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Student and Academic Support Services (SASS)

*Lindenwood University will be utilizing a hybrid format for the majority of classes during the upcoming fall term. SASS remains dedicated to supporting all students and will be available to meet virtually this semester. Please contact your Lion Life Coach (below) to schedule a virtual meeting.*

Student and Academic Support Services (SASS) supports the Lindenwood University student community through academic engagement, problem resolution, 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.

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.

Lion Life Coach

Lion Life Coaches are available to form a supportive and coaching relationship with students. Lion Life Coaches help with the transition to college living as well as the development of learning strategies* such as time management, goal setting, stress management, study habits, and exam preparation. Each member of SASS is the Lion Life Coach for an academic college. Find your Life Coach below.

*Any students who would like assistance with learning strategies outside of regular business hours are encouraged to connect with a Success Tutor via our free, 24/7 online tutoring service.

Meet Our Staff

Dr. Christie Rodgers

Dr. Christie Rodgers

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.

  • Contact Info / Courses Taught
  • Student and Academic Support Services and University Ombudsman
  • Lion Life Line for Lindenwood Online and Graduate Programs
  • Lion Life Coach for students in all programs
  • Personality Type:  ESFJ
  • VARK Results:  Multimodal

Justin Barton

Justin Barton

Justin is the Director for First-Year Programs and works with New Student Orientation, oversees Learning Communities, and First Year Seminars. Justin believes in the servant leadership philosophy of serving those around him to make sure that they feel personally and professionally fulfilled. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication and Public Relations from Southeast Missouri State University, and a Master of Science in Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Lindenwood University. Prior to joining the Student and Academic Support Services team, he worked for Webster University as the Director for First Year Experience and Undergraduate Persistence and was their Head Competitive Cheerleading Coach.

Penny Bryant

Penny Bryant

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.

  • Contact Info / Courses Taught
  • Lion Life Line for the Plaster College of Business and Entrepreneurship (PCB&E)
  • Lion Life Coach for students in all programs
  • Personality Type: ESFJ
  • VARK Results: Multimodal

Cathy Hart

Cathy Hart

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.”

  • Contact Info / Courses Taught
  • Lion Life Line for the College of Arts and Humanities
  • Lion Life Coach for students in the College of Arts and Humanities
  • Personality Type: INFJ
  • VARK Results: Multimodal

Jeremy Keye

Jeremy Keye

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 Task Force.

  • Contact Info
  • Lion Life Line for the College of Science, Technology, and Health
  • Lion Life Coach for students in the College of Science, Technology, and Health
  • Personality Type: ESFJ
  • VARK Results: Multimodal

Kevin Manley

Kevin Manley

Kevin leads Lindenwood’s advising team. In his role, Kevin supports the university’s advisors and provides the training and resources they need to empower Lindenwood students to achieve excellence in education and in life. Since joining the university in 2017, Kevin has been involved with Lindenwood’s Q2 Service Excellence program and supported the university as the inaugural Learning Academy Service Excellence Fellow. Kevin holds two degrees from Truman State University—a BFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English—and he is currently pursuing his EdD in Instructional Leadership at Lindenwood. Prior to joining the advising team, Kevin worked as an Academic Services Representative and an Assistant Registrar at Lindenwood.

Brooke VonJensen

Brooke VonJensen

As Coordinator for First-Year Programs, Brooke works with New Student Orientation, advises Freshman Council, leads the Lion Launch course, and mentors students in the College of Education and Human Services. She is excited to connect with students and hear their stories as they seek success at Lindenwood! Brooke has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (Vocal Performance) from Webster University and a Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University.

  • Contact Info / Courses Taught
  • Lion Life Line for the College of Education and Human Services
  • Lion Life Coach for students in the College of Education and Human Services
  • Personality Type: ENFP
  • VARK Results: Multimodal, Kinesthetic

Janet Owens

Janet Owens

As the office manager, Janet has the opportunity to work with faculty, staff, and students to help ensure they are connected with the appropriate person and she assists them in getting their questions answered. She also oversees the tutoring and proctoring processes in the department. Prior to joining the Student and Academic Support services staff, Janet worked as the Administrative Assistant in the College of Arts and Humanities here at Lindenwood University. Janet has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Lindenwood University.

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