The Program
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Learn more about TMMP at  
Martin Luther King Extended Orientation
Sunday, August 23 -- Wednesday, August 26

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"None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody-- a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns-- bent down and helped us pick up our boots." -- Thurgood Marshall

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Contact Information

Thurgood Marshall Mentoring Program (TMMP)
Horton Hall 117
717-477-1364
Ms. Betsy Schmitt
bjschm@ship.edu

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The Thurgood Marshall Mentoring Program

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TMMP provides support for the personal, social, and intellectual development of our students.  The Program assists first-year and transfer students in building partnerships with faculty, staff, administrators, and graduate students who are familiar with the University.

A mentor is someone who takes a special interest in and responsibility for the growth and development of another person.  A mentor can help to instill confidence, clarify goals, assist in problem solving, and provide feedback.  A mentor can also help a student turn a difficult situation into a learning experience. 

Your TMMP mentor will help you become oriented to Shippensburg University and to the surrounding area.  By demonstrating genuine concern, your mentor can help you develop a sense of belonging and empowerment through moral support.

When matching you to your mentor, we consider your major, career aspirations, background, and interests.  At Shippensburg University, TMMP mentors have served in many roles, including career counselors, academic advisors, personal counselors, tutors, and friends.  They have invited students to dinner in their homes or local restaurants, accompanied students to cultural events, provided transportation, and taken students on shopping trips and tours of the local and surrounding communities.

In short, the mentoring relationship has significantly helped many of our students make a successful adjustment to college life.