PEAK: Peers Engaging & Achieving Knowledge

Peers Engaging and Achieving Knowledge (PEAK) connects first year students in the UPAS program with upper-class BGSU students who serve as peer advisors.  PEAK mentors can provide their perspective on balancing curricular and co-curricular activities, classes they have completed, their declared major, and academic as well as campus resources.    


Lauren Jackson

My name is Lauren Jackson. I am from Southfield, Michigan and I am a sophomore studying Sport Management with a minor in International Business. On campus I am involved in Multicultural Affairs, Sport Management Alliance, UPAS mentoring, and I support other activities that are on campus. Aside from that, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and just watching Netflix in my spare time. Being a member of the UPAS Program helped me become a more organized student, gain study skills, and learn to prioritize my classes along with extracurricular activities. As a PEAK Mentor I hope to pass on those same skills and others to help incoming students adjust to college life.


Rachael Pisano

Hello! My name is Rachael Pisano and I am currently in my second year here at Bowling Green State University. I belong to the college of Education and Human Development, as I am majoring in Adolescent Young Adult Integrated Language Arts. I strive to be a high school English teacher one day. I am from Delaware, Ohio which is just a little north of Columbus. I love absolutely everything about BGSU, including being a student leader and mentor for the UPAS Program here. In my free time, I like to write and spend time with my friends.


Anthony Mercuri

My name is Anthony Mercuri. I am a sophomore at BGSU majoring in Criminal Justice. I am from the Cleveland area. I am on the Bowling Green Club Lacrosse team. I love hanging out with friends, cooking, and having bonfires.


Brandon Ferpes

My name is Brandon Ferpes. I am a second year sports management major from Brighton, Michigan. I am very excited to help out students in the UPAS program, a program which has helped me tremendously. I look forward to helping these students transition into college life while offering support in any way I can. Ay Ziggy!


Alonzo Gamble

Hello my name is Alonzo Gamble. I am from Dayton, Ohio and I am a sophomore at Bowling Green State University.  I am a Sports Management major. On campus I am involved in SMART, OMA, Black Student Union, and I am also an advisor for the UPAS program. Off campus I am also a basketball coach at St. Aloysius.