Mentor Program e-Newsletter

Marquette University Alumni Association Mentor Newsletter
January 2018

In celebration of National Mentor Month, the Marquette University Alumni Association salutes all mentors, mentees, faculty and campus partners for their program participation.

Register now for Jan. 28 pregame networking social at new Bucks facility

MUAA Mentor Program Networking SocialRing Out Ahoya! Prior to the Sunday, Jan. 28, Marquette vs. Villanova men's basketball game, don your favorite MU gear and expand your career network with mentors, mentees, and campus faculty and staff at the third annual MUAA Mentor Program pregame networking social.

Enjoy complimentary light fare, a special tour of the new year-round home of the Milwaukee Bucks along with a raffle of Marquette and Bucks items. Marquette attire is strongly encouraged for this casual special event. Learn more and register now.

Special thanks to our generous co-hosts for making this program possible:
Mentee parents Dan and Heidi Jaffee, Michigan City, Ind.
Mentor Kelly Kauffman, Arts ’97; Milwaukee Bucks
Mentor Bill Krueger, Eng ’87; JATCO USA, Inc; Franklin, Tenn.
Mentor Maribel Langer, Bus Ad ’89, Hay Group, a Korn Ferry company; Chicago

From coast to coast, mentors and mentees make most of break with shadow visits

Many mentees nationwide made time to connect with their mentor during a well-deserved month away from campus. Among those who shared their stories:

Mike Brennan and Prince BenianaPrince Beniana, business mentee (Mike Brennan, Arts '87, mentor): "I had a successful day with Mike meeting various people in downtown Chicago to expand my knowledge of the business world. We met one of his clients to discuss a particular field of insurance followed by several meetings with other contacts in the business world. Overall, it was a great and productive day. I'm enjoying the mentor program and eager for what's to come!"

Dr. Brian Brown and Brittany Witty

Mentor Dr. Brian Brown, Arts ’07 (Brittany Witty, arts mentee): “Brittany shadowed me in my office for the day, followed by lunch in Chicago’s Marquette Building. We had a wonderful time!”


MUAA Mentor ProgramIan Glynn, engineering mentee and far left in photo (Lansen Barrow, Bus Ad ’74, mentor): “Lansen, who resides in New Orleans, introduced me to his friend/colleague James Durant, chief counsel from the US Department of Energy. He generously provided a tour at the Argonne National Lab in Lemont, Illinois, where we toured the facility. It’s also the home of Mira and Theta, believed to be the fifth- and ninth-fastest supercomputers in the world. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see global research in action.”

Dr. Kayleen Helms and Carlos Gonzalez

Carlos Gonzalez, engineering mentee (Dr. Kayleen Helms, Eng ’88, mentor): “Dr. Helms provided a great tour of Intel in the Phoenix area, where we both live. She’s also connected me with many engineers and doctors to gain more exposure to the possibilities of my major.” 


Steve Rushin and John Hand
John Hand, communication mentee (Steve Rushin, Comm ’88, mentor): “Steve and I met for the first time at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. As an aspiring sports journalist, it was a great opportunity to continue our engaging and valuable discussions in person.”



Dr. Heather Smith and Julia PawlowskiJulia Pawlowski, arts mentee (Heather Smith, Arts ’97, mentor): “It was interesting to see Dr. Smith's work environment. She showed me around the (Milwaukee) VA, which really gave me a new perspective.”  

Survey says: Share your program insights in the mid-point survey

MUAA Mentor Program SurveyMany thanks for participating in the MUAA Mentor Program. To better serve all participants and track program progress, look for the mid-point survey via email next week. All participants who complete the survey can qualify for a chance to win a Marquette prize package. Thank you in advance for sharing your valuable feedback.

Don't delay- expand your network with 2017-18 MUAA Mentor Directory

MUAA Mentor ProgramAs a reminder, join many program participants who are building their Marquette network through the 2017-18 MUAA Mentor Program Mentor Directory, which features more than 100 alumni mentors. Learn how other mentors and mentees work together, the career journey of other mentors, ask about career exploration after Marquette, the job market in a particular city and more.

Program participants are invited to secure a directory by completing the volunteer agreement form which was sent previously and emailing it to

Consider these mentor/mentee topics to ensure successful outcomes

MUAA Mentor ProgramFor mentees
- It's the halfway point of this year's mentor program. Refer to your agreed upon goals document. How are you and your mentor progressing toward the goals you initially set? Is it necessary to make an adjustment or two?
- For your next conversation, add an agenda item to discuss how the partnership is progressing. What's gone well? What can be better. Be transparent to ensure a positive experience in the coming months.
- Spring break is March 11-18. Can you shadow your mentor or someone who your mentor knows residing in your area?
- Has your mentor reviewed your resume?
- What are two professional development opportunities your mentor suggest you consider prior to the end of the semester? This could include a mock interview, contacting another program mentor, reviewing a resume or improving your LinkedIn profile.
- Secure the 2017-18 MUAA Mentor Directory to expand your network and learn from other mentors in your potential field of interest/place of residence following graduation.
- Plan to attend the Jan. 28 networking social, best practices workshops in March and the April 26 mentor program finale to learn from other participants and enhance your networking skills.

