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Eric Armstrong

Eric Armstrong, M.B.A.
Director
earmstrong1@niu.edu

A native of the southside of Chicago, Eric holds an M.B.A. from Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelors in Science and Technical Management (Human Resources concentration) from DeVry University. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1999-2003 and deployed into Afghanistan in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001 and deployed into Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Eric has worked in higher education for 10 years in various capacities from admissions to the registrar, to academic advising and for the past 4 years, working with student veterans. He loves working with students and can be found interacting with students on a daily basis on campus. He enjoys watching almost any sport, but football is king. Eric has an open door policy for all students who need to talk or exchange ideas that would help all students at NIU.


Jeffrey Salmon

Jeffrey Salmon, M.A., M.S.Ed.
Assistant Director
jsalmon1@niu.edu

A native of Geneva, Ill., Jeffrey holds a master's degree in adult & higher education from NIU and a second master's in mass communication from the University of Oklahoma. Jeffrey joined MPTSS 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 athletics settings. He’s worked as a teaching assistant, certifying official, 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!”


Myles Chick

Myles Chick
VA Student Benefits Counselor
mchick1@niu.edu

Myles is currently pursuing a B.A. in Political Science-Public Law with a minor in Psychology. He is currently serving in the Illinois Air National Guard with ambitions of enlisting in the Army after graduation. Myles comes from a large military family. He was born in Bamburg, Bavaria, Germany, as a natural-born American citizen. He plans to enlist in law enforcement upon graduation and hopes to one day be a detective in Homicide or DEA. He is a member of the NIU Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club and is also a competitor in the sport. He joined the MPTSS team in fall of 2016.

 


Sarah Derylo

Sarah Derylo
Student Intern
sderylo1@niu.edu

Sarah, a junior from St. Charles, Ill, is studying for a bachelor’s in middle school mathematics and science education. Prior to becoming a member of the staff, she made frequent use of the MPTSS lounge, spending long hours there between classes. Her wish is to share the experiences and lessons she has learned from being both a transfer student and a commuter with other students who are in the same situation. A perfect day for Sarah is being able to help students in any way that she can. Her advice to NIU students is, “Go to class! Pay attention in class! I cannot talk enough about the importance of this.” Her hobbies include video games and blogging.


Angelia Faller

Angelia Faller
Graduate Assistant
asandquist@niu.edu

Angelia is pursuing her masters in school counseling. She earned her bachelor’s degree from NIU majoring in art with a minor in psychology. Over the past few years, Angelia has lived in several states including North Carolina, Virginia and Colorado. She is very excited to be entering the field of counseling and enjoys helping people. As a nontraditional commuter student, she is familiar with the planning and challenges of being a parent and a student. Time management is key! Angelia volunteers at animal shelters, loves hiking, camping, kayaking, trail running and cooking. Her favorite quote is from the book Wild, “My mom said there’s a sunrise and sunset every day and you can choose to be there or not. You can put yourself in the way of beauty.” - Cherl Strayed.


Terri Gible

Terri Gibble
Office Support Specialist
tgibble@niu.edu

Terri comes to MPTSS from the Convocation Center. A native of Aurora, Ill., she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Landscape Architecture. She worked as a Park Planner in the western suburbs and in central Illinois for 30 years. She recently moved to Sycamore, Ill., and decided to take her career in a different direction--working in office administration assisting colleagues, students and the general public. Terri enjoys helping students (and, sometimes, their parents!) navigate through their questions in order to have a successful college experience. In her free time, Terri is involved with the Sycamore History Museum, the Sycamore Park District and St. Mary’s Church. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, gardening, watching movies and traveling. Her advice to students: “Follow your passion with persistence and do not hesitate to ask for assistance along the way. Enjoy your college journey!


Lori Korth

Lori Korth
Graduate Assistant
lkorth2@niu.edu

Lori, from Lee, Illinois, is pursuing her master’s in adult and higher education. She completed her bachelor’s in community leadership and civic engagement with a second bachelor’s in history here at Northern Illinois University. Her goal is to work with first-generation and post-traditional college students and help engage them in everything college has to offer. As a first-generation and post-traditional student herself, Lori enjoys helping the MPTSS student population connect with resources that will help them be more successful during their college experience. Her involvement around campus and the relationships she has built throughout her time at NIU makes her a great resource for fellow students. She enjoys watching sports, hiking and catching up on new movies.


Fermin Luna

Fermin Luna
Graduate Assistant
fluna1@niu.edu

Fermin comes to the MPTSS office from Hanover Park, IL. He completed his bachelor's in Spanish with an emphasis in business translation at Northern Illinois University. He is continuing his trajectory as a Huskie by pursuing a master's degree in business administration and international management. His goal is to eventually run a business and positively influence the people that surround him. Working with the MPTSS office allows Fermin to communicate with diverse groups of individuals seeking for resources that will aid in their transition to campus. His involvement around campus and the network that he has established throughout his time at NIU makes him a great resource for his fellow Huskies.


Matthew Moore

Matthew Moore
VA Student Benefits Counselor
mmoore8@niu.edu 

Matthew is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Political Science, with a minor in History and Philosophy. Matthew served in the United States Army as an active duty serviceman from June 2010 through June 2014, and then with the United States Army Reserve from July 2015 through May 2017. He began working with the Military Student Services office in June of 2015 and constantly strives to provide exemplary customer service to his fellow veterans. Matthew intends to pursue a Juris Doctorate following the successful completion of his undergraduate studies, and is contemplating a return to military service with the United States Judge Advocate General's Corps. His interests include running for no good reason, weight-training and reading.


Christopher Robinson

Christopher Robinson
VA Student Benefits Counselor
crobrinson5@niu.edu

Chris is pursuing a B.S. degree in athletic training with minors in coaching and nutrition. From 2009-13, he served in the United States Marine Corps and then returned home to Yorkville, Ill., to begin school at NIU. He started at Military Student Services in August of 2013 and has continued to increase his knowledge of military benefits ever since. He enjoys pretty much any activity that helps him stay healthy and in shape. Recently he started an internship at Sycamore CrossFit and has really enjoyed gaining the knowledge and experience.



Laura Vivaldo Cholula

Laura Vivaldo Cholula
Student Intern
lvivaldocholula1@niu.edu

Laura, a senior from Elgin, Ill., is studying for a bachelor's in political science with a minor in latino & latin american studies. Her goal is to attend law school after graduating from NIU. Prior to becoming a staff member, Laura used the MPTSS lounge and support services. Her wish is to share everything that MPTSS has to offer to post-traditional students like herself. A perfect day at work for Laura is being able to successfully assist with any student issues. Laura's advice to NIU students is, "Students must remember to practice self-care and to take advantage of all the resources and research opportunities available on campus." Her hobbies include journaling, collecting plants and playing the violin.


Contact Us

MPTSS Lounge and Support Services
Holmes Student Center 23K
815-753-9999
ocntss@niu.edu
815-752-9999 (FAX)



Military Student Benefits Counseling
Campus Life Building 240
815-753-0691
mss@niu.edu
815-753-0943 (FAX)