Centennial Honors College

Honors Mentor Program

The Centennial Honors College wants the transition for all Honors students to the University and surrounding community to be as smooth as possible. To assist new students with this transition, we have established the Honors Mentor Program. Honors Mentors are matched with new and incoming Honors student who indicate they would like to be paired with an Honors Mentor.

Honors Mentors and Mentees are encouraged to:

  • Keep in regular contact either via email or phone. Communication is essential for success!
  • Establish a positive and mutually beneficial relationship.
  • Actively participate in Honors, University, and community events.

Honors Mentors are required to participate in a one-on-one or group orientation, depending on scheduling, prior to being matched with a Mentee(s).

To be an Honors Mentor, an eligible applicant must:

  • Have completed one year at WIU
  • Have completed at least one Honors requirement (ex. In-Course Honors Project, GH299, etc...)
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Work well with others
  • Uphold University standards and policies
  • Complete and submit the Honors Mentor Application

To make the most out of a mentorship, please visit the Honors Mentor Tips for more information.

To be an Honors Mentee, you must:

  • Be a new Freshman or Transfer Centennial Honors College student
  • Be recently accepted (within the past academic year) into the Centennial Honors College

Honors Mentees may register at anytime.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call (309) 298-2228 or email Janell McGruder at JL-McGruder@wiu.edu.


 Meet the 2015-2016 Mentors 

 Devin Johnson
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Major: Business Management 
Minor: 
Political Science
Year in College:
Junior
Hometown: 
Chicago, IL
Hobbies: 
Playing with new technology, traveling, working out, entertainment, and reading
Organizations You Currently Belong to: 
Student Honors Association and The National Society of Colligate Scholars 
What do you like the best about being a member of the Centennial Honors College? 
I love the small class sizes, interesting topics within the classes, and interacting with students whom take value in their education and the experience that comes with it as much as I do.
What do you like the best about being a Western Illinois University student?
 I love the classes, the abundance of ways to get involved on campus, and the warm community feeling. 
Why did you want to be an Honors Mentor? 
I want to be a resource for other students. I want to help students that want to succeed academically and/or get involved on campus. I believe it is crucial for us as students to have someone to go to when we need a little direction or advice.

 

 Amber Koutnik
Devin Johnson's Picture

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders 
Minor: 
Psychology
Year in College:
Senior
Hometown: 
Machesney Park, IL
Hobbies: 
Going for walks, fishing, cooking, golfing, volunteering
Organizations You Currently Belong to: 
WIU-Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Phi Theta Kappa- Alumni Association, and Best Buddies 
What do you like the best about being a member of the Centennial Honors College? 
I get to take my classes to the next level and critically apply what I am learning. I also like how close you get to work with the faculty.
What do you like the best about being a Western Illinois University student?
 Macomb is a unique, small town that has a lot to offer students. There is always something to do on campus, or even within the community. You just have to get involved. 
Why did you want to be an Honors Mentor? 
I want to help fellow students reach their academic goals, and to be a resource that they can count on.

 

  Caitlin Meyers
Caitlin Meyers

Major: Communication
Minor: Journalism with emphasis in Public Relations
Year in College: Senior
Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa
Hobbies: Yoga, watching movies, going on walks, any function with music or entertainment
Organizations You Belong To Currently: Alpha Sigma Alpha, Homecoming committee, Public Relations Student Society of America, and Honors College Student Ambassador
What do you like the best about being a member of the Centennial Honors College? I enjoy the small class size of my honors courses. I also feel pride from being an honors student and am working hard to complete upper division for graduation. 
What do you like the best about being a Western Illinois University student? I love the size of this campus. It has been so easy to get to know people from living in resident halls for two years and through joining a sorority. I love all of the opportunities available at this school. Also, once I declared a major, I got to know a lot of students and professors more personally so it makes classes more enjoyable. 
Why did you want to be an Honors Mentor? I love being a resource for people. I have been the “new girl” twice in life: when I moved to a new town my junior year of high school and when I came to WIU as a freshman. I understand how overwhelming change can be and I want to provide assistance and a connection for students who are looking to get involved and succeed in their studies at WIU.

 

  Dung Nguyen
Dung Nguyen

Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry
Year in College: Junior
Hometown: Macomb, Illinois
Hobbies: Play badminton and basketball
Organizations You Belong To Currently: Sigma Alpha Lambda: VP of Community Service, Delta Epsilon Iota, NSCS, Tri-Beta, PPHC, Be The Match
What do you like the best about being a member of the Centennial Honors College? It exposes me to other students who share the same eagerness to do well and strive for our future goals. 
What do you like the best about being a Western Illinois University student?It’s more welcoming and friendlier here than at other larger universities.
Why did you want to be an Honors Mentor? I want to be that big brother as well as a resource to those incoming students and my colleagues and share my experiences and expertise to those whom need them.

 

 Elizabeth Parker
Elizabeth Parker

Major: Early Childhood Education
Year in College: Sophomore
Hometown: Astoria, Illinois
Hobbies: Being with my friends and family, traveling, volleyball, softball, dance, reading, watching movies, and anything outdoors
Organizations You Belong To Currently: Student Alumni Leadership Council-Secretary, Student Honors Association
What do you like the best about being a member of the Centennial Honors College? What I like most is the one on one you have with not only professors, but with everyone involved in the Centennial Honors College. They take the time to know you personally and it’s great to have people around you that care.
What do you like the best about being a Western Illinois University student? I love the fact that campus is big enough to make you feel like you are away from home and attending a university, but it’s small enough to know how to get around and it takes no time to get from one place to another.
Why did you want to be an Honors Mentor? I wanted to be an Honor Mentor so I can help incoming students adjust to the college scene and have someone to rely on.

 

  Brenna Smith
Brenna Smith

Major: Communication; Economics
Minor: Pre-Law Honors
Year in College: Junior
Hometown: Evergreen Park, Illinois
Hobbies: Organizing things, making food, spending time with friends
Organizations You Belong To Currently: 2015 Panhellenic Recruitment Counselor; University 100 Peer Mentor, First Year Experience Leadership Committee, Honors Council, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Blue Key Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars
What do you like the best about being a member of the Centennial Honors College? The Centennial Honors College provides so many opportunities for growth and development! It makes a moderately-sized university seem much smaller and provides so many channels through which to get involved! 
What do you like the best about being a Western Illinois University student? I love the culture here at Western and in Macomb.  From the students, to the professors, and the surrounding community, WIU is truly one of a kind. 
Why did you want to be an Honors Mentor? I want to be an Honors Mentor because I’ve been there, and I want to help Honors students when they need it!

 

  Andrea Wolinski
Andrea Wolinski

Major: Law Enforcement and Justice Administration
Minor: Psychology
Year in College: Sophomore
Hometown: Elk Grove Village, IL
Hobbies: Playing sports, writing, drawing, reading, singing and dancing (even though I really can’t sing or dance!)
Organizations You Belong To Currently: Student Honors Association, Investigators club, Intramural sports
What do you like the best about being a member of the Centennial Honors College? I love how close everyone is in the Honors College.
What do you like the best about being a Western Illinois University student? The atmosphere is absolutely amazing. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
Why did you want to be an Honors Mentor? I wanted to become a mentor in order to allow freshman honors students to come talk to me if they have any problems and welcome incoming students to the school. I wanted to let them know college is not that scary :)