Upcoming Events

Homecoming 2015
Sept. 25 - 27
Come back to campus and relive your Western Experience at the many events taking place.
Visit Western Homecoming


Meet the new Dean
Sept. 25, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The Ceeps
671 Richmond Street, London ON

Alumni and students are invited to meet Bob Andersen, new dean of the Faculty of Social Science.


#HOCOonthehill
One day. Two concerts. An unforgettable Western Experience
Sept. 26
Morning concert headliner: DVBBS
Evening concert headliner: Our Lady Peace

For tickets: visit HOCOonthehill.ca


Western Suits
Oct. 1
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Toronto Region Board of Trade,
First Canadian Place
Toronto, ON

Guest speaker: Peter Aceto, BA’90, LLB’94
President and CEO, Tangerine Bank

Mix and mingle with fellow alumni and build your professional network.


For a full listing of alumni events, visit Western Alumni.

Mentoring

Interested in mentoring a DAN student?
Contact Sarah Dawson, Alumni Career Coach
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Laura Maniago, Alumni and Development Officer
Social Science Centre, Room 9408
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Alumni mentors share expertise

Jennifer Callegaro, HBA’03, BA’04
Jennifer Callegaro, HBA’03, BA’04

“Jenn is a great woman, so kind and very, very helpful,” says Kira Ashwin, BMOS’15. “She took the time to get to know exactly what I was interested in, helped me develop my skills, and connected me with people in my industry. I ended up with my dream job -- and I couldn’t have done it without Jenn’s support.”

Ashwin is talking about Jennifer Callegaro, HBA’03, BA‘04, who mentored her in the new DAN Career Connect program. The program, which launched in 2014, matches second- and third-year students with alumni who volunteer to share their experience and perspectives. During 2014-15, 18 DAN students were matched, and another 18 are starting the program this September.

The mentors and mentees communicate by email and phone and meet in person over the course of the academic year. “The nature of the relationship is driven by the mentor’s availability and the student’s needs,” says Sarah Dawson, the Western Alumni Career Coach who developed the program in partnership with DAN alumni. “Each student has different goals, and the role of the mentor is to help them meet those goals.” She estimates the time commitment at one to two hours per month.

The program is working. Survey results show that student participants increased their ability to connect with people who could help with their careers and their practical knowledge and awareness of what it takes to succeed in their chosen field. Above all, the program led to more confidence about future success.

For alumni mentors, the program is an opportunity to give back in a meaningful way. That’s certainly true for Callegaro, Director of Brand Marketing at Expedia Canada. She says Western alumni helped her when she was starting out, so she’s happy to do the same for today’s students. “Kira and I set some very clear goals at the outset and this helped us get the most out of the relationship,” says Callegaro. “It was really inspiring to work with a young person at the onset of her career – someone who was eager and excited about figuring out her path.”

Dawson says the program will continue as long as alumni are prepared to help. “The more mentors step forward, the more students we’ll be able to accommodate.”

Interested in mentoring a DAN student?
Contact Sarah Dawson, Alumni Career Coach
sdawson4@uwo.ca