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 in the Seminar Room (1012) at the Lee Honors College Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m.

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:

Samuel Dayton Samuel Dayton - Student Coordinator Hello! I am a senior studying mechanical engineering here at Western. I enjoy skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, mountain biking, and sailing. My favorite thing about the honors college? I enjoy the close-knit atmosphere that the honors college provides while still offering a wide range of programs and opportunities. I also love the coffee in the honors college kitchen!
Shaima Shebrain Hello! I am a second year student majoring in Biomedical Sciences with a Business minor. I enjoy writing Arabic calligraphy, drawing mandalas, cooking and baking, doing makeup and Henna on others, shopping, planning, and decorating. My favorite thing about the honors college is the welcoming environment. Everyone not only strives to do their best in their academics, but also to create memories with new and old friends through the fun events such as the Metropolitan Series.   Shaima Shebrain
 JustOne Crosby JustOne Crosby I am a sophomore majoring in paper engineering. I enjoy rock climbing, yo-yoing, and exercise. I love that the Lee Honors College provides students with tons of resources and networking opportunities through events, volunteer experiences, and faculty help. My freshman year was prolific on and off campus, thanks to the supportive faculty and staff of the honors college.
Lukas Swoboda I am a junior majoring in industrial and entrepreneurial engineering in the accelerated master's program. I enjoy tennis, golf, softball, running, reading, woodworking, and long walks on the beach. My favorite thing about the honors college is the body of students who have a drive for success, as well as the faculty that will help students achieve that success.  Lukas Swoboda
 Kelsey Cushway Kelsey Cushway I am a second year student majoring in exercise science and biomedical sciences. I enjoy outdoor activities, reading, sports, and eating! My favorite thing about the honors college is the wonderful people I have had the chance to meet. The members and the staff are welcoming and supportive, eager to help in any way!
Erin Caspers I am a senior majoring in occupational therapy. My hobbies include outdoor activities such as cycling, kayaking, camping and hiking. I also enjoy cooking/baking, decorating and shopping. I am a huge animal lover! At WMU, I have been a member of the honors college (clearly), intramural volleyball and Alpha Lambda Delta. My favorite thing about the honors college is the sense of community and togetherness the college brings to a large campus environment! Also, all of the awesome opportunities available exclusively to honors college students!  Erin Caspers
 Abbie Griffith Abbie Griffith I am a senior majoring in digital marketing with minors in finance, economics, and general business. I enjoy running and working out, cooking vegan food for my friends and family, reading Stephen King and Isaac Asimov novels, drinking coffee, taking care of plants and dogs )never children), watching horror movies, and collecting mugs. My favorite thing about the honors college is the community of like-minded people that want each other to succeed in everything they do. We may all have different pursuits in life, but we are connected through the honors college!
Emily Scannell Hello! My name is Emily Scannell and I am a senior majoring in occupational therapy with a minor in management. I am originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. I enjoy outdoor activities, playing sports (especially soccer and basketball), and attending retreats. My favorite thing about the honors college? The people! I love being in a community with so many passionate and fun people.  Emily Scannell
 Maddie Smith Maddie Smith I am a junior majoring in speech language pathology and double minoring in psychology and gerontology. I enjoy singing, reading, and yoga. My favorite part about the honors college is the social atmosphere. Everyone is so eager to share enthusiasm, ideas, kindness, and friendships. There's no other place quite like it.
Nicole Thompson I am a fourth year student majoring in nursing. I enjoy shopping, traveling, exploring, yoga, gardening, and working overtime. My favorite thing about the honors college? I love that the honors college personally connects with students, inspiring them to discover and pursue opportunities for career success, volunteerism, and personal growth, both around campus and in the community.  Nicole Thompson