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Mentoring Program

Alumni Mentoring Program

The Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing Alumni Mentoring Program was created to help our students achieve academic and professional success, prepare for their careers in nursing, and become active Nese College of Nursing alumni. The program encourages students to explore career planning, college to career transition, and leadership development with an alumni mentor. Our alumni have a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, talents, and interests. Our program pairs students with mentors that complement their interests and professional aspirations. Participants are provided with a structure for connecting with one another but are encouraged to allow their relationship to develop organically. Mentoring is an equal partnership between two individuals who will benefit from the relationship in direct proportion to what they invest.

The Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing Alumni Mentoring Program is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to:

  • Build effective and supportive personal and professional relationships
  • Share challenges and experiences
  • Set goals for personal growth and learning within the mentoring relationship


The Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing Alumni Mentoring Program is housed on the Penn State Alumni Association’s LionLink platform.


The Alumni Mentoring Program is open to all students, with priority given to rising third- and fourth-year nursing students at any Penn State campus.

Students may apply here for Fall the 2022 – Spring 2023 academic year.


Mentors must be nursing graduates of The Pennsylvania State University.

Mentors may apply here for Fall 2022 – Spring 2023 beginning April 1.

Program Commitments

The kick-off event will be virtual and will be held during the Fall 2022 semester to introduce student mentees and mentors.

Mentor pairs should plan to meet at least once a month, with at least one meeting a year being in-person.

Other programs/workshops will be offered throughout the academic year for pairs to attend together.

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If you have any questions, please call 814-863-4039 or email



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