MUAA Mentor Newsletter

Marquette University Alumni Association Mentor Newsletter
December 2015

RSVP today for Jan. 16 MUAA Mentor Program networking social

MUAA Mentor Program social Jan. 16Among top priorities mentees indicate annually on their goals form is the opportunity to network with other alumni. On Saturday, Jan. 16, it's a prime time to do just that with fellow participants.

The first MUAA Mentor Program networking social will take place prior to the 1 p.m. Xavier vs. Marquette men’s basketball game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The gathering is in a fun, casual setting, especially since many mentees and mentors will be attending the game to cheer on Marquette immediately following. Guests not planning to attend the game are encouraged to participate in the social- and be sure to wear your favorite Marquette gear. Register today or send regrets to Dan DeWeerdt, MUAA Mentor Program director. We Are Marquette!     

Mentee attributes mentor's insights to helping secure full-time job following graduation

Joe Miotke, Eng '95, Law '99, and Peter Gohl, Eng '16Beginning this past fall semester, mentee Peter Gohl, Eng ’16, had his sights- and yet some skepticism, too- about securing a full-time position by graduation this May. “I had my doubts, though,” he says. Enter his mentor, Joe Miotke, Eng ’95, Law ’99, and patent litigator and licensed patent attorney at DeWitt & Ross, LLC, in Brookfield, Wis. “My primary goal was to find a job by the end of the year and the assistance I received from Joe has been invaluable,” Peter says. “I’ve already received a job offer from Epic in Verona, Wis., and I also feel I’ve grown in the other areas on my goals sheet.”

Nominate your mentee or mentor for first MUAA Mentor Program honor

Do you believe your mentee or mentor is deserving of special recognition? This year marks the debut of the MUAA Mentor Program Mentee and Mentor of the Year. Look for details in next month’s newsletter or contact Dan DeWeerdt for more information.

Five Questions With... Dr. Brian Brown, Arts '07
(Kirstin Mathers, Arts '17, mentee)

Brian Brown, Arts '071. Why are you serving in the MUAA Mentor Program?   
The relationships I built at Marquette (both professional and personal) were formative in my development and I want to be a part of passing on that legacy!

2. What suggestions do you have for mentees?  
Communicate your needs--we're alumni who are happy helpers but not mind readers (unfortunately)!

3. Is there a class you wish you would’ve taken at Marquette?
Yes. A personal finance course. No one ever teaches you that stuff and it's some of the most vital information you can possess. 

Read his full interview.

MUAA Mentor Program Where Are They Now? Mentor reconnects with mentee

Mentor Mary Hunt, Arts '72, recently shared a word of advice for those who haven't been in touch with their mentees from previous years. Although she says she "didn't connect as well she would have liked" last year with her mentee, she decided to reach out to them just to check in. She found the result to be quite pleasant.

"Will was very responsive, back from junior year abroad and now realizing what he needs for next steps," she says. "So we’re back in touch and I was able to provide a few clues, too." 

A suggestion for all participants from the three-year mentor and feminist theologian who is co-founder and co-director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) in Silver Spring, Md.? "Be encouraged to keep at it, even if things are not perfect."

MUAA Mentor Program Toolbox offers relevant mentor, career resources

From mentor and mentee icebreaker questions to timely and trending mentor and professional development articles like the following, visit the MUAA Mentor Program Toolbox at

What to look for in a mentor, Fortune

101 tips you can learn in 3 seconds; themuse

Mentor program questions or comments? Contact MUAA Mentor Program Director Dan DeWeerdt at or (414) 288-4740.


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