Advising

International Student Services provides services to over 3,000 international students at the UA, as well as international visitors, sponsored student organizations, and prospective students and their parents. Therefore, in order to provide the best possible service and ensure you have adequate access to meet with advisors, please come to ISS during quick advising hours or call the front desk at (520) 621-4627 to schedule a 30-minute appointment if you need advising. Our front desk staff can provide forms and schedule appointments, but immigration advice is provided by advisors during advising hours.

Fall Advising Schedule

Starts Monday, August 15

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

International
Student
Advising

Appointments
9:00-11:30

Quick Advising
1:30-3:30

Appointments
9:00-11:30

Quick Advising
1:30-3:30

Appointments
9:00-11:30

Quick Advising
1:30-3:30

Quick Advising
9:00-11:00

Appointments
1:30-3:30

Sponsored
Student
Advising

No Advising
Available

Quick Advising
9:00-11:00

No Advising
Available

Quick Advising
1:30-3:30

Appointments
1:30-3:30

Quick Advising is available to all international students on a first-come, first-serve basis during the times above. Each quick advising session is limited to 10-15 minutes. If your question requires more time, we will be happy to schedule a 30-minute follow-up appointment for you at our next availability. If you know in advance that you will need more than 15 minutes with an advisor, then please schedule an appointment with the ISS front desk.

Email ISS

About Advising Hours

If you're not available for quick advising or a scheduled appointment, you also have the option to send your question by email. Please allow 3-5 business days for a response. If you are outside of Tucson and your question is too complicated to answer via email, you may be asked to schedule a follow-up appointment by phone.

Meet the Staff

Advising Staff

Joanne Lagasse-Long

Director

Bio coming soon!

Marie Willard

Associate Director

Marie Willard has a BA in Political Science and French Literature from the University of Arizona and a MA in International Studies with a Certificate in Global Health Affairs from the University of Denver. Her exchange year in Montpellier, France and a U.S. Department of State internship in Quebec City were pivotal experiences in determining her focus on working with international populations and immigration-related issues. Marie joined ISS in 2005 and has worked with international student advising and programming. In her current role as the Program Director of Sponsored Programs, Marie supports students who are sponsored by their home country governments and other agencies. She also serves as liaison between sponsors and university departments.

Noelle Sallaz

Associate Director

Noelle Sallaz earned her BA in American Culture from the University of Michigan and her MA in Higher Education from the University of Arizona. While pursuing her Bachelor's degree, she developed co-curricular student programs for the university. This experience, along with time spent abroad, sparked her interest in international education and international student empowerment. She co-coordinates the International Orientation, Peer Integrator program and Undergraduate Scholarship program as well as recurring social, cultural, and educational programs throughout the year. She has worked with ISS since 2006.

Tom Stitt

Coordinator, Sponsored Programs

Tom Stitt earned a BA in English from Emory University in Atlanta, where he also worked as business manager for Emory’s graduate school until moving to Tucson in 1998. After pursuing a career in real estate for more than 10 years in Tucson, in 2012 he joined the UA’s ISS staff as Sponsored Programs Coordinator, working primarily in billing and related support activities for international students sponsored by governments, embassies and corporations.

Lara Pfaff

Program Coordinator, International Student Development

Lara Pfaff received her BA from the College of Wooster with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science, and a minor in Spanish, and her MA in Applied Ethics from the University of Linkoping, Sweden, and the Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology. Studying abroad in Spain, Sweden and Norway sparked her passion for international travel. Her professional experience in refugee resettlement and as an advisory board member for the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association led her to the field of international education. She has worked at ISS since 2010 and currently serves as an International Student Advisor.

Stacey Buchman

SEVIS Compliance Coordinator

Stacey earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from the University of Rhode Island, as well as a Master’s degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University. She has been dedicated to the intercultural field for 7+ years, with over 3 years spent advising international students. At ISS, she advises F-1 and J-1 students on all aspects of immigration, as well as specializing in immigration compliance. Stacey is originally from the East Coast, but loves the desert and enjoys being outdoors year-round in Tucson.

Len Tecson

International Student Advisor

Prior to joining ISS in February 2011, Len earned her Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and worked at Pima Community College since 1999. She brings with her over 10 years of work experience in student services and international student services as a DSO/ARO. As an international student advisor at ISS, Len works primarily with pre-arrival advising and document issuance of all new undergraduate F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors. She also co-coordinates the New International Orientation and P.I. Program. She has two dogs named Tobasco and Duglas and is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology and Italian.

Danita Smith

International Student Advisor

Danita Smith was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She received a Bachelor of Arts In Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Ethnic Studies and focus in Psychology from Northern Arizona University. During her senior year she spent a semester abroad at the University of Essex in Colchester, England. In 2008 she was selected to take part in a cultural program that allowed her to travel throughout Italy, which ignited her passion for travel and international relations. She joined the ISS team in 2012 as an International Student Specialist. She is currently serving as a Document Processor.

Fiona Grugan

International Student Advisor

Fiona Grugan earned her BA in Latin American Studies and Global Interdisciplinary Studies from Villanova University in 2013.  Her zeal for international education started early when she attended kindergarten in Germany just before turning five, but continued through college when she participated in an internship in El Salvador, followed by two summers in the Dominican Republic, studying at la Pontifica Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in Santiago and conducting Public Health research, respectively.  Fiona joined ISS in 2016 as an International Student Advisor.  She enjoys reading and cycling around Tucson.

Kai-chien Yang

Document Processor

Bio coming soon!

Vannia Navarro

Document Processor

Bio coming soon!

Andrew Conlogue

International Student Specialist

Andrew Conlogue is a fifth generation Arizona native. He is the third generation and fifth member of his family to attend the University of Arizona, through which he studied abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He graduated with Honors there in May 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL). Andrew joined ISS in October 2013 and serves as an International Student Specialist with the office. His passions are international relations, history, and comedy, which he performs locally in his spare time.

Sylvia Ahanonu

International Student Specialist

Sylvia Ahanonu was born and raised in Kampala, Uganda. Enthused by her father’s experiences in Tucson, she moved to the United States to attend the University of Arizona, earning a BS degree in Management of Information Systems (MIS) and post graduate studies in Business Administration. After a career in private sector operations management, Sylvia returned to the university community in October 2013 as an International Student Specialist in the ISS office. She has always been passionate about cultural experiences, languages, travel, welcoming visitors into the Tucson community, and mentoring youth. She enjoys singing and the outdoors.