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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 16, 2010

Intercultural affairs office seeks employee mentors

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Office of Intercultural Affairs at Northwest Missouri State University is seeking employees interested in mentoring one or more students as part of the retention and leadership development program, called M.O.R.E.

M.O.R.E., which stands for Mentors Over Retention and Education, is for incoming students of color and Cultural Diversity Scholarship recipients. Freshmen are paired with upper class mentors who assist them with their college transition and connect them to relevant campus resources.

On average, students in the M.O.R.E. Program meet twice a month to discuss relevant current issues, learn about themselves and develop leadership skills. They also participate in monthly field trips.

Employees are paired with a mentor, mentee or a mentor/mentee pair and encouraged to meet with the students at least once a month.

Participating employees can build relationships and assist in the retention of students of color, as well as provide supplementary academic advice. The program gives employees a direct connection to students, giving them a unique position to learn about their needs.

The program helps students become better connected to the University, which makes them more likely to stay at Northwest, according to research. Students also are exposed to careers they might not have previously considered.

Interested employees should complete the online form and return it by e-mail to or in campus mail to Student Union 2060. Forms need to be submitted by Thursday, Sept. 23.

Mentor/Mentee Match Day will begin at 4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 27 on the third floor of the J.W. Jones Student Union.

For more information, contact Director of Intercultural Affairs Ame Lambert at (660) 562-1517 or, or Faculty Mentor Coordinator Max Fridell at (660) 562-1270 or

Employees also can learn about the program at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468