GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Recognizes Study Abroad Advisors For Their Encouragement and Innovation
GlobaLinks Learning Abroad is recognizing two top-notch study abroad advisors for their encouragement and innovation in assisting students to reach their international education goals.
Advisor Encouragement Award Goes To Emily Hardt, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Emily Hardt, study abroad and international exchanges advisor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, is this year’s recipient of the Advisor Encouragement Award from GlobaLinks Learning Abroad.
Hardt was given the award for her efforts to bring energy and structure to study abroad on her campus.
“Emily came into a position that was a bit in transition and has truly done a fantastic job in creating more awareness for students to go abroad through furthering study abroad fairs, Facebook and connecting with the faculty,” said Lindsey Lauman, a regional director for GlobaLinks Learning Abroad who nominated Hardt.
Hardt came to the University of Nebraska at Omaha from the journalism department at the University of Missouri and brought great enthusiasm for study abroad, Lauman said.
“She has been working with academic departments to promote opportunities for students through curriculum matching and has been highlighting many non-traditional study abroad areas such as Russia.”
The Advisor Encouragement Award is given annually to a study abroad advisor who has been in the position for a year or less and demonstrates motivation to work in the field of international education, commitment to improving programming at his or her home university, dedication to students, and an overall eagerness to learn. The award provides a paid fee (member or non-member but early bird rate) to a NAFSA conference.
Advisor Innovation Award Goes To Gail DeBell, Seattle Pacific University
Gail DeBell, a study abroad coordinator at Seattle Pacific University, is this year’s recipient of the Innovation Award from GlobaLinks Learning Abroad.
DeBell was given the award for her work streamlining and standardizing study abroad programs on her campus and developing the university’s program at Sichuan University in China through AsiaLearn.
“Gail came from no experience in study abroad and only armed with the logic that the health and safety of her students comes first,” said Zac Einerson, a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad regional director who nominated DeBell.
The Advisor Innovation Award is given to an advisor who has been working for any number of years but who has, in the past year or two, invented something new with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad that is revolutionary, helps get underrepresented students abroad and/or involves faculty or their campus in an innovative way. Recipients receive a paid fee (member or non-member but early bird rate) to a NAFSA conference and a $300 scholarship for a student from their campus on any GlobaLinks Learning Abroad program this next year.
Awards Announced At NAFSA Conference
GlobaLinks Learning Abroad announced Hardt and DeBell as the award recipients at the annual conference of NAFSA: Association of International Educators in Vancouver May 29-June 3. Hardt was unable to attend, but DeBell was on hand to receive her award (photo above).