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Steven Shaw

Assistant Vice Provost and Director, International Admissions

"My favorite thing about UB is the friendly people and exciting activities. UB is striving to advance and be the best in the world."

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Steven Shaw in Jaipur, India

Steven Shaw in Jaipur, India

Where I'm from:
I'm a global nomad but I am originally from California.

Education:
MA, TESOL — University of Washington

International work experience:

  • Peace Corps, Thailand
  • University lecturer / teacher trainer, Thailand
  •  ESL lecturer and program director, Cambodia
  • UB Twinning Program director, Malaysia

Travel (work and leisure):

  • Americas: Canada, Mexico, El Salvador, Panama, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Argentina
  • Europe: all of Western Europe plus Cyprus, Russia and Turkey
  • Middle East / Gulf: Jordan, Syria, Israel, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE, Oman
  • Asia: Korea, China, Taiwan, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, India, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Australia

Looking forward to visiting:

  • Cuba and Eastern Europe...because I haven't been there yet.

My favorite thing about Buffalo / Western New York:

  • The Buffalo Niagara region offers an amazing array of activities for "high" culture, pop-culture, outdoor activities – start planning now so you don’t miss anything!

Favorite thing about working in International Admissions:

  • Meeting new students and their parents and being able to experience firsthand the culture of our international students.
  • Variety: always learning about new educational systems and credentials
  • Working with a great team of admission counselors who are always thinking about students first, and about attracting the best and brightest students to UB from around the world

The most life-changing, transformative experience of my life:

  • Serving in the U.S. Peace Corps for three years in Thailand: Helping others, promoting understanding about Americans, promoting understanding about other cultures to Americans. Peace Corps shaped my personal and professional life.

Favorite TV show:

  • The Big Bang Theory

My one piece of advice for new, incoming international freshmen:

  • Language is a key to understanding a new culture. The better your English is, the easier it will be to integrate and make friends. So work hard on your English and get involved in on-campus and off-campus activities.
Jennifer Gammell in Paris
Jennifer Gammell

International Admissions Advisor

"UB offers so many activities for their students, staff and even the public, from sporting events, to theater performances and comedy shows. I love that there is always something to do, sometimes too much that you have to pick and choose!"

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Jennifer Gammell in Paris

Jennifer Gammell in Paris

Where I’m from:
Buffalo, N.Y. (Amherst)

Education:
MEd Higher Education Administration — UB

International experience:

  • I have studied abroad in Leuven, Belgium, as an undergraduate. I studied at Katholic University of Leuven and lived in an international house.

Travel (work and leisure):

  • Europe: Belgium, Ireland, England, Sweden, Netherlands, France
  • North America: Canada

Favorite place visited:

  • I absolutely loved Paris. It is such a glamorous city and has a lot to offer, from shopping, museums, sightseeing, cafes and gardens. Every section of town is a little different. I could have explored there for much longer than the time I had.

My favorite thing about Buffalo / Western New York:

  • I love that Buffalo has a huge sense of pride. Everyone you meet is happy to call Buffalo their home, I know I am!

Favorite thing about working in International Admissions:

  • Meeting students from around the world and getting to learn and experience their culture.

The most life-changing, transformative experience of my life:

  • Studying abroad in Belgium helped me to become independent and confident in my ability to travel, meet new people and explore an unknown place.

Favorite movie, TV show or Broadway show:

  • My favorite movie is "Pretty Woman". I love a good romantic comedy!

My one piece of advice for new, incoming international freshmen:

  • Get involved. There are so many opportunities available for students in college — take advantage of them!
Jessica Kane in London
Jessica Kane

International Admissions Advisor

"My favorite thing about UB is the great diversity on campus, the people, activities and ideas. Even the professional staff have lots of opportunities to be involved on campus and in the community."

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Jessica Kane in London

Jessica Kane in London

Where I’m from:
Long Island, N.Y.

Education:
MA Cultural Anthropology — UB

International work experience:

  • Lived in London, UK, writing articles for the Encyclopedia of Time.

Travel (work and leisure):

  • Europe: Italy, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece
  • North America: Canada, Mexico

Looking forward to visiting:

  • I want to travel to every continent and see as many places and meet as many people as I can. The next place I would like to go is Egypt because of the amazing amount of history, or Costa Rica for the scenery and wildlife.

My favorite thing about Buffalo / Western New York:

  • Big-city life at an affordable price. Food trucks, concerts and diverse neighborhoods all for a fraction of the cost of living in NYC.

Favorite thing about working in International Admissions:

  • I love helping students realize their dream of studying in the U.S. I remember how exciting and life-changing it was to study aboard, and it is so rewarding to share that experience with students every day.

The most life-changing, transformative experience of my life:

  • Studying abroad in Florence. It showed me see how big the world really is and put things into perspective for me, helping me realize what is really important.

