The College of Business (COB) at Clayton State University is in the process of embarking a new career development focus program called the COB Major Mentor Program (MMP). This program, which began with the start of the fall 2012 semester, will both provide a sense of direction and assist pre-business students in selecting a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) major that is suitable to their needs.
The COB Major Mentor program is designed to aid existing, new and transfer students in adjusting to Clayton State by pairing these students with an upper classman in the College of Business BBA program. The upper classman will serve as a mentor throughout the semester, and participate in supporting the diverse culture of students at Clayton State by providing resources and one-on-one meetings to assist in social, personal, and academic exploration.
MMP was conceived as a joint initiative of COB Dean Dr. Alphonso Ogbuehi and COB Professional Academic Advisor Sherwin James, who has been coordinating the program from the start. The mentors are chosen by the COB department chairs, faculty, and James. To date, 10 mentors have been chosen: Carl Bostic, Accounting, Atlanta; Nicodemon Broughton, Supply Chain Management, Atlanta; Samuel Camp, Management, Jonesboro; Jessica Delbridge, Management, Conyers; Fatoumata Diallo, Accounting, Mamou, Guinea; Naajiya Evans, Supply Chain Management, Decatur; Brian Garcia, Marketing, Chicago; Tyler Nifong, General Business, Atlanta; Richard Penny, Supply Chain Management, New York; and Travis Tuggle, Accounting, Griffin.
The College of Business has five BBA majors; Accounting, General Business, Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management.
“The MMP is an exciting vehicle that has been designed to buttress our efforts to assist students in the College of Business to achieve success leading to degree completion,” says Ogbuehi. “By pairing existing upperclassmen with freshman and transfer students, we hope to bridge the transition gap that will further enrich their academic experience at Clayton State University.”
“I was mentored by individuals and saw the improvement it made in my life on a whole,” notes James. In addition, I mentored individuals and made a positive impact in their lives.”
“What I really like about our program is that it allows students to know what they are getting in to,” says marketing major Garcia. “This is a program I really wish existed before, because it really allows us to inform the mentee what they're getting into when they choose a certain major. The major mentor for each major are all going through what they will be going through soon. I believe this program is so beneficial to the student body.”
“I would like to be a major mentor because I understand how difficult it can be to choose a major,” adds general business major Nifong. “I would like to pass my personal and educated knowledge of my major. The reason I chose General Business as my major is because it offers a broad spectrum of opportunities and knowledge about the business world. Clayton State University’s College of Business provides an educational, entertaining, friendly and inviting, functional and innovative, atmosphere appropriate for any student pursuing either a job or career in the business field.