Tim Agne '04 B.A.

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?

  1. Read the entire State Press opinion page during your freshman economics lecture.
  2. Ask the Memorial Union information desk associates where the Sun Card office is, even if they have a sign pointing to it.
  3. Before kickoff at a football game, sing the last line of the alma mater as loud as you can.
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