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■ University Profile: ROANOKE COLLEGE


Editor’s Note: This is a continuing series profi ling Virginia’s colleges and universities.


Maroon Mentors T


Program matches students with school’s alumni by Tim Thornton


oday’s college students may be more savvy than their predecessors, according to Jonathan Lee, a 1995


Roanoke College graduate and the college’s director of alumni and family relations. Technology has made information read-


On the Web www.roanoke.edu


ily available to current students, Lee says, and they are better at using that technology and taking advantage of other resources. They’re also more willing to ask for help. But today’s college students share at least one trait with virtually every college graduate who came before them. “I don’t think they realize how little they know,” Lee says.


That has become one more thing that


the liberal arts college will try to teach its students. “We sort of came to realize stu- dents need as much guidance as possible to succeed in the real world,” Lee says. Lee and his colleagues also realized


Roanoke College’s alumni offered a ready- made network of people who could provide that guidance, so Lee — along with Director of Career Services Toni McLawhorn and Career Advisor Kelly Dalaski — developed a way to connect students with that network. The 175-year-old college’s Maroon Mentors program targets sophomores but also pairs


Kelly Dalaski (left) and Jonathan Lee worked with Toni McLawhorn to develop the Maroon Mentors program.


60 JANUARY 2017


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