UMM's International Students

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"These are the clans of Noah's sons, according to their lines of descent, within their nations. From these the nations spread out over the earth after the flood"-Genesis 10


The University of Minnesota-Morris campus has attracted many students from all over the world and is continuing to do so today till tomorrow. Also, I want to add (Janurary 1st of 2007) that many are coming now from around the world to work at near-by farms (e.g. dairy farm, hog/pig farms, and general farms overall). Tis outpouring of students from the "uttermost parts of the world" (Acts 1:8) makes it a harvest for God's created beings to come to know Him! Below this website is some facts on students that have attended UMM from the different nations from the "ends of the earth".


They just need to be welcomed and encouraged in friendship -love. The best way to "reach out" to them is friendship relationship building according to International Student Ministry. Just picture yourself going to another country and trying to meet new people from a different language or culture. Learning their language is one of keys to connecting with them. Just a simple "hello" will bring a smile and build a bridge to knowing them. For more ideas.....(click)!

I know, this is a Liberal Arts College and we should respect their religion and what makes us have the right to "convert" them? Well, they too should be opened to hear the Gospel too! It's not "us" converting them, but sharing His love (words and actions) for them and it's God that "changes" (opens their eyes and ears-Luke 24:30-32) them through His empowering love.

Helpful Resources for International Students:

Morris Focus:

  • International Students,

  • " The University of Minnesota , Morris offers a unique opportunity to international students by offering a rigorous, liberal arts experience with the research capabilities of one the nations most comprehensive university systems, while having the same tuition rate as domestic students. Academically, Morris is a selective rigorous institution that will challenge you intellectually and push you to think about the world in new ways. Our average class size is only 16 students and our faculty members are interested in student learning and development meaning that you will not be forgotten at UMM. In addition, your degree will be from the University of Minnesota - a world renowned institution. .."
  • Center of International Programs, study abroad opportunities!
  • International Student Association Homepage, (here is the New Revised homepage by UMM Int'' student from the Ivory Coast-Herman K. 05'-06')
  • International Student Exchange, hosting high school students
    *contact Malinda 320-528-2430 of Barret, MN (20 minutes north of Morris)
  • Motown, life information in Morris (food shelf, transportation, other services)
  • Yonsei University-Seoul, S.Korea, resource page for exchange students from here
  • UofM Focus:

  • Minnesota International Student Association, of Twin Cities campus
  • New Internatioanl Students
  • International Student & Scholar Services
  • Student Groups, categorized A-Z
  • During College:

    International Students at the 2001 "Annual International Country Fair"

  • Best Price Cards, international calling cards

  • *referred by Patience of Ghana 04'
  • Institute of International Education, a world leader in the exchange of people and ideas
  • Interface Ministries, local contact (Linda Leonard)
  • *Sal connection!
  • Helpful Tips to Internation Students in U.S. Institutions
  • International Scholarships
  • International Student Organization Association, calling card, financial aid, insurance,etc..
  • International Student, exchange or study abroad student resources
  • International Student Resources by ISI, tips on learning English, INS issues, adjusting to American life
  • International Student Resources by Leader U, helpful in the American experience!
  • After College:

  • DV Lottery, applying to get randomly chosen for U.S. Green Card
  • Work Visas from U.S. Immigration Support
  • Job Web, F-1 visas to work after college
  • Guide Book for Life after Study Abroad, from Duke University
  • ISI Resources, books (Think Home by Eliza Espineli Chinn), videos, etc..
  • Programing for Rentry, from transitionsabroad

  • Relationships with Family, Friends-
    "This re-entry issue can result from several factors: no one is particularly interested in hearing about the study abroad experience; students themselves have difficulty conveying the significance of the experience; and, finally, students often feel that family and friends are pressuring them into being the "same person" as before they went abroad. Returnees express feelings of alienation.
    It is most important to help students realize that there are people who are excited to hear about every detail of their study abroad experience. Putting returnees in touch with each other and with prospective study abroad students facilitates the outlet for sharing the experience.

