Hansen recognized for international advising

June 29, 2017
Susan Hansen

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Dr. Susan Hansen, director of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville School of Business, was selected for the 2017 Excellence in Advising International Students Award. Presented annually, the award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has had a significant positive impact on an international student or the international student population at UW-Platteville.

Hansen, who has been at UW-Platteville for 25 years, became interested in international travel at a young age when her sister gave her a 1950s-era globe – which she still keeps in her office today. Though she spent a lot of time as a child dreaming about what each country looked like, her first trip out of the United States wasn’t until after college when she traveled to Nicaragua.

“Once I went there, that seed was planted and there was no stopping,” said Hansen. “I became very interested in helping our students do exchanges and developing relationships with universities overseas.”

Throughout her years on campus, Hansen has had a strong impact on internationalizing UW-Platteville. She served several years on the University International Education Committee and as a faculty liaison and advisor to international students in the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture. She currently advises UW-Platteville students studying abroad and international students coming to UW-Platteville.

“I enjoy the opportunity to broaden students’ horizons, whether they are coming here for a semester to study or going overseas,” said Hansen. “I like them to get a sense of what American business is like and the same for students going abroad. I encourage them to take classes that we don’t offer here. Businesses are all global now, and that’s not going to reverse. To be successful in business, you need to have a cultural understanding and the way to do that is interact with different cultures.”

Hansen said that helping to increase the international student population at UW-Platteville benefits all students. “It is very important work for us, especially because the student base we draw from doesn’t have a lot of interaction with other international students or international travel,” said Hansen. “That is absolutely vital if we’re going to work towards a peaceful world. We have to understand each other.”

Hansen will be recognized at the all-campus convocation on Thursday, Aug. 31.

Written by: Alison Parkins, University Relations Specialist, Communications, 608-342-1526, parkinsal@uwplatt.edu

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