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Ef Sidiropoulos

Senior Administrative Assistant (DSO/ARO)
International Education and Services
Office: International Village, Room 108 

Describe your job in the Office of International Education and Services/Intensive English Program.

I serve as a DSO and ARO, as well as provide administrative and operative support for multiple areas within the Office of International Education and Services. I am responsible for the international student insurance plan and nonresident alien tax services, act as a primary point of contact for international scholarship inquiries, and manage support of IES budgets, billing, purchases, and payment processing. I oversee all aspects of the J Exchange Visitor Program for international scholars and professors at Southeast, which includes determining admission of applicants, orientation of new scholars, and ongoing collaboration with scholars and sponsoring academic departments. I also supervise graduate and student assistants who assist in daily operations of IES.

Besides SEMO, where else have you worked and/or studied?

Prior to joining SEMO, I spent three years at SJI Inc., providing services for outsourced promotional and fulfillment projects of clients including Cartoon Network, Anheuser Busch, Life Uniforms, and Taco Bell. I also worked in the restaurant and catering business for 7 years, starting as a server then later becoming a supervisor.

What is one thing you like about working at SEMO?

The friendships and relationships I have established. I continue to meet wonderful people from around the globe and hear many interesting stories of why they chose SEMO.

What are your favorite things to do in and around Cape Girardeau?

There are many campus and community activities happening around Cape which I like to attend with family and friends. I also enjoy visiting area parks and taking short drives.

What is one interesting fact about you?

I participated in four study abroad trips as a Southeast student, studying in five different countries and earning 12 credit hours. This meant being away from my daughter for a short time to achieve my academic goals and enrichen myself culturally.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

My answer today is Asia, since I have yet to venture to this area of the world. I expect countries such as China, India, or Russia to be vastly different from other countries I have visited. Plus, I have many friends I would like to reconnect with. What an adventure this would be!

What is one piece of advice you would give to SEMO students (international or domestic)?

Make strong efforts to build academic relationships with professors and advisors. Take advantage of their office hours, even if it is just to say “Hi”. When opportunities present themselves, students that come to mind are ones that faculty and staff know would be excellent for such opportunities. And study abroad!


International Village

International Education and Services
One University Plaza, MS 2000
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

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