Current Mentors

If you are a new IUPUC student in a First-Year Seminar (FYS) course, you will be assigned a peer mentor. Peer mentors are students who team-teach FYS classes with a full-time faculty or staff member.

At IUPUC, these FYS classes will help you learn about important aspects of student life, like study skills, time management, campus resources, personal values, choosing an academic major, exploring career options, and more.

Some FYS classes are discipline-specific—for example, EDUC-F 110 has an education focus and students who take that class are primarily interested in majoring in education. In contrast, UCOL-U 110 is not a discipline-specific seminar and students in this class are pursuing a variety of majors or are still deciding what major to choose.

Img E-mail: adieter@iupuc.edu

"This is the beginning of your college career and for most students that are coming from high school, it is exciting and high-anxiety because you are out in the real world now. Take it in, breathe, exhale, and you'll do great. Traditional and non-traditional students need to take advantage of the support system on campus and learn to create rapport with their professors."

Major: Business with a Finance concentration

Career Goal:  To work in finance doing statistics with forecasting and regression for a Fortune 500 company.

Hometown: Lafayette, IN

Favorite Campus Tradition: Pride Friday

Most-Used Campus Resource: Faculty/Professors

I am a Peer Mentor because I have been where the students are. We all have. I want them to know that I can become their voice and I want to make sure that they are important.

Img E-mail: ecarlile@indiana.edu

"One piece of advice I would offer to incoming students is start anything and everything you do early. Whether it is applying for scholarships, setting up appointments, registering for classes, or doing homework assignments, it will help you tremendously if you get in the habit of starting early. Also, I would say to seek out as many opportunities for campus engagement as you can."

Major: Business with a Management concentration

Career Goal:  Graduate in 2016 and obtain a Masters of Science in Management at IU East in Richmond, Indiana while working full-time in Columbus

Hometown: Columbus, IN

Favorite Campus Tradition: "Explore IUPUC," hosted by Student Ambassadors each fall for prospective high school students to learn about our school

Most-Used Campus Resource: Professors, staff, and opportunities for student involvement

I am a Peer Mentor because by the time students are in FYS courses, I have met them in recruiting evvents, during campus visits, orientations, and Summer Bridge. I enjoy being a friendly face on campus, and by being a Peer Mentor, I am able to continue to build relationships with those students in the classroom as well.

Img E-mail: cdwalls@iupuc.edu

"Relax and stay organized. Become comfortable with online resources and the rest of campus."

Major: Psychology major with a Sociology minor

Career Goal:  Graduate school; either a PHD in psychology or Masters in Social Work

Hometown: Trafalgar, IN

Most-Used Campus Resource: University Library and the Academic Resource Center (ARC)

I am a Peer Mentor to help freshmen students adjust to college life easily and successfully.

Img E-mail: kabbaker@iupuc.edu

"Don't sweat the small stuff! Sit back and enjoy the ride."

Major: Business with a dual concentration in Finance and Management

Career Goal:  Continue at IUPUC to obtain my MBA

Hometown: Columbus, IN

Favorite Campus Tradition: Homecoming Week

Most-Used Campus ResourceUniversity Library and the Academic Resource Center (ARC)

I am a Peer Mentor to become more involved on campus, and to meet and help fellow students.

Img E-mail: mbgreenl@iupuc.edu

"I would definitely like to stress the importance of getting involved on campus. Through engaging myself in several campus activities, I have opened up several opportunities for myself and have met several great people in the process of doing so."

Major: Business Management and Finance with Communication Studies and Leadership Studies minors

Career Goal:  Currently interested in obraining an MBA or a professional management/finance-related career after graduation

Hometown: Hope, IN

Favorite Campus Tradition: I enjoy assisting with "Explore IUPUC" because it give me a chance to interact with potential students and promote the campus through describing how I've become involved.

Most-Used Campus Resource: I frequent the library to take advantage of the technology resourse and the "stacks." I also regularly schedule and utilize academic advising appointment to make sure that I am on track for graduation.

This program provides a great opportunity to meet new people and create lasting relationships. Additionally, I want to be able to become a great resource and offer a student perspective for the students in the course that I mentor.

Img E-mail: amshade@iupuc.edu

"In everything you do, put on a show. You never know who is watching."

Major: Elementary Education

Career Goal:  Obtain a teaching job and become a volleyball coach

Hometown: Brownstown, IN

Favorite Campus Tradition: Pride Friday. I love meeting all of the freshmen and seeing faculty and staff.

Most-Used Campus Resource: I often go to the faculty for advice or answers to questions. Everyone is willing to help.

I'm a Peer Mentor because I thoroughly enjoyed serving as a Peer Mentor in the past. I want to share my experiences and help students reach their full potential.

Img E-mail: magevans@iupuc.edu

"Get out of your comfort zone! Make connections with fellow students as well as faculty. Have the courage to do things that you may not feel comfortable doing--join a club, be a student worker, and just enjoy your time at IUPUC!"