  • Returning Home, from
    (Click above to fill out a questinaaire on your experience at UMM)

    {Student Photo Gallery}


    2002 Fall [1] [2] [3]

    Other: Paul Brifo (Ghana) [UMM Website-on the computer]

    2010 Student Orientation



  • International Student Ministry, a Navigators' ministry
  • International Student International Online
  • International Student Ministry, a InterVarsity Campus Fellowship ministry
  • Morris Community Church Campus Ministry, -international student ministry




  • Community members needed for UMM's International Student Program's Adopt-a-Student program, Published July 26 2010 By: Judy Korn, University News Service, Morris Sun Tribune

  • "The University of Minnesota, Morris International Students Program invites residents of the Morris area to participate in the Adopt-a-Student program. Its primary purpose is to promote and facilitate cross-cultural friendships, to help students adjust to Minnesota living, and to introduce them to welcoming communities. Students will be paired with friends-individuals, couples, families-for one semester. The international students receive an informal introduction to life in the United States, and the American friends receive an opportunity to learn about their students" cultures.
    This fall, the Morris campus will have 60 new international students from China, Malawi, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and France. The students are very interested in the Adopt-a-Student program and are excited about meeting their American friends.
    Friends will be expected to contact their students soon after they arrive and to maintain regular contact throughout fall semester by phone or e-mail. Friends and students may wish to plan simple excursions and activities such as picnics, farm visits, hiking, biking, country drives, canoeing, flea markets, antique stores, garage/yard sales, shopping, potlucks, church programs, winter activities, shopping, social and civic gatherings, lakes and parks visits, movies, sporting events, and campus and community activities.
    A Welcome Potluck will be held for all students and friends at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 20, 2010. Contact the International Students Program to sign up for the program at 320-589-6094 or e-mail" Community of Morris: Churches, Events, Misc., Needs, etc...: Financial: Home, Housing, etc... Diet, Foods, Groceries, Beverage-Drinks, etc...
    *see GoodnewsEverybody.comScience: Environmental-Carbon Dating, Eco-Friendly, Green Living, Recycling, etc... Elderly, Old, Longevity, Senior Citizens, Wisdom, etc... Outreach Arts- Museums, Painters, Paintings, Sculptures, etc.. LA: Business, Corporate, Economics, etc.. Common Cup Entertainment
    *see LA: Computers-AntiVirus, Homepages, Internet-Online, Softwares, Storage, etc...

    Activities: Pope County: Starbuck-Dragon Boat Races


  • Annual International Country Fair", (original site)

  • UMM's Annual International Country Fair 01'

    "This is one of my personal favorite annual events at the University of Minnesota-Morris campus. It's a great opportunity (e.g. new incoming international students) to meet people from all over the world. They also have information on Study Abroad travel destinations and learn from some personal travel stories. Also, great food from around the world."
  • Chinese Spring Festival 2012: The Year of the Dragon! Thursday, February 2, at 6 p.m. Oyate Hall

  • " The Chinese Spring Festival Dinner will be held on Thursday, February 2 at 6 p.m. The event is held by the International Student Association and is funded through ASG and International Student Programs. All attendees are asked to wear red. The color of red in Chinese culture means good luck for the coming year! Tickets, available in the Student Center, are $5 for students and $10 for staff and faculty."
    Int'l Student Spring Festival

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    Spring Festival-Magic Show from GoodnewsMorrisInfo on Vimeo.


    Job Opportunities

  • International Admissions Counselor for the University of Minnesota-Morris, from UofM Employment

  • Description of the Job
    Log In
  • University of Minnesota Job Site
  • *found it through MN ACAC
    Monster Job
    Resume Stuff, from Liberal Arts (Sal's Resume)

    Summer Programs

  • A STELLAR introduction for international students The inaugural Summer Transition for English Language and Liberal Arts Readiness program at UMM is a comprehensive living and learning program to introduce students to American campus life. By: Judy Korn, UMM News Service, Morris Sun Tribune Published August 22, 2011, 10:52 AM

