Stevenson University Mentoring Program Hits Milestone
August 02, 2006
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Ten years ago, 17 members of Stevenson University's faculty and
administration volunteered to take part in a new program designed to
help some students adjust to their first year of college. When the fall
semester begins later this month, the Partnerships and Student Success (PASS) program will celebrate its 10th anniversary and mark more than 1,000 students served.
are selected to participate in this young adult-to-adult mentoring
program as part of the college admissions process, and, using profiles,
are carefully matched to a mentor who may have similar interests.
Mentors come from all different departments on campus. Even President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., serves as a mentor.
have been many times when I've been in the bookstore or in line getting
lunch and my mentees have tapped me on the shoulder just to say Hi,"
says Ann Arbaugh, an accounts payable clerk in the
business office who has served as a mentor for four years. "I encourage
colleagues to try it for at least one semester."
Arbaugh make a difference since nearly 90 percent of PASS students
returned from fall 2005 to spring 2006, according to Christine Flax,
PASS program director. In the upcoming fall semester, the program will
have 105 mentors, serving 116 students in the program. After this
semester, 1,057 students will have gone through the program.
mentors take pride in the fact that the program takes a holistic
package approach, orienting the student academically as well as
socially to college life." says Flax. "A mentor serves as the student's
own resource person on campus."
PASS students are required to
meet with their mentors at least once a week during their first
semester, and many continue meeting with their mentor up until
graduation. Along with helping students adjust to college life, PASS
also promotes a sense of community between the mentors, their
departments, and the students involved in the program as mentors
network with each other to find the resources their students need.