The W&J LINK Mentor Program, a collaborative effort between Student Life and Academic Affairs, matches an upper-class student with a group of new students for their first year at W&J. The primary goal of the program is to assist the new students in adjusting to the academic and social transition between high school and college and to begin preparing them to achieve educational, personal and career goals. LINKs provide this help through small group interaction and one-on-one attention during the fall and spring semesters.
Job Responsibilities: LINKs will participate in and organize a variety of activities to promote the success and retention of new students at W&J. Major responsibilities include assisting with new student and transfer student Orientation; assisting with a First-Year Seminar class during the Fall Semester; and continuing to serve as a resource for that group of new students during the Spring Semester. Additional responsibilities of a LINK include:
- Participating in pre-Orientation LINK training days (TBA);
- Serving as an academic role model who can provide information about curricular and co-curricular opportunities at W&J;
- Informing new students about policies and procedures;
- Teaching new students how to schedule classes and registration process;
- Preparing new students for faculty advising meetings;
- Helping and supporting the Office of Student Life and Academic Affairs with new student transition;
- Providing individual peer support as needed through weekly “open office” hours;
- Attend monthly individual meetings and group meetings with the LINK Supervisor;
- Appropriately relay names of students in need of additional assistance;
- Hourly commitment of 5 hours per week (includes FYS course and open office hours) Orientation Week will require up to 20-25 hours of dedicated availability.
- Strong academic credentials (3.0 cumulative GPA or higher is preferred);
- Rising sophomore, junior, or senior;
- Excellent communication skills—outgoing and approachable;
- Willing to work with small groups and make presentations to larger groups;
- Team player but also comfortable taking initiative and working independently;
- Available to be on campus during Fall and Spring Semesters;
- Good relationship with faculty and staff;
- Knowledgeable about various student opportunities at W&J;
- Active member of the W&J community showing leadership and maturity;
- Good disciplinary standing;
- Capacity for discretion, diplomacy, and confidentiality.
- Develop leadership skills;
- Learn how to facilitate and mentor groups of first-year and transfer students;
- Strengthen personal communication and public speaking skills;
- Participate and lead multiple teambuilding experiences;
- Work with faculty advisors and Student Life Office;
- Gain a better understanding of W&J, its organizational structure, and resources;
- Network with various W&J faculty, staff, and administrators;
- Early move-in for LINK training in the Fall;
- Stipend: $1,000
How to Apply
If you are interested in participating in the LINK Program for 2015-2016, please complete an application and email it to the LINK Supervisor, Tyler Tenney (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday April 6th 5:00PM. A selection committee will narrow the applicant pool down to the most qualified students, and invite those to interview.
Questions? Contact Tyler Tenney, Coordinator of Co-curricular Innovation (email@example.com; Rossin Suite 327).
Please refer to the LINK Spire page for more information.