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, ACM-IAU's Dean of Admissions and Alumni Affairs, began his career at ACM-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 ACM-IAU, Kurt has overseen ACM-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 ten. With ACM-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 ACM-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 ACM-IAU's endowment and scholarship opportunities for future students. Hosting regional alumni receptions and follow-up from ACM-IAU's incredibly successful
Dr. Jessica Calhoun
Associate Dean of Admissions & Alumni Affairs
Jessica Calhoun joined ACM-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 ACM-IAU, has been the Associate Director since August 2012. She oversees ACM-IAU's January term programs and customized programs, coordinating their budgets, itineraries, and logistics. Prior to coming to ACM-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.
Associate Director of Admissions & Alumni Affairs
Coordinator of Custom Programs
Jude Caywood has been at ACM-IAU since 2015 and has held her current position of Associate Director of Admissions & Custom Programs since June 2019. Currently, Jude manages the development, creation, and logistics of custom and faculty-led programs with a wide and diverse range of faculty and institutional partners. She also oversees the coordination of ACM-IAU's J-term programs and provides support for admissions and program management. 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 conversational French.
Associate Director of Admissions & Alumni Affairs
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Coordinator of Degree Programs
Derek Brendel joined ACM-IAU in 2021. As Coordinator of Degree Programs in the San Diego office, Derek manages admissions and enrollment of ACM’s degree programs as well as assists with the management of IAU’s growing offerings in Madrid, Spain. Derek has 10+ years working in international education including on-site program management, co-curricular planning and execution, and international student support. As a student, Derek studied abroad twice as an undergraduate and completed a graduate program in the United Kingdom. In his free time Derek enjoys leisure sports, purposeful travel, and specialty coffee. He speaks conversational Spanish.
Coordinator of Degree Programs
Christina Tran joined ACM-IAU in 2022 as the Coordinator of Degree Programs. She studied in Lyon, France on the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship and later returned to France to teach English with TAPIF. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a B.A. in French and received her M.A. in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. From working at her alma mater's Office of Education Abroad to building an alumni ambassador program at Campus France USA, she has always been passionate about international education. Christina currently manages the ACM degree programs, applications, and admissions process alongside colleagues in the U.S. and abroad. She speaks conversational Vietnamese and French.
Coordinator of Customized and Faculty-Led Programs
Study Abroad Advisor (J-Term and Morocco)
Fiorella Morales started working as a Study Abroad Advisor at ACM-IAU in 2022 managing the application and advising processes for ACM-IAU’s France programs. Later that year, Fiorella started a role as the Coordinator of Customized and Faculty-Led Programming and advisees for ACM-IAU's customized programming, multi-country January Term Traveling Seminars, and opportunities in Tangier, Morocco. Before starting at ACM-IAU, Fiorella primarily worked at the University of San Diego (USD) in a variety of roles for the School of Leadership & Education Sciences. She is also completing her PhD in Leadership Studies at USD by end of Fall 2022. Her dissertation focuses on multicultural identity experience in the workplace as it pertains to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Fiorella holds a bachelor's degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from USD, and a master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership with a Specialization in Student Affairs from San Diego State University (SDSU). She has worked as an International Engagement Coordinator at SDSU, where she developed customized faculty-led programs and worked with a diverse student body in study abroad advising and programming. She has also led and facilitated various immersion trips abroad in Europe, Latin America, and virtually, with high school youth from around the world for World Learning since 2017. Fiorella is an Alumna of ACM-IAU from Spring 2015, and she also interned with ACM-IAU at the San Diego office upon her return from Aix. Fiorella is fluent in English, and Spanish, and is advanced in French.
Study Abroad Advisor (France)
Carmen Ortiz (she/her) started working as a Study Abroad Advisor at ACM-IAU in 2022 and manages the application and advising processes for IAU’s France-based programs. She holds her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Global and International Studies from the University of Kansas and has worked in international education throughout her career. She has previously worked at her alma mater in the study abroad office and Office of Multicultural Affairs. She also worked for a study abroad company leading programs in Sydney and Cairns, Australia. Carmen studied in France and the Czech Republic while in college and is a huge fan of traveling, cooking, and music. Carmen speaks English and French and is currently learning Spanish and Hindi.
Study Abroad Advisor (Barcelona)
Lindsey Ruth (she/her) began working as a Study Abroad Advisor at ACM-IAU in 2022 and manages the application and advising processes for IAU’s Barcelona programs. Lindsey is from Southern California and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business: Leadership & Management and Business: Human Resource Management from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Her enthusiasm for international education was solidified while studying abroad in London, England. Before starting at ACM-IAU, she was an intern with the Fund for Education Abroad and the Foundation for International Education, where she gained an understanding of the industry and realized her passion for making cross-cultural experiences accessible for all students. She has also worked in various positions within higher education, including experience as a Resident Assistant and Housing Ambassador at her alma mater. In her free time, Lindsey loves to read, play the guitar, and go to the beach.