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College of Human Ecology Professional Mentoring Program

Mentoring Connection – May 2018 Newsletter

 

Campus Connection – Human Ecology Student Events & Announcements

  • Fall 2018 Semester Begins | Monday, August 20
  • Human Ecology Tailgate at K-State Football vs. Mississippi State | Saturday, September 8
  • Human Ecology Tailgate at K-State Football vs. Oklahoma State | Saturday, October 13

 

“In Your Experience…” – Monthly Discussion Questions for Mentoring Pairs

  • What is a setback you have had in your career and how did you overcome it?
  • Five years ago, would you have envisioned your career as it is today?
  • Was there ever a role or position you applied for and landed, but weren’t 100% qualified to do? How did you proceed?
  • What is the most important leadership lesson you have learned and how has it proven invaluable?
  • What leadership skills have you found most difficult to develop in your career?

 

Professional Skills – Networking

“10 Important Things Not to Forget When Job Hunting”

 

From Around the Web

In Pursuit of Work and Life Balance from The Balance

Strive for balance in your life.

 

 

 

Your Mentoring Experience

PRE-MEETING FORMS

To help guide conversation and give you a road map for your mentoring meetings, we have developed a pre-meeting questionnaire designed to prepare mentors for their next meeting with their mentee. The use of these forms is optional. Mentors should provide this form to their mentee if they would like them to fill it out prior to a meeting. If you have any questions or need a copy of the questionnaire, please email austin33@k-state.edu.

 

POST MEETING SURVEYS

We encourage all of our mentors and mentees to complete the post-meeting surveys following each monthly meeting. Your responses are to be based on your most recent meeting with your mentor/mentee.

 

TRAVEL GRANT AVAILABLE FOR MENTEES

Students participating in the Professional Mentoring Program may be eligible for funds to travel and visit their mentors. Visit the Travel Grant webpage or contact Austin Anderson (austin33@k-state.edu) for more information.

 

 

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Travel Grant Recap – Ellie Boring (Apparel and Textiles)

Applying for the Human Ecology Professional Mentoring Program was the best decision I made my senior year at Kansas State. As a senior studying Apparel & Textiles with a Specialization in Marketing, completing a Business Administration, and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies minors, I was looking for ways to expand my network before graduation. In September, I applied for a mentor with no real expectations while being optimistic of the pairing. It could not have turned out better in the end.

I was paired with Christine Michalek, a technical designer at Under Armour, working with the Olympics and special teams. Although as a marketing student, technical design is not in my realm of study I have still been able to learn a lot professionally from our mentoring relationship. Since we have been paired together we have monthly meetings over FaceTime, and discuss trends in the workforce, her current projects, along with my school work. Christine has given me sound advice as I have been job searching in preparation for graduation. Our communication style is very laid back, we also text and email in between our monthly meetings.

Over spring break I flew out to Baltimore, Maryland to visit with Christine in person and job shadow her at Under Armour. This was the farthest northeast I have ever been and I was looking forward to exploring a new city. We took a water taxi to work in the mornings, since the Under Armour campus sits impressively on the harbor overlooking the Patapsco River. During my tour I met with Jami Dunbar, a K-State Almun who initially brought Christine on board with the mentoring program. Jami has had a notable career, currently the Vice President of Technical Design and Product Development as well as spearheading the UA Lighthouse Innovation Center. One of the highlights from the trip was meeting with Jami, discussing the mentoring program at K-State, innovation in athletic wear, and women helping women in the workforce.

During my time job shadowing at Under Armour I had the opportunity to meet with professionals working in a multitude of positions across departments. They allowed me to get a preview into their daily functions and job requirements. It was inspiring to see the individual paths everyone’s career has taken, and the diverse channels that has lead them all into their current positions. I sat down and spoke with people on the marketing run team, accounts and customer service, product line management, college sports marketing, product development, and human resources. Under Armour offers a vast network of jobs in a comprehensive work environment that fosters teamwork and collaboration across all channels. I had the opportunity to see this first hand and network with professionals I would have never met if not for the mentoring program and the travel grant.

Coming back from this trip I have been able to put into perspective future career goals for myself and am now anticipating my graduation. Finally meeting my mentor made our relationship stronger and I am so thankful for the time she has put into our partnership. I am also grateful for everyone at K-State that made this opportunity possible for me, the donor, and the faculty/staff in the College of Human Ecology.

 

If you are interested in joining the College of Human Ecology’s Professional Mentoring Program as a mentor or mentee, CLICK HERE.

For more information regarding the travel grant program, CLICK HERE.

Mentoring Connection – March 2018 Newsletter

 

Campus Connection – Human Ecology Student Events & Announcements

 

“In Your Experience…” – Monthly Discussion Questions for Mentoring Pairs

  • What do you wish you would have done, but didn’t get the chance to do while you were in school?
  • What experiences or opportunities did you have in college or earlier in life that had the most impact on your life and/or career?
  • What was your first job out of school?
  • What was the best and worst part of this role?

