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 

 Devin Johnson
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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.

 

 Victoria Kappel

Major:  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.

 

 Amber Koutnik
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Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders 
Minor: 
Psychology
Year in College: 
Junior
Hometown: 
Machesney Park, IL
Hobbies: 
Going for walks, fishing, cooking, golfing, volunteering
Organizations You Currently Belong to: 
WIUSSLHA, 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.

 

  Michelle Lawson
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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.

 

  Caitlin Meyers
Caitlin Meyers

Major: Communication
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.

 

  Brenna Smith
Brenna Smith

Major: Communication; Economics
Minor: Pre-Law Honors
Year in College: Sophomore
Hometown: Evergreen Park, Illinois
Hobbies: Organizing things, making food, spending time with friends
Organizations You Belong To Currently: Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority – Vice President of Operations; 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!