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Which groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?
I worked at the Memorial Union information desk, which put me smack in the middle of campus. I spent those shifts chatting up some colorful characters, as well as highly motivated (and good-looking) students.
At the State Press, I went from writing funny columns about tortillas to editing the sports and opinion pages. It was hard work, but I had no idea my future employers would count it as work experience. And once, while volunteering with the Student Foundation, I got to drive Walter Cronkite around in a golf cart.
Which ASU professor(s) made a lasting impression on you and why?
Bruce Itule put the fear of journalism in me; Susan Keith helped me develop the instincts I needed to overcome that fear. Meanwhile, Ron Carlson’s creative writing class kept me from sounding too much like a journalist. Before any of that, Barrett, the Honors College at ASU professor John Lynch made a (then) 50,000-student university feel like a hip liberal-arts school for smart kids.
Tell us about your involvement in the Arizona State Young Alumni program.
I’m the marketing committee chair, so I could go on all day about our social media strategy. But the best part of what I do is hanging out with passionate Sun Devils and figuring out ways to connect with other recent grads.
Why have you chosen to be a member of the Alumni Association? What value does involvement with ASU add to your membership?
I met my wife and many of my best friends at ASU. My journalism 301 teacher, John Leach, hired me for my first full-time job at azcentral.com. I had a ton of fun in college and I’m still proud of the work I did.
All this happened because ASU offered me a scholarship. I can never give back as much as ASU gave me, but joining the Alumni Association seemed like a good start.
What current development at ASU do you find most exciting? Why?
I’m a die-hard Sun Devil football fan, so I’m most excited about the new athletic district. I think (it) will kick our blossoming fan culture into overdrive, and I won’t be satisfied until everyone in the Valley wears gold on game days.
What are three “can’t-miss” ASU experiences every Sun Devil should participate in?