About Us

Education Abroad Staff Members

Rebecca Luhrs Baskerville

Director of Education Abroad

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(staff)Education Abroad Director Education Abroad University of Nebraska–Lincoln
WorkLLS 127 Lincoln NE 68588-4107
USA
Work 402-472-5393 On-campus, 2-5393

My Education:

  • B.A., International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies, College of William & Mary, 2004
  • M.P.A., Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, 2011

My Background

In 2003, I entered the field of international education by interning with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Upon graduation, I spent three years implementing study abroad and exchange programs in the Middle East & North Africa for nonprofit organization AMIDEAST. While pursuing my graduate degree, I wrote curriculum units for the World Affairs Council of Seattle and served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. I joined the UNL Education Abroad Office in 2011.

My Study/work abroad

I began traveling (Spain/Morocco) and volunteering (Mexico) while in high school. As an undergraduate student, I led a service learning trip to Guatemala and studied abroad in Morocco and Egypt. While working for AMIDEAST, I led a group of high school students to Egypt. From 2008-2010, I served as a Small Business Development volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps, working with artisans in a small Moroccan village (to return home, my Peace Corps friends and I cruised across the Atlantic Ocean!). In 2013, I visited three of UNL's partner institutions in Xi'an and Hangzhou, China. I have also traveled just for fun to Thailand, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Belize.

My Ideal next travel destination

I've had my eye on Brazil for a long time, after reading amazing accounts of friends who traveled there. I would also love to visit Germany and Lebanon to explore both sides of my cultural heritage.

Jennifer Mostek

Senior Education Abroad and Student Exchange Coordinator

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(staff)Sr Ed Abroad & Student Exchange Coord Education Abroad University of Nebraska–Lincoln
WorkLLS 127 Lincoln NE 68588-4107
USA
Work 402-472-7015 On-campus, 2-7015

My Education:

  • B.S. Criminal Justice, University of Omaha/Lincoln, 2003
  • J.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2008
  • M.A. Educational Administration with a specialization in Student Affairs, 2010

My Background

I began working with college students while I was in law school and I found I enjoyed working with students more than legal work. I then completed a master's in Student Affairs and was able to work as a Graduate Assistant with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the University Program Council (UPC), and the CBA Undergraduate Programs Office. After completing my degree I was an academic advisor at another institution. I returned to UNL and joined the Education Abroad Office in 2011.

My Study/work abroad

I had my first taste of international life while in high school. During my junior year I went to England with my high school marching band and marched in the Queen's New Years Day Parade. I then went to Spain during my senior year and improved my Spanish language skills through a homestay. During my freshman year at UNL I again crossed the Atlantic, this time with the Cornhusker Marching Band. This time I marched in the St. Patrick's Day Parade and spent time in Ireland and London. I studied abroad the spring of my junior year, again to improve my Spanish language skills. I spent the semester in Costa Rica at the Universidad de Costa Rica in San Ramon through a UNL program. I had an incredible experience immersed in the classroom with local students and was well-fed and cared for by my host family.

My Ideal next travel destination

I would like to travel to Norway to meet the family of my paternal grandfather and it would be great to also travel to Germany and Poland to search out additional relatives.

Marnie Nelson

Education Abroad Coordinator

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(staff)Education Abroad Coordinator Education Abroad University of Nebraska–Lincoln
WorkLLS 127 Lincoln NE 68588-4107
USA
Work 402-472-5378 On-campus, 2-5378

My Education

  • B.A., Social Studies Teaching & Spanish Teaching, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2005
  • M.Ed., International Education Policy & Management, Vanderbilt University, 2011

My Background

I spent the spring semester of my junior year studying abroad in Seville, Spain where I immersed myself in the Spanish culture and language. Following graduation, I spent four years teaching Spanish to middle school and high school students in the Minneapolis area. This experience afforded me the opportunity to study international cultures and share my knowledge of the Spanish language with my students. Upon graduation from Vanderbilt University, I interned and worked in the Office of International and Off-Campus Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. I joined the Education Abroad Office in June 2013!

My Study/work abroad

After completing my semester abroad in Seville, Spain, I continued to travel throughout Europe and the Americas. While teaching, I was able to travel to Costa Rica, England, France, Honduras, Hungary and Italy; these experiences allowed me to study the cultural differences that exist between Spain and Central and South America. I spent a summer abroad in Cusco, Peru where I served as a Teaching Assistant in three different school environments in and near the city. In both of my long-term experiences abroad (Seville and Cusco), I participated in a home-stay experience and traveled extensively throughout the country. I most recently returned from a three-week experience in Erzurum and Istanbul, Turkey with students from UNK, UNL, UNMC and UNO where we studied the local political system, educational system, economy, culture and history! In the International and Off-Campus Studies Office at St. Olaf College, I hosted international visiting scholars and introduced them to the College community.

