photo 1Students are often encouraged to participate in numerous activities, organizations and events while in college to gain an edge over their peers. The desire to be active and maintain a high GPA while also preparing for a successful future can be a daunting task. Josh Swain, business management ’15, from Bluffton, SC, wanted to find a way to gain quality experience and a leading edge.

Swain discovered the Tiger Ties Mentorship Program in the College of Business and Behavioral Science through a workshop in his residence hall.

“The opportunity to be paired with a professional provided a chance for me to gain experience in a prospective field and start building my network,” Swain stated. Since deciding to participate in Tiger Ties, Swain has been paired with the same mentor for the past two years, Gregg Morton, administrative management ’78.

Mentees of the program all have their own personal goals and are encouraged to discuss their goals and action plans with their assigned mentor. One of Swain’s personal goals was to increase his networking skills.

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“The experience has been especially rewarding since I’ve be able to help Josh with his goal of learning how to network. He has natural networking skills and just needed the correct forum. I was able to help provide that forum,” said Morton.

Since discussing their goals, they have attended several networking events, including chamber of commerce socials, which have provided the opportunity to learn how to effectively build a network.

“More importantly, this program has really instilled in me what it means to be a Clemson student and one day a graduate of Clemson University,” said Swain. Swain expressed that one of his favorite memories is having dinner with Gregg and Cathy Morton and gaining insight regarding his goals and career ambitions. Gregg Morton has also noted that he found value in the mentorship experience, and he is excited about the opportunity to give back to the university.

Both Tiger Ties participants look forward to a continued relationship this semester. Swain continues to participate in the program because of the helpful guidance Morton has provided.

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“The helpful advice that I have received has given me great insight and experience that would not have been possible without the Tiger Ties program,” said Swain.

Swain encourages all CBBS students to participate in the program and to get really involved by asking the hard questions of their mentors.

The Tiger Ties Mentorship Program accepts applications each fall and spring semester. All undergraduate students majoring in a business or behavioral science discipline are eligible to participate. Mentors must be a Clemson graduate who works in a business or behavioral science discipline and demonstrate a strong interest in helping a student with their professional development.
The current deadline for applications is February 5, 2014. The application process includes completing an online profile in which answers indicate the best mentor match for the mentee. To learn more about Tiger Ties, visit the CBBS Office of Student Enrichment website. If you are interested in participating in the Tiger Ties Mentorship Program or have questions, contact Mel Baxter (