Hanscom Air Force Base resident Helen Gillepsy has been named a Peer Advisor for the 2023-2024 academic year at Western New England University in Springfield. Gillepsy has been appointed as Community Building Co-Chair within the Peer Advising organization.
Peer Advisors are a group of highly selected and comprehensively trained students dedicated to helping first-year and transfer students throughout their transition to Western New England University. Peer Advisors undergo more than 150 hours of training in order to better support first-year and transfer students.
Each first-year student is assigned a Peer Advisor who serves as a source of information, point of first contact, and conduit to university programs and support services. Peer Advisors work during the summer and academic year to assist new students in the formation of their personal success plans and act as an advocate for student success. The personal success plans provide new students with a framework for establishing specific, measurable, reasonable, realistic, and timely goals for the first year at the University.
Gillepsy is working toward a BSE in mechanical engineering.