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Get To Know The IPO Staff

Shawn T. Bascom

Assistant Director of Admissions, International Programs

Office: Museum Building #12, Room 426

(208) 282-5304

Master of Public Administration degree, Idaho State University

Shawn was raised in southern California and has lived in Idaho since 1992. He has a wife, three boys and a daughter. Shawn gained an appreciation and love for international education while attending Idaho State University and has been working at ISU since 1999. He is currently the Assistant Director of Admissions over International Programs and enjoys assisting international students succeed in their pursuit of higher education. Shawn’s experience in international higher education includes international admissions, study abroad advising, F-1 and J-1 regulations and student and scholar advising. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, performing and writing music and spending quality time with his wife and kids.

Gene H Denning

International Admissions Specialist

Office: Museum Building #12, Room 426

(208) 282-3011

Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems, National University, San Diego

Gene, a native of southeastern Idaho, moved to Las Vegas, Nevada early in life.

He studied electronic engineering technology and worked at the Nevada Test Site for 17 years. He began working in the Human Resources department and became the Information Systems administrator. He was then recruited as a consultant to implement HR and Payroll systems, traveling mainly in the mid-west.

Returning to Idaho, Gene began a new career at Idaho State University. He has worked in the admissions field for over 14 years. Currently, he is the admissions specialist in the International Programs Office.

Jesse Kiboko

Immigration Advisor/Coordinator

Office: Museum Building #12, Room 426

(208) 282-2963

Bachelor’s degree, International Business; Bachelor’s degree,Business Administration and Computers, Bachelor’s degree, Business Management

Jesse came to Idaho State University after serving thousands of international students and refugees from more than hundred different countries. He Joined the International Program Office in June 2011. His professional career includes extensive experience in international students advising on immigration issues, and academic advising. He has enjoyed working with current and new international students and helping them make the transition to this great University.

Jesse is excited to be one of the International Programs Office staff members at Idaho State University in Pocatello where beautiful mountains meet heaven. When not advising students at work, Jesse enjoys watching basketball, football, and soccer.

He always wants international students to know that they are in good hands at ISU, hopes you enjoy your experience as a Bengal, and looks forward to helping students.

Outside of professional interests, he travels widely; he tries to play basketball, and volleyball, soccer, and guitar.

Kendra Cranor

Kendra Cranor

Administrative Assistant

Office: Museum Building #12, Room 426

(208) 282-4213

Studied at BYU-I, ODU, and ISU

Kendra was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She lived in Bahrain in the Persian Gulf for the first year of her life as her dad was the Naval Commander of that military base. Kendra moved to Idaho to attend college in 1998 where she met her Idaho-native husband. They now have one child and love living in Idaho! Kendra started working for Idaho State University in October 2012 and has loved every minute working with the international students. She particularly enjoys coordinating fun events for the students. Outside of her job, Kendra enjoys reading, watching movies, spending time with her family, traveling and whenever possible, spending time at the beach!

Nitin Srivastava

Nitin Srivastava

Academic Advisor

Office: Museum Building #12, Room 426

(208) 282-4465

Doctoral degree, Curriculum and Instruction, Master’s degree, Physics; Bachelor’s degree with Honors, Physics

Nitin joined the IPO team in Fall 2015 and since then has immensely enjoyed working with international students.

Before joining the IPO team, he earned his doctorate in education (Curriculum and Instruction) from West Virginia University where he advised various student populations including international students, coming from diverse academic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds. He also conducted several advising workshops, coordinated tutoring sessions, and taught courses like First Year Seminar and College Student Success. These experiences provided him an extensive awareness about the kind of challenges that international students face as they make the transition to adjust to college life.

Nitin values the importance of a caring attitude and a healthy advisor-advisee relationship for the growth and development of students. He takes pride in helping international students succeed in their academic and career goals.

Please feel free to see him if you have any questions related to course registration and selection, major and minor requirements, projected GPA calculation, projected study plan, course articulation, scholarship requirements (sponsored students), study and time management skills,  university policies, online course waiver forms, student resources, academic deadlines, personal issues etc.

Professionally his interests are in student advising and development, student transition and retention, higher education curriculum, program evaluation and global education.

Personally he loves cooking, watching movies, and exploring the beautiful state of Idaho.

A. Khalil Azizi

Immigration Advisor

Office: Office: Museum Building #12, Room 443



Bachelor's degree, Idaho State University

Khalil was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan. After his graduation from high school Khalil got a job with the United Nations and worked for five years as a Security Assistant. In 2007, Khalil came to Idaho State University to continue his higher education. Khalil completed his undergraduate degree in 2013 and is currently a graduate student at Idaho State University earning his Master’s in Public Administration, with the Department of Political Science. Khalil has been employed at ISU since his initial arrival to the United States and has worked in different departments and positions in the last 10 years.

 Khalil joined the International Program Office on August 31, 2016 and he enjoys working with international students. Khalil is really excited to work and share his life experience with all of ISU's international students to help them reach to their personal, educational, and career goals.

 Khalil enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, especially in the beautiful mountains and fresh air of Idaho. Khalil has a passion for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, swimming, and fishing as well as other outdoor sports and activities.

 Khalil is s strong advocate for higher education and he believes that everyone should have equal access to education.