Webster Vienna Hosts Mentoring Program Farewell Event, Student Life Awards

A group of this year's mentors and mentees stand in front of the Webster University Vienna step and repeat banner.A group of this year's mentors and mentees at the Webster Vienna Mentoring Farewell Event.

Webster Vienna’s Career Services and the Webster Vienna Alumni Association recently hosted a farewell event for participants of the 2023-24 mentoring program. 

Webster Vienna Private University (WVPU)’s Mentoring Program, launched in 2021, provides career development support for WVPU undergraduate students in their third and fourth year and qualifying graduate students. As part of the mentoring program, WVPU alumni support the professional goals of students by interacting with them through career-oriented conversations, exchanging ideas and sharing knowledge of career paths and insights to life after graduation. This year, 16 pairs of mentors and mentees participated. 

"Webster Vienna's mentoring program embodies the university’s commitment to nurturing talent and fostering growth. Through alumni-led guidance, our students are empowered to unlock their full potential,” said Nora Binder, head of WVPU’s Human Resources and Career Services Office. 

During the farewell event, members of the program and alumni attendees gathered on WVPU’s campus for welcome remarks by Stefano Cantini, president of the Vienna chapter of the Webster University Alumni Association. Alexandra Deubner, senior career service officer, served as moderator for the event. Deubner interviewed alumna Maryam Yeganehfar who provided her entrepreneurial insight for attendees. Yeganehfar is the founder of Yamyam Event Production and member of the organization committee of the Vienna State Opera Ball. 

A panel discussion featuring mentors and mentees reflected on this year’s mentoring program milestones and takeaways.  

“The mentoring program is a unique opportunity for students to become informed, supported and encouraged by a mentor who has already gone down the path which the mentee is planning to take. This program is more than just about studies; its purpose is about getting insight of the real world by asking questions which you may not ask in a classroom,” mentor Ronald D'Souza said after the event. 

Five panelists sit in front a crowd in the atrium of the historic Palais Wenkheim.A panel discussion takes place during the Mentoring Program Farewell Event. Pictured, mentor Ronald D'Souza shares advice with the group of participants. 
“The mentoring program at Webster taught me a lot about myself, my professional life and about my comfort zone. [The program] gave me the opportunity to meet with a mentor who shared valuable and personal experiences, taught me how to deal with conflict and most importantly how to prioritize and have balance in my life. Thanks to the program, I met an inspiring and powerful woman who supported me throughout the academic year and gave me the opportunity to become an intern at her agency and work with her during the summer,” said mentee and Student Government Association President Zuzana Martinčeková. 

After the panel discussion, Student Resource Center Officer Jennifer Sowerby hosted the Student Life Awards. These awards honor students who have made extraordinary contributions to Webster Vienna’s life and community.  

“This year marks the ninth Student Life Awards ceremony and is a fantastic opportunity to bring attention to the achievements of our students,” Sowerby said.  

This year, the Student Resource Center presented the following awards: 

Outstanding Student Organisation: The Webster Vienna Debate Club 

Student Government Association Award: Zuzana Martincekova 

The Campus Voice Award: Caroline Mauritz 

The next group of awards were presented to students who have exemplified distinguished leadership on campus at Webster University and who have shared their talents in the classroom, with their academic department, campus organizations and produced excellent academic work. These students are kind, ambitious and serve as fantastic role models for the whole student community.  

Outstanding Freshman for 2024: Gus Oswald 

Outstanding Sophomore: Sandra Vujovic 

Outstanding Junior: Mamiza Mucanheia  

Outstanding Senior: Noor Nasereddin  

Outstanding Graduate: Alessandra Floeck 

Five student awardees hold plaques while smiling.Webster Vienna Private University's student life awardees.

Congratulations to all of this year’s Student Life Awardees. 

Webster Vienna is now accepting Mentoring Program applications for the 2024-2025 academic year. 

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With questions about Webster Vienna’s Mentoring Program, contact mentoring@webster.ac.at. All alumni are invited to join the Webster Vienna Alumni Association’s Online Community at alumni.webster.ac.at.   

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