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ResLife Leadership Team

Tina Horvath – thorvath@housing.siu.edu

Senior Associate Director of Housing – Residence Life
@tinakhorvath
Tina Horvath
Doctorate ABD - Educational Administration and Higher Education - SIUC
Master's College Student Personnel - SIUC
Bachelor's Communication Disorders and Sciences, Minor Psychology - Eastern Illinois University - Charleston, Illinois

How long have you worked at SIU?
I have been working at SIU full-time since January 2003. I also worked for Residence Life at SIU as a graduate student.

What piece of advice do you have for those considering Student Affairs as a profession?
Consider opportunities that are outside of your current comfort zone. Some of my most rewarding experiences are from positions that I may not have originally considered. Be open to new experiences!

What is one of your favorite things about your current position?
I love that in my current role, I still have the opportunity to have a high level of contact with our Hall Directors, Graduate Assistants and Resident Assistants.

What excites you about the upcoming year?
We are currently finalizing plans for construction of the newest phase of residence halls on the SIU campus. This provides a unique opportunity to partner with architects, contractors, housing staff and current students to ensure the end product meets the needs of today’s student.

What interviewing advice do you have for candidates?
Be sure to ask questions of the groups interviewing you. Prepare 2-5 questions per panel and try to vary them based upon the group dynamic. Asking questions gives you the chance to learn more about what experiences current staff have at their institution.


Justin Schuch - jschuch@housing.siu.edu

Coordinator of Residential Leadership & Engagement
@jlschuch
Justin Schuch
Master's College Student Affairs - Eastern Illinois University
Bachelor's Rhetoric and Public Advocacy, Minor of Music - Eastern Illinois University

How long have you worked at SIU?
Three Years

What interviewing advice do you have for candidates?
Check out an institution’s social media presence. This is a great way to get a feel for both the department you are interested working with, and the student population. This approach also gives you great talking points when you are interviewing. Facts on a website can tell you a lot. However, tweets from current employees and students can tell you even more. Take advantage of the presence you, employers, and future student population have online! You will be better informed and really impress your interviewers. #siureslife

What excites you about the upcoming year?
Our student leadership organizations are beginning to take involvement and their impact to the next level! In the coming year, the hard work of countless students and professionals here within University Housing and Residence Life will come to fruition! Our Area Councils, National Residence Hall Honorary, Black Togetherness Organization, and Residence Hall Association are producing programs and experiences for our residential population making the on-campus experience fantastic.

What department and campus committees do you serve on?
Professional Development Committee, Residence Life, LGBTQ Resource Center Advisory Board, Affirmative Action Advisory Board, Student Engagement Development Committee

Are you a member of any associations or organizations?
Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO), Advisor Resource Coordinator for Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (GLACURH)


Alisha Severson- aseverson@housing.siu.edu

Assistant Director of Residence Life
Alisha Severson
Master's College Student Affairs; Eastern Illinois University - Charleston, IL
Bachelor's Sales and Promotions; Ball State University - Muncie, IN

How long have you worked at SIU?
Since June 2014

What is one of your favorite things about your current position?
Working with our staff! We have an outstanding professional and student staff who bring a lot of ideas, hard work, and dedication to our department and institution and have a lot of fun in the process. They help make each day new and interesting!

What piece of advice do you have for those considering Student Affairs as a profession?
Network! Get to know the professional and graduate staff who work in student affairs at your current institution. Ask them about their experiences getting in to the field, and why they have remained. This can help you figure out a path that you might be interested in, while also connecting you with potential future colleagues. The field of student affairs is relatively small, the connections you make early on will make a difference later.

What excites you about the upcoming year?
This is my first year at SIU so literally every single thing excites me! Getting to know the staff and students has been especially exciting and I have enjoyed getting to know faculty in our living learning communities as well. I am also excited for recruitment, it’s my favorite season!

Why did you choose SIU?
I choose SIU for a lot of reasons. The people I met throughout the interview process was probably the biggest factor but the institution and the reputation that the housing department has here is what initially drew me to apply in the first place. SIU just has a good vibe about it. Our team has the student’s best interests in mind and we are always growing and evolving to be the best versions of ourselves as professionals and as a department.


Gena Stack - gstack@housing.siu.edu

@GenaRStack
Coordinator - Conference Service
Gena Stack
Master's Curriculum & Instruction - Bradley University - Peoria, IL
Bachelor's Elementary Education with Spanish concentration - Bradley University - Peoria,IL

How long have you worked at SIU?
I started working at SIU as a Hall Director in 2005. I started in my current role with Education & Outreach in 2009.

What is one of your favorite things about your current position?
Working in Education and Outreach has afforded me the opportunity to work with a variety of programs and initiatives. Currently I work with all of our Living Learning Communities, as well as our faculty and staff engagement. Since I already had connections with many of the faculty and staff from collaborating with them on conferences, it was great to continue building the network with our department.

What department and campus committees do you serve on?
GA Training, Future Leaders in Student Affairs, campus and community Conference and Events Committee, planning committee for the Relay for Life of Jackson County Carbondale

What excites you about the upcoming year?
This is my tenth year at SIU, and each year has been completely different. We constantly embrace new challenges, reflect on ways we can grow, and strive to be the best department we can be. I look forward to seeing how our current team members shape the programs and services we provide.

Why did you choose SIU??
I first chose SIU in 2005, after some really great interactions with the staff during the interview process. I continue to choose SIU because I care deeply about our student population. Many of our students would not have access to higher education if they did not have the opportunity here, and I appreciate how diligently we work together to support them. I’m consistently amazed by the resilience, dedication, and wisdom of the students I encounter in my job.


Lindy Wagner – lwagner@housing.siu.edu

Assistant Director of Residence Life
@lindymwagner
Lindy Wagner
Master's College Student Personnel, Emphasis: Administration - Kansas State University - Manhattan, Kansas
Bachelor's International Studies, Minors: Church Leadership, German, Religion, Speech Communications - Graceland University - Lamoni, Iowa

How long have you worked at SIU?
I am in my fifth year as an Assistant Director of Residence Life at SIU.

What department and campus committees do you serve on?
I currently serve on the Resident Assistant Training Committee, the On-Campus Days Committee, and serve as chair of the University Housing Recognition Committee.

What piece of advice do you have for those considering Student Affairs as a profession?
Remember Student Affairs has many avenues you can pursue. You should be open to new opportunities and be ready for whatever comes your way. You never know what you are going to learn at each institution and in each position, but you will always gain some insight or knowledge. This knowledge will always prove useful wherever you are and in whatever you are doing. Student Affairs is always changing, growing, and providing prospects of all kinds. Enjoy the journey!

What excites you about the upcoming year?
I am excited about the next year's staff dynamics. Because the staff group is different each year, you never know what the group brings to the department. This keeps each year interesting. I can't wait for the opportunity to continue working with those whom I currently supervise and to begin working with the staff whom we recruit for the next academic year. It is always a great year here!

Why did you choose SIU?
I chose SIU because of its dynamic team. The people here were very interested in the experience I brought with me and have continued to be open-minded to my ideas. This department isn’t afraid of change and doing everything within its power to help students. This desire to help students and be the best we can be for them is truly motivating. I saw this mindset in the people who interviewed me and I continue to see it as I work alongside them.