Favorite movie, TV show and Broadway show:

  • "The Nightmare Before Christmas" / "Walking Dead" /" Les Misérables"

My one piece of advice for new, incoming international freshmen:

  • Try something new, something you thought you could never do. I bet you'll surprise yourself!
Amy Matikosh
Amy Matikosh

International Admissions Advisor

"I love UB for what it's meant to me as a student and for what it means to current students and to the community. UB has presented me with opportunities I never dreamed I'd have for meeting new people, seeing new places, working with distinguished faculty, considering different perspectives."

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Amy Matikosh in Bangkok, Thailand

Amy Matikosh in Bangkok, Thailand

Where I’m from:
Buffalo, N.Y. (North Tonawanda)

Education:
EdM Higher Education Administration – UB

International experience:

  • Study abroad – Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
  • English teacher – Katowice, Poland
  • Phonics and creative writing teacher, Singapore

Travel (work and leisure):

  • Europe: Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Greece
  • Africa: Morocco
  • Asia: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia
  • North America: Canada

Looking forward to visiting:

  • Penang, Malaysia – my husband’s family is there and unfortunately I have never been able to visit. I would love to see where he grew up, and feel how his hometown feels. I would like our son to know where his father came from and be at home there, too.

My favorite thing about Buffalo / Western New York:

  • This is my hometown, so it's hard to point out only one favorite thing. But I think the fact that this is a friendly place – with down-to-earth people who genuinely like who we are and enjoy where we live – makes everything about it a great place to be.

Favorite thing about working in International Admissions:

  • I always wanted to be in international education and now that I am, things are never dull. In many exciting and challenging ways, it allows me to keep learning and growing, improving and evolving, both professionally and personally.

The most life-changing, transformative experience of my life:

  • Becoming a mother. It’s pure joy and amazement, every day.

Favorite quote or motto:

  • I wouldn’t say I have a favorite quote or motto, but I've always like this one: "Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin." ― Mother Teresa

My one piece of advice for new, incoming international freshmen:

  • Make a point of experiencing "now" and living in the moment. Be kind to others and yourself and do your best. When tomorrow comes, you’ll be proud of who you were today.

Our Office Staff

Marie Barrett-Stelmaszyk

Marie Barrett-Stelmaszyk

Admissions Clerk

Where I'm from: Cheektowaga, New York

"Don’t let the snow scare you, the University at Buffalo is a warm hearted community of students, faculty and staff, ready to make you feel right at home.”

Ian P. Ahadi

Ian P. Ahadi

Student Assistant

Where I'm from: Jakarta, Indonesia

"UB is the ideal educational institution for me to engage with people from various cultural backgrounds. The experienced professors here are really supportive, always shared their experiences and relate the class studies to the current affairs. The academics here are rigorous and it includes many hands-on class works such as projects and class discussions. The people here are friendly and approachable."

Brian Bond

Brian Bond

Graduate Assistant

Where I'm from: Rochester, New York

"My favorite thing about my UB experience has been meeting, learning, and becoming friends with the students and staff from around the world."

Sai Htet

Sai Kyaw Zaw Htet

Student Assistant

Where I'm from: Mandalay, Burma

"I love the fact that UB has a very diverse student body representing over 100 countries around the world. It makes it easier to meet different people from different places and explore their unique cultures just in one place."

Arka Karmakar

Arka Karmakar

Graduate Assistant

Where I'm from: Kolkata, India

"Crazy winter, beautiful Niagara Falls, delicious Chicken Wings, lovely people- am loving it!"

Stephen Kwon

Stephen Kwon

Student Assistant

Where I'm from: Plainview, New York

"UB's vibrant international community and its diverse cross-cultural opportunities enthrall me. By joining UB's Korean Folk Art Club, I was even introduced to part of my own culture that I had no previous knowledge of!"

Lenon Lai

Lenon (Cheng Kee) Lai

Graduate Assistant

Where I'm from: Johor Bahru, Malaysia

"UB is my second home. I enjoy the study environment here. This is the platform where I can meet with outstanding international students. The distinguished professors and wonderful research facilities make me confident in pursuing my degree at UB without any hesitation."

Srikanth Parameswaran

Srikanth Parameswaran

Graduate Assistant

Where I'm from: Chennai, India

"UB got me into the world of research, where I work with best scholars to create knowledge and make solid contributions to science."

Min Jung Park

Min Jung Park

Student Assistant

Where I'm from: Daejeon, Korea

"One of the best things I loved about UB was that I had the chance to meet people from all over the world! I would not have met them had I not come to UB. With UB's international scene, I got to know about so many different cultures and languages."

Jung Eun Seo

Jung Eun Seo

Graduate Assistant

Where I'm from: Seoul, South Korea

"What I like best about UB is its wonderful library service and quiet trails for walking in and around the campus. It is the best place to work and walk, come and join us!"

Ran Wang

Ran Wang

Graduate Assistant

Where I'm from: Beijing, China

"My past years in UB was a wonderful journey that has broadened my life. I enjoy the experience of making new friends."

Ling Zhai

Ling Zhai

Graduate Assistant

Where I'm from: Beijing, China

"I really enjoy hanging around and having interesting discussions with friends/classmates at Cybrary and Lockwood library."