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Mentoring Beyond Graduation

Faculty know they’ve made an impact on their students when they come back as alumni to contribute to their alma mater. For alumna Shauntae Barber, BS Marketing ’04, giving back to Mason means helping students pursue their career goals just as her professors did for her—as mentor and teacher.

Shauntae BarberHer goal is to become an adjunct professor at Mason, putting her professional experiences to good use by teaching future business professionals.

Now a market analyst for the Office of Customer Accounts and Research at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Barber was mentored by Laurie Meamber, area chair and professor of marketing, not only when she was a marketing student but also in the years post graduation.

“Dr. Meamber was one of my favorite professors during my undergraduate years,” says Barber. “I kept in touch with her throughout the years since I graduated. I always wanted to be an adjunct professor so I contacted her to see if I could do a shadow opportunity for one of her classes.”

Once again, Meamber has stepped into the role of mentor to Barber.

Meamber has given Barber the chance to explore her interests to serve as an adjunct teacher and start to build experience in front of the classroom. Barber assisted Meamber with her graduate-level consumer behavior class in fall 2014 and had the opportunity to help with course preparation, learn about grading of assignments, and lead a topic discussion in class.

Spending time in the classroom isn’t the only way Barber has been involved with Mason since graduation. She joined the School of Business Alumni Chapter and is currently a director-at-large. She hopes to contribute by helping to coordinate events and programs that will help grow participation from past and future Mason business alumni.

She implores her fellow alumni to stay involved with Mason and “keep Mason moving in the right direction!”

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Nikki Jerome

I serve as the Assistant Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations for George Mason University’s School of Business. In my role, I seek to connect alumni and friends of the School of Business with a variety of projects and initiatives in an effort to support the mission of George Mason University.

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