Michael Barney '08 B.S.

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

While at ASU, I was involved in the W. P. Carey School of Business’ residential college as a resident assistant and as a member of Delta Sigma Pi, a professional fraternity. Beyond the business school, I gave campus tours as a Devils’ Advocate, taught ASU 101 classes to freshman students and founded Run Devils (a running club). Being involved allowed me to explore my interests, discover my passions and make life-long friends. I also met my wife on campus!

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

My education was vital to my career. The knowledge of financial markets and economics I learned in my classes is something I use everyday in my job. Being involved in extracurricular activities complemented my education and gave me opportunities to use my knowledge in practical ways: dealing with people, working in teams and engaging in real-life problem solving.

Tell us about your involvement in the Houston alumni chapter.

After graduation, I moved to Houston for work. When I found out the alumni chapter there had died out, I volunteered to be president of the chapter and worked with a few alumni to bring back the group. We now have a strong and growing chapter!

Why have you chosen to be a member of the Alumni Association? What value does involvement with ASU add to your membership?

My time at ASU was rewarding and life changing.  Being involved with the Alumni Association allows me to give back, so others can make the most out of their time at ASU. Moreover, the involvement keeps connected to ASU, introduces me to other alumni and shows Houston our Sun Devil pride!

What are three "can't-miss" ASU experiences every Sun Devil should participate in?

  1. Participate in Pat's Run in Tempe - finishing on the 42-yard-line of Sun Devil Stadium is a one-of-a-kind experience.
  2. Come to an ASU Homecoming. The parade and tents on Old Main's lawn are an amazing opportunity to revisit ASU and see what is currently happening on campus.
  3. Attend a home game pitting ASU against the U of A; the energy that comes from Sun Devils fans is electric. Be it basketball, football, volleyball or water polo, watching our Sun Devils take on the “Mildcats” is a true Sun Devil experience.
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