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SSS Peer Coaching Program is an outreach program for first year students new to SSS.  Student coaches, who are continuing SSS Students, will be paired with SSS first-year students.  Peer Coaches will meet individually with their assigned first-year students throughout the semester and mentor them in the following areas:

  • Identifying and implementing successful study strategies
  • Identifying effective success tools
  • Encourage students in their personal adjustment to campus life
  • Foster involvement in campus activities

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Students who are interested in becoming a coach should see the “Become a Peer Coach” tab on this webpage.


New first-year SSS students wishing to receive a peer coach should speak with your assigned SSS advisor.

Meet our new peer coaches! Interested in being one of them? Apply now or contact Nate Emerson for more details.


Rachel Bluhm

Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Medford, MN
Major: Psychology, Pre-OT
Minor: At-Risk Child & Youth Care
Fun Facts:
 I like to stay active, sing, work on crafts, and hang out with my friends and family. I love children and can't wait to work with them someday as a pediatric OT!
Favorite thing about being part of SSS: It's so nice to have an advisor to help guide you and make the transition into college easier, and to have tutors who have already taken the classes you are in. 


Molly Brown

Year: Junior
Hometown: Eau Claire, WI
Major: Psychology
Minor: Military Science
Fun Facts:
 I am in the Army ROTC program here on campus, and I studied abroad in London Summer 2017.
Favorite thing about being part of SSS: Everyone is so nice and welcoming! 


Maggie Cantlon

Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Major: Nuclear Medicine Technology
Minor: Chemistry
Fun Facts: I like to long distance run, and I am slightly obsessed with coffee. I also enjoy hiking and being outdoors.
Favorite thing about being part of SSS: My favorite part of being involved with SSS is the community you get to be apart of when you join.  


Joslyn Diaz

Year: Junior
Hometown: Bartlet, IL
Major: Exercise & Sport Science - Fitness, Pre-OT
Minor: Spanish
Fun Facts: I am a first-generation college student, and I tore my ACL in gymnastics.  
Favorite thing about being part of SSS: Tutoring and advisors.


Hannah Ellenbecker

Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Athens, WI
Major: Nuclear Medicine Technology
Fun Facts: I have been to Mexico, Las Vegas, and Florida twice each within the past year. I go rifle hunting, and I like to fish and ice fish with my dad.  
Favorite thing about being part of SSS: I don't have to go out into the cold to have a quite place to study after class in Centennial Hall! And the treats. All of the treats.


Kaitlyn Fischer

Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Mukwonago, WI
Major: Finance, Pre-Law 
Fun Facts: I have been pole vaulting and golfing all my life. 
Favorite thing about being part of SSS: It has helped out my academics so much!! The tutors are so helpful and always know what they're talking about:) The advisors are also so helpful and are always willing to do anything for you!



Mary Govek

Year: Junior
Hometown: Verona, WI
Majors: Psychology & Biology
Fun Facts: I love to do Zumba with my friends, and I am a huge nerd for Harry Potter and Game of Thrones  
Favorite thing about being part of SSS: All of the wonderful people I've been introduced to, students and staff! 


Valerie Jones

Year: Senior
Hometown: Oregon, WI
Majors: Economics & Finance
Minor: Sustainable Business
Fun Facts: I want to have five dogs of varying sizes when I am older, and I love the winter.
Favorite thing about being part of SSS: The awesome SSS tutors available to help us with classes!


Britney Kocken

Year: Senior
Hometown: Lakeville, MN
Major: Business Management
Minor: Environmental Studies
Fun Facts: I absolutely love the outdoors, and I am a coffee fanatic.
Favorite thing about being part of SSS: Feeling a sense of belonging, knowing others believe in me, and readily available resources have played a major role in my success at UWL. SSS has provided me with all those things, and much more!


Elizabeth Merkes

Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Ripon, WI
Major: Exercise & Sport Science, Pre-PT
Fun Facts: I love working out, hiking, roller blading--basically anything active! I absolutely love kids; I cannot wait to work with them in the future.
Favorite thing about being part of SSS: I love connecting with new people, many of who come from completely different backgrounds than me!


Tatyana Norrington

Year: Junior
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Major: Computer Science & Software Engineering
Minor: Spanish
Fun Facts: I speak three languages, and I love to draw.
Favorite thing about being part of SSS: The endless support and help with my classes, especially math.



Emily Rolf

Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Waconia, MN
Major: Exercise & Sport Science, Pre-PT
Minor: Psychology
Fun Facts: I enjoy outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family.
Favorite thing about being part of SSS: The helpful advisors.



Ashley Schoenbeck

Year: Junior
Hometown: Oconomowoc, WI
Major: Therapeutic Recreation, Pre-OT
Minor: Spanish
Fun Facts: I lived in Europe this summer (and visited 9 countries!) & also accidentally hit Justin Bieber in the face.
Favorite thing about being part of SSS: Free printing, tutoring, and all the nice people I have met!

Student Support Services (SSS) Peer Coaching

In 2016, Student Support Services initiated an outreach program for freshmen new to SSS. Student coaches, who are continuing SSS students, will be paired with several SSS first-year students. The position is paid. There will be training at the start of the semester and training will continue periodically throughout the semester. Each coach will work with approximately 6 students throughout the semester. We encourage you to look over the duties and expectations and decide if this is an opportunity for you to pursue. 


  • In good academic standing 
  • Commitment for the entire academic year
  • Initiative to work with a variety of students
  • Proactive in scheduling meetings and building relationships that encourage student success 
  • Good communication skills
  • A broad knowledge of campus resources
  • Adequate time to devote to serving as a peer coach


  1. Provide individual academic coaching with new SSS freshmen through individual meetings throughout the Spring semester
  2. Assist students in identifying and implementing successful study strategies
  3. Support students in their academic success by identifying effective success tools 
  4. Encourage students in their personal adjustment to campus life
  5. Foster involvement in campus activities
  6. Build a relationship with each student you are coaching
  7. Attend all training sessions provided by SSS staff


  1. Time commitment is greater at the start of the semester (3-4 hours/week) and then lessens. 
  2. Meetings with coached students conducted later in the semester can be face to face or virtual
  3. Accurate and timely records are maintained 
  4. Attend training for approximately 1 hour/week for first half of SEM I and periodically after that

If you wish to pursue being a coach, please submit the completed application to Nate Emerson (