Sondra Schreiber has been named the assistant director for student services at the Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute.
As part of the administrative team, she will counsel the institute’s staff and students on immigration matters, provide academic advising and placement assistance for prospective university students, and develop engagement programs with the greater university and local communities.
She will be responsible for advising staff and students at all three of the institute’s locations – in Blacksburg, at Radford University, and at the recently opened site in the Washington, D.C., area.
In addition, Schreiber will serve as a designated school official, responsible for ensuring that students are compliant with federal regulations governing international students and exchange scholars.
“I am looking forward to getting to know our students and supporting them during their transition to the United States and throughout their stay,” Schreiber said.
She comes to Virginia Tech from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was an assistant director for international student and scholar services. Among her other experiences, she spent a year teaching conversational English in Pinghu, Zhejiang, China.
Schreiber received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in educational administration with a focus on student affairs from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
The Language and Culture Institute, part of Outreach and International Affairs, provides language-related programs and services for academic and professional development to more than 4,800 people annually. In the past year, the institute participated in university fairs and similar events in 17 countries to help attract more international students to Virginia Tech and increase international brand awareness of the university.
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.