WILKES-BARRE, PA. (Feb. 12, 2013) – Wilkes University’s Office of Student Development received a 2013 Excellence Award from Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) in recognition of its First-Year Student E-mentoring Program. Wilkes’ E-mentoring program was one of only three programs from institutions across the country that were selected to receive this recognition within the category of “Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, Orientation, Parents, First-year, Other-year, and related.”
The E-mentoring program at Wilkes focuses on fostering a supportive environment and transition for first-year students by building one-on-one relationships with upperclassmen within their field of study. The program aims to ease the transition to campus and college life at Wilkes University by providing each first-year student with a supportive and experienced student leader.
The program was first introduced in 2006. Sharon Castano, coordinator of internships and mentoring, administers the program. “One of the most important variables affecting college students' level of success is their involvement with campus activities,” Castano explains, “our mentors take a genuine interest in new students and provide that invitation and opportunity to become involved.”
The nomination of the program was submitted by Phillip Ruthkosky, associate dean of student affairs at Wilkes University. “We are honored to be one of a select few to receive a 2013 NASPA Excellence Award, and I am grateful to the Student Development staff and all of the dedicated student leaders (e-mentors), whose passion and commitment to this program have enabled us to receive this prestigious national accolade,” says Ruthkosky.
NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. It serves a full range of professionals who provide programs, experiences, and services that cultivate student learning and success in concert with the mission of its colleges and universities. Through high-quality professional development, strong policy advocacy, and substantive research to inform practice, NASPA meets the diverse needs and invests in realizing the potential of all its members.