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CHSS Freshman Mentoring Groups Kick off Fall Series

CHSS Freshman Mentoring Groups Kick-off Fall SeriesThe University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) kicked-off the fall series of the new Freshman Mentoring Program on Thursday, Aug. 25, at the O'Kane Gallery located in the Welcome Center.

The Freshman Mentoring Program is a new, university-wide program created to help with retention by supporting freshmen from day one. Each faculty mentor works with 15 students and one peer mentor, planning events that encourage friendship, scholarship and connection to the University.

Mark Cervenka, associate professor of art and director of UHD's O'Kane Gallery, welcomed students to the new gallery. CHSS mentors in attendance included Elizabeth Hatfield, Ashley Archiopoli, Paul Kintzele, Chuck Jackson, Andrew Pavelich and Erlanger Turner.

"Being a faculty mentor allows me to connect with freshman students that I may not see in my regular courses. It is important for students to know faculty and feel comfortable approaching us. This is one way that freshmen can get to know a faculty member in a non-classroom setting," said Hatfield, assistant professor of communication. "I am very excited to be working with what already feels like a great group of students."

CHSS Dean DoVeanna Fulton, Associate Dean David Ryden and Assistant Dean Crystal Guillory also helped coordinate the event and were in attendance.