  • "MORRIS – The University of Minnesota, Morris hosted its inaugural Summer Transition for English Language and Liberal Arts Readiness (STELLAR) program during summer 2011.
    STELLAR is designed to provide international students with a holistic approach to attending college in an English speaking country. A comprehensive, living and learning program, the three-credit course seeks to improve students’ English skills to introduce students to American campus life and academic culture to help students gain a better understanding of a liberal arts education and to familiarize students with the campus, the community of Morris, and the state of Minnesota.
    STELLAR classes in environmental studies, studio art, history, and communications, media and rhetoric, taught by Babct Oedersib and Nattgew Zook complemented by “real-world” activities that help international students “live” the language, including excursions with academic focuses. Faculty members Margaret Kuchenreuther, Michael Eble, Stephen Gross and Barbara Burke served as consultants.
    This year’s STELLAR students learned about the Minnesota prairie. They visited Minneapolis where they attended a play and a concert, and visited the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Walker Art Museum.
    During “history week,” they learned about American history, including America Indian history and culture. They visited the Stevens County Historical Society and learned about the campus’s history as an American Indian boarding school.
    During the final week, the students were taught strategies for good public speaking, skills that will serve them well as Morris students. As a service-learning component of STELLAR, the students taught area elementary students about their home countries. They also traveled to Duluth to learn more about Minnesota history and to attend a Pow wow.
    STELLAR is a program of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Intercultural Programs, dedicated to working collaboratively with campus and community partners to meet the needs of students, foster inclusive diversity, and promote intercultural competence. EDI strives to ensure a supportive environment for the students by providing academic, social, and cultural support services and programs. The programs of EDI provide an access point for students to engage as global citizens in the areas of leadership, civic engagement, and social justice
    For more information about STELLAR visit "


    Campus Ministries


  • "is a body of Christians committed to bringing the radical New Testament message of Jesus Christ to the University of Minnesota. We believe it's vital that every Christian totally commit all areas of their lives to Jesus Christ's loving Rulership. Maranatha Christian Fellowship is the student body of Maranatha Christian Church which is a local church on the campus. Maranatha Christian Fellowship's offices are located within Maranatha Christian Church at 2800 University Ave. SE, Suite 101 across the street from the post office and kitty corner from the U Garden Chinese Restaurant. "


  • ESOL Institute, at Minnesota State College University's Century College
  • International Institute of Minnesota, resource for international students, immigrants, and refugees
  • Events

  • Festival of Nations an annual int'l food event in St. Paul
  • Financial

    -Money Transfers/Orders

    Money Gram
    $14/100 to Philippines
    Western Union
    $15/100 to Philippines

    *sending $100?
    Phil Send (based in Seattle, WA) $9.75/100 to Philippines (based in San Francisco, CA) $7.50/100 to Philippines

    Other International Student Organizations

  • International Student Club, of Minnesota State University-Moorhead
  • Resources

  • Minnesota International Directory
  • Nation-GoodnewsUSA

  • International Student Speakers Bureau, great idea from Wheaton College
  • Shootings

  • LA police arrest 2 in killings of Chinese students Associated PressBy CHRISTOPHER WEBER | Associated Press – 5 hrs ago (Saturday, May 19th 2012)

