September 8, 2009
Welcome New and Returning Mentors!
• Fabienne McPhail Naples, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President, Student Success Services
• Andrew Kelly
Principal, Procter R. Hug High School
• Ellen Houston, M.A.
Counselor Coordinator, Center for Student Cultural Diversity
• Natalie Savidge
University Media Relations
• Angela Brasil, Carla Franich
Program Assistant, Student Success Services
• Kelvin Howell
Student Financial Aid & Scholarships
• Joe Garton, Sandra Feyersinger
Program Coordinators, Hug High School
Procter R. Hug High School
• Background Check
– Partnership with UNR
• Time Commitment
– Expectations of Mentors
– Expectations of Mentees
• Attending Trainings and Events
– Calendar provided in your packet
• Communication and Follow Up with your Mentee
– How to Communicate with your Mentee
– Where and When to Meet
• Appropriate Behavior
– Best Practices
– What is the law and how does it apply to me?
• Reporting Suspected Abuse – What is the Law?
– Physical, Substance, Suicide, Emotional, Verbal,
– danger to themselves
• The Statistics
– Accountability report from nvreportcard.com
– AYP and what it all means
• Majority of students from low socio-economic backgrounds
(FRL – Free or Reduced Lunch)
• English as a Second Language (ESL)
• Majority of students would be the first in their family to
graduate high school, let alone attend college
• Hug Hawk Culture – “It’s a HAWK Thang”
• The “Typical” School Day
– Bell Schedule
– Grade 10 schedule – What your Mentee is learning…
• Hug’s Academic Calendar
– 2009-2010 School year
• Hug High School
– Coalition of Essential Schools
– Small learning communities within a large high school
– Map of Hug
• Understanding your Mentee’s Transcript
• High School Graduation Requirements
• Helping your Mentee understand how to make up
classes and get the help they need
– Constant Communication with their Counselor
– CBE – Credit By Exam
– Supplemental Credit Office
• High school:
– 4 years English
– 2 years Math (any math, meaning they can take pre-algebra)
– 2 years Natural Science
– 3 years Social Science
• University of Nevada, Reno:
– 4 years English
– 3 years Math (Algebra 1 and higher)
– 3 years of Natural Science
– 3 years of Social Science
– 3.0 GPA in those 13 CORE classes
• Millennium Scholarship:
– 4 years English
– 4 years Math
– 3 years Social Science
– 3 years Natural Science
– 3.25 GPA in those 14 CORE classes
ELLEN HOUSTON, M.A.
The Center for Student Cultural Diversity
• Ask them questions
– Interests? How do they spend their free time?
– What kind of music/movies/video games do they like?
– Favorite school subject/Least favorite
– Extra-curricular activities
– Goals and dreams?
– Why did they choose to participate in ASCENT?
– What do they want in a mentor?
• Tell Them About Yourself
– Your interests and how you spend your free time
– What kind of music/movies/video games you like
– Your high school and college experience
– Your job/career and how you got there
– Any mentors you had that made a difference and why
– The reasons you chose to participate in ASCENT
– What you want in a mentee
Completing the Contract
• Outline Expectations
– What does the student need from you?
• Guidance, advice, motivation, academic assistance
– What do you need from the student?
• Punctuality, effort, communication
• Exchange Contact Information
– Decide how best to communicate
• Text messages, email, cell phone
• Beware of social networking
• Agree on Meetings
• How often will you meet?
• Set a regular schedule, location to meet at Hug and
Paying for College
• Many students and parents think a University
education is too expensive for them.
• How much are we talking? –
• University of Nevada, Reno - estimated yearly
cost of attendance
• There is lots of funding available to help your
student pay for school.
What Is Financial Aid?
Any source of funds available to help students pay
for the cost of college.
•Grants – free and do not need to be paid back
•Scholarships – based on academic merit or
•Loans – students and families borrow money to
pay for college
•Work Study – the federal government provides
wages to students for work
• Most financial aid is based on demonstrated
•Requires the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA)
•Administered through the federal government
•Can be completed online or a paper version
•ASCENT and the University both host FAFSA
why do the FAFSA early?
• Those who apply the earliest have the best chance
of getting extra grant money (if they are eligible).
• By March, UNR is usually out of Work Study and
all grant money (except for Pell grants).
• Applying early also allows time to make
corrections or submit required documents that
Financial Aid might ask for to complete the
Pack Advantage Program
• Must be a Nevada resident
• Apply to the University by March 1
(this program is only at our institution)
• Must complete the FAFSA by March 1
• Must be eligible for a Pell Grant (income
• Must be in good academic standing
• Recieve gift aid that will cover tuition and fees
for all four years!
• All freshman who apply to UNR by February 1st
are automatically considered for scholarships
•Tribal money for American Indian students
•Hug has a GEAR UP Program
•High school counselors and Career Center
coordinators know of scholarships
•Civic, religious and non-profit organization
•Free online scholarship search services such as
• Currently a student must graduate from a Nevada
high school with a GPA of 3.25.
• Three years of science and four years of math.
• Must have attended a Nevada high school for at
least two years.
• If eligible, the student will be sent a letter by the
Nevada State Treasurer’s office.
• The student needs to accept the scholarship via
letter or online
• Full-time enrollment in a minimum of 12 credits
of coursework is required
• The amount is $960 per semester paid toward fees
• Up to a total of $10,000 per student
• Must maintain a 2.6 GPA as a freshman and a
2.75 GPA after that
• No need to reapply each year
• University Office of Financial Aid -
• Free Application for Federal Student Aid -
• US Department of Education website built in
collaboration with students. It's a go-to source
for information and resources about planning,
preparing and paying for college –
Student Success Services
• Our Panelists have been with the
ASCENT Program since 2006
• Susan Hug
• Terry Helmstetter
• Jody Helmstetter