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.

Jennifer R. Miller:  (618) 537-6572

Clark Hall, Room 106




•   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

First-Generation Faculty & Staff

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

Dr. Brenda Boudreau - English

Dr. Linda Hoffman - Psychology

Scott Colby - Physical Education

Dr. Darrell Hardt - Assistant Professor and Executive Director of Kentucky Campuses. Director of EdS/EdD Programs

Dr. Darryn Diuguid - Education

Michelle Magnussen - Theatre

Dr. Brenda Doll - Education

Dr. Janet Wicker - Education

Dr. Richelle Rennegarbe - Nursing

Dr. Joseph Knickmeyer - Mathematics

Dr. Kian Pokorny - Computer Science

Dr. Shelly Lemons - History

Dr. Tami Eggleston - Psychology

Dr. Alan Alewine - Mathematics

 Selected Resources

      • Family members of McKendree students will want to check out the new Parent Association at McKendree.  The membership is FREE.  Contact and keep in mind this is for family members of McKendree Students.

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.