Welcome to the newsletter for MC families!

Hello Parents and Family members! Welcome again to the Bulldog family! We are excited to have your student(s) on campus with us and hope that the newsletters we will be sending out over their time on campus will help you feel connected to your student and our campus community. This first newsletter will focus on who we are as a student life team, and include some important dates to keep in mind before move-in this August. It’s a great day to be a Bulldog!



Important Dates: Fall Check-in & Orientation

All students must check-in at Miller Library, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (unless otherwise noted.)

  • August 8 – Football, Cheer
  • August 9 – Soccer, Volleyball
  • August 13-15 – International Students (required orientation begins Aug. 16.)
  • August 17 – NEW FRESHMEN, move-in/check-in, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • August 19 – Transfers and Returning, noon to 6 p.m. (remaining students may also check-in.)
  • August 20 – All remaining students, check-in
  • August 21 – Fall Classes Begin!

Student Services:

Staff Information:

Khalilah Dossvice president of Student Life, Dean of Students –
Carole BarrDirector of Academic Development, Access & Abilities Services –
Linda Barrett, Coordinator of Student Success and Engagement –
Aaron BachurraOperations Manager –
Ben CoffeyAssociate Dean of Students, Director of Residential Life & Housing –
Jamie PjeskyDirector of Student Life & Service – 
Danielle SutterAssistant Director of Residential Life (Doutzer) 
Gabrielle WilliamsAssistant Director of Residential Life (Metzler) –

Meet the Student Life Staff…

Khalilah Doss, Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students: Khalilah is in her first year at McPherson College. Prior to this she served in administrative roles at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and Lincoln University. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Finance and Marketing from McKendree, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy Analysis from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Higher Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Khalilah is married to her college sweetheart and they reside in McPherson with their two sons. Khalilah’s office is located in Miller Library, her email is dossk@mcpherson.edu, and her phone number is 620-242-0501. Khalilah’s office hours are 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. on week days.





Carole Barr, Director of Academic Development and Access and Abilities Services: Carole has worked at McPherson College for eight years. In her current role, she not only works with all first-year students in the first-year seminar course, but she also oversees all special accommodations that students may need to be successful on campus. Carole’s office also supports students through tutoring and mentoring programs. She enjoys biking, long road trips, visiting museums, and spending time with her husband, three sons, and two mastiffs. Carole’s office is located in the Royer Center, her email is barrc@mcpherson.edu and her phone number is 620-242-0507. Carole’s office hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on week days.






Linda BarrettCoordinator of Student Success and Engagement: Linda is a 1992 graduate of McPherson College and has been employed with the college since 1996 in multiple roles. In her current role Linda not only oversees our orientation program, but is also a member of the academic success team that mentors, and provides academic support to all students. Linda is married to her college sweetheart, and has two active children in college. She enjoys travelling and spending time with her family. Linda’s office is located in the Royer Center, her email is barrettl@mcpherson.edu, and her phone number is 620-242-0459. Linda’s office hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on week days.






Aaron Bachura, a 2018 graduate of McPherson College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, will work part-time as our Operations Manager. Aaron will be working full-time at a local accounting office and is preparing to take the test to become a C.P.A. Aaron will assist the Residence Life Office with oversight of finances and budgeting in addition to other key operational tasks. He will also help coordinate our relations with third-party housing providers around McPherson as we grow and shape our residential student experience. Aaron’s office is located in the Royer Center, his email is bachuraa@mcpherson.edu and his phone number is 620-242-0500.






Ben CoffeyAssociate Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life and Housing: a graduate of McPherson College, Ben Coffey is our associate dean of students and director of residence life. Ben has been with the college for several years and was a high school teacher before accepting a job at McPherson College. Ben’s labrador, Dudley, is a student favorite in the Student Life Office! Ben’s office is located in the Royer Center, his email is coffeyb@mcpherson.edu, and his phone number is 620-242-0500. Ben’s office hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on week days.







Jamie PjeskyDirector of Student Life and Service:  Jamie Pjesky grew up in Moran, Kansas. She graduated from Pittsburg State University with a degree in Early/Late Childhood Education. She spent six years teaching elementary school in Golden City, Missouri before moving to McPherson. After serving MC for three years as an assistant director of residence life, resident director for Dotzour Hall, Student Activities Board coordinator, and formerly bookstore manager, Jamie was promoted to her new role. Jamie will still work with Student Activities Board and will also work to tie our new student experience framework into clubs and organizations, our service work across campus, and will help with the overall operations of the Student Life Department. Jamie lives in McPherson with her husband Aaron and yorkie Mollie. Jamie’s office is located in the Royer Center, her email is pjeskyj@mcpherson.edu and her phone number is 620-242-0470. Jamie’s office hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on week days





Danielle SutterAssistant Director of Residential Life: Danielle comes to us from Kansas State University with a Master’s Degree in College Student Development. Danielle has a wide array of student affairs experience at K-State with work in athletics academic advising, the Center for Student Involvement with Greek Life, new student services for enrollment and orientation, and the LGBT Resource Center. She has served as the adviser of various Greek life organizations, as a fundraising and philanthropy supervisor, and as the Higher Education Student Association professional development chair. Danielle will be living in Dotzour Hall and will help to oversee not only Dotzour, but also our off-campus residential properties. Danielle’s office will be in the newly created Residence Life office in The Pound, her email is sutterd@mcpherson.edu and her phone number is 620-242-0500. Danielle’s office hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on week days.





Gabrielle “Gabbea” Williams joins the team as our new Assistant Director of Residence Life who lives in Metzler but also serves as the Resident Director for Bittinger and Morrison. Gabbea comes to us with a M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Southern Illinois University where she served in the Office of Student Engagement and was responsible for more than 400 registered student organizations among other duties. Gabbea also has experience in teaching freshmen and sophomore seminar courses, creating social media campaigns through the Office of University relations, creating leadership academies and programs, implementing social justice programs, and serving as a lead resident assistant. Gabrielle’s office is in the Royer Center, her email is williamg@mcpherson.edu, and her phone number is 620-242-0500.