Mentor a Student

Mentor Connection Events

Mentor Appreciation Dinner

Save the date for the evening of Tuesday, April 7, 2015 for the annual University of Minnesota Alumni Association Mentor Appreciation Dinner. The event will take place in Memorial Hall of the McNamara Alumni Center. Exact start time and program to be determined. More details to come soon.


See photos and videos from our events below.

The Mentor Connection works in collaboration with college-based alumni societies, University departments and community organizations. Currently, there are 13 different mentor programs participating in the Alumni Association Mentor Connection. Apply to be a mentor by selecting your collegiate mentor program


Since the early-90s, the Mentor Connection has matched more than 14,000 students with alumni or friends of the University of Minnesota.  These relationships have provided a learning experience for students outside the classroom and insight to career options after college. 

The Mentoring Relationship
Mentor programs are housed and managed within the collegiate units and their alumni societies.  Each fall, students and alumni are matched based on applications and career preferences.  The program concludes in April with the annual Mentor Appreciation event.  Mentoring relationships are intended to:

  • be professional in nature
  • help students make the transition from an academic environment to the world of work
  • offer an opportunity for professional development, networking and an exchange of ideas between experienced professionals and the next generation of leaders

Events for Mentors & Students

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association, in collaboration with the collegiate unit mentor programs, provides programming and events for mentors and students throughout the year.  The Mentor Connection events are listed below and we encourage both mentors and students to attend. 

Information for Mentors
2013 Top Ten Networking Blunders Video

2012 Mentor Appreciation Dinner
Watch the full 2012 program with Lee Rainey here.

Mentor Connection StrengthsQuest Event 2/3/12

Mentor Appreciation Dinner, April 20, 2011

Mentor Connection LinkedIn Event 2/3/11

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