Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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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.


Jacob Smith – jacob.smith@siu.edu

Assistant Director of Housing – Residence Life
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Master's
Bachelor's

How long have you worked at SIU?
Since January 2018

What is one of your favorite things about your current position?

Are you a member of any associations or organizations?

What interviewing advice do you have for candidates?

What piece of advice do you have for those considering Student Affairs as a profession?

What excites you about the upcoming year?

What is your favorite thing to do in the surrounding community of Carbondale?


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.