National Mentoring Month

National Mentoring Month

What is National Mentoring Month?

The KU Alumni Association and its Jayhawk Career Network celebrate KU Mentoring with National Mentoring Month in January.

National Mentoring Month (January) is a time when organizations and individuals around the country say thank you to mentors for their work and support.  Please join us as we recognize, celebrate, and feature Jayhawk mentors across our platforms all month long. 

During National Mentoring Month, we host events for students in partnership with the University Career Center and other university partners. Alumni mentors are highlighted throughout the month on social media and in email communications. And, we share stories of successful mentorships between KU alumni and students. You can support by:

National Mentoring Month Events

Winter Boot Camp

Hey seniors (and 2020 grads)!  Are you looking for a job?  Are you overwhelmed by the job search process and don’t know where to start? According to Money Magazine, it takes an average of six months for college graduates to land a job. And, with May graduation only six months away, now is the perfect time to start!   

You are invited to join Winter Boot Camp, a 3-week program hosted by the University Career Center designed to kick start your job search.  Sign up to attend live webinars, and take advantage of one-on-one coaching appointments, curated career resources, and employer panels. 

Registering saves you a spot and ensures you get an email reminder with a link to the portal at the start of each week.  

Explore Graduate School Week

KU’s Graduate Admissions is excited to host a series of virtual events January 19-22 for prospective students to learn about opportunities for graduate study at the University of Kansas. General sessions in the morning each day will highlight what graduate school is about, the application and admission process, options for funding, and employment opportunities with a graduate degree. KU’s academic schools, departments and programs will then offer discipline- or program-specific sessions each afternoon. 

Establishing Connections

Friday, Jan. 22
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Open to undergraduate students

Join members of the KU Alumni Association during this “come-and-go” event as we help you explore mentoring.ku.edu. The online mentoring platform allows students to network and establish meaningful connections that support career development.

Staff members and mentors will help you navigate the platform and you’ll leave the event having identified two mentors to connect with. Drop into the online event at anytime throughout the four-hour period.

You’ll receive a Zoom link and password prior to the event.

Jayhawk Career Network Webinars


Thursday, Jan. 21
11 a.m. CST

The Empathy Edge: Why Compassion Fuels Leadership Success and How to Build Your Empathy Muscle


Wednesday, Jan. 27
11 a.m. CST

Digital Flourishing: Strategies for Fostering Wellness in an Era of Remote Work

Featured Mentors

January 4 // Brandon Monroe

Brandon Monroe, b’12, is a data-driven marketer who currently serves as the digital marketing director for Notley Ventures. He lives in Austin, Texas, and is always happy to connect. Learn more about Brandon and read his advice for Jayhawks.

January 5 // Allison Ellis

Allison Ellis, c’19, is a proud Jayhawk with a degree in human biology and a focus in applied behavioral science. She also earned a Global Awareness certificate as a student. Allison lives in Houston, Texas.

January 6 // Lucas Snyder

Lucas Snyder, d’19, works as a client solutions representative for Echo Global Logistics in Chicago. If you’re interested in supply chain or other business disciplines, Chicago, moving to a new city or making a new KU connection, reach out to Lucas!

January 7 // Cora Burgoyne

Cora Burgoyne, c’17, g’19, is a public health professional in Denver, Colorado, dedicated to improving public health outcomes in our communities. She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s of public health from the KU Medical Center.

January 8 // Mercedes Bounthapanya

Mercedes Bounthapanya earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics in 2018 and works as a diversity, equity and inclusion coordinator for KU’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Mercedes, c’18, lives in Lawrence.

January 9 // Howard Fox

Howard Fox, b’82, has more than 30 years of experience in finance and accounting, acquisitions and divestments. He is a real estate executive with Better Homes and Gardens KC and a consultant with Fox Consulting and lives in Kansas City.

January 10 // Erin Curtis-Dierks

Erin Curtis-Dierks is a communicator, project manager, and marketer. She has worked in a variety of sales, promotions and communications roles throughout her career. Erin lives in Lawrence.

January 11 // Caitlin Ungerer

Caitlin Ungerer, j’17, lives in Chicago where she works as an influencer marketing manager for Octagon. She began working at the agency in 2017 and has worked her way up through a number of different positions.

January 12 // Andrew Fillmore

Andrew Fillmore is a digital marketer and project manager with experience across the non-profit, entertainment and digital spaces. Andrew, j’12, lives in Los Angeles.

January 13 // Monique Garcia

Monique Garcia has more than 25 years experience in federal and local government service as well as non-profit and corporate/strategic communications experience. Monique, c’96, is a Wichita native.

January 14 // Andrew Sherwood

Andrew Sherwood is a leadership gift officer for Southern Methodist University. He has nearly a decade of experience in collegiate athletics at schools across the country. Andrew, j’07, currently lives in Dallas.

January 15 // Bill Mar

Bill Mar, c’88, describes himself as a technically-oriented leader with diverse experience in the full software lifecycle. He’s a Garden City, Kansas, native who currently resides in San Francisco.