Mentor Program Newsletter

Marquette Mentors Newsletter
February 2020

Kelly Kauffman and Nicole Zelazko

Without a doubt: Mentee secures career goals, internship with help of mentor

Prior to her selection in Marquette Mentors, business administration mentee Nicole Zelazko was unsure whether she had chosen the right career path as a human resources major. However, after being matched with mentor Kelly Kauffman, Arts ’97 and chief human capital officer for the Milwaukee Bucks, her decision has left no doubt, including accomplishing one of her key goals to discuss different career paths in the field.

“After seeing the scope of work firsthand that Kelly does and how much she loves her job, I’ve become very firm in my decision to major in human resources,” says Nicole. As if finalizing her major wasn’t enough for Nicole, she also credits Kelly for helping secure a year-round human resources internship at Robert W. Baird in Milwaukee.

“Without Kelly’s expertise I wouldn’t have dreamed to have applied for that position, let alone be successful in securing it. Kelly and Marquette Mentors have made all the difference to me,” Nicole says.

2019-20 Marquette Mentors Mentee Best Practices Spring Workshop

Mentees reflect on experiences at Best Practices workshops

Approximately 60 mentees recently participated on campus at the spring semester Best Practices workshops Feb. 18-20 to share their mentor experiences, progress toward completing outlined goals and continuing the partnership moving forward. Several mentee alumni also served as panelists to discuss their continued dialogue with their mentor and career journey following graduation. Key discussion topics included:

  • Reviewing your goals- What did you set out to accomplish with your mentor?
  • Job shadowing/travel stipend opportunity. Discuss today- spring break/by the end of semester? Nearly 20 mentees have received travel stipend funding to shadow their mentors
  • Review the Marquette Mentors mentor and mentee alumni online directories to expand your network
  • Discuss the possibility of ongoing communication with your mentor beyond the formal partnership
  • Send your mentor a thank-you note. According to Monica Oliver, Sp ’81, mentor and certified executive coach, it can make a dramatic impact. Learn why.

M'Laya Sago, communication mentee and program intern, believes the sessions provided an outlook to get other experiences and generate new ideas. “Hearing how others approach their professional goals is a great way to put new ideas to the test. It sheds light on ways to improve your professional development, but it can also expand beyond your own thinking.”

Find additional questions and resources through the Marquette Mentors online toolbox.

Give Marquette Day 2020

Give Marquette Day is March 3

Tuesday, March 3, marks the celebration of Give Marquette Day, an exciting initiative for the entire Marquette community to come together across the globe and Be The Difference.

Make a gift of any size to any fund and your generosity will go even further thanks to friendly competitions and challenge donors. Those interested in making a contribution to provide program support for Marquette Mentors, please contact Dan DeWeerdt, Marquette Mentors senior director.

The university goal is 2,020 donors in 24 hours, so look for communication on March 3 with how you can participate. Many thanks for your remarkable participation in Marquette Mentors and your consideration to Be the Difference on Give Marquette Day. We Are Marquette!

Peter Hoskow and Gabriella Mauro

Job shadow provides mentee with eye-opening experience

Visiting my mentor, Peter Hoskow, Arts ’99 and principal and managing director, at CCS Fundraising in Chicago was an eye-opening and informative experience that left a lasting impression. Upon arrival, he introduced me to his colleagues and discuss the day’s agenda. He then dove right into one aspect of the strategic fundraising firm by attending a meeting to develop recommendations for a major campaign’s fundraising plan. It provided an insight to the many components of philanthropy (planning, managing, and implementing programs) in order to achieve fundraising goals within a defined time period. CCS partners with many non-profits for transformational change and has empowered many of the world’s greatest organizations to advance some of the most important causes in history.

I also toured the Erikson Institute, a graduate school in child development, to explore the different options that psychology offers as I consider my specific career path. Later, Peter and I enjoyed lunch to learn more about each other, followed by a meeting with several of his colleagues who shared their different career paths. These conversations provided me hope that I will eventually find the right fit for my career, to take chances and learn from them about many new enlightening opportunities.

