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Alumni Mentor Program

The Alumni Mentor Program connects current UW-Whitewater students with an alumni mentor of similar personal and professional interests. Meaningful relationships are created through shared experiences. Advice is offered to help students manage through the many opportunities and challenges facing them. It is a great way for students to bounce ideas off someone and to find that link between academic study and the realities of the professional workplace.

Alumni Mentor Program Handbook

NOTE: The Alumni Mentor Program will not make matches in Spring 2023. Please fill out the application survey to show your interest and we will reach out to you when we are ready to make matches in the future.

Alumni Mentor Program FAQs

  • Grow in self-awareness and self-discipline
  • Seek advice on the challenges you face inside and outside the classroom
  • Deepen your knowledge of an industry, employer, organizational culture, and/or job function
  • Test ideas and construct a personalized development plan with the help of a real-world professional
  • Learn to receive and accept both praise and constructive feedback
  • Sharpen your active listening skills
  • Improve your job search and networking skills
  • Share knowledge about your education, career path, successes and failures, and what your experiences have taught you
  • Acquire experience in coaching and fostering the talent of current Warhawks
  • Increase the value of a UW-Whitewater degree by investing in student success
  • Cultivate a stronger connection with UW-Whitewater
  • Deepen your knowledge of the current student body and campus community
  • Network with other alumni participants
  • Experience renewed pride and excitement for your work
  • Gain a heightened sense of purpose and belonging

Students and mentors are required to participate in a 15-minute pre matching phone interview. These calls will help us get to know your goals better to help with the matching process.

Mentorship partners will meet at least once per month throughout the semester for approximately one hour. You may decide to meet more often. The actual schedule will be determined by the student and mentor.

Participants are invited to join us for an end of year reception to celebrate a successful year in the program. We hope to host this on campus in the spring; however, it is dependent on the status of the current COVID-19 pandemic gathering guidelines.

No. You and your partner will determine the best way to communicate. It can be a phone call, video chat, WebEx meeting or emails. Meeting in person is ok if you happen to be located near each other. Please follow current social distancing and face-covering guidelines.

Any current student is eligible to apply to be a student protégé.  Apply by completing the  student application.

Alumni can apply to be a mentor by filling out the alumni application.

If you would like more information about the Alumni Mentor Program requirements and application process or have any questions, please contact:

Amy Oeding
Director of Alumni Relations

Being a mentor gives me an opportunity to share what I have learned and advice I received during my career. It's rewarding for me to help students at my alma mater prepare to enter the work force, explore careers, and create good work habits at this critical stage in their lives to achieve career success." -Floyd J. Bellman '80, alumni mentor

"My mentor has given me the tools to help me prepare for my future goals, which gives me the confidence I need to succeed in my career. This program has encouraged me to open bigger doors and get more involved on campus." -Matthew J., student protege

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Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190
(262) 472-1105

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