The PAWS program was designed to assist new student-athletes with their transition to SIUC. The first year of college is, for many, the most challenging and stressful year of a young person's life. This transition from high school includes concerns relating to academic, athletic, career, social and personal issues.
Through the PAWS program, seminars are presented during the Fall and Spring semesters. All new student-athletes are required to attend these presentations. Seminars are presented on the following topics:
These presentations provide the student-athletes with helpful information, as well as allowing them to interact with the academic support staff and individuals on campus.
When appropriate, the PAWS program matches new student-athletes in a mentoring relationship with peer advisors. Solid role models are more important now than ever, especially for student-athletes who face a unique set of pressures and responsibilities the minute they arrive on campus.