The University of Texas at Austin is proud to host the “Campus Identity and Student Services Excellence: The Role of Responsibility of U.S. Universities” seminar, sponsored by the German-American Fulbright Commission, from September 23 - 30, 2017. The seminar provides a dynamic experience for administrators structured around daily presentations, structured panels, and campus visits.
- Presentations give an in-depth look into key topics in student services
- Panels allow for discourse between the panelists and administrators to gain a broader perspective of individual experiences
- Campus visits to smaller private and public universities provide a multi-faceted look into student services approaches across the United States
- Debriefing sessions provide an opportunity for administrators to reflect on topics, ideas, and concepts introduced throughout the seminar
Meet the Administrators
Participants in the program come from universities all over Germany with varying areas of expertise.
Jane Artmann has been working at TU Dortmund University at the International Office as Coordinator since April 2012. One field of her responsibilities in the International Office is the coordination of the International Meeting Center. This ranges from coordinating international events offered by the International Office to providing a unique meeting center for diverse international festivities, conferences and workshops organized by international students, TU Dortmund University's researchers and staff, or other partners. Her motivation for the participation in the seminar is to enhance her present skills in student services, broaden her professional network and obtain valuable insight on the concept of campus identity.
Margit Banusch has been Executive Director of Student Affairs at the Hochschule fuer Technik, Wirtshaft and Kultur in Leipzig since 2003. Her responsibilities include organization of study, student recruitment, application and admission services, registration, leading various projects, and processing of student and examinations data. During the seminar she would like to learn more about the U.S. educational system and the challenges that come with growing internationalization. One of her goals is to find out which of the U.S. procedures she could use for her own campus to improve internationalization strategies.
Dr. Thomas Brunner
Dr. Thomas Brunner is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Quality Management of the University of Applied Sciences Esslingen, and is responsible for student services. During the seminar he would like to to get insight into the process of student services of The University of Texas in Austin. He also hopes to get insight into the implementation of international study programs and student exchange programs.
Dr. Uta Buttkewitz
Dr. Uta Buttkewitz is Coordinator for Welcome Services and Equal Opportunities at Rockstock International House and the Diversity and Equal Opportunities Department at University of Rockstock. During the seminar she hopes to gain new insight regarding the development of strategies for establishing an inclusive campus culture that includes all the faculty, departments, institutes and members of University of Rockstock.
Sylvia Ende works at Hochschule Hanover-University of Applied Science and Art at the General Student Advisory Service. Her current responsibilities at the the university include advising students about Hochshule Hanover study options and how to change degree programs, advising refugees, etc. During the seminar she would like to learn more about Student Support services at the University of Texas at Austin.
Julia GarbarJulia Garbar is a Consultant for International Affairs in the Social & International Department at Studierendenwerk Essen-Duisburg AöR, Duisburg. Her area of responsibility focuses primarily on international topics. The name of her office is ‘KOMM IN!’. It is an abbreviation of “KOMMuniziere INternational”. During the seminar she wants to acquire new knowledge regarding Student Services, best-practices, and innovative approaches.
Frauke Hennicke has been Head of Student Counseling and Information Center at FH Münster - University of Applied Sciences. Her current responsibilities include team-leading, conceptualization and development of student services, and advising prospective students. She is interested in learning more about American Student Support Services. She also hopes to increase international awareness of her university.
Ulrike Herrlich has been a team leader at the Ruhr‐Universität Bochum (RUB) International Office since September 2015. She leads an International Student Services team consisting of nine staff members and various student tutors. Enhancing and internationalizing student services is a strategic goal of RUB, and the rectorate would specifically like to look at practices of American universities. Personally, Ulrike is looking forward to learning about strategies for diversity awareness, safety, and proactive counselling.
Claudia Hesse is Manager of the Student and Examination Office at the Südstadt Campus of TH Cologne. She is also the contact person at TH Cologne for Uni-Assist, the university application service for International students, and Stiftung fur Hochschulzulassung, a foundation to support the application and admission procedures of German universities. Claudia is very curious about the day-to-day functions of American universities and what what level of services university administration offers to students.
Laue Reiner has been Manager of the Student Counselling Center of the University of Stuttgart since September 2016, where he supervises eight staff members. He is eager to learn new concepts and proven strategies. During the seminar he would like to learn what kind of services UT offers to migrants, refugees and students with disabilities.
Benjamin Lobedank works at Studierendenwerk Darmstadt in the Intracultural/International Affairs Department. His department offers a variety of services such as counseling and preventative mental health services. During the seminar, he hopes to gain information on the services offered to international students at The University of Texas at Austin and other institutes. He is also interested in the services that are offered to all students, and everyday life on campus.
Michael Noghero has been working as a Manager at Studentwerke in Augsburg since January 2015. He is responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, personnel planing and operational business services. During the seminar he would like to learn more about services offered to students with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
Kirstin Reinke has been Executive Director of German University of Administrative Science Speyer since 2014. She is responsible for the strategic internationalization of the institution. Kirstin is also responsible for structural support and services for international students as well as German students and researchers who are interested in studying abroad. During the seminar she would like to learn more about student services offered by UT, including housing services, financial aid, and health insurance for international students.
Bastian Salmen has been working at the University of Tübingen as Exchange Coordinator for Asia, Latin America, and Australia/New Zealand since July 2015. In his role as Exchange Coordinator he advises students on exchange issues and financial support opportunities. During the seminar he hopes to learn more about Student Support Services, how are they designed, and what kind of services and support UT offers to minorities.
Anja SiemerAnja Siemer has been Director of Study Counseling Services at Osnabrück University and the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. She works with prospective students and students who have questions or problems concerning their studies. During the seminar she would like to learn more about campus identity, communication, and equal opportunities.
Angela Branigan, 512-471-2459
Alison Boland, 512-471-0129
Adnana Vikalo, 512-232-9573