Introducing Students to Mentorship and Professional Development

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
January 22, 2018

On February 13, the College of Arts & Sciences hosts the second annual A&S Alumni & Students Connect!, a new program designed to help students understand and access the rich Seattle U alumni network available to help them explore career and vocational interests.  

“Networking, brainstorming, and exploring career paths are all part of navigating the professional world after graduation,” says Dean David Powers. “Connection with Seattle U alumni helps students contemplate their goals and make plans to realize their ambitions and we want to foster that as early as possible. “

Two women at an alumni networking eventThe event will be held in Campion Ballroom, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Following a short orientation, small groups of students meet with individual alumni in a speed-networking format.

All current Seattle University students and alumni are invited to participate.

Students can register here.

Alumni are invited to register here.

A&S Alumni & Students Connect! is an opportunity for students to begin exploring career options from the beginning of their academic career. For those closer to graduation, it is also a chance to bounce ideas off of alumni in fields that hold their interest. For all, it also provides a variety of perspectives on the value of their liberal arts degrees and recognition of the skills honed during their time at Seattle U.

Jim Dykeman, ’61, recipient of the 2017 University Service Alumni Award, said, “I encourage all alumni to get involved as mentors. Learning about students’ ambitions, discussing their questions and sharing your story is very rewarding.”

Initiated by dedicated Seattle U alumni serving with the College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Council, the Seattle University Board of Regents, and the Alumni Association, the first A&S Alumni & Students Connect! brought 55 students and 25 alumni mentors together last April. Questions? Contact Katie Chapman, Director of Development, College of Arts & Sciences, by email or at 206. 398.4401.