dr. sam heikinen
Associate Provost for the Office for Global Engagement
Dr. Sam Heikinen is the Associate Provost for Global Engagement at Slippery Rock University. Sam's years of working in global education began when he started as a faculty member teaching English at a small university in northeast China. What originally was a ten-month assignment quickly turned into five years, full of growth, discovery, travel, language-learning, and falling in love with another country and culture. Nearly 20 years later, the trajectory set through those experiences guides his passion for study abroad, faculty-led programming, and engaging U.S. students with international students in meaningful ways. He very much looks forward to promoting international education for all of our students!
Sam enjoys getting together with people and enjoying food from around the world, including our SRU eateries. He also loves fishing, hiking, basketball and skiing--especially with his family, including his two children, Waylon and Sammi.
Associate Director for International Enrollment Management
Genevieve is responsible for international student enrollment management including, recruitment, undergraduate international student admission and maintains the institutions F-1 and J-1 programs. She received her Bachelors of Science with Honors from the University of Tasmania, Australia and Master of Art in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Slippery Rock University.
Enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoor activities, spending time with her family, cooking, scrap-booking, watching movies, reading on her Kindle, and playing with her two cats Leo & Lulu.
Dr. Seungku "Steve" Park
Director of Language Center
Seungku "Steve" Park is a linguist, English & Korean language teacher, and teacher trainer. He is the director of Language Center at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. He runs ESL programs on the main campus of Slippery Rock University and in branch classes around the university for students whose 1st language is not English. Steve's ethnic background is Korean and earned doctoral degrees in English linguistics and in Composition & TESOL. He has taught English and Korean languages for more than 20 years in and out of the US. Steve is not his official name but he goes by "Steve" since it is easy to pronounce and remember.
Steve enjoys hanging out with people. He enjoys watching sports games such as baseball and American football. He also loves traveling around the country with his family, mainly by car. One of the things he has recently found interesting and fun to do is finding nice local diners in western Pennsylvania.
Sierra A. Bell
International Recruiter and Admissions Coordinator
Sierra is responsible for undergraduate and graduate international student recruitment and coordinates the admissions process for undergraudate international students. She graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Spanish.
She studied abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica. She has since worked in Belgium, the Netherlands, Rwanda, Canada, China, Mongolia, and India. Her hobbies include horseback riding, traveling, and painting.
Noora A. Alie
Assistant Director for International Student Services
Noora is responsible for international student advising and programming.
She graduated with a Bachelors of Art in Communication from Hiram College and a Master of Science in Global Leadership from Duquesne University.
She is an Arab-American and speaks Arabic. She loves traveling to new places, binge watching TV series on Netflix and spending quality cuddle time with her kitty, Hamoud!
Director for Global Exchanges and Partnerships
Jenny is responsible for developing and maintaining global exchanges and partnerships. She received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Slippery Rock University and her Masters of Art in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Her first experience abroad was studying Japanese at Kansai Gaidai University, one of Slippery Rock's partner institutions. From there, her global journey began. She became involved in the field of international education and has traveled to over 23 different countries for both work and fun. Loves learning new languages, exploring new cultures and trying new foods.
Assistant Director for Global Exchanges and Partnerships
Tess graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Elementary/Special Education along with her Master's degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from SRU. She sparked her love for traveling during her study abroad experiences in Limerick, Ireland and Madrid, Spain and can't wait for her next overseas adventure!
Loves to run (cross country and track) and is training for upcoming half-marathons and marathons. She also enjoys playing other sports, camping, water skiing, and traveling!
Brenda is responsible for the fiscal affairs in the office, processing invoices, billing statements, and health insurance. She also assists with the daily office functions to keep things running smoothly. She has been with SRU for 30+ years.
Lives on a dairy farm and is proud to admit that she can drive tractors and operate farm equipment.
Lisa J. Patricelli
Clerk Typist II
Lisa greets and assists students and visitors as well as assisting several staff members with many daily office functions. Lisa is new to Global Engagement, but has been with SRU for 7+ years.
Two of her four children have graduated from SRU and one is currently attending. She has 3 grandchildren that she very much enjoys spending all of her free time with as well as watching them play sports. She loves being outdoors as well as camping and/or sitting by a campfire every chance she gets. Her favorite hobby is basketweaving. Her biggest fan is her little white fluffy dog, Patches.
Katerina (but you can call her Kat) is a graduate student at SRU working towards her Masters of Business Administration. During her undergraduate career at Slippery Rock, she studied abroad at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. She also participated in faculty-led programs to Sweden, Italy and Greece.
Katerina loves to drink coffee, cook and spend time with family and friends. She is a huge Steelers fan!