Sun Devil Dish: July 2, 2010

Want to get a flavor of Sun Devils coming together to welcome incoming freshmen into the ASU family? Then hear what Alumni Association staff members have to say about two recent Send-Offs!

The Austin Alumni Chapter proudly hosted ASU students, parents and alumni at the Sun Devil Send-Off on Saturday, June 26. The event took place at the home of ASU alumna Sharon Nolan, and 12 alumni encouraged six new students and their families as they begin their ASU experience. A current ASU student from the W. P. Carey School of Business shared her enthusiasm for the university and the high quality education she is receiving. Sun Devils new and old enjoyed the opportunity to connect and reminisce about their great experiences at ASU.

One ASU Alumni staff member headed south for the Tucson Send-Off on Saturday, June 26 at the home of proud parents Kathy and Ray Green. Approximately 40 incoming freshman, parents and alumni gathered to meet each other and exchange information. Our Old Pueblo Chapter president Sandra Bensley welcomed the students and presented the Old Pueblo Chapter scholarship to Lena Snyder. Lena will be a biochem-bioengineering major living in Barrett The Honors College. We discussed the Student Alumni Association, Fall Welcome, Parents Association, ASU Alumni Association, Family weekend and Homecoming. The day concluded with ASU trivia and lots of prize giveaways and a group photo!

Sun Devil Send-Offs will continue and some of the next chapters to host these events for students, their parents and alums include Las Vegas, Newport Beach, Kansas City and San Francisco.

As evidenced by these occasions to connect Sun Devils, it’s been a great week. We also received news this week, that the Alumni Association received 8 awards in the APEX 2010 Awards for Publication Excellence. Staff members here received awards for the writing and design of ASU Magazine; the materials we use to promote the Arizona State Young Alumni program and the Senior Year Experience program; and the videos we produced for Founders’ Day 2010.

Since we’re always looking to connect more alums back to ASU, this week we launched our Devil2Devil Challenge. This is where we reward you for recruiting Sun Devils to join the Alumni Association. For every member you recruit between now and Oct. 31, you earn points and then become eligible for some fabulous prizes – hotel stays at some great resorts here in town – perfect for a stay-cation or a trip back to ASU, other ASU themed gifts or gift cards.

Tracy Scott '88
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Director of Strategic Communication, Marketing and Membership at the ASU Alumni Association