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May 15

Updated Policies and Procedures

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Lindenwood University faculty and staff are working from home and all on-campus offices are closed to the public and university employees. Lindenwood personnel and offices are available for business by telephone and email to provide continuity in university operations and student support services. Please visit www.lindenwood.edu/coronavirus for more information.

Student and Academic Support Services (SASS)

*Lindenwood University will be utilizing an online-only format for all classes through the remainder of the spring terms. SASS remains dedicated to supporting all students. We encourage students to use the Online Tutoring Services during this time for course-specific assistance. Please contact your Lion Life Coach (below) or SASS@lindenwood.edu with specific questions or if you need additional support.*

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 school. 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

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

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

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

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

Jeremy Keye

Manager

Student Support and Accessibility Program

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.


Brooke VonJensen

Brooke VonJensen

Coordinator for First-Year Programs

Student and Academic Support Services

Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) 357

Lion Life Line for the School of Education

Lion Life Coach for students in the School of Education

Personality Type: ENFP

VARK Results: Multimodal, Kinesthetic

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 School of Education. 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.

Dan Ingram

Coordinator

Student and Academic Support Services

Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) 348

Lion Life Line for the School of Sciences

Lion Life Coach for students in the School of Sciences (Mathematics and Computer Science)

Personality Type: INFJ / INFP

VARK Results: Multimodal

Mr. Ingram began his career at Lindenwood in 2005 as a mathematics instructor of general education courses. Upon the implementation of the mathematics placement process in 2008, Mr. Ingram began overseeing that process, along with the refresher mathematics programs. He currently serves as coordinator of the academic success program with a specific interest in student achievement in STEM-based courses. Dan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Lindenwood University and a Master of Business Administration from Lindenwood University. He is currently working on his EdD in Instructional Leadership at Lindenwood.

Ryan Yarber

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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