U.S. Office of Admissions and Alumni Affairs
IAU is committed to delivering the highest quality experience to students from the first point of contact. If you're preparing to study abroad or plan to enroll in one of IAU's degree-granting programs, you'll most likely speak with one of our U.S. team members. We invite you to meet the team below!
Dean of Admissions & Alumni Affairs
Kurt Schick, IAU's Dean of Admissions and Alumni Affairs, began his career at IAU in 2001. He previously served as Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Concordia University (River Forest, IL) and initially honed his recruitment skills as an admissions counselor at his alma mater, Augustana College, in Rock Island, IL. He received his B.A. in English/French from Augustana in 1990 and obtained his M.S. in Organization Leadership from Regis University in 2016.
Since he began at IAU, Kurt has overseen IAU's Admissions operations, focusing on developing new institutional partnerships and enhancing existing ones. Under Kurt's leadership, the admissions office has grown from a two-person office to a staff of nine. With IAU's expansion into Spain, the inclusion of multi-country January term programs, the addition of faculty-led programming, and the options of degree programs, enrollment at IAU
In 2016, Kurt took on the role of Dean of Alumni Affairs, leveraging the robust network of over 20,000 alumni with the goal of increasing IAU's endowment and scholarship opportunities for future students. Hosting regional alumni receptions and follow-up from IAU's incredibly successful
Dr. Jessica Calhoun
Assistant Dean of Admissions & Alumni Affairs
Jessica Calhoun joined IAU in 2019 as the inaugural Assistant Dean of Admissions and Alumni Affairs. In 2004 she received her BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of San Diego (USD). Shortly thereafter in 2006 her Master's of Arts in Teaching followed from Chapman University, and in 2014 she received her Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies from USD. Jessica's specialization is in higher education administration and organizational leadership, which perfectly poises her to lead IAU's growing U.S. Office in San Diego, CA.
As a seasoned international educator, she's conducted research and shared her findings and expertise at numerous conferences including The Forum on Education Abroad, NAFSA, AIEA, and CIEE to name a few. She served as the Associate Director of International Studies Abroad at USD from 2007-2019, and prior to that served as a Program Manager and Assistant to the Associate Provost for Internationalization. Jessica speaks Spanish fluently and has a working knowledge of Italian.
Rebecca Coyle, a 2005 Alumna of IAU, has been the Associate Director since August of 2012. She oversees IAU's January term programs and customized programs, coordinating their budgets, itineraries, and logistics. Prior to coming to IAU, she served as a Study Abroad Program Coordinator at USD for five years, advising for programs in Latin America, Spain, and France. Rebecca has a B.A. in Spanish and International Relations (Minor in French), and an MBA in International Business and Management from the University of San Diego. She speaks Spanish and French.
Assistant Director of Admissions & Alumni Affairs
Rose Guth is an alumna of IAU and the Marchutz School of Fine Arts, where she spent the academic year 2013-2014 as a study abroad student from the University of San Diego. She began her work with IAU in November 2015 as an Admissions Counselor. Rose transitioned to the role of Coordinator of Admissions & Alumni Affairs in November 2016, where she focused on ACM admissions and program development of master's and bachelor's degree-granting programs, working with IAU's alumni network, and supporting IAU's diverse study abroad programs. In August 2019, Rose took on the role of Assistant Director of Admissions & Alumni Affairs, where she continues to execute marketing and recruitment efforts for ACM's master's and bachelor’s programs in Aix-en-Provence while also directing outreach to IAU's 25,000 alumni. Rose has a B.A. in Art History and French from the University of San Diego. She speaks French.Arianna Zabriskie
Coordinator of Admissions
Arianna Zabriskie is a 2013 IAU alumna and began with IAU in June 2015 as an enrollment advisor. Arianna started as the Coordinator of Admissions in November 2016 and advises summer, January term, third-party and custom study abroad students. Arianna also manages the Alumni Ambassador Program and the social media channels. Arianna has dual degrees in Psychology and Human Development Family Studies from Colorado State University and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Clinical Psychology. She speaks French.
Coordinator of Custom Programs
Jude Caywood has been at IAU since 2015 and has held her current position of Coordinator of Custom Programs since June 2019. She began work as an intern before transitioning into the role of Admissions Counselor. In her current position, Jude manages the development, creation, and logistics of custom and faculty-led programs with a wide and diverse range of faculty and institutional partners. In addition to this work, she oversees coordination of IAU's J-term programs. Jude holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities, with minors in French and Women's & Gender Studies, from the University of San Diego. She speaks French.
Kirstin Havice began in July 2017 as the Admissions Assistant for The American College of the Mediterranean (ACM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of IAU, offering bachelor's and master's degrees at its campus in Aix-en-Provence. She supports current and incoming students with application materials and pre-departure
Jenn Nativo is a 2016
Admissions Counselor & Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion
Mecca Holts is an IAU alumna and started as an Admissions Counselor in the U.S. Office in July 2019. A native of Los Angeles, Mecca has previously worked with students in a variety of capacities at Moorpark College and the Southern California Health Institute, where she coordinated the externship program and created a professional development workshop. In her role as Admissions Counselor, Mecca assists students with all aspects of the application and enrollment process and serves as a liaison for faculty and partner institutions. She graduated from California Lutheran University in 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science (emphasis on Law and Public Policy) and a minor in Business Administration. She speaks some French and Spanish.
Hilary Stein joined the U.S. Office as an Admissions Counselor in August 2019. Hilary’s connection with IAU began when she attended the Marchutz School of Fine Arts in 2012 as an undergraduate. Upon her graduation from St. Catherine University with a BA in French and Fine Arts, Hilary returned to Aix as an Alumni Fellow, where she served as a teaching assistant at Marchutz, passing along her knowledge of the program’s unique pedagogy to IAU students. She then enrolled in the American College of the Mediterranean (ACM) in the fall of 2017, graduating with her MFA in May 2019. Hilary works with students throughout the entire application process and serves as a representative and liaison to study abroad partners. She speaks French.
Mariana Bandera is a 2013 IAU alumna and joined the US Office as an admissions counselor in August 2019. Mariana graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014 with a BA in Anthropology. Since then, she has worked with students in a variety of capacities, including coordinating an international internship program. Mariana’s most recent position was with the California State Parks, serving as an archaeological project lead, and she has experience with both anthropological and archaeological field work and site management. Mariana assists and advises students throughout the admissions and pre-departure process and also liaises with partners. She speaks fluent Spanish and some French.