Mentoring Program

A new mentoring program for the KSU Student Affairs Division has been created. Mentoring for Success will pair mentors and mentees across the division through a self-selection process to build relationships, encourage professional development, and establish collaborative practice throughout the division.

The benefits of working in a mentoring relationship include:

  • Opportunities to learn new concepts
  • Gain new skills and compare strategies through conversation
  • Better understand the Division, and identify areas for collaboration and growth
  • Explore various vantage points, and better understand the different realities across experience and functional areas

Interest Forms
You are invited to participate to be a mentor or a mentee for the KSU Student Affairs Division. Simply complete the interest form below and plan to attend the mentoring session prior to our December 13, 2018 Division Social.
Complete the appropriate Interest Form no later than 5:00 pm, December 6, 2018: 
To be a mentee
To be a mentor

Mentor/Mentee Mingle Event Information
On December 13th at 9:30 am, the Professional Development Mentoring Sub-committee will host a Mentor/Mentee Mingle to allow you to network and get to know each other. At the Mingle, you will meet potential mentors/mentees and mutually select to work together. If you do not find your mentor/mentee at the Mingle, never fear. We will help you find a great match. We will also provide a manual to help guide you through the mentoring process.

Mentoring Manual
Mentoring is a strong tool for building relationships and promoting professional development within the Student Affairs Division.  With this in mind, a group of members from the KSU Student Affairs Professional Development Committee convened Fall Semester 2018 to discuss the merits of a division wide mentoring program for new and seasoned professionals.  

The following goals guide their work: 

  • Provide a supportive environment for new professionals entering the field of Student Affairs 
  • Provide socialization for both new and seasoned members of the Division of Student Affairs 
  • Create relations across departments in the Division of Student Affairs 
  • Create conduits for collaboration across departments in the Division of Student Affairs
  • A manual has been created to guide your work.  

Mentor Bio's 

    • ana baida

      Executive Director 
      Career Planning and Development 
      Ana would love to hear from new professionals about their paths and help them find success.  She hopes to provide lessons learned insights and resources that move them towards success. She hopes to discuss career progression, management techniques, and organizational change. 

      • Barbre Berris

        Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life 
        Student Life

        As someone who has built her career through relationships and mentorship, she wants to pay this forward to a fellow colleague in the division.  She offers 14 years experience in student affairs in various areas.  She employs a student- centered vision to provide support, advisement, and advocacy. She believes in social justice through my commitment to diversity, equity, and challenging the status quo. Her professional background includes supervision, creating collaborative relationships, working with students in crisis, and creating, facilitating, and executing educational programs and workshops as well as knowledge of strategic development, budgeting, assessment, risk management and prevention strategies, and best practices for working with a student communities. Collaboration and support as essential in our field and she would love to offer that, an ear to listen, a sounding board for ideas, a shoulder to support, and a lot of laughs and fun to a newer professional in our division. 

        • Colin Chadwick

          Director of Student Conduct
          Student Conduct and Academic Integrity

          Colin hopes to be able to share the wisdom that he has accumulated throughout his years working in the student affairs field. He wants to be able to help his mentee critically think about their career path in student affairs and to reference point outside of their daily routine. He hopes to be someone who can give an unbiased, objective opinion and who can share their own lived life experiences. Colin would like to discuss work/life balance, career path/planning, resume/cover letter composition with his mentee.

          • Judy Craven

            Director of Leadership Development
            Student Leadership Development

            Judy wants to give back to the profession by supporting, encouraging and challenging the next generation of Student Affairs leaders. She offers many years of experience including admissions, counseling, new student orientation, coaching, and leadership development. She loves to listen to stores, share her relevant stories, and troubleshoot ideas with others. She is excited to explore with her mentee their challenges, triumphs, goals, dreams and aspirations to bring out their very best talents and strengths.

          • Director of Strategic Initiatives 
            Dawyn hopes to share her experiences with her mentee in hopes that it will be useful to someone new  to the field. She also hopes to offer assistance to someone with practical information and direction in Student Affairs.  Topics she wishes to discuss with her mentee are education pursuits, forming positive relationships, exploring positions within student affairs, balancing home and work as well as learning how to shine. 

            • Michael Dutcher

              Assistant Director 

              Career Planning and Development

              Michael hopes to work with his mentee on career planning and personal branding strategies. His 10-year background and expertise in those areas will assist his mentee with developing in their career professionally as well as their ability to positively impact any of their campus coordination efforts.

