Mentoring Mondays offer way to make professional connections
Feb. 1, 2011
In an effort to connect students with successful alumni and friends of the college,
the SOURCE Center is sponsoring Mentoring Mondays throughout the spring semester.
SOURCE – an acronym for Student Opportunity, Undergraduate Resources and Community
Engagement – is a new initiative that works as a student’s connection to all aspects
of college life, said Todd Prater, SOURCE director.
“One of our goals is to facilitate relationships that will assist students in
developing networks within the college community, as well as with alumni and local
community members,” Prater said.
Mentoring Mondays will be a chance for students to meet various professionals
to discuss opportunities after college and how to prepare for them.
“The expectation is that Mentoring Mondays will be the catalyst for more in-depth
conversations with individual students throughout their academic careers and create
relationships that will help them succeed in their professional endeavors,” he
The sessions will be from 3 to 5 p.m. every Monday in the SOURCE Center on the
second floor of Smith Hall.
“We’ve planned these to be very casual, as a chance for students to connect with
potential mentors,” Prater said.
Kimberly Martin, a certified public accountant, will kick off the series on Feb.
7. Other mentors scheduled for February include Michelle Bedingfield, Executive
Director of Harmony House; Theresa Horton, a physical therapist with Ultra Care
Inc.; and Susan Middlebrooks, a social worker at Burwell PsycoEducational Center.
Throughout the semester, Prater said he hopes to add more events in conjunction
with Mentoring Mondays.
“We’re looking at offering a seminar or two that is linked to the profession of
that week’s mentor,” he said. “We’re still ironing out the details, but we are
excited about the possibilities and opportunities we feel we can offer our students.
Our goal is to help prepare them for both professional and personal success, and
we’re excited about that challenge.”