Peer Support Resources

5050 Peer Helpers

Trained and supervised by our professional counselors, the 5050 Peer Helpers for 2023–24 are students Andrew Kalmanowicz ’25, Johnā Wetzel ’24, Samantha Miller ’25, and Sam Graybeal ’24. They are available by email at or appointments at Shroyer Health Center (find their hours below).

Students utilize one-on-one meetings privately with Peer Helpers to discuss such issues as long-distance relationships, academic concerns, and social anxiety. 5050 also run weekend social supportive groups called “Friendly Faces” which welcome all students at any point during the semester. The group meets Sundays at 6 p.m.

Each Peer Helper is required to complete the following training: Title IX for reporting sexual assault (as such are mandated reporters); BraveZone training for sensitivity to the needs of LGBTQ+ students; and QPR training for suicide prevention.

5050 Peer Helper Canvas Page

We’re so excited to begin rolling out our new Canvas page! It serves as a way to engage with our program and find support.

Meet the 2023–24 Peer Helpers

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Andrew Kalmanowicz ’25

Andrew is a junior Economics/Business Administration major. On campus he is a Resident Assistant, a writing desk tutor, co-President of Team FTK, and is involved in Student Government. He is excited to meet with peers to assist them in any way he can!

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Johnā Wetzel ’24

Johnā is a senior criminal justice major. With this, she intends to influence policy to lower rates of recidivism across the board. At school, Johnā is the president of Black Student Union, a captain of the cheer squad, a Mosaic Mentor, and a Valley Blue Coat. She loves being a 5050 where she’s able to support her peers, make new connections and help other students find their home here at LVC!

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Samantha Miller ’25

Sam is a junior sociology major with a psychology minor. Her on campus involvement includes being the secretary for the sociology club and being the vice president of coffee club. She’s also involved and works in the Breen Center for Career & Professional Development. She’s excited to be a 5050 in order to connect and support students!

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Sam Graybeal ’24

Sam is a junior exercise science/DPT major. He is involved in various music groups such as guitar ensemble, chamber choir, and Night Shift barbershop singing group. He is also a new First Year mentor. He’s excited to meet new students and help support them whenever needed!

Friendly Faces

Friendly Faces is a social, supportive group that is facilitated each Sunday from 6–7 p.m. by the 5050 Peer Helpers. They cover topics such as building relationships, coping with stress, reading social cues, and speaking up. The group encourages students to join at any point in the semester. For more information, please email the 5050 at

Educational Outreach

Peer Helpers are available to provide educational programming to various student groups including RA’s floor meetings, Greek life, interest houses, and athletics by emailing to schedule. They are available to present on mental wellness, alcohol and drug education, sexual assault prevention, and suicide prevention. 5050 Peer Helpers attend most Counseling Services outreach events such as destress breaks and mental health screenings.