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Administrative Staff

Alyson Amenda
Department Administrator
Email Address:
1240 Van Hise Hall
Phone Number: (608) 262-0524
As Department Administrator, Alyson is responsible for managing ALC's human resources activities including recruitment, hiring, personnel changes, and visa applications.  As the budget and financial officer for the department, she monitors and advises on spending from various departmental accounts, assists faculty with budget proposals for grants, and oversees payroll.  Alyson is also one of the timetable coordinators for the department, making changes to course offerings for current and future semesters as needed.  She serves on several departmental committees, helping to determine and evaluate various policies and procedures.
Haiyan Wei
Financial Specialist
Email Address:
1242 Van Hise Hall
Phone Number: (608) 262-2291
Haiyan manages all of the financial matters for the department; such as Payroll, e-Reimbursement, Purchasing and Order processing, Office Supplies, Copier and Key maintenance. In addition, she reviews faculty Effort Report on a quarterly basis. Under the direction of the Department Administrator, Haiyan also assists with Classroom Assignments, HR Paperwork, Benefits, Direct Deposits, Leave Report, and Visa Application. 
Rachel Weiss
Undergraduate Advisor & Graduate Program Coordinator
Email Address:
1244 Van Hise Hall
Phone Number: (608) 890-0138
Rachel meets with students to discuss plans and requirements for all of our undegraduate programs. She advises students who have interest in, or questions about placement into the languages offered in the department. Rachel supports graduate students in understanding policies and procedures. Rachel staffs ALC's Curriculum and Plannning Committee (CPC), and the Graduate Admissions and Funding Committee. The Wisconsin Idea is near and dear to Rachel's heart and she often coordinates outreach on campus or in the community that involve members of our department. Rachel also assists the department in communication platforms; such as web content, annual newslettter, weekly e-News and social media.
Sisley Yun
Office Assistant
Email Address:
1254 Van Hise Hall
Phone Number: (224) 704 -9939
As the Office Assistant, Sisley is responsible for managing the ALC website, producing and distributing the 2018-2019 Department Newsletter, and working with other administrative staff members about any matter. In terms of administrative duties, she assists Alyson with human resources and payroll duties, produces the weekly e-bulletin, manages room reservations for 1220/1224, distributes mails, maintains departmental listservs, records retention and runs errands on campus. In addition, Sisley assists with curriculum management and reporting, as well as other administrative duties as necessary.
Sisley is currently a second year student studying Communication Arts and International Studies, as well as aiming for an East Asian Studies certificate at University of Wisconsin - Madison.