Gustavus Mentoring ProgramConnect. Learn. Lead.


The Mentoring Program connects students on campus with members of the Gustavus alumni community. The Gusties Connect, powered by PeopleGrove, platform allows mentees to be matched with mentors and to connect/network with other alumni that are apart of the community.

To join the Gustavus Mentoring Community as either a mentor or mentee, register today. Registration for the 2023-2024 formal mentoring program will open August 1st, 2023.

The opportunity to develop a valuable relationship with Gustie alumni has been a great experience and has allowed me to grow as an individual both personally and professionally.

Josie Schieffert '20, mentee


New Mentee Registration Pathway

New Mentor Registration Pathway

All current Gustavus students are eligible to participate in the program.

Mentoring pairs work together to:

  • Assist in preparing students for the transition to professional life upon graduation
  • Realization that many career paths are non-linear and encourage students to keep an open mind and explore varied possibilities
  • Accept coaching to enhance and develop interpersonal, professional, and leadership skills
  • Assist in building a professional network

The program runs November - April. Mentoring pairs are expected to make contact at least once per month. Conversation starters will be provided to offer guidance on discussion topics.

Current Mentees and Mentors will be automatically re-enrolled each year. 


All students are encouraged to experience the mentorship program!

There is no better way to be excited about the future than to see it in action. My opportunities to watch young Gusties in action have been invigorating, humbling, and joyful. I can't recommend it highly enough as a way to reconnect with campus.

Marshall Lichty '99, mentor of seven years

Student Leadership Team 

This team works in conjunction with Center for Career Development Mentoring Specialist, throughout the year to ensure the program’s continued success.

President - Lizzie Horton '24 - Communication Studies and Spanish
VP Marketing - Ryan Nelsen '24 - Management
VP - Event Planning - Lillian Selberg '25 - Exercise Physiology
VP - Event Planning - Aubrey Mair '25 - Exercise Physiology
VP - Recruitment - Rylea Patterson '24 - Exercise Physiology
VP - Recruitment - Matt Carlson '25 - Biology

Mentoring Leadership Team Job Descriptions


Upcoming Events for 2023-2024

Mentor Registration begins August 1, 2023
Mentee Registration begins August 1, 2023
September 12th, 2023 - Campus Involvement Fair
September 23rd, 2023 - Homecoming Event (11-12:30 Courtyard)
October 4th - Mentoring Overview - Center for Inclusive Excellence
Registration Deadline on October 9th, 2023
 ** Matching will take place the week of October 10th - 13th, 2023
 ** Students and alumni may register after the 9th but will not be part of the initial matching process.
October 23rd-27th, 2023 - Mentor orientation (Virtual)
October 30th-Nobember 3rd, 2023 - Mentee Orientation (In-person/Virtual)
 ** Required for all new mentees in the program.
November 15th 2023 - Mentoring Program Kickoff Event 
December 6th, 2023 - Internship Workshop
January 18th, 2024 - Resume Workshop
February 2024 - Networking Event (offical date TBD)
March 20th, 2024 - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel - Mentoring's Impact
April 2024 - Mentoring Program Closing Event (offical date TBD)


Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.

Benjamin Franklin

For more information regarding the Gustavus Mentoring Program contact Julie Rudolf - Gustavus Center for Career Development at 507-933-7575 or

Last Updated 9/14/23 JR