New house to mentor students

The Compass House is providing a new way for undergraduate students to take part in a new one-on-one mentoring program.

"This is not vocational mentoring," said junior Emily Adams, member of the Compass House. "This is life mentoring. It’s coming to your mentor with a problem and talking through it."

The idea for a theme house that sponsored a mentoring program grew out of the desires of juniors Emily Knipper and Emily Adams.

"I wanted an older woman to look to for wisdom and guidance," Knipper said. "I talked with Emily Adams, and the idea grew from there."

Adams and Knipper both felt that mentoring relationships were important to students’ personal growth.

Their desire to share this experience with others grew into the formation of the Compass House.

There are eight women working together to organize this program: Adams, junior Sara Henderson, Knipper, junior Angie Little, junior Sarah McCracken, junior Shelby Mills, junior Jessie Pellegrini and senior Jessica Phay.

"We want to facilitate mentoring between students and faculty, staff and alumni," Little said.

Faculty, staff, and alumni have been approached to become mentors for students, Little said. Those who are interested may fill out their own application, which is also available online.

"Mentor and student applications are both due Dec. 7 and can be found at," said Knipper. "People can also email us at"

Once all interested parties have formally applied, matches between students and their mentors will take place during Christmas Break, Adams said.

These matches will be based on the party’s expressed interest, goals and availability, Henderson said. However, if a student would like a mentor in a specific discipline, that can be arranged if it is possible.

"So far, we’ve gotten a huge student response," Knipper said. "We hope the faculty, staff, and alumni will respond the same way."

As of late November, the Compass House has received between twenty and thirty applications from students.

However, they expect more to come as approximately two hundred people expressed interest in the program at various forums, such as GROUP.

"We want people to see how worthwhile these relationships are," Adams said.

"The one-on-one factor of our mentoring program is what distinguishes us from the other programs on campus," Knipper said.

The frequency and duration of each meeting will depend on the mentor and student’s schedules.

Once the matches between students and mentors are made, all arrangements for when, where and how often to meet will be decided independently of the Compass House.

Men interested in becoming a part of a mentoring relationship can contact the Centurions or Solomon’s Porch, Knipper said.

Since this is the foundational year for this program, the Compass House is working together with other ministries to establish long-term goals, Adams said.

This year’s funding for the mentoring program is coming from a portion of the Lilly Grant, which is a living-learning grant, said Adams.

Currently, they are unsure of whether the program or the theme house will be formalized for the next academic year, said Knipper.

"We hope this can continue in some form next year," Henderson said.

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Title: New house to mentor students | Author: Nicole Tajima | Section: News | Published Date: 2003-12-03 | Internal ID: 3657