Check Presentation of the Class of 2019 Senior Class Gift

SCG Committee

The Senior Class Gift Committee is made up of graduating seniors who recognize the importance of annual giving and philanthropy at McKendree, and who are willing to serve as the liaison between staff and students. Check out more of what being a committee member is all about and get ready to have fun!


Naeelah Chism

Hometown: Fairview Heights, Illinois

Major: Political Science

Minor: Legal Studies & Gender Studies

Why I am Giving: I made the decision to give back to McKendree because I believe this is one small way to show my appreciation for all that this university has given me. Here at McKendree, I have had many opportunities that have allowed me to grow both personally and professionally.

Activities: Assistant Resident Director of the Suites, Treasurer of United Feminists, and New Student Orientation Leader

Favorite McKendree Experience: My favorite McKendree experience was New Student Orientation. I enjoyed NSO so much my first year, I signed up to be an NSO leader so I could enjoy all of the festivities again and again. 

Advice for Freshmen: Enjoy college! It goes by super fast.

Jordan Morton

Hometown: Olathe, Kansas

Major: Psychology

Minor: Legal Studies & Social Work

Why I am Giving: I am choosing to give back to McKendree because McKendree has given so much to me. Throughout my four years here I have had more opportunities that I ever could have imagined that have challenged me and helped me to learn and grow. Being part of the Senior Class Gift campaign helps to ensure that the next generation of McKendree students can have the same opportunities that I did.

Activities: Women's Basketball, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Honors College, Psi Chi International Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Pi National Society of Leadership and Success, and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society

Favorite McKendree Experience: The best part of my McKendree experience was that I was able to be involved in a variety of activities and organizations on campus. I didn't have to sacrifice my education to continue playing basketball, and I didn't have to give up playing the game I love to expand my horizons. 

Advice for Freshmen: Get involved and take the time to get to know your professors because you will meet some of the most amazing people while you are here. 


Mindy Ritchey

Hometown: Vandalia, Illinois

Major: Business Administration - Marketing

Why I am Giving: I gave my Senior Class Gift and encourage other McK students to do so as well because of everything this school has given me including lifelong friends, experience and knowledge. I want to be part of the effort to help future and existing students to have the same experience I had during my time at McKendree. Giving back is a great ay to make my mark at McK and leave my legacy at a school that has given me so much.

Activities: Phi Beta Lambda Business Fraternity, Kappa Sigma Tau Social and Service Sorority, Purple Diamond Society, National Society of Leadership and Success, Competitive Dance Team, and PomCats

Favorite Professor: My favorite professor is Dr. Darren Cross because he has been such an amazing mentor during my time at McKendree. He has devoted many hours to myself and other students and he has given me opportunities that I never would have achieved on my own. He is always there to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it.

Advice for Freshmen: Make sure to take every chance you get during your time at McKendree. Join all of the clubs and organizations that you can to make the most of your four years here. Always look for new ways to get involved and make your mark, you won't regret it!


Megan Rudolphi

Hometown: Mascoutah, Illinois

Major: Pre-Professional Chemistry

Why I am Giving: I chose to donate my Senior Class Gift because McKendree offered many different opportunities to me. As a transfer student, there are not many schools who offer opportunities for those students to grow for their last two years in a program. McKendree has given me the opportunity to be President of a new honor society aimed at transfers and allowed me to offer opportunities to those students. I have encouraged my fellow seniors to donate to allow for more students, not only transfers, to have opportunities to grow in their time at McKendree like I have been able to.

Activities: Tau Sigma Honor Society, Biology Club, and Softball

Favorite Professor: My favorite professor is Dr. Maria Salari. Besides being an amazing mentor, she helped push me toward my goals and made sure I knew I could accomplish them.

Advice for Freshmen: Don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. Be involved in organizations you enjoy, make new friends, and have fun in the process! Your most fun experiences will be the ones you were too nervous to try at first. 


Katera Smith

Hometown: Belleville, Illinois

Major: Sociology - Criminal Justice

Minor: Dance

Why I am Giving: I give because I believe it is important to give back to a school that has given so much to us. I want to be able to give to the incoming students.

Activities: Dance Team, and Dance Ensemble

Advice for Freshmen: My advice to freshmen would be to enjoy your time here. It will be hard and you will cry, but you will make it through. Read that book you want, find a group of friends, and get involved in groups on campus.