Duhawks Helping Duhawks: The Importance of Mentoring

By Tony Diaz (’21)

Tony Diaz (’20) and Dr. Chuck Korte (’76)

Loras College Homecoming is a unique and exciting time for many different reasons, but the alumni and student interactions may be the biggest reason of all. I was fortunate enough to have met with my alumni mentor and friend, Dr. Charles Korte (’76), whom I’ve had the pleasure to get to know and learn from over the past year-and-a-half.

Thanks to an introduction by Bobbi Earles (’88), executive director of alumni and communications, Dr. Korte and I have forged a special relationship. As an aspiring health-profession student, the amount that I’ve learned and taken in from Dr. Korte is invaluable. It has been a blessing to be able to stay in touch during the school year, as well as hold constant communications throughout the year.

For Dr. Korte, the mentorship means giving back to his alma mater and helping other Duhawks. “The best way I can repay [Loras] is to support the college and its mission, so that other students can enjoy the same support and guidance that I received.”

When the Homecoming weekend finally arrived, I was ecstatic to be able to finally meet Dr. Korte in person. Dr. Korte and I got to share our stories, experiences, and life-goals during an evening dinner.

The opportunities we have to meet and connect with alumni is what makes Loras a special place. I am thankful to be able to take advantage of what Dr. Korte has taught me in addition to what I have learned in the classroom. He has taught me the kind of mindset, passion, and character I need to excel in a career in health care.

You can be part of the mentoring program by filling out an application form.