At the end of the day, Peter invited me to ask additional questions about CCS and his position, which led me to better appreciate him personally along with his work ethic. His advice and willingness to help me learn has made such an impact to improve my professional skills. Shadowing him and learning from others also introduced me to a career that I didn’t even know existed.

Mentee Gabriella Mauro is a student in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.Marquette Mentors Finale celebration

Key Dates

Marquette Mentors Best Practices Teleconference
5-6 p.m., Tuesday, March 3
Share mentee experiences, learn from fellow mentors, plan for future communication with your mentee beyond the program and hear from Courtney Hanson, director of Marquette’s Career Services Center, regarding available resources to help your student. Please refer to the Feb. 21 email with agenda and call-in number details or contact Dan DeWeerdt for more information.

Spring Break
March 9 - March 13

Easter Break
April 9 - 13

Marquette Mentors Finale Celebration
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 23
707 Hub, the home of the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship, a program campus partner. Don't miss this annual favorite to celebrate the participation and successes of all program participants and mentee alumni. RSVP to Dan DeWeerdt today or look for an electronic invitation in mid-March.

Tim Shaw and Samuel Johnson

Mentor shares appreciation for mentee's commitment to succeed on many levels

For arts mentee Samuel Johnson, fruition is an applicable term in many areas of life, especially after fulfilling several goals this year with his mentor, Tim Shaw, Bus ’92, from Dell Technologies. Tim has spent the last 14 years working in cyber security and has enjoyed working with Samuel to provide advice and industry insight.

“I’ve introduced Samuel to different areas in cyber security through conversations and articles as well as discussing what fascinates you,” Tim says. Thanks to their hard work and mutually beneficial partnership, Samuel recently secured a summer internship in cyber security at Northwestern Mutual.

While Samuel has shown dedication to their mentor-mentee relationship and his personal goals, Tim has taken the time to appreciate the drive behind his mentee’s accomplishments. “He’s a very hard worker who always has a smile on his face,” according to Tim. “His energy and thirst for understanding is fantastic to be around.”  

Beyond his mentorship with Tim and the classroom, there’s literally no slowing down for Samuel. As a member of the Marquette Men’s Track and Field team, he started the season breaking the school record in the 60-meter dash. “Spring is off to a good start and I plan to get even better,” Samuel says.

Tim added he has a special appreciation for Samuel as he balances Marquette’s academic and athletic rigors as a Division I student-athlete along with working multiple jobs. “The future is bright for Samuel,” he says.

Eight ideas for Lent Marquette UniversityStudent offers eight ideas in observance of Lent

In observance of Lent, Marquette communication student Katie Robertson recently shared eight ideas through Campus Ministry for your best Lent yet on campus. Learn more.

In the News

Claire BartenClaire Barten, arts mentee, serves as Special Events and Marketing intern for Milwaukee Downtown BID #21. (Mentor Jackie Avial, Comm ’07, Alverno College; Milwaukee).



Rachel ContosRachel Contos, graduate mentee and Trinity Fellow, is a board member for the St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess. (Mentor Dr. Mary Hunt, Arts ’72, WATER; Silver Spring, Md.).


Emma HazeltineEmma Hazeltine, arts mentee, has accepted a summer internship with Marquette University’s Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington, D.C. (Mentor Cathy Ebacher, Arts ’84, Adient plc; Plymouth, Mich.).


Taytum KahlTaytum Kahl, health sciences mentee, is the Health Clinic intern for City on a Hill in Milwaukee. (Mentor Dr. Tony Murray, Arts ’88, OSF St. Anthony and Forest City Diagnostic Imaging; Rockford, Ill.).


Kyle ThompsonKyle Thompson, business mentee, has accepted the position of Production Analyst intern at Rockwell Automation in Mequon, Wis. this summer. (Mentor Elena Braun, Bus Ad ’08, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals; Cambridge, Mass.).



Share your latest news such as a new job, promotion, award or service project with program participants In the News. Send a one-sentence description with a headshot (no selfies, please) to Dan DeWeerdt.


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