Oral history video between James Craig, former Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, and Director of Housing, and Jill Halvaks, former Associate Dean of Students, and Director of New Student Programs, and UCI 1980 alumna.
James Craig & Jill Halvaks
About the Interview
James Craig has been at the University of California, Irvine since 1972, working as head resident for the Mesa Court housing complex. He also served as coordinator of residential life and as associate and acting director of housing and food services before becoming director of UCI housing. Craig has a master's degree in counseling psychology. In 1986, he was given the UCI Alumni Assn.'s Lauds and Laurels Distinguished Staff Award and was named Assistance Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs in 1987. Although he received a new title, he still retained his housing-director position while assuming supervision of the Career Planning and Placement Center and the Counseling Center.
Born and raised in Northern California, Jill became a southern California transplant when she started her undergraduate life at UC Irvine in 1976. After graduating with a degree in Humanities, a two-year job offer turned into a career at UCI. Beginning with the start of New Student Services in the Student Affairs division, Jill worked for the next 33 years in the Student Life and Leadership (formerly Office of the Dean of Students) coordinating New Student Programs and Summer Orientation. For the last 18 months of employment (before an early retirement in 2013) Jill was the Interim Associate Dean of Students overseeing New Student Programs, Greek Life, Veteran Services, the LGBT Resource Center and Clubs & Organizations. Jill and her husband Rob live in Irvine. She has two sons, Brett (26) and Ryan (22). In retirement Jill volunteers with Friends of the Library Heritage Park, UCI Retiree Association, and Families Forward.