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 (5050@lvc.edu), 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.


  Vidya Lala
  Year: Junior
  Major: Biology, Pre-Medicine
  Minor: Chemistry
  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
  Year: Senior
  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.
  Vinny Tranchitella
  Year: Senior
  Major: Psychobiology
  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.
  Maureen Fleming
  Year: Junior
  Major: Psychology
 Minor: Spanish
  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 
“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!

Educational Outreach
Peer Helpers are available to provide educational programming to various student groups including RA’s, Greeks, and Athletes by calling 868-5050 or email (5050@lvc.edu) 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.

Contact Us   

Counseling Services

Shroyer Health Center (2nd floor)


Monday–Friday (8 a.m-4:30 p.m.)

5050 Peer Helpers

717-868-5050 or 



The counseling center has a full-time licensed psychologist and a part-time licensed clinical social worker on staff

 that are able to provide individuals, couples, and group therapy to undergraduates using a short term model.

 Medical evaluations by a consulting psychiatrist are also available.