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FirstGen 9 Graduate and Advocate Directory

Graduate and Advocate Directory

Taylor Alstatt , Assistant Director, Out-of-State Recruitment

FirstGen Graduate

Whitlock Building – 112

Taylor.Alstatt@eku.edu

859-622-7416

Meet Taylor!

What do you do at EKU? 

Recruit incoming freshman from out-of-state territories to EKU

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Golf, Dog Park with my dog, Going to the movies with my Fiance

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

Lived in Ohio the last two years recruiting incoming freshmen for EKU

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Discipline equals freedom, Jocko Willink

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Your future is what you create it to be; that future starts at EKU by your hard work, on-campus involvement, connecting with other people to build important relationships.

 

Sierrah Anderson, Director, TRiO SSS

FirstGen Graduate Cammack 005 sierrah.anderson@eku.edu; 859-622-1047

Meet Sierrah!

What do you do at EKU?  I help first-gen, low-income, and students with disabilities stay in college and graduate by providing comprehensive support services! What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work?  Coffee, reading, being outdoors, shopping, animals, music, scrapbooking, interior design What advice do you have for FirstGen students? Find (or make) your tribe. Seek out support. Find mentors. Connect with your professors and fellow students. Prioritize your health (mental and physical). Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Jessica Bailey, Assistant Director, Central Student Services

FirstGen Graduate

Whitlock 210

jessica.bailey2@eku.edu

Meet Jessica!

What do you do at EKU? 

Help students with the non-academic side of their education.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Table-top gaming, audiobooks, and crochet

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I once played kazoo in a concert with members of the Louisville Symphony Orchestra

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

British telly!

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Ask lots of questions. Don’t be afraid to get clarification on complicated topics!

 

Aaron Baker, Associate Director, Dual Credit

FirstGen Advocate

Whitlock Building, Room 442

aaron.baker@eku.edu

office: 859.622.3852

Meet Aaron!

What do you do at EKU? 

I help administer the dual credit program at EKU, which allows current high school students to enroll in EKU courses and earn both high school and college credit at the same time. I’m knowledgeable in the admissions and enrollment processes at EKU, academic advising, program offerings, student resources, and financial aid.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I enjoy the outdoors, video games, anything to do with history, exploring, good food

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I’m not that interesting lol, but I would have to say that as an Eagle Scout, I’ve been to some really cool places and met some even better people through scouting

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

One of my favorite movies of all time is Cars, so I always recommend that. If you’re a politics nerd like me, you will also like the TV show Madam Secretary.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Don’t be afraid to reach out. When I was new here the EKU community took me in and I was able to find a lot of support, friendships, and success just from connecting with others.

Take risks that feel right. “

 

Monika Banbel, Senior Director, Student Success

FirstGen Graduate Whitlock 436 monika.banbel@eku.edu; 859-622-1359

Meet Monika!

What do you do at EKU?  I help students excel in their academics by overseeing various programs and services that support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of academic success. I also teach GSD 101. What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work?  Reading, gardening, athletics and spending time on the beach with my family. What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about? I speak Polish and I played volleyball in college. Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend? Educated, Glass Castle, Fourth wing, Iron Flame, all things Sarah J. Mass, Ted Lasso, Firefly Lane, All things Harry Potter, GOT, The Handmaid’s Tale What advice do you have for FirstGen students? Believe in yourself! You can do this.

Aida Bermudez, CSTEM Enrollment Counselor

FirstGen Graduate

Science Building 3109

aida.bermudez@eku.edu

(859) 622-2902

Meet Aida!

What do you do at EKU? 

I talk to high school students and their families about the next steps at college and what programs might be best for them.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Watching crime shows and gardening during the spring/summer season.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I love Harry Potter so much that my wedding was Harry Potter (Slytherin) themed.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Anything Harry Potter, and NCIS

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Do not be shy to ask questions, no one is going to think of you as a failure or that you are dumb if you ask questions. Do not let the pressure of having to be the first and be great at everything get to you. It is ok to fail as long as you get up again.

 

Brandy Blackburn, Interim Director of Professional Education Services

FirstGen Graduate

Combs 425

brandy.blackburn@eku.edu

Meet Brandy!

What do you do at EKU? 

I oversee clinicals and student teaching in for education majors in the College of Education & Applied Human Sciences.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I am a huge sports fan and concert goer.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I have attended over 300 concerts in my lifetime.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

The Office

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

I would tell any first gen student to never be afraid to reach out and ask questions or ask for help in any way. There is always someone on campus to assist them.

 

Cassie Bradley, Program Manager, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

FirstGen Graduate

Library 318

cassie.bradley@eku.edu

Meet Cassie!

What do you do at EKU? 

I coordinate and create opportunities for faculty to learn different and exciting ways of teaching their students. I also coordinate EKU Winter & EKU Summer initiatives.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I enjoy working with the EKU Marching Band and Maroon Machine. I enjoy attending EKU events and volunteering in the community.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I was a clogger for almost 30 years (Nationally and locally).

