​​​​​​The Wolverine Mentor Collective (Wolverine MC) is an exciting new mentoring program for first year, second year, and transfer undergraduate students.  Students are matched with mentors who are there to offer guidance as students acclimate to life in college.  Mentors will assist mentees in navigating the many adjustments that students often face when attending college for the first time. 

How it works:
Students are paired with someone invested in their success based on shared interests - a person ready to listen, inspire, help navigate challenges, and recognize opportunities. Students will learn what to expect in school, how to approach challenges, gain career advice and valuable insights while mentors will build their networks and develop skills to become better professionals and leaders. Mentor Collective's online platform provides training and resources for student mentors and makes it easy for mentors and mentees to connect.

Why Have a Mentor?

Starting college can be hard, particularly in today's hybrid environment. As a mentee, you can talk with your mentor about things such as:

  • Accessing campus support services
  • Understanding the purpose and benefits of utilizing a professor's office hours
  • Finding meaningful social outlets and becoming engaged on campus (research, internships, etc.)
  • Learning how to best manage your time
  • Maximizing your college experience so that you develop both academically and socially

Your Mentor Will:

  • Help guide you in your transition to college 
  • Have similar interests, hobbies, and experiences as you
  • Meet or video chat with you on a regular basis
  • Encourage you to set goals
Program Expectations

As part of the Wolverine MC, we want to help you succeed at UM-Dearborn - and become part of our community! In this program you can expect:

  1. Year-long commitment (August 2021 - April 2022)
  2. Regularly log your conversations with your mentee or mentor
  3. Monthly in-person/virtual meetings with your mentee or mentor
Becoming a Mentor

Interested in becoming a mentor? Great! Wolverine MC is an opportunity for mentors to: 

  • Improve communication and interpersonal skills
  • Develop leadership and management qualities
  • Share and reflect on attributes needed for academic and professional success
  • Increase confidence and motivation

You must have junior or senior status at UM-Dearborn, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be in good academic standing. All matched mentors will be eligible to receive a  Comment start Leaders & Best Service Award for participation in the semester in which they complete the requirements below. Comment end 

To be eligible for a $100 service award, matched mentors must:

  • Report at least five (5) conversations with their mentees during the academic year
  • Accomplish at least one goal with their mentee, and 
  • Earn the Mentoring Badge in the Talent Gateway To earn the Mentoring Badge you must complete 5 of the following challenges in the Talent Gateway
    • I Want to Make an Impact: Becoming a Mentor (required)
    • I Made an Impact! Reflecting on Being a Mentor (required)
    • What Mentoring Means to Me
    • Volunteering: Stepping Up and Stepping Out
    • I'm Engaged in My Community
    • The Triangle of Collaboration

Ready to get involved? Become a mentor today!


The Great Game - Outdoor Escape Room & Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to University of Michigan-Dearborn! As part of orientation festivities, from September 8-22, we will be hosting an outdoor escape room/scavenger hunt competition. Your team will need to go find key points on campus and solve puzzles at each one. The top 3 teams that complete the course the fastest will win a prize - you always can complete the course if you don’t want to race! Share this email or the event's website to spread the word!


  • The competition is now live and ends at 11:59 p.m. on September 22. You can play anytime during that period.
  • You may use TWO hints penalty free if you want to be in the running for the prize - if you don't want to race, you can use as many hints as you would like. 
  • Your team will be solving interesting puzzles around campus. The game should take between 1-2 hours and involves walking around two miles

How to Play The Great Game:

  • Your team size can be anywhere from 3 to 8 players - but you’ll need at least three team members to have iPhones
  • Have each player with a phone on your team download the app here (or search “TheGreatGame” on the app store, no spaces)
  • Have one player click register for a game, select University of Michigan-Dearborn, and then create a team name and password – everyone else on the team will join using the team name and password
  • Meet your team at Chancellor's Pond to start the game; once at a starting point, each player presses start in the app 
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes 


What if my team gets completely stuck?

  • If you keep using hints, the app moves you past the puzzle, so you will never be truly stuck :)

What if I need to add or remove someone from the team?

  • If a team member leaves midway through the game, you will need to remove them to continue
  • Go to the account tab and swipe left on the player you want to remove



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