College Student Personnel program

CSP Alumni

After almost 50 years of teaching leadership in higher education, the CSP Program at WIU has developed a substantial alumni community working in and beyond higher education.  From recent graduates, to established professionals, each CSP Alum has a different path and a different definition of success.  Our alumni are proof that with a CSP degree, there are no limits on where this degree can take you. Below are some examples of positions that graduates have received their first year out of school, and an examples of potential career paths after graduation.

Alumni Job Placement

First job after graduation:

  • Residence Education, Purdue University (IN)
  • Academic Advisor, Texas State University (TX)
  • Career Advisor, Washington State University (WA)
  • Neighboorhood Housing Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)
  • Residential Life Coordinator, San Jose State University (CA)
  • Admissions Counselor, Chaminade University (HI)
  • Greek Program Coordinator, Saint Louis University (MO)
  • Assistant Director of Student Activities, Simpson College (IA)
  • Resident Director, University of California-Riverside (CA)
  • Director of Education, International Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta (KY)
  • Academic Advisor, St. Louis University (MO)
  • Resident Coordinator, State University New York -SUNY (NY)
  • Greek Life Coordinator, Illinois Institute of Technology (IL)
  • Transfer Admissions Counselor, Benedictine University-Springfield (IL)
  • Gender-Based Violence Prevention Coordinator, Virginia Tech University (VA)

Student Affairs Career Pathheadshot of CSP alum Tammy Ketelen Bowen

Tammy Ketelen Bowen

Graduate Assistantship: Academic Advising
First Professional Position:  Career Services Counselor
Second Professional Position: Director of Career Services
Third Professional Position: Academic Advisor
Fourth Professional Position:  Director of Housing
Current Professional Position:  Director of Residence Life 


Where are they now?

 map of the United States with small Rocky logos showing where recent alumni of the program currently work


Noteable Alumni Highlight

Caryl M. Stern - President and CEO of UNICEF USA


alumna caryl stern surrounded by children she was working with during her time in KenyaStern earned her master's degree in Western's College Student Personnel  program in 1979. Currently, she serves as the president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. She joined the U.S. Fund in 2006 and has traveled to more than 30 countries in support of UNICEF's mission. She has spearheaded the organization's efforts to help UNICEF help children affected by disasters across the globe, including the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2011 East Africa drought and the recent Ebola crisis. She is author of the book, "I Believe in ZERO: Learning from the World's Children."

Prior to joining the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Stern served as the CEO and senior associate national director of the Anti-Defamation League, the founding director of the Anti-Defamation League's A World of Difference Institute and as the dean of students at Polytechnic University.