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 2014-2015 Mentors
Major: Biology (Medical Science Option)
Year in College: Senior
Hometown: Macomb, IL
Hobbies: Soccer, volunteering/shadowing/fundraising with the local hospital, weightlifting, traveling, and most importantly cars and sport motorcycles
Organizations You Currently Belong to: Pre-Professional Health Club, Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, Council for Student Activity Funds, University Diversity Council, Track and Field Program, Cross Country Program, FYE Peer Mentor Program, and the National Society for Collegiate Scholars
What do you like the best about being a member of the Centennial Honors College? Undergraduate Research Day!
What do you like the best about being a Western Illinois University student? I have many options for self-development and improvement that can enhance me as an overall student and leader.
Why did you want to be an Honors Mentor? I want to help other students benefit the most that they can from this institution.
Major: Business Management
Minor: Political Science
Year in College: Sophomore
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.
Communication Sciences & Disorders
Year in College: Junior
Hometown: Orland Park, IL
Hobbies: Playing soccer, reading, outdoor activities, and arts & crafts
Organizations You Currently Belong to: WIU Women's Soccer Team, Phi Eta Sigma, and WIUSSHLA
What do you like the best about being a member of the Centennial Honors College? Great, personal classes with interesting topics!
What do you like the best about being a Western Illinois University student? The numerous opportunities a student has to become involved with the school and community.
Why did you want to be an Honors Mentor? To help new students adapt to the college atmosphere.
Major: Law Enforcement and Justice Administration
Minor: Homeland Security
Year in College: Senior
Hometown: Chillicothe, IL
Hobbies: Watching and playing sports, drawing, listening to and playing music, gardening
Organizations You Belong To Currently: Western EMS (Assistant), Lambda Alpha Epsilon, Concert Safety Corps, Alpha Phi Sigma, Big Brothers Big Sisters of McDonough County
What do you like the best about being a member of the Centennial Honors College? The thing that I love about being a member of the Centennial Honors College is that I have the opportunity to interact with other students who value their educational opportunities as much as I do.
What do you like the best about being a Western Illinois University student? The things that I have loved the most about Western Illinois University have been my classes. Since I have been at this university, I have had the opportunity to take some really fascinating and fun classes with some amazing professors.
Why did you want to be an Honors Mentor? I want to be an Honors Mentor because I want to help other students have as many positive experiences as possible while they are here as WIU.
Minor: Journalism with emphasis in Public Relations
Year in College: Junior
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
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.