Janice Lin – Associate Director of International Students and Scholars, PDSO, RO
Role in the OIP Oversees and maintains immigration compliance. Advises international students and scholars on immigration, cultural, and academic matters; recommends them for immigration benefits. Oversees the VU SEVIS operations and SUNAPSIS operations. Facilitates and streamlines the H-1B and permanent residence processing for the hiring of international faculty and staff.
Janice was born and raised in Hong Kong, a British Colony at the time which was truly a melting pot of different cultures and religions. English was the official language and the primary language for instructions at the schools she attended. She is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin and can read and write both traditional and simplified Chinese. Don't quiz her on Pinyin though as she learned Mandarin using Bopomofo, a different phonics system, and only learned some Pinyin later in life when her kids were learning Mandarin in the U.S. She earned a B.A. in Communications Arts at University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.A. in Arts Administration at Indiana University-Bloomington. While she was an international student, she found a balance in making friends around the world and friends from the U.S. Janice encourages international students to seek that same balance of associating with both international and domestic students while studying in the U.S. Before coming to the International Office at Valpo, she worked in similar roles at Butler University and Purdue University.
- Music/performance arts: Janice is a first soprano and plays the piano for fun. She would like to join a group to sing again someday. She enjoys taking her children to their piano and saxophone lessons as she can learn alongside with them. Janice used to intern at Indianapolis Opera and she used to work at Edyvean Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis, where she was surrounded by music, theatre, and creative and artistic people.
- Cooking, baking, and enjoying international cuisines.
If provided with a free plane ticket today, it would be to…
Italy (just went there!)
Japan--for a second and longer trip