The first year of college is a major period of adjustment for students. It is a time when students are presented with new experiences and opportunities to achieve academic success. It also is a period where they discover career interests, become involved in campus life, and meet people from diverse backgrounds.
The Leadership and Mentorship Program (L.A.M.P.) was created by the Division of Student Affairs as part of a continuing effort to help students feel connected to the campus and local community. If students are comfortable with their peers, professors, and surroundings, they are more likely to remain at the university and graduate. To create strong relationships between students and faculty, a mentoring program has been established within leadership seminars that serve as the cornerstone for the program. UTB/TSC wants students to grow and develop personally and academically throughout their entire academic experience and works especially hard through the Leadership and Mentorship Program to improve and enhance their first-year experience.
The mentoring aspect of our program inspire student to achieve excellence and seek out opportunities to display leadership. To guide students through this process, L.A.M.P. pairs each student with a well qualified mentor that acts not only as a role model but also as a resource to that student. L.A.M.P. understands that the transition into college life can be tough, but with the right motivation and encouragement, this transition is made easier. Inspired students looking to accomplish academic excellence and enjoy their experiences will appreciate L.A.M.P.
Not only does L.A.M.P. provide students with qualified mentors, it also offers them the chance to learn great lessons in leadership. Throughout the fall and spring semester, students will have the opportunity to attend professional leadership workshops presented by L.A.M.P. mentors, UTB/TSC staff and faculty, and outside community leaders. These workshops are very enlightening as well as inspirational and will equip students with the leadership skills they need as students for their futures. Students will also have the opportunity to attend the Learning To Lead Institute, a biannual conference hosted by L.A.M.P. every semester. For participation in the program and the institute, students will be awarded certificates of completion and will be able to include participation and training in L.A.M.P. on their resumes.
The Division of Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs seeks to create and implement programs, services, and activities that are consistent with the mission, educational purposes, location, and student characteristics of UTB/TSC. These programs, services, and activities enhance student learning and personal development. They are designed to attract and retain students by offering the following:
a high quality of campus life
support for academic achievement
opportunities for leadership development
opportunities for social, cultural, and ethical development
support for wellness
opportunities for career planning
L.A.M.P. will attempt to accomplish this through promoting student awareness of campus and community resources, providing support for new students, and fostering students who are independent, motivated, academically successful, and contributing members of the university community. The main goal of L.A.M.P. is to increase retention of students by providing incoming freshman and new transfer students an opportunity to learn from mentors who serve as coaches, role models, and advisors.
L.A.M.P. shall achieve this goal through structured mentoring of new students and with the support of the university community. Our program comprises three components that work together to increase student retention at UTB/TSC, including:
a mentorship program in which upper-level students mentor incoming freshman
a leadership program, developed in collaboration with our students, faculty and staff, to develop and train our local student leaders
a staff and faculty mentoring program which aligns faculty and staff volunteer mentors with incoming freshmen