Mentor-Protégé Program

The Mentor-Protégé Program creates mentoring relationships between selected Communication students (majors, minors, and master's) and a member of the department's National Advisory Council. The relationship is one in which an experienced professional (mentor) guides, coaches, and teaches a less experienced student or young professional (protégé). Mentoring is expected to benefit all involved: the mentor, the protégé, the organization(s), as well as the culture supporting the relationship.


 

Active Pairings

Council member
Kat Blomquist
Kaitlyn Brown Council member
Matt Simeon
Sophie Vick
Council member
Mike Cummins
Jayla Burton Council member
Shaunieka Taste
Colin McKenzie
Council member
Shelby Curry
Valerie Daquilla Council member
Patty Tucker
Amanda Weiss
Council member
Mark Dole
Jake Peterson Council member
Carly Westerman
Rachel McMahon
Council member
Whitney Eichinger
Rhea Copeland Executive Advisor
Ted Birkhahn
Katherine Arrigan
Council member
Bruce Haynes
Madeline Barnett Executive Advisor
Jeannie Bunton
Jordynn Pinckney
Council member
Jim Hickey
Mallory Cleary Executive Advisor
Aaron Hite
April Silva
Council member
Aaron Hite
April Silva Executive Advisor
Keith Lindenburg
Jamarcus Hunter
Council member
Brian Jones
Lauren Graves Executive Advisor
Michael Moore
Audrey Matthews
Council member
Stephanie Jones
Madison Dougan Executive Advisor
TR Straub
Cooper Shaw
Council member
Mattew Koch
Katy Macklin Lifetime member
Steve Cody
Liz Hipes
Council member
Topper Ray
Erin Sentowski

 

Student Application Deadline: This deadline has passed. Please watch the weekly MMM email (sent to declared COMM majors and minors) for notification when it opens again.

The mentoring relationship is one in which an experienced professional (mentor) guides, coaches, and teaches a less experienced student or young professional (protégé). 

Mentoring must benefit all involved: the mentor, the protégé, the organization(s), as well as the culture supporting the relationship.

Responsibilities of Mentor

  • First Meeting, held in conjunction with the National Advisory Council meetings on-campus.
  • Agree on short and long term goals for the protégé. 
  • Communicate frequently (3-5 contacts/semester, either by phone or in person).
  • Be available to your protégé as needed.
  • Provide sound advice, coaching, teaching and inspiration to your protégé.
  • Track your protégé's progress toward their academic and professional goals.
  • Complete assessment process at the end of each semester.

Responsibilities of Protégé

  • Prior to meeting your mentor, polish and update your resume and/or LinkedIn materials.
  • Meet with your mentor during on-campus National Advisory Council meetings (usually in March and October).
  • Contact your mentor monthly.
  • Research your mentor’s company, bio, outside interests, etc.
  • Engage in proactive dialogue and ask informed questions.
  • Complete an assessment process at the end of each semester.

Assessment Process

  • Complete online survey.
  • Conduct the end-semester interview with the Department of Communication Event Coordinator or Executive in Residence.
  • Discuss between mentor and protégé what works, what doesn’t, and how to improve the mentorship, especially at the mid-term and end-semester points.