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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!

Kurt Schick
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 has gone from 300 per year to more than 1,000 students.

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 60th anniversary celebration and alumni reunion - held in May, 2017 at IAU's Aix-en-Provence, France campus - have proven to be successful strategies.

Dr. Jessica Calhoun
Associate 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
Associate Director

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. 

Jude Caywood
Assistant Director of Admissions & Alumni Affairs
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 as an intern before transitioning into the role of Admissions Counselor. 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 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.

Jennifer Nativo
Assistant Director of Admissions & Alumni Affairs
Coordinator of Finance & Administration

Jenn Nativo is a 2016 alumna of IAU and began serving as an Admissions Counselor in August 2018. Her background has always been in student advising in a range of settings, including professional development coaching for undergraduate students in the U.S. Starting in August 2021, Jenn became the Coordinator of Finance & Administration and primarily oversees financial records, systems, and processes of the U.S. Office in addition to billing processes with students and partner universities in collaboration with the Chief Financial Officer. She also oversees IAU's scholarship and financial aid opportunities. Out of IAU's portfolio of programs, Jenn manages the internship programs alongside IAU's Internship Coordinators based abroad and coaches students through the placement process. Jenn graduated from Fairfield University with a B.S. and an MBA concentrating in Management (Minor in French). She speaks conversational French.

Derek Brendel
Assistant Director of Admissions & Alumni Affairs
Coordinator of Degree Programs and Spain Programs

Derek Brendel joined ACM-IAU in 2021. As Assistant Director of Admissions and Alumni Affairs 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 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.