IT’S NO FICTION—ALUMNI MENTORING FOSTERS HEROES
Fictionally, a mentor is a common character in the hero's journey. Increasingly, Westminster College alumni are mentors in the journeys of Westminster heroes—our students and tomorrow’s successful alumni. In fact, in Greek mythology, Mentor was the son of Alcumus and, in his old age, a friend of Odysseus. When Odysseus left for the Trojan War he placed Mentor in charge of his son, Telemachus, and of his palace.
The Alumni Mentoring Program (AMP) at Westminster College provides positive one-on-one mentoring relationships between undergraduates and alumni. The program is geared to foster academic and career exploration and facilitate networking and civic engagement. AMP offers a unique educational experience for undergraduate students, and provides alumni with the opportunity to re-engage with Westminster College in a meaningful and rewarding way.
The idea for AMP grew out of a brainstorming session of the Alumni Board during a retreat in 2004. After two pilot programs, already 22 pairs of Westminster students and alumni have participated in the program. The AMP Committee, led by Alumni Board member Annalisa Anderton Steggell ’92, has just completed interviews of students interested in participating in the program and twelve students will meet their Mentors during a Match Day Breakfast in January.
Alumni mentors for 2007 include Marghi Barton MBA’86; Tracy Robinson ‘97, M.D.; Brian Pilling ’96; Aaron Clark ’03; Sarah Campbell ’99; Michael Tielborg ’89, M.D.; Lee Payne MBA ’03; Chris Thomas ’96; and Jim Carter ’72.
AMP, an integral part of the college’s strategic plan, enhances the experience of current students by reinforcing the college’s value for active learning, civic engagement, and collaboration beyond graduation. Our goal is to grow the reputation and reach of the program by increasing the number of students and alumni accepted for participation each year—and clearly, this is happening.