UTSA students: You can be a mentor for first-year students

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(Feb. 11, 2014) -- The UTSA) First-Year Experience (FYE) program is accepting applications for fall 2014 peer mentor positions. Peer mentors assist incoming students with the transition from high school to UTSA by interacting with them in the freshman common courses (AIS 1203 and UPM 1000) and encouraging students to get involved on campus. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28.

Peer mentor responsibilities are:

  • Attend assigned FYE training in August 2014
  • Meet with an assigned group of 50 students individually or in small groups three times each semester
  • Monitor and address students in class that are not attending, not performing well or are having difficulties
  • Attend assigned AIS 1203 course
  • Attend weekly peer mentor group meetings
  • Utilize Blackboard Learn to communicate with students
  • Submit weekly reports to FYE supervisor

In addition to helping students with their academic and social success at UTSA, peer mentors gain knowledge and skills that will make them marketable to future employers. The peer mentor positions give students an opportunity to build lifelong career skills such as effective communication, collaborative teamwork, and group facilitation, among others. Training and resource materials will be provided to peer mentors.

To apply for a peer mentor position, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a sophomore or higher status
  • Be a full-time UTSA student
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Have the ability to commit adequate time and effort to the position
  • Be knowledgeable about campus resources
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills

>> To learn more, attend the peer mentor information session 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19 in the University Center Hawthorne Room (2.01.34) on the UTSA Main Campus.

>> Meet current peer mentors at the Peer Mentor Meet and Greet Mixer, 2-3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20 in the University Center Anaqua Room (2.03.08), Main Campus.