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Lucy Dawson
Associate Director
Email: lld09a@acu.edu

Lucy is the Associate Director of the Office of International Students and Visiting Scholars (OISVS), with a focus on immigration advising for F-1 and J-1 international students and scholars as well as ACU faculty and staff. Lucy grew up loving languages and cultures.  She studied abroad at a German University for a year, and spent about 7 years studying and working in China.  She loves walking alongside others in their cross-cultural journey and helping them navigate the ins and outs of life here.  She holds a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MA in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College.  Lucy loves playing piano, hiking in the  mountains, and learning and laughing with anyone gathered around her table, which may include her husband, Martin, 3 college-age children and 3 English springer spaniels.

Veronica Summers
ISS Specialist
Email: vdw09a@acu.edu

Veronica serves as the International Student Services Specialist and Advisor for the International Students Association. She was born and raised in Cebu City, Philippines where her parents were missionaries for several years and moved to Abilene in 2009 to attend ACU. Veronica graduated from ACU in 2012 with her Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and will soon be completing her Masters in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Bible and Communications. She loves working with international students and learning about different cultures and is always eager to help students as they transition and adjust to life in the United States.

Yunxi Wei
Student Receptionist

Yunxi serves as a student receptionist at the UAP office and works specifically with the Office of International Students and Visiting Scholars (OISVS). Yunxi is a senior, Mathematics major from Shenyang, China. She first landed in Texas when she came to Austin for high school. Yunxi loves and often misses her home city but Texas has also been her second home. Yunxi enjoys using her experience as an international student, studying abroad far away from home, to support and encourage those who are on the same journey. Yunxi loves cooking, baking, and enjoying nature during her free time.

Arnold Yanni Charles
ISS Intern

Arnold Yanni Charles is a Political Science honor student, minoring in business, english, philosophy and public service. He is an Indian-Sri Lankan that grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and has one of the most colorful personalities you will ever come across. He wishes to become an international lawyer, secure a position in the United Nations and change the world. Arnold is the epitome of extroversion and will go out of his way to meet someone new or indulge in a new experience. He is exhaustingly active all over campus, involved in several student organizations and the Student Government Association. Always being the “international kid” he has learned to love being exposed to various cultures and hence he quickly found a home in the OISVS where he serves as the International Student Services Intern. Arnold is driven by Love, Passion, and Ambition. He hopes to share his drive with his community of fellow international students.