How to make the most of your LinkedIn presence as a student


April 30, 2014

LinkedIn isn’t just for your parents anymore. In fact, there are many ways that you can begin networking and exploring potential careers as a student. Read through these eight tips that will help you make the most out of your LinkedIn profile today.

1. Create a student profile. The benefit to the student profile is that you can add clubs, organizations, community service and academic achievements. You can, of course, still add relevant work experience like a normal LinkedIn profile. Devils Hiring Devils logo Download Full Image

2. Upload a professional photo. This could be the first impression you make with potential employers. You’ll want to upload a headshot wearing professional attire.

3. Utilize the Devils Hiring Devils program in the ASU LinkedIn group. The group is filled with over 34,000 alumni members who are eager to provide career advice and assist with your job search. All you have to do is join and craft your pitch to the group.

4. Use relevant keywords to describe yourself. Keywords are crucial to finding relevant connections in the search tool. Select three to four that accurately describe the position and field you wish to enter (ie; "digital media," "journalism," "social media," etc.).

5. Personalize your connection requests. Instead of the canned message, create something specific for each request you send. If you met an employer at a career fair, send something like, “It was great meeting you at the ASU Career Fair on April 9. I’d like to connect to further discuss the internship openings in the graphic design sector of your company.”

6. Ask for recommendations. Add credibility to your experience and skills by asking those you’ve worked closely with to write you a personalized recommendation on your profile. It doesn’t have to be long. Just a paragraph or two and you’re good to go.

7. Try out LinkedIn Professional Portfolio. You’ll be able to add visual content such as videos, images and Slideshare presentations to your profile.

8. Search for positions using the job board. LinkedIn pulls information from your profile to recommend jobs that are tailored to your experience.

Looking for even more tips? Visit LinkedIn now.

ASU Alumni Association hosts class of 1964 Golden Reunion


April 30, 2014

Graduates from Arizona State University’s class of 1964 will return to their alma mater for their Golden Reunion on May 14 and 15. The Alumni Association hosts this special two-day event each year, allowing classmates from the university’s 50-year reunion class and their guests to reconnect with each other and ASU, as well as giving them the opportunity to lead the procession during the university’s Spring Commencement.

Many former student leaders and successful graduates from the class of 1964 are registered for the reunion or have helped plan it by serving on the reunion committee. Several of them recently reflected on their time at ASU and how the university impacted their lives. ASU Golden Reunion Reception Download Full Image

Doug Zimmerman ’64 B.S.

Doug Zimmerman was elected Homecoming King during his time as a student and is overflowing with praise for his alma mater a half-century later.

“I loved everything about my four years at ASU,” he said. “I have a degree from one of the most highly rated universities in the country.”

During his student career, he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and a brigade commander in Army ROTC. He also belonged to the Blue Key Honor Society. After graduating with a degree in business administration, Zimmerman participated in two years of active military duty in Vietnam in the U.S. Army, earning three Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart and a Cross of Gallantry with a Silver Star. Later, he became a practicing attorney focusing on real estate, commercial litigation and eminent domain.

Zimmerman has remained connected to ASU over the years, serving on the ASU Alumni Association board of directors from 1979-1993 and chairing the group from 1986-1987. Several years ago, he became a co-founder of the Alumni Association’s Veterans chapter.

Two of Zimmerman’s brothers also attended ASU, as have two nephews. He says that he is looking forward to seeing old friends at the upcoming reunion.

Judith Drage Logan ’64 B.A.E.

When Judith Drage Logan participates in ASU’s Spring Commencement with the other Golden Reunion attendees, it will be a first for her. Logan married husband Ed in January 1964 and was away from Arizona during her own commencement.

“I’m looking forward to participating in the graduation ceremony – gown and all,” she said. “By the time of my graduation, Ed and I were married and he was stationed in Okinawa with the Air Force.”

During her years on campus, Logan was a member of Kappa Delta sorority and was an officer in the Angel Flight organization. She was also a Golden Heart of Sigma Phi Epsilon member. She was a teacher for more than 40 years after obtaining her degree, teaching in five U.S. states, a U.S. Department of Defense school and an international school in Seoul, South Korea. In Arizona, she designed and taught an interdisciplinary program for gifted students in the elementary and middle school grades.

Logan’s middle daughter, Lori Logan Bennett, attended ASU. Her granddaughter (and Lori’s daughter) Audrey Bennett is a junior majoring in education, and another grandchild plans to attend ASU this fall.

Logan says, “ASU was just the beginning for me as a life-long learner and a life-long supporter of education. I was well prepared for my career.”

Daryl Winn ’64 B.S.

Winn graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in accounting. While he was at the university, he was student body president of the Associated Students of ASU, president of Theta Delta Chi fraternity, president of SOPHOS (the sophomore service society), on the executive council of the Inter-Fraternity Council and a member of the freshman golf team.

After graduation, Winn obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Michigan and became a professor in the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He taught for several executive MBA programs during his tenure and continues to teach in an executive health administration MBA program. He also has evaluated 600 golf courses for Golf Digest Magazine.

Naming his participation in extracurricular activities as the thing he values the most from his education at ASU, Winn, who is married and has two children, said that he is looking forward to seeing fellow students “from whom I benefited so much” and revisiting the Tempe campus.

George Stewart ’64 B.A.

George Stewart majored in political science at ASU, a course of study that he put into use even before he received his degree. As a student, he was speaker of the Student Senate and student body first vice-president, and he also served as the head page at the Arizona House of Representatives.

Stewart had a long career at National Inventory Control Systems/Automatic Data Processing, where he started as a sales representative and finished as the president of the Dealer Services Division. He also served as president/CEO of EFI Electronics Corp., as well as the executive director of Deseret International, which provides charitable medical services in developing nations.

His political interests surfaced again in the 1990s and 2000s, when he served as mayor of Provo, Utah, from 1994-1998, then was elected to a four-year term on the Provo City Council in 2006.

Stewart said he was looking forward to renewing past ASU relationships at the upcoming Golden Reunion. He is married to Jo Anna MacKay Stewart and has 11 children and 43 grandchildren, one of whom, Mahonri Stewart, is graduating from ASU this spring with her master of fine arts degree.

Sun Devils who come back to ASU’s Tempe campus for Golden Reunion have the opportunity to take part in various events over the course of two days. In addition to participating in the university’s Spring Commencement exercises on the evening of May 14, there will be tours of the Memorial Union, the W. P. Carey School of Business’ McCord Hall, the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4, Barrett, the Honors College at ASU, the newly refurbished Manzanita Hall and the Ed and Nadine Carson Student-Athlete Center. Graduates of the W. P. Carey School of Business and the the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are welcome to attend breakfasts hosted by their school or college, and alumni of the the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College may attend their college’s convocation on May 13. There will also be a lunch for all Class of 1964 members featuring legendary former ASU football Head Coach Frank Kush and other ASU leaders.

Golden Reunion concludes on May 15 with the Golden Circle Induction, a candlelight ceremony in which class of 1964 graduates will be inducted into the Golden Circle, an honorary group comprised of all classes who have celebrated their 50th reunion. Graduates form a circle around Kachina Fountain in front of Old Main, and each class member lights a candle representing the light of knowledge. Reunion attendees will be joined at this event by members of the class of 2014 who are recipients of the Alumni Association’s Moeur Awards and Outstanding Graduate Awards.

For more information about the class of 1964’s Golden Reunion, visit: http://alumni.asu.edu/goldenreunion.