Student Life Front Office

Student Life Leadership

Greg Phlegar  Profile of Greg Phlegar

Dean of Students
149 Graff Main Hall

Specialty areas:

Student conduct education, Title IX, restorative justice, CARE and behavior intervention response, student learning and assessment,  FERPA compliance, Clery Act compliance

Charissa Jakusz  Profile of Charissa Jakusz  Meet with me  Office hours

Assistant Dean of Students
149F Graff Main Hall

Specialty areas:

Student Development, Conduct education, Restorative Justice, Title IX


Sarah Joslyn  Profile of Sarah Joslyn

Coordinator New Stdnt & Family Pgrms
149 Graff Main Hall

Specialty areas:

START (Student Advising, Registration, and Transition), Transfer START, NSO (New Student Orientation), Family Weekend, Parent Advisory Board

Kathryn Oleson  Profile of Kathryn Oleson  Office hours

Business Manager
149B Graff Main Hall

Specialty areas:

Student Affairs

Diversity & Inclusion

Blythe McConaughey  Profile of Blythe McConaughey  Office hours

Violence Prevention Specialist
149B Graff Main Hall

Specialty areas:

Sexual Assault, Gender Violence, LGBTQ+ Studies, Intersectional Feminism, Activism, Reproductive Justice, Violence Awareness, Prevention and Intervention, Trauma Informed Care, Power and Privilege 

Beck Hawkins  Profile of Beck Hawkins  Meet with me  Office hours

Student Services Specialist
Graff Main Hall

Specialty areas:

Student support, students of concern, students in distress, campus and community referrals, emergency funding, housing/food insecurity

Andrew Ives  Profile of Andrew Ives  Meet with me  Office hours

Student Life Specialist
149 Graff Main Hall

Specialty areas:

Student support. students of concern, students in distress, campus and community referrals, faculty and staff consultation, student consultation, parent consultation


Lillian Minor  Profile of Lillian Minor  Meet with me  Office hours

Interim Wellness Coordinator

Specialty areas:

Mental health education, alcohol and other drug use, sexual/reproductive health, and holistic student wellness.

Student Life Intern

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Clair Shepardson

Graduate Assistant for Student Support

Sara Karpik  Profile of Sara Karpik  Meet with me  Office hours


Our mission

What matters most in the Student Life Office is student success.

The University of Wisconsin—La Crosse is committed to its belief in mens corpusque (“mind and body”) and seeks to provide a student-centered education in environments that are safe, diverse, equitable, inclusive and engaging. Our purpose in the Student Life Office (SLO) is to support and encourage students’ growth and well-being in ways that enable them to thrive. We strive to empower students to share responsibility in the learning process and to create a positive learning community. Our vision is that students will participate actively in this process, unlimited by ability, culture, gender, race, sexuality, religion or socio-economic barriers. We imagine students becoming self-determined individuals and well-informed citizens who are caring and compassionate for others and themselves.

The SLO challenges students through individual and group interventions, and we support them by offering innovative programs and opportunities. Our outreach includes wellness programming, alcohol and drug education, policy and safety awareness, violence prevention, and other activities that support student transitions to and through the university. We recognize that collaboration is important to students' success and we aim to work closely with faculty, staff, and families to ensure our work is mindful, supportive and current.

(updated January 2019) 

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