MUAA Mentor ProgramFor mentors
- How are you and your mentee progressing toward the goals you initially set? Is it necessary to make an adjustment or two?
- For your next conversation, add an agenda item to discuss how the partnership is progressing. What's gone well? What can be better. Be transparent to ensure a positive experience in the coming months.
- Spring break is March 11-18. Can your mentee shadow you if they haven't done so (or do a return visit)?
- What is your mentee doing now in preparation for summer or post-graduation to support their career objectives?
- Many Marquette students are involved in service projects. What suggestions can you offer in terms of how you view volunteering as a professional? What are the positives? Any drawbacks? 
- Secure the 2017-18 MUAA Mentor Program Directory to contact a fellow mentor to learn about their best practices and their line of work. Encourage your mentee to do the same.
- If possible, attend the Jan. 28 networking social, best practices workshop teleconference in March and the April 26 mentor program finale to meet other participants and enhance their networking skills.

Get more conversation topics for your mentee/mentor.

Mentor seeking mentee support, leadership for special health-related internship

Dr. Jane GuntherMentor Dr. Jane Gunther, Med Tech '83 (Mary Thao, arts mentee) in the San Francisco area is seeking a marketing communications intern to develop, implement and evaluate a communications plan to increase awareness of the rare genetic disease Cerebral Autosomal Dominant Arteriopathy with Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL). This could be a mentee-mentor team project, an opportunity for a mentor to help their mentee gain new skills for their resume. Real world experience to build your expertise and resume.

Please contact MU alumni mentor and cureCADASIL Association Board member at to learn more.

Save the dates

Mark your calendars for these important upcoming dates. Details will be coming soon.
Tuesday, March 6: Mentor best practices teleconference workshop
March 11-18: Spring break
Tuesday, March 20: Mentee best practices workshop
Wednesday, March 21: Mentee best practices workshop
Thursday, April 26: Goal completion deadline and 2017-18 MUAA Mentor Program Finale; 707 Hub

Five Questions With... Mentor Sarah Guernsey, Arts '94 (Emma Garry, arts mentee)

Mentor Sarah Guernsey and mentee Emma Garry1. What qualities do you look for and appreciate in the people you work with or hire?
I very much respond to candidates who are genuine. I also look for self-confidence and a sense of humor. But, most importantly, I love a listmaker!

2. Book you’re reading or last read?
Janesville: An American Story, by Amy Goldstein. It tells the tale of the economic and very personal hits a small Midwestern city took when a major GM plant closed—9,000 jobs were lost. It gives a great lens on how people try to cope with loss and unemployment, and also reflects on what it means to be part of a community.

3. What’s your favorite Marquette memory?
I loved being a GDL at orientation. Do you still have the square dance? Hilarious!

4.  What are two things you think a Marquette student should do before graduation?
1. Hang out at Klode Park
2. Go to a fish fry

5. Unlike many others, you’ve worked at the same organization- the Art Institute of Chicago- since graduating from Marquette in 1994. What do you believe are keys to a successful and productive career?
You have to care about what you do! I also love that my job is dynamic and every day brings new projects, stories, and opportunities.

Sarah Guernsey, Arts '94, is Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs at the Art Institute of Chicago. This is the first year she's served in the MUAA Mentor Program.

In the News

Congratulations to these mentor program participants for their recent achievements.

Aaron Maybin Aaron Maybin, Comm ’15, has joined Fox6 News in Milwaukee as a reporter. (Esmerelda Nungaray, communication mentee)

Jenna Santoianna Jenna Santoianni, Comm ’06, was named among Hollywood's Up-and-Coming Execs 35 and Under by Hollywood Reporter. (Molly Hass, communication mentee)

Eric SchnabelEric Schnabel, Comm ’93, has been named Chicago’s Ally of the Year by the Coalesce Awards,which recognizes leaders who fight for diversity and inclusion in advertising. (Aimee Sanchez, communication mentee)

Nick Wagner Nick Wagner, engineering mentee, has been selected as an intern at STRATTEC Security Corporation in Milwaukee. His mentor, Tom Yatso, Eng ’93, Grad ’02, serves as an engineering manager/program manager at STRATTEC.

If you have a new job, received a promotion, award or volunteered recently, share it with fellow mentors and mentees In the News. Email it with a headshot to

MUAA Mentor Program Toolbox offers relevant mentor, career resources

From mentor and mentee icebreaker questions to timely and trending mentor and professional development articles, visit the MUAA Mentor Program Toolbox. This month's featured resources:

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


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