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Editor's Note: Lexi Killoren is the academic affiliate coordinator for Barrett, The Honors College.
Which groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?
As an out-of-state student, I decided to join Greek life my first semester on campus and found my niche at Chi Omega. In addition to singing sorority songs and doing the secret handshake at the door of weekly chapter meetings, I served two different roles while in the house – representing my sisters on the ASU Panhellenic Council and acting the following year as the new member educator. As an upperclassman, I gave tours to prospective students and their families as part of Devils' Advocates. Both of these activities gave me the opportunity to share my excitement about ASU with others.
I also choose to study abroad with Barrett, The Honors College to London, Dublin and Edinburgh. That ended up being the best experience of my college career. Not only did I get to know some amazing fellow students, who showed me how to make money by banging pots and pans on the street corner in Dublin, Ireland, I also spent quality time with Barrett faculty, and I met my future husband on the trip.
What personal qualities do you think were most strongly developed in you during your years as a Sun Devil?
My leadership skills and my self-confidence definitely developed while I was an undergraduate. I came to ASU from Ohio without knowing a single person in the state, which forced me to find organizations that were fulfilling and enjoyable.
Which ASU professor(s) made a lasting impression on you and why?
Dr. Kris Ewing was a wonderful mentor in the higher education graduate program. She really challenged me to not accept the status quo and enjoy the "good headaches." She reinforced my love for higher education and I now I cannot imagine working any where other than a college campus.
Tell us about your involvement in the academic affiliate group for Barrett, The Honors College at ASU.
Barrett is a wonderful and growing place! I serve as the college's director of development. In this role, one of my charges is to build a strong and vibrant alumni network for the college. When I was working at Ohio State University, I was the alumni staff person for a highly ranked graduate program – and one reason that students choose that program was because of its alumni network. I know the honors college has the same potential – and I am excited to help build it. There are very tangible ways our alumni can be, and have been, involved in the college – including employer relations, student recruiting, and fundraising. My goal is to make the alumni experience at Barrett a rewarding one!
Why have you chosen to be a member of the Alumni Association? What value does involvement with ASU add to your membership?
Joining the Alumni Association was a no-brainer. I thoroughly enjoyed my undergraduate experience – and the many people I met along the way. I met my husband at ASU, made some of my best friends at ASU, travelled with ASU, and Barrett Dean Mark Jacobs hired me for my first job out of college. I feel like joining the Alumni Association at graduation is just step one to giving back to this great university!
What are three "can't-miss" ASU experiences every Sun Devil should participate in?
For each person it is different. For me it was attending sporting events – even when the teams weren't having winning seasons (!) – studying abroad, and finding an internship that exposed me to thinking about what I wanted to do after college.