5050 Peer Helpers
The 5050 Peer Helpers for 2015-16 are students Vidya Lala '17, Vinny Tranchitella ’16, Jacques Mercer ’16, and Maureen Fleming ‘17. They are available by phone (717-868-5050), email (email@example.com), or walk-in appointments in Counseling Services, 2nd floor Shroyer Health Center. Students utilize the one-on-one meetings privately with Peer Helpers to discuss such issues as long distance relationships, academic concerns, and social anxiety.
Major: Biology, Pre-Medicine
Hometown: Trichardt, South Africa (originally), Mechanicsburg, PA
Interests/Hobbies: soccer, singing in the shower, and reading everything
and anything I can get my hands on
Fun Fact: My sister and I both go to LVC.
|| Jacques Mercer
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Westminster, Md.
Interests/Hobbies: sports (plays lacrosse for LVC) and exploring/hiking
Fun Fact: I don't like trying new foods and only tried bacon for the first
time this past spring.
Hometown: York, PA
Interests/Hobbies: writing and recording music, browsing the internet,
religiously looking in the fridge to see if any new food appeared.
Fun Fact: I once had a riveting conversation about cherry tomatoes with
Sydney Sierota, lead singer of Echosmith.
Hometown: Washington Township, Sewell, NJ
Interests/Hobbies: basketball (on women’s LVC team), playing with
puppies, and watching Netflix
Fun Fact: I can talk with my mouth closed.
OASIS (Overcoming Awkward Situations in School) is a social, supportive group that is facilitated each Saturday from 6-7 p.m. by the 50/50 Peer Helpers. They cover topics such as building relationships, confronting others, coping with stress, reading social cues, and how to relax. The group encourages any student to come that has difficulty connecting with others in the classroom or in their social life.
“Sunday Social” is a supportive social group facilitated by 50/50 Peer Helpers on every Sunday night after classes have resumed. They meet in the Tweedie rooms in Mund College Center, Sundays from 6-7pm. Students who are looking for more social outlets, like to have fun, and be active find themselves in this group. There is a different theme every Sunday. It is open to all students. Come join the fun at any point during the semester!
Peer Helpers are available to provide educational programming to various student groups including RA’s, Greeks, and Athletes by calling 868-5050 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule. They are available to present on Alcohol and Drug Education, Sexual Assault Prevention, and Suicide Prevention. 50/50 Peer Helpers attend all Counseling Services Events such as Eating Disorder Awareness, Vagina Monologues, Health Screenings, and DeStress Breaks.