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Janisz Named OSA Director

August 10, 2011

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MACOMB, IL -- Michelle Janisz, director of Greek affairs at Illinois State University, has been named the director of the Office of Student Activities at Western Illinois University, effective Aug. 11, according to Vice President for Student Services Gary Biller.

Janisz has served as the director of Greek affairs at Illinois State University since 2005. Prior to that appointment, she was the assistant director of student activities for Greek life programs at Western from 2001-2005. She also served as the leadership development coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville from 1999-2001. Janisz has served as the grant coordinator for the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Educational Alcohol/Other Drug Program at Tarleton (TX) State University (1995); as the assistant director of residential life (1990-1994) and assistant to the dean of student life (1990) at Ferris (MI) State University; residence hall director at South Dakota State University (1987-1989); and summer staff assistant (1987) and coordinator of the Top Gun Program (1986-1987) at Northern Michigan University. Janisz has also worked in law enforcement in Iowa and Texas and as a counselor for at-risk students in Texas.

"Michelle's experience in student activities will allow her to continue providing an outstanding level of service and involvement for our students," Biller said. "We look forward to Michelle re-joining Western's Division of Student Services."

Janisz earned her master's degree in counseling from Central Michigan University (1993) and her bachelor's degree in speech communication from Northern Michigan University (1987).

The director of the Office of Student Activities is responsible for developing, administering and evaluating programs and services for the Division of Student Services, specifically in the department of Student Activities, which includes, but is not limited to: Leadership and Student Organization Services, Campus Programming, Greek Life Programs, Volunteer Services, Multicultural Services and Western Technical Services. The director also coordinates the leadership, planning and policy development for the student life co-curriculum and serves as the adviser for the Student Government Association, the Council on Student Information Technology and the Council on Student Activities Funds.

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