Did you know that mentoring is an important aspect of advancing your career and networking opportunities? It sure is. This year the COM department, along with local communication professionals, have implemented mentoring opportunities for interested communication students. These groups will meet periodically throughout the 2009-2010 academic school year.
If you are interested in being a part of a mentoring group, use the COM Week Registration form (in Craig 375). Or you can find the pdf form at this link:
It can be completed by hand or online, printed or emailed. Deadline for signing up is Friday, September 25. This may be one of the best decisions you make this week!
Below are the names of the local professionals who have graciously agreed to become a mentor this year to COM students (majors and minors). There is a short description with each one.
Jim Anderson: Think of him as “the connector.” This group is primarily a networking group, Mr. Anderson is the president of the Springfield Chamber. He is hugely popular and well connected in town. He can introduce students to professionals through the Chamber and their events. He wants to help people network to get jobs and internships.
Melinda Arnold: Think of her as “the polisher.” This group will primarily be a professional development group. Ms. Arnold is marketing director for the Dickerson Park Zoo and is well connected in the community and is keenly aware of industry standards for writing, presentation, appearance, and job skills. She wants to help students prepare to be effective in job interviews and while also on the job.
Matt Sellmeyer: Think of him as “the marketing guru.” This group will be primarily interested in mentoring students about advertising and promotions. He’s the co-owner of his own marketing firm in Springfield. He’s interested in students as a “market” and how to tap in the market. He wants to use this group as a sounding board for new ideas in marketing, but also to help students get their feet wet in the competitive world of marketing and advertising.
Megan Nichols-Rowe: Think of her as “the writing guru.” This group will be primarily dedicated to helping students develop competitive scholarship applications for local and national scholarships. She is an alum of the dept and very involved in local philanthropy and volunteering. She wants to help students write great applications, and to help them in the writing and presentation of those applications. She will also be willing to help if there is a required interview as part of the scholarship.
JOIN A MENTORING GROUP TODAY!