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Books: the Harry Potter (JK Rowling) and Eve Duncan Series (Iris Johansen). I like true crime shows when I watch tv.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

There are very few absolutes at EKU. If you run into a wall, there is usually a way to help you with any conflict. If you are willing to do the work, there are an abundance of people that are willing to go out of their way to help you. There is a very good group of Gen 1 grads and advocates on this campus.

Deanna Burns, Administrative Coordinator

FirstGen Graduate

Dizney 225

deanna.burns@eku.edu

859-622-5935

Meet Deanna!

What do you do at EKU? 

I work in the Occupational Therapy department supporting the Fieldwork and Capstone coordinators. Together, we prepare graduate students for their final requirements of their degree and to enter the field as Occupational Therapists upon graduation.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I teach private voice and piano lessons. I enjoy sewing, painting, reading, writing and lots more!

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I won 1st place for a Transformation Cinderella gown in a cosplay contest.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

I’m really like a box of chocolates when it comes to books, movie and TV shows. I enjoy a wide array of each and it’s truly an impossible question to answer.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

It can be exciting to be the first one in your family to go to college. But it can also be daunting. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. No one wants you to fail! We are here to support and help you succeed!

 

Kelsi Butcher, College Enrollment Counselor - CLASS

FirstGen Graduate

Roark

kelsi.butcher@eku.edu 

859.622.2705

Meet Kelsi!

What do you do at EKU? 

I help high school students who are interested in EKU discover which program within the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences would be the best fit for them!

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I love to be outside with my family and my dogs! I also love to read.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

I love The Office and Parks and Rec!

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

As a first generation college student, there may a lot that you aren’t familiar with or need help with, and I encourage anyone to please feel confident in asking questions! There are no bad questions.

 

Ann Callahan, Professor of Social Work

FirstGen Graduate

Virtual/Remote

ann.callahan@eku.edu

859-622-1651

865-383-7006

Meet Ann!

What do you do at EKU? 

I teach social work courses and in the process strive to inspire all people I encounter through word and example.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Spending time outside, socializing with family and friends, surfing the internet, and watching reality shows.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I love adventure and travel.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Any book you find of interest. Reading is the key to success.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Take risks. Strive for excellence. Be patient with yourself. Ask for help. Persist.

Charlie C Campbell, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

FirstGen Graduate

Campbell 409

charlie.campbell@eku.edu

Meet Charlie!

What do you do at EKU? 

I am an Appalachian artist and designer who teaches graphic design in the School of Art & Design at EKU.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I’ve been playing video games for 42 years, particularly role playing games. I love discovering new music across genres.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

TJ Klune’s “House by the Cerulean Sea” is a great read.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Be involved. Be interactive. Find a buddy in each class to share notes and stay organized. Participate in clubs and events on campus. College can be a life changing experience and it’s best not to go it alone.

 

Sara Cannon, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student & Graduate Assistant

FirstGen Graduate

Cammack & Psychology Clinic

sara.cannon@eku.edu

Meet Sara!

What do you do at EKU? 

I’m a student in the Psy.D. program and am a graduate assistant through that program, which entails completing a variety of activities.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I love to hike, garden, read, listen to and play music, explore, and spend time with my spouse and dogs.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I am a beginner-level dulcimer player.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

I definitely recommend “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig. The movie Dead Poet’s Society is a Robin William classic. And I love true crime TV shows and podcasts.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

“DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS. There are a variety of resources out there and, if you are unaware of what they are, a quick Google search or asking the relevant person on campus about them can often be all it takes to get you on the road to getting connected to them.

MAKE USE OF THE LIBRARY. It is such a wonderful, quiet place to study, take a break, ask about resources, and grab a good cup of coffee!

YOU ARE NOT ALONE. There is a variety of student organizations on campus to help connect you to others. If you are really struggling, please do not hesitate to make use of the Counseling Center or Psychology Clinic!”

 

Ashley Cole, University Librarian

FirstGen Graduate

Crabbe Library 306

ashley.cole@eku.edu

859-622-7358

Meet Ashley!

What do you do at EKU? 

Build and maintain diverse, accessible, and inclusive library collections, including books, databases, video, and more.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Thrift, read, watch spooky movies

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Mad Men, The Good Place, You’ve Got Mail, For a Good Time Call

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

There may be times when you face setbacks or challenges. Setbacks are a natural part of the process — you will fail a test, oversleep, and maybe switch your major. Keep pushing forward, and don’t be discouraged by temporary obstacles.

Rebecca Crawford, Clinical Faculty

FirstGen Graduate

Burrier Building

rebecca.crawford@eku.edu

859-622-1386

Meet Rebecca!

What do you do at EKU? 

I teach courses within the Child & Family Studies Program in the College of Education & Applied Human Sciences.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I enjoy watching TV, listening to podcasts, going on walks, playing with my two young children, and going out to eat with my husband.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I love going to concerts! My favorites concerts are Tyler Childers and Paul McCartney.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

I love American Horror Story!

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there!

