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The Peer Mentoring component of the First-Year Experience connects each section of the first-year seminar (FSEM) with a designated upper-class student. The peer mentors are an integral part of first-year students’ academic support network, which also includes the students’ FSEM instructors and a professional advisor from the Office of Academic Services. The goal of the Peer Mentoring Program is to provide our first-semester students with mentoring and guidance from the perspective of an experienced UMW student.
  • Peer mentors help promote a positive relationship between faculty, Resident Assistants (RAs), and the first-year students in order to adequately support them through their transitional first semester at UMW.
  • Peer mentors support the academic advisement and course registration process through in-class degree audit workshops or other activities as directed by the faculty, as well as by being available during the registration period to offer guidance and answer questions.
  • Peer mentors provide great connections for first-year students to get involved on campus in FSEM-related activities and activities beyond the classroom.
From: http://academics.umw.edu/fye/peer-mentoring-program/  


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This is a test post. Survey data is commonly used to determine factors affecting the demand for HEVs. These studies have overall concluded that hybrid owners chose to buy their HEVs because they are more sensitive to changes in gas prices than the environmental benefits their hybrids would contribute. These studies have also shown that hybrid owners are typically in the highest income demographics (Changewave Research 2005: Year of the Hybrid 2004). The high discount rate that consumers anticipate on their cost-saving hybrid technology is also a contributor to the demand of HEVs. Consumers expected payback for an HEV investment in as little as three years (Burke 2004, and Jaffe 1994). A previous model of automotive demand showed that consumer’s perceived utility for automobiles is usually higher than the actual utility they receive (Berry, Levinsohn, and Pakes 1995).


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