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ATMentors Monthly

Howdy Mentors!


Happy New Year 2011! The winter break has come to an end and the new semester is just beginning. Time to get back into the swing of things as we welcome the Spring semester. In this month’s issue of ATMentors Monthly, make sure you read [What’s New with Mentors?] to catch up on our plans for 2011. Also, [Mark Your Calendar] with some dates and events occurring within the next few months. WHOOP!

January is National Mentoring Month! We cannot express enough gratitide towards each and every one of you! We greatly appreciate the expert advice and guidance you continue to give our Aggies! THANK YOU ATMENTORS! 

[What’s New with Mentors?] Do you know someone that you think would be a great mentor for our Aggies? E-mail or have them submit the New Mentor Application online at Have a great story about mentoring, testimonial, or just something fun (recipe, good book, etc.) you would like to share with the other mentors? Please email and tell us about it! It could be featured in a new section of ATMentors Monthly called Mentors Corner! January 14th is the deadline for casting your vote for the Executive Committee! Cast your vote to Executive Committee will be announced January 21st!

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“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill


Cast your vote for the Executive Committee at

Felix Arnold Dr. William Bassichis Dr. Carol Binzer Shalena Brown Bonnie Bustos Kelly Essler

Candidates are: Dr. Fidel Fernandez Paul Greer Rebecca Hapes Margaret Langford Otis McGresham Sam Murdock

Dr. Bob Strawser Lindsay Striegler Dr. Marisa Suhm Tim Sweeney Jill Vogel Jim Woosley

[Tips for January]

This section contains hints and resources that will help you while mentoring.

Helping get students back on track! Returning to college from a long, lazy winter break is difficult. Even thought the school is just around the corner, many students put off preparing for the new semester. When the day arrives, these students find they are overwhelmed and unprepared to begin class. When the semsester does commence, time seems to move more slowly, classes feel longer, homework becomes an increasingly tedious task and it feels as though there is an eternity stretched out between now and summer break. With a little preparation beforehand, however, students can avoid feeling doomed before classes start.

Buy your books

If you go home for winter break, plan on returning to campus a couple of days early. This will allow for enough time to get your books, go over your schedule and get re-settled back into college life. Allow time for the surprises, inconveniences and circumstances that you can’t anticipate so that they don’t interfere with your success during spring semester!

Outline your goals for the semester

By now, you have received your grades from last semester. If they are not where you (or your parents!) would like them to be, it may be time to re-prioritize your personal schedule and goals to get organized and raise that GPA. Identify where you fell short last semester. Did you skip class? Fail to complete complete assignments? As soon as you can identify why you fell short of your goals you can begin making new ones.


You are only halfway to summer break. While visions of beaches and palm trees are in your head, don’t check your brain at the door when you return to campus for spring semester! Focus on achieving your goals for the semester and hold fast to the schedule you’ve outlined.

Take an interest in your new classes

It’s always tempting to blow off a couple of classes when school first resumes. Resist the urge! Establishing a consistent routine at the beginning of each semester is one of the best ways to ensure that your schedule is manageable. The best way to break into the second semester is to proceed full steam ahead!

[Campus Highlight] This section contains helpful hints and resources that will help you while mentoring.

Student Health Services Colder weather means that more and more students are likely to get sick. Students need to be aware of the services that are offered by Student Health. Student Health Services’ mission is to provide Texas A&M students with quality programs of preventive, therapeutic, and primary medical care services, and to educationally prepare them with diverse strategies for success in preserving health and promoting wellness. They offer medical exams, women’s clinic, physical therapy, allergy injections, preventitive medicine along with health education services, Dial-A-Nurse and EMS. Hours of Operation are 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday You can make an appointment online or call (979) 458-8250, between 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. For more information, see the Appointments page at

[Mark Your Calendar] Important Dates & Events

January 1st Happy New Year 2011! January 10-11/12-13 New Student Conferences January 17th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Faculty & Staff Holiday January 18th First day of Spring 2011 Semester January 25th Thank Your Mentor Day Many, many thanks to all the ATMentors!

Have suggestions, comments, or an addition to the newsletter? Please e-mail or call 979.845.5826.


Mentor Newsletter for January


Mentor Newsletter for January