 

Dylan L. Cundiff, Job Location & Development Coordinator

FirstGen Graduate

Whitlock 468

dylan.cundiff@eku.edu

8596222028

Meet Dylan!

What do you do at EKU? 

Connect with employers to find off-campus part-time job opportunities for the EKU student population.

What are your favorite hobbies or pastimes outside of work? (please respond in a student-friendly way)

Video games, watching anime

 

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I’m super-close to learning to play the banjo

Is there a particular book, movie, or TV show that you love and would recommend?

Movie – Spider-man: Across the Spiderverse.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Connect with student groups on campus. Take advantage of your time here.

 

Kayla Davidson, Librarian

FirstGen Graduate

Crabbe Library

kayla.davidson@eku.edu

859-622-8744

Meet Kayla!

What do you do at EKU? 

I help folks with research, such as finding sources, using library resources, and evaluating information. I also teach library information as a guest in classes.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I enjoy cooking, baking, reading, and crafts. My family has a small farm, and I love to garden and hang out with our animals.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I once flew a small plane at a summer camp! Coolest experience.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Book: Sweet Creek Holler; an oldie but a goodie!

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Ask questions! No one will think it’s a dumb question, and others will be so glad you asked. You aren’t the only one who was wondering that! We are all here to help, and we would much rather you ask than miss out.

 

Brittany Davis, Librarian

FirstGen Graduate

Main Library

brittany.davis@eku.edu

Meet Brittany!

What do you do at EKU? 

I help students and faculty with their research ideas – everything from brainstorming a good research question, to navigating the correct databases, evaluating information, showcasing the scholarly information cycle, and much more!

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I love reading books, playing videos games, watching anime, and sketching.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I like poems – Lazy Lazarus by Plath is one of my favorite.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

I like scary things like House of Usher or any other of Flannagan’s works.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

You are not alone – I remember being so overwhelmed my first year or more. You CAN go to college and be successful, IF you reach out to folks on campus who are here to support you. We have SO many resources for students – from counseling, to health services, to tutoring, to social gatherings, EKU REALLY tries its best to make you feel at home. You DO NOT have to know/understand it all on your own either – knowing when to ask for help is a lifelong skill that will take you FAR. NO ONE does it on their own – we all need help from time to time.

 

Emily Jo Davis, Director of Student Conduct and Assistant Dean of Students

FirstGen Graduate

Whitlock 334

emily.davis@eku.edu

859-622-1501

Meet Emily Jo!

What do you do at EKU? 

I hold students accountable, I connect students to resources, I assist students in crisis.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I love dancing, traveling, and musicals.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I am the oldest of five.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Jeopardy

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Ask for help when you need it.

Heather Davis, Director, Adult and Transfer Center

First Gen Graduate

Whitlock 442

heather.davis@eku.edu

859-622-3524

Meet Heather!

What do you do at EKU? 

I recruit and advise new Transfer students.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Reading, watching Hulu/Netflix, playing with my 4 pups, shopping, going out to eat, meeting new people

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I can sing:)

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

A Court of Thorn and Roses series; Downton Abby; Real Housewives; Vanderpump Rules

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Ask the hard questions until you get the answer that helps you.

 

Dr. Lisa Day, Faculty WGS; Associate Prof,

FirstGen Graduate English Keith 126 Lisa.Day@eku.edu 859-622-7235

Meet Dr. Day!

What do you do at EKU?  I teach Women & Gender Studies classes. What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work?  Dogs, painting, spending time with family. What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about? I was a guide ranger at Mammoth Cave National Park. Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend? Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver. What advice do you have for FirstGen students? Always ask for help from campus resources and from people who have a stake in your success!

Brandon Edwards, Department of Social Work Extended Campus Program Coordinator/Lecturer

FirstGen Graduate

EKU Corbin Campus

brandon.edwards@eku.edu

606-528-0551

Meet Brandon!

What do you do at EKU? 

I manage for Social Work program for our regional campuses

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I like to hike and be outdoors

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Don’t be afraid to reach out and use your campus resources when you need support!

 

Maggie Frozena, Lecturer, English

FirstGen Graduate

Miller 105

margaret.frozena@eku.edu

859-622-6186

Meet Maggie!

What do you do at EKU? 

I teach writing!

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Napping, playing with my kitties, reading

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

I am reading Starling House right now and it is a great book about Kentucky

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

You can do this!

 

Phyllis Fuchs, Budget &Project Manager, Enrollment Management

FirstGen Advocate

Whitlock 129

phyllis.fuchs@eku.edu

1-859-622-9004

Meet Phyllis!

What do you do at EKU? 

I manage project related to promotional materials, work with division staff on budget management, prepare invoices for payment and complete purchasing in our electronic procurement system.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Acrylic painting, some Adobe Illustrator work, crafting, hiking in the Red River Gorge, baking, cooking, gardening

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I was born and raised in New Mexico and make a mean green chile stew.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Move: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013); movie: Out of Africa; book: Heidi comics: Calvin & Hobbes, Peanuts,; tv: Monk, Psych, Chuck, M*A*S*H

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Find your people – try joining several clubs & activities, EKU will be your home for awhile, so you need to make friends here. Try a class outside of your major in an area that interests you just to broaden your horizons.

