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Walsh International Student Advisor Liesl Scullen Honored for Excellence

TROY, Mich., March 30, 2020 — Liesl Scullen, Walsh Coordinator of International Student Advising, has received the 2020 Scott Cooper Award for Excellence in International Student Advising. The award was presented by the Michigan Association of International Educators (MAIE) and honors an advisor who demonstrates exceptional dedication to student service and a commitment to peer education in the field of international student advising and regulatory affairs. The Cooper Award was the only honor awarded at this year’s MAIE conference.

Walsh’s current population of F1 international students come from 24 different countries. In addition to academic advising, Walsh international advisors assist students with all of their immigration compliance requirements, details related to housing and banking arrangements, on-campus employment, tutoring, health insurance and connecting with other students through the International Student Organization.

“Working with international students is incredibly rewarding. I am always in awe of them,” said Scullen. “Many arrive in this country where the customs, educational system and language are foreign to them. They succeed in their education, make new friends and become stronger citizens of the world. I love assisting them while learning so much from them in return.”

“Liesl helped me successfully transition to the education system in the U.S. She is always smiling and has given me excellent guidance. I’ve never brought her a problem she couldn’t help me with,” said Jean Stephane Axel Koffi Koblavi, who is earning his Master of Business Administration and is from Ivory Coast, Africa.

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Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit

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