Joe Watters '62 B.S.

Which groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU?  What did you gain from that involvement?
During my time at ASU I dabbled a bit in student government.  I also enjoyed being a part of the intramural sports program.  I was very involved with the Sigma Chi Fraternity – (my friends and I) actually founded the Sigma Chi chapter back in 1960.  Over the years I’ve kept in touch with many of my fraternity brothers. Having a circle of good friends that share common values has been very important to me.

How did your education at ASU prepare you for your career?
I was a business major at ASU.  My goal was to join an international advertising agency, which I did.  From there, I moved on to a career in the cruise ship industry. 

I look back at my education remembering the quality of the professors, particularly in the business school.  They were teachers, but some also came out of the business world, so they really knew what they were talking about.  I also think back about the diversity of the student body … (you were able) to get to know and appreciate all kinds of fellow students.

What's your favorite ASU memory?
There were a number of them, so it’s hard to narrow it down to one.  I still remember the excitement when Arizona State College became Arizona State University with the passage of Proposition 200.   It was also fun to be voted Homecoming King some 50 years ago.  I also was very involved in the ASU intramural athletics program, and one year I won the Intramural Athlete of the Year award – that was a nice memory.

What current development at ASU do you find most exciting?  Why?
The stature of ASU has certainly grown over the years.  There’s a saying that I’ve used throughout my career: “Companies never stay the same.  They either get better or worse.  So what are we doing to get better?”  I believe that ASU exemplifies a university that is intent on continually getting better and taking important steps to see that it happens.  I give President Crow and his team high marks for their accomplishments.

What advice would you give to today's students?
Be happy.  And reach for the stars!  Pursue a career in a field that will give you the most joy and satisfaction.  Take a few risks.  You’ll never regret what you did, only what you didn’t do. 

Whatever it is, do it well.  Put everything you have into it and reach your full potential.  You’ll be glad you did.

Year of graduation: 
1962