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Student Affairs University of Illinois Springfield

Overview of Our Departments

Listed below are the departments in the Division of Student Affairs.



Director: Fernando Planas

The Office of Admissions oversees all applications to the University as well as the recruitment and retention of students.



Career Development Center

Director: Tammy Craig

Career Development Center provides individualized services to educate our diverse student and alumni population, addressing career development and job search needs. Providing professional career counseling and current career guidance resources, CDC promotes a greater awareness of the world of work and the need to view career development as a lifelong process.

Counseling Center

Director: Judy Shipp

Counseling Center provides supportive services for students and employees. Confidential counseling is provided to address the personal concerns of students and employees in a safe and private environment, counseling and outreach programming that address issues of concern to students including stress and time management, depression, substance abuse, conflict resolution, communication skills and relationship concerns.

Cox Children Center

Stacey GilmoreDirector: Stacey Gilmore

The Cox Children Center provides a model of high quality early education and care in a safe, nurturing environment for children of students, employees and community.



Disability Services

Sarah Colby WeaverDirector: Sarah Colby Weaver

Disability Services provides academic accommodations to students with documented disabilities and to assist students in succeeding in college-level courses by empowering them through a variety of support services.


Diversity Center


Interim Executive Director: Kerry Poynter

The Diversity Center is dedicated to developing understanding of cultural differences through educational, cultural, and social programming activities. The office supports student organizations, offers guidance on issues related to diversity, and strives to promote and incorporate an appreciation for all that a multicultural campus offers. Programs and activities sponsored and co-sponsored by the office are designed to create a campus climate that welcomes diversity, eliminates divisions, and decreases intolerance and stereotyping.

In coordination with other campus offices, the Diversity Center promotes intercultural dialogue and other initiatives that encourage respect for and celebration of race, ethnicity, national origin, and sexual orientation.

Financial Assistance

Acting Director: Carolyn Schloemann

The Office of Financial Assistance aspires to ensure access to and affordability of an UIS education. We are committed to service excellence in our interaction with students and families and in assisting them seek funding to meet their educational goals. We strive to be fair, objective and professional in our dealings with all of our students in support of the University’s goals of enrolling andgraduating a highly talented and diverse student body. We are dedicated to providing for the proper stewardship and fiduciary responsibility of all federal, state, institutional and private funding.

Food Service

Directors: Geoffrey Evans

Food Services provides quality food, beverage and service at the lowest price possible to meet the needs of the diverse University community.

Health Services

Director: Judy Shipp

Health Services provides cost effective, comprehensive, accessible, professional health care to the campus community and provide preventive services and resources that support participation in health care, enabling individuals to recognize health as a comprehensive state over which they have control.

Residential Life

Director: John Ringle

Housing and Residential Life fosters personal & academic growth in each resident, while providing diverse, progressive, collaborative, & reasonably-priced developmental environments integral to their premier public liberal arts education. Also provide exemplary customer service, intentional campus life experiences, & inclusive traditions which support & enhance their residential living/learning communities.

International Student Services




The Office of International Student Services supports the immigration, academic, cultural, and social experience of all UIS international students. The OISS is the primary liaison between our international students and the university, the community, and the U.S. government.

The Journal, UIS Student Newspaper

Debbie LandisAdviser: Debra Landis
217/206-NEWS (6397)

The Journal is an editorially independent student newspaper of the University of Illinois at Springfield. Our mission is to publish news and feature stories, editorials and opinions relevant to the campus community while upholding the highest professional and ethical standards as outlined in The Journal’s code of conduct and editorial by-laws and procedures.


LGBTQA Resource Office



217 206- 8411

The mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, & Allied (LGBTQA) Resource Office is to provide education, advocacy, support, mentoring, and safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and allied students. As part of our services, the LGBTQA Resource Office presents educational, cultural and social opportunities for all students to challenge intolerance and promote affirmation in an effort to create a more inclusive and affirming campus climate. We are a resource for all UIS students, including those that are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning and their supportive allies. As part of the division of Student Affairs, we work closely with other entities in the division to provide the most appropriate service and support to students.

New Student Orientation & Parent Relations


Director: Lisa McGuire

The mission of the Office of New Student Orientation and Parent Relations is to facilitate the transition of new students into the institution; preparing students for the institution’s educational opportunities and student responsibilities; initiating the integration of new students into the intellectual, cultural, and social climate of the institution; and supporting the parents, partners, guardians, and children of the new student.

Records and Registration


Director: Brian Clevenger

The University of Illinois at Springfield’s Office of Records and Registration (also known as the Office of the Registrar) consists of a number of subunits responsible for a variety of duties.

These subunits include Registration (including course registration, catalog/schedule maintenance, and tuition/fee assessment), Records (including the issuance of official UIS transcripts and grade changes), Graduation (including the awarding of all degrees and associated diplomas),and Degree Audits (including the evaluation of all degrees in progress).


Campus Recreation


Director: James Koeppe

Recreational Sports strives to meet the needs and interests of all who study and work at the University of Illinois Springfield. Participants of diverse ages, skill levels, and abilities are encouraged to take an active role in an assortment of individual and team opportunities. Services, programs, and facilities help to develop and sustain a culture of wellness on campus while improving the overall well-being of the individual.

Student Life

Director: Cynthia Thompson

Student Life encourages involvement and provides assistance to students as they become involved in the various co-curricular opportunities and sponsors campus-wide events and activities of interest to students and Springfield community.

Transition Services

Lori GiordanoDirector:  Lori Giordano


The mission of the Office of Transition Services is to support and enhance the educational mission of the University of Illinois at Springfield and to assist students in reaching their goals. Transition Services staff work with students, faculty, and other staff in a cooperative way to provide support and programming to students to assist them in making a successful transition to our campus.  They accomplish that by providing students with information and opportunities for engagement to aid their connection to the campus community, and by being a central resource for students to get questions answered or to discuss concerns.

Veterans Affairs

Coordinator: Cathy Cassavant

Our staff will help guide the way through Veterans programs and education benefits, and provide assistance with the forms and information related to military grants and scholarships made available through the state of Illinois.

Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center


Director: Mark Dochterman

Student Volunteers and Civic Engagement provides services and learning to social justice and civic engagement while fosteringresponsive, reciprocal partnerships between students, faculty, staff and community.


Women’s Center

Director: Lynn Otterson

The Women’s Center works to improve the status of women in higher education at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The Women’sCenter educates the campus community about gender-related issues, addresses matters of particular concern to women, and promotes a campus climate that is safe, healthy, and respectful of all people. The Center enhances all students’ academic experiences by offering information, support, advocacy, referrals, and programming on a variety of gender-related issues.

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