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Pamela Erickson to lead professional mentoring initiative

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pamela S. Erickson will join the College of Human Ecology Aug. 18 as director of a mentoring initiative that will pair students with professionals to help students build successful careers.

Pamela Erickson

Pamela Erickson

Erickson currently is director of academic advising at Washburn University, Topeka, where she also teaches a required orientation class for freshmen.

“Pamela brings experience to the job that makes her a great fit to build the foundation of this important program,” said John Buckwalter, dean of the college at Kansas State University. “We are excited to have her back at K-State to lead our new program.”

She has a Master of Science in College Student Personnel and Counseling and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and International Marketing, both from K-State.

“I am thrilled to be joining the College of Human Ecology as director of the Professional Mentoring Program. This program will provide an enriching experience for our students that will allow them to learn more about the professions in their chosen fields of study,” Erickson said.

Erickson is vice-chair of the Kansas Academic Advising Network and has presented on advising and on reaching under-prepared students on National Academic Advising Association conferences. At Washburn she has worked with the honors program, retention and student experience planning committees.

Previously, she was program coordinator for the National Academic Advising Association.

The Professional Mentoring Program will link upper-level undergraduate and graduate students with professionals in their field of study who can advise them on networking, professional development opportunities and other career-related topics.

“Mentors will offer their time and resources to students, listening, coaching and sharing valuable skills and insights into the professional world,” Buckwalter said about the new program.

“My hope is the mentorship program will allow students and alumni and friends to create lasting professional relationships. This is a great opportunity for human ecology students at K-State to take part in what truly could be a transformational experience,” Erickson added.

The College of Human Ecology, which enrolls more than 2,800 students, encompasses the departments of apparel, textiles, and interior design; hospitality management and dietetics; human nutrition; and kinesiology and the School of Family Studies and Human Services.

This article was posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, and is filed under Applied Human Sciences, College News, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Hospitality Management, Interior Design and Fashion Studies, Kinesiology.