 

Jill Fulks, College Enrollment Counselor - College of Business

FirstGen Graduate

BTC 249

jill.fulks@eku.edu

(859) 622-1574

Meet Jill!

What do you do at EKU? 

Recruit high school students to EKU’s College of Business

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Organizing, walking, eating

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Black Book by James Patterson; You’ve Got Mail; Dateline

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Do not overload yourself the first semester! Expectations are different than high school expectations. Really read the material before a test!

 

Julie George, Dean of Libraries

FirstGen Advocate

EKU Libraries – Center of Campus

julie.george@eku.edu

859-622-1778

Meet Julie!

What do you do at EKU? 

I make sure that students have the stuff they need to be successful in their classes especially when they are writing papers or completing projects, a place that helps them study and complete their work, and we provide help and support from librarians.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I love college athletics and love to attend any and all games and events where our students are participating. I also love musical theater. I always have coffee and a safe place to sit.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I have been to all 50 states

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It will be adapted into a show on Netflix, but read the books first!! The book is always better.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. And go to class!!

Dr. José Juan Gómez-Becerra, Associate Professor

FirstGen Graduate

El Centro – Library 101 A

jose.gomez-becerra@eku.edu

(310) 999 9597

Meet Jose!

What do you do at EKU? 

Associate Professor of Spanish and Latinx Studies, Director of El Centro, Faculty Innovator @ FCTL

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Fútbol, Ping Pong, and video games

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

The Rebel (1951) by Albert Camus

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Success does not happen in a vacuum, it takes a village, so be proactive in reaching out and connect to build your team.

 

Ashley Gordon, Admissions Counselor

FirstGen Graduate

Whitlock Building

ashley.gordon@eku.edu

Meet Ashley!

What do you do at EKU? 

I work to recruit and assist prospective students & their families through the college process, from touring campus to applying to committing to Eastern!

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Baking, reading, gardening, and watching movies and TV shows!

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I am obsessed with sharks! They have always been my favorite animal and I will never pass a chance to tour an aquarium or be anywhere close to sea-life.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

There’s too many to suggest! I am currently into all things Bravo and have been binge watching the Real Housewives franchises in my spare time!

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Please do not be afraid to ask for help. It is already a major testament to yourself that you have chose to further your education – there are so many people and resources here to help you cross that finish line!

 

Dr.Michelle Gremp, Associate Professor, Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

FirstGen Graduate

Combs 404

michelle.gremp@eku.edu

Meet Dr. Gremp!

What do you do at EKU? 

I teach deaf education classes as well as a course in language and literacy development for special education majors and minors.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I love to read, bake, go to the gym, and spend time outside.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I have a house full of plants.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Most of the Marvel movies are actually worth seeing!

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Try new things and say hi to at least one new person every day.

 

Niki Hill, Assistant Professor, ASLIE

FirstGen Graduate

Wallace 212

niki.hill@eku.edu

Meet Niki!

What do you do at EKU? 

I teach sign language and interpreting classes in ASLIE.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Hiking; spending time with my husband, 2 greyhounds, and 3 cats; going to concerts and festivals; crocheting; and naps in the hammock.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

Winter break is one of my favorite times of the year! I love curling up in a blanket, snuggling with my animals, lighting a scented candle, turning on the Christmas tree lights and settling in to read a good book! It’s the BEST!

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Outlander!! Such a great book series. The TV show is pretty good too.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Make connections on campus with other students and your professors. We really do care about you and love getting to know you! If you ever need anything shoot me an email or swing by my office. I am here for you!

Stephen Howard, Coordinator of Campus Visits

FirstGen Graduate

Whitlock 452

stephen.howard@eku.edu

859-622-2710

Meet Stephen!

What do you do at EKU? 

I coordinate daily campus visits for prospective students and their families so they can visit and experience our campus before they make a decision about where they go to college. I also coordinate high school visits when teachers or guidance counselors bring students to visit with a high school group so they can also experience our campus.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I love to read and write. I often do both in my spare time.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I love to cook – I cook as much as I can because it gives me the chance to try something new often!

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

The Shadowbox Children book series – I love young adult literature, it is my favorite genre to read. This is one of my favorite series within that genre.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Take your time, take everything in, and recognize you will not learn everything you need to know in your first semester. It will take time to learn about our campus – not only where things are but also who is here to help advocate for your success. I am one of those advocates and am happy to provide support in any way I am able.

Dr. Gill Hunter, Assistant Vice President, Retention and Graduation; Associate Professor, English

FirstGen Advocate

Whitlock Building 468

gill.hunter@eku.edu

859-622-8010

Meet Gill!

What do you do at EKU? 

