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First-Year Student Mentoring Program

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Faculty mentors create nurturing and personalized university experiences for new students, thus easing the transition from high school to college and assisting in the retention and graduation of college students.


  1. Establish relationships with faculty and other students.
  2. Engage in activities on and off campus.
  3. Experience professional and personal growth.
  4. Explore new opportunities.
  5. Expand the student’s understanding of other cultures.

Role of the Student:

Students should be willing to interact with a faculty member in a mentoring partnership. The student must be serious about this commitment and prepared to participate actively in the program during the semester.

Benefits of Having a Mentor:

This program provides the opportunity for students to build relationships with faculty, increase their network base, and gain valuable life experience. It gives the student a chance to become acquainted with someone who is personally interested in the student's well-being and who can assist with the complexities of university life.

How to Enroll:

Enroll in this 0-credit, 0-cost course, UNIV 1210, at

Meet the Faculty Mentors

Dr. Boris Apanasov

Meet Dr. Apanasov

Student Focus: Students Interested in Math

All Students

Dr. Fredrick Carr

Meet Dr. Fredrick Carr

Student Focus: Out-of-State/Meteorology

 Michelle Grunsted

Meet Dr. Jenel Cavazos

Student Focus: First Generation Students 

Small Town Students 

Students Intersted in Psychology

Dr. Shad Satterthwaite

Meet Dr. Brittany Hott

Student Focus: Special Education Students

First Gen Students

Rural Students

Dr. Robert Con Davis-Undiano

Meet Dr. Robert Con Davis-Undiano

Student Focus: Latino/Chicano/Any

Dr. Eric Day

Meet Dr. David Ebert

Engineering Students

Meet Dr. Deborah Moore-Russo

Student Focus: Female Students in STEM

All Students 

Meet Dr. Matthew Reyes

Student Focus: Construction Science Students

Latinx Students

Any Students

Meet Dr. Shad Satterthwaite

Student Focus: Student Veterans

Meet Dr. Ji Hwan Park 

Student Focus: Computer Science or Engineering 

Dr. Jacob Pleasants 

Student Focus: Student Interested in Board Games 

Meet Dr. Sepideh Stewart 

Student Focus: Students Interested in Math

Meet Dr. Kim Gaddie 

Student Focus: Autism and ASD Support 

Faculty Mentoring, Get Acquainted Session, 08/22/08
"I think the mentoring program is HELPFUL. My mentor was very GOOD and he seemed to take a REAL INTEREST in what I was doing. During this semester, I knew that I could contact him if I ever needed help."
Two students meet their Faculty Mentor, Dr. Erik Braun, for their UNIV 1210 Faculty Mentoring course for Fall 2011
"As faculty members, we commit to the development of students' education. As mentors, we commit to the development of students."