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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, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.


• Answers to your questions about college

• Guidance for families of first-generation 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.

Dr. Brenda Boudreau - English; Carnegie, 212

Dr. Darryn Diuguid - Education; Piper, 109

Michelle Magnussen - Director of the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts; The Hett

Jennifer Miller - Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs; Clark Hall, 106

Dr. Janet Wicker - Education

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 - Provost; Wildy Hall

Dr. Alan Alewine - Mathematics; Voigt, 115

Dr. Dawn Hankins - Athletic Training; Bearcat Hall, 102


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.