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TTU Study Abroad Team




Staff Directories

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TTU Study Abroad Lubbock 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.

Whitney was recently featured in an Office of International Affairs Staff Spotlight. Read the staff spotlight to learn more about Whitney.

Phone: (806) 742-3667

Email: whitney.longnecker@ttu.edu

Jacob Howle

Study Abroad Counselor

Jacob Howle

Jacob grew up 15 miles outside of Lubbock in Idalou, Texas, before deciding to attend Texas Tech. During his time at Tech his love for travel was ignited after spending a semester at the TTU Center in Seville his sophomore year. After that he went on to study in San Luis de Potosi, Mexico, and with the Honors College in Paris, France and Milan, Italy, and ventured to nearly 25 countries during his four years at TTU.

Jacob graduated in 2019 with a degree in Agricultural Communications and minors in Spanish and Political Science. He enjoyed working with new and prospective students during his time at Tech through organizations like Red Raider Orientation and the Honors First-Year Experience Program, and he is excited for how this role will combine both his love for study abroad and working with students.

Phone: (806) 742-3667

Email: jacob.howle@ttu.edu

Bethany Kuwitzky

Lead Study Abroad Counselor/ Credit Coordinator / Exchange 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 Counselor / 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 Counselor / Study Abroad Competitive Scholarship Coordinator

 Emma Smith

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 Ward

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

 

Study Abroad Financial Aid Advisors

Josh Hernandez

Assistant Director, Student Financial Aid and Scholarships

Josh Hernandez

Law school students may contact Josh Hernandez for financial aid questions.

Phone: (806) 742-3681

Email: Jdez8099.Hernandez@ttu.edu

Nikki Nordell

Senior Advisor, Student Financial Aid and Scholarships

 Nikki Nordell

Students may meet with Nikki to discuss financial aid and study abroad. Students should contact Nikki after they have been accepted to their chosen study abroad program and after their program has been assigned a current budget.

Phone: (806) 742-3681

Email: nikki.nordell@ttu.edu

 

TTU Study Abroad Lubbock Student Staff

Dante Agbontaen

Faculty-Led Programs Student Assistant

 Dante Agbontaen

Dante studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain, in summer 2017 and interned abroad in Cordoba, Argentina in summer 2018. Dante is from Houston, Texas, and is studying Mechanical Engineering.

Phone: (806) 742-3667

Email: dante.agbontaen@ttu.edu

Haileigh Horton

Study Abroad Credit Student Assistant

Haileigh Horton

Haileigh is from Houston, Texas. She is a Computer Engineering major with minors in Spanish and Math. She studied abroad in Curitiba, Brazil, where she interned at LACTEC, and worked on a simulation program to optimize Brazil's largest power plants. She has also traveled to Jamaica, and interned at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co in Newark. She has 3 wonderful siblings, and enjoys anything with wheels.

Phone: (806) 742-3667

Email: haileigh.horton@ttu.edu 

Kateleigh Lara

Study Abroad Student Assistant

 Kateleigh Lara

Kate is originally from Wichita Falls, Texas. She is a Pre-Nursing Major and hopes to be an RN in the near future. She enjoys taking her 3 puppies to the park.

Phone: (806) 742-3667

Email: kateleigh.lara@ttu.edu