Meet Our Staff

Jeffrey Salmon

Jeffrey Salmon, M.A., M.S.Ed.

Assistant Director

jsalmon1@niu.edu

A native of Geneva, Ill., Jeffrey holds a Master's in Adult & Higher Education from NIU and a second Master's in Mass Communication from the University of Oklahoma. Jeffrey joined OCNTSS as the graduate intern in June of 2013 before moving to his current role in February 2014. He enjoys helping students because he feels he was blessed with great academic experiences and wants to help students get the most out of their journeys. Jeffrey has worked with college students in one capacity or another for 10 years in academic and athletic settings. He’s worked as a teaching assistant, public relations practitioner, and an academic tutor. At the student affairs level, he has worked in TRiO and Admissions offices. The perfect day at work for Jeffrey is a day that is busy with students needing assistance and them leaving feeling they were better because of his efforts than when they came into the office. The best advice Jeffrey would give to a NIU student is “Enjoy and take advantage of every moment possible here on campus. You are not only investing in an education at NIU, you are investing in yourself!”


Dan Thetford

Dan Thetford

Graduate Assistant

dthetford1@niu.edu

A native of Tinley Park, Ill., Dan is a third-year law student at NIU. He also holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Illinois State, and is a veteran of the United State Navy. Dan has been a non-traditional student for several years, and knows very well the specific issues and challenges those students face. One particular passion of his is working on campus and in the community to insure students are able to find fair housing practices and responsiveness to tenants’ rights and the special needs of off-campus students. He describes himself saying, “I know the enormous value of a higher education, and helping students achieve that is a large part of why I chose to work in this office.” The perfect day at work for him is being able to improve the NIU experience, whether simply by putting students at ease by giving helpful answers to questions, or by working to constantly improve the student housing situation in the DeKalb community.  Dan’s advice to students: “Focus on your studies because they truly will pay huge personal and professional dividends in the long run; but also make certain that you take adequate time to experience all the richness of life at a university.”


Roy Rosales

Roy Rosales

Student Intern - Non-Traditional Student Initiatives

rrosales1@niu.edu

Roy is a senior from Leland, Ill., studying for a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science. He supports non-traditional students by providing comprehensive information, tending to students and their needs by organizing programs and having one-on-one consultations to better understand and deal with their issues. The perfect day at work for Roy would be talking with students and staff while creating fun programs and giving students peace of mind. Roy’s advice to NIU students is “Get involved! The world is filled with amazing experiences and opportunities. Take advantage of them.”