Centennial Honors College

Honors Mentor Program

As an Honors Mentor, you will have the opportunity to act as a role model and resource for other Western Illinois University students that are interested in joining the Honors College in an upcoming semester and, therefore, are a part of the Pre-Honors program. In this role, your responsibilities would include:

  • Providing a positive first impression of the Centennial Honors College
  • Building a connection with your mentees through continual communication
  • Supporting your mentees in their transition into life at WIU and as a part of the honors community
  • Assisting your mentees in understanding what it means to be an honors student at WIU, including:
    • The benefits of being a part of the Honors College
    • The workload involved (in-course projects, theses etc.)
    • Unique opportunities for involvement
  • Getting your mentees involved within the Honors College by doing the following:
    • Attending Student Honors Association meetings with your mentees
    • Selecting and attending monthly Honors Mentor/Mentee events
    • Other duties as assigned

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 member of the Pre-Honors program.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call (309) 298-2228 or email Alex Geisler at an-geisler@wiu.edu.

 Meet the 2017 - 2018 Mentors 

Paige Noecker's Picture

Major: Psychology and Spanish
Year in College: Junior
Hometown: Franklin Park IL
Hobbies: Reading, working out and shopping
Organizations You Currently Belong to: Sigma Lambda Gamma, NSCS, Best Buddies and Casa Latina


Elizabeth Parker

Major:  Law Enforcement and Justice Administration and Foreign Language 
Year in College: Junior
Hometown: Schaumburg, IL
Hobbies: Watching movies, hanging out with friends and being crafty
Organizations You Currently Belong to: Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honors Society and First Year Experience Peer Mentor & Facilitator 


Tara Lyne

Major: Law Enforcement and Justice Administration 
Minor: Homeland Security 
Year in College:
Oak Park 
Hanging out with friends, meeting new people and socializing
Organizations You Belong To Currently: 
Alpha Phi Sigma (President), Investigation Club (Vice President), Love Your Melon (Vice President), Sigma Chi (Recruitment Chairman), University Judicial Board and Greek Review Board


Geleesa Moore

Major: Psychology
Minor: Human Resource Management
Year in College: Senior
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Hobbies: Poetry and shopping 
Organizations You Belong To Currently: Resident Assistant in Olson Hall, Psi Chi (President) and National Association of Colored Women's Club (Chaplin)


Tara Lyne

Major: Elementary Education (Second Degree-Bachelor's in History with minor in Psychology '04)
Year in College: Senior
Macomb, IL
Knitting, reading and cooking
Organizations You Belong To Currently: 
Student Honors Association (Vice President), Student Education Association (Vice President), Golden Key (Treasurer), Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Delta Pi


Paige Noecker's Picture

Major:  Microbiology
Minor: Forensic Chemistry
Year in College: Senior
Hometown: Crete, IL
Hobbies: Kayaking, research, cooking, gardening, video games, reading and watching Netflix
Organizations You Currently Belong to: Chi Omega, Panhellenic Council, Microbiology Club, Western Courier and Zoology Club


Tara Lyne

Major: Political Science 
Minor: Honors Pre-Law
Year in College:
St. Charles, IL
Paintball and video games
Organizations You Belong To Currently: 
Phi Alpha Delta (President), Mock Trial and Phi Eta Sigma


Tara Lyne

Major: Psychology 
Minor: Broadcasting
Year in College: 
Penang, Malaysia
Socialising, sports (tennis, badminton, ping pong, pool, boalong), playing video games, watching TV series and reading books
Organizations You Belong To Currently: 
NSCS and Western E-sports Association