 

Professional Skills – Networking

“The Most Powerful Words to Use During Your Interview”

 

 

From Around the Web

27 Good Word Habits for a Successful Career from The Balance

Be Productive, Have Job Satisfaction, and Get Along With Your Boss and Coworkers

 

 

Your Mentoring Experience

MAY 2018 COMMENCEMENT

Congratulations to our 65+ graduating mentees! If you will be graduating in May, you will be receiving an email invitation to the College of Human Ecology’s Honors Reception in the coming weeks.

 

PRE-MEETING FORMS

To help guide conversation and give you a road map for your mentoring meetings, we have developed a pre-meeting questionnaire designed to prepare mentors for their next meeting with their mentee. The use of these forms is optional. Mentors should provide this form to their mentee if they would like them to fill it out prior to a meeting. If you have any questions or need a copy of the questionnaire, please email austin33@k-state.edu.

 

POST MEETING SURVEYS

We encourage all of our mentors and mentees to complete the post-meeting surveys following each monthly meeting. Your responses are to be based on your most recent meeting with your mentor/mentee.

 

TRAVEL GRANT AVAILABLE FOR MENTEES

Students participating in the Professional Mentoring Program may be eligible for funds to travel and visit their mentors. Visit the Travel Grant webpage or contact Austin Anderson (austin33@k-state.edu) for more information.

 

 

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Mentor Monday – March 19, 2018

Throughout the academic year, we will feature our professional mentors through a series of #MentorMonday blog posts. Stay tuned to learn more about these alumni and friends of Kansas State University and the College of Human Ecology!

This week’s featured mentor is Jeanne Copeland, Regional Clinical Director and Speech Language Pathologist at Genesis Rehabilitation Services.

 


Jeanne Copeland – M.S., CCC-SLP

Degree/Year/College or University:
B.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders / 1998 / Kansas State University
M.S. in Speech Language Pathology / 2000 / Kansas State University

Current Job Title and Location:
Regional Clinical Director and Speech Language Pathologist at Genesis Rehabilitation Services


Talk briefly about your experiences in the College of Human Ecology at K-State. Specific major, any clubs you were involved in, memories that stick out to you and how your degree prepared you for your career
:

I loved my time as both an undergraduate and a graduate student in the College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University.  As an undergraduate, I became involved in the Kansas State Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (KSSSLHA) and volunteered to help with K-State Open House, which was always such a fun experience. As a graduate student, I worked closely with all of my professors as they provided mentorship and guidance when working with a variety of clients in the Speech and Hearing Clinic.  Prior to graduation, speech-language pathology graduate students complete two, twelve-week practicums in the school and medical settings with clinical instructors in the field.  Thanks to my learning experiences at K-State, I was well-prepared to accept the challenges I encountered during my practicum placements.  Since my graduation, I have served as a clinical instructor for more than ten graduate students from KSU, and have found them to be exceptional students and clinicians.

 

Please explain your current job position and how long you have been in that role/with the company?

After 15 years of being a staff speech-language pathologist and Assistant Director of Rehab in various settings, I transitioned into my current role as a Regional Clinical Director for Genesis Rehabilitation Services.  I am one of four SLPs with this title in Genesis’ West Territory, which spans from Ohio and Michigan west through Hawaii. Together with a team of ten other Physical and Occupational Therapists who are also Regional Clinical Directors, we provide leadership and guidance for clinicians throughout the geography to deliver high-quality and compassionate therapy services.  My areas of clinical expertise include cognitive-communication disorders and dementia, as well as interprofessional collaboration for the treatment of individuals with medical complexities.

 

Touch on the benefits of a mentor/mentee relationship and the big takeaway(s) you’ve had through the program.

This relationship is very valuable to me as a mentor because it helps me understand and remember what young professionals just getting ready to enter the field are concerned about and need to know prior to their transition into their first job as a speech-language pathologist.  As a mentor, I am striving to develop the student’s understanding of the importance of advocacy for our patients and our professions very early on in their career path.  I consider this part of our job to be priority #1 as we move forward in the current health care environment.


If you could give college students once piece of professional advice, what would it be?

As you move forward in your career, continue to seek out opportunities for professional growth similar to the K-State Professional Mentoring program.  During job interviews, ask what opportunities are available through that company and use the information to help you make decisions about where you choose to work.  As the opportunities evolve, say “yes” more than “no” and you’ll be surprised at where life will take you!

 

 

 

Mentor Monday – March 5, 2018

Throughout the academic year, we will feature our professional mentors through a series of #MentorMonday blog posts. Stay tuned to learn more about these alumni and friends of Kansas State University and the College of Human Ecology!