I help students stay in school and get to graduation

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Reading, hiking, playing golf, being active in church, spending time with my wife and grandchildren

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I played tennis for 25 years and ran 9 half marathons

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Field of Dreams is the best movie ever; I read lots of Irish literature; Doc Martin, Longmire, and Gilmore Girls are my favorite tv shows

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Look at this list! You have lots of resources around you and every one is ready to help with anything any time – use us! Every person on this list believes in EKU’s mission and believes in you. We are here to help you get where you are going!

 

April Jeffries, CSA Accessibility Coordinator

FirstGen Graduate

Whitlock 361

april.jeffries@eku.edu

859-622-2550

Meet April!

What do you do at EKU? 

Work with students with disabilities

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Camping, hanging out with my family

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I’m fluent in American sign language

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

New girl

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We have all been in your shoes.

 

Samantha Jones, Assistant Director, HR Administration

FirstGen Graduate

Jones Building Room 119

Samantha.Jones2@eku.edu;

859.622.7028

Meet Samantha!

What do you do at EKU? 

I oversee the HR Administration team and operate as an HR Business Partner to specific departments on campus. We as team handle all full-time faculty and staff roles and perform various functions such as hiring, compensation, employee relations, and general HR questions.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Spending time with family, my dogs, and friends.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

Still working on discovering my talent.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

College is such an exciting time; even if it seems overwhelming, it’s not. We have so many resources on campus to help you. If you can’t find a resources that fits on your own, just ask because someone knows something or will help you find it. It’s OK to not know how everything works or need help. EKU is an awesome place. My first job was here at EKU as a student worker. I encourage all students to get involved with an organization, club, and if you need a job apply to be a student worker. There are so many opportunities at EKU.

Cindy Judd, University Librarian, Adjunct Instructor

FirstGen Graduate

Crabbe Library, 3rd Floor

cindy.judd@eku.edu

Meet Cindy!

What do you do at EKU? 

I help students find the resources they need to complete research projects and other assignments. My specialty is supporting education majors with their research and identifying children’s, adolescent, and young adult literature for their lesson plans.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Photography and watching college football and basketball.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I’m a twin who married a twin. I also have twin daughters.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Find the helpers! Everywhere you look there are people willing to help, so don’t be afraid to ask. The library is an especially student-friendly place full of people always willing to help.

Dana Kendrick, Noel Studio Assistant Librarian

FirstGen Advocate

Crabbe Library – in the Noel Studio

dana.kendrick@eku.edu

859-622-1556

Meet Dana!

What do you do at EKU? 

I teach library workshops for English and Communication courses and I help run the Noel Studio, which is a writing/communications lab where students can bring papers, presentations, and media projects for review by trained peer consultants.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Hiking, rock climbing, camping.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I spent most of my early adulthood traveling the country and rock climbing.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

I am Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (book); TV Show – Ted Lasso

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

We have so many resources to help you; your professors really care. Learn to advocate for yourself, and keep trying even when the path forward seems difficult. Once you get going in a program that you really love, you’ll be so thankful that you didn’t give up!

 

Beth Killian, Assistant Professor, Nursing

FirstGen Graduate

Rowlett Rm. 228

beth.killian@eku.edu

859-312-5868

Meet Beth!

What do you do at EKU? 

I teach in the Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral nursing programs.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I love to work jigsaw puzzles and play with my Australian Shepherd.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I learned how to play the violin at age 40, and learned to Irish dance at 42.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

“The Help” is my favorite movie.  It’s also a book :).

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Get involved in at least one club or friend group to enhance your college experience.

Angel King, Part time faculty

FirstGen Graduate

Remote

Angel.king@eku.edu

Meet Angel!

What do you do at EKU? 

Teach and facilitate online classes mostly social work department

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Community theater , hiking , watching soccer

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

2nd degree black belt in shaolin do

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

There are so many ! Just read Demon Copperhead by Kingsolver and it’s amazing

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Believe in yourself , never give up and take opportunities to network with others with interests and expertises in your field of study and your passions

 

Dr. Raymond Lauk, Associate Professor

FirstGen Graduate

Combs 401

raymond.lauk@eku.edu

630-802-1992

Meet Dr. Lauk!

What do you do at EKU? 

I teach an undergraduate management course and a diversity course. At the graduate level I teach educational leadership courses. I also host the monthly Talking Out of School storytelling show.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Running, travel, politics and advocacy, writing, entrepreneurship.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I am a member of the LGBTQ+ community. I have lived in Brazil and speak Portuguese.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Show: Schitt’s Creek; Authors: Silas House and David Joy

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

When facing a challenge, you don’t have to struggle alone. The EKU community is supportive and has resources. Ask around for help. It’s here.

Brad Marcum, Library Faculty

FirstGen Graduate Crabbe Library Brad.Marcum@eku.edu 859-622-1801

Meet Brad!

What do you do at EKU?  I help students with research. What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work?  All things nerdy! What advice do you have for FirstGen students? Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Evan Massey, Assistant Professor of English

FirstGen Advocate

Miller 111

evan.massey@eku.edu

Meet Evan!

What do you do at EKU? 

I teach Creative Writing as a way to help students express themselves through poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I played and coached soccer; love jazz and music in general; hiking; reading and writing; running

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I can learn any instrument within a day or so. Deployed to Afghanistan .

