30 Minute Mentors

Tuesday, March 23

11:30 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.

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Thursday, March 25

11:30 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.

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What is 30 Minute Mentors?

30 Minute Mentors is an opportunity for students to sit down with an alumni mentor or an informal, half-hour conversation.

Exploratory students and students who are considering a change can talk with alumni from one or multiple areas they are considering. Students who have declared a major can talk with alumni from that program to learn more about their experience and career opportunities.

What Do I Talk About?

Conversations are informal and guided by student interest.

Alumni will share about their experience choosing a major, their involvement on campus, and their career path.

Students can come prepared with questions about majors and career paths, talk about your experience at Grand Valley so far, or just listen.

How Do I Sign Up?

The available alumni mentors are listed on this page. Use the sign-up link below to select a time and the alumni mentor(s) you would like to speak with.

You may attend more than one mentoring session if you wish to speak with multiple alumni or learn about different majors or career paths.

After you have registered you will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link for your chosen session.

This is a one-time event with no expectation of an ongoing commitment.


Tuesday, March 23

Alyssa French

Alyssa French '11

Major: Women & Gender Studies and Public Administration

Current Position: Sales Manager, Whirlpool 

Current City: Spring Lake, MI

Alyssa was a first-generation college student and changed her major after discovering new options. She was active in student organizations and activities and was a student worker on campus. Alyssa's career path has included bookkeeping, marketing and sales at several companies.

Khadijah Johnson

Khadijah Johnson '13

Major: Public & Nonprofit Administration

Current Position: Senior Project Analyst, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Current City: Detroit, MI

Khadijah changed her major multiple times as she learned about different opportunities that would best fit her. She was involved in multiple student organizations and was employed as a student on campus. In her current role she works on projects that impact the entire enterprise of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Kahdijah is active in the community, working with multiple nonprofit organizations and frequently serving as a speaker regarding public health in connection to African-American disparities and communities.

Photo of Joe Ruffino

Joe Ruffino '10

Major: Political Science

Minor: Sociology

Current Position: Copyright Examiner, Library of Congress

Current City: Washington, D.C.

Joe was initially an exploratory student as he considered which major to pursue and was active in student organizations. After graduating from GVSU he attended Western Michigan University - Cooley Law School.

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Shannon Welsh '03, '05, '10

Major: B.S. Advertising & Public Relations and M.Ed. Education

Current Position: Senior Organizational Development Specialist, Spectrum Health

Current City: Grand Rapids, MI

Shannon changed his major during his first year at GVSU and served as an RA for three years. He has earned three degrees from GVSU, including a B.S. in Advertising and Public Relations, and M.S. in Communications, and an M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education.


Thursday, March 25

Photo of Donald Curry

Donald Curry '11

Major: Geography

Minor: Public Administration

Current Position: IT Technician, Herman Miller

Current City: Holland, MI

Donald was initially an exploratory student before declaring a major his sophomore year. He was employed as a student on campus and utilized the Padnos International Center to student abroad for a semester during his junior year.

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Jamie Munson '13

Major: Sociology

Minor: Juvenile Justice

Current Position: Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, The University of Chicago

Current City: Rochester, MN

Jamie was unsure what to major in until late in his second year. After hesitantly selecting sociology and unsure what his career options would be, he found his passion. He now uses his degree every day in both obvious and obscure ways and looks forward to speaking with students about their passions and next steps.

Photo of Amanda Moore

Amanda Moore '12

Major: Geography

Minor: Spanish

Current Position: Communications Specialist, City of Wyoming

Current City: Grand Rapids, MI

Amanda transferred to from Grand Rapids Community to College to GVSU. She worked, completed three internships, and was in involved with student organizations and appreciates the relationships and support system she developed while at GVSU. After graduating, she worked for the City of Grand Rapids in community engagement and communications roles before joining the City of Wyoming. Amanda is currently pursuing a masters degree in strategic communications at Michigan State University.

Sarah Schultz

Sarah Schultz '11

Major: Advertising and Public Relations

Minor: Hospitality and Tourism Management 

Current Position: Director, My Spartan Story, Michigan State University

Current City: East Lansing, MI

Sarah changed her major during her first year in order to better follow her passions. She was active in multiple student organizations on campus and interned with the Office of Student Life. She current works in student affairs in higher education and believes that the college experience is transformational for students.

Morgan Taylor

Morgan Taylor '11

Major: Political Science and Spanish

Current Position: Senior Research Analyst, American Council on Education

Current City: Washington, D.C.

Morgan calls GVSU a special place where she found her chosen family. After graduating, she moved to Washington, D.C. and earned a Masters in Public Policy from George Washington University. She worked at Excelencia in Education, a national nonprofit that advocates for Latino student success in higher education before joining the American Council on Education where she conducts research on diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. Morgan prides herself on being an out queer woman at work.