First-Generation Staff Stories

Below is a list of a few first-generation staff at the University of Memphis.  Follow the links below to read their stories and learn more about them!

Dr. Dan Bureau

"Know your resources. Know what is available to you in terms of support services. Do you need help with a class? Do you need help managing a problem? Do you need help getting connected? We have those services all over our campus."

Read Dr. Dan Bureau's Story

Brad Harrell

"The University of Memphis quickly settled in my sights as a top contender. It was affordable. It was close enough to home. It had a highly-respected nursing program. Bingo!"

Read Brad Harrell's Story

Kyle Nixon

"The investments that you make early on -- whether through studying, networking, or simply through self-care – will end up being what helps you cross the stage at FedEx Forum!"

Read Kyle Nixon's Story


Sally Parrish

"Believe that anything is possible for you- you aren't an outsider, a black sheep or an underdog, you are a Memphis Tiger. You are home."

Read Sally Parrish's Story


Amanda Rodino

"Most importantly remember that you belong here. Like me, you earned your place."

Read Amanda Rodino's Story


Jacki Rodriguez

"As first-generation students, we face more obstacles than most, but sometimes that biggest obstacle is ourselves. Be fearless in your pursuits. Be your biggest advocate and never ever let anyone tell you what you can't do."

Read Jacki Rodriguez's Story 


Dr. Loretta Rudd

"My advice for first gen students now is to get involved on campus. Find organizations that you feel passionate about, even if it's outside your major."

Read Dr. Loretta Rudd's Story