December 2016 Staff Spotlight

Hayley Hardenbrook, International Student & Scholar Advisor

Tell us a little about yourself.hayley
I was born and raised right here in Raleigh, NC! I went to UNC-Chapel Hill for undergrad (don’t hold it against me), and now am back at NC State currently working on a Master of International Studies degree. Specifically I am interested in European politics, matters of immigration, and economic development.

What do you do at OIS? What are your primary responsibilities?
I work as an International Student & Scholar Advisor at OIS, so I advise on immigration regulations and maintaining status for F and J visa holders, and process requests related to immigration. I also serve as a Data Analyst for the office, working closely with the SEVIS Manager to ensure data integrity, run reports, and evaluate trends.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I’m a big reader! I could spend hours curled up with a book and be perfectly content. For active pastimes I enjoy volleyball, ballet, and yoga. And cuddling my dog. ūüôā

Where are a few places you have traveled?
Most of my traveling has been in Europe. I love the Mediterranean region, Greece specifically, but my heart is in Germany. My parents lived in Germany, so I grew up visiting there, studied abroad in T√ľbingen as an undergraduate, and speak the language. I also worked one summer on the Greek island of Naxos and one summer in Costa Rica on a sea turtle reserve.¬† Additionally, I have traveled to many other European countries, including Italy, France, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Belgium, Denmark, and Sweden.

Irina Glabuchek, Immigration Specialist

it_09_monte_carlo_016Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born and lived most of my life in Kyrgyzstan (aka Kyrgyz Republic) – a small landlocked country in the middle of Eurasia, 94% of which is covered by mountains. Ethnically I am Russian.

My first visit to the US was in 1997, when I spent one academic year in a tiny rural town in Tennessee as a high school exchange student. I have an equivalent of a Master’s degree in Linguistics from the International University of Kyrgyzstan. ¬†In my home country I worked as a paralegal and translator in a local branch of a Brussels-based law firm, provided support to program activities in a number of non-profit international projects and in the country office of United Nations Development Program.

Relocation to the US was one of the most challenging periods in my life. I had no employment authorization during the first 4 years here  Рso I had to get used to the new role of a home-stay mom. But my patience was rewarded Рin 2015 I received a Green Card and got my first US job.

What do you do at OIS? What are your primary responsibilities?
I am Immigration Specialist and one of the OIS’s Designated School Officials. My primary focus is on STEM OPT. I’m also involved in data management and document processing.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I spend most of my free time with my family. We love to cook, have small parties, travel, ride bikes, discuss global problems and philosophize on the meaning of life.

Where are a few places you have traveled?
I have traveled throughout Italy, southern France, Monte Carlo, and spent a month in Istanbul, Turkey. Living in Kyrgyzstan, I had occasional visits to one of its neighboring countries – Kazakhstan.

2016 Winter Break in Raleigh

When the university closes for Winter Break campus can feel deserted. Luckily the City of Raleigh has plenty to offer, even throughout winter months!  Below are just a few of the things you can do in Raleigh during your free time.  For a more comprehensive list, check out Visit Raleigh’s Calendar of Events.


Cheer on the Wolfpack at NC State Basketball Games!

There are several men’s and women’s basketball games at PNC Arena and Reynold’s Coliseum over the winter break. Student tickets for the men’s games are free but must be requested via the student ticket portal.¬†Women’s basketball games are also free for students with a valid student ID – no tickets required. ¬†Read More¬Ľ

Raleigh Winterfest | 12/03/2016
Outdoor Ice-Skating Rink | Open Through 1/29/17

Winterfest¬†features fun-filled festivities, including an outdoor ice-skating rink, creating memorable experiences for downtown Raleigh visitors. Winterfest will take place this Saturday, December 3rd. Read More¬Ľ

First Night Raleigh – 12/31/2016

First Night Raleigh is an arts festival devoted to the Four Pillars of First Night: Celebration, Community, The New Year, and The Arts. Join over 80,000 attendees in ringing in the New Year with performances all over the downtown area on December 31st.
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North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival
Through 1/15/2017 | 6-10 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday

Cary‚Äôs Booth Amphitheatre will once again be transformed into a magnificent setting when the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival returns this holiday season. ¬†The festival features Chinese performers on weekends and more than 20 displays with thousands of LEDs. ¬†Read More¬Ľ


Explore Raleigh’s Cultural Museums Year Round

Most of the museums in Raleigh are free! Whether you‚Äôre interested in art, history, science, or all three, Raleigh‚Äôs museums are great places to spend your free time. The City of Raleigh Museum is currently hosting a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit – Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation.¬†¬†Read More¬Ľ

Carolina Hurricanes Ice Hockey Games

The Carolina Hurricanes will host several games at PNC Arena throughout Winter Break and the spring semester. Use the College Rush discount for any home game or College Select Night discount for other¬†games. ¬†Read More¬Ľ