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, Tuesday, Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m., and Wednesday, 3 to 5 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:

Samuel Dayton - Student Coordinator

Hello! I am junior studying mechanical engineering here at Western. I am a member of the club sailing team, Alpha Lambda Delta honors fraternity, and I enjoy teaching ski lessons at the local ski resort. My favorite part about the Lee Honors College is the stimulating environment and also the unlimited supply of coffee in the honors college kitchen.

David Ajoku

Hello! My name is David and I’m a senior majoring in aerospace engineering with a minor in mathematics. My hometown is Imo, Nigeria. I take a genuine interest in technological innovation and so I hope to someday develop ideas and initiatives for solar powered futuristic air transportation systems. Above all, my wish is to positively impact the lives of others with my career in the best way I can! I enjoy Dubstep dance, soccer, cooking, fitness, karaoke, guitars and painting. I chose the Lee Honors College because it was a great opportunity for me to be part of a community of talented faculty and students who are passionate about academics and serving their community.

Ethan Archer

I am a senior and this is my fourth year with PSST. I am majoring in Biochemistry and will be attending graduate school next year because I love science. In my free time I enjoy playing hockey, music, reading, water skiing and learning. I have participated in just about everything the honors college has to offer including Study in the States, as well as many campus-wide clubs and organizations over the years. 

Sarah Basar 

I enjoy reading, writing, Frisbee, Ping-Pong, drawing and anything crafty. On campus I am involved with the Lee Honors College, InterVarsity Immerse, Alpha Lambda Delta and am a Resident Assistant in Hadley. This will be my second year as a PSST mentor and my favorite honors college events (although I love them all) are Mix It Up nights and the Chicago trip.

Elizabeth Blasko

I am a senior majoring in public relations with minors in nonprofit leadership, event management and psychology. I chose the honors college because I love being surrounded by students who value academics, service and culture. On campus I am involved in Chi Omega, Order of Omega Honor Society, Western Student Association, Nonprofit Leadership Student Association, Lead Corp, Alternative Bronco Breaks and Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society. My interests include watching NASCAR, volunteering and anything Disney related!

Erin Caspers

My name is Erin Caspers, and I will be a junior at Western Michigan University this fall. I am an occupational therapy major and have been accepted to the upper-level program for this upcoming semester. This will be my second year as a PSST mentor for the honors college--I am so looking forward to another great year! My hobbies include outdoor activities such as biking, kayaking, gardening, 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. Some of my favorite events are the Metropolitan Series trips and Mix It Up nights. I cannot wait to begin another year at Western Michigan University - I am so eager to meet the incoming members of the Lee Honors College!

Abbie Griffith

I'm a fun and smart girl! I like to spend my free time running, reading, watching the X-Files, visiting Chicago, drinking coffee and playing with dogs. My interests range from feminism all the way to cooking delicious vegan food for my friends and family. In addition to being a member of the Lee Honors College community some of the other organizations I am a part of are Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, the Financial Services Club and Campus Beet - a sustainable, student-led cafe. It's coming up on my one-year anniversary of becoming a PSST mentor and every day I am reminded of how awesome the honors college is with its all-encompassing environment that brings diverse people together to encourage one another, to positively challenge each other and to celebrate everyone's strengths!

Emily Scannell

Hello! My name is Emily Scannell and I am a junior majoring in occupational therapy with a minor in management. I am originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. I chose the honors college because it is a community of awesome people who have similar goals. It offers opportunities and resources to explore, have fun and grow. I enjoy outdoor activities, playing sports (especially soccer and basketball), faith, Kid President and MESCing (Making Every Second Count).

Maddie Smith

I am a sophomore majoring in speech language pathology and double minoring in psychology and gerontology. I am passionate about the arts; I spend my free time singing, playing French horn, painting, knitting, reading and writing. I also love to practice yoga and meditation. In the fall, I plan to participate in Western’s Grand Chorus, Alpha Lambda Delta and National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association. I will also volunteer as a communication partner in Western’s Aphasia Communication Enhancement Program. I am beyond excited to be a PSST mentor for my first year!

Nicole Thompson

I joined the honors college in order to meet other students focused on academic success and giving back to the community. One of the greatest opportunities I've had at Western was working with Dr. Andreadis on an independent study focusing on the importance of prenatal care and the disparities that are present in this aspect of health care. I had a great experience working on this project. I am interested in volunteering, Alternative Bronco Breaks, shoe shopping, Alpha Lambda Delta, Bronson School of Nursing, working as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Sindecuse Health Advisory Council and Zac Efron. Overall, I just want to be open to new experiences and to make the most of my time here at Western.