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Academic Advising Team

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Melissa McKenna

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BFA in Studio Art, Psychology Minor
Culver-Stockton College

MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Bradley University 

Professional Background

How long have you been doing what you do?
I have been working in higher education since 2011.

How long have you been at SIUE?

I have been at SIUE since January 2017

How did you get here?
After I graduated with a Studio Art degree and a passion for people and higher education, I wasn't sure what to do. I took a year, moved across the country, and tried something different while figuring out how to combine my interests. I ultimately decided on counseling with a focus on higher education back in Illinois. After my Master's, I relocated to the St. Louis area and was very excited to join the Advising Team at SIUE!

What are you known for professionally? What do you have a knack for?
Empathetic listening and creative problem solving.

What are you most passionate about professionally?
Helping students become the best version of themselves.

What do you love most about working at SIUE?
The people!

Are you involved in any professional organizations/groups?

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • American College Counseling Association (ACCA)

What are your primary duties in your current position?

Assisting students in figuring out what they want to do and how SIUE can assist in meeting their goals.

Where can we find you when you’re not working?
You can find me spoiling my dog, Brady, watching the Dallas Cowboys, or experimenting with a new art process.

Where did you grow up?
West Central Illinois

Any volunteer activities you’re crazy about? Any non-profits you love?
Make-A-Wish Foundation and Special Olympics

Awards and Accolades

  • 2017 Annual Chili Cook Off Winner
  • 2012 Fine Arts Achievement Award
  • 2011 Greek Female Athlete of the Year
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