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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. Boris Apanasov

Student Focus: Any/Math

Dr. Fredrick Carr

Dr. Fredrick Carr

Student Focus: Out-of-State/Meteorology

 Michelle Grunsted

Michelle Grunsted J.D.

Student Focus: Business/Law/First Gen

Dr. Jenel Cavazos

Meet Dr. Jenel Cavazos

Student Focus: First Gen/Small town/Psychology

Dr. Robert Con Davis-Undiano

Meet Dr. Robert Con Davis-Undiano

Student Focus: Latino/Chicano/Any

Dr. Eric Day

Meet Dr. Eric Day

Student Focus: Psychology/Any

Dr. Deborah Moore-Russo

Meet Dr. Deborah Moore-Russo

Student Focus: Women in STEM/Any

Dr. Christopher Hill

Meet Dr. Christopher Hill

Student Focus: Sociology/Criminology

Dr. Catherine Mintlet

Meet Dr. Catherine Mintlet

Student Focus: Students with outside employment/ Humanities/Gender Studies

Dr. Shad Satterthwaite

Meet Dr. Shad Satterthwaite

Student Focus: Student Veterans

Dr. Oluwatobi Odeleye

Meet Dr. Oluwatobi Odeleye

Student Focus: Chemistry/Biochemistry

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."