STUDENT SUCCESS is meeting alumni satisfaction as the PSU Alumni Association unveils a new Alumni Mentoring Program (AMP). This software-based career-mentoring program is the latest addition to a growing list of opportunities alumni have to reconnect with the University and make a difference in a student’s life.
Portland State already offers several mentoring programs for graduate and undergraduate students that vary in structure and commitment. In the real world of tight time lines and deliverables, alumni mentors have the ability to select the program that best suits their schedule and, in the case of AMP, even customize their level of involvement by choosing to correspond with students strictly via e-mail and/or meet in person for an informational interview.
The Alumni Mentoring Program was made possible in part through a generous gift from Portlander Ken Guenther, who is helping students succeed through their own efforts.
Becoming an alumni mentor not only benefits students but comes with its own rewards, including:
- Satisfaction of giving back and connecting with Portland State University
- Opportunity to share your experiences and your personal network
- Satisfaction from helping a student advance in his or her career path and development
- Potential for feedback from a younger viewpoint about your current workplace projects
- Opportunity to interact with young professionals who will shape the future of your industry
TOP TO BOTTOM: Alumni scholar Molly Conroy works as a certified nursing assistant and hopes to become a physician assistant. Makenzie Lystrup ’00 got her start as an alumni scholar and now has a Ph.D. in astrophysics. Samuel Arnold, music major, is the most recent alumni scholar.
Student success = alumni success, the legacy continues
AMONG THE PSU Alumni Association’s contributions to student success is the life-changing Jane Wiener Memorial Alumni Scholarship for children of alumni. In helping PSU students, the scholarship also ensures successful alumni of the University.
Our newest scholar, Samuel Arnold, started school fall term as Molly Conroy, our current scholar, prepares to graduate.
Arnold, a freshman from Gladstone High School, is majoring in music with hopes of teaching music. He plays six instruments and is in PSU’s concert band. The selection committee was impressed with his passion for music and his commitment to teaching.
The alumni scholarship was established in memory of Jane Wiener ’69, a longtime Multnomah County deputy district attorney and an Alumni Board member until her death in March 1994. While working for the county, Wiener was instrumental in championing children’s rights and made her mark as an advocate for community service.
Current scholar Molly Conroy is nearing the end of her PSU tenure. She graduates winter term with a bachelor’s degree in general science and a minor in chemistry. She is now applying to physician assistant programs across the country. In addition to her studies, Conroy works at Oregon Health & Science University as a certified nursing assistant in acute care. She is also a PSU student ambassador and a resident assistant for freshmen living in the Broadway Housing Complex.
One of our early Jane Wiener scholars, Makenzie Lystrup ’00, exemplifies the principle that student success equals alumni success. Lystrup went on to earn a Ph.D. in astrophysics from University College London. In September 2008, she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at University of Colorado - Boulder. She is studying the auroras on Jupiter and Saturn, a phenomenon similar to the northern lights on Earth. As part of her fellowship, Lystrup also developed a mentoring program for undergrads in physics and astronomy called Beyond Boulder, beyondboulder.pbworks.com. She is now applying for positions and grants.
The Alumni Association is proud to offer this legacy scholarship, which provides full resident tuition and is renewable up to 186 credit hours. To make a tax-deductible donation to the Jane Wiener Memorial Alumni Scholarship, contact the Alumni Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-725-4948.
Additional Jane Wiener Memorial Alumni Scholars
DEAN SASEK ’98, now an emergency room physician
SARAH WHITNEY HAYDEN ’03, MEd ’04, a teacher at Hammond Elementary in Salem and recipient of the Crystal Apple Award for excellence in education
BETHANY DUBNOW JEANFREAU ’10, an English teacher in Asia
PSU Alumni Night with the Portland Trail Blazers
Watch the Trail Blazers take on the New Orleans Hornets Wednesday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m., at the Rose Garden Arena. But first, join us for dinner and a Blazer meet and greet. Tickets that include it all start at just $27 and are available by calling Blazer representative Blake Wehling at 503-963-3964.