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Cameron Mentorship Molds Students
1/28/2013
Marty ThompsonThe annual Fall Cameron School of Business Mentorship Program has completed another semester of fostering relationships between CSB alumni and students. The CSB Alumni Board provides the program to supplement classroom education with individualized interactions and professional insight. 

The program matches an alumnus with a student for the semester. Mentors share their experiences and give guidance on interview skills, networking, business etiquette and attire, resume, and career direction. 

Brian Ehlinger, a second-year accounting major who is the vice president of finance for the UST Accounting Society, was the mentee of Kelly Bosworth, president of the Alumni Board. Ehlinger describes the immense benefits of the program.

“My mentor gave me excellent guidance on preparing for both on-campus and off-site interviewing, networking with professionals in the business field, and ways to search for internship opportunities,” Ehlinger said. “She was always available to communicate with me to answer any questions I had about interviewing.  Ms. Bosworth and I also discussed my degree plan and activities at UST.”

Students have the opportunity to build contacts, ask questions and gain skills needed to be successful in the professional arena.  For the alumni, this is an interactive opportunity to give back to the school by mentoring a current business student and keep in touch with fellow alumni. 

This year, the Cameron School matched 35 pairs who met at a kick-off reception. Groups decided on topics to tackle and the best method to communicate, such as in person, emails, phone calls and Skype.

Half way through the program, CSB had a mid-semester event featuring Marty Thompson ‘99, one of two litigation lawyers managing cases worldwide for Hess Corporation, a major oil company.

Thompson spoke on the topics of communication including how we communicate through body language, the way we dress, the inflection in our voice and our written word. She also covered networking topics such as how to make the most of networking, the art of small talk, the value of business cards and how to follow up after an event. 
 
To wrap up the successful semester, the completion celebration event allowed pairs to give testimonies on their accomplishments in the program.
 
To participate as a mentor or mentee next year, contact Sue Klein, director of Development and External Relations, at kleincs@stthom.edu  or Kelly Bosworth, president of CSB Alumni Board, at 713-817-6307.

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Pictured: Marty Thompson speaks at the Fall Cameron School of Business Mentorship Program event.

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