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January 10, 2019 - Foundation to Honor Outstanding Mentors During Oklahoma Mentor Day Jan. 18 at OSU

by OFE | 2019-01-11 14:11:31

Eighty-six outstanding mentors from throughout Oklahoma will be honored Friday, Jan. 18, at Oklahoma State University when the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and its David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative present the seventh annual Oklahoma Mentor Day.

As part of National Mentoring Month in January, the foundation will honor outstanding Oklahoma mentors who have been selected by mentoring organizations across the state. The day’s events will begin with a reception and continental breakfast at 9:15 a.m. in the International Exhibit Hall of Wes Watkins Center, located at the intersection of N. Washington St. & W. Hall of Fame Ave.

OSU Center for Health Sciences President Kayse M. Shrum, the first woman president of a medical school in Oklahoma, will serve as keynote speaker. She will join Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence President Cathryn Render in presenting certificates to honorees at the 10 a.m. Recognition Ceremony in the International Exhibit Hall.

“The goal of Oklahoma Mentor Day is to recognize outstanding mentors from all types of mentoring organizations around the state and to provide fun, educational activities for the honorees and their mentees to share,” said Beverly Woodrome, director of the Boren Mentoring Initiative. “The event also draws attention to the value of mentoring and the academic, social, emotional and economic impact that mentors make in their mentees’ lives.”

“Mentors See the Brightest Futures” is the theme of this year’s Mentor Day, which will offer hands-on activities in science, business, agriculture, engineering, the arts and more, hosted by OSU faculty and students. This marks the third year Oklahoma Mentor Day has been held at a university, giving mentors and mentees an opportunity to visit a college campus and participate in educational activities hosted by university departments.

Presenting activity stations will be OSU’s Museum of Art; College of Education, Health and Aviation; College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology; Department of Chemistry; Department of Mathematics; Spears College of Business; College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources; Health Services; Office of Undergraduate Admissions; the Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music; and the Center for Health Sciences and Osteopathic Medicine.  In addition, activity stations will be hosted by Oklahoma Mesonet and Blue Thumb, a program of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. Optional afternoon tours will also be offered at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences; Applied Neuromuscular and Physiology Laboratory; and the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology’s Endeavor Lab. In addition, mascots Pistol Pete and Eskimo Joe’s Buffy & Joe will make special appearances, along with members of Pete’s Posse therapy dog program.

“OSU faculty, staff and students have really stepped up to make this year’s Mentor Day special,” Woodrome said. “Go, Pokes!”

The Boren Mentoring Initiative is a program of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a statewide nonprofit that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools. Named for foundation founder and chairman David L. Boren and his wife, Molly, the Mentoring Initiative grew out of their shared passion for mentoring and the proven impact that mentoring can make on students’ lives in and out of the classroom. The mission of the Boren Mentoring Initiative is to promote the growth and development of quality youth mentoring programs statewide.

The program works with school districts, mentoring organizations, businesses, faith groups and others to promote mentoring as a positive step toward academic success. Among its services, the Initiative provides best practices, research, mentoring models and training; maintains a directory of and forum for the state’s mentoring organizations; and serves as a referral and recruitment mechanism for mentors and mentees. The Initiative also administers the Oklahoma Coaches Mentoring Challenge, a campaign endorsed by hundreds of coaches to encourage caring citizens to mentor young people in their communities.

Each January, the Boren Mentoring Initiative helps promote National Mentoring Month in Oklahoma. In addition to hosting Oklahoma Mentor Day, the foundation provides access to National Mentoring Month promotional resources on its website, www.okmentors.org. The theme of the 17h annual National Mentoring Month is “In Real Life,” which focuses on real life benefits of mentoring to young people, as well as real life benefits to mentors themselves.

“During National Mentoring Month, we want to raise awareness of the need for mentors and the impact of mentors in our state and encourage Oklahomans to volunteer just one hour a week to make a difference in the life of a young person” Woodrome said. “Mentoring opportunities range from serving pre-K students to young adults and can be arranged to fit volunteers’ schedules,” she added.

For more information, visit www.okmentors.org  or contact Beverly Woodrome at (405) 590-4063.

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