This week’s featured mentor is Kristi Thaete, Director of Nutrition Services at Children’s Mercy Kansas City.

 


Kristi Thaete – MS, RD, LD, CNSC

Degree/Year/College or University:
B.S. in Dietetics / 2002 / Kansas State University
M.S. in Dietetics / 2007 / University of Kansas Medical Center

Current Job Title and Location:
Director of Nutrition Services, Children’s Mercy Kansas City


Talk briefly about your experiences in the College of Human Ecology at K-State. Specific major, any clubs you were involved in, memories that stick out to you and how your degree prepared you for your career
:

I had a great experience in the College of Human Ecology!  I have very fond memories of my time at K-State. I was involved in the Student Dietetic Association and Alpha Xi Delta. Dr. Deb Canter was my advisor and she always provided supportive guidance to any question or need that I had. I completed my internship requirements through the coordinated program in Dietetics which was such a blessing for me at the time because it allowed me to complete my requirements while also staying close to home. I was able to complete the internship with the guidance and support of the program.

 

Please explain your current job position and how long you have been in that role/with the company?

I am the Director of Nutrition Services at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. I oversee all of the Clinical Dietitians in our hospital system. We are fortunate to have a robust staff of over 45 Dietitians working at eight different locations each day. I have been in the Director position for three years now and have worked at CMH for almost 10 years. I feel extremely proud to work for an organization that values Dietitians in the way Children’s Mercy does. Clinical Dietitians are an equal part of the multidisciplinary care team which help improve the care of children each day. Our Dietitians are passionate about children and helping them grow to be the best they can be.

 

Touch on the benefits of a mentor/mentee relationship and the big takeaway(s) you’ve had through the program.

I am just getting started with the mentoring program and l look forward to learning more and more as the months go on. I see a few of the big takeaways as an opportunity to connect with students as they are the future of the workforce so developing a strong relationship can help our business stay current with students and their needs as they are finishing their program. I also see an opportunity to provide guidance to someone who I may be working with someday.


If you could give college students once piece of professional advice, what would it be?

Be confident and share your experience. Employers want to know why you are the best candidate and past experiences are a good indicator of your best skills.

 

 

 

Mentoring Connection – February 2018 Newsletter

 

Campus Connection – Human Ecology Student Events & Announcements

  • Business Career Fair | Feb 21 | 11am – 4pm | Union Ballroom (open to all majors, AT encouraged to attend)
  • Design Expo | March 2 | 10am – 3pm | Hilton Garden Inn (Interior Design students only)
  • Education On Campus Interviews | March 5 | 8:30am – 4pm | Bramlage Coliseum (ECE, CSD and FACS students)
  • Spring Break | March 19 – 23

 

“In Your Experience…” – Monthly Discussion Questions for Mentoring Pairs

  • What factors do you consider most often when planning for the future?
  • If you could start your career over, what is one thing you would do differently?
  • Do you have any recommendations for useful courses to take or extracurricular activities to be involved in?
  • Do you see any ongoing trends or developments that will affect careers in this field?

 

Professional Skills – Networking

“7 Questions to Ask Yourself to Pick a Fulfilling Career.”

 

From Around the Web

Are You a Problem Solver? from The Balance

Why problem solving is an essential skill for your career.

 

 

Your Mentoring Experience – Travel Grant

While long-distance mentoring relationships are highly valuable, meeting face-to-face can assist in strengthening long-lasting professional mentoring relationships for both mentors and mentees. Students participating in the Professional Mentoring Program may be eligible for funds to travel and visit their mentors. Visit the Travel Grant webpage or contact Austin Anderson (austin33@k-state.edu) for more information.

 

Program Updates – Gathering Feedback

We encourage all of our mentors and mentees to complete the post-meeting surveys following each monthly meeting. These surveys are six questions long, and are to be based on your most recent meeting with your mentor/mentee. Links to mentor and mentee specific surveys can be found below. If you have any questions, please email austin33@k-state.edu.

 

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Mentoring Connection – January 2018 Newsletter

 

Campus Connection – Human Ecology Student Events & Announcements

  • Apply for Professional or Graduate School Info Session | Jan 30 | 5:30-7pm | Justin 163 (open to all majors)
  • Fine Tuning Your Resume | Feb 15 | 4-5:30pm | Justin 166 (open to all majors)
  • Business Career Fair | Feb 21 | 11am – 4pm | Union Ballroom (open to all majors, AT encouraged to attend)

 

“In Your Experience…” – Monthly Discussion Questions for Mentoring Pairs

  • What were the biggest challenges you faced in your first year of employment following college/graduate school?
  • How did you choose to take your current job over other opportunities you may have had at the time?
  • How do you manage stress in the workplace?

