2012 - 2013 News
|The mission of the FACES at Hope STEM mentoring program is to support and retain underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in the STEM fields. The mentoring program will serve Hope College by promoting academic success, retention, and successful graduation of underrepresented students through mentoring activities and support programs that encourage academic excellence, goal setting and career planning, and a sense of belonging and personal growth of participating students.|
A Note from the Director
FACES at Hope is having a wonderful year. We have an amazing group of dedicated mentors and phenomenal protégés. We have also enjoyed including the two cohorts of ‘former’ mentees, whether or not they are currently mentoring, in our events. This year we have brought in new programming as well as continued some of the sessions that students report benefitting from the most. New sessions first semester included: Faculty Research Reports (thank you!), lunch with the health professions advisor (thank you!), and final exam study tips. As FACES continues to grow in its mission to support our students in making connections to the NAS Division and Hope College I thank all of the faculty and staff who have supported us, and encourage you to share any thoughts or ideas for improvement with me at any time.
Highlights of the Year
The fall of 2012 Semester has been wonderful for FACES. We have 39 participants; of those we have 11 mentors, 25 freshmen, and 3 transfer students. Our hardworking and dedicated mentors have worked exceptionally well in small mentoring groups, consisting of 1 mentor and 2-3 protégées. Highlights of the semester have been our kick-off reception and dinner, a study skills and organization session with David James, resume, cover letters and networking with the Academic Support Center, faculty research presentations, and several FACES exclusive lunches/coffee breaks with visiting departmental speakers. This semester, along with several others, we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of snowshoeing at the Outdoor Discovery Center and we will join forces with OME and Phelps Scholars to present a graduate school information evening. These facilitated events are designed to help students make connections to the Sciences, as well as the resources available to them at Hope College. Outside of our planned events, students meet together 1-2 times a month on their own time. A room was reserved this semester for FACES students to use as a study space. We are thankful for the support of the division when implementing these FACES events, and we look forward to a successful and exciting spring semester.
Is FACES making a difference?
So the students “like” the program, but does it really make a difference in the “success” of the participants?
How are their grades?
What does this all mean?
|A Mentor's Perspective: Why I think FACES is important
I think that FACES is a very important program here at Hope College because it provides a wonderful opportunity to foster inclusive relationships between upper-class students and incoming underrepresented minority students in the Sciences. As a FACES mentor, I have the opportunity to work with my mentees in making an easier adjustment to life in College, more importantly, balancing science classes with other activities on campus. Furthermore, FACES provides a chance for me to know and use the many resources provide by the college to help make this transition process easier for incoming students. Lastly, FACES is important because it is a resources that first year students can use to succeed in their perspective majors.
A Protegee's Perspective: How FACES changed my first semester at Hope
Participating in FACES has, without a doubt, proved to be very helpful in this first semester at Hope College. I feel privileged to have been a part of this outstanding program. FACES has helped me connect with upperclassmen (as well as faculty members) whom I never would have had the chance to meet, and it has also provided me with valuable tips and pieces of advice that other freshmen simply don't have. I have been personally introduced to biology and chemistry professors, given an outline on how to write a résumé, and given very useful advice on how to study for tests and how to write lab reports. Above all, FACES has given me a fantastic mentor who is studying the same subject matter I am, and who has given me priceless tips on how to navigate through my first year successfully. I would highly recommend this program to incoming freshmen.
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