About Adult Career and Special Student Services
Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS) is your gateway to the vast resources of UW-Madison. We serve more than 10,000 people each year, offering comprehensive assistance for returning adult degree students, career assessment, help with career transitions, and outreach to employers. We are also the admissions, advising, and academic dean’s office for 4,500 University Special students. Individual appointments and workshops on campus, drop-in sessions off-campus, and public programs allow us to reach you and meet your individual needs.
Whether you’re beginning a new educational or career journey, or just need an answer to a question, please contact us to confirm your best next step.
Meet our staff
Judith Strand, associate dean and director, advocates for adult students and prospective learners, raises funds to support scholarships and grants, collaborates with UW System partners serving adult learners, and acts as liaison with other campus offices and directors.
Don Creedy, student status examiner, handles incoming admissions, phone, walk-in and email inquiries, and processes applications for admission. He also provides workshop preparation and office support.
Moira G. Kelley, senior career and educational counselor, assists community adults in career transition, both individually and in workshops. She coordinates all office publications and serves as liaison to Marketing and Communication staff. Moira also admits and advises University Special students.
April McHugh, career and educational counselor, provides individual career counseling for community adults in career transition. She facilitates career planning workshops and the weekly Job Search Support Group. Her focus is primarily on career and educational options to help adults attain their goals. April also supervises counseling practicum students and admits and advises University Special students.
Mary Mercier, senior student services coordinator, advises returning adult students who are interested in pursuing course work as University Special students or who are exploring degree options at UW-Madison. Mary coordinates the scholarship program for returning adult students and single parent students.
Ellen Morin, administrative assistant supervisor, manages the overall office operations of Adult Career and Special Student Services and provides administrative support to the staff. She also supervises the frontline customer service staff and oversees the operations of customer service for the Division of Continuing Studies.
Sybil Pressprich, senior career and educational counselor, provides individual career counseling and facilitates career planning workshops for adults facing career transitions. Sybil also administers the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and career-development workshops for area employers and chairs the Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student Award committee.
Ileana Rodriguez, senior student services coordinator, promotes continuing education opportunities at UW-Madison through programs and information booths at libraries, government offices, cultural events, and community locations. Ileana uses her knowledge of the multicultural community to help prospective students plan to further their studies.
Martin Rouse, assistant dean, directs the day-to-day admissions and student services activities. He admits and advises University Special students and works with community adults who are thinking about returning to school. He is also the main contact for students on formal exchange programs and English as a Second Language students.
Jane Schimmel, student services coordinator, coordinates the admission of students to the 10 campus Capstone Certificate programs and is the primary advisor for high school students enrolling through the Youth Options and Traditional programs. Jane also works with all University Special students and returning adult degree students and administers the Continuing Education Grant.
Anna Seidel-Quast, student services coordinator, oversees the Visiting International Student Program (VISP) that welcomes international students to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for short-term study.
Zufang Shan, office associate, manages financial records for Adult Career and Special Student Services, provides administrative support for the scholarship and awards program, and provides front-line customer service for the Division of Continuing Studies.
Sarah Stilp, student services coordinator, facilitates the admission and enrollment of University Special students to unique programs at UW-Madison, such as our summer language institutes and teacher workshops. She is also responsible for assisting with electronic processes and improvements, including ISIS (UW-Madison's student database).
Karen Thomas, student status examiner, handles incoming admissions, phone, and walk-in inquiries and processes applications for admission. She assists with coordination of Capstone Certificate program admissions and provides office support for the counselors and student services coordinators.