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2014-2015 Transfer Student Mentor Information and Application

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What is a Transfer Student Mentor?

Transfer Student Mentors (TSMs) are an integral component of the WTAMU team. TSMs will take on the role of small group leaders during Transfer Student Orientations and will be the first WTAMU contact with many of our new transfer students. We select exceptional students who give evidence of interpersonal and intellectual skills.

Transfer Student Mentors are charged with the mission of guiding transfer students to success. TSMs will:

  • Serve as academic and social role models for transfer students
  • Be a positive representative of West Texas A&M University
  • Assist new transfer students as they transition to WTAMU
  • Give a clear overview of the academic program, culture, and expectations
  • Convey enthusiasm and spirit for the University
  • Provide supportive student success resources
  • Act as a liaison to academic colleges and departments
  • Provide support to transfer students in both academic and social aspects of life

Requirements and Expectations of Transfer Student Mentors

Requirements to be a Transfer Student Mentor

  • Familiarity with the transfer student process and experience at WTAMU
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Attend all required trainings and Transfer Student Orientations

Characteristics of qualified Transfer Student Mentors

  • Willingness to help students with a wide variety of concerns
  • Ability to communicate effectively in groups and with individuals
  • Value cultural and personal diversity
  • Passion for WTAMU, students, faculty, staff and extracurricular events
  • Ability to function effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and responsibilities
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Interact through various technologies

Participation Required of Transfer Student Mentors

  • Transfer Student Orientation
    • Friday, November 7, 2014
    • Friday, April 10, 2015
    • Friday, May 22, 2015
    • Combination New Student Orientation/Transfer Student Orientation
      • Wednesday, August 20, 2014
      • Friday, January 16, 2015
  • Mandatory Trainings/Meetings
    • August 18-19, 2014
    • 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month during "lunch break" (subject to change based on student schedules)
  • Responsible for support of transfer students including, but not limited to:
    • Communication with prospective and current transfer students via face-to-face interaction, phone, and email
    • Updates to WTAMU Transfer Services Facebook page and Twitter account
    • Development  and support of transfer welcome programs and Transfer Organization for Student Success (TOSS)
  • Weekly office hours (2 hours per week) in Transfer Services--phone calls, event preparation, social media updates
  • Additional duties as assigned

Mentor Benefits

TSMs will obtain personal development and master skill sets from various areas not limited to the following:

  • Make a difference in the lives of transfer students at WTAMU
  • Clearly and accurately convey University information to a diverse audience
  • Identify and recommend appropriate campus resources, services, and strategies for success
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills and the ability to facilitate a group
  • Be sensitive to and value different cultures
  • Exhibit an appreciation and respect for diversity
  • Recognize the importance of personal and career development
  • Develop meaningful relationships with others
  • Think critically and exhibit problem-solving skills

In addition to the educational benefits each TSM will receive a stipend of $1000 to be divided and paid out over the course of the internship starting in August. Additional compensation may be available commensurate with additional assignments and responsibilities.

Application and Selection Process 

Interested students must submit an application and meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications are due by 5pm Thursday, April 3, 2014. Applications not submitted by the application deadline will not be considered for selection. Students selected for an interview will be contacted via their WTAMU student email account.

 


Application Form

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