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.


Services


•   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; 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

Lori Kuper - Administrative Assistant to Senior Vice President; Wildy, 3rd Floor

Jessica Trout - Program Coordinator for the Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service; Bothwell Chapel

 Selected Resources

      • Family members of McKendree students will want to check out the new Parent Association at McKendree.  The membership is FREE.  Contact parents@mckendree.edu 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.