Peer Student Success Team

The Lee Honors College Peer Student Success Team provides academic and social support to incoming honors students. Team mentors can help identify and address the concerns of new Western students. The program's goals are to offer students a resource for campus and city information, to promote civic engagement, and to facilitate community building among honors students. All honors freshmen are paired with a PSST mentor during the summer before they arrive at campus.

Mentors hold office hours to address student concerns and offer basic information about Western Michigan University and the Lee Honors College. Office hours are held Monday through Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m., in the Lee Honors College advising office in Ackley (Valley I, first floor, inside the Honors Lounge). Mentors also organize community volunteer opportunities on a monthly basis and help organize other honors college sponsored events.

New mentor hiring takes place each spring. If you are interested in becoming a Peer Student Success Team mentor, please contact the graduate assistant at

Each first-year honors college students will be matched with one of the mentors below:

Elyse Hogan

Student coordinator
Bay City, MI

Majors: English and Spanish 

Minor: speech and hearing processes

Why the honors college?: 2011 Medallion Scholar

Activities/interests: hanging out at the honors college, reading, playing Sims, painting, hanging out with friends, cooking, eating pizza and watching Netflix

David Ajoku

Imo, Nigeria

Major: aerospace engineering

Why the honors college?: an opportunity to be part of a community of talented faculty and students who are passionate about academics and serving their community

Activities/interests: fitness, cooking, dance, soccer and painting

Ethan Archer

Lansing, MI

Major: biochemistry

Why the honors college?: tight-knit feel of community; place to find like-minded people at Western

Activities/interests: hockey, tennis, basketball, rugby, water skiing, music, spending time with friends; R.A. in the Burnhams

Sarah Basar 

Lake Orion, MI

Majors: Spanish and English education

Why the honors college?: smaller community, fun extra-curricular activities, meeting people who value academic success

Activities/interests: Intervarsity, Immerse and Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, ping-pong, traveling, reading, drawing and hanging out with friends

Casey Blair

Wheaton, IL

Major: organizational communication

Minor: business

Why the honors college?: opportunities, smaller, more discussion-based classes

Activities/interests: football, volleyball, baseball, basketball, East Campus, Young Life, Cru, Landscape Services worker, orientation student leader, downtown Kalamazoo restaurants (The Union, Burdick’s)

Elizabeth Blasko

Grayslake, IL

Major: public relations

Minor: non-profit leadership

Why the honors college?: involvement with others who value academics, service, and culture.

Activities/interests: Chi Omega, Non-Profit Leadership Student Association, Alpha Lambda Delta, NASCAR, Disney movies.

Erin Caspers

Bay City, MI

Major: occupational therapy

Why the honors college?: awesome way to meet people with common interests and goals and looks great on a resume

Activities/interests: Alpha Lambda Delta, Campus Activities Board, being outdoors: kayaking, biking, hunting, camping, sports

Sam Dayton 

Lapeer, MI

Major: mechanical engineering

Why the honors college?: close-knit atmosphere and endless supply of coffee

Activities/interests: Western Michigan University Sailing team, Alpha Lamba Delta, working out at the Student Recreation Center and jogging around campus

Jasmine Scott

Shelby Township, MI

Major: marketing

Minors: event management, music, general business

Why the honors college?: the thesis helps to make your experience more unique, many more programs available, overall the honors college helps carve your career path in a better way

Activities/interests: WMU Student Ambassador, Omega Delta Epsilon Choral Service Fraternity, Western Choirs, SALP Leadership Certificates, Drive Safe Kalamazoo, traveling, coffee, kayaking and singing