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SXU launches new peer-mentoring project for students

Encore! project to help younger students acclimate to campus life

Chicago (Jan. 22, 2009) Saint Xavier University recently launched a new peer-mentoring project designed to help younger students adjust to campus life.

The Encore! project was developed to help freshmen and sophomores experience optimal adjustment to college life—academically, socially and personally.

Ten academically successful juniors and seniors will each be assigned three protégés whom they will personally assist throughout the semester. The mentors will have weekly one-on-one interactions with their protégés and occasional group meetings with all three of their protégés together. Additionally, there will be five community-wide meetings with all participants.

Encore! was created by SXU professors Earl Thomas and Elijah Ward.

“Encore! is an organized community of learners committed to mutually serving one another’s needs for academic and social as well as personal and spiritual growth,” Thomas and Ward said. “It is a community deeply rooted in a faith in continuous learning and growth, and it fosters a culture of diversity, high expectations and inspiration.” 

Encore! is sponsored by Student Affairs, Records and Advising, and the Diversity Action Team. For more information about Encore!, please contact encore@sxu.edu.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact: Rick Ducat
773-298-3325 or ducat@sxu.edu