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Hall Directors

Shane Young - syoung@housing.siu.edu

Master’s Kent State University
Bachelor’s Hiram College

What is one thing you are most proud of doing since you arrived at SIU?
I drafted a proposal to bring a new form builder into the office of Residence Life. Once it was approved, I have been able to build forms that incorporate logic, allow for uploads, give Residence Life the ability to collect more information to affect decision making.

What piece of advice do you have for those considering Student Affairs as a profession?
Ask yourself where you want to end up early in the process. There are many functional areas within Student Affairs and they do not all end up in the same place. Even if you have a general direction, it will help in picking internships and electives while in graduate school.

What is your favorite thing to do in the surrounding community of Carbondale?
There are several areas in Southern Illinois that have excellent camping and hiking opportunities. I often wear flannel and walkabout these areas enjoying the breeze and nature.


Shane McGoff - smcgoff@housing.siu.edu

Master’s Adult and Higher Education emphasis in Student Affairs; University of Oklahoma – Norman, OK
Bachelor’s Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management emphasis in Resort and Tourism Development/Food and Beverage Service; University of Wisconsin - Stout – Menomonie, WI

What is one thing you are most proud of doing since you arrived at SIU?
In the lower level of Lentz, you used to only be able to utilize the equipment when the mailroom was open. This year I was able to change that and keep the room stocked with equipment so it can be used at any time.

What challenges you in your current position?
Lack of resources.

Why did you choose SIU?
The opportunity to be part of a changing department.

What piece of advice do you have for those considering Student Affairs as a profession?
Do your homework. Talk to multiple people in the field, find out as much about an institution from a person currently there before making a decision.

What is your favorite thing to do in the surrounding community of Carbondale?
Check out different local restaurants, breweries and wineries.


Ashley Ramos - aramos@housing.siu.edu

Master’s M.S. Higher Education Administration
Bachelor’s B.A. Political Science; B.S. Criminal Justice, California Lutheran University

What is one thing you are most proud of doing since you arrived at SIU?
I began the conversation and implemented a much need diversity, inclusion, and social justice aspect to our student staff training that has created challenging spaces for our students and professional staff members to continue to engage in.

What challenges you in your current position?
The state of the institution. There is a lot of change. We all will have our opinions on everything. Right now, it is particularly difficult to feel like you're supporting students the way you really need to with the lack of resources that comes with restructuring and financially bound decision-making.

Why did you choose SIU?
I chose SIU for the opportunity to support traditionally underrepresented students at predominantly white institutions and the opportunities SIU presents professionals to have an array of experiences. Being from California, I wanted to take my passion for equity focused education to a place that would challenge me in my advocacy and support of these students and their experiences. I have had a multitude of opportunities from writing proposals to make changes, to gaining experiences outside of my residence life role, to interacting regularly with senior student affairs officers about my career path.

What piece of advice do you have for those considering Student Affairs as a profession?
I would consider getting work experience in the field and choosing a master's degree in something more transferable than Education and Student Affairs. While it is great knowledge, you can get supporting theory and development classes through personal electives but ultimately have a more well-rounded degree if you decide to leave and pursue other things.

What is your favorite thing to do in the surrounding community of Carbondale?
Carbondale has some unique things to do around its immediate area. Giant City National Park has tons of trails. I personally enjoy venturing to the local craft beer and wineries in the area if I am in town. Other than that, I was pleased to learn that we are 2 hours from St. Louis, 3 hours from both Memphis and Nashville, and 3.5 hours from Louisville. It's very easy to make day trips out to these places or weekend trips if you need to get away.