Issue 525: 1 / 27 / 2014

SMARTS Program Honors Fall 2013 Participants

Mentee Angela King (left) alongside ...

Mentee Angela King (left) alongside her mentor, Shirley Oliver, administrative secretary for the Office of the President.

The SMARTS (Southwest Mentors Advancing Retention, Teamwork and Success) program recently held an event for Fall 2013 mentees and mentors. At the culmination of the program, mentees present a short paper recapping their experience stating how the program impacted their individual lives and each other.

One student wrote about mentor Michael Boyd,executive director of Information Technology Services, and their experience. The mentee stated, “I am very appreciative of Mr. Boyd for taking time out of his busy schedule to mentor me. I admire what Mr. Boyd does and his honesty with me. I did learn that whether you are an executive or not, respect and integrity will take you a long way.”

Provost and Executive Vice President Joanne Bassett expressed she was moved by how much the students respected and connected with their mentors. “I wish all of you could have been there because you also would have seen how much this opportunity meant to these students,” said Dr. Bassett.

SMARTS matches students with faculty/staff mentors who work in departments closely related to the students’ interests. Mentors provide career advice and guidance to students in developing and formulating attainable academic and career goals. The mission of SMARTS, according to Executive Director for the Office of Student Retention and Graduation Cynthia Calhoun, is to develop supportive relationships between faculty/staff and students, and to provide campus advocates, resource information, guidance, and problem-solving methods to encourage students to advance toward completion of a certificate or degree, and ultimately a career choice.

View the SMARTS Fall 2013 Photo Gallery.