 

Professional Skills – Networking

“Five Tips for a Successful Networking Meeting.”

 

From Around the Web

Tips to Make a Better LinkedIn Profile from The Balance

Tips to make your LinkedIn profile stand out from the crowd.

 

 

Your Mentoring Experience – Travel Grant

While long-distance mentoring relationships are highly valuable, meeting face-to-face can assist in strengthening long-lasting professional mentoring relationships for both mentors and mentees. Students participating in the Professional Mentoring Program may be eligible for funds to travel and visit their mentors. Visit the Travel Grant webpage or contact Austin Anderson (austin33@k-state.edu) for more information.

 

Program Updates – Gathering Feedback

We encourage all of our mentors and mentees to complete the post-meeting surveys following each monthly meeting. These surveys are six questions long, and are to be based on your most recent meeting with your mentor/mentee. Links to mentor and mentee specific surveys can be found below. If you have any questions, please email austin33@k-state.edu.

 

Stay Connected

 

Mentor Monday – November 27, 2017

Throughout the fall and spring semesters, we will feature our professional mentors through a series of #MentorMonday blog posts. Stay tuned to learn more about these alumni and friends of Kansas State University and the College of Human Ecology!

This week’s featured mentor is Jamie Bosse, Financial Planner at KHC Wealth Management.

Degree/Year/College or University:
B.S. Personal Financial Planning / 2004 / K-State
Minor in Business Administration / 2004 / K-State

Current Job Title and Location:
Financial Planner, KHC Wealth Management


Talk briefly about your experiences in the College of Human Ecology at K-State. Specific major, any clubs you were involved in, memories that stick out to you and how your degree prepared you for your career
:

While at Kansas State, I majored in Personal Financial Planning through the College of Human Ecology and earned a minor in Business Administration.  One thing that sticks out to me is how involved the faculty and staff were in my success.  The Financial Planning major was a pretty tight-knit group and everyone worked together to network, combine resources, and maximize opportunities.  The faculty was always presenting us with ways to connect to seasoned professionals for internships, shadowing experiences, and job opportunities.

 

Please explain your current job position and how long you have been in that role/with the company?

I am currently a Financial Planner with KHC Wealth Management.  I have been doing financial planning since I graduated, but I have been with KHC since 2013.  In my role, I meet with clients to talk about their financial goals, anticipate any potential obstacles and help them put a plan together to reach them.  Some of those goals include paying off debt, saving for retirement, planning to fund their children’s college education, and saving for major purchases like buying a home or planning a big vacation.  I continue to work with clients through the many transitions life can bring – marriage, divorce, starting a family, moving, changing jobs, climbing the corporate ladder, and planning for retirement.  It is an extremely rewarding career to help people reach their goals and better their financial lives.

 

Touch on the benefits of a mentor/mentee relationship and the big takeaway(s) you’ve had through the program.

I have had the pleasure of working with two mentees so far in the College of Human Ecology mentorship program.  It is really fun for me to get to know them and hear how things have changed and grown at Kansas State and in the Personal Financial Planning Major.  I enjoy giving back and hope that sharing my experience helps them to be successful in some way.


If you could give college students once piece of professional advice, what would it be?

Network and get involved!  I always signed up for the extracurricular activities within the financial planning major and that really set me apart when it came time to look for a career.  Employers want to know that you will put forth the extra effort and make the commitment to be successful.  Through extra involvement, the professors get to know you on a deeper level, so they are more apt to recommend you to potential employers and be a reference for you. Network every chance you get!  You know that old saying, “It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know”?  There is definitely some truth to that!  I attended several industry events and conferences when I was a student that led to connections that eventually ended in job offers.  Take advantage of all of the things available to you as a student – the mentorship program, mock interviews, tagging along with a professor to a conference.  Ask to do informational interviews with professionals in the area and get their take on your industry.  Read industry magazines and blog postings to see what the hot topics are and what experienced professionals are talking about.  There are many different avenues that you can take in most majors, so explore as many options as you can and get to know as many people as you can.

 

 

 

Mentoring Connection – November 2017 Newsletter

 

Campus Connection – Human Ecology Student Events & Announcements

 

 

“In Your Experience…” – Monthly Discussion Questions for Mentoring Pairs

  • How did you land your current job?
  • Think back to five years ago, did you envision this is where you would be?
  • What is the most important leadership lesson you have learned and how is it valuable?
  • What new skills do I need to move forward in this industry?

 

Professional Skills – Networking

“NetWORTHing – Tips on How to Network Effectively.”

 

From Around the Web

What Mentors Wish Their Mentees Knew from Harvard Business Review

Knowing what you need is the first step; finding the right person is the second.

