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Student and Academic Support Services (SASS)

Student and Academic Support Services (SASS) supports the Lindenwood University student community through academic engagement, problem resolution, service learning opportunities, and provision of resources. We are committed to a student-centered environment reinforcing retention and persistence to graduation by encouraging academic and individual development, along with social responsibility.

Student and Academic Support Services (SASS) supports the mission statement of Lindenwood University by

  • coordinating and communicating with all Lindenwood University campuses as a student liaison in support of student progression and problem solving;
  • using established tools to identify and focus on learning styles, academic goals, and the talents of all students, including those at risk; and,
  • treating all Lindenwood University students, faculty, and staff with professional respect in support of diversity, student success, and educational opportunity.

Advising Syllabus 

First-Year Programs (FYP) recently created a system-wide advising syllabus to be used by students during advising meetings. The generic Advising Syllabus can found here. Each Academic School has also created a school-specific Advising Syllabus that students can access by contacting their adviser or Lion Life Coach. Each member of SASS and FYP is the Lion Life Coach for an academic school. Find your Life Coach below.

 

Meet Our Staff

Dr. Christie Rodgers

Associate Vice President

Student and Academic Support Services and University Ombudsman

Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) 357

Lion Life Line for the School of Accelerated Degree Programs (ADP) and Lindenwood Online

Lion Life Coach for students in all programs

Personality Type:  ESFJ

VARK Results:  Multimodal

Dr. Rodgers has over 28 years of professional experience working in higher education.  Her experience ranges from teaching, academic support, admissions, alumni and development, academic services, career development, and corporate training. Dr. Rodgers has worked in the community college, proprietary, liberal arts, and corporate environments. All professional roads have brought her back to Lindenwood University where she has returned for the third time and has worked in her current role dedicated to academic support, student engagement, and retention since 2009.  Dr. Rodgers was a first-generation student and has a BA in Psychology, MS in Corporate, and Industrial Communications and an EdD in Instructional Leadership.


Penny Bryant

Director

Student and Academic Support Services

Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) 358

Lion Life Line for the Plaster School of Business & Entrepreneurship (PSB&E)

Lion Life Coach for students in all programs

Personality Type: ESFJ

VARK Results: Multimodal

As Director of Student and Academic Support Services, Ms. Bryant interacts with students, faculty and administrators to provide resources for academic and personal solutions to at-risk situations. She oversees the sophomore-year experience program, and implements additional programs to strengthen retention and student engagement. Ms. Bryant has worked in higher education for thirty years as an administrator and teacher and is a two-time graduate of Lindenwood, receiving a BS in Mass Communications and an MSA in Administration and Management. She is currently working on her Ed.S. in Instructional Systems Design at the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Sarah Leassner

Director

First-Year Programs

Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) 351

Lion Life Line for the School of Sciences

Lion Life Coach for students in all programs

Personality Type: ENFP

VARK Results: Multimodal, Kinesthetic

Sarah’s role as Director of First-Year Programs includes orientation events, Freshman Seminars, mentoring and meeting with first-year students, assisting with retention and persistence efforts, working with the FYP and SASS student and professional staff, and serving on university committees and task forces on behalf of Freshman students success.

Sarah commits to making sure that each Lindenwood student has the resources and personal connections to be a successful Lion. She invests heavily in relationship development with students and university members to make sure all first-year students’ experience is the best in can be. Her educational and professional background includes a Bachelor in Communications from Missouri State University, a Masters in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University, and will soon include a Doctorate in Management and Leadership from Webster University.


Cathy Hart

Coordinator

Student and Academic Support Services

Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) 355

Lion Life Line for the School of Arts, Media, and Communication (AMC)

Lion Life Coach for students in the School of AMC

Personality Type: INFJ

VARK Results: Multimodal

Ms. Hart (or “Ms. Cathy”) has worked with students, faculty, and administrators at Lindenwood since 2003.  She currently serves as coordinator of the academic success program aimed at helping students return to good academic standing. Before joining Lindenwood, her experience included corporate management and administration in financial services, health support services, and manufacturing. Ms. Hart was a first-generation college student; she has a BS in Family Development from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a MS in Human Resources Management from Lindenwood University. She is an instructor and adviser for Academic Commitment to Excellence (ACE); adviser to the Sophomore Council; a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force; charter board member of the Lindenwood Black Alumni Council; and Adviser Emeritus of the Black Student Union. She is also a long-standing member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and serves as an on-campus presence for the NPHC “Divine Nine.”


Jeremy Keye

Coordinator

Student Support and Accessibility

Student and Academic Support Services

Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) 353

Lion Life Line for the School of Health Sciences

Lion Life Coach for students in the School of Health Sciences

Personality Type: ESFJ

VARK Results: Multimodal

Jeremy works with faculty, staff, and administrators to provide information and assist students with disabilities in developing certain accommodations as they transition into the classroom.

Jeremy dedicates himself in motivating and inspiring students to be the best they can be no matter what background they come from. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Lindsey Wilson College, and Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education from Lindenwood University. Prior to joining the Student and Academic Support Services staff, he worked as an Admissions Representative and Diversity Recruiter for St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

While at Lindenwood University, Jeremy serves as an adviser for the Best Buddies student organization, Sophomore Year Experience Program, and is a member of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion TaskForce.


Dacoda Scarlett

Coordinator

First-Year Programs

Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) 348

Lion Life Line for the School of Education

Lion Life Coach for students in the School of Education

Personality Type: ENFJ

VARK Results: Multimodal

Dacoda assists first-year students in their transition to life as a Lindenwood Lion. He oversees New Student Orientation, creates content for Lion Launch, advises the Lindenwood Freshman Council, and teaches. He is also the Academic Success Coach for the School of Education. Dacoda enjoys the variety of his position as it allows him to help impact, educate, and develop the minds of incoming students. 

He has obtained a Bachelor of Science in Intercultural Communication and Ethical Leadership, and a Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education. He plans to earn a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration in the next few years.


Ryan Yarber

Office Manager

Student and Academic Support Services

Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) 354

Lion Life Line for the School of Humanities

Lion Life Coach for students in the School of Humanities

Personality Type: INFP

VARK Results: Multimodal, Kinesthetic

Ryan serves as the Office Manager for Student and Academic Support Services (SASS). He supervises the tutors located in the SASS Suite and helps provide students with the academic resources they need to excel in their courses. He also oversees the Testing Services on the St. Charles campus in conjunction with the Accessibility Coordinator. Ryan has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing.


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