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Villanova School of Business Launches Undergraduate Mentoring Program

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Villanova, PA, January 15, 2014 - The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is launching the VSB Mentoring Program to enhance the connection between the classroom and the professional world. January is National Mentoring Month, and thus provides a fitting occasion to debut the program, which will connect undergraduate VSB students with volunteer alumni mentors.

The VSB Mentoring Program is designed to offer a personalized experience by pairing a student mentee with a mentor in the mentee’s chosen field. The professional experience of the mentors  make them well positioned to share with our students their insider’s view, as well as insights and trends in their industry. They are also able to offer advice on immediate actions students can take to enhance their professional development and future career success.  Through the program, student mentees will benefit from having a trusted advisor and professional role model to support them in making decisions, navigating the business world and planning their careers.  Mentors will coach mentees to grow academically and professionally by offering tips on networking, job searching, leadership and communication.

Mentors and mentees will have regular contact (live meetings, phone conversations, Skype, workplace shadow, on campus events, etc.) throughout the term of the mentorship, which could last through graduation or beyond.  

“Mentoring is a key component of the VSB experience, and formalizing mentoring through this program will further enhance our students’ preparedness to thrive in the business world. I am grateful to all our outstanding alumni who partner with us to help our undergraduates achieve success,” said Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, the Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business. 

The VSB Mentoring Program is the newest Clay Center at VSB initiative.  The Clay Center at VSB is an undergraduate student services center that offers academic advising, career and professional development programs, internships and CoOps, as well as programs for non-business students.

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The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is ranked #15 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922.  Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers of Excellence (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Public Policy Research, the Center for the Study of Church Management &Business Ethics and the Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Center) with each center designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty.  VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit