Notre Dame launches Business Mentor Program

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 28-2-2012

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle

Publication Place



For many graduating high school students, the transition to university is daunting. Feelings of excitement about their future can often be accompanied with a level of apprehension and self consciousness.

In an endeavour to make the first semester at university a successful one for new students, The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus introduced a Mentor Program in 2006.

Coordinated by the University’s Student Life Office, the program is highly valued by both staff and students and is an important pastoral care initiative of the University.

The School of Business, Fremantle, is the latest school to join the program. They chose to launch their Business Mentor Program (BMP) during Orientation Day celebrations (O-DAY 12) on the Fremantle Campus.

“The BMP is a result of collaboration by the Business School, the Student Life Office and the Business School Student Society,” explains Professor Chris Doepel, Dean of the School of Business, Fremantle.

“Starting university can coincide with turning 18, having greater freedom and the potential to get into trouble with so many competing new demands to integrate.

“The program involves partnering first year students with a second or third year mentor. The mentor guides them through the fundamentals of being a university student and provides them with opportunities to interact with other business students.”

Former Rossmoyne Senior High School student, Courtney Jiblett, was just one of more than 1000 first year university students Notre Dame welcomed to O-DAY 12 which was held on Thursday 23 February.

The Bachelor of Human Resource Management/Behavioural Science student said the Business Mentor Programwas an excellent way of meeting her classmates and academic staff in the School of Business.

“For first year students to be welcomed on Campus by so many friendly faces reinforces Notre Dame’s commitment that pastoral care is important and our time here is special,” Ms Jiblett said.

The University’s Mentor Program Coordinator, Ervina Ng, said she was excited about the success and growth of the initiative.

“It’s wonderful to see the School of Business encourage their first year students to join our Mentor Program,” said Ms Ng.

“We now have over 600 students participating across the Fremantle Campus for 2012.”

For more information on the Mentoring Program, please contact:
School of Business - 08 9433 0905 or Student Life Office - 08 94330580

Michelle Ebbs: Tel (08) 9433 0610; Mob 0408 959 138
Leigh Dawson: Tel (08) 9433 0569; Mob 0405 441 093