Mentor Program Dinner Honors Professionals Shaping the Future Careers of Students

On Feb. 2, Manhattan College hosted its annual Mentor Program Dinner and honored John McDonagh ’72, retired managing director of JP Morgan Chase Bank, with the Distinguished Mentor Award. 

On Feb. 2, Manhattan College hosted its annual Mentor Program Dinner and honored John McDonagh ’72, retired managing director of JP Morgan Chase Bank, with the Distinguished Mentor Award. The award is given annually to outstanding mentors who have provided several years of their time, talent and energy in helping students.

The Mentor Program enables students to gain insight into their intended careers by being paired with professionals (generally Manhattan College alumni) in the same field for an entire academic year. The dinner occurs once a year to commence the start of the spring semester, and thank the mentors for their help during the year. Students also have the opportunity to meet with their mentors at the dinner and gain insight on industry news, and upcoming networking and career development events.

“Through the Mentor Program, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and learn from outstanding Manhattan College graduates, becoming more familiar with the professional arena, as well as with several careers that electrical engineers may pursue,” says Jose Rodriguez ’13, an electrical engineering major. “The experience has provided me with networking among other skills resulting in several internship offers. I look forward to becoming a mentor when I graduate.”

The College also invited Philip Amicone ’71, former mayor of Yonkers, to speak at this year’s event. Amicone received his degree in civil engineering and worked for both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He was commissioner of the Department of Building for the city of White Plains prior to serving as deputy mayor of Yonkers for eight years.

“The event brings all of the Mentor Program participants together and, thus, provides all with a sense of the scope of the program,” said Br. Charles Barbush, coordinator of the Mentor Program.