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Transfer Student Mentor Position

Transfer Student Mentor Selection

Application

Thank you for your interest in the TSM Position for the 2018 - 2019 Academic Year.  The Department of Student Life is looking to hire three (3) students to serve as TSM to our international resident students in either Nassau Hall, Livingston Hall, or Erie Hall (location may change) while also completing traditional Resident Assistant responsibilities*. In order to be considered for the position, you must complete the TSM Application in its entirety and submit it by February 2, 2018.  All applicants will be required to submit references (February 5, 2018) and either a co-curricular transcript or resume in addition to the application.  Incomplete submissions will not be considered.  Each application received will be reviewed and evaluated by the TSM Selection Committee and members of the Student Life Staff. TSM Applicants only need to complete the TSM Application.  Applicants may indicate interest in the RA Position via the TSM Application.

Dependable | Sound Judgment | Open-Minded | Willing & Helpful | Patient

If you embody these values, the TSM position might be for you!  TSMs possess strong leadership skills, foster the development of relationships, promote well-being to students, and demonstrate a commitment to multicultural education in not only their residential community, but across the SUNY Geneseo campus.

Student Life Educational Priority
The Department of Student Life develops socially responsible citizens who build positive relationships as engaged learners.

Student Life Learning Goals
1.     Each student will become a socially responsible citizen. 
2.     Each student will build positive relationships. 
3.     Each student will aspire to be an engaged learner. 

TSM Selection Timeline
  • RA Application available: December 1
  • RA Information Sessions: Time and Location TBD
    • December 7 & 11 - Application, References, and Resumes (Co-Curricular Transcripts)
    • January 18 & 23 - Interviewing and Networking 
    • January 30 - Last Minute Application and Position Questions
    • February 20 - Preparation for Group Process
    • March 5 - Conditional Offer and Student Leader Learning & Development Course
  • RA Information Tables: January 22 - 26
  • RA Application Due: February 2
  • RA Interviews Scheduled: February 5 - 23
  • RA Group Process Day: February 24 (plan on 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
  • RA Position Conditional Offers: March 9
  • RA Position Conditional Acceptance Due: March 18
  • RA Position Student Leader Learning & Development Course: March 18 - April 20*
  • RA Position Acceptance Due: April 23
  • RA Orientation: April 30*
Program Goal

The goal of the Transfer Student Mentor (TSM) program is to provide Geneseo’s fall and spring transfer students with immediate campus connections in their residential communities.

A Transfer Student Mentor (TSM) is a Resident Assistant who lives in one of three residence halls with a significant population of transfer students. In addition to completing RA responsibilities (see RA Position Description), the TSM will create engagement opportunities specifically for transfer students to link them to their peers in the Geneseo community. The TSM will create meaningful experiences for students and will communicate important campus information and events to transfer students assimilating to the Geneseo campus culture. Each Transfer Student Mentor will create passive and active educational opportunities in their residence halls to engage transfer students. During fall and spring semesters, they will hold office hours in the Transfer Resource Center to supplement the YouBelong series offered by the Office of New Student Programs. The TSM will attend specific training sessions and participate in orientation events and presentations for transfer students, such as the Transfer Student Picnic. Although preferred, Transfer Student Mentors do not necessarily need to be transfer students themselves.

Community Building and Engagement

Prior to Arrival
Before they arrive to campus, transfer students will know someone they can connect with at Geneseo. The TSMs will send a letter of introduction, mini biography, and headshot photo to transfer students living in their village, welcoming them to SUNY Geneseo and highlighting some opening events during Weeks of Welcome. In addition, the TSMs will prepare bulletin boards displaying academic resources, student services resources, as well as a variety of outlets for involvement on campus. 

Orientation
Upon their arrival, the TSMs will prepare and execute one presentation during New Student Orientation in the fall and spring semesters. This presentation will be coordinated in conjunction with the Office for New Student Programs and will focus on the impact of the Student Life (Campus Living) experience on the transfer student experience. During move-in weekends in the fall and spring, TSMs offer a warm welcome to the transfer students in their respective residence halls and villages.