Your Mentoring Experience – Travel Grant

While long-distance mentoring relationships are highly valuable, meeting face-to-face can assist in strengthening long-lasting professional mentoring relationships for both mentors and mentees. Students participating in the Professional Mentoring Program may be eligible for funds to travel and visit their mentors. Visit the Travel Grant webpage for more information.

 

Program Updates – Gathering Feedback

We encourage all of our mentors and mentees to complete the post-meeting surveys following each monthly meeting. These surveys are six questions long, and are to be based on your most recent meeting with your mentor/mentee. Links to mentor and mentee specific surveys can be found below. If you have any questions, please email austin33@k-state.edu.

 

Stay Connected

 

Mentor Monday – November 13, 2017

Throughout the fall and spring semesters, we will feature our professional mentors through a series of #MentorMonday blog posts. Stay tuned to learn more about these alumni and friends of Kansas State University and the College of Human Ecology!

This week’s featured mentor is Lana Hock, Senior Investment Consultant and Vice President with the Hock Group in Phoenix, Arizona.

Degree/Year/College or University:
BS / 1999 / Kansas State University, College of Business

Current Job Title and Location:
Senior Investment Consultant/Vice President, The Hock Group

Experience and Expertise:

Lana is a graduate of Kansas State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional, a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA), and a Qualified Plan Financial Consultant (QPFC). She is a member of the Institute of Divorce Financial Analysts, the National Association of Plan Advisors, and the American Mensa Society.

In 2007, Institutional Investor News cited Lana as one of 20 “Rising Stars of Wealth Management.” After spending the majority of her career as a partner with a nationally recognized independent investment advisory firm, Lana joined Baird, an affiliation that more closely aligned the team with the sophisticated resources her clients have come to expect. In 2014, Lana formed her own team at Baird, The Hock Group, with a focus on comprehensive wealth management for the modern family, small business retirement plans services, and divorce financial planning.

http://www.thehockgroup.com/ecard.cfm?ID=633663

Touch on the benefits of a mentor/mentee relationship and the big takeaway(s) you’ve had through the program.

I enjoy the opportunity to share my insight with students interested in my profession. I feel it is one of the more stressful yet rewarding careers available, specifically for me to encourage young women to pursue.

 

If you could give college students once piece of professional advice, what would it be?

Be diligent and relentless in your pursuit of what you want.

 

 

 

Mentoring Connection – October 2017 Newsletter

Campus Connection – Human Ecology Student Events & Announcements

 

Program Updates – Gathering Feedback

We encourage all of our mentors and mentees to complete the post-meeting surveys following each monthly meeting. These surveys are six questions long, and are to be based on your most recent meeting with your mentor/mentee. Links to mentor and mentee specific surveys can be found below. If you have any questions, please email austin33@k-state.edu.

 

“In Your Experience…” – Monthly Discussion Questions for Mentoring Pairs

  • How have you handled failure or setbacks in your career?
  • How do you encourage innovative ideas in your workplace?
  • How does your organization handle social media policies and representation?

 

Professional Skills – Organizing the Job Search

“Organizing the job search can help students keep on top of everything.”

 

From Around the Web

Mentorship Is Key to Career Success for Young Professionals
from Forbes

Ensure that you get the most out of your mentoring relationship.

 

Your Mentoring Experience – College of Human Ecology Hospitality Tent Events in Cat Town

Join the College of Human Ecology in Cat Town starting two hours prior to kickoff at the October 21 K-State Football game vs. Oklahoma and the November 11 game against West Virginia. These tailgates are open to all current Human Ecology students and alumni/friends of the college (including all current mentors and mentees). These events are a great opportunity for you to connect with the Human Ecology family and to get together with your mentor/mentee. Admission is free and no reservation is necessary.

 

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Mentor Monday – September 25, 2017

Throughout the fall and spring semesters, we will feature our professional mentors through a series of #MentorMonday blog posts. Stay tuned to learn more about these alumni and friends of the College of Human Ecology!

This week’s featured mentor is Katie Kage, an Assistant Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Northern Colorado.

Degree/Year/College or University:
BS/2008/Kansas State University
MS/2010/University of Nebraska-Lincoln
PhD/2012/University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Current Job Title and Location:
Assistant Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Northern Colorado

Talk briefly about your experiences in the College of Human Ecology at K-State. Specific major, any clubs you were involved in, memories that stick out to you and how your degree prepared you for your career.

While at Kansas-State I triple majored in Human Nutrition, Dietetics, and Kinesiology and found the courses to be challenging and thought-provoking. The professors in the College of Human Ecology pushed me to think outside the box and helped to develop big picture thinking which has led me to be successful in the health field. I quickly got involved on campus through the student organization Sensible Nutrition And body image Choices (S.N.A.C.) by becoming a peer educator and felt empowered knowing I was making a difference on campus. The innovative lectures and interactive labs gave me a strong knowledge on the anatomy and physiology of the human body and how nutrition and exercise impacts an individuals’ overall wellness. After graduation, I landed my first jobs as a clinical dietitian at a rehabilitation hospital and a group fitness instructor and personal training at a campus recreation center.

