Attention SILS Alumni: Help Tomorrow's Professionals Today By Mentoring a SILS Student on Alumni Day

Release date: 
August 14, 2000

The SILS Alumni Board is planning something very different this year to celebrate Alumni Day at the School of Information and Library Science.

To commemorate the occasion, and to lend a helping hand to tomorrow's information and library science professionals, SILS alumni are being asked to mentor a current SILS student.

Alumni are encouraged to volunteer to host a student in their workplace on (or around) September 29. Eager SILS students will be matched with willing alumni for a program that will include a tour of your library or workplace and a chance for the student to ask you questions and learn about what you do. Taking the student to lunch is encouraged.

If possible, alumni are encouraged to host their students on September 29, which is serving this fall as Alumni Day at SILS. That afternoon, alumni and their mentees are encouraged to attend a special presentation at 3 p.m. by incoming UNC at Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser in Wilson Library's Pleasants Family Assembly Room.

Moeser will be on hand to speak of his vision for the future and to recognize SILS' current and past associate deans. The Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Awards will also be presented. A reception will be held immediately following the presentation in the lobby of Wilson Library. This reception will also serve as a welcome reception for SILS' new students.

The Alumni Association is currently gathering names of volunteers. As soon as students arrive on campus for the new semester, they will be asked to sign up as mentees. They will then be matched with alumni and both will be notified by e-mail.   

Alumni are encouraged to meet with their students on Sept. 29, but if that day is not convenient, another day is fine. In any event, all alumni and students are encouraged to participate.   

For more information, contact Martha Barefoot, president of the SILS Alumni Association Executive Board. To volunteer as a mentor, send an e-mail to Marcia Tauber in the SILS Office.