Alumni Mentor Program

The Alumni Mentor Program, a project of the Alumni Executive Council, was launched in January 2010 with seven pairs of alumni and students. Today the program boasts more than 100 mentor/protégé.

The objective of the mentor program is to connect students with an experiences and trusted advisor who models positive behaviors, understands and relates to the life goals of his/her 
protégé and provides knowledge, advice and resources in     helping our students achieve their ambitions. This program is distinguished by its focus on a life-long relationship developed between mentor and protégé.

Read Amanda Knarr '13 and Karen Gross Lambert '84 share their Alumni Mentor Program story >
Learn more about the programming by reading more success stories.
Information packet for alumni > 
Information packet for students > 

Want to get involved?
The Alumni Mentor Program is begin "revamped" to better serve both students and alumni.

Please check back for updates or contact: 
 Kaley Tomsic
Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement


Who can be a mentor? A mentor can be any alumnus of W&J who is willing to put in their time to get to know a W&J student. Current proximity to campus is not a concern if email and phone are able to be utilized to communicate regularly. Of course, face-to-face meetings are encouraged whenever possible.

Who can be a protégé? Any student who has completed one year at W&J is eligible. Ideal candidates are students who are seeking general guidance (professional, collegiate or otherwise).

How much time does being a mentor/protégé involve? Each pairing of alumni and students will determine the frequency and duration of their communications. Some relationships begin with only monthly communication and turn into more frequent discussions. This should be discussed in the very first communication with your protégé/mentor. Plan on dedicating about 2 hours a month to being a mentor or being mentored.

Are the mentor/protégé relationships only about careers? Actually, we prefer that the relationship involve more than just career advice. Providing an open discussion about general concerns and providing encouragement and support in other areas (student involvement on campus, major exploration, study abroad, general advice) are often just as helpful.

What if I have a concern about my student protégé? First, attempt to address any concerns you may have with your protégé directly. You can always share any concerns with Michele Hufnagel, associate vice president for development & alumni relations, at 724-223-6503 or

What if I don't have time to dedicate to a protégé, but still want to help?  The Career Services Office offers an option for alumni to register as career mentors or to provide job shadowing experiences.  Usually these are just one-time contacts from students to alumni and involve answering career or graduate school-specific advice.  To register, go to the Career Services page to register on College Central.

Please Note:

The Alumni Mentor Program was established to create long-term mentoring relationships with a chosen alumnus/a and a current student. Matched individually, each protégé will communicate with his/her mentor for a time period specific to his/her date of graduation. If a student is searching for career connections or shadowing/internship opportunities, please refer to Roberta Cross, director of Career Services at The Alumni Mentor Program is only utilized to pair current students with similar profiled alumni who can help with general life guidance, career advice, and connecting to the alumni community.