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Misuzu "Suzy" McAlpine
International Student Programs


Director of International Student Programs
Cralle Student Union Building - International Student Programs - Room 109
(270) 384-8236

In 1999, Misuzu "Suzy" McAlpine came to Lindsey Wilson College from Purdue University, where she had taught Japanese language courses for six years while she was enrolled in a Ph.D program in Foreign Language Education.  After earning her BA and MS (Child Development and Family Studies, focusing on Teaching) from California State University, Fresno, she went back to her native country, Japan where she married and had two children.   In 1992 she came back to the U.S. with her husband and children to pursue furthering their education. 

Since she joined LWC in 1999, she has been working as the international student advisor.  In 2002, she accepted the position of Director of International Student Programs and took the role of the Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) at Lindsey Wilson College.  Her responsibilities include advising and assisting international students on immigration/visa regulations and other pertinent government matters such as social security and driver license.  She also directs various international student programs and international activities, including the exchange and study abroad programs.

Suzy's initial international education started in 1976 when she came to California State University, Fresno as an international student.  Because she went through many periods of cultural adjustments (from Japan to the U.S., from the U.S to Japan, from large state universities to a small private college, from large cities to a rural town) and similar difficulties that many international students might have, she can directly relate her presonal experiences to our international students.  When she was enrolled at Fresno State University from 1976 to 1983, she worked part time at the International Office and worked at Fresno Adult School as a helper of ESL teachers as there were many refuges from Southeast Asian countries at that time. 

When she was in Japan, she was an English teacher.  When she came back to the U.S. for the second time in 1992, she became a Japanese language teacher at Purdue University, West Lafayatte.  When she joined LWC, she became an international student advisor.   Wherever she goes, she does something involving international or foreign programs.  International education is her passion. 

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