Assistant Director of International Student & Scholar Services
Armstrong Hall 217
Marlene Arnold is the Assistant Director of International Student & Scholar Services. Marlene received her B.A. in French from Wake Forest University and her M.A. in International Education from the School for International Training. Marlene has been working in international student and scholar advising and programming since 2002. She has experience working in a variety of universities – Duke University, The Ohio State University, Franklin University, and the University of Denver. Marlene enjoys meeting international students and scholars from around the world and supporting them as they navigate the U.S. immigration system and adjust to life in the U.S. Outside of work, Marlene likes spending time with her family and keeps busy with her son’s activities.
International Student and Scholar Specialist
Armstrong Hall 218
Donna Beziou is the International Student and Scholar Assistant in the Office of International Programs primarily advising J-1 Exchange visitors and F-1 students. Donna received her B.A. in International Relations/Asian Studies from the University of Colorado where she spent several semesters living and studying in Taiwan and China. After receiving her M.A. in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix in 1998, she knew that she wanted to continue her passion of working in International Education. She has been an international scholar advisor at CC since 2008 and has recently become a Designated School Official (DSO) for F-1 students. Outside of work, Donna enjoys watching movies, good coffee, practicing her Mandarin Chinese, and traveling with her husband (a former J-1 student) and three kids.
Director of Global Education
Armstrong Hall 214
Allen Bertsche comes to Colorado College as the Director of Global Education after eight years serving in a similar capacity at Augustana College (Rock Island, IL). Prior to transitioning full-time to the field of Global Education, Dr. Bertsche was a faculty member in Augustana's Spanish Department for 14 years, with a specialization in Modern Spain. There he served as the faculty leader and instructor on numerous study away programs in Spain and Latin America. Originally from Long Island, NY, Dr. Bertsche received his B.A. from Indiana University, with a year spent at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, before receiving both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He has worked, lived or traveled in over 35 countries, but hopes to reach 50 before he retires. When not working he enjoys a wide range of interests, including global cuisine, film, theatre (as a spectator only), fantasy football, and many "geeky" hobbies such as trivia nights, comic books and science fiction. He and his wife, Laurie, have two furry "children", a golden retriever and a Newfoundland.