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.
Katie Dunagan, student services coordinator, admits and advises University Special students, including recent immigrants, and serves as the main contact for students on formal exchange programs and English as a Second Language students. She also manages the technology aspect of the Common Scholarship Application for our annual scholarship competition and serves as backup for the Visiting International Student Program.
Leigh Fredrickson, student status examiner associate, processes applications, manages admissions, and provides enrollment support for University Special students.
Matt Greenberg, student services coordinator, advises adults returning to complete a baccalaureate degree in addition to advising University Special students, Guest auditors, and Senior Guest Auditors. Matt coordinates the scholarship program for returning adult students and single parent students.
Christine Inthachith, student services coordinator, coordinates services for visiting international learners in the Division of Continuing Studies.
Josh Juedes, student services coordinator, oversees the VISP sponsored groups program, connecting with UW faculty and departments interested in bringing cohorts of students to UW-Madison for short term study, admitting and advising incoming international students, and planning orientations and events.
Moira G. Kelley, senior career counselor and communications coordinator, assists community adults in career transition, both individually and in workshops. She coordinates all office communication and publications, and serves as liaison to Integrated 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.
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 front-line customer service staff and oversees the operations of customer service for the Division of Continuing Studies.
Anne Niendorf, university services associate, is the first point-of-contact for students, learners of all ages, members of the university community, and the general public. She provides customer service, handles customer requests, schedules appointments, assists with admissions and enrollment, and provides support to counseling and advising staff.
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.
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.
Jane Schimmel, student services coordinator, is the primary advisor for high school students enrolling through the Youth Options, Course 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, associate student services coordinator, facilitates the admission and enrollment of UW-Madison Capstone Certificate programs, works with adults who are interested in other post-baccalaureate opportunities, and supports campus nontraditional students. She also serves as the Multicultural/Disadvantaged coordinator for the Division of Continuing Studies.