International Programs Staff

Mary Schlarb

Mary Schlarb

Director (PDSO)

Mary started her career in international education in 1992, working for the intercultural education organization VIA Programs in California and Indonesia.  As an undergraduate in International Relations at Stanford, she studied abroad in France, and served as a graduate research fellow in the Philippines while completing her Master’s in International Agriculture and Rural Development at Cornell.  She has served as a community development consultant in Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia, and for the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization.  She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Comparative International Development Education through the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

As director of the office and the College’s senior international officer, Mary leads international partnership development, education abroad and incoming student programs, and international student and scholars services, with the aim of facilitating student, faculty, and staff intercultural exchange and campus internationalization.

Julie Ficarra

Julie Ficarra

Associate Director

Julie earned a master’s degree in International Education Policy from Harvard and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University. Her dissertation research focuses on the socio-cultural impact of study abroad program on host communities in Costa Rica and Italy. As an undergraduate at the University at Buffalo, Julie studied abroad in Tanzania, England, and the Czech Republic. She has since worked in international education at several universities in the U.S., the Department of State, as well as at the U.S. Embassy in Swaziland.

Julie oversees study abroad program administration, planning, budgeting, marketing and recruitment, and currently advises for programs to: Australia, Cuba, Greece, India, Italy, Mexico, Romania, and the UK.

Hugh Anderson

Hugh Anderson

Senior Study Abroad Advisor

Hugh earned an undergraduate degree in Film Studies & Production from Hofstra University, and a master’s degree in History from SUNY Cortland. He taught English to middle and elementary school students in Minamiaizu, Fukushima, Japan as part of the JET Programme, and previously worked for Kaplan International English in New York City and the Office of International Education & Global Initiatives at Binghamton University.

Hugh has worked at SUNY Cortland since 2011 and currently advises for programs to: Belize, China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Taiwan, and the U.K. Hugh also advises for Projects Abroad, Independent International Internships, and Cortland students studying on Other-SUNY Programs. He also manages the Cortland Study Abroad Promoters Internship Program (CSAP).

Daniela Baban Hurrle

Daniela Baban Hurrle

Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services

Daniela began working in higher education in 2005, and has spent the last 6 years at SUNY Cortland. She earned her Bachelor’s from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, her Master’s from Gannon University and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Immigration Law from The City College of New York. Daniela grew up in the capital of the Republic of Moldova, a city called Chisinau. She moved to the United States to attend high school in Pennsylvania. 

Daniela provides visa advisement to all international students, including exchange and visiting students. Daniela serves as a Designated School Official overseeing SUNY Cortland’s compliance with federal regulations pertaining to student visas and SEVIS records. She also manages the international student orientation, academically advises international students, coordinates social media and contributes to bringing students from around the globe to campus.

Lee Scott-Mack

Lee Scott-Mack

Associate Registrar

Lee received her undergraduate degree in the Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, her teaching certification in Speech and Hearing Science, and her graduate degree in Literacy from SUNY Cortland. Her professional teaching certifications are in both speech hearing science and literacy.

Lee works with international students and students studying abroad with course registration, course building, the posting of study abroad grades, and data collection for statistical documentation.

Kate Hudson

IPO Program Aide

Kate provides administrative support for the International Programs Office. Her duties include; coordinating office support systems, office policies and procedures, reporting, accounts management, contracts, travel arrangements, filing, answering phones, payables and receivables, tuition, and work closely with several offices on and off campus. Kate may not be immediately visible in the office, but she is there, and if there is anything that should require her assistance, please never hesitate to ask.

Maere Vunk

Administrative Aide

International Programs Office

Mary Schlarb, Director

Old Main, Room 219
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: +1-607-753-2209
Fax: +1-607-753-5989

International Programs Office

Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

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