MSUToday
Published: March 20, 2020

MSU introduces alumni-student mentoring platform

Contact(s): Dawn Dolan dolandaw@msu.edu

One of the most valued contributions alumni make each day to current Spartan students is the gift of mentoring. Through a new campuswide mentoring platform, MSU CONNECT, alumni are mentoring MSU students who have shared backgrounds and career interests by providing valued academic guidance and functional expertise.

The process for alumni and students to join MSU CONNECT is easy. Simply visit msuconnect.msu.edu/ and create an account or connect a LinkedIn profile.

Alumni then add areas of expertise and the topics on which they are willing to support student requests, and students can indicate specific areas for which they are seeking help and guidance.  

Additionally, during the registration process, alumni set their availability and contact preferences to align to the time they are able to give to being a Spartan mentor.

While waiting for student mentoring requests, alumni can view and connect with other alumni mentors, join interest groups and join college-level hubs.

For students, they can search for mentors by location, industry, company/organization name or by help topic. They also can join interest groups and access valuable resources for success networking and mentoring. 

Whether they want to explore a major, need help with interview preparation or seek information on a job function or industry, it can all be done from their MSU Connect home page.

Once students and alumni connect, the system’s dynamic functionality helps facilitate the mentoring experience by providing integrated messaging and video conference options, reminders for mentoring meetings and the ability to manage all communication and contact preferences.