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Pow Wow 2006
Pow Wow 2006

Reflections

Generations of Mentoring

A Mentee Then and Mentor Now

Anna Nazarian-Peters

Coordinator, Student Life and Development

Just as Georgiana and Craig influenced Becky, they also inspired me. I was in Georgiana’s class my sophomore year when I was having some personal problems and having doubts about continuing my education. Unaware of my situation, Georgiana gave me her home address and telephone number. “ If you ever need anything, call me,” she offered. When we spoke about this years later, she recalled giving me contact information but didn’t understand why she did it at the time. It was this gesture coupled with my involvement with the American Indian Student Council that kept me in school.

Ironically, I had traveled full circle with the support of my mentors to not only work at the university I had almost dropped out of, but to become an unofficial mentor to new students, encouraging them to get involved and continue their education.

My relationship with AISC began when Georgiana offered extra credit in her class for volunteering at the annual pow wow. I went to speak to Mabelle Drake, former coordinator of Student Life and Development and American Indian Student Services, about volunteering. She invited me to attend an AISC meeting that evening. I said that I wasn’t American Indian so I shouldn’t go to the meeting, but she explained that anyone could be a part of the group. Although I did not understand most of what they were talking about while planning the pow wow, their warm welcome convinced me to continue attending the meetings.

Craig Stone, the AISC faculty advisor, took the time to explain things about American Indian culture and pow wow so that I didn’t feel like such an outsider. I was a member of the AISC for the next five years and even met my husband during my involvement. I was mentored by Craig even though I was not a Partners for Success student.

Upon Mabelle's resignation, Craig encouraged me to apply for the SLD and AISS position. Ironically, I had traveled full circle with the support of my mentors to not only work at the university I had almost dropped out of, but to become an unofficial mentor to new students, encouraging them to get involved and continue their education.