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

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 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.