In 2006, Wilkes University’s Student Development Office implemented an Electronic Mentoring Program, otherwise referred to as the E-Mentor Program.
Student Development created this website with the purpose of educating you about our Award Winning E-Mentoring Program.
The mission of the Wilkes University First-Year E-mentoring Program is to provide first-year students with a convenient outlet for advice that will aid in the transition to college and provide an extraordinary support environment for academic achievement and personal growth.
E-Mentors are student leaders on campus who have excelled in the collegiate lifestyle both academically and through extracurricular activities. E-Mentors are assigned to First-Year Students based on the students’ majors.
A mentor is a person or friend who guides a less experienced person by building trust and modeling positive behavior. An effective mentor understands that their role is to be dependable, engaged, authentic, and tuned in to the needs of the mentee.
For a list of the current mentor class, please click here.
Every incoming student will receive an E-mentor, an upperclassman in a related major
that they can rely on for peer advice; your mentor becomes your first friend at Wilkes!
E-Mentors communicate with First-Year Students prior to the start of the semester
primarily through an introductory letter sent in early June and emails through the
Wilkes email system. At Orientation, the First-Year Students meet their E-Mentors
who also serve as their Orientation Leader.
The mentoring experience continues into Welcome Weekend and throughout the entire fall semester, making sure that the students are adjusted to the University. E-Mentors are expected to communicate regularly with their mentees, but are not limited to electronic communication; students often meet face-to-face for lunch or coffee, and mentee groups may attend other campus events together as well. Mentors will provide mentees with programming opportunities themselves as well as help navigate through other on-campus programs offered.
Have more questions? Contact the Director of Student Development, Ms. Melissa Howells at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-408-4645.
2013 NASPA Excellence Awards
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.”