Alpha students will be assigned a dedicated peer mentor who will work them throughout their first year. Mentors are former Alpha and current WMU students who volunteer their time to help first year students be successful. Mentors and mentees will exchange contact information and meet in FYE class, as well as get together more informally outside of class.
Required classes for first year Alpha students:
Fall: FYE 2100 - Alpha First Year Seminar (2 credits)
FYE 2100 is a course designed to help students develop a sense of responsibility for their own education and learning. This seminar will introduce students to University resources and will provide support during the first semester of transition to the University. The FYE 2100 seminar will include weekly class meetings, sharing a common reading experience, a project-based assignment, written assignments, and attendance at selected University events.
UNV 1030 gives students the option of taking an in-class Leadership Development course or an outside the classroom Alpha Engagement course. Leadership students will learn about group development and leadership theories, and will improve their communication skills. In the Engagement course, students will increase their personal, social, and career awareness, and complete assignments designed to help them develop in these areas. Students who earn below a 2.0 in their fall semester will take UNV 1030: Academic Recovery, a course designed to help students identify and remove the obstacles blocking their success.
Students are finished with their Alpha commitments at the end of their first year. However, many second year students are not yet ready to declare a major. Those students are welcome to stay in Exploratory Advising and work with our second year advisor, Ashley Wildman, who shares office space with us in Ellsworth Hall. Call Exploratory Advising to make an appointment: 269-387-4410
There are many opportunities for leadership and involvement in the Alpha Program, even after you've finished your first year. Current and former Alpha students are eligible to become FYE student instructors, peer mentors, and even hold executive board positions in the Student Organization of the Alpha Program. Contact Walter or Liz to find out more about these opportunities!