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SSS Participants and aspiring program applicants, we are ready to serve you!  We can work with you in person, or virtually.  Find the staff member with whom you wish to meet from the list below.  Click the staff member's name and schedule an appointment.

Virtual appointments can be conducted via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, email, or over the phone.

If you have trouble scheduling an appointment, please call: 608-785-8535.

The SSS Peer Mentoring Program is an outreach program for first year students new to SSS. Mentors, who are continuing SSS students, will be paired with first-year SSS students. Peer Mentors will meet individually with their assigned first-year students throughout the semester and coach 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

Students who are interested in becoming a coach should see the “Become a Peer Mentor” tab on this web page.

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

Abby Barley

Abby Barley

Crivitz, WI
ESS/Pre-PT

Hello! My name is Abby Barley. I grew up in Crivitz, Wisconsin, and I am a senior here at UWL. I am majoring in Exercise Sport Science and minoring in Psychology. I plan on attending physical therapy school after graduation. Outside of UWL I enjoy outdoor activities, such as kayaking, hiking, and playing sports. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and my roommate's dog, Obie. I wanted to become a peer mentor because, as a first-generation college student, I felt as if I could have used more guidance during my freshman and sophomore year. I want to provide other students the guidance that I would have wanted. To me, being a peer mentor means being available to talk to and support students. I also think it is important to inform students about the many resources that are available to them on campus!


 

Ashlyn Buchmann

Ashlyn Buchmann

Milwaukee, WI
Psychology

Hello! My name is Ashlyn Buchmann, and I am a senior here at UWL. I am graduating in the spring, majoring in Psychology, and minoring in Art Therapy. After graduation, I am planning to move to Milwaukee, where I will begin searching for a career in psychology, particularly working with children. Outside of being a full-time student and working a part-time job, I enjoy creating ceramics, spending time with my family and friends, and cooking. I wanted to become a peer mentor because it will give me great experience working with others. I enjoy working with others and being able to help freshmen and guide them through their first year. To me, a good mentor looks like someone who is well organized, is an ally, someone who advocates for their mentees, and someone who is there to help motivate and encourage their mentees to be as successful as possible. I look forward to being part of this program and cannot wait to see all that we accomplish this semester!


 

Mayachel Schaller

Mayachel Schaller

Fall Creek, WI
Psychology/Interpersonal Communication

Hello! My name is Mayachel, and I am a junior at UWL studying psychology and interpersonal communication. After graduation, I plan to travel and work for a few years before going back to school for a master's in student administration or forensic psychology. My hobbies include snowboarding, attending live music festivals, knitting blankets, and finding new coffee shops with my friends! I wanted to become a peer mentor because I remember how difficult it was to understand the inner workings of UWL as a freshman. Community is so important for everyone and I enjoy being able to cultivate it. Being a peer mentor means that I am able to give back to the UWL community, be an extra support system to those who may need it, and help students make connections on and off-campus.

Student Support Services (SSS) Peer Mentoring

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

Qualifications: 

  • 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 mentor

Duties:

  1. Provide individual academic coaching with new SSS first-year students through personalized, individual meetings, online or in person, throughout the academic year
  2. Assist students in identifying and implementing successful study strategies
  3. Support students in their academic success by identifying effective success tools 
  4. Help students identify and navigate campus resources
  5. Encourage students in their personal adjustment to campus life
  6. Encourage students to explore career development opportunities
  7. Foster involvement in campus activities & organizations
  8. Build a relationship with each student you are coaching
  9. Attend all training sessions provided by SSS staff

Expectations

  1. Time commitment is 2-3 hours/week 
  2. Meetings with mentored students can be face-to-face or virtual. In accordance with COVID-19 protocols, masks must be worn for all indoor, in-person meetings.
  3. Maintain accurate and timely records 
  4. Attend onboarding & training as scheduled throughout the academic year
  5. Be available for weekly drop-in advising hours (1 hour/week) in the First Scholars Living-Learning Community in Laux Hall
  6. Communicate openly and effectively with program supervisors: Kar Mason (kmason@uwlax.edu) and Andrew Ives (aives@uwlax.edu)

If you wish to pursue being a coach, please complete & submit an application.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Please contact Kar Mason: kmason@uwlax.edu or 608.785.8530.