Success Coaches - Meet Us

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Success Coaches - Meet Us

Who We Are

Success coaches support students and help them reach their academic, career, and personal goals​ while navigating challenges and referring to identified campus resources. Student Success offers holistic support that aligns with "cura personalis," part of RU's core values of caring for the whole person.

Meet Kristy Magee

Kristy Magee has worked in higher education in career development, student success, teaching, and student support services for 15+ years. Through it all, she is thrilled to help students find their own unique voice through their educational, personal, and life goals. She believes that every student’s journey through college is unique and would love to help with discovering motivation, overcoming obstacles, and celebrating accomplishments along the way. She has taught college courses in personal strategic planning, career planning, and communication. She currently teaches the Peer Coaching course and facilitates training for that program, while also serving as an Advisor for the Commuter Club. She is a NASPA CPE Facilitator and Global Career Development Facilitator. Outside of campus, Kristy loves theatre, the arts, and spending time with her husband and two children.

Meet Matt Emory

Matt Emory joined the Student Success team at Rockhurst in the summer of 2021. His previous roles in education include working as a high school Spanish teacher and a college academic advisor. Matt enjoys getting to know his students and helping them realize their academic, career, and personal goals. Matt believes that a college education should be accessible and achievable for anyone. He has a special interest in supporting First-Generation college students. Matt strives to help students identify their individual strengths, interests, and values so the student feels a purpose in both their educational journey and in their life. Matt is a proud alum of Rockhurst. He earned his Master of Education at RU that led to his career in education. In his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and playing guitar.

What should I expect?

Typical meetings with the success coach last 30 minutes. During the meeting you will review and set goals and discuss any issues that are interfering with your success. Your coach strives to create a warm and welcoming environment during each meeting. Success coaching meetings can take place virtually over Teams or face-to-face in Massman 3.

Who benefits from working with a Success Coach?

Any student who is:

  • in need of a success coach to help identify obstacles present in personal or academic areas. 
  • in need of someone to listen to concerns and offer compassionate care and assist in strategizing solutions.
  • falling behind in classes and in need of academic planning support
  • a first-generation college student seeking support and not sure where to turn
  • a commuter student trying to find connection and resources on campus
  • transitioning back to the classroom after a family emergency or medical issue
  • hitting a plateau and wants to find motivation
  • having concerns or questions about college, and not sure who to ask
  • on academic probation or warning and in need of a success plan of action

Who is my success coach and how do I make an appointment?

Set up an appointment with Kristy Magee

  • Students with a last names A-K
  • Peer Coaching Program inquiries
  • Commuter student initiatives

Set up an appointment with Matt Emory

  • Students with a last names L-Z
  • KC Scholars inquiries
  • First-Generation student initiatives

When and where will my appointment take place?

  • Appointments are available virtually over Teams or face-to-face in Massman 3. View the interactive campus map here.
  • Standard office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. During the months of June and July, the offices close on Fridays at 3:00 PM.