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Academic Peer Mentor Training Series Resource
Upon completion of this training series along with your individual experience with your faculty supervisor you will be able to demonstrate increased accomplishment as a peer mentor by:
• performing the role of advocate and resource agent, specifically making connections to available support resources and fostering academic and social support networks among students.
• enhancing communication skills, specifically active listening and positive feedback to effectively facilitate individual and group dialogue, while enhancing inclusive environments.
This training series will provide the opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with critical aspects of their role as a peer mentor to first-year students at Virginia Tech. Students will engage in discussion, reflection and learning experiences designed in collaboration with student support offices that will acclimate them to the resources available to them and to their protégés. At completion of the training series, students will be issued a certificate recognizing professional transferable skills related to Mentoring that can be applied in both graduate school and workplace future environments.
7th Annual Virginia Tech First Year Experience Summer Conference
The 7th Annual Virginia Tech FYE Summer Conference (“Camp FYE”) will be held May 23rd from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. The focus of the FYE Summer Conference is on best practices incorporated into FYE course design, implementation and assessment. This call for proposals goes out to all FYE teaching and support faculty and staff as well as offices/units across campus that support directly or indirectly the transition of first-year students.
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Virginia Tech Common Book Project
The Common Book Project at Virginia Tech was established in 1998 as a means of enriching the first-year experience and creating a sense of community for undergraduate students. Each academic year since the first full-scale distribution in 2000, all incoming students have been given a book to engage them through the lens of shared reading and to provoke conversation among students and their professors.
To learn more visit http://www.commonbook.vt.edu/index.html