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.

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My name is Katie Barker. I am majoring in elementary education with a dual license in English as a new language. I have always loved working with children. I just finished my first summer as a Kids’ Camp counselor at Ceraland Park and am already looking forward to working there next summer. I was born and raised here in Columbus. My favorite thing about IUPUC would have to be the relationships I have made with friends and teachers as well as having the opportunity to be involved on campus.  My advice to first-year students would be to pursue what you love in all things, both in school and in everyday life. Outside of school I love being with family and friends. I am also an assistant basketball coach at Rockcreek Elementary. 

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My name is Brian Bland. I am a business major pursuing a dual concentration in management and finance as well as a minor in psychology. I intend to use my degree to pursue my dream in opening my own restaurant. It has been a dream of mine for a couple years now. I was born in Columbus, IN. I have lived in Columbus most of my life. I believe my favorite things about IUPUC are not only is it a smaller campus, but I also thoroughly enjoy the atmosphere. IUPUC provides a welcoming environment making me feel right at home. My advice for first year students would be to not be afraid or intimidated to communicate and make friends with anyone and everyone because everyone I have met here at IUPUC has been welcoming and friendly, why wouldn’t they be to you! I hope you enjoy your time here at IUPUC.

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Becca Carpenter

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Greetings everyone!  My name is Natalia Cox. I am originally from Russia, but now I live in Seymour, IN with my husband and two beautiful children. I have bachelor’s degree in education, which I earned in Russia. Now I am pursuing a new career in the US. English is my second language, but it did not stop me from applying to IUPUC, where I am studying business with great students and talented teachers and professors. Also the campus is about 40 minutes away from my home which is very convenient for me as a mom. I try to study hard in order to provide better future for my kids and family. I am currently a senior majoring in business with an emphasis in accounting and plan to graduate from IUPUC in the spring of 2015. As a Peer Mentor I have a unique background and perspective combined with my recent college experiences that should help me to advise you how to gain the most out of your initial college experience. I hope your student years will be the most memorable time of your college life. Good luck in your future achievements.  

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My name is Kara Denton. I am now a senior at IUPUC. I am majoring in psychology and getting a minor in women’s studies. However as of now my bigger goal is to apply and get accepted into the master's in mental health counseling program here at IUPUC. I was born and raised in a small town called Edinburgh, IN. Although it has its many reputations, good and bad, I consider it a blessing to be here. I chose IUPUC because I have a lot of friends and family members who attend and have attended here. They have all had excellent experiences here and I have to say I am as well. My favorite thing about IUPUC is the eagerness the professors have to see success in their students. Which leads me to my number one advice I give to first year students, do not ever be afraid to ask for help. Once I overcame the fear of asking for help, I realized the true potential I had as a student and began to set and reach goals I never thought I could.  

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Junior/business finance

Lafayette, IN (hometown)

My favorite thing about IUPUC: the opportunity is always there to connect one-on-one with a professor and/or faculty member. 

My piece of advice would be that I have been where you are. Feeling apprehensive and uncomfortable right now is completely normal. You are in unfamiliar territory (temporarily), and that can be a little intimidating! Remember, if you’re not uncomfortable, you are not growing.  Step out and take that chance. 

I am a mom to three girls that are four years apart in age. They are always active and little busy bees, so I learned very early on to prioritize my time around them. When they nap, I do homework, when they are coloring, I study. Once you begin your college career, you will realize that some things will need to be given up, cut back on or shifted around in order to find the amount of time that works for you to complete your studies. Once you figure out what type of daily routine works best for you, everything else will fall into place. 

You matter. I am always here to help. Welcome to IUPUC!

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My name is Ashlee Eastham and I am currently studying to become a registered nurse. Children have always been my passion and they have inspired me to eventually go on and become a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP). I am currently still residing at home with my parents and my little sister in Trafalgar, IN. My favorite thing about IUPUC is that it offers free tutoring on any subject at a place called the ARC. It is located in the back of the library and it is a great resource. I at least go there once a day to get tutored on multiple subjects. My advice for first year students would be to be open to new experiences. You never know what is out there until you get involved and ask. Also, be proactive and go ask your professors questions. This is very important. That is what they are there for. Don’t be nervous because others are feeling the same way. Have a wonderful first year here at IUPUC!

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My name is Maggie Evans. I have lived in Brown County my entire life thus far, and I enjoy the artistic nature of the small county. I am a psychology major and will be a junior this fall. After graduating from IUPUC, I plan on furthering my education in the direction of a master’s degree in occupational therapy. I love a lot of things about IUPUC, but my most favorite is the tight-knit community of faculty and students present on campus. Due to IUPUC’s small campus, the opportunity to build relationships with your instructors and fellow students is huge! As first-year college students make their way into what can be an entirely different atmosphere, one piece of advice I have is to get out of that comfort zone. College will be about discovering interests, gaining knowledge, and building resumes. Do not miss out on an incredible social, academic, or leadership based opportunity just because it may be more comfortable to watch. Engage, learn, connect, and then inspire others to do the same! 