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Book: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius; Movie: Magnolia

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

It can be hard sometimes, but remember to keep rooting for yourself. No matter what.

 

Jessica Miesmer, Space Utilization Manager

FirstGen Graduate

Perkins Building

jessica.miesmer@eku.edu

Meet Jessica!

What do you do at EKU? 

I work with the offices of Facilities Management and University Outreach and Engagement to keep databases of space utilization data up to date.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

It’s ok to take your time in deciding which path to take toward a degree, and even a career. I am 13 years in as a professional, and I’m still working on what I want to do when I grow up! So study abroad, take the fun electives, engage in all the clubs, and find a way to serve in a way that is best for you.

 

Mary Miller, University ID Card Administrator

FirstGen Advocate

Powell Student Center, Ground Floor

mary.miller@eku.edu

859-622-2178

Meet Mary!

What do you do at EKU? 

I manage ID cards and meal plans.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Baking, Crafting, Reading, I am also known as a Starbucks expert on campus.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I can touch my tongue to my nose!

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Parks and Recreation, The Good Place, Schitt’s Creek

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Take advantage of every opportunity while you’re here. The ease and quality of opportunities declines as you age and start your career.

Jessica Moore , Senior Admissions Counselor

FirstGen Graduate

Whitlock Building – 112

jessica.moore@eku.edu

Meet Jessica!

What do you do at EKU? 

I work with new students to make sure that have everything they need to attend EKU.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Hiking, exploring, photography, and riding the motorcycle

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I can fix most minor car problems.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

My Name is Earl

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. My family not knowing the ins and outs of college so I had lots of questions and was too afraid to ask anyone. Once I started connecting with my professor and other EKU staff, I found it was easy to ask those questions.

 

Lisa Moore, Director of Student Technology Services in IT

FirstGen Graduate

Keen Johnson

lisa.moore@eku.edu

Meet Lisa!

What do you do at EKU? 

I am the leader of the Geeks, our learning management system (LMS) which is currently Blackboard, EKU computer labs, Zoom, and ePresence classrooms.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I enjoy video games (PC and console), reading, writing, crafts, and making (e.g., makerspace type things). I also love movies.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I can write with both hands.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Books: The Lord of the RIngs and the Hobbit. TV\Movies: Doctor Who, Star Wars, and The Godfather.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Get help early. Stay focused on the prize at the end.

 

Robyn Moreland, Director, Center for Student Parents

FirstGen Advocate

Turley House

robyn.moreland@eku.edu

859-622-6684

Meet Robyn!

What do you do at EKU? 

I work with EKU students who are pregnant and/or parenting. Our program supports student parents by providing a space where they can connect with other parenting college students, get connected to resources, receive work study, learn about financial benefits, receive advising and mentoring and more.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I enjoy being in the outdoors. I love camping, going to the lake, kayaking, and gardening.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I failed my freshman orientation class. At the time, I thought I was the only person in history who ever failed freshman orientation. I later learned that wasn’t true, I didn’t give up and soon learned better ways to study and organize my time. Most importantly I found my passion for social work, have earned multiple degrees, and now work and teach at the same school I once failed at.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

I should probably answer this with something academic, however, my actual favorite is TV shows. I love Gilmore Girls and have watched it more times than I can count. If you ever want to discuss Team Jess or Team Logan let me know.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Always remember that you belong here. It doesn’t matter where you came from, who your family is, or how much money you have in the bank. Higher education is for you. You matter to us and we are here to help you find your passion and the path to meet your goals. Enjoy the time you have at EKU by building memories, making friends and participating in everything you can. This is an exciting time for you, enjoy all of it.

Nathan Napier, Counselor, BigECentral

FirstGen Graduate

Whitlock 210

nathan.napier@eku.edu

859-622-2725

Meet Nathan!

What do you do at EKU? 

I am a Student Accounting, Registrar, and Financial Aid counselor. BigECentral is the front-facing department to assists students with our partner offices’ questions.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I enjoy tumbling and being a flyer in my old all-star cheerleading gym. It is great exercise and something I love to do when I can.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Call Me By Your Name. It is a lovely but also realistic view on LGBTQIA+ culture, more specifically gay male culture, and what challenges this community faces.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Ask questions, so many questions. The worst thing someone can do is sit in silence. Some students will have advantages from their parents or other individuals in their lives to help guide them through the best college/university process. But, as a first-generation student, this is going to be very unknown. Yes, it can be scary to reach out to people you may not know, however, asking the right person the right questions could offer new opportunities you never thought possible.

 

Rose Penman, Academic Specialist

FirstGen Graduate

Turley 104

rose.penman@eku.edu

859-622-6684

Meet Rose!

What do you do at EKU? 

Assist low-income single parents educationally, as well as career and personal goal-setting

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Volunteering in the community

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I love to sing

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Golden Bachelor

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Get connected to all your resources and the people who can help.

