Parker Engineering, Architecture and Technology Experts (PEATE), College of Engineering Architecture and Technology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Angela Peter, a junior majoring in chemical engineering at OSU, was selected as the outstanding mentor fo the Parker Engineering, Architecture and Technology Experts because of her positive attitude, ever-present willingness to help others, as well as her due diligence in fulfilling the role of mentor to her assigned students.
Program volunteers, known as “PEATEs,” serve as mentors to younger engineering students.
Peter has mentored fellow OSU student Julia VanHoose for two years. VanHoose credits her mentor for making “all the difference in my transition to college,” noting that she has helped her both academically and socially. “She helped me move in, she tutored me late in the evening on several occasions and introduced me to my Stillwater church. Angela is my mentor and my friend,” VanHoose says.
Mentor and mentee have had a unique opportunity to bond as roommates, an opportunity that occurred purely through happenstance. It’s given them a chance, when time allows, to stay up late to talk and learn about their very different upbringings. “She has a very interesting take on American culture and she teaches me a lot about her home country and culture. I love hearing about her life in India,” Julia says.
Though mentee and mentor are close in age, VanHoose draws a great deal of support and comfort from her PEATE mentor. “Angela has always been here for me,” Julia says. “My mother passed away very early on in my college career, and I was struggling to find my way. Angela comforted me and helped me establish myself in college when I could not handle it on my own.
“Angela constantly challenges me to be a better version of myself,” she adds. “She encourages me to study and ask for help when I need it. Angela has shown me what it takes to succeed in school.”
Noting that Peter now serves as PEATE president, her nominator, Lance Millis, OSU director of Student Academic Services, says that this high-achieving student “sets the standard for communication with our mentees and involvement within our building.”
About the Program: The Parker Engineering, Architecture and Technology Experts are a group of students referred to simply as “PEATEs.” They are upperclassmen and women who live in Parker Residence Hall and serve as examples, mentors and experts in how to succeed as an OSU CEAT student. They help students locate and utilize available resources, transition to OSU and the challenging majors in CEAT, and get involved on campus and in the college.