APPLICATIONS FOR THE OAKLEY SOCIETY 2017-2018 MENTOR COHORT ARE NOW OPEN. STUDENT APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN IN AUGUST. PLEASE REVIEW THE INFORMATION AND SUBMIT APPLICATIONS USING THE LINKS BELOW. 

THE OAKLEY SOCIETY 2017-2018 KICKOFF WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH (UA VS. LSU) C&IS TAILGATE.


The Oakley Society at C&IS brings together students and professionals in mutually rewarding relationships. These relationships are purposeful in matching students with a mentor in an industry of interest or doing the work of their dreams. With mentors sharing their experience and giving advice, they help shape and define a mentee’s professional future. The program is open to juniors and seniors in all C&IS majors.

In addition to facilitating mentoring relationships, The Oakley Society includes opportunities for mentors to participate in on-campus discussions with mentee groups, host site visits for professional development, join alumni/professional panels, and engage virtually with the entire mentee cohort.

The mentoring program at C&IS is named after Mr. Jim Oakley.  As the vision grew for cultivating the mentoring program, alumni began sharing inspiring stories of how Mr. Oakley had connected students to professionals throughout the years – professionals who have, in their own way, mentored students and helped catapult careers and expand C&IS’ reach and reputation.

Mr. Jim Oakley served as an advisor, counselor, career coach, and friend to students at our institution for over thirty years. Although now retired from his official role at the college, Mr. Oakley frequently visits the school, has established a scholarship through C&IS and certainly remains an active and welcome friend of the college.

The Oakley Society is carrying out its mission built on the strong foundation established by this remarkable individual.

Any questions regarding The Oakley Society may be sent to Neil Adams, C&IS Coordinator of Employer Relations, at neil.adams@ua.edu.

Student Application

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Mentor Application

Professionals seeking to invest time monthly helping direct a student’s career path are welcome to apply for consideration as a mentor. Think you might be interested? Professionals/C&IS alumni will submit a 1-time application, here, to serve as a mentor for The Oakley Society, and will be notified when qualified and appropriately matching students apply. Once accepted, any changes in annual availability may be reported to Neil Adams.