  • "LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anson Cheung says the shooting deaths of two international graduate students near the University of Southern California made headlines back home in Hong Kong, unnerving his parents. "When I talk to them now, they remind me to be careful, and I know they're thinking about the shooting," said Cheung, a 20-year-old business major, adding that he's never felt unsafe on or around campus. A day after a pair of arrests were announced in the April killings of two students from China, those on campus for summer programs said Saturday that they're relieved the crime was solved, but it hasn't changed their day-to-day behavior.
    . "If you live around here, you just have to be aware of your surroundings," said 19-year-old Eduardo Millinedo-Pinon, who grew up in Los Angeles and went to high school just a few blocks from USC. "I knew it as a kid too, the neighborhood can be dangerous. But I've seen it get much better over the years, much safer." A week after graduation, the usually-bustling campus was relatively calm Saturday, with some students arriving for summer sessions and others packing up for break. Millinedo-Pinon, sitting on a bench in a sun-drenched campus courtyard, said students know to avoid certain areas, to walk in groups after dark and to keep valuables hidden. Others said students are told on day one to exercise caution in the neighborhoods around the school, located a few miles south of downtown Los Angeles in an area that has faced high crime and gang activity. On April 11, grad students Ming Qu, of Jilin, and Ying Wu, of Hunan, were shot while sitting in a BMW about a mile away from the school. Both victims were 23 years old. Javier Bolden, 19, and Bryan Barnes, 20, were arrested Friday on suspicion of killing the students during an apparent robbery attempt, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said. The victims' parents filed a lawsuit this week accusing USC of misrepresenting security at the campus, where nearly one-fifth of the 38,000 students are from overseas, including 2,500 from China. The school has more international students than any other U.S. university, USC says. The motive for the shootings was still under investigation, Beck said, but the "evidence points to a street robbery." Ballistics tests on shell casings recovered at the scene show they were fired from the same gun used in two other shootings in LA, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing law enforcement sources. One of the suspects took a cellphone from one of the victims and detectives were able to locate him by tracking signals sent by the device, the Times said. Authorities also identified a signal from a second cellphone in proximity to the victim's phone. The second phone was identified as belonging to the suspect. Beck said neither suspect had a long criminal history or is a documented gang member, though police suspect they may have a gang affiliation. Barnes was arrested at a home about five miles from campus Friday afternoon, and Bolden was arrested a few hours later in Palmdale, about 60 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, police said. Both men were being held without bail and are set to be arraigned Tuesday. USC has more international students than any other U.S. university, according to the school. In their lawsuit, the victims' parents alleged that the school made false claims about safety in the "frequently asked questions" section of its online application. The 15-page lawsuit accuses USC of hiding behind the word "urban" and not saying that the school is in a high-crime residential area. It also notes that Chinese students would interpret urban to mean USC is in a safe area. "The 'urban' representation misled Chinese students, including Ming Qu, into believing the area is safe since in China, the more urban the area, the safer the area," the lawsuit states. USC lawyer Debra Wong Yang said the university was deeply saddened by the deaths but found the lawsuit to be baseless. The school and city police announced new security measures after the slayings and promised more video cameras, escorts and patrols. Students mostly shrugged at the news of a larger police presence. Christopher Avilez, 20, arrived Saturday at USC from Orange County to interview for a summer program. He's not concerned for his safety. "It's the big city, you know, so you have to be careful," Avilez said. "But that's any big city. I'm not worried at all." _______ Associated Press writer Shaya Tayefe Mohajer in Los Angeles and researcher Henry Hou in Beijing also contributed to this report."


    *see Bible

  • Bibles in Your Language
  • Ethnic Harvest, profile of God's creation by ethncity/nation
  • Foreign Languages
  • Lonely Planet, travel knowledge of each country
  • Multilanguage, reources to equip international students or church equippers
  • World Book
  • Books

  • Cultures in Contrast, 2nd Edition Student Life at U.S. Colleges and Universities 2nd Edition Myra Shulman, (view) from

  • Related Sites:
    Chapter #9-Plagiarism (FDR); English: Writing
    Chapter #12-Cultures in Contrast


  • Native Indian Americans
  • African American
  • Asian American
  • Hispanic American
  • Middle Eastern
  • Caucasian Americans

  • Global, what God is doing around the world
  • Resources

  • Intercultural Press, cross cultural learning materials

  • *found this at UMM's Food Service bulleting board on 8/24/04


  • Student Visas, from
  • -F1

  • F1 Visa,

  • "F1 Visa Details
    An F1 visa may be obtained for a student who wishes to pursue full-time academic studies in a college, university, seminar, conservatory, private academic high school, other academic institution, or language-training program.


  • The J-1 Visa, from

  • "..Exchange Visitor Program (J-1 Visa Program) currently includes 13 different exchange program categories. Depending on the particular category chosen, a visa obtained under the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program will allow a foreign national to work, train, or travel legally whilst experiencing life in the United States. The J-1 Visa program also benefits US businesses by providing them with seasonal and other staff...

