University of Minnesota
Immigration History Research Center

Immigration History Research Center's home page.

Jeff Nelson

Department Affiliations

  • Immigration History Research Center, August, 2008 to present
  • Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul, MN
    • Student Services, 2003 to August 2008,
    • International Student Services, 2002 to 2003
  • Qwest Communications/US WEST/NW Bell, Mpls, MN 1975 to 2001
    • Business Sales Support
  • Pacific Telephone, San Jose, CA 1973 to 1975
    • Revenue Accounting

Educational Background

  • Augsburg College, B.A. degree, French, Minneapolis, MN
  • Additional course work at:
    • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
    • Metropolitan State University, St Paul, MN
    • North Hennepin Community College, Brooklyn Park, MN
    • Institute for American Universities, Avignon, France
    • San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Technical Skills

  • Word Processing: MS Word
  • Spreadsheets/Graphs/Charts: Excel
  • Databases: Access
  • Adobe InDesign CS5
  • Internet/Web: Contribute
  • Software specific to University of Minnesota: DMS (Donor Management System) EFS preparer
  • Record System at MnSCU, ISRS
  • Languages: French Major, 1 year each of Swedish and Spanish
  • Proficient with both PCs and Macs

Cross Cultural/Volunteer & Community Experience

  • Volunteered with La Sabranenque restoration project as a stone mason in Saint Victor la Coste, France in June 2006, June 2007, July 2009, August 2011 and July 2012.
  • Volunteered at University of Livingstonia, Malawi, Central Africa assisting with a transcript project in June, 2008
  • Volunteered with American Refugee Committee assisting an ethnic Lao family of 5 in Minneapolis for 1 1/2 years helping them deal with a new language and new culture.
  • Telephone company Community Service Team leader and member for 17 years.


Traveling, hiking, camping, back packing, golfing, gardening (flowers), reading (fiction, biographies, travelogues), biking, and cross country skiing