WILKES-BARRE - Wilkes University student Alexander Makos, of Mansfield, is an E-Mentor for the 2013-14 academic year. Makos is a senior majoring in business administration. The mentors provide guidance to all first year students by assisting in the transition from high school to college both socially and academically. E-Mentors work with first-year students at orientation and during welcome weekend and serve as mentors throughout the first year at Wilkes. E-Mentors are assigned to first-year students based on the students' majors and help freshmen at Wilkes adapt to life at the university. E-Mentors not only guide first-year students through the adjustment to collegiate life but become the students' friends, often meeting face-to-face for lunch or at campus events. Each E-Mentor receives between 10 to 15 first-year student mentees.
Earlier this year, Wilkes University's E-Mentoring program received a 2013 Excellence Award from Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA). The program was one of only three from institutions across the country to receive this recognition within the category of "Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, Orientation, Parents, First-year, Other-year and related." NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession. It serves a full range of professionals who provide programs, experiences and services that cultivate student learning and success in concert with the mission of its colleges and universities.