Our Team

Dr. Mustapha Jourdini
Director

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A former F-1 student from Morocco, Dr. Jourdini served as the President of International Student Association. He is active with NAFSA, Association of International Educators. Dr. Jourdini holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies with a specialization in international education from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). His published research examines the impact of international students, cultural stereotypes, and bigotry. He is passionate about serving and advocating for international students and scholars.

Prior to joining Lamar University, Dr. Jourdini served international students and scholars at Lesley University, Pellissippi State Community College, Al Akhawayn University, and Eastern Kentucky University.


 

 

 

Ms. Hymer is a Texas native, a Lamar University alumna, and a Southeast Texas transplant. She has several years of experience working in higher education.  Ms. Hymer is eager to have returned to OISPS.  She is looking forward to working with the international student community, faculty and staff.

Margo Hymer
Assistant Director

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Tracy Bourgeois
Sr. ISSO Specialist

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Tracy Bourgeois was born in Fort Worth, TX, and recently moved to the Beaumont area.  She has been employed by Lamar University since 2015.  Ms. Bourgeois is excited to start this new adventure in the Office of International Student Programs and Services.  She enjoys traveling, hanging out at the beach and watching football.  Go Cowboys!

 


 

 

 

Mr. Frederick is an Iowa native and a veteran of the Army National Guard. Before graduating from Lamar University in 2016, he spent a summer studying abroad in Spain, finding a new love for international travel and experience. He has his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. His hobbies include playing guitar, mechanic work, and writing.

David Frederick
Administrative Specialist

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Prashant R. Ghimire
OISPS Student Assistant

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Hi, my name is Prashant R. Ghimire. I am a Graduate Student, from Nepal, with my Major in Computer Science. I'm extremely grateful to be a part of the OISPS team and am looking forward to interacting and helping out as many students as I can.

 


 

 

Hello! My name is Sierra Davis. I am a Studio Art major with a concentration in Photography. I love working with OISPS, because I believe that diversity is very important. I appreciate the sense of unity Lamar University incorporates within our diverse community. I’m proud to be a member of the Office for International Student Programs & Services.

 

Sierra Davis
OISPS Student Worker 

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Arely Medina
OISPS Student Worker 

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Hello, my name is Arely Medina. I am currently an undergraduate student majoring in Nursing. Learning about other countries and cultural differences is something I have always enjoyed and since joining the International Office, I have learned that helping international students here at Lamar requires a lot but is most definitely interesting. I believe we do our best to help students feel at ease while studying here. Meeting with foreign students is only a small part of what we do and I enjoy being able to be a part of this office.