 

 

Please explain your current job position and how long you have been in that role/with the company?

I worked for 3 years as a Coordinator of Fitness and Wellness at the Campus Recreation Center for the University of Northern Colorado where I oversaw Personal Training, Group Fitness, Massage Therapy, Nutritional Services, and Wellness Events. I then switched to become full-time faculty at UNC and I currently am an Assistant Professor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Program. I have been in this role for three years and teach courses for our on-campus, distance, and graduate programs. I teach courses in the areas of nutrition education and counseling, clinical nutrition, and nutrition and athletic performance. I also conduct research in the areas of body image, weight bias, and nutrition education.

 

Touch on the benefits of a mentor/mentee relationship and the big takeaway(s) you’ve had through the program.

The mentor/mentee program allows you to learn from the experience of someone who has traveled a similar path that you are currently on so you can gain guidance and feedback on ways to be successful. Most of the opportunities I have had throughout my academic career has been because of mentors I’ve built relationships with so it is rewarding to give back and help others in the same way.

 

If you could give college students once piece of professional advice, what would it be?

Take advantage of the resources available to you as a student! There are always people and events at your fingertips that are there to help you grow and develop both personally and professionally so jump outside your comfort zone and learn as much as you can.

 

 

 

Mentor Monday – September 18, 2017

Throughout the fall and spring semesters, we will feature our professional mentors through a series of #MentorMonday blog posts. Stay tuned to learn more about these alumni and friends of the College of Human Ecology!

This week’s featured mentor is Jenn MacFadyen, an Instructor and Academic Advisor for the Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health in the College of Human Ecology.

Talk briefly about your experiences in the College of Human Ecology at K-State. Specific major, any clubs you were involved in, memories that stick out to you and how your degree prepared you for your career.

My experiences with the College of Human Ecology first began while I was working as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for K-State Athletics; students from the undergraduate athletic training program were assigned to me as part of their clinical rotation requirements. I began meeting and interacting with a variety of staff which eventually led me to my current position. Both Shawna Jordan and Morgan Rakestraw have been such great mentors and colleagues through my time working with their students and now working alongside them.

 

Getting my Master’s degree in the area I did, as well as completing an advising certificate, really prepared me to make the transition from the clinical side of athletic training to the educational side. The knowledge I gained through the Counseling and Student Development curriculum is utilized in my every day interactions with my students.

 

Please explain your current job position and how long you have been in that role/with the company?

I currently serve as an Instructor and Academic Advisor within the Athletic Training Program. I teach the Introduction to Athletic Training class and lab, as well as a Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries class that is part of the Coaching Certificate offered through the College of Education. I am beginning my third year as an instructor and my second year as an advisor. I work with both students who are in our professional phase and those who are getting ready to apply. With advising, I meet the incoming students over the summer during their Orientation and Enrollment and get them prepared for the upcoming school year and continue to meet with them as they progress through their academic careers.

 

Touch on the benefits of a mentor/mentee relationship and the big takeaway(s) you’ve had through the program.

This is my first time being a part of the mentor program and I am very excited about it. I think being able to guide students through the uncertainties and stresses that come with planning for the future will result in some really positive outcomes! I have been where these students have been, and it truly was not that long ago, and so I understand how they feel. Having some experience under my belt, in a variety of settings, will allow me to provide some different avenues for my mentee to explore.

 

If you could give college students once piece of professional advice, what would it be?

To know that everything happens for a reason. We can spend days, months and even years planning for something and in a split second that can all go array. You must be able to trust in the process and know your education and your experiences will get you to where you need to be. Life is sometimes funny, but always has a way of working out.

 

 

 

Mentoring Connection – September 2017 Newsletter

Campus Connection – Human Ecology Student Events & Announcements

 

Program Updates – Gathering Feedback

Over the course of the academic year, we will be introducing several new tools to gather feedback from our mentors and mentees. Following each meeting, we encourage you to complete the “Post-Meeting Survey.” These surveys are six questions long, and are to be based on your most recent meeting with your mentor/mentee. Links to mentor and mentee specific surveys can be found below. If you have any questions, please email austin33@k-state.edu.

 

“In Your Experience…” – Monthly Discussion Questions for Mentoring Pairs

  • Who has influenced you the most in your career/professional development?
  • How do you practice professional development?
  • How do you manage a balance between work/school and your personal life?
  • What is the greatest piece of advice you have received?

 

Professional Skills – Building Your Personal Brand

“There are many components of our personal brands, and it can be tricky to know which ones to emphasize.”

  • Article by the K-State Career Center: Click Here
  • Discuss with your mentor/mentee the importance of building your personal brand.

