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Mentors pair up

Nearly 60 people came to the Wisconsin Club on a recent Thursday morning  one-half were Marquette students, eager to meet their alumni mentors.

“I love being here,” says Steve Bertrand, Comm ’85, a radio news anchor for WGN-AM Radio in Chicago. “If I can help someone else have the positive impact that I felt, that’s a no-brainer.”

Bertrand stepped up to help students plan for the future in a pilot program fostered by the Alumni Association. The program pairs juniors in communication and engineering with alumni from around the nation. The connections are designed to be meaningful. Each mentor is paired with one student. Great care is taken to match career interests.

“We’d been hearing from faculty and parents and students that they were looking to connect in a different way with alums,” says Meg Nelson, Arts ’96, Grad ’07, associate vice president for engagement and external relations. “At the same time, we were hearing from alums that they were looking to connect with students in concrete ways.”

The Alumni Association intends to build the program over time, testing and evaluating along the way, according to Tim Simmons, Sp ’82, executive director of the Alumni Association. Early interest has been strong. More than 100 students and mentors from 13 states signed up after the program was announced. CS


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