Campus Life
Once classes commence, the TSMs will continue to serve as a resource,advocate, and connector for transfer students. Their educational initiatives will focus on integrating transfer student residents into the larger residential and college community. TSMs will send bi-weekly messages to their residents publicizing upcoming events in the halls, villages, and on campus of specific interest to them. They will advertise their availability on their room doors in case questions and concerns come up. They will also be prepared to identify indicators of concern and know how and where to refer residents, specifically acknowledging that transfer students’ most difficult transition will take place in the academic sphere. Transfer Student Mentors will communicate with their Area Coordinator about Residential Education plans, student needs, concerns, and other updates as they arise regarding their role. They will also serve as a liaison between Student Life and the Office of New Student Programs, and will attend two office hours a week in the Transfer Resource Center during the academic year. As the semester and year progress, a relationship between the TSMs and the transfer students will be forged that will enrich the lives of both. 

Training and Expectations

Training Overview
The TSMs will join transfer students at orientation in late August and January. The TSMs may be excused from a session of RA Training to be present for a specific part of New Student Orientation. TSMs will also attend a training session that will focus on the academic, emotional, and social challenges unique to the transfer student experience as they assimilate into the culture of a new college.

Expectations of TSM

  • TSM will begin contact with incoming transfer students during the summer and winter breaks prior to the arrival of new transfer students via mailings and use of social media.
  • TSMs will be aware of transfer students' class courses. TSMs will follow up with transfer students regarding registration (provide information about how to register).
  • TSMs will be the point of contact for each village concerning transfer student concerns. TSMs will communicate any concerns with the Assistant Director of Student Life for Educational Initiatives.
  • TSMs will organize social and educational programming within their halls and village with a focus on transfer student outreach. TSMs will post information about upcoming events weekly on social media (campus wide, hall, floor, etc.).
  • TSMs will check in with fellow RAs in each building within their village regarding transfer students. They will also lead transfer student support groups in each village once a month.
  • TSMs will collaborate with New Student Programs and Academic Advising engaging in YouBelong programming initiatives throughout the academic year. TSMs will also hold two office hours a week in the Transfer Student Resource Center.
  • TSMs will check in with Campus Living TSM Coordinator once a month.
  • TSMs will participate in assessing the impact of the TSM program on the lives of our transfer resident students at the conclusion of their service.
TSM Position Qualifications
  • Applicants must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits
    • Applicants must report at least a 2.5 Fall 2017 GPA at the time of application 
    • Applicants must also receive at least a 2.5 GPA for the Spring 2018 semester
  • Applicants must be in good conduct standing and not have current conduct sanctions
  • Applicants must have completed one semester at SUNY Geneseo by the end of the Spring 2018 semester
  • Applicants must have lived in on-campus at least one semester at any college or university by the end of the Spring 2018 semester
  • Applicants must not hold a full-time position elsewhere, be a student teacher, or hold a full-time internship
Desired candidates will demonstrate:
  • Leadership potential through past experiences and recommendations
  • Commitment to personal growth
  • Willingness to advocate for and be a source of support for other students
  • Sensitivity and genuine concern for others that would compel one to form relationships with assigned residents
  • Integrity in decision-making and maturity in actions
  • Program event planning skills to meet established goals
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to evaluate and respond to high pressure situations
  • Effective communication skills and patience when working with students and colleagues
  • Knowledge of SUNY Geneseo and the Department of Student Life Campus Living policies and functions
Conditions of Employment
  • Period of Employment:  August 12, 2018 - May 20, 2019 (dates may be adjusted)
  • Enrollment Requirement:  RAs must be registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours and be considered a full-time student; must also register for the RA Class INTD 240
    • RAs may not register for more than 18 credits without permission from the Director of Student Life
  • Remuneration:  Room rent waiver, $200.00 meal plan allocation per semester, $300.00 stipend per semester
  • Academic Standing:  RAs must maintain both a cumulative and semester GPA of 2.5
  • Conduct:  Employment is contingent upon maintaining good conduct standing; conduct history is reviewed prior to hire
  • Department Initiatives:  Attendance at RA Training, RA Selection, RA Class, Committee Meetings, and Residence Hall opening and closing is mandatory
  • Student Teaching:  RAs are not permitted to student teach
  • Employment:  RAs are not permitted to work more than 15 hours per week outside of their position with Student Life

* TSM Applicants only need to complete the TSM Application.  Applicants may indicate interest in the RA Position via the TSM Application.