Staff

Donna Anderson, Director

DONNA ANDERSON, DIRECTOR
101 Royce Hall

Donna Anderson joined UW-Platteville International Programs in 2003, previously serving as Director of UW-Platteville Education Abroad, and today oversees UW-Platteville Education Abroad and UW-Platteville International Student and Scholar Services.  Providing leadership and support for the comprehensive internationalization of UW-Platteville, Donna works with administration, faculty, and staff to create global opportunities; expand international components of teaching, research, and engagement activities; recruit and support international students and faculty; provide education abroad opportunities; and facilitate development of international partnerships important to UW-Platteville's strategic plan.

In her 14 years of international education administrative experience, Donna has led a number of international initiatives.  She provided administrative support to Loras College's education abroad programs as study abroad coordinator at Loras College and was responsible for the development and management of UW-Platteville's education abroad programs in Fiji, China, and Australia; and has collaborated with numerous faculty at both institutions in the development of short-term programs and exchanges.

Donna earned her B.A. degree, cum laude, in German and Sociology from Luther College and her M.A. degree in Education from Loras College.  Donna's experience with international education began as an undergraduate participating on a short-term faculty-led program to Germany and Austria, followed by a junior-year abroad studying at the Universität Erlangen.  She has studied, worked, volunteered or traveled in more than 30 countries worldwide.

Contact Donna at anderdon@uwplatt.edu or 608.342.1739 for more information on internationalization efforts and other International Program inquiries.

Alyssa Shaff, Program Coordinator

Alyssa Shaff, Program Coordinator
102 ROYCE HALL

Alyssa Shaff joined the UW-Platteville Education Abroad Office in July 2015 as the UW-Platteville Education Abroad Program Coordinator. Alyssa advises UW-Platteville students on education abroad options and application procedures, coordinates short-term faculty-led study abroad programs, and oversees the Global Exploration Living and Learning Community.

Alyssa earned her M.Ed. degree in College Student Personnel Administration and her B.A., magna cum laude, in English Literature and Spanish from Marquette University, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She has previous experience in international education as the Marquette University Office of International Education Graduate Assistant, Marquette en Madrid Study Abroad Ambassador, and as a study abroad participant at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain. Alyssa has a passion for learning about new cultures, languages, and all things international.

Contact Alyssa at shaffa@uwplatt.edu or 608.342.6151 for one-on-one advising, application assistance, or more information on the UW-Platteville exchange, affiliate, or short-term faculty-led education abroad programs.

Robert Johnson, Associate Outreach Specialist

Robert (Bob) Johnson, Associate Outreach specialist
101B ROYCE HALL

Robert (Bob) Johnson joined the UW-Platteville Education Abroad Office in August 2016 as the UW-Platteville Education Abroad Associate Outreach Specialist. Robert advises on our UW-Platteville Education Abroad programs to Spain, Japan, Australia, Fiji, England, and Italy .

Robert earned his B.A. in Political Science with a focus on Peace studies from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. While in university, Robert participated in Yonsei University's Global Village exchange program in South Korea. Robert returned to be elected into Student Government as Speaker of Student Senate, lead UW-Superior's Model United Nations team, and assisted with both international and national organizations. Then upon graduating he returned to South Korea to teach English in Seoul. He returned to work as an International Student Advisor in an English Language Studies (ELS) program inside the University of St. Thomas.

Robert is excited to begin working at UW-Platteville. He hopes to reach out to allow Platteville students to experience the world. Contact Robert johnsonrobe@uwplatt.edu  or check walk-in hours to learn more!

Megan Dieck, Graduate Student Intern

Megan Dieck, Graduate Student Intern
105 Royce Hall

Megan Dieck joined the UW-Platteville Education Abroad Office in January 2017 as the UW-Platteville Education Abroad Graduate Student Intern and works with the Global Living Learning Community. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Education Management for Middlebury Institute of International Studies and has a B.A. in Spanish for Translation from Andrews University.

Megan has always found other languages and cultures fascinating, and this passion led her to study abroad for a year in Argentina. Her experience in Argentina really opened her eyes to the world that surrounds her. Through this experience, she developed an appreciation and respect for the country she lived in, the language she spoke, the culture she enjoyed and the people she met. Upon returning to her home institution with a new passion for traveling, she then participated in a study tour which took her to Europe to explore more.

Contact Megan at dieckm@uwplatt.edu for more information about the Global Living Learning Community and general advising.

