The Clayton State University’s Office of Orientation & New Student Programs’ F.I.R.S.T. Step Peer Mentoring launched the University’s spring semester by recognizing the academic achievement of the those freshman students with mentors that earned a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher during their first semester at Clayton State.
A Recognition Luncheon for those students was held on Friday, Jan. 25, in the Harry S. Downs Center. This was the first event sponsored by the peer mentoring program to honor those students for their academic success as freshmen atClaytonState.
The F.I.R.S.T. Step Peer Mentoring program is a new program atClaytonStatethat was launched the fall of 2012. This program worked with 215 selected incoming freshmen to assist them in their overall transition as college students through the aid of their assigned peer mentor and CSU 1022 instructor. This year, 88 students were recognized and received an academic medal of excellence.
Dr.Mark Daddona, associate vice president of Enrollment Management and Academic Success, opened the program with a wonderful welcome, followed by encouraging congratulatory remarks from University President, Dr. Thomas J. Hynes. A special video was shown in which the mentees shared how having a peer mentor was beneficial during their first semester. The students then were presented with their medals and photos were taken with their instructors.