    -H1 B1

  • H-1B Work Visa for College Educated Professionals, from

  • History of International Students at UMM:

    -# of International Students

    UMM: 2010 Fall: around 60 NEW int'l students (China-50+, Korean-2, Singapore-2, France, Malawi, etc..)
    UMM:2005 FALL: around #10 NEW int'l students as of 8/24/05 (Korean 3, Ghanan-1, Zambia-1, France-1)
    Morris Area High School: 2005 Fall: around ? (1-Taiwan, 1-Norway, etc..?)
    Morris Area High School: 2004 Fall: around 5 (1-Norway, 2-Thailand, 1-Valenzuela, and 1-?
    For info: Contact Malinda Ohloft of Barret-rep Int'l Student Exchange (see above)
    UMM: 2004 Fall: around #22 is predicted/estimated as of 6/04 (Korean 5, Ghanan-3, Nigerian-2, Cameroonan-2, Indonesian, Japanese, Malawian, Argentinan, Brazilian, Ecuadoran, Valenzuelan, etc..)
    Contact: Mariella (Argentinan)
    2003 Fall: #22
    2002 Fall: # 28+ (Ghanan-7, Korean-5, Cameroon-2, Nigerian-3, Kenyan-2, Japanese-2, Siberian-2Argentinan, Brazilian, Canadian, Ecuardoran, Myanmaran (former Burmese) )
    Contacts: Tope A (Nigerian)-Administrative Intern for Center for International Students, Nate R (Senior)-Student Abroad Director, Prince Amattoe (Ghanan-SR)-Student Networker, Salvador Monteagudo (99' Alumn)-Community Peer Minister 2001 Fall: #23
    2000 Fall: #13
    1999 Fall: #10

    *Stats provided by Center of International Prorams

    For more #'s on what country sends the most internation students=>(click)

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    This Webpage is Dedicated in Memory of:

    Tom McRoberts

    "Funeral services for Thomas McRoberts will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. Visitation is one hour before the service. Lunch will be served afterward at the church.

    Thomas McRoberts passed away Oct. 11, 2010 peacefully surrounded by his loving family and friends.

    Tom was born on Feb. 20, 1946 in Morris to Elizabeth and Raymond McRoberts. He attended Benilde Catholic High School and proceeded on to the University of Minnesota, Morris. After college, he ventured west and received a Master’s Degree in history from the University of Oregon in Eugene.

    He then joined the staff of the University of Minnesota, where in one capacity or another, he would spend the next 34 years.

    A man built on a steady foundation of modesty and grace, Tom would never trumpet his many achievements. However, his contributions were vast and far-reaching.

    Over the years, Tom worked tirelessly to expand learning opportunities for students. During his career at the University of Minnesota, Morris, Tom served as an administrator, innovative educator, and a mentor.

    As a mentor, he served both formally and informally. He was an academic advisor to numerous students who have gone on to achieve great success. But he also served as a mentor for friends and colleagues, a constant example of uncommon poise and strength of character.

    At the University, Tom was tireless in his efforts to expand learning opportunities, aiming to broaden the horizons and unlock the world for the students whose ambitions he helped to fuel. He developed programs to connect the University to the local community, establishing the UMM Center for International Programs and creating the UMM Summer Scholars program for gifted high school juniors from around the region.

    Tom’s family referred to him as uncle, brother, and sometimes Santa. And colleagues referred to him as friend. But Tom’s many official titles throughout his career included Director of Continuing Education and Regional Programs, Director of the Center for Small Towns, Director of the Center for International Programs.

    Despite his humility, Tom’s contributions didn’t go without notice. He’s been recognized with a number of honors, including the all-University John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, the UMM Academic Staff Award, the College of Continuing Education Deans Award for Individual Achievement, and the University of Minnesota Presidents Award for Outstanding Service.

    Armed with his flat cap, a scarf, and a glow in his eye, Tom spread compassion and warmth everywhere he went, always with a good dose of wit and sense of humor.

    Tom was a wonderful uncle to seven nephews and nieces, and a loving brother to his sisters Betty Rae of Morris, and Merrilee of Minneapolis, and brother Raymond of Rochester. He always brought life, humor and touch of class to family gatherings.

    Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangement. Memorials preferred to the International Students Scholarship Fund at the University of Minnesota, Morris or the SCMC Courage Cottage in Morris. To send condolences to the family, visit and click on obituaries.

    "- Thomas McRoberts Published October 14 2010 Funeral services for Thomas McRoberts will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris.

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