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Clinton Ang will be honored as one of The College Leaders at a ceremony this fall

October 31, 2019

It’s been more than 25 years since Clinton Ang graduated from Arizona State University, yet he can recall with ease the feeling of arriving on campus and walking down Palm Walk for the first time on that hot summer day.

“I checked into Palo Verde West where I was staying in the dorm and then I walked down Palm Walk and you know — everyone was nice and freely dressed — and I thought, ‘OK I could get used to this,’” Ang said. Clinton Ang Clinton Ang will be honored as one of The College Leaders at a ceremony this fall. Download Full Image

Ang graduated in 1994 with dual degrees in psychology and computer information systems, the latter of which was a result of his father’s doubt about his chosen path.

“I first chose psychology because when I joined, I was 17 years old and didn't really know what I wanted to do except play badminton and enjoy life. So I chose a discipline which I always kind of enjoyed: behavioral psychology,” he said. “Then, after a semester, I spoke again to my father and he said, ‘What are you going to do with a psychology degree? I think you better think about taking something more serious, you know?’”

So Ang added his second bachelor’s degree in computer information systems.

Today, Ang serves as the managing director of CornerStone Wines and as chairman of the board of Hock Tong Bee wholesaler and distributor of wines, which was originally founded by his great grandfather, Ang Soo Seng. CornerStone Wines has grown to have a presence in 28 countries and a staff of 100 employees. As a trained fund manager, Clinton also manages the family’s equity holdings, which are spread across jurisdictions including Hong Kong, Europe and the U.S.

He credits his psychology degree with giving him a foundation of emotional intelligence (EQ), which has proven beneficial in his career.

“I think it helped me a lot on the EQ side. It's very important to be able to observe a situation and then be able to reflect very quickly and decide on the right approach,” he said. “I can't say that I am perfect in doing the EQ side, but I would say that my psychology degree has definitely helped me improve.”

University of life

Ang describes his years at ASU as the “university of life.” He arrived from his home in Singapore to ASU on an athletic scholarship for badminton. While he had been accustomed to traveling for the sport since a young age, like many students, college was the first time he experienced full independence and he quickly embraced it by seeking opportunities on and off campus.

“I got involved with sports, with ESP, with the honors college, with all the various colleges, the international students club, Singapore Students Association, the Asian Coalition, and wow, quite a few others,” he said. “It was awesome."

Additionally, former ASU President Lattie Coor recommended Ang for a then-new role as a university survival specialist at the educational support program to help provide support to other ASU students. And Ang also pursued entrepreneurial opportunities buying and selling home goods and products such as tables, chairs and TVs to fellow students.

Ang had no shortage of experiences at the university and his advice to current and future students is to live similarly: “You know, we want to look back at the time that we spent in college and know that we have enjoyed life to the fullest and not regret (anything).” 

He said his time both inside and outside the classroom provided lessons he continues to draw on today.

“I'm really thankful for ASU and for my days in The College. Everything that happened there, everything that I was exposed to, really molded me and gave me opportunities, perspectives and readiness for life,” he said.

This fall, Ang will be honored as one of The College Leaders for his career achievements, adding to a lifetime of awards and honors.

Other awards Ang has received include:

  • 2001 — Australian Chambers of Commerce Young Achiever of the Year Award

  • 2002 — Singapore Tatler’s Most Promising Young Person Award

  • 2002 — Singapore International Foundation Young Business Ambassador to Australia

  • 2002-current — Singapore Tatler’s The 300 List

  • 2009 — Singapore Youