ALI Student Advising

Types of Advisors

ALI students have two advisors at UMKC: an ALI Academic Advisor and an International Student Affairs Office (ISAO) Advisor. Each of these advisors can help you with different things.

Reasons to talk to your ALI Advisor:

Chelsey Butts

  • Registration and Enrollment
  • Tutoring
  • Signature for I-20/DS-2019 extension (you must provide ISAO’s completed extension form)

Adam Shoemaker:

  • Grades
  • Concerns about your teacher or class
  • Cultural questions
  • Study strategies

Reasons to talk to the International Student Affairs Office (ISAO):

Katie Sylvester:

  • Enrollment, Status maintenance, and FTE forms

Joyce Ward

  • Employment, I-20 extensions, dependent additions

Morgan Ramsey

  • Welcome Center, transfers, travel requests

Alex Spenner

  • Sponsor liaison, J-1 visas, Orientation

Other, general reasons:

  • Immigration check-in
  • Visa/I-20 or DS-2019 questions
  • Changes in your contact information (phone number, address, etc.)
  • Questions about Health Insurance

When can I meet with my advisor?

Most of the time, you will need to make an appointment, even if the matter is urgent. The only time you can see an ALI Advisor without an appointment is during walk-in hours.

ALI Advising Hours

Walk-in hours:

  • Monday 8:30-9am, 3-3:30pm
  • Tuesday 8:30-9am, 3-3:30pm
  • Thursday 8:30-9am, 3-3:30pm
  • Friday 8:30-9am

To make an appointment with the ALI Academic Advisor, please email

ISAO Advising Hours

Walk-in hours:

  • Monday 2-3pm
  • Tuesday 2-3pm (online)
  • Thursday 10-11am (online)
  • Friday 10-11am

You can also make an appointment online to meet with your ISAO Advisor.