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Professional Staff




Whitney Longnecker

Director of Study Abroad

Whitney Longnecker

As an undergraduate student, Whitney studied and interned abroad in London, England, and Hangzhou, China. Whitney's personal study abroad experiences ignited her passion for international travel and education abroad and in turn, Whitney earned a M.A. in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute. During her graduate work, Whitney participated in a faculty-led study abroad program in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. Whitney has ventured to nearly 40 countries for professional work and personal travel.

Phone: (806) 742-3667

Email: whitney.longnecker@ttu.edu

Bethany Kuwitzky

Senior Study Abroad Advisor / Exchange Coordinator / Credit Coordinator

Bethany Kuwitzky

Bethany studied abroad twice while she was a student at Texas Tech. Her first time studying abroad, she studied in Central America for one month. Her second time abroad, she spent one year in Iceland at the University of Reykjavik. She was a Study Abroad Peer Advisor for the Office of International Affairs for three years. She enjoys advising students on their future study abroad experience.

Phone: (806) 742-3667

Email: bethany.kuwitzky@ttu.edu

Lanna Sheldon

Senior Study Abroad Advisor/ Coordinator for the TTU Center in Sevilla

 Lanna Sheldon

Lanna has traveled to more than 35 countries and has lived and worked in Madrid, Spain and Sydney, Australia after backpacking extensively throughout Europe and Asia. Her love of travel was sparked by her two Study Abroad programs at the TTU Center in Seville, where she studied international advertising, completed an internship and earned her degree in Spanish.

Lanna graduated in 2012 with degrees in Electronic Media & Communications and Spanish, and a minor in English. Her experiences at Texas Tech have opened opportunities for her around the globe.

Lanna is passionate for people and for travel and enjoys seeing that same passion in her prospective students as they embark on their journeys abroad to Spain.

Phone: (806) 742-3667

Email: lanna.sheldon@ttu.edu

Emma Smith

Study Abroad Advisor

 Emma

Emma graduated in 2018 from Texas Tech with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. During her time at Tech she studied abroad in Paris, France for 3 months. Upon her return, Emma wanted to be involved in assisting future study abroad students in their journeys, so she worked as a student assistant for the Study Abroad Office while finishing her undergraduate degree. Emma is excited to serve in this new role of Study Abroad Advisor!

Phone: (806) 742-3667

Email: emma.smith@ttu.edu

Adrianna Sotelo

Faculty-Led Program Manager

 Adrianna Sotelo

Adrianna graduated from Texas Tech University in 2015 after majoring in History and minoring in Political Science; this academic path sparked her global interest and in learning more about different cultures and their peoples. Adrianna has been with the Office of International Affairs for four years, starting out as a Student Assistant and now currently serving as the Faculty-Led Program Manager.

Phone: (806) 742-3667

Email: adrianna.sotelo@ttu.edu

Markley Wilhite

Senior Study Abroad Advisor/ Study Abroad Competitive Scholarship (SACS) Coordinator

 Markley Wilhite

Markley has worked in higher education for over 17 years and enjoys helping students attain their educational goals. Whether it has been navigating students through the admissions process or guiding students through their Ph.D program, he works hard to make sure his students' needs are met in a timely manner. Stop by anytime you have a question about a study abroad program, the Dallas Cowboys, or the Chicago Cubs. He has traveled internationally to London, Paris, Tijuana, and Vancouver. He has a Bachelor of General Studies degree and is ready to serve students that are going to study in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Oceania, and the Americas.

Phone: (806) 742-3667

Email: markley.wilhite@ttu.edu

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