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Adrian Harden

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Hi my name is Haley Kuntz! I'm a mechanical engineering major from Napoleon, IN. My favorite thing about IUPUC is the friendly atmosphere. Everyone is so nice and always willing to help. My piece of advice for incoming students would be to not be afraid to get out there and meet people. IUPUC is a wonderful atmosphere to meet life-long friends!

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Greetings! My name is Cole L. Lienhoop. I am from Greensburg, Indiana and a 2011 South Decatur Jr./Sr. High School alumnus. I am currently a senior with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology. I plan to attend graduate school in order to begin a career as either a mental health counselor or an academic advisor. I have been very involved here multiple times with the Bridge Program designed for incoming freshman to get orientated to our facility and to begin making connections with others. I must say that the staff and their willingness to help their students is what I value most about IUPUC. It creates a great sense of community, as it is their intention. I am grateful that here I am able to make strong connections with both students and professors. It makes the time spent in college all the more enjoyable. As a First-Year Seminar peer mentor, I encourage any questions that you may have and will do my absolute best to provide you with the answers you seek. Enjoy your time at IUPUC!

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Hello! I’m Courtney Linville. I am a business major with a concentration in management and a minor in psychology. I’ll be graduating from IUPUC this upcoming December. One of my favorite things about IUPUC is the small classes. They allow the instructors to get to know you and for you to get to know them. I’m from Franklin and have lived there all my life. I keep a very busy schedule, as I’m sure many of you will, so my advice to stay organized. Know what is due and when; don’t let yourself fall behind. It may look like a long road ahead, but the semesters fly by. Your time at IUPUC will be great if you get involved and make friends. In fact, I met one of my current best friends through being an orientation leader during the summer! If any of you need anything, feel free to reach out to me!

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My name is Ashlee Morris and I am from the small town of North Vernon. I graduated from Jennings County High School in 2012 and am currently a junior at IUPUC majoring in psychology. I have intensions of attending law school and ultimately becoming a family lawyer. The thing I adore most about IUPUC is the small, family-like environment. Professors and students alike know your name and will stop and talk to you when they see you on campus. It is wonderful to have such a close-knit campus and faculty to rely on as a support system, I honestly don’t know if I could manage everything I do at a larger school. I feel welcomed and accepted every time I am on campus and I wouldn’t trade that for the world. The advice that I can offer for first-year students is don’t be intimidated, and manage your time wisely. 

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I’m Caitlyn Ramsey, and I am 20 years old. My hometown will always be Hartsville, IN even though I now live in Edinburgh. I am a junior here at IUPUC and pursuing a degree in psychology. Along with a Bachelor of Science degree, I am working on a certificate in substance abuse counseling. I love everything about IUPUC, however the faculty and staff are my favorite part of IUPUC. I have not met a single professor or staff member that is not willing to take time to help out a student. My advice to new students is to find a ‘buddy’ in each class. The ‘buddy system’ will give you someone to rely on as a study partner or someone to share their notes. This way if you have to miss class, you know you will be able to have lecture notes. My buddies have turned into some of my closest college friends and I would be so lost without them.   

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My name is Abbigail Shade and I am a sophomore studying hard to obtain a degree in elementary education. I am a 2013 Brownstown Central High School graduate.  I love the small town of Brownstown, IN, and was not ready to pack up and move away from my friends and family or assisting my high school volleyball team. This is one of the reasons IUPUC was a fit for me. It only takes me 50 minutes to get to campus and I can still enjoy all of the activities in my hometown. IUPUC is a close knit campus with the same feel as being in high school. Walking through the hallway I am guaranteed to have someone greet me by my first name. This is something special I would not experience at larger universities. The final reason I enjoy IUPUC is for the opportunities I have to be involved on campus. I take part in several clubs and organizations which motivate me to be more successful in the classroom and make campus life fun. To first year students, my advice is to get involved in order to have the best college experience possible.

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My name is Emma Metz Sipple and I am senior communication studies major. I am a home school graduate and I hail from Taylorsville, IN. My two favorite things about IUPUC are my communication professors and my fellow classmates. My Professors have guided me through my course work and brought me closer to knowing what I do when I graduate. I have been in the same class with some of my class mates for several semesters. This has given me the opportunity to develop strong friendships with these individuals.

College is not easy. If it was your degree would not be worth anything. To be successful you will have to work hard and do your best. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from professors, tutors or upper-classman. These individuals have been freshman themselves and will understand what you are going through. They are resources to guide you through your college years.

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Samantha Skirvin