First-Generation Student Success
First-Generation Student Success is a program serving first-generation college students
at McKendree University whose parents did not complete a 4-year degree. This program
is dedicated to providing you with support and resources that will help you successfully
acclimate to the campus environment and graduate in a timely manner.
Do you need information about where to go or who to talk to? Do you need help choosing a major? Do you to talk with someone about how balance the demands of school, work, and family life? If so, please contact: Jennifer Miller, Director of Student Success and Retention. Jennifer is also the Coordinator of McKendree's First-Generation Student Success program.
• Answers to your questions about college
• Assistance with searching and applying for scholarships
• Guidance for families of first-generation students
• Networking opportunities to meet with first-gen professors and first-gen students
• Tutoring and study groups
• Online services for off-site students
• Referrals to on-campus and off-campus resources
Many faculty and staff were first-generation students themselves! They would love to chat with you and help you with questions or challenges you might face.
Deborah Larson - Assistant Dean & Registrar; Old Main, 101
Dr. Brenda Boudreau - English; Carnegie, 212
Dr. Linda Hoffman - Psychology; Carnegie, 204
Scott Colby - Physical Education; Clark, LL6
Dr. Darrell Hardt - Director of EdS/EdD Programs; 300 Stanton St., LL
Dr. Darryn Diuguid - Education; Piper, 109
Michelle Magnussen - Theatre; Eisenmayer, 105
Jennifer Miller - Director Of Student Success and Retention; Clark 106
Marsha Goddard - Faculty Secretary; Carnegie, 105
Michael Mendez - Head Cross Country/Track and Field Coach; Bearcat Hall
Dr. Brenda Doll - Education; Piper, 207
Dr. Janet Wicker - Education; 300 Stanton St., LL
Dr. Richelle Rennegarbe - Nursing; Nursing House
Dr. Joseph Knickmeyer - Mathematics
Dr. Kian Pokorny - Computer Science; Clark, 200
Dr. Shelly Lemons - History; Carnegie, 213
Dr. Tami Eggleston - Psychology; Carnegie, 202
Dr. Alan Alewine - Mathematics; Voigt, 115
Chuck Brueggemann - Director of Athletics
Michael Embrich - Director of Web Communications & Digital Assets; 521 Stanton St.
Melissa Lemerond Gray - Resident Director; Baker Hall, 120
Dr. Karan Onstott - Heath and Wellness; Carnegie, 110
Dr. Dawn Hankins - Athletic Training; Bearcat Hall, 102
Julianna Swanson - Admissions; Piper, 227
Lori Kuper - Administrative Assistant to Senior Vice President; Wildy, 3rd Floor
Jessica Trout - Program Coordinator for the Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service;
- Click on the link to hear an interesting discussion among first-gen students and some excellent advice for parents!
Family members of McKendree students will want to check out the new Parent Association at McKendree. The membership is FREE. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and keep in mind this is for family members of McKendree Students.
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McKendree University's First-Generation Student Success program was funded in part by a grant from The Council of Independent Colleges and the Walmart Foundation. The CIC/Walmart College Success Award was granted to the university in April, 2010 and completed in 2012.