Jacob Kolb, Marketing & Outreach Intern

Jacob Kolb, Marketing and Outreach Intern
103 Royce Hall

Jacob Kolb is a senior majoring in Business Administration-Management and minoring in Entrepreneurship. After graduation, Jacob plans to focus on his Entrepreneurship minor and start his own business. Jacob had planned to study abroad since before he went to college. After meeting with the Education Abroad advisors, he started to plan his study abroad experience.

Jacob decided to study at the University of Newcastle in Newcastle, Australia. He took classes such as International Business Risk, Creative Industries of Entrepreneurship, and Aboriginal Studies. Taking classes in a different country was a really interesting experience for Jacob because he got to observe different teaching styles and education systems. In his free time in Australia, Jacob would explore the beaches, go surfing, play soccer, and hang out with the locals. The experience Jacob had was beyond what he could have ever imagined. He had such an enjoyable experience and learned so much while in Australia that he wants to help others have that same experience.

While still in Australia, Jacob accepted the Education Abroad Marketing and Outreach Internship position. He is excited to help others study abroad so that they can have an amazing experience simlar to his.

Contact Jacob at kolbja@uwplatt.edu for more information about studying abroad in Australia or for general advising.

Cassie Walsh, Marketing and Outreach Intern

cASSIE wALSH, mARKETING AND oUTREACH iNTERN
103 rOYCE HALL

Cassie Walsh is a senior majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. After graduation, Cassie intends to begin work with a cooperation for a few years before going back to school for her MBA. Cassie's movtivation to study abroad started from them time she was in high school. Taking German language courses for three years and a senior trip to Switerland instilled the urge to travel. After attendning a fall education abroad fair, she met with one of the program coordinators, who helped her deceide on a program.

Cassie chose an affiliate program where she lived in the heart of Berlin, Germany studying at The Berlin School of Law and Economics. She took courses in market research, international managemnt, strategic management alongside German, American, and other international students . Having classmates from a variety of backgrounds allowed for great class discussions, enabling students to not only learn course material, but also about world events and others customs. In her free time she was able to travel around Europe and visited seven other countries. Aside from traveling around Europe, she spent her time exploring the city of Berlin and the great culture it had to offer.

Cassie believes that studying abroad was one of the best chioses she has made as a young adult. The experience taught her a lot, not only about herslef, but it also allowed her to learn about others cultures and to be more accepting of different perspectives.

While abroad, she appiled to be a student staff assistant within the Internatioanl Programs Office, and after completeling the fall 2015 semster as a student staff assistant, Cassie has continued on to work in the Education Abroad Office as one of the Marketing and Outreach Interns.

Contact Cassie Walsh at walshc@uwplatt.edu for more information about studying abroad in Germany or for general advising.

 

Stephanie Prochaska, Professional Writing Intern

Stephanie Prochaska, Professional Writing INTERN
103 ROYCE HALL

Stephanie Prochaska is a double major in Spanish and International Studies with a minor in Latin American Studies at UW-Platteville. After graduation, she has aspirations to complete her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in her fields of study. From the time she was in high school, Stephanie always knew she wanted to study abroad, and she had always wanted to study abroad in Argentina. However, she did not know where to go from there. During her first semester at UW-Platteville, she learned of the Education Abroad Office in one of her classes, and with their guidance she decided to complete a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina for Latin American Studies, a program which coincided with her minor.

While in Buenos Aires, Stephanie took an array of courses, from Basic Portuguese to Latin American Cinema to Latin American History of the Twentieth Century. These classes propelled her forward personally, but they also increased her knowledge of Argentina, Latin America, and their shared culture. Additionally, she learned of the impact the United States has had on Latin America, for better or for worse. During her free time outside of classes, Stephanie traveled to Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, and Chile, as well as Patagonia. She spent this time visiting main sites, seeing museums, and even getting the chance to see penguins and climb a glacier! Stephanie firmly believes that her education abroad experience has improved her life, and being able to study abroad has been one of her biggest accomplishments. She hopes that others like her can share in the amazing experience as well.

Coming back to the United States, Stephanie knew that she wanted to help her peers be able to study abroad, so she applied and was chosen as the Professional Writing Intern. This opportunity will allow her to stay up to date with international topics and affairs, and now she will be able to help students who were in her shoes just a short while ago.

Contact Stephanie at prochaskas@uwplatt.edu for more information about studying abroad in Argentina or for general advising.

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