Staff Mentorship Program calls for nominations, applications by June 12

Staff Mentorship Program calls for nominations, applications by June 12

The Staff Mentorship Program is looking for a few good men and women who are interested in a professional and personal development opportunity.

It's hard to believe that the Staff Mentorship Program is approaching the end of its second successful year. Participation has increased from year to year, and we anticipate that the 2009-10 program will outperform the prior year's participation and success.

As many of you know, the Staff Mentorship Program is a formal volunteer program that pairs experienced staff with less experienced staff in a mentoring relationship. In this program, staff can cultivate contacts, explore challenges and enhance effectiveness as they design their personal growth and career paths at St. Thomas. The program also provides the opportunity to gather information, develop peer support, learn more about management and better understand the university's institutional culture.

Mentors and mentees must attend a mentoring workshop and the training must be completed shortly after mentors and mentees are paired. Only one mentee can be paired with a mentor. Mentoring pairs set their own schedules and participate in formal and informal programming for up to one year beginning Aug. 12.


Nominate an individual(s) to be a mentor. Potential mentors must be full-time staff members, usually with three or more years of service at St. Thomas, who want to help newer or less experienced staff members acclimate to the campus community. Nominations can be made by members of the Academic and Administrative Leadership Group (see the list of members below) or another UST community member. The nominees will complete a skills inventory to help HR make the best matches.

If you know a person you think would be a good mentor and who would be willing to fulfill this yearlong commitment, download a Mentor Nomination Form and Skills Inventory. (A link to this form also can be found on the Human Resources Mentorship Web page.)


A mentee is any regular full- or part-time staff member who is interested in developing a mentor-mentee relationship. This individual is interested in furthering her or his career development, receiving guidance, building a network of professional contacts with the university, and learning how to reach appropriate channels and a new level of skills.

The Staff Mentorship Program coordinator completes the matches and informs mentees and mentors of their paired match during the weeks of June 29-July 10.

If you would like to be a mentee, download a Mentee Nomination Form and Skills Inventory. (A link to this form also can be found on the Human Resources Mentorship Web page).

Important 2009-10 dates

  • June 12 – Deadline for mentor nominations and mentee applications
  • June 29-July 10 – HR notifies mentor-mentee pairs, and the mentee initiates communication with their mentor
  • Aug. 12 – Mentor-mentee kick-off and training
  • Nov. 11, Jan. 13, April 14 – Attend quarterly luncheons

Other time commitments include conversations by phone and e-mail as well as scheduled meetings to discuss issues, concerns and goals.

Here are the members of the 2008-09 Academic and Administrative Leadership Group:

  • Dr. Susan Alexander, executive adviser to the president
  • Dr. Angie Barretta-Herman, associate vice president, Academic Affairs
  • Monsignor Aloysius Callaghan, rector, vice president, School of Divinity
  • Jane Canney, vice president for student affairs
  • Edna Comedy, associate vice president, Human Resources
  • Dr. Mark Dienhart, executive vice president, chief operating officer
  • Marla Friederichs, associate vice president, Enrollment Services
  • Linda Halverson, associate vice president and special assistant to the executive vice president
  • Doug Hennes, vice president for university and government relations
  • Steve Hoeppner, executive director of development
  • Dr. Susan Huber, executive vice president, chief academic officer
  • Dr. Marisa Kelly, dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Bruce Kramer, interim dean, College of Applied Professional Studies
  • Dr. Sam Levy, vice president for information resources and technologies
  • Father John Malone, vice president for mission
  • Tom Mengler, dean, School of Law
  • Dr. Agapitos Papagapitos, ex-officio, chair of the faculty
  • Dr. Brenda Powell, chair, Faculty Affairs Committee
  • Dr. Lawrence Potter, executive director of institutional diversity
  • Dr. Chris Puto, dean, Opus College of Business
  • Dr. Barbara Shank, dean, School of Social Work
  • Dr. Christopher J. Thompson, academic dean, School of Divinity
  • Mark Vangsgard, vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer
  • Dr. Donald H. Weinkauf, dean, School of Engineering
  • Dr. Rachel Wobschall, executive director, Alumni and Constituent Relations

The Staff Mentorship Program is offered by the Human Resources Department and the Office of Institutional Diversity.

For more information, visit the Staff Mentorship Program Web page, e-mail the program or call Terri Sheehan, (651) 962-6493, or Gina Zitzer, (651) 962-6901.