Sun Devil Dish: June 26, 2010

The week began with a Saturday morning retreat with our Arizona State Young Alumni Council. Council members spent the morning reviewing accomplishments from the first year of the program and held sessions on Community Involvement, Governance, Marketing and Events to generate new ideas for next year and look for ways to enhance the ASU young alumni experience. As the ASYA program heads into its second year, the Council has great events planned for the year, in addition to its community service projects and the rollout of its mentoring program for ASU seniors. 

Monday was a flurry of activity as staff members made last minute preparations for the Live to Give breakfast panel set for the next day. Additionally, I spent a majority of my day with my university colleagues who spend a good portion of their time dedicated to media relations for ASU. The focus of the meeting was to share our plans for the upcoming years and look for ways to increase collaboration amongst academic units and university departments. 

The Live to Give event brought together four powerhouse ASU alums and supporters who talked about the importance of volunteering time, skills and resources to the many charitable organizations right here in the Valley. The panel featured the Honorable Barbara Barrett '72 B.S., '75 M.P.A., '78 J.D., a former U.S. Ambassador to Finland and current President/CEO of Triple Creek Guest Ranch; Linda Hunt, president/CEO of St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center and service area president of Catholic Healthcare West Arizona; Luz Sarmina '76 M.S.W., president and CEO, Valle del Sol; and Karina Bland, ’87 B.A., ’97 M.M.C., columnist and reporter with az magazine and The Arizona Republic. Karina conducted the panel much like the TV show The View without all the arguing and outbursts! These three panelists talked about the interesting volunteer work in which they’re involved, why they do it as well as gave advice to those who want to get involved in volunteering and those who already do. The ASU Alumni Association and az magazine continued the “conversation” throughout the day on their Facebook and Twitter accounts. az magazine serves as a wonderful partner for our Women In Business program and it was great to work with the entire team at the magazine and The Arizona Republic on this event. In the spirit of volunteering, I’d like to thank all those who volunteer with the ASU Alumni Association – we couldn’t do it without our volunteers. We rely on our hundreds of volunteers who serve in a variety of ways including our chapter leaders and alumni ambassadors across the globe!

All this week, the newly renovated Tempe Historical Museum hosted Sun Devil Fever and our Sun Devil Generations program was out in full force Wednesday when they brought Sparky as a special guest. More than 500 children enjoyed the ASU exhibit and participated in crafts including making ASU pennants and maroon and gold pom poms.  
Later that same day, in conjunction with Career Services the Alumni Association hosted a Career Clinic that attracted many alums. Those who attended had the opportunity to ask recruiting professionals for advice on resumes, cover letters, interview tips and even job search strategies.  Eight companies participated in the clinic including the Arizona Department of Economic Security and PetSmart.

The career theme continued into the Maroon & Gold Mixer that the Alumni Association hosted along with the Tempe Chamber of Commerce at Robbie Fox’s Public House that same evening. More than 100 people attended this fabulous networking event.

The staff at the Alumni Association gathered for an all-day retreat Thursday dedicated to outlining the strategic plans for fiscal year 2011, which begins next week. It’s been a great year, and next year, we look forward to enhancing programs that connect alums, increasing our membership to include more Sun Devils, and expanding the benefits we offer to our members.

Starting today and through the weekend, many of our chapters will be hosting various events to connect Sun Devils. This weekend, the White Mountain chapter – located in the cool pines of northern Arizona – hosted its annual White Mountain Steak Fry, which is a weekend filled with events, that raises money for scholarships. The Tucson, Austin and Denver chapters hosted Send-Offs, welcoming soon-to-be Sun Devils into the ASU family.

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