Student Alumni Mentoring Program (SAM)

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This program was established in 2012 to bring students and alumni together to help pave the way for students to succeed at USF and beyond. It also provides our alumni with great reason to stay engaged with their alma mater! We hope you can share what you learned as a USF student and in your professional career to those students following in your footsteps. For students, we hope you will learn from the successes of those former students who graduated before you.

SAM runs six months (November through April) during each academic year and partners with our Career Success Center creating a robust program for both students and alumni. View our “Road Map to Success” to see what kind of relationship this fosters and events we host.

Forms & Information

An alumni mentor is a guide, friend, and resource who shares educational and professional experiences to provide career guidance and professional contacts. Alumni mentors are partnered with students based on similar career paths, interests, and goals.

* For current mentors:
Mentoring Agreement | Mentor Binder Content

* Apply to be a mentor:
New Mentors: Online Form
Returning Mentors (applicable to this year’s mentors only): Online Form

Alumni mentors make a difference in students’ lives. As a mentor, you will be:

  • A motivator – Express believe and confidence in the mentee’s abilities and encourage the mentee to try new things.
  • A resource – Teach and advise the mentee about making professional contacts and introduce the mentee to new people, places, or ideas.
  • A supporter – Encourage open and honest dialogue. Listen and respond to the needs of the mentee.
  • A coach – Help the mentee develop and find ways to achieve realistic and meaningful goals.

Mentor Requirements

  • Attend two events per academic year
  • Attend mandatory Virtual Induction Reception on November 12, 2020 and Etiquette Dinner (Virtual – TBD) on February 25, 2021
  • Commit to a minimum of one conversation a month in person, via email, phone, text, etc.
  • Must be a USF graduate
  • Must be currently employed or recently retired

Students will be partnered with an alum whose education and career closely matches the student’s to gain direction and potential career goals and connections.

* For current mentees:
Mentoring Agreement | Mentee Binder Content

* Apply to be a mentee:
New Mentees: Online Form
Returning Mentees (applicable to this year’s mentees only): Online Form

As a mentee, you will:

  • Build a professional network
  • Develop and enhance professional and communication skills
  • Connect your academics to your career goals
  • Receive career guidance from USF alumni and the Career Success Center
  • Explore new ideas and areas of interest
  • Gain exposure to career options, advice, and job search tips
  • Receive a complimentary, professional head shot
  • Receive 30 complimentary business cards

Mentee Requirements

  • Attend two events per academic year
  • Attend mandatory Virtual Induction Reception on November 12, 2020 and Etiquette Dinner (Virtual – TBD) on February 25, 2021
  • Commit to a minimum of one conversation a month in person, via email, phone, text, etc.
  • Must be currently enrolled as a USF student
SAM Award Nomination Form
Nominate your outstanding mentor or mentee for our annual Student Alumni Mentoring (SAM) Awards. Tell us about how her or she went above and beyond during this program and what you gained from being matched with him or her. Fields marked with an * are required

Testimonials

"I first joined SAM as a mentor because I wished that this program had been available when I was an undergrad student. Soon after becoming a mentor, I discovered an amazing opportunity in which the mentor and the mentee truly learn from one another. Not only did I grow professionally, but I was able to be part of someone else’s journey into an amazing career."
Erika Martinez
Erika Martinez '11, '15, '18
Alumni Mentor
"SAM has helped me to connect-to-purpose with my mentees as to why University of St. Francis is such a special place, how our school is truly different than other institutions of higher learning and most importantly, once you graduate, you are always part of the USF family. It is our responsibility as alumni to pay it forward to current students, and I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of SAM."
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Alan Randolph ’07
Alumni Mentor
"SAM has given me the ability to grow personally and professionally by understanding the differences in various generations. It allows me to live our Franciscan values through service, thus continuing my roots at USF and on campus. Having an opportunity to impact the life of a student while impacting my own in a positive manner is a win-win in my book!"
Keith Schomig
Keith Schomig '13, '17
Alumni Mentor
"As a student at USF, and a member of the SAM program, I was able to grow as an individual. My mentor taught me how to ask the right questions and important skills that are vital to my path to medicine."
Samreen Mushtaheed
Samreen Mushtaheed
Student Mentee
"The Student Alumni Mentoring program has had such a positive impact on my life! The personal career guidance and professional development that my mentor shared helped me realize exactly what I wanted to do in my future."
Elizabeth Badalamenti
Liz Badalamenti
Student Mentee
“USF‘s SAM program has been one of the most beneficial and helpful programs for me. It has given me the opportunity to learn how to communicate professionally and network with people
in my field.”
Nicole Kulon
Nicole Kulon
Student Mentee

More Information

Contact the Alumni & Family Relations Office at 877-811-ALUM or alumni@stfrancis.edu.