 

Karen Puckett, Clinical Faculty, OS/OT

FirstGen Graduate

Dizney 125

karen.puckett@eku.edu

Meet Karen!

What do you do at EKU? 

Professor

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

running, watching reality TV, reading

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I love to bake! I make great treats.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Learn to balance your time so you get things accomplished but also have fun!

Trenia Napier, Librarian

FirstGen Graduate

Library 204N

trenia.napier@eku.edu

859-622-8322

Meet Trenia!

What do you do at EKU? 

I help create online learning content for the Libraries. That includes things like instructional videos on how to use library resources, tutorials on library related topics, modules in online courses, etc.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Hiking and snowboarding (even though I’m a terrible snowboarder!).

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Book: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. It’s an intense and powerful story about a working-class African-American family in Mississippi in the days leading up to and following Hurricane Katrina. | TV: Pushing Daisies. It only ran for two seasons, but the visuals and production style are stunning and the interactions between its quirky characters is fast-paced and funny.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

As corny as it sounds: you belong here. Don’t be afraid to ask for help OR to accept help when it’s offered (folks don’t offer to help if they don’t mean it). Use any and all of the spaces, resources, and connections available to you. Don’t let anything stop you from taking on challenging tasks—you are capable. Study abroad if you can (not doing so myself is one of my biggest regrets).

 

Dr. Shirley O'Brien, Foundation Professor, OT

FirstGen Graduate

Dizney 237

shirley.obrien@eku.edu

859.622.6329

Meet Shirley!

What do you do at EKU? 

I am a teacher/scholar in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

cooking, gardening

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I like muscle cars

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Brene Brown – she is a terrific author.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Be persistent! You have excellent skills! We are here to help you.

 

Chris Pritchard, Director of College Access Programming

FirstGen Graduate

Richmond Campus

christopher.pritchard@eku.edu

859-622-1083

Meet Chris!

What do you do at EKU? 

I direct two college access programs, Talent Search and Upward Bound, for low-income and first generation students in middle and high school.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I love to cook and host dinner parties. I enjoy singing and love to be at the beach!

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I’ve been singing since I was 9 years old and am currently the song leader at Bluegrass United Church of Christ.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Southernmost by Silas House

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

You belong here! You have a place at the table, so don’t be afraid to use it!

Holly Rabnott, Advising Specialist

FirstGen Advocate

New Science Building 1235

holly.rabnott@eku.edu

Meet Holly!

What do you do at EKU? 

I work with primarily juniors and seniors who are about to or preparing for graduation and make sure they have met all of their requirements.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Spending time with my husband and kitties, reading, bike riding, playing board games, thrift shopping

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I am an identical twin! 🙂 I am also really good with names.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

books: Faithful by Alice Hoffman and Becoming Odyssa by Jennifer Phar Davis. movie: The Lord of the Rings trilogy. TV show: The Blacklist, most recently Resident Alien

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

There are so many people here on campus who want to help you, so don’t be afraid to ask for help anytime. There is no such thing as a stupid or dumb question, especially if you are first-gen because you are, quite literally, paving a new path for yourself. You’re embarking in a new direction. The first couple of months in college can be really overwhelming, so don’t let that catch you off guard or make you feel like you’re incapable of succeeding. Try not to compare yourself to your peers because everyone is on their own journey and it is going to look very different from yours. It’s really easy to get trapped into a cycle of thinking that everyone else is “getting it together” or has everything figured out, but that’s just not true at all, we are all just trying to make it one day at a time. Make sure you take time to do things that bring you peace and joy outside of your studies, like a hobby or simply just going for coffee with your roommate. And finally….SLEEP. Get enough sleep. Sleep is your friend.

 

Caroline Reid, Professor of Social Work

FirstGen Graduate

Keith 209

caroline.reid@eku.edu

859-622-1368

Meet Caroline!

What do you do at EKU? 

I teach undergraduate and sometimes graduate students in Social Work. Most of my teaching is online and I love being a part of helping students grow.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Painting, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. I have a beautiful black Moyen or Klien poodle named Charley.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I grew up in Northern Ireland and all of my family members live there today. I have lived in Italy, Israel, and South Africa before coming to the USA.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

I love Derry Girls. I like Barbara Kingsolver’s latest book Demon Copperhead.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Always reach out. We want to help you be successful. When I was in college, I was reluctant to approach faculty as I felt as if I didn’t want to bother anyone. Now I am on the other side of this and I can tell you that you are not a bother–your success is important to us and we want to be there for you, so reach out anytime!

Dr. Jade Robinson, Associate Professor, Program Coordinator for Communication Science and Disorders

FirstGen Graduate

Wallace 205

jade.robinson@eku.edu

859-622-7122

Meet Dr. Robinson!

What do you do at EKU? 

I teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in the Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) program. The CSD major leads to a career in speech-language pathology. I also mentor students through clinical experiences at Model Lab School and a Family & Me Playgroup for preschoolers.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Hanging out with my teenage daughter, cuddling up with my 100-pound dog, Reading, & Hiking in this beautiful region of KY.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I can sew (drapery, pillows, bedding, etc.).

