Traci Gunderson, assistant director of international recruitment/marketing and the English Language Institute, received the University of Nebraska Board of Regents KUDOS award Friday.
KUDOS awards recognize university staff for their professional expertise, service and “superior dedication” to UNK and University of Nebraska. It is the university’s top staff award.
Gunderson has been a member of the UNK staff since 2007 and worked in her current position since 2016.
Her responsibilities include working with International Affairs leadership to diversify recruitment and create programming; overseeing two international recruiters and maintaining knowledge on enrollment trends and cultural concerns; coordinating social media campaigns and content creation; assessing effectiveness of recruitment, marketing and ELI strategies; advising students on immigration regulations; and processing relevant documentation.
Timothy Burkink, College of Business and Technology dean and interim director of the Office of International Education, credits Gunderson for taking on additional responsibilities in recent months, created by a staff vacancy and office reorganization.
“Even under these very challenging circumstances,” he said, “she created a new ELI curriculum for a local company, saw several memorandums of understanding with partnering institutions through finalization, and helped assess office resources and deployment of personnel as we work to develop a revised recruiting plan for the Office of International Education.”
Gunderson is current president of UNK Staff Senate, a former Leadership UNK member and officer, 2011 participant in UNK Faculty Development in China and an active member of several national professional organizations.