Overview of Our Centers and Offices

Listed below are the centers and offices within the Division of Student Affairs.

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.

Career Development Center

Legacy Campus – Student Affairs Building, SAB 50
Director: Katherine Battee-Freeman


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

Legacy Campus – Human Resource Building, HRB 64
Director: Bethany Bilyeu

The Counseling Center enhances the academic mission of the university by providing supportive services for students. Confidential counseling is provided to address the personal concerns of students in a safe and private environment. The Center facilitates the academic progress of students by providing 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. The Counseling Center staff helps students build confidence, gain insight, and make changes to assist them in being successful as students and in their personal lives.

Cox Children Center

Cox Children’s Center
Director: Stacey Gilmore

The Cox Children’s Center was established in 1970.  The center is a resource for university students, faculty, staff, alumni and community clients.  The programs are designed to provide early childhood care and education for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age.  Our center also serves as a site for practicum experiences for university students seeking hands-on learning in the field of early childhood education.

Dean of Students

Founders Residence Hall – FRH 178
Jantzen Eddington, J.D.

Serve all UIS students through outreach, programs and services focused on helping them enjoy college, be successful academically, prepare for graduation and careers, and assist them in successfully navigating needs and concerns that arise.

Dining Service

Student Union
Director: Geoffrey Evans


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

Disability Services

Sarah Colby Weaver

Legacy Campus – Human Resource Building, HRB 80
Director: 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

Legacy Campus – Student Life Building, SLB 22

 Director: Justin Rose

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.

Gender and Sexuality Student Services

Legacy Campus, Student Life Building, SLB 22
Director:  Kerry Poynter

217/206- 8411

The mission of the Gender and Sexuality Student Services Office (formerly known as the LGBTQ 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 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.

Health Services

Legacy Campus – Business Services Building, BSB 20
Director: Lorie Mick


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.

International Student Services

Legacy Campus – Human Resource Building, HRB 10
Director: Rick Lane


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.

Residential Life

Housing Butler Commons
Director: Brian Kelley


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.


Student Life

Cynthia-ThompsonStudent Union, Student Leadership Center, Room 115
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.

Student Union

Executive Director: Ann T. Comerford
Email:  studentunion@uis.edu

The focal point of campus and student life, the Student Union at UIS has become the heart of the university campus, a place where students, along with faculty and staff, can spend time with friends, collaborate  on academic and leadership activities, and create an inclusive and welcoming campus community. Ann also oversees Food Services, Student Life and Volunteer Civic Engagement.

Veterans Affairs

Founders Residence Hall – FRH 171
Coordinator: Mark Dochterman


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

Student Union
Director: Jill Hawkins


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

Student Affairs Building, SLB 15
Director: Rexann Whorton


The Women’s Center works to improve the status of women in higher education at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The Women’s Center 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.