Steve A. Mindel '04 B.S., '06 M.T.S.C.

Which groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?
I was involved with the Residence Hall Association and was the president of Hall Council at Cholla beginning my freshman year. It was good to be involved because it gave me the opportunity to be involved in different areas on campus – including facilities and other areas – and I met my best friend from ASU through Hall Council.
 
How did your education at ASU prepare you for your current job or business?
My undergraduate degree was in Industrial Technology and my Masters was in Technology with a concentration area in Graphic Information Technology. I’m currently working in human resources, but my degree was what allowed me to take what I was doing and shift skill sets into my current line of work.
 
How did ASU help you achieve your dream?
My degree was the right major at the right time as not many schools had what I was looking for. Three professors in particular were key and made a huge difference in where I’m at now. Through the program, it became clear what was possible … I was able to get a student worker position with Student Affairs. That led to me getting a job with the U.S. Department of the Treasury that was very demanding and required me to figure out complex situations. I worked in Washington, D.C., for three years as a printing specialist for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and one of my customers was in the human resources office, and she saw the depth of knowledge my position required. When her business unit opened a position in my hometown of Chicago, she encouraged me to apply, so I was able to move back to Chicago as a result of that.
 
Tell us about your involvement in the Chicago alumni chapter.
I’m the current president of the Chicago chapter. I participated in some of the alumni chapter activities when I was in DC, and I have always enjoyed bringing alumni together and sharing Sun Devil experiences. It’s been a really good way to meet new people.
 
What are three “can’t-miss” ASU experiences every Sun Devil should participate in?

  1. Lantern Walk – I like that it’s a rally and that everyone, including the university president, participates. It’s very symbolic.
  2. Getting involved in student activities – That’s a good way to meet with people from different backgrounds, and it makes campus life so much better. Many of the people who are still involved as alumni were involved as students.
  3. Go to the games! – We have lovely weather in Arizona, and seats at athletic events are cheap for students! It’s important to get involved in cheering at the games as early as possible.