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Getting Into College

Alumni Association starts new mentoring program.

Brandon Guthrie

Brandon Guthrie runs a new Mizzou Alumni Association mentoring program for students. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Star Mentors

The following people have mentored multiple students who have won the Mizzou ’39 award.

Anne-Marie Foley, director, Office of Service-Learning (2005, 2006, 2012)

David Webber, associate professor, political science (2005, 2006, 2008)

Liz Brixey, associate professor of professional practice, journalism (2005, 2008, 2010)

Etti Naveh-Benjamin, visiting assistant professor, psychological sciences (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Greeley Kyle, associate professor of professional practice, journalism (2005, 2008, 2010, 2012)

Jan Dauve, teaching professor, agricultural/applied economics (2005, 2006, 2008)

LeAnn Stroupe, coordinator, visitor relations (2006, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Vicky Riback Wilson, retired fellowships coordinator (2006, 2008, 2010)

Brandon Guthrie, BA ’09, of St. Louis is the first in his family to graduate from college. He has quickly become a font of college know-how that flows through formal and informal mentoring relationships.

After graduating, he joined the Missouri College Advising Corps and was stationed at Soldan International Studies High School in St. Louis, teaching students to find their way into college. As a first-year adviser, Guthrie showed a family member the ropes to get into Southeast Missouri State University. Now, the graduate student in education works for the Mizzou Alumni Association, leading a new mentoring program through True Tigers, the association’s student arm.

In fall 2012, a pilot version of the program formed 26 alumni volunteer and True Tiger pairs, based on mutual career interests. “It starts as e-mentoring,” Guthrie says, “and some used Skype, telephones or email. Others took the next step and met at football tailgate parties or basketball games.”

Through two other programs, the association fosters and supports mentor-protégé relationships that help students while keeping alumni engaged in the life of the university. The Mizzou ’39 program, which recognizes seniors demonstrating strong scholarship, leadership and service, also honors their mentors (see sidebar). The Griffiths Leadership Society for Women’s programming includes about 140 pairs of alumni volunteers and students. Mentors share advice on life and work, and the relationships have led to some internships and jobs.

Guthrie smiles as he thinks back to the times his mother advised him, and the smile deepens when he recalls the moment he finally acknowledged her wisdom. Her response was the phrase he now uses when that same moment arises with the college students he mentors: “See, I told you!”