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Meet Our Staff & Contact Information

The International Student & Scholar Services office is located in Oyaté Commons – Christensen Center Suite 2. You can contact us by email at or 612-330-1659 and someone from our staff will get back to you.


James Trelstad Porter, Director of International Student and Scholar ServicesJim Trelstad-Porter

Phone: 612-330-1686

Jim Trelstad-Porter is the Director of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). He has worked in global education for Augsburg University for 25 years, holding different positions based in Washington D.C., Cuernavaca, Mexico and Minneapolis.  In his current role, Jim is responsible for the leadership and coordination of recruitment and advising services for international students and scholars.  He is also the primary liaison with the U.S. Department of State and Department of Homeland Security in representing the college in matters pertaining to F-1 international students and J-1 exchange students and scholars.  Jim’s passion is collaborating with the ISSS team and stakeholders across campus to attract international students and support them in achieving their academic goals and developing intercultural leadership skills in order to make a positive impact in the world.

Jim holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from The American University in Washington, D.C.  He received a B.A. in International Relations, Spanish and Theology from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD.

Angela BonfiglioAngela Bonfiglio, International Student Advisor in the International Student and Scholar Services

International Student Advisor/DSO
Phone: 612-330-1659

Angela Bonfiglio is an International Student Advisor in the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) office.  Angela provides support to students by providing advising on immigration regulations as well as academic, personal and emotional support for international students as they are studying at Augsburg.  Angela supports and advises the International Student Organization (ISO) through leadership development and support for student programming and events.  Angela organizes and implements the International Student Orientation in order to prepare students for their Augsburg courses and community life as well as assisting with student’s cultural transition.

Angela holds a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Youth & Family Ministry from Augsburg University, and is a proud alumni and staff member.  She is also an alumni of the CGEE Namibia program.