SIGUCCS Mentoring Program

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Mentoring Hangouts



Welcome to the SIGUCCS mentoring program! We are excited about your willingness to embark on this journey with a professional colleague. Our goal is for each mentoring pair to create a learning partnership that will set and accomplish goals for this mentoring term. We will begin in January with a virtual orientation session. You will be assigned an adviser with whom you can use as a resource as necessary; and we will have optional virtual hangout sessions throughout the next 10 months with various discussion topics and opportunities to talk to your colleagues in the program. We will end with a celebration dinner at the fall conference.

The Mentoring Program Overview

  • January - October with a one hour per month commitment, although most mentoring teams communication more often.
  • Kick Off Webinar in January
  • There are MENTOR and MENTEE Google Groups for communication and announcements.
  • The official program ends in October/November at the SIGUCCS Annual conference, but some pairs choose to continue on own!
  • There will be a celebration dinner at the conference for current participants and alumni, so that you can meet your partner face-to-face.
  • The success of this experience depends on your commitment and contribution!


  • Mentoring teams will meet at least once a month.
  • Mentors will work with mentees to set goals for the term and work to achieve goals.
  • Teams will be honest and open and willing to work to establish a good relationship.
  • Information shared will be kept confidential.
  • Participants can attend monthly hang out sessions facilitated by Advisory Board members.
  • Participants will reach out to their assigned Advisory Board member, if there are problems with the mentoring partnership (e.g. personality conflicts, not meeting regularly, no communication from partner).

SIGUCCS Mentoring Guide

The 2019 Advisory Team

  • Max Cohen, Oregon State University,
  • Brian Gardner, Columbia University,
  • Katelin Moul, Dickinson College,
  • Chris Olance, Adams State University,
  • Gail Rankin, Salem State University,
  • Beth Rugg, UNC Charlotte,
  • Scott Trimmer, Cuyahoga Community College,

Disclaimer: This is a volunteer program. SIGUCCS and ACM have no liability. If issues are being discussed that move into policy or legal issues, individuals will be directed to other resources such as their campus HR or law enforcement.