Office of International Programs

Philip Plourde, Executive Director

Phil Plourde, Executive Director Office of International Programs 

Phil’s Role

As Executive Director of the Office of International Programs (OIP), Phil’s primary responsibility is to provide guidance and oversight for the units within the OIP umbrella: Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP), International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO), and Study Abroad Center (SAC). Moreover, the work involves facilitating relationships between UNI and partners abroad in order to provide opportunities for UNI faculty, students, and staff to become engaged internationally.  Finally, the position works to enhance support for internationals arriving to campus for study, research, and other collaboration.

Phil’s commitment to internationalization at UNI

Phil’s goal is for CIEP, ISSO, and SAC to work cooperatively and support each other’s efforts in internationalizing the UNI experience and bringing cultural diversity to the campus.  His work has afforded him the opportunity to work with a variety of UNI faculty, students, and staff and assist them in their aspirations for research, study, and teaching abroad. In addition, he has maintained a goal to provide internationals on campus as much access as possible to all that UNI has to offer.

Education and other roles

Phil has master’s degrees in International Affairs and Applied Linguistics from Ohio University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Western New England University.  He has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines and a World Teach Volunteer in Thailand. Phil’s background includes teaching inner city youth in a Jobs Corps Program in Massachusetts, teaching in an English language camp for Japanese university students in Pennsylvania, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Illinois, teaching stints at Vanderbilt University and Southern Illinois University in the U.S., serving on the Executive Board of the University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP) consortium, and presenting workshops to faculty in Thailand and Russia.

More about Phil

Phil enjoys trying new dishes and walking the family dog, Sadie.  “It always amazes me how closely connected food is to culture,” says Phil, “Eating is a common experience where nearly everyone has something to say.” 

Office of International Programs

Marge Budensiek, Secretary International Programs

Marge Budensiek, Secretary

Marge's Role

As the Office of International Program's secretary, Marge assists with budget management and tracking, preparations and registration for visiting international scholars, daily office operations, internal procedures general problem solving for staff, international scholars and students.

Marge's commitment to internationalization at UNI

Marge enjoys traveling and believes that we can learn much by opening our minds to other cultures. It is by understanding our differences in food, religion and history that we can better understand how to move forward in cooperation for the common good.  Marge enjoys working in an office that promotes internationalism and gives her the opportunity to meet others from all over the world. 

Education and other roles

Marge has a Bachelor's of Science in Business Management from Minnesota State University - Mankato and has a diverse background working in multiple positions in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area both as a manager and support staff. 

More about Marge

Marge enjoys cooking, baking, sewing and spends as much of her time outdoors tending to her vegetable and flower gardens. Marge also enjoys spending time with her husband, three sons, grand children and good friends.