Major: Psychology with a Medical Sociology minor

Career Goal:  Obtain a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy; eventually I want to work in prosthetic therapy.

Hometown: Brown County, IN

Favorite Campus Tradition: Big Red Blowout at the beginning of the Fall Semester

Most-Used Campus Resource: Professors and faculty on campus. IUPUC is small enough to allow me to make many one-on-one connections with my professors. I also visit the library almost every day.

I'm a Peer Mentor because I want to be a positive, motivating, and upbeat role-model for the incoming college students. I want to be a resource for others by sharing my knowledge about IUPUC's campus and academics. I want to see everyone succeed.

Img E-mail: saskirvi@iupuc.edu

"Don't procrastinate and take each day one day at a time."

Major: Psychology

Career Goal:  Obtain a Master's Degree from IUB or IUPUI

Hometown: Franklin, IN

Favorite Campus Tradition: Pride Friday and Welcome Back Week

Most-Used Campus Resource: Professors, clubs, and programs

I'm a Peer Mentor because I was one last year and loved the experience.

Img E-mail: jgarciaa@iupuc.edu

"Always ask questions and socialize."

Major: Business with Finance Concentration

Career Goal:  Corporate: Investment Banking, and after two years of experience, get MBA

Hometown: Columbus, IN

Favorite Campus Tradition: Homecoming Week

Most-Used Campus Resource: Academic Resource Center (ARC), faculty mentors, student involvement, and academic advising

I'm a Peer Mentor to become involved at IUPUC and help out incoming students.

Img E-mail: tsherber@iupuc.edu

"Keep an open mind and get involved!"

Major: Psychology and Biology

Career Goal:  Graduate School

Hometown: Greensburg, IN

Favorite Campus Tradition: Homecoming Week

Most-Used Campus Resource: Academic Resource Center (ARC), academic advising, clubs and programs

I'm a Peer Mentor because I want to help students transition smoothly into college and be a good source of information for them!

Img E-mail: bjbland@iupuc.edu

"Check your email daily, and don't be afraid to ask questions. Just communicate and use the resources provided to you."

Major: Business Management and Finance with a minor in Psychology

Career Goal:  Work until I can afford to open my own restaurant.

Hometown: Columbus, IN

Favorite Campus Tradition: Family Fun Day

Most-Used Campus Resource: University Library

I'm a Peer Mentor because I love the service it provides, and because it's a great way to meet new people.

Img E-mail: bmtemple@iupuc.edu

"Use your resources! Ask any questions you have and don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. College is what you make it."

Major: Business with a concentration in Human Resources Management and Health Services Administration

Career Goal:  Possibly the 18 month nursing program at IUPUI or continuing with a Master's in either concentration.

Hometown: Greensburg, IN

Favorite Campus Tradition:  Welcome Week

Most-Used Campus Resource: Professors mostly, and fellow students from clubs, like Student Ambassadors

I'm a Peer Mentor because it's a great opportunity to work with students, develop my leadership skills, and create relationships with the instructors.

Img E-mail: casslamb@iupuc.edu

"Don't be afraid to ask questions or use the tools on campus for help."

Major: Psychology

Career Goal:  I hope to be an adolescent counselor or substance abuse counselor.

Hometown: Hope, IN

Favorite Campus Tradition: Big Red Blowout, Pride Friday, Welcome Back Week

Most-Used Campus Resource: University Library, Academic Advising, Professors

I'm a Peer Mentor because I want to use my experiences and knowledge about college life to help others.

Img E-mail: sijritz@iupui.edu

Major: Nursing

Career Goal:  Obtain a Masters Degree in Nursing, possibly become a midwife, and work in labor and delivery

Hometown: North Vernon, IN

I'm a Peer Mentor because I want to pass on my knowledge and experiences to new incoming students and help them through any obstacles they have.

Img E-mail: reardonb@iupuc.edu

"Don't be scared to ask for help. We are here to assist you in ways that work best for you."

Major: Elementary Education

Career Goal:  Begin my teaching career

Hometown: Columbus, IN

Favorite Campus Tradition:  Welcome Back Week

Most-Used Campus Resource: University Library and Professors

I'm a Peer Mentor because my Peer Mentor really helped, and I would like to do the same for others.

Img E-mail: rijberry@iupuc.edu

"Don't be afraid to try new things! Sometimes it's really hard to step out of your comfort zones, but when you do you can really build lasting memories and friendships."

Major: Elementary Education

Career Goal: After IUPUC, I plan to start my career as an elementary teacher

Hometown: Columbus, IN

Favorite Campus Tradition:  Welcome Week

Most-Used Campus Resource: I really love the library becuase there are endless resources and people who really want to help you.

I'm a Peer Mentor because of the great experience I had with my Peer Mentor in my First Year Seminar class. I want to be able to help otherse successfully make the transition into college.