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Alumni Mentor Network

Program Description: Davenport University is launching a structured mentoring program in the 2017/18 school year for 15 student/mentor pairs. The mentorship program allows Davenport University alumni to share their experiences with student leaders preparing for the professional world. Each student is paired with an alumni mentor based on similar interests and meet on a monthly basis throughout the duration of the program.

Alumni Eligibility: As an alumnus exploring mentorship, you are a guide, friend and resource who shares your education and professional experience to help pave the way for students to succeed at Davenport University and beyond. A successful mentor derives satisfaction from helping students fulfill their potential.

Student Eligibility: As a current sophomore, junior or senior student who is looking for a mentor, you are someone who strives to go the extra mile. You see a mentor as someone who can help you with your goals and aspirations while advising you on decisions and plans. A successful mentee knows the value in building relationships with others. 

Student Selection Process: The student application is open August 1 – September 13. Students will be selected and notified by September 15. See the schedule below. 

Program Structure: Our mentor program is flexible – the mentor and the student can decide how the relationship will work. To have a successful mentor relationship, we will require you to commit to the following:

  • Engage in one meaningful connection once per month (minimum) 
  • Attend the opening and closing receptions 
  • Set expectations for how and when you will contact each other
  • Helping to identify and set goals, track progress and make changes 
  • Approach mentoring relationship with an open mind, professionalism and respect 
  • Support each other’s professional and personal development 
  • Respond to communications in a timely manner 
  • Maintain and model professional behavior. Define professional behavior if needed. 
  • Attend the DU Alumni Awards Ceremony on October 13
  • Communicate problems with the mentoring relationship to Alumni & Development at alumni@davenport.edu or by calling (616) 233-3419.

Training: We will ask mentors and students to attend a training session with tips to help build a great relationship. We will cover goal setting and expectations, topics the students might need help with and how to offer constructive feedback.

Lunch and Learn Series:  In addition to the mentor relationship, we have collaborated with area businesses to create a Lunch and Learn Series that will feature prominent alumni and community leaders. Sessions take the mentors and mentees to workplaces of alumni or community leaders where students are exposed to experiences such as leadership team panels and behind-the-scenes tours. The sessions provide an intimate and interactive setting to network, connect with employers and expose students to different types of businesses. There will be 5 Lunch and Learn Series between October - April.

Schedule:
Date                     Event                                 Time                        Location
8/22/2017            Mentor Training*                 5:30 p.m.                 Lettinga
8/23/2017            Mentor Training*                 12:00 p.m.               Lettinga
8/29/2017            Mentor Training*                 8:00 a.m.                 Lettinga
9/15/2017            Student Applications Due                                     
9/19/2017            Student Training*                12:00 p.m.               Lettinga
9/20/2017            Student Training*                5:30 p.m.                 Lettinga
9/25/2017            Kick-Off Reception               5:30-6:30 p.m.        Sneden Building
10/13/2017          Alumni Awards Celebration  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.      Sneden Building
10/27/2017          Lunch-n-Learn                    11:45 - 12:45           Consumers Credit Union, Gaines Township
11/10/2017          Lunch-n-Learn                    11:45 - 12:45           KPMG, Grand Rapids
12/8/2017            Lunch-n-Learn                    11:45 - 12:45           Amway, Ada
1/19/2018            Lunch-n-Learn                    11:45 - 12:45           Gordon Food Service, Wyoming
2/16/2018            Lunch-n-Learn                    11:45 - 12:45           Metro Health Hospital, Wyoming
3/16/2018            Lunch-n-Learn                    11:45 - 12:45           Consumers Credit Union
4/17/2018            Closing Reception                5:30 - 7:00 p.m.       Sneden Building 
*Please plan to attend one training session.

Interested? 

Alumni Apply Here 

Students Apply Here

For additional information, contact Sara Mooney, assistant director of alumni communications and development at (616) 233-3419 or Sara.Mooney@davenport.edu.

The Alumni Mentor Network is presented by Consumers Credit Union and is supported by generous alumni and community members.