Get Involved

Undergraduate Students

Become a Hotline Assistant, Peer Wellness Ambassador, or Peer Wellness Coach. We accept applications each semester and all undergraduate students who are registered for classes at the University are welcome to apply. Selections are made toward the end of each semester. Training classes begin the following semester and last for the entire term. Course credit is also available through the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology in the School of Education.

Click here to apply online!

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Once on the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program page click on forms to apply.
Deadlines for Submission:
November 15th (For Spring semester training)
April 15th (For Fall semester training)

Graduate Students

Graduate students may become involved in Middle Earth in a number of ways – by applying for a graduate assistantship as a Hotline Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator, or Alcohol Prevention Coordinator applying for a pre-doctoral internship in psychology, or enrolling in our independent study course in Prevention and Health Promotion offered at the masters level (ECPY 697) or doctoral level (ECPY 890). For further information about enrolling in our independent study course, contact Dr. Dolores Cimini, Middle Earth program director, at[email protected].


More than 1,600 University at Albany alumni have been involved with the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program during their undergraduate and graduate years. They remain involved by joining our Online Alumni Community and updating us about their lives and careers, providing volunteer service to the program through guest lectures and internship supervision, and assisting with the Kimberly E. Esterman Memorial Scholarship named in honor of a former Middle Earth graduate assistant who passed away from cancer in 2003.

In 2015, Middle Earth celebrated its 45th Anniversary. Click here to download a slide show of photos from Middle Earth’s past and present (Microsoft PowerPoint is required to view this file.).

Stay Connected

Here are some ways in which Middle Earth alumni can stay in touch with our program:


We want to hear from you! Update us with new contact information, news about your life and career, and any other information that you would like to share.

Email Dr. Dolores Cimini, Middle Earth Director.

Join our Google and Facebook Groups

The Middle Earth Alumni Google and Facebook groups were established to address the following goals:

  1. To create a forum to announce life events, employment opportunities, and connect people who might have lost contact with one another.
  2. To create a group to stay connected with Middle Earth, provide support to the program, and receive information and updates from Middle Earth staff and students.

If you would like to be added to the Middle Earth Alumni or Google and Facebook groups, or if you would like additional information about these resources, please email Chad Waxman or Carolyn Ortiz.

Become a Mentor to a Current Middle Earth Student

Are you interested in sharing information and insights about your career with a current Middle Earth student who has the same interests? By signing up for the Middle Earth Mentoring Program, we will match you with a current Middle Earth student who aspires to follow a similar career path as yours. Through involvement in the Network, you can make a difference in the life of a current student by helping the student negotiate career paths that are becoming ever more challenging in these times. If you are interested in joining the Middle Earth Mentoring Program or would like additional information, please contact Jennifer Roman, Mentoring Network Chairperson.

Become a Member of the Middle Earth Alumni Executive Board

Are you interested in working with a creative and dedicated group of Middle Earth alumni leaders to support Middle Earth and its students and alumni? If so, please consider joining the Middle Earth Alumni Executive Board. The Board is presently involved in conducting several projects, including the following:

  • Fundraising for Middle Earth
  • Developing an Alumni Mentoring Network for our current Middle Earth students
  • Enhancing communication among Middle Earth alumni
  • Supporting Middle Earth projects and initiatives

If you would like to join Middle Earth Alumni Executive Board, or if you would like additional information, please email Chad Waxman or Carolyn Ortiz.


After four decades of students helping students, the Middle Earth program continues to thrive and grow with the help of generous contributions from the University, the Student Association, and private foundations and corporations. With this assistance, we are able to hire paid graduate student coordinators for our hotline and outreach programs and to meet expenses for the training of our undergraduate volunteers. We are also able to participate in conferences on a local, state, and national level and disseminate our work to other colleges and universities.

If you are an alumnus of Middle Earth, think about what the program has meant to you and about the ways that it has impacted your career path and your job. Our agency remains involved in training and assisting students like you, supporting the career development of future generations of social workers, psychologists, teachers, medical doctors, lawyers, and individuals in many other professions. It is only with the investment of allies from Middle Earth's past that we can continue to offer our critical services and invest in our students and our future.

If, as a member, graduate, or friend of Middle Earth, you are interested in helping us meet our financial challenges, it is now possible for you to direct a gift to Middle Earth in one of two ways. First, when you receive your call from the University's Annual Fund, indicate to the caller that you wish to designate your gift to Middle Earth. If you are not receiving mailings or calls from the Annual Fund and wish to make a donation to Middle Earth, please contact Dr. Dolores Cimini, Middle Earth Director, at:

Dolores Cimini, Ph.D.,
Director, Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program
Director, Center for Behavioral Health and Applied Research
400 Patroon Creek Boulevard Suite 104
Albany, NY 12206
Phone: 518-442-5800
Fax: 518-442-3096
Email: [email protected]

Help us to continue our legacy and keep us strong, visible, and visionary. Thank you!