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

I just read Hotel Laguna, and now I desperately want to travel to Laguna Beach, CA.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

You are more than capable! Take pride in your work, lead by example, and help others succeed too!

Dr. Matt Schumacher, Executive Director, Enrollment Systems

FirstGen Advocate

Whitlock 538

matt.schumacher@eku.edu

859-622-6778

Meet Matt!

What do you do at EKU? 

I help students and do other cool stuff.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Family activities. Playing soccer, tennis, video games. Mowing the yard.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I am a 3-time EKU grad and 2 of my kids attend EKU. #EternalColonel

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Ted Lasso – “Be curious, not judgmental”

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Go to class. Do your work. Introduce yourself to professors. Ask for help. Try new things.

 

Kelly Smith, University Librarian

FirstGen Advocate

Crabbe Library

kelly.smith2@eku.edu

859-622-3062

Meet Kelly!

What do you do at EKU? 

I am a librarian and I’m the director of the Collections & Discovery Division, which focuses on providing access to the books, journals, and databases that you need for your classes or even just for fun reading.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Outside of work, I like to listen to audiobooks or binge watch tv shows. I just finished What We Do in the Shadows. Hilarious! I also love games and puzzles.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I majored in visual arts in college so I can paint and throw pots (even though I haven’t done either in years).

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

I’ll recommend a practical read that will help you study more efficiently: “Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning” by Brown, Roediger, and McDaniel.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Take your time, take everything in, and recognize you will not learn everything you need to know in your first semester. It will take time to learn about our campus – not only where things are but also who is here to help advocate for your success. I am one of those advocates and am happy to provide support in any way I am able.

Darlene Stocker, Associate Director, Office of Advising and Career Services

FirstGen Graduate

Whitlock 468

darlene.stocker@eku.edu

859-622-2080

Meet Darlene!

What do you do at EKU? 

I work with students to facilitate career coaching and career services events. Also, I serve as adjunct faculty member for EKU’s College of Business Professional Development Series.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Fishing and farming.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I have a crappie from West Point, Georgia, mounted on my wall.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Sweet Home Alabama!

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

You are worthy!

 

Dr. Ashley Sweat, Director, Student Success Center

FirstGen Graduate

Library 106D (Under Java City)

ashley.sweat@eku.edu

859-622-2469

Meet Dr. Sweat!

What do you do at EKU? 

I connect students with tutoring and other resources to help them be a successful student.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I’m a mom, so my favorite activities include watching my daughter play soccer and hanging out with my family.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Don’t be afraid to talk to people or ask for help!

Emily Tayce, Administrative Coordinator

FirstGen Graduate

Whitlock 336

emily.tayce@eku.edu

859-622-5361

Meet Emily!

What do you do at EKU? 

I help students that are involved with the student conduct process.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I love cozy games like Stardew Valley & Animal Crossing. I also love to paint & read.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I sneeze multiple times in a row. I typically sneeze 7 times but my record is 16 sneezes!

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Three Dark Crowns Series by Kendare Blake

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Ask for help. Use the resources! Communicate with your instructors when you are struggling.

 

Joshua Turner, Assistant Professor of Psychology

FirstGen Graduate

Cammack 102

Joshua.turner@eku.edu;

859-622-1107

Meet Joshua!

What do you do at EKU? 

I teach in the PsyD program

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

I enjoy travel, reading, journaling, and music.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I speak Spanish.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

I enjoy historical fiction books and Marvel movies.

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Trust your gut! It is important to be true to yourself and know what your needs and wants are.

 

Kevin Watts, Assistant Director, EKU Honors

FirstGen Graduate University 228 Kevin.Watts@eku.edu 859-622-7965

Meet Kevin!

What do you do at EKU?  I lead recruitment for the EKU Honors Program and serve as advisor for honors students. What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work?  Watching movies and playing video games. What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about? I love to play basketball. Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend? My favorite book is “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy What advice do you have for FirstGen students? Educate yourself as much as possible in regards to what it’s like being a college student. You’re independent now – seek out resources for financial aid, for doing research, for networking, etc. Broaden your horizons during your time as a college student and open yourself up to new experiences. You will make memories and meet amazing people by doing so.

Starr Wentzel, Director, First Year Courses and Learning Communities

FirstGen Graduate

Whitlock 455

starr.wentzel@eku.edu

Meet Starr!

What do you do at EKU? 

I help first-year students transition into college life.

What are your favorite hobbies or pasttimes outside of work? 

Hanging out with my 2 daughters and traveling.

What’s a fun fact about you or a hidden talent people may not know about?

I love sloths.

Is there a book, movie, or TV show you love and would recommend?

Favorite Book: Where the Crawdads Sing; Movie: love all of the Rocky movies; TV Show: Ted Lasso

What advice do you have for FirstGen students?

Remember, it’s okay to face challenges – they are part of the journey! Don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it, and believe in your ability to overcome anything that comes your way! You’ve got this!

 

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Email: firstgen@eku.edu