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ResLife Leadership Team

Jeanne Lady - jlady@housing.siu.edu

Senior Associate Director of Residence Life
Jeanne Lady
Master's College Student Personnel; Eastern Michigan University
Bachelor's Child and Family Community Services; Bowling Green State University

How long have you worked at SIU?
Since November 2015 - celebrated my two-year anniversary in November 2017!

What is one of your favorite things about your current position?
Working with the team within Residence Life and building a program we can be proud of for our residents

Are you a member of any associations or organizations?
GLACUHO, NASPA, ACPA

What interviewing advice do you have for candidates?
Be yourself and be genuine in your answers- I want to hear you, not what you think I want to hear.

What piece of advice do you have for those considering Student Affairs as a profession?
It is hard work that can be very fun and very rewarding. It can also be tiring and hard at times because you are working with/for people, and people are messy. You have to want to do this work.

What excites you about the upcoming year?
We are working to match what we do in the halls to the Chancellor’s reorganization/re-visioning of SIUC, and we will be creating traditions and branding for our residents to get them involved/excited about living with us.

What is your favorite thing to do in the surrounding community of Carbondale?
I like shopping at antique stores/junk stores, as well as being a member of our local co-op grocery. I also like being so close to so many places to visit/explore- Paducah, Kentucky; Memphis, Tennessee; St. Louis, Missouri; Nashville, Tennessee.


Beth Scally - eascally@siu.edu

Associate Director of Housing
Beth Scally
Master's College Student Personnel; Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Bachelor's Public Administration; Eastern Michigan University

How long have you worked at SIU?
25 years

What is one of your favorite things about your current position?
Getting to work with a great Senior Staff

Are you a member of any associations or organizations?
NASPA and ACUHO-I

What interviewing advice do you have for candidates?
Be yourself and enjoy the process

What piece of advice do you have for those considering Student Affairs as a profession?
The work is hard but rewarding. There are times you will not see the impact you made on a student’s life until years later so never give up.

What excites you about the upcoming year?
With the new Chancellor we have exciting changes coming to campus.

What is your favorite thing to do in the surrounding community of Carbondale?
Giant City and the Shawnee National Forest


Brian Beccue – bbeccue@housing.siu.edu

Assistant Director of Housing – Residence Life
Brian Beccue
Master's Student Affairs and Higher Education; Indiana State University
Bachelor's History; Eastern Illinois University

How long have you worked at SIU?
Since June 2015

What is one of your favorite things about your current position?
I love working with the graduate students in the Residence Life Office as they learn and develop into Student Affairs practitioners. It gives me joy talking about how to better support our student populations at SIU with our graduate assistants, but also with our professional staff as well.

Are you a member of any associations or organizations?
GLACUHO, ACPA, & ASCA

What interviewing advice do you have for candidates?
I would say, the search process can be extremely tough at times and it’s hard to see the finish line. Having those great mentors there supporting you gets me through those tough times. Having the fortitude to grind through the process is tough, but needed as well.

What piece of advice do you have for those considering Student Affairs as a profession?
Student Affairs is an amazing profession to grow in! I love guiding and supporting students through the developmental process during their time at a higher education institution. Over the years, I had the experience of nurturing undergrad students and Resident Assistants, but in recent years that has transformed into mentor graduate and professional staff in the day to day work of student affairs. This has been a passion of mind since being a RA. Helping another person in their achievement of their goals in higher education is what drives me to continue my practice. Many days it is tough work and hard to stay focused on the end achievements, but what keeps me grounded on the mission are the Resident Assistants, Graduates, and Professional Staff looking at me for guidance and advice.

What excites you about the upcoming year?
I am excited about the boundless opportunities for further growth and development we have at SIU! I found that I’m professional challenged in a way that keeps me focused on the work of supporting our students, but also developing the graduate and professional staff in their journeys as well. Our department always is looking at ways to improve form and function of our practices in residence life. It’s a lot of work, but it’s gratifying to watch changes you help make that enhance a student’s experience.

What is your favorite thing to do in the surrounding community of Carbondale?
I was born and raised in central Illinois and very proud to live in my home state. I have lived in Indiana and Maryland for eight years and wanted to return to my home state. I felt a connection to the professionals and students I met with during my interviews for the ADRL position and it was a good fit for me.


Travis Hardwick - thardwick@housing.siu.edu

Assistant Director of Residence Life
Master's Student Affairs; Western Kentucky University
Bachelor's Mathematics and Psychology; Western Kentucky University

How long have you worked at SIU?
I began working at SIU in June 2016.

What is one of your favorite things about your current position?
In my role as Assistant Director of Education and Outreach, I truly enjoy working with our students in the Housing Student Leadership Organizations. It is incredible to see them bring their own ideas to life and grow in their leadership skills, as well as see those skills continue to build as the year progresses.

What piece of advice do you have for those considering Student Affairs as a profession?
For our graduate assistants, I always recommend they take full advantage of their internships when they are working in Student Affairs. It is an opportunity to explore areas in the profession they may not have considered as a career and also a chance to possibly mark something off their list as an area they know they do not want to work in later. Utilize this opportunity to its fullest.

What excites you about the upcoming year?
I am most interested and excited about how the academic vision of our new Chancellor will tie in with our Living Learning Communities within Residence Life. The new vision will allow for continued growth of our LLCs and opportunities for new communities which will benefit our residents living in these spaces.

What is your favorite thing to do in the surrounding community of Carbondale?
I like to explore different places to eat that aren’t “chain” restaurants. Some of my favorites in Carbondale are Longbranch Café (menu is vegetarian/vegan based), Giant City Lodge (you have to try the fried chicken special there), and El Paisano.