dr. sam heikinen
Associate Vice President 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 wife, Yang, and their two children, Waylon and Sammi.
Associate Director for First-Year Admissions & Transfer Admissions
Genevieve is responsible for graduate student admissions and can be contacted at email@example.com
Sierra A. Bell
Admissions Counselor, Slippery Rock University
Sierra works in the Office for Admissions and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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. She has been with SRU for 11 years.
Lisa is very proud that 3 of her 4 children are SRU Alumni. She has 4 grandchildren that she very much enjoys spending all of her free time with. She loves being outdoors. Her favorite hobbies are crafting and basket weaving. Two of her biggest fans are her little dogs, Lali and Patches.