Thanks to some international legwork by Karla and Travis Jensen, Nebraska Wesleyan has enjoyed a tremendous increase in the number of German-speaking international students. Only one German-speaking student had come to NWU in the decade preceding the Jensens’ 2008-2009 sabbatical in Austria. “Last year, we had three,” Karla said. “And this year, we’re excited to have five more.”
While in Austria, Associate Professor of Communication Karla Jensen and Wesleyan Advantage co-director Travis Jensen traveled to several International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) partner universities, promoting NWU as an exchange option.
The Jensens’ efforts won them the university’s 2010 White Award for Internationalization. The award honors President Emeritus John and Marty White for their years of service to NWU. President White’s decision to reform Nebraska Wesleyan’s sabbatical program to encourage faculty global study is credited as a milestone in the university’s evolution toward internationalism.