Open house encourages students to explore mentor center and CenterPOINT

October 4, 2013

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College of EMS Student Success Programs

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Student Success Programs hosted an open house for its Women in EMS Mentor Center and Center for Projects, Opportunities, Instruction, Networking and Teamwork Program on Sept. 25. This was also the grand opening for the new College of EMS Student Success Programs and a chance for students to learn more about these new resources.

The new College of EMS Student Success Programs includes the EMS Advising Office, Women in EMS, CenterPOINT and the College of Menominee Nation Program.  The College of EMS Student Success Programs, formerly know as Women in EMS and EMS Advising, now encompasses more opportunities for students to get support in the EMS department. CenterPOINT and the Mentor Center are open to all students.

During the open house, students and faculty enjoyed games, prizes and snacks, provided by the Student Success Programs. The games included a scavenger hunt where students found information about the Mentor Center and CenterPOINT. Winners of the scavenger hunt received small prizes after completing their information sheet.

College of EMS CenterPOINT opened this semester. CenterPOINT is “a home away from home, where you can eat lunch and have computer access,” said Marcus Jackson, Senior mechanical engineering major from Sacramento, California. He is also the lead student assistant at CenterPOINT.

“It is close to all of our classes which makes CenterPOINT available to all students,” said Kelsey Tempas, sophomore mathematics major from Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. She is also a student assistant at CenterPOINT.

The Women in EMS Mentor Center, another part of the College of EMS Student Success Programs, also participated in the open house. Abby Fischer, sophomore education major from Crivitz, Wisconsin, said she does her homework in the Mentor Center because there is usually someone there who “has taken the class before and can help you with it.” Hannah Pecard, a general engineering major, uses the Mentor Center to bounce ideas off others about classes, homework and even life outside of the classroom. “I meet with people to do homework and have study sessions,” remarked Katie Carlson, a general engineering major. All three women agreed that the Mentor Center helps them acquire and maintain good contacts and relationships.

If you are looking for more information about the Mentor Center, CenterPOINT or the College of EMS Student Success Program, please contact Tammy Salmon-Stephens, Jaclyn Esqueda, Kim Sargent or Bob Stuewer at (608) 342-7342. The Mentor Center is located in Ottensman Hall, Room 045 and CenterPOINT is located in Ottensman Hall, Room 170.

Contact: Tammy Salmon-Stephens, College of EMS Student Success Programs, (608) 342-1563, salmont@uwplatt.edu or Jaclyn Esqueda, CenterPOINT, (608) 342-7158

Written by: Megan Schmidt, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, schmidtme@uwplatt.edu

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