Charla Jo Allen Lee '65 B.A.

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

I belonged to the sorority Gamma Phi Beta and served as an officer for the chapter. I was a senator and secretary for the Association of Women Students. I also participated in the Gammage Hall Council.

I worked throughout my college years, so fitting in work, school and extracurricular activities was a real challenge. But I learned quite a bit about living with others by living on campus in the residence halls and at the sorority, and being involved in the activities gave me leadership opportunities and helped me learn how to be organized!

How did your education at ASU prepare you for your profession?

My degree was in Spanish and education. I learned a great deal from my student teaching experience. Because I needed to finish early to join my husband, I worked full days, instead of half days. I taught in a high school setting, and seeing how two very different teachers dealt with the students in their classes was very helpful to me.

How did ASU help you achieve your dream?

I was the first person in my family to go to college. ASU was as big as my hometown, so I gained the confidence to go places I had never gone, and it opened up a whole new world of being around others and leadership opportunities.

Tell us about your involvement with the Class of 1965 Golden Reunion.

I was originally supposed to graduate with the class of 1964, but I finished in August and there was only one commencement ceremony per year at that time. I didn’t attend last year’s reunion, but I received an invitation from Dr. Christine Wilkinson to attend the Class of 1965 reunion, so I decided to also become involved in the planning committee.

It’s been a great experience so far! I’ve met lots of people from different classes, and made connections with people I haven’t seen for years, including my sorority sisters. I’m looking forward to Commencement — my son will be escorting me to all the Golden Reunion events, and I never got to walk at graduation, so this is going to be like graduation for me!

What are three “can’t-miss” ASU experiences every Sun Devil should participate in?

1. Go to an ASU sporting event. I was an auxiliary cheerleader, so I think it’s important to get involved in the culture of the big sporting events at a university.

2. Participate in a fraternity or sorority, or join a club or some other on-campus activity.

3. Live on campus! I think this is extremely important. I don’t think you can feel as much a part of the university if you don’t live there.