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Become an Alumni Mentor

 

Identification Process

If you are interested in serving as an Alumni Mentor please follow the process outlined below. Information about the Alumni Mentor Role and timeline for implementation are also outlined on the USP website.

Step 1: Download this Alumni Mentor Identification Form and save it to your computer.
Please save this fillable PDF form to your computer.

Step 2: Fill out the Alumni Mentor Identification Form
You can fill out the form electronically (through the fillable PDF form) or you can print it and fill it out by hand.

Step 3: Submit the form by email or mail.
Email the form to Mike Lueder, Coordinator for Community Engagement Experiences, at luederm@uwosh.edu. You can also mail the form to Mike Lueder at the following:
University Studies Program
Attn: Mike Lueder
Pollock Alumni House
765 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Step 4: You will be notified when your form has been received
Once all forms have been collected and processed and you will receive an email when that form has been received. View the timeline for Alumni Mentors below for the steps following Alumni Mentor Identification.

Alumni Mentors’ Role in the Community Experiences

The Alumni Mentor’s role is extremely important to the Community Experience of Quest III.  Alumni Mentors’ specific tasks will vary based on their match with a specific course and the Community Experience and Community Partner embedded within that course.

 

All Alumni Mentors will:

  • work side-by-side with groups of sophomore Quest III students in Community Experiences with various Community Partners (see sample lists of Quest III courses, Community Experiences, and Community Partners below).
  • model civic engagement, an Essential Learning Outcome for UW Oshkosh graduates.
  • contribute their expertise to the learning environment during the Community Experience.

 

Special Notes:
  1. All Alumni Mentors will participate in training, with a special focus on Signature Question content related to the course with which they will be matched.
  2. Alumni Mentors may need Criminal Background checks (required by some Community Partners).
  3. A few Community Experiences include a “study away” or “study abroad” trip, providing the Alumni Mentor to travel with the students and professor to accomplish the Community Experience.

 

Sample of Tentative Courses and Experiences (32 courses are expected)

Quest III courses are still winding their way through the review and approval process. By the end of fall semester 2013, a list of specific courses and their Community Experiences will be available.

Global Perspectives on Women and Gender

Community Partner: Girl Scouts of America
Signature Question: How do people understand and bridge cultural differences?
Alumni Mentors will assist sophomore students in the development and offering of a half-day, on-campus Expo for a large group of Girl Scouts.

Leadership in Outdoor Education

Community Partner: Oshkosh YMCA
Signature Question: How do people understand and engage in community life?
Alumni Mentors will work with sophomore students at the YMCA as they facilitate small groups of young people in outdoor activities while learning and teaching about leadership.

Politics of Food

Community Partner: Oshkosh Area Community Pantry
Signature Question: How do people understand and create a more sustainable world?
Alumni Mentors will serve with sophomore students in small groups as they prepare bags for student backpacks and ready them for delivery to area elementary schools; analyze the Food for Kidz Backpack program to assess its nutritional strengths and weaknesses; develop, alongside OACP staff, a “menu” for the backpacks and complete a nutrition profile for each week; assist in the development of a “Kids Corner” at the OACP, where children can use the knowledge they are gaining from the “Nutrition Detectives” instruction [provided by other Alumni Mentors and students].

Literary Landscapes: Ireland (Study Tour to Ireland)

Community Partner: Irish Workhouse Center, Portumna, County Galway, Ireland
Signature Question: How do people understand and create a more sustainable world?
The Alumni Mentors will travel with the class to Ireland, serving with small groups of sophomore students at the historical Irish Workhouse Centre using traditional methods and materials to redevelop the site.

Sample of Tentative Community Partners:

  • Multicultural Campus Groups
  • Oshkosh Senior Center and Evergreen Retirement Community
  • Oshkosh Area Schools
  • Growing Oshkosh
  • Study Abroad to Ireland: Irish Workhouse Center
  • Area Farmers
  • Christine Ann
  • Women Farmers
  • Girl Scouts
  • Veterans Resource Center
  • Oshkosh Area Community Pantry
  • Lighted School House
  • Middle Village Neighborhood Association
  • Fox Valley Transit
  • World Relief
  • Campus Sustainability Office
  • Women's Center, LGBTQ Center, MEC
  • Charter Schools
  • Oshkosh Area Community Pantry
  • Veterans Resource Center
  • Student Leadership and Involvement Center
  • Study Away to Washington DC
  • City of Oshkosh
  • Oshkosh Area Community Pantry
  • Oshkosh YMCA
  • Oshkosh North High School
*As courses are approved, this list will be updated.

Timeline

October: Alumni Mentor Identification Process Opens
Nov. 29: Preferred Identification Deadline
January 2014: Alumni Mentors matched with Quest III Courses
Spring 2014: Training for Alumni Mentors
Fall 2014: Quest III Courses begin with Alumni Mentor Participation

Questions

A frequently asked question document will be uploaded soon. If you have an immediate question, please email Mike Lueder at luederm@uwosh.edu.