Jane Morris '85 M.P.A.

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

I was a graduate student that worked during the day and went to school at night – so my focus was in the classroom. This was before the downtown campus was started; many of the classes were off-campus, in government buildings and even instructor’s homes. As a new resident to Arizona, this gave me the opportunity to learn about the community and get to know fellow students. 

How did ASU help you achieve your dream?

The ASU "job board " in the student union was where I learned of job opportunities with the city of Phoenix. I began working for the city within four months of moving to Arizona. I retired from the city of Phoenix after 28 years of employment, and continue to pursue my dreams by working at a commercial airport, the PhxMesa Gateway Airport, which is positioned to grow with the East Valley.  The relationships started from my ASU graduate school days continue to help me almost 30 years later!

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

The ASU Public Programs degree program combined instruction from local government experts and full-time professors.  Most students were, like me, working during the day and going to school at night. Classes combined textbook learning with real-life experiences. I particularly remember the human resources classes and textbook that I continued to use even after I graduated.

What current development at ASU do you find most exciting? Why?

The expansion of classes and facilities at the Polytechnic campus in Mesa. ASU saw the projected growth in the region and has positioned this campus to serve the residents and businesses moving into the area. The PhxMesa Gateway Airport has and will continue to benefit significantly from the presence of ASU students and faculty at the Polytechnic campus.

What advice would you give to today’s ASU students?

I would give two suggestions: 

  • Get to know your fellow students. They have experiences that you can learn from and they can be lifelong friends.  
  • Find an internship or part-time job that gives you experience in the industry you desire to be in. It will make the classroom learning so much more valuable.