NaviGators 2013-2014

NEW for 2013 – 2014: The NaviGator Program!

The Learning Commons and CIASS have created the inaugural cohort of

NaviGators for the 2013-2014 academic year!

Meet the 2013-2014 NaviGators here!

The NaviGator program will replace and enhance the Peer Leader program of previous years and will help connect all new students with a continuing student (NaviGator) who will serve as a mentor and resource to a group of new students for the academic year.

What is a NaviGator?

NaviGators will take on an expanded leadership role similar to what FS 101 Peer Leaders have done in the past, but will not have responsibilities related to FS 101 courses. Unlike FS 101 Peer Leaders, NaviGators will be expected to work with students throughout both the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters. The primary responsibility of a NaviGator is to guide new students through their academic, social, and emotional transitions to the Allegheny community.

There will be approximately 20 NaviGators, and each will be paid a monetary stipend per semester. Each NaviGator will be assigned to work with approximately 30 new students throughout the academic year.

Additionally, there will be 3 NaviGator Leaders who will serve as mentors for their fellow NaviGators and assist the Learning Commons with the administration of the program. NaviGator Leaders  will be assigned to work with a smaller cohort of approximately 15 first year students. The NaviGator Leader is a work-study position, and NaviGator Leaders will be expected to work at least 5 hours per week.
Please note: Students who are 2013-2014 Resident Advisors, Fall 2013 athletes, or studying abroad for the Fall 2013 semester are not eligible for the NaviGator or NaviGator Leader positions.

NaviGators and NaviGator Leaders are expected:

  • To have completed at least two semesters of coursework at Allegheny.
  • To receive two recommendations, one of which must be from a faculty member.
  • To demonstrate evidence of significant involvement in campus activities/organizations.
  • To behave responsibly both within and outside of the classroom.
  • To remain in good academic standing during their year of leadership.

NaviGators and NaviGator Leaders will attend:

  • NaviGator Training: August 22nd & 23rd
  • Fall Orientation: August 24th – 26th
  • Gator Safe Zone Training – Level 1
  • “Bringing in the Bystander” Training
  • Regular meetings (approximately once a month) with Learning Commons staff

NaviGators and NaviGator Leaders will provide to new students:

  • Personal mentorship and support through individual meetings with mentees
  • Information on how to connect with campus resources
  • At least two pre-approved structured workshops per semester on topics of importance to academic, social, or emotional transitions.
  • At minimum, one group meet-up per month
  • Opportunities to better understand and live the values of the Allegheny Statement of Community.
  • Advice on forming and facilitating effective study groups
  • Ensuring that new students attend targeted programming and other important events facilitated by academic departments and student life offices. (Gator Day events, etc.)
  • Other duties as assigned

What are some of the benefits of being a NaviGator?

  • A monetary stipend paid during the fall and spring semesters.
  • An opportunity to work with new first year students and help them transition into the Allegheny community.
  • Important leadership experience for inclusion on a resume.
  • Personal and professional development.

Questions? Contact us!

If you have questions about any of the aspects of the NaviGator positions or the application process, please contact Ed Giles ( or valerie guerrero (