Director of Student Activities and the Stevenson Union
Office: Stevenson Union 312 A
John is a two-time graduate of Central Michigan University (CMU), with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration. While pursuing his studies at CMU, John served as a residence hall director for seven years. During that time, he was involved with campus organizations that support survivors of sexual aggression and mentoring college-age men.
Next, John moved to Dallas, TX and began working at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). During his three years at UTD, he served as an Assistant Director of Student Organizations. In addition, John also served as co-chair of Welcome Week(s) and Homecoming. The University of Notre Dame brought John back to the Midwest for seven years as he served as Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Community Engagement in addition to Interim Director of the Gender Relations Center (GRC). His work in the GRC focused on student leadership, mentoring peer educators, and violence prevention programming.
John currently serves as the Director of Student Activities and the Stevenson Union at Southern Oregon University. In his spare time, he enjoys watching football, cooking, travel, and playing with his dog.
Clubs, Organizations, and Events Coordinator
Office: Stevenson Union 312B
Jessica Haywood is originally from the mountains of North Carolina and graduated with a B.S. in Spanish Education from Appalachian State University. She taught Spanish in NC public schools for 3 years before moving to Oregon where she completed her Master’s degree in College Student Services Administration at Oregon State University. Throughout her studies, she concentrated on Transformative Learning in Co-Curricular Experiences. She has always had a passion for engaging students in hands-on activities and events that help develop leadership skills and self-awareness.
Jess worked at Missouri S&T for 5 years with volunteerism and alternative breaks programs before moving to Oregon to take the Coordinator for Student Organizations & Events position at SOU. Jess currently works to support SOU student clubs, the Club Board of Advisors, and the EPIC events teams on campus. She enjoys creative pursuits such as crafting and photography, and loves international travel and snuggling with her 2 cats Luna and Stella.
Operations and Scheduling Specialist
Office: Stevenson Union 312C
Kay has been working for the Stevenson Union since her birthday in 2011. Her role as the Operations and Events Specialist for the Union utilizes her favorite life skills of organization and having a positive attitude. Kay gets to help clubs, organizations, and community groups bring their events to life in the SU by providing scheduling assistance and creative utilization of our building resources. She also works alongside the student and staff Operations and Custodial Teams to help keep the SU running smoothly. When not at work, Kay shares a small farm with her husband, Steve, a herd of sheep, a passel of pigs, and a flock of chickens. And, of course, no farm is complete without a dog to guard it all and a cat to help catch the barn mice!