Thursday, September 4, 2008
At the University of West Georgia, the EXCEL Center for Academic Success and the Department of Political Science and Planning have begun a progressive new mentor program for freshmen that combines politics with their first year success.
The iServe Mentoring program presents a syllabus of civic and academic responsibility that encourages freshmen to succeed in their studies as they become involved in the political process on and off campus.
Like all mentoring programs, iServe Mentoring provides upper level student mentors to assist freshmen in honing their study and time management skills and their transition from high school to college.
The iServe program adds a government class to the mix where students participate in voter registration drives, become active in online discussions of issues presented by one or both presidential and vice presidential candidates, conduct a phone-a-thon survey in the new Survey Lab, produce a public service announcement and be a member of a team campus outreach project.
EXCEL Center Associate Director DeLandra Hunter is the UWG deputy registrar for voter registration.
"College students are in a transition period," said Hunter. "The iServe Mentoring program and the political science classes can be a bridge to real life and get students involved on and off campus."
Students may register as Carrollton residents and vote on campus or at a nearby precinct despite having a hometown miles away. Most of these programs are part of the UWG American Democracy Project, which will also host campus-wide debate viewings coordinated by the EXCEL Center.
The presidential and vice presidential debates and a November Election Night Viewing Party will be hosted by the Student Government Association and the UWG Democratic and Republican student organizations.
The EXCEL Center offers a variety of different services including free tutoring, academic advising, upper class mentoring and major/career exploration in hundreds of fields. For more information on this program or any of the other fine programs offered through the EXCEL Center, call 678-839-6280.