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Phonathon

The McKendree University Phonathon is an important tool in helping raise money and increase participation for the University’s Annual Fund. The Annual Fund supports McKendree students through scholarship, academic instruction, student services, co-curricular activities, and more. If you are interested in being a Student Phonathon Caller, please contact the Office of Development, Alumni and Parent Relations at annualfund@mckendree.edu or (618)537-6824. 


Quick Facts About Phonathon


• It is held twice a year for a four week span in the Fall and then two weeks in the Spring…resulting in over 8,700 calls made!

• Gifts of any size benefit McKendree students and the institution. If each of our alums, parents, and friends contributed just $25, it would amount to $500,000.

• Our student callers are among the best and brightest the campus has to offer. They go through an interview and training program to get them prepared for this opportunity.

• Phonathon is FUN and our students agree. Thank you for making this a good experience for them. Feel free to ask them all about how campus has changed, what their classes are like, and who their favorite professor(s) are!

 

Fall Phonathon will be held:

Monday thru Thursday, October 1st - October 25th, 2018

From 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Giving Tuesday Phonathon calling will be held:

Monday, November 26th and Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Spring Phonathon will be held:

TBD

 

MEET THE STUDENT PHONATHON CALLERS

 

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Brandi Billingsley
Hometown: Goreville, Illinois
Major: Accounting and Human Resource Management
Class Year: Senior
Student Activities/Interests: Kappa Lambda Iota, Marching Bearcat Band, Colleges Against Cancer, Phi Eta Sigma, Accounting Club and Student Annual Fund Supervisor

 

Skylar

Skylar Bowrey
Hometown: Davenport, Iowa
Major:
Exercise Science and Sport Performance
Class Year:
Freshmen 
Student Activities/Interests: Marching Bearcat Band and Theatre

 

 

Arianna

 

Arianna Brooks
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Major: Business Management
Class Year: Junior
Student Activities/Interests: Military Family

 



Maleeah
Maleah Brotherton
Hometown: St. Ann, Missouri
Major:
Psychology
Class Year:
Junior
Student Activities/Interests: United Feminists, Spectrum Alliance,  and E.L.I.T.E. Club

 

 

Bri

Bri Caraker
Hometown: Damiansville, Illinois
Major:
English
Class Year:
Freshmen
Student Activities/Interests: Marching Bearcat Band and Music Ensemble

 

 

Naeelah

 

Naeelah Chism
Hometown: Fairview Heights, Illinois 
Major: Political Science 
Class Year: Senior
Student Activities/Interests: Assistant Resident Director of the Suites, Treasurer of United Feminists, and New Student Orientation Leader

 

 

Alyssa CoatsAlyssa
Hometown: Centralia, Illinois
Major: Music Education - Instrumental Emphasis
Class Year: Freshmen
Student Activities/Interests: Marching Bearcat Band and Flute Ensemble

 

 

 

Josh

Josh Cobbins
Hometown: Crete, Illinois 
Major:
Public Relations
Class Year:
Senior
Student Activities/Interests: Alpha Delta Gamma

 

 

Mekaela

Mekaela Deguire
Hometown: Granite City, Illinois
Major:
Undecided
Class Year:
Freshmen
Student Activities/Interests: Marching Bearcat Band, Spectrum Alliance, and Concert Choir

 

 

Marian
Marian Espinoza

Hometown: O'Fallon, Illinois
Major:
Biology
Class Year:
Freshmen
Student Activities/Interests: Commuter Student, Dairy Queen employee

 

 

Jace


Jace Franklin
Hometown: Springfield, Illinois
Major:
Business Management
Class Year:
Sophomore
Student Activities/Interests: Football

 

 

 

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 Brenye Johnson
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Major: Exercise Science & Sports Performance
Class Year: Sophomore
Student Activities/Interests: Women's Volleyball, E.L.I.T.E. Club, Alumni House Student Worker

 

 

 

 Emma

Emma Martin-Hilker
Hometown:
St. Charles, Missouri
Major: 
Biopsychology
Class Year:
Sophomore

 

 

 

 Photo of Eunique RiceMeina Rice 
Hometown: East St. Louis, IL
Major: Art
Class Year: Sophomore
Student Activities/Interests: Black Student Organization

  

 

 

 

Michaela


Michaela Schmidt
Hometown:
Fenton, Missouri
Major:
Biopsychology
Class Year:
Freshmen
Student Activities/Interests: Marching Bearcat Band, Jazz Band, and Theatre

 

   

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Paris Suzuki
Hometown: Covina, CA
Major: Communication
Year: Sophomore
Student Activities/Interests: Women's Ice Hockey, Color Guard, and Kappa Sigma Tau

 


Abby
Abby Weidner
Hometown:
O'Fallon, Illinois
Major:
Marketing
Class Year:
Sophomore
Student Activities/Interests: Women's Lacrosse, and Spirit and Positivity Chair for Sigma Sigma Sigma

 

 

Wesley

Wesley Werner
Hometown:
Lasalle, Ontario
Major:
Business Administration
Class Year:
Freshmen
Student Activities/Interests: Goalie for D2 Men's Ice Hockey Team and Campus Ministries

 

 

Emiah 

Emiah Williams
Hometown:
Buffalo, New York
Major:
Organizational Communication
Class Year:
Junior
Student Activities/Interests: 
President and Founder of E.L.I.T.E. Club of NACWC Inc., Vice President of Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Secretary for United Feminists, and Women's Lacrosse