 

From Around the Web

Successful Mentoring Relationships Tips for Mentees from Insala

Six tips to get the most out of your mentoring relationship

 

Your Mentoring Experience – Pre-Meeting Forms

To help guide conversation and give you a road map for your mentoring meetings, we have developed a pre-meeting questionnaire designed to prepare mentors for their next meeting with their mentee. The form consists of three easy questions, and has been provided via email to all current mentors. The use of these forms is optional. Mentors should provide this form to their mentee if they would like them to fill it out prior to a meeting. If you have any questions or need a copy of the questionnaire, please email austin33@k-state.edu.

 

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Mentor Monday – September 11, 2017

Throughout the fall and spring semesters, we will feature our professional mentors through a series of #MentorMonday blog posts. Stay tuned to learn more about these alumni and friends of the College of Human Ecology!

This week’s featured mentor is David Hamel, a 2004 graduate of K-State.

Talk briefly about your experiences in the College of Human Ecology at K-State. Specific major, any clubs you were involved in, memories that stick out to you and how your degree prepared you for your career.

I graduated in the spring of 2004 with a B.S. in Kinesiology.  During my time at Kansas State I was also a member of the football team as a punter (2002-2003).  Playing sports my entire life I wanted to stay in the sports world and become a coach in strength and conditioning. I saw the benefit I received from my coaches at Kansas State, and I wanted to give back in helping other student athletes.  My degree definitely helped me better understand how to train athletes at a very high level.  Truly understanding what makes the human body perform at optimal levels I learned through class lectures and time in the lab running tests. After graduation I landed a job in Atlanta, GA as a sports performance coach. I worked with kids from 7 years old all the way up to professional athletes.

 

Please explain your current job position and how long you have been in that role/with the company?

Currently I am the Owner/Operator of the local free standing Chick-fil-A restaurant here in Manhattan.  After coaching for two years out of college I decided I wanted to switch careers and I’ve always loved being an entrepreneur.  God brought me to Chick-fil-A where I went to work with an Operator in the Atlanta area and trained for 4 of my 6 years with the other two in Bluffton, SC.  This December will mark 11 years with Chick-fil-A, and next month I will celebrate 5 years as an Operator. I love what I get to do everyday.  I’m still coaching and developing people because we are in the people business.  It just so happens that chicken is the tool that allows me to help people realize their own goals and dreams.  My wife, children and I love being a part of this great community where we are able to give back to so many.  I believe my coaching now is seeing and developing the potential in each one of my team members.  I want each one of my team members to know they are worth being poured in to, and they can have an amazing future if they never give up by expecting excellence of themselves first.  Helping them to grow and become servant leaders is what makes my job such a joy!

 

Touch on the benefits of a mentor/mentee relationship and the big takeaway(s) you’ve had through the program.

The mentor/mentee program allows for growth on so many levels. I have had the benefit of already mentoring a student through the program that has now graduated.  The one on one time monthly getting to hear their goals and dreams.  It is truly rewarding getting to see the struggles that they face going through college, and then navigating with them as they approach life after college with their career.  It definitely stretches you as a mentor to make sure you are engaging deeply with the mentee so that they can benefit greatly and be put on a course of leading from the front.

 

If you could give college students once piece of professional advice, what would it be?

Never give up and always have a growth mindset.  If you are not growing yourself, then you cannot grow others and help the business grow that you are a part of.  When we give up we stop learning, and then we become complacent and mediocrity sets in.  We must be life long learners and inspire others to excellence.

 

 

 

Travel Grant Recap – Kaley Dick (Dietetics)

My name is Kaley Dick and I am a senior at Kansas State University studying Dietetics. I have been part of the mentoring program for about a year. This last fall, I was matched up with Ruth Stemler as my mentor. Over the year we talked monthly and got to know each other’s passions, career paths, and future plans. This last summer through the mentoring travel grant, I was able to get out of Kansas to visit Ruth. Ruth currently lives in Colorado so I hopped in my car and made a 7-hour drive to see her!

Ruth Stemler is a former Wildcat! She was part of the first class to graduate in Dietetics from Kansas State University. Ever since then there is not much that she has not done in her dietetics career. While I was out in Colorado, I had the opportunity to volunteer with Cooking Matters and network within the Denver area. Before Ruth had retired, she was the director at Cooking Matters. Cooking Matters is part of an organization that is the same as “No Kid Goes Hungry” or “Share Our Strength.” While volunteering for Cooking Matters, I had the opportunity to watch classes that they taught within the community, participate in pop-up stands, and go on some grocery store tours. The teaching style is very hands on and interactive with the participants.

