Alum funds groundbreaking mentoring program


The recently developed History Department Mentoring and Job Assistance program, established with the insight and support of Al Sack, ’71 BS in ED, USN (Ret), has helped more than 140 students with workshops, mentoring events, and classes since January 2013. The program solidifies the direct link between the skills obtained in a liberal arts education and the path to successful a career.


Preparing students

Undergraduates who participate in the program receive assistance in career preparation and making connections between the skills they gain from their classes and their future careers.

Cynthia Haros, ’14 BA English/Philosophy, has benefitted from this meaningful mentoring program. She serves as the Senior Student Coordinator of the Mentoring Center, supporting faculty advisor Dr. Chuck Connell and planning events for the Center.

“My career perspective has greatly improved since I attended the ‘speed mentoring’ activities with community professionals,” Cynthia says. “I have the confidence to say that in five years I will be an award winning news writer, creating and making news.”

A culture of success

This intimate and personal job counseling experience has attracted successful, local alums and other professionals, including Sara Presler,’02 BS, former Mayor of Flagstaff; Barbara Litrell, Sedona City Councilor; and Warren Sanford, ’98 BSBA, Flagstaff Justice of the Peace.

Danielle Sloan, ‘14 BA History, is also grateful for the services the Mentoring Center has provided. “Working with local professionals helped me to see how my college degree can set me on a successful career path,” she says.

These two students are thrilled with the success of the Mentoring Center, and for the opportunity to help other students experience the benefits of this one-on-one career preparation.

“I hope the Mentoring Center can accommodate even more students, especially to work with all the different schedules students have,” Cynthia explains. “Having more professors and more alumni involved will help us reach even more students.”

Danielle agreed, and she couldn’t be more grateful for Al Sack’s generosity and foresight. “His gift is so much more than money; it is a testament to his admiration of and belief in Northern Arizona University,” she says. “It has been so exciting to watch how directly his philanthropy works to benefit students firsthand.”

“His gift is so much more than money; it is a testament to his admiration of and belief in Northern Arizona University. It has been so exciting to watch how directly his philanthropy works to benefit students firsthand.” – Danielle Sloan