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New Student Mentoring Program Launched at the Beacom School of Business

USD The USD Beacom School of Business launched a second cohort in the Student Mentor Program, which pairs current students with business leaders.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business launched a new student mentoring program, pairing current students with business leaders, to offer students the opportunity to learn about the way business is practiced. After the success of the initial pilot program, the second cohort was launched this semester with 26 business students and 14 alumni/supporters as mentors.

“Our commitment to student success is reflected in many innovative engagements, such as the newly launched program which aims at mentoring our students by industry executives, said Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., dean of the Beacom School of Business. “This program complements several other programs aimed at boosting student retention, persistence, graduation and career success.”

The Student Mentor Program is designed to enhance the educational experience by connecting students with industry executives. Currently in its second cohort, the mentoring program has active engagement from several business leaders throughout the academic year. Students and mentors both benefit from this program:

  • One-on-one mentoring by leading executives enhances the classroom experience.
  • Students learn about the way business is practiced today.
  • Mentors share career advice and valuable insight into the transition to the post college world.
  • Develop student skills to become better professionals and leaders.
  • Students begin building their career networks.
  • Mentors receive the satisfaction of helping the next generation of business leaders.

Throughout the program, mentors and mentees will meet virtually and if possible, in person for a job shadow engagement. The mentors are very dedicated alumni and supporters of the Beacom School of Business and they are excited to share their experience with the next generation of business leaders. This year’s mentors come from the following companies:

  • Deloitte
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Bain Capital
  • Click Rain
  • LinkedIn
  • Lloyd Group
  • Eide Bailly
  • Sanford Health
  • Abbot Downing
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • Washington Pavilion
  • Midco
  • Raven Industries. 


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News