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Alumni Relations Comprehensive Mentoring Program

CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF ALUMNI RELATIONS

Alumni Relations Comprehensive Mentoring Program


The Office of Alumni Relations is thrilled to partner with the Alumni Association, the Office of Career Services, and the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement to launch the CWU Alumni Relations Comprehensive Mentoring Program for students, recent graduates and peer alumni starting July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.  In today's environment of changing technology and a tumultuous job market, a good mentor can help to facilitate the growth and ability of mentees to grasp career success and meet their long term goals. Success often comes from the support and encouragement of a mentor.

The CWU Alumni Relations Comprehensive Mentoring Program runs for one academic year. In the first year our pilot program is open to 50 students, recent graduates and peer alumni. 

The alumni office is looking forward to engaging our community of more than 80,000 alumni to provide mentoring support to students, recent graduates and fellow alumni across the nation.  In this first year, the program will serve as a pilot – informing us of the many ways we can tweak and make improvements.  We would like the program fully launched July 2015.

Possible activities for mentor/mentee pairs:

  • Meet at CWU alumni events
  • Meet for coffee or lunch
  • Utilize Social Media

 

Office of Alumni Relations is your resource:

We realize that mentors may not always know the answers to their mentee’s questions. Please feel free to call the alumni office at 509-963-2752509-963-2752 or email us your questions to alumni@cwu.edu.

Central Washington University’s web page is also a wonderful resource for programming offered to students, alumni programming and services offered to students.

Web:  www.cwu.edu/alumni

Twitter:  CWUAlumniPride

Facebook: Central Washington University Alumni Association

LinkedIn:  Central Washington University Alumni Association

Mentoring Expectations


A mentor is also important in those times when our goals and objectives are not clear. A mentor can coach a mentee to greater awareness. The mentor can help a mentee achieve increased clarity of purpose and help us focus on the tasks we need to accomplish. A mentor can also assist in the development of personal strengths and achieve a sense of wellbeing, which often translates to success.  If nothing else, a mentor can certainly share their road map to success.
In a nutshell, a mentor is important for the following reasons:

  •  Motivation
  •  Knowledge
  •  Trusted advice and counsel
  •  To be challenged in a safe environment
  •  Guidance
  •  Sponsorship
  •  Personal Development in a non-threatening environment
  •  Empowerment
  •  Encouragement
  •  Self-confidence

 

Mentors are expected to:
We have initiated the following expectation to serve as the minimum level of participation for both mentors and mentees:

  • Establish the initial contact with your assigned mentee within one week of receiving your assignment via email. Please copy the Office of Alumni Relations (alumni@cwu.edu) on this initial contact so that we know you got in touch with your mentee.
  • Meet in-person with your mentee at least once per semester. The alumni office has quite a few events to facilitate engagement throughout the year.
  • Maintain regular contact with your mentee (at least two email contacts after your initial in-person meeting), offering support, appropriate advice, and encouragement to your mentee.
  • Share stories of past academic and career experiences when relevant and valuable, and refer your mentee to outside resources when necessary. Feel free to contact the alumni office for additional ideas.
  • Focus on supporting and reinforcing your mentee’s strengths. Help bring out the positive and potential inherent in your mentee!
  • Participate in an assessment survey at the end of each semester. Feedback from mentors is invaluable in our efforts to enhance the quality of the mentoring program.
  • Contact the Office of Alumni Relations with any questions, comments, or concerns.

 

Mentees are expected to:

  • Respond to the initial contact email from your assigned mentor within a timely fashion.
  • Respect your mentor’s time. Remember that they are professionals and have time constraints.
  • Have reasonable expectations for what your mentoring relationship will be. Mentors are more than happy to discuss their experiences as students as they relate to their student experience, career trajectory, research, etc. They are not equipped to be your tutor, editor, or personal counselor.
  • Participate in an assessment survey at the end of each semester. Feedback from mentees is invaluable in our assessment efforts to enhance the quality of the mentoring program.
  • Contact the Office of Alumni Relations with any questions, comments, or concerns.

 

Mentoring Tips & Resources


Tips on connecting and communicating with success:
 

  • Listening well is perhaps the most important skill one can have. It is a skill that can be learned, practiced, and improved upon. Be mindful of how effectively you are taking in and processing what it is your mentor/mentee is telling you.
  • A cornerstone to developing an effective mentoring relationship is the establishment of trust. Trust requires time, patience and commitment. Be honest with your opinions while maintaining sensitivity.
  • Develop a routine schedule for connecting with your mentee.

 

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, complete the following form and return via email to alumni@cwu.edu, or by mail to Alumni Relations, 400 E University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7508

MENTORING FORM (PDF)