COLLABORATE & NETWORK
These skills become even more valuable as you continue, both professionally and personally. At Seidman College of Business, we developed a groundbreaking mentorship program that fosters learning agility for students and mentors.
Mentees are first-year students paired with Peer Mentors that are upper level students (e.g., junior and senior status).
Peer Mentors are upper level students (e.g., junior and senior status).
They mentor Mentees and receive mentorship from Business Mentors.
Business Mentors are professionals that meet with Peer Mentors.
Mentees + Peer Mentors
- Navigate the university
- Access resources
- Identify interests and possible career paths
Peer Mentors + Business Mentors
- Explore and identify careers
- Help establish work-life balance
- Provide a sounding board for life's questions
- Connect with your mentor or mentee biweekly or monthly.
- Spend on average one-hour per month on the program.
- Options to communicate via text, phone, video, or in-person.
- Thoughtful mentor and mentee pairing
- Support provided by the Seidman College of Business Mentorship office
- Invitations to the Seidman College of Business Mentorship networking and community events
- Satisfaction of giving back to Grand Valley State University and making a difference in a student’s life
Learn More | Hear from our Mentors & Mentees
Episode 1 | Podcast Episode 1 | Transcript
Today on the show we welcome Anna Obi. Anna is a Senior with a double major in criminal justice - legal studies and juvenile justice. Anna hails from Brampton, Ontario, where she mastered the track and field sport of triple jump. She holds the Grand Valley school record for a massive 12.11m leap and earned GLIAC All-Academic Honors. Anna and I talk about why you may want a mentor in your life, how to find one, and how to establish a relationship.
Episode 2 | Podcast Episode 2 | Transcript
Hello, this is Sidney Bachman; I am a Graduate Student at Grand Valley State University and work in the Seidman Advisory Office. On today’s show, I interview the MentorShip Captain Himself: Gerry Cooke. Gerry is Director of Mentorship for the Seidman School of business, an MBA candidate, and a lifelong Laker. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in 1998 from Seidman, founded a club sport, earned the President’s Award, and volunteered in the professional mentorship program since its inception 8 years ago. After 25 years of professional work in public relations and sales, Gerry has decided to return to GVSU to pursue his passion for mentorship. This episode discusses the Seidman Mentorship program, its mission and goals, how it works, what to expect if you join, and the tangible benefits of being a mentor or mentee.
Episode 3 | Podcast Episode 3 | Transcript
Today on the show, I interview Bob Stoll. Bob is legendary at Grand Valley, having served students at Grand Valley for 38 years, under 4 different University presidents as associate dean and director of student life. The Office of Student Life, under Stoll's leadership, expanded to oversee club sports, Student Senate, Greek life, student organizations, and more. Today there are more than 400 student organizations. It has been said, "Often Bob was the first person you see when you arrive on campus during orientation and the last person you see when you leave GVSU at commencement." Despite his busy schedule, Bob always made time for and mentored many students, including myself. Today we talk about mentorship from the Mentor’s perspective.
Episode 4 | Podcast Episode 4 | Transcript
Today on the show, I welcome Grand Valley president Emeritus Don Lubbers. Lubbers served as university president from 1969 to 2001 making him the longest-serving university leader in the country. Lubbers is credited with the growth of Grand Valley and its reorganization from a collection of colleges to a full-fledged university. Lubber's style as president was a combination of community and state government hobnobbing, and a congenital form of an open door, enlightened paternalism on campus. We discussed the legacy of Bill Seidman, who was immortalized by the GV business school that bears his name. Bill was a successful businessman, an advisor to four presidents, and credited with the major role in the founding of Grand Valley State University. President Lubber shares what the university was like in the beginning, his hope for students now, and the role mentorship plays in the fabric of Laker life.
Episode 1 | Podcast Episode 1 | Transcript
The Seidman Mentorship Program connects mentors and mentees, across the University and throughout the community. On the show we discuss how to mentor, be mentored, network, thrive, and excel - using mentorship.