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Corey Thoss

Senior Assistant Dean of Students,
Director of New Student Programs

Education
  • Bachelor of Arts from Bellarmine University
  • Master of Education at the University of Louisville
About Me

I joined NSP at UIUC in 2013. Before I came to Illinois I worked for 4 years at Purdue University with their orientation program Boiler Gold Rush. In my spare time I like to craft, cook, and bake.

Advice to an incoming student

Say hello to everyone! You never know where you’ll meet your new best friend!

Lisa Jackson

Associate Director

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.

Rachel Chlebanowski

Assistant Director

Education
  • Master of Science in College Student Affairs from Eastern Illinois University
  • Bachelor of Science in Speech & Hearing Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
About Me

I’m from Bolingbrook, IL and am an Alum of U of I! In my role with New Student Programs, I primarily work with the Orientation Leader team, oversee the Inbound program, and assist with Fall Orientation/Welcome Days. In my free time I enjoy going to the Urbana Farmer’s Market, trying different restaurants throughout Champaign-Urbana, cooking and baking, and spending time with my cat, Mia.

Advice to an incoming student

Explore your options! If you join a student organization, it’s ok if you decide it isn’t for you. Thinking about a different major? Talk with an advisor to find one that would suit you better! Now is the perfect time to explore different interests and see which ones stick!

Jim Fry

Assistant Director

Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Political Science, and Religious Studies – Monmouth College
  • Master of Science in 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!

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