I also got to visit internships while I was out there. This is a dream for any dietetics student because internships are extremely competitive with about a 50% acceptance rate.  So being able to sit down with a director of a program was very fortunate. Colorado was not just volunteering and meetings, I also got to experience Colorado with Ruth! We went on walks in the mountains, visited local cooking shops, and even spent some time at a farmers market. One of my favorite parts was sitting on the porch with Ruth and David (Ruth’s husband) looking over the mountains every morning as we enjoyed our breakfast. It was a great opportunity to finally meet face-to-face with Ruth and get to know her even more than just talking on the phone. Ruth has helped me develop as a student and has shaped the way I process dietetics.

I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who made this trip possible for me, whether that was planning, financial, or time!

Thank you,
Kaley Dick

If you are interested in joining the College of Human Ecology’s Professional Mentoring Program as a mentor or mentee, CLICK HERE.

For more information regarding the travel grant program, CLICK HERE.

Mentor Monday – August 28, 2017

Throughout the fall and spring semesters, we will feature our professional mentors through a series of #MentorMonday blog posts. Stay tuned to learn more about these alumni and friends of the College of Human Ecology!

This week’s featured mentor is Chelsey Frihart, a 2012 graduate of K-State.

Talk briefly about your experiences in the College of Human Ecology at K-State. Specific major, any clubs you were involved in, memories that stick out to you and how your degree prepared you for your career.

I was a Business Management major with the goal of becoming an event planner after college. While I wasn’t in the College of Human Ecology, I tried to get in as many classes and clubs in the College as I could to help further my event planning dreams. I was involved in CMAA – Club Management Association of America for a few years. Some of my best memories in the college include going to CMAA conferences. I feel that through the College of Business and College of Human Ecology, I was able to get a diverse training that helped me with my current career.

 

Please explain your current job position and how long you have been in that role/with the company?

I am the Assistant Director of Hospitality and Special Events in the Ahearn Fund at K-State Athletics. I manage a staff of 40 hospitality students that work in the premium seating areas on game day for football, men’s & women’s basketball and baseball. Our department manages all of the sport banquets for K-State Athletics, all Ahearn Fund events and any department events. We also provide tours of our facilities and rent out the West Stadium Center for external events. I have been with K-State Athletics for just a little over four years now.

 

Touch on the benefits of a mentor/mentee relationship and the big takeaway(s) you’ve had through the program.

I think this is a great program and I wish I would have gotten involved in something like this while going to K-State. I have enjoyed getting to know the students that I have mentored and I hope that this program helps these students find jobs after college and continue to network with others in the industry.

 

If you could give college students once piece of professional advice, what would it be?

My advice would be that as an event planner you have to continue to learn after school. This industry is always changing and in order to keep up, you have to stay on top of the new trends and continue to do research throughout your time in the industry. This is a very unique profession and it will always be changing so it is crucial to never stop learning.

 

 

 

Mentor Monday – August 21, 2017

Throughout the fall and spring semesters, we will feature our professional mentors through a series of #MentorMonday blog posts. Stay tuned to learn more about these alumni and friends of the College of Human Ecology!

This week’s featured mentor is Kyra Dreiling, a 2005 graduate of K-State.

Talk briefly about your experiences in the College of Human Ecology at K-State. Specific major, any clubs you were involved in, memories that stick out to you and how your degree prepared you for your career.
I’m a 2005 graduate of the Apparel & Textiles department with a B.S. in Apparel Marketing. I was an active member of the Apparel, Textiles and Interior Design Alliance (ATID) while at K-State, which helped prepare me with industry experience by facilitating company tours, guest speakers, and helping in the Spring student exhibition and fashion show. My degree helped me learn about many specializations of the apparel industry such as sourcing and globalization, textiles, marketing and, of course, retailing. This made me an overall well rounded candidate when entering the job market!

 

Please explain your current job position and how long you have been in that role/with the company?
I am currently the Director of Retail at GTM Sportswear in Manhattan, KS. I actually started with the company one week after graduation and the rest is history! My career with GTM began in Customer Service and then Sales. A few years into my GTM career, I found myself with the opportunity to move into an Associate Buyer role in our Retail department leading the K-State Super Stores and a few other existing brands. I’ve worked my way through the Retail division to my current role of Director which I’ve held for the past 5 years.

 

Touch on the benefits of a mentor/mentee relationship and the big takeaway(s) you’ve had through the program.
I see the major benefits of a mentor/mentee relationship being that the mentee gets to network regularly with an industry professional who can share knowledge that you just won’t receive in the classroom; from detailed specific job assignments, to professional conduct, and all the way to work life balance. The mentor of course receives a fresh look at their industry through a student’s eyes and quality time sharing knowledge and reflection! I know I always enjoy sharing stories and experiences as doing so helps me stay humble and reminds me how much I’ve accomplished since graduation!

 

If you could give college students one piece of professional advice, what would it be?
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