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Lisa Jackson

Interim Director of New Student Programs

Education
  • B.S. Political Science, Illinois State University
  • M.A. Political and Justice Studies, Governors State University
  • Paralegal Certificate, Roosevelt University
  • Doctorate of Education, Argosy University – Dallas
About Me

I joined the New Student Programs staff in January 2017. My responsibilities include working with the Summer programs (Inbound and RISE), International Student Orientation and Transfer Student programming. I have an older brother and enjoy traveling, shopping and reading. I am also an active and proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Advice to incoming students

Learn about the resources available on campus and take advantage of those. Get involved! It will help you connect with others who are going through similar things as you and can make your experience so much more memorable.

Jim Fry

Assistant Director

Education
  • B.A. Communication Studies, Political Science, and Religious Studies, Monmouth College
  • M.S. College Student Personnel, Western Illinois University
About Me

I joined the Illini Family in June of 2018. In our office it is an all hands on deck approach, but I primarily work with our Illini Transfer Ambassadors, Transfer Student Orientation, the RISE program, and assist with Welcome Days and International Student Orientation. In my spare time, you can find me running, cooking, relaxing in a coffee shop, watching The West Wing (again), or spending time with friends and family.

Advice to an incoming student

"Don’t miss out on something great, just because it is hard." Transitioning into college life and becoming part of a new community can be hard and nerve wracking, but ultimately, your time here can provide you with great friendships, growth, and opportunities to explore your passions. If you are unsure about anything, ask questions. Seek out campus resources. We are always here to help!

Curtis Johnson

Assistant Director

Education
  • B.A. Psychology, Baylor University
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University
About Me

I joined the New Student Programs family in January of 2020. Within our office, I coordinate Inbound. Outside of the office, I’m most likely writing a think piece on Beyoncé, rollerblading, cooking, or spending endless hours at a record shop!

Advice to an incoming student

College can be a fun yet challenging time full of unexpected twists and turns—ground yourself by capitalizing on all the great qualities that make you who you are. On the flip side, seek out experiences, people, and resources that will encourage your growth. These next couple of years are yours to take advantage of, so develop strategies that will help you leave a legacy that YOU are proud of.

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