Like ripples in a pond,
mentoring relationships resonate far beyond the original connection.
|On a visit to
RIT, Paul Brown ’84 (center) chatted with his first
mentor, Barry Culhane (left), executive assistant to President
Albert Simone, and second-year software engineering student
Because his own mentors
had such a positive influence on his life, Paul Brown is spearheading
an effort to connect alumni volunteers with students. Brown 84
(biomedical photographic communications) and members of the Student/Alumni
Committee of the Alumni Network Board of Directors are working
with RITs offices of Alumni Relations and Co-operative Education
& Career Services.
We hope eventually
to involve a thousand students and mentors, Brown says.
The concept involves
fostering one-on-one relationships between alumni and students.
Career guidance could be one area of connection, but it is not
intended to be the sole focus. Alumni who have been out of school
three years or more are encouraged to participate. They dont
have to live in the Rochester area; mentors can keep in touch
with students via e-mail and telephone. The key is a willingness
to share time and experience, says Brown.
Michelle Magee of Co-op and Career Services explains that the
past academic year was devoted to building a strong foundation.
So many alumni have been very willing to help. We want
to reach out especially to those who may not have had the opportunity
to be involved in other alumni volunteer programs and projects.
At minimum, mentors
give of their time and knowledge. But sometimes, lifelong bonds
develop and enrich both parties in countless ways.
Brown found his first
mentor, Barry Culhane, at RIT. Culhane, now executive assistant
to President Albert Simone, was associate vice president for student
affairs when Brown became his first student ombudsman. After graduating,
Brown earned a masters degree in education from the University
of Vermont and now works as an associate partner for IBM Business
Consulting Services based in Philadelphia,.
me many faces of success, says Brown, his professional
career, his family, and his volunteer and community work. Being
a role model is a big part of mentoring. But equally important
are the guidance, ideas and the provision of feedback and suggestion
as I chose a path forward.
A good deal of Culhanes
work today centers on efforts to facilitate student success. He
believes the mentoring program could become an important tool
in those efforts.
says Culhane. We should have been doing this a long time
Committee sponsors other activities as well. For instance, 30
students participated in a dinner presentation on business and
social etiquette in March.
Joining Brown on the
committee are: Mary Jo Savino 90 and 03 (hotel and
resort management and interdisciplinary studies); Bryan Hensel
00 and 01 (biotechnology and MBA); Andy Zach 03
(industrial engineering); Tara Locastro 98 (MBA); Elaine
OConnell 97 (computer science); Tracey Jarvis Gamble
98 (professional technical communication); and Jack Whitney
68 (business administration).
Alumni interested in
learning more about the mentoring program can contact Michelle
Magee at 585-475-7824 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those interested in volunteering their time, talents or resources
to support other projects can contact Stefania LoMonaco, assistant
director, Alumni Relations, at 585-475-4930 or email@example.com.