Investing in a Network that Connects Us
What does it mean that the Princeton Review recognized the St. Lawrence alumni network as one of the best in the U.S? For students preparing to start careers, it says there are Laurentian professionals eager to help. These alumni represent real opportunities for students. For those attending St. Lawrence, working with alumni mentors can open doors.
Here, in their own words, are two Laurentians who exemplify the St. Lawrence alumni network.
When he was still a student, Miles Crump ’16 met Robert Manogue ’83 after joining Laurentians Investing in Networking and Careers. LINC brings together professional alumni mentors and St. Lawrence sophomores. The program provides structure for establishing connections and sustaining the mentoring relationship beyond its one-year term. Students develop networking and industry skills that help them thrive throughout their careers.
Formed in 2013 with a generous gift and guidance from Mike ’85 and Stacie Arpey P’17, LINC now has 92 mentors paired with 96 participating students. Nearly 200 students have applied to join the program in the fall of 2018.
With proven success and increasing student demand, LINC needs additional financial support.
To serve 150 or more students each year, the program’s operating costs will total nearly $100,000. Building a $2 million endowment or directing gifts to the program’s operating budget would provide enduring support for LINC’s mentor-mentee kickoff weekend in the fall, travel to one-on-one interviews with alumni mentors, financial support for LINC-related student learning and other program costs.
Robert Manogue ’83 is a director of bilateral trade with the U.S. Department of State.
After earning my master’s, I needed to know things that aren’t taught.
The professional culture shaped by diplomacy and finance is complex. There’s no book, no curriculum that details the intricate realities or maps the interconnected world that diplomats have to know.
This is true of most fields. Success depends on building a specialized body of knowledge and insight.
I spent a lot of time trying to get that information. It has been so useful to me that I feel somewhat obligated to offer this knowledge to my mentees. Adults have all these experiences. We’ve gotten ourselves through college and different jobs. We’ve attained a certain position and the lessons on how to do all this are extremely valuable.
From my perspective, students are from one culture—college, with their peers—where they’ve had successes and failures. As they move into a different culture—defined by bigger risks and rewards—they need to learn different rules.
Despite our separate cultures, we speak the same language, just differently. As students transition into this new culture, they need to communicate and make choices that make sense within this new world.
These St. Lawrence students are smart. They’re going to be successful. I’m basically showing them how to reach a high level of professionalism, more quickly.
Being a mentor isn’t hard at all and it takes very little time. I invest a few hours a month and I get these students for life. It’s tremendously rewarding.
Miles Crump ’16 is a junior financial analyst with the Carlyle Group.
I wanted professional experience and certainly wanted to talk with people in a variety of fields, but these things were new for me. So, the fact that Bob contacted me, that he reached out to me, was huge.
He’s accomplished a lot and he’s approachable. So he has a lot to teach and he’s easy to talk with.
I didn’t have access to a business network. I came to St. Lawrence to build one.
Bob got me talking with other professionals, in person and on the phone. He would advise me to call people and ask for help or advice. He always says, ‘There are people out there willing to give you an assist, and support your work, but you have to get comfortable talking with them.’
Bob said, ‘No matter how successful you are, you’re always calling someone to support you.” Even now, I don’t email much. To get things accomplished, I pick up the phone.
Bob knew I was interested in working at the Federal Reserve. He really helped me connect, and eventually interview, with the people who brought me on as an intern. That gave me access to a whole new world.
The Fed helped me develop a lot of skills, one of the most important was learning the intricacies of how financial markets work and how to get information that matters to Wall Street.
I needed help going from an 18 year old to an executive in a suit. Bob helped me get experience and build self-confidence. I wouldn’t be anywhere close to where I am today without him.