My Ideal next travel destination

I have two travel “wish lists” – My first would be to go to Austria and Germany, as I have yet to explore this area of Europe and have only heard wonderful reactions from friends and relatives. My second is to travel to Guatemala and visit Antigua and the Mayan site of Tikal.

Allison Poole

Education Abroad Coordinator

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(staff)Education Abroad Coordinator Education Abroad University of Nebraska–Lincoln
WorkLLS 127 Lincoln NE 68588-4107
USA
Work 402-472-5732 On-campus, 2-5732

My Education

  • B.A., Journalism, Drake University, 2007
  • M.A., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Iowa State University, 2011

My Background

Shortly after finishing my bachelor’s degree, I took a teaching position in Bangkok, Thailand. While in Thailand I worked with students at a private institution and also volunteered at a non-profit organization for uneducated women. I then went back to the United States to attend graduate school at Iowa State and work as a Graduate Assistant in the International Students and Scholars Office. After briefly working as an International Advisor, I accepted a position at UNL in the Office of Admissions. I recently joined the Education Abroad staff July of 2013!

My Study/work abroad

My senior year of college I decided to discover my heritage and study abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. While attending Charles University I had the opportunity to tutor high school students who were looking to practice English and learn about the United States. I really enjoyed working with those high school students, so much that after graduating I decided to teach English overseas for a year in Thailand! During my stay, I was able to backpack for a few weeks throughout Southeast Asia and see amazing places likes Angkor Wat in Cambodia. In the Office of Admissions I worked as an International Admissions Counselor and traveled all over the world to places like Brazil, India, and Vietnam. While abroad, I visited international schools and spoke to prospective UNL students.

My Ideal next travel destination

At this time, my fiancé and I are planning to take a trip to England. His love for the Beatles and James Bond and my love for English literature and European history made this an easy choice. On my wish list I also have Argentina and Nepal!!

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Carly McDermott

Administrative Technician (Temp), Education Abroad


My Education

  • B.A., Spanish (Language and Hispanic Culture), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2014

My Background

Through the instruction of an influential professor and my own study abroad experiences, I discovered a true passion for international education and promoting its rewards to other students. I joined Education Abroad in the Fall of 2013 as a student worker, and upon the completion of my bachelor’s degree, took on the Administrative Technician position!

My Study/work abroad

During the summer of 2008, I made my way across the International Date Line to New Zealand and Australia as a World Youth Day participant. This event hosted students from several different nationalities and cultures, and fueled my desire to go abroad again. I spent part of summer of 2010 in San Isidro, Costa Rica where I enhanced my language skills through intensive classes and a homestay experience. I got the bug to travel again, and this time spent the Spring semester of my sophomore year (2012) in Málaga, Spain! I gained so much cultural awareness and independence from this amazing experience! I also got to travel to other parts of Spain as well as London, Edinburgh, and Lisbon!

My Ideal next travel destination

I would definitely like to explore South America! Since my husband and I really enjoy hiking, I’d specifically like to visit Peru’s Machu Picchu and the famous Santa Cruz trek. I would also love to visit Kraków, Poland to see one of my good friends and explore their rich history and culture!

Haley French-Sloan

Graduate Assistant

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Haley French-Sloan (student)Graduate Student Educational Administration

My Education

  • B.A., English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2013
  • M.A. Educational Administration with a specialization in Student Affairs, anticipated 2015

My Background

During my bachelor’s study at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln I became interested in working with college students and began pursuing a career in Student Affairs, sparked by my admiration for my academic adviser and her work. I served as an intern in the English advising office and an Arts and Sciences student ambassador, which provided me with an introduction to the field. I am now working towards a master’s degree in Higher education administration and Student Affairs, and currently have a strong interest in international education. I joined the Education Abroad team in August of 2013, and love helping students realize their goals through education abroad programs all over the world.

My Study/work abroad

During the summer of 2011 I pursued my long-awaited dream to study abroad which took me to Gothenburg, Sweden on a UNL faculty-led program. I studied the advent of hip-hop, social justice movements, and race relations in Sweden, comparing these aspects of Swedish culture to American culture. I also took excursions to other areas of Scandinavia, and to the UK. As a graduate student, I again had the opportunity to study abroad in the summer of 2014, this time in India. While in India I learned about the global issue of human trafficking, and spent time working with women and children affected by this issue. I traveled across north and central India, visiting 5 different cities and many amazing historical and cultural sites along the way!

My Ideal next travel destination

My most awaited travel destination is Portugal. During my study abroad experience in Sweden I became great friends with a Portuguese student in my dorm. I would love to be able to one day go visit her and explore her city and country.

Education Abroad Student Workers

  • Danielle Borum
  • Jordan Burr
  • Kenzie Coleman
  • Erin Fick
  • Jack Gallagher
  • Mackenzie Gibbons
  • Max Nelson