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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.


Alfred Jackson - ajackson@.siu.edu

Coordinator - Retention and Outreach
Alfred Jackson
Doctorate ABD - Educational Administration and Higher Education - SIUC
Master's Workforce Education & Development - SIUC
Bachelor's Vocational Education Studies: Education, Training and Development - SIUC

How long have you worked at SIU?
Since 1999

What is one of your favorite things about your current position?
Directly working with students to aid in their transition to and out of SIU

On what departmental and campus committees do you currently serve?
Of-the-Month Committees with Center for Inclusive Excellence

What piece of advice do you have for those considering Student Affairs as a profession?
If you are looking for a traditional 9-5 job, this might not be the field for you. It is filled with a lot of overtime (without pay, since you will probably be salaried), but the fact that you can impact the lives of students directly with your interaction is priceless!

Are you a member of any associations or organizations?
SIU Black Staff and Faculty Council
Illinois Committee on Black Concerns in Higher Education
ACPA


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 is one of your favorite things about your current position?
My current position is fantastic, allowing me to work closely with our student leadership organizations and student leaders. It has been outstanding to work with a wide array of student leaders who are dedicated to improving our campus community. It has also been very rewarding to see to see how much a group can develop and impact our on-campus population over the past year.

What piece of advice do you have for those considering Student Affairs as a profession?
Remember recognition. No matter what position you serve in, remember to recognize those around you for the work they do. Your students should know you care about their efforts. Staff should know you care about their impact. Peers should know you recognize their contributions and supervisors should know you recognize their hard work. At the end of the day, a good student affairs professional takes time to recognize others; a great student affairs professional doesn’t wait until the end of the day. If you are interested in Residence Life and Housing, you can learn a lot about recognition by checking out the Of The Month Program sponsored by the National Residence Hall Honorary. Search potential schools and see how important recognition is! otms.nrhh.org


Gena Stack - gstack@housing.siu.edu

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?
My current role allows for an enormous amount of networking with faculty and staff across campus. I am always looking to find new ways for Residence Life to collaborate with academic areas and student service departments. We work to find new and different ways to support the students, as well as the overall function of the University. Together we can create new opportunities for all members of the SIU community.

What piece of advice do you have for those considering Student Affairs as a profession?
Don't forget what parts of the work we do are most fulfilling to you, and make sure you find a way to work them into your life. Whether it's advising, mentoring, planning events, or mediating conflict; be sure you stay connected with what you love.

What excites you about the upcoming year?
As a department, we are constantly growing and developing. Having the opportunity to serve on the departmental Strategic Planning Committee means I get to see the vision from its inception. I feel incredibly fortunate for this experience and excited to see how it all develops.

What interviewing advice do you have for candidates?
Make every interaction with potential employers positive and meaningful. Be sure to prepare and do research about the institution and department so you can ask the right questions. Anything you can do afterwards (thank you cards, follow-up emails) to help the employer remember specific things about you and your time with them will help ensure they fully consider you.


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 fourth year as an Assistant Director of Residence Life at SIU.

What is one of your favorite things about your current position?
One of my favorite things about my current position is working with a diverse staff. Each person brings unique talents and skills to the position. Because each person brings special skills and backgrounds to the position, we are always learning and growing from each other. This amazing group of individuals may all be very different, but they all care deeply for our students and that is certainly something I love about our staff.

What interviewing advice do you have for candidates?
I would tell anyone interviewing to enjoy the experience. There isn't another time like this where you will meet so many people who are seeking to learn about you. Take the time to share about yourself and be as interested in their institutions as they are about you. Use each interview as an opportunity to network because no matter where you end up, the individuals you meet could be the best professional connections you will have as you build your career in the field.

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!

Are you a member of any associations or organizations?
I am currently the Inclusion & Equity Chair for the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO).


Steven Yeagley - syeagley@housing.siu.edu

Assistant Director of Residence Life
@StevenYeagley
Steven Yeagley
Master's College Student Personnel Services & Administration - University of Central Arkansas - Conway, AR.
Bachelor's Theater - Indiana State University - Terre Haute, IN

How long have you worked at SIU?
I'm currently in my sixth year at SIU.

What is one of your favorite things about your current position?
For me, it's important to be a part of team that laughs together. I enjoy everyone I work with and the dedication we have to our students.

What piece of advice do you have for those considering Student Affairs as a profession?
Be curious. Learn about what others are doing and be open to teaching others about what you are doing.

What interviewing advice do you have for candidates?
The opportunity to ask questions continues after the first interview. Use the contact information you have been provided to follow up with any additional questions. You have a big decision to make and need the right information to make it.

On what departmental and campus committees do you currently serve?
I serve on the University Housing Strategic Plan Committee, the University Housing Petitions Committee, the Resident Assistant Training Committee, and the Resident Assistant Recruitment & Selection Committee.