Crystal Keel ‘03 B.S.

Which groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?

Throughout my time at ASU, I had a full-time job and lived off campus, so I did not have the typical college experience. I took one semester to participate in the ASU Capital Scholars program. My time in Washington, D.C., allowed me to experience what it was like to live in a dorm in a city away from home. I worked as an intern with the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, gaining valuable insight and knowledge. Representing ASU in Washington, D.C., was an incredible opportunity which improved my self-awareness and pride in ASU.


How did your education at ASU prepare you for your current job or business?

My education at ASU, including my major in justice studies, gave me the knowledge and tools I need in my current position as senior agent within the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The professors at ASU held the students to higher standards, which shaped and molded my work ethic.  My minor in American Indian Studies allowed me to see the world is made up of a wide range of people with their own unique customs and beliefs. This allows me to better understand the perspectives of people and gives me the emotional intelligence to interact with a diverse group of people.


How did ASU help you achieve your dream?

ASU helped me realize the potential I have inside of myself. I have been pushed by ASU to become a better version of myself, to break out of my comfort zone, and to realize that I can make mistakes as long as I learn from them. The ASU Alumni Association has allowed me to meet a diverse group of people and to cultivate relationships that last.


Tell us about your involvement with the ASU Alumni Association's Las Vegas alumni group.

My first contact with the Las Vegas Sun Devils came when I first moved to the area. I volunteered to become the secretary and was welcomed with open arms.


After taking the reins of the presidency in 2013, I had set two main goals for the club. The first goal was to provide a scholarship for a local Las Vegas area student attending ASU, which we achieved in 2015. The scholarship is presented at the annual Sun Devil Send-Off. The second goal was to grow the Las Vegas alumni group from a club to a chapter, which we hope to accomplish this month.


During my time as president, our chapter has hosted ASU Cares volunteer events, a Tillman Honor Run, networking mixers, football game-watching events, and partnered with ASU Athletics to host meet-and-greets between alumni and student-athletes when the Sun Devils are in town. We’ve found a variety of events allows for a wider range of Las Vegas Sun Devils to participate.


What are three “can’t-miss” ASU experiences every Sun Devil should participate in?

1.       Every Sun Devil should experience the beauty of the Secret Garden on the Tempe campus. Take time to slow down and enjoy the tranquility and connection to nature you will feel when you are there.

2.       Attend a game where ASU is playing the U of A. It does not matter which sport you attend. There is a different kind of passion and energy of the crowd when these two schools are pitted against each other!

3.       Get involved with the ASU Alumni Association in your local area. This will allow you to meet other Sun Devils in the area, network, and just have a good time in general. Volunteering with the other alumni can help you build your resume as you serve your ASU community.  


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