              • Nigel Harris

                Director, Programs and Facilities
                Sports and Recreation

                Nigel hopes to build professional relationships and opportunities for collaboration through this process. He hopes to assist professionals with developing and accomplishing their professional development goals and aspirations. Nigel wants to be a sounding board for challenges and obstacles his mentee may face. He hopes to discuss career advancement, talents/skills acquisition/refinement, as well as leadership/management development.

                • Matt Khoury

                  Student Affairs Assessment & Strategic Planning 
                  Matt hopes to forge a strong relationship with his mentee and become a resource for new professionals in the division. Matt believes that this also will be a chance for him to reflect on his own experiences and provide opportunities for him to learn and grow professionally as well. With over 20 years of experiences in Student Affairs, Matt hopes to offer a great deal of support to his mentee. He wants to help make his mentee comfortable within the division and be someone his mentee can call on to ask all of the little (but very important) questions.
                  • Amanda Long

                    Associate Director 
                    Career Planning and Development 

                    Amanda hopes to meet individuals across the division and learn more about different functional areas as a mentor.  Amanda would like to offer support and encouragement as well as the lessons she has learned in her experience.  She is also more than willing to share her knowledge of career development and career preparation.  Topics that Amanda hopes to discuss with her mentee are supervision, career planning and other general topics relating to Student Affairs. 

                    • Ron Lunk

                      Assistant Dean of Students 
                      Student Life 

                      Ron hopes to develop the future of Student Affairs at KSU.  He plans to provide advice, guidance, and a place to vent and talk through issues with his mentee.  He is open discussing professional development plans as well as professionalism and career goals with his mentee.  

                      • Karen Marks

                        Associate Director
                        Career Planning and Development

                        Karen’s interest in serving as a mentor derives from her desire to assist a new professional achieve career success by helping them to identify career goals, while providing the guidance and encouragement they need to fulfil their aspirations. She also wants to be there to help them celebrate their successes, but also to provide support when fear and hesitation is keeping them from moving beyond their comfort level. As with any relationship, Karen knows it is a two-way street and is looking forward to learning and growing through her interaction with her mentee.

                      • Associate Vice President, Student Affairs

                        Bob hopes to provide knowledge gathered over the years in HE and help his mentee develop skills they can use to further their career. He hopes to discuss topics such as trends, future forecasting, necessary skills and program development with his mentee.
                        • Tonya McPherson

                           Director of Student Activities 
                          Tonya hopes to build a relationship with a colleague who is a new professional.  She hopes to share what she has learned through her experiences as a student affairs administrator.  She is hopes to discuss professional development opportunities, work/life balance, networking, administrative practices (budgeting, etc.) with her mentee.
                          • Nicole Philips

                            Associate Director 
                            Student Advocacy  

                            Nicole hopes to gain insights into the needs of Student Affairs colleagues with less experience than her own.  She realizes that the profession has evolved considerably since she began.  She hopes to grow into a better support or advocate for newer professionals and the students that we serve. Nicole hopes to create a sense of belonging for another colleague by sharing insights into the nuances of the profession and the campus culture.  She wants to offer support based on her mentee’s needs and supporting whatever goals they choose to share. She would also like to focus on professional/career trajectory, organizational culture, navigating campus resources, and work/life balance.  

                            • Michael Sanseviro

                               Associate Vice President and Dean of Students 

                              Michael hopes to gain enhanced understanding of the needs of staff within our division and perspective on how other staff view our work. He will assist his mentee with providing insights into the political nature of higher education and historical perspective on the evolution of our field. Michael plans to discuss future goals, educational and professional aspirations, perspectives on KSU and the division as well as ways we can improve service to students with his mentee. 

                              • Nicole Simmons

                                Coordinator of Mentoring Initiatives 
                                Student Leadership and Service 

                                Nicole hopes to meet more staff, experience networking with others, and share information and insight.  She will provide a listening ear, motivation, making connections and information to her mentee.  She would like to discuss current research, best practices, trends, work life balance, maximizing processes/effectiveness and reflecting on professional goals. 


                                • Todd Powell

                                  Associate Director Adult and Commuter

                                  Todd hopes promote this profession through this process.  He hopes to offer a realistic view of the profession and discuss thriving during change. 
                                  • Tom Yunnuzzi

                                    Executive Director
                                    Student Leadership and Service

                                    Tom is interested in serving and helping others, and is open to allowing the needs of his mentee guide their relationship. He has a passion for higher learning and wants to continue learning through ongoing interactions with another professional who is also interested in serving students and leading educational organizations.