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We have created this page to assist you in finding the best person to contact for any particular issue or question you have regarding the various programs falling under the "International" heading at Muskingum.


Director of International Admission & Immigration Services Operations, Coordinator of Study Abroad, English Support Program Coordinator
Mrs. Meri Linn McCollum
Office: Montgomery Hall, Room 1A
Telephone: 740-826-8127

Meri Linn serves as Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) and Responsible Officer (RO) for SEVIS compliance, as Muskingum’s liaison with US Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of State for the F and J visa programs. In that capacity she is responsible for assisting international students and J-1 scholars with all immigration issues, including maintaining and verifying legal status. Meri Linn also manages all aspects of international recruitment and application, serves on the international admissions and financial aid committees, provides academic advising for exchange students, and administers the international admissions, immigration and study abroad portions of the Muskingum website.

In her capacity as Coordinator of Study Abroad, Meri Linn supervises the creation and implementation of faculty-led study abroad programs and advises Muskingum students interested in semester or year-long study abroad programs.

Meri Linn also coordinates the English Support Program, and teaches Muskingum's courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).

Meri Linn Emerson

Director of International Student Services and Special Programs
Valerie Smith
Office: Quad Center 216
Telephone: 740-826-8094

Valerie coordinates and is responsible for overall operations within International Student Services. She oversees international student events and excursions on and off campus and is the primary responder to student crisis situations.


Special Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs
Hong (Carol) Yin
Office: Quad Center 215
Telephone: 740-826-8193

Carol serves as a primary communicator with prospective Chinese students and their parents, a liaison between the Chinese international students and the Student Affairs Office, and a translator for emergencies, medical situations or university documents. She assists Chinese students with their transition to living in the United States and at Muskingum University. Read "Chinese Muskies" web journal.