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Danielle Belanger, Education Abroad Ambassador

danielle belanger, Australia

Danielle Belanger is a senior at University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a double major in Biology and Forensic Investigation. Danielle studied abroad at the University of Newcastle in Australia in the fall of 2016. While abroad her favorite class was reproductive biology. Outside of classes Danielle enjoyed her time traveling various parts of Australia from the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns, to the Great Ocean Road in Melbourne. Though she enjoyed all of the traveling, her favorite part was staying in Newcastle, just a short walk from three beaches and being able to head there after class. After her study abroad experience Danielle is looking forward to traveling more places in the future and someday making it back to Australia.

Contact Danielle: belangerd@uwplatt.edu

Visit Danielle during her office hours: Thursdays from 9am – 10am

Aubrey Berning, Education Abroad Ambassador

Aubrey Berning, Canada

Aubrey is a sophomore majoring in Biology with zoology and Pre-Vet emphases. She studied abroad in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada in the summer of 2016 for two weeks on the ABC Ecology short-term faculty-led program. Some of her more memorable moments from the program were getting to take her first train ride, having the opportunity to meet scientists and researchers from all around the world, and seeing one of them draw blood from a bird. Her favorite part of the program was riding a zodiac boat on the Hudson Bay, watching beluga whales swim all around the boat and standing on an iceberg in the middle of the Bay. Aubrey plans on studying abroad again in the near future!

Contact Aubrey: berningau@uwplatt.edu

Visit Aubrey during her office hours: Thursdays from 10:00am – 11:00am

Savannah Bettin, Education Abroad Ambassador

savannah bettin, England

Savannah is a senior Music Education and Vocal Performance major at UWP. Though she had always had an interest in studying abroad for a semester, she found it difficult to coordinate with her music and theatre events here at Platteville. Instead, she decided to pursue the Short-Term Faculty Lead theatre trip to London over Winterim 2016, where she had the opportunity to see productions at some of the most famous venues in the world. The ability to travel in a structured environment was very helpful, especially since it was her first time abroad.

This experience, though brief, was life changing for Savannah. Since her time in London, she has even decided to pursue programs to teach abroad after graduation. If you’d like advice on Faculty-Lead trips or how to make travel work for a very structured major, feel free to stop by or e-mail her!

Contact Savannah: bettins@uwplatt.edu

Visit Savannah during her office hours: Mondays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Caitie Chiaverotti, Education Abroad Ambassador

Caitie Chiaverotti, Argentina

Caitie is a senior at UW-Platteville majoring in International Studies and Spanish, as well as minoring in Business Administration and Latin American Studies. She studied abroad during the Spring 2016 semester at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her favorite travel experience in Argentina was hiking in Patagonia and seeing the glacier there. Caitie enjoys reading, running, speaking Spanish, and learning all she can about other cultures. She can’t wait to see where she will go next!

Contact Caitie: chiaverottic@uwplatt.edu

Visit Caitie during her office hours: Wednesdays from 10:00am - 11:00am.

Adam Daugherty, Education Abroad Ambassador

adam Daugherty, Australia

Adam is a fifth year senior majoring in Civil Engineering with a Transportation emphasis at UW-Platteville. He studied abroad at the University of Newcastle in Newcastle, Australia during the spring semester of 2014. He enjoyed meeting and getting to know the Australian people and their culture. Some of Adam’s best memories while abroad were traveling across Australia. Some of the places he visited were Sydney, Melbourne, and the Great Barrier Reef. 

Contact Adam: daughertya@uwplatt.edu

Visit Adam during his office hours: Mondays from 10:00am – 11:00am

Samuel Dion-Gottfried, Education Abroad Ambassador

Samuel Dion-Gottfried, Germany 

Sam Dion-Gottfried is a student in the Sustainable/Renewable Energy Systems major here at UW-Platteville.  He spent his first two years as an Electrical Engineering student, before deciding it might be easier to save the world than analyze AC circuitry.

As an SRES student, Sam was talked into going on the two-week faculty-led “Renewable Energy and Green Building Best Practices: Darmstadt, Germany” trip by another student enrolled in it, taking place during the summer of 2016. After much thought, Sam decided to go for it; it was one of the best decisions he’s made!

While in the German state of Hesse, Sam and his fellow handful of students had lectures by the host university’s professors and embarked on many technical and cultural excursions around the state. Sam even managed to fit in a short side trip to the Netherlands to visit his Dutch friend he had made here at UW-Platteville! (No, Amsterdam was not part of it…)

Sam is rather involved with the international students on campus, and since February 2017, is now also one of the Education Abroad Ambassadors in Royce Hall, ready to talk to any students thinking of studying abroad. He is quite ready to tell you how true the motto “if not now, when?” is, now that he himself has partaken in studying abroad. Contact him if you are interested in studying in Germany or are an SRES student, or for general advising.

Contact Sam: diongottfris@uwplatt.edu

Visit Sam during his office hours: Fridays 11:00am – 12:00pm

Jasen Funk, Education Abroad Ambassador

Jasen Funk, Spain

Jasen is majoring in Human Resources and International Business at UW-Platteville. He studied in Seville, Spain at the SAIIE - Spanish American Institute of International Education, Spain during the fall semester of 2015.  While abroad, he traveled around Spain, as well as Europe, and in total has visited over 8 countries. Some of his more memorable experiences are traveling around Spain and other European countries, and the opportunities that arose when he immersed myself with the Spanish people and culture.

Contact Jasen: funkj@uwpaltt.edu 

Visit Jasen during his office hours: Thursdays from 2:00pm - 3:00 pm.

Erin Geddes, Education Abroad Ambassador

Erin Geddes, England 

Erin Geddes is a fifth-year senior majoring in Chemistry with a Criminalistics – DNA emphasis and minoring in Forensic Investigation and Psychology. After graduation, Erin plans to work in a lab where DNA is analyzed, hopefully a crime lab. Erin always aspired to go abroad, but wasn’t planning on doing so in college until she got to UW – Platteville and heard about their education abroad program.

Erin decided to study abroad at St. Mary’s University in Twickenham, London, England. She took classes that counted as general education requirements in history and gender studies, along with Social and Developmental Psychology. While abroad, she was able participate in a variety of travel opportunities which took her to places like Scotland and Paris, as well as exploring the London area and seeing Big Ben, the London Eye, and many of the free museums such as the Science Museum and the Imperial War Museum. When she wasn’t traveling or studying, Erin enjoyed spending time with other education abroad participants from across the United States, as well as other locals from the area.

After her semester abroad, Erin wanted to help other students with the same questions that she had before she left and being an Education Ambassador will let her do so. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and Erin encourages anyone to find a way to do so.

Contact Erin: geddese@uwplatt.edu

Visit Erin during her office hours: Mondays from 9:00am-10:00am

Anthony Hoffman, Education Abroad Ambassador

Anthony hoffman, Fiji

Anthony (Tony) Hoffman is a senior majoring in Business Administration-Management and minoring in Entrepreneurship. After graduation, Tony plans on moving back to Fiji to work as a Project manager for his friend’s business. Tony had a spur of the moment and signed up and never looked back.

Tony decided to study at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji. He took classes such as Total Quality Management, Prehistory of the South Pacific and Fijian for beginners. While attending classes at USP he was able to submerge into the Fijian and island culture. While in Fiji Tony spent time in Fijian Villages, climbed mountains, visited beaches, and hung out with locals. He had a great experience and wants to be able to help others achieve the same experience.

Upon returning to the states Tony applied to be an Education Aboard Ambassador. He is excited to be able to help others study abroad and help thrm obtain a similar experience.

Contact Tony: hoffmanan@uwplatt.edu

Visit Tony during his office hours: Mondays from 11:00am – 12:00pm

Erinn Manteufel, Education Abroad Ambassador

Erinn Manteufel, Ireland

Erinn Manteufel is a Junior majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood. After graduation, She hopes to teach kindergarten. Erinn wanted to visit another country since arriving at Platteville and she took advantage of the wonderful resources at the Education Abroad Office.

Erinn spent a semester in Ireland at the University of Limerick. There she took both required courses and electives such as Irish Language 1 and Traditional Irish Music and Dance. She enjoyed getting involved with the theater club at Limerick and exploring the many pubs.  Erinn is grateful for the experience to grow as a person and gain independence that studying abroad has given her. Now she is excited to become an Education Abroad Ambassador to help others have a similar experience.

Contact Erinn: manteufele@uwplatt.edu

Visit Erinn during her office hours: Tuesdays from 2:00pm - 3:00pm.

Garrett Mattson, Education Abroad Ambassador

Garrett Mattson, England

Garrett Mattson is majoring in Human Resources here at University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He studied at St. Marys University Twickenham, London, England during the spring of 2016. He traveled around the United Kingdom and Europe. In total he has visited 8 countries. Some of his more memorable experiences are traveling around Europe and making life long friends. He also now has a lifetime of Flash Back Friday pictures.

Contact Garrett: mattsong@uwplatt.edu

Visit Garrett during his office hours: Thursdays from 11:00 am -12:00 pm

Alyssa Rydosz, Education Abroad Ambassador

Alyssa Rydosz, Spain

Alyssa Rydosz is a current Psychology major with an emphasis in Human Services and a Spanish minor at UW-Platteville. Upon graduation, she will be pursuing her Master’s degree in a specialized field in Psychology. She hopes to be able to reach both English and Spanish speaking individuals in her future career.

As a freshman at UW-Platteville, Alyssa became interested in the opportunity to study abroad during her college years. She was drawn to the Seville, Spain program at the Spanish- American Institute for International Education (SAIIE) because she wanted to improve her Spanish communicating abilities and gain a new cultural perspective. She attended SAIIE for a semester in Fall 2016 and took the courses: Artistic Monuments of Seville, Intermediate Spanish II, History of Spain and Spanish Civilization. Outside of classes, she was able to learn more about Spanish culture by doing many activities such as traveling and exploring the country, making traditional Spanish dishes with a Senora, painting Spanish tiles called azulejos, visiting Seville’s best local restaurants and so much more. Alyssa also participated in an Intercambio activity with a native Spaniard to enhance her Spanish and volunteered at a school called Padres Blancos to help teach 4 and 5 year olds English basics.
Alyssa’s experience abroad was life-changing and opened her eyes to other cultures, languages, and ways of life. She is excited to be an Education Abroad Ambassador this spring to help others find their niche in studying abroad.

Contact Alyssa: rydosza@uwplatt.edu

Visit Alyssa during her office hours: Mondays from 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Derek Schultz, Education Abroad Ambassador

Derek schultz, Fiji

I am currently a Sophmore studying Softwear Engineering at UWP. Durring the Fall 2016 semester I partook in the Fiji program offered through UW-Platteville. While I was there I took classes and travled around the various islands in the South Pacific. I was also part of the International Student Association (ISA) while abroad and helped plan trips and organize events with other international students. While in Highschool I also partook in the German/American Partnership Programm (GAPP) exchange. While there I spent 4 weeks durring the summer going to school and travling around Germany with a host family. One of my favorite things about going abroad is the adventure and life experince you will take away from it. The friendships you make can last you a lifetime. I am very familar with the study abroad proccedure and also travling in general. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask!

Contact Derek: schultzder@uwplatt.edu

Visit Derek during his office hours: Thursdays from 11:00am - 12:00pm

Taylor Strunsee, Education Abroad Ambassador

Taylor Strunsee, Netherlands & Germany

Taylor Strunsee is majoring in Forensic Investigation and Biology here at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She studied abroad on the short-term faculty-led program, The History of Science and Technology in The Netherlands and Germany during the Summer of 2016. While studying abroad, she got to learn more about the contributions Anthony Van Leeuwenhoek and Johannes Vermeer made to our society, while visiting multiple towns such as Amsterdam, Delft, and Munichp. Taylor’s favorite part about studying abroad was trying all the amazing food, experiencing different cultures and meeting new people.  Taylor looks forward to traveling abroad again in the near future.

Contact Taylor: strunseet@uwplatt.edu

Visit Taylor during her office hours: Thursdays from 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Amanda Thompson, Education Abroad Ambassador

Amanda Thompson, Netherlands

Mandy is a senior majoring in Industrial Engineering. She studied abroad in Zwolle, Netherlands during the Fall 2016 semester for five months at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences. Studying in the Netherlands gave her a unique look at how process optimization works and gave her a chance to intern at a Dutch company two days a week for the process optimization project. This showed her the different dynamics in the workplace. The school was also much more project focused, and it gave her insight about different learning practices.

Living in Zwolle created some interesting circumstances. There most of the transportation is by cycling, thus she learned how to bring back all the things from the store on her bicycle. Also, living in the same building as nearly one hundred international students presented itself as a great experience for learning about other cultures.

Some of the biggest obstacles faced while studying abroad, such as getting utterly lost in Venice while traveling alone, a lost suitcase two days after it was purchased, getting sick in Paris, and countless train delays, became some of the most memorable events. Each experience taught her how to become a more independent traveler and person.

Contact information: thompsonam@uwplatt.edu

Visit Mandy during her office hours: Tuesdays 11:00am – 12:00pm

Ethan Woltz, Education Abroad Ambassador

Ethan Woltz, Australia

Ethan is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. In the fall semester of 2016 he studied at the University of Newcastle in Newcastle, Australia. While abroad he traveled through much of Australia's east coast, as well as spending two weeks in New Zealand. After scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef, seeing a show at the Sydney Opera House, road tripping around New Zealand and much more, it's hard for him to pick a favorite moment. Aside from traveling and classes, Ethan enjoyed skateboarding and immersing himself in the beach city cultural Newcastle presents. Studying abroad provided Ethan with an itch to travel and see the world. He can't wait to go abroad again and hopes to help others get their study abroad experiences under way.

Contact Ethan: woltze@uwplatt.edu

Visit Ethan during his office hours: Wednesdays from 11:00am-12:00pm

Angela Yang, Education Abroad Ambassador

Angela yang, Thailand

Angela Yang is a senior from Madison, WI double majoring in Business Administration and International Studies. Along with her two majors she also has an emphasis in Supply Chain Management, International Business and a minor in French. Angela is the oldest of 7 children in her Hmong family. She loves to sing and dance as well as share about her own culture and life experiences to everyone. In fall of 2016, she was given the opportunity to study abroad in Bangkok, Thailand and is very appreciative to be able to study there to learn about different cultures. Earlier in the summer of 2016, she also was grateful to be a part of the two-week cultural program in China. All the abroad experiences that she has had, allows her to have a broader perspective. Angela is friendly and easy to talk to if you have any questions or concerns please let her know and she will do her best to help you.

Contact information: Yangan@uwplatt.edu

Visit Angela during her office hours: Fridays 1:00pm – 2:00pm

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