Mentor Program Gives Students Exclusive Look at World Trade Center

Milo Riverso ’81 and 13 alumni mentors from STV Group, Inc., took Manhattan students behind-the-scenes at the World Trade Center.

Taking advantage of the College’s NYC location and its Mentor Program, a group of Jaspers had the chance of a lifetime to explore one of the Big Apple’s most iconic construction sites.

As part of Manhattan’s Mentor Program, Milo Riverso ’81, president and CEO of STV Group Inc. and the 2014 De La Salle Medal recipient, along with 13 alumni mentors from STV, hosted a group mentor experience at the World Trade Center (WTC) in March. The site visit included a tour of ongoing construction projects, including One World Trade Center.

Jacquelyn (Tookmanian) Mascoli ’07, assistant project manager at STV, hosted the tour for the budding engineers, who had the opportunity to tour One World Trade Center from the lobby up to the 100th floor.

“It’s an honor to be working on such a meaningful project,” she says. “Days can get so chaotic, between meetings and numerous deadlines, it’s hard to take a step back and realize the magnitude of the project. Being able to share my experience with students eager to listen and learn, from the greatest college on earth, makes it all worth it.”

The students not only took in some breathtaking views but also learned a few interesting tidbits about the construction process.

“My favorite part of the WTC site visit was probably seeing the whole city from the observation deck,” says Matthew Bauer ’17, a civil engineering major. “The view was incredible.”

The Mentor Program, which is open to all undergraduate students, assists students in making career-related decisions by providing them with exposure to their intended career at an early stage in their education. During the 2013-2014 academic year, there were 150 pairs of mentors and mentees.

By Julie Benns