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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each first-year honors college students will be matched with one of the mentors below:
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
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
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
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
Major: organizational communication
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)
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.
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
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
Shelby Township, MI
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