSO). Originally from the Canary Islands, Spain, Ms. Chaqra is fluent in Spanish and French.
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Pam Tabor, International Student Advisor
PAM TABOR joins the Office of International Programs and Services as International Student Coordinator. She will be serving as a credential evaluation specialist and Designated School Official. Ms. Tabor is a graduate of Indiana University with a bachelors degree in Art, and she is a professional muralist. Ms. Tabor brings diverse professional experience and skills to the IPS team and enjoys reading, cooking, working in her studio, treasure hunting and spending time outdoors.
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Christine Knight, Administrative Assistant
CHRISTINE KNIGHT returns to Indiana State University and joins the Office of International Programs and Services Department after completing her Master’s in Leadership Development from St. Mary’s-of-the-Woods College in May 2010. Christine completed her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Indiana State University in 2008 and has served as Program Director of an Alzheimer’s Unit the last two years. Christine worked at ISU 2001-2008 in the IRC/IITS College of Education. Christine maintains all of the IPS budgets, as well as prepares travel documentation for professional/administrative staff. She provides clerical support to the Visiting Scholar program, Study Abroad program and helps to coordinate delegation visits to and from campus. Christine also provides clerical support to the Director of the IPS.