5050 Peer Helpers

Peer Support Resources

5050 Peer Helpers

Trained and supervised by our professional counselors, the 5050 Peer Helpers for 2022-23 are students Kyle Echterling ’23, Molly Faron ’23, Andrew Kalmanowicz ’24, and Johnā Wetzel ’24. They are available by email at 5050@lvc.edu 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.

Meet the 2022-23 Peer Helpers

Kyle Etcherling

Kyle Echterling ’23

Kyle is a sophomore neuroscience major in the pre-medicine track. He is involved in many campus organizations, including the men’s swim team, student programming board, neuroscience club, Let’s Be Real worship group, DiscipleMakers, and First-Year Mentor Program. His interests include hiking, the outdoors, swimming, and the beach. He loves talking to others and making new friends on campus, so if you ever see him around, feel free to smile and say hi! He is looking forward to this upcoming academic year and being able to make new amazing memories.

Molly Faron

Molly Faron ’23

Molly is a junior sociology and psychology double major with a concentration in family studies. She plans on pursuing a career as a marriage and family therapist. The opportunity to become a 5050 mentor this semester has given her the chance to get to know and connect more with her peers here at LVC, while also allowing her to gain experience within her field of interest. She is excited to begin this new journey as a 5050 and cannot wait to get back to campus to get started.

Andrew Kalmanowicz

Andrew Kalmanowicz ’25

Andrew is a sophomore actuarial science major and plans to pursue a career in the field upon graduation. He is involved in numerous on-campus groups, including the LVC Symphony Orchestra and Team FTK. He also works with Residential Life as a Resident Assistant. In his free time, Andrew enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, and listening to music. Andrew became a 5050 to further support more peers throughout the school year and is eager to meet everyone on campus in the fall!

Johna Wetzel

Johnā Wetzel ’24

Johnā is a junior criminal justice major with a mathematics minor. 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 and a part of the cheer squad. She loves being able to help others and hopes that being a 5050 will allow her to make new connections and help other students find their home here at LVC!

5050 Spring 2023 Semester Schedule

11 a.m.–12 p.m. – Molly Faron

12–1 p.m. – Johnā Wetzel

2–3 p.m. – Andrew Kalmanowicz

10–11 a.m. – Molly Faron

11 a.m.–12 p.m. – Molly Faron

12–1 p.m. – Johnā Wetzel

2–4 p.m. – Kyle Echterling

1–2 p.m. – Andrew Kalmanowicz

2–3 p.m. – Kyle Echterling

12–1 p.m. – Johnā Wetzel

2–3 p.m. – Andrew Kalmanowicz

Friendly Faces group meeting, 6–7 p.m. – Shroyer Health Center

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 5050@lvc.edu.

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 5050@lvc.edu 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.