Design Mentor Program Matches Highest Number to Date

November 15, 2018

Now in its 26th year, the College of Design’s annual Mentor Program helps junior, senior, and graduate students grow professionally by matching them with a mentor in their field of study.

“I am particularly excited about the growth of our Mentor Program this year as we’ve hit an all-time high in our matching,” said College of Design Alumni Director Lori Mollberg.

This year’s program matched 303 students with 286 mentors representing more than 130 different firms and organizations. Beginning in November, mentor pairs meet to discuss student career goals and interests and then work together to pursue those goals through career exploration, networking, and professional skill development over the course of the academic year. Through the Mentor Program new connections, both personal and professional, are fostered and built between the college and local design community.

Despite being one of the smallest colleges at the University, the College of Design’s mentor program is one of the largest. “The fact that we are able to have such a robust mentor program says a lot about the incredible support and generosity of the professional design community and the motivation and drive of our students,” said Mollberg.

View photos from the kick-off event.

The Mentor Program is made possible by the College of Design’s College to Career Program Sponsors: Haworth, Studio BV, Peterssen/Keller, Damon Farber, DLR Group, HGA, WSB Associates, LHB, and Made for Retail.

The University of Minnesota’s Alumni Association Awards are presented each fall to recognize outstanding alumni and alumni networks across the University of Minnesota.

In 2017, a U of M alumna approached the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) with an interesting idea: Create a fun, unique shirt only for members to kick off the school year and raise money to ignite student success.

On November 14th the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) launched the Minnesota Alumni Market, an online store selling products created by University of Minnesota alumni. Believed to be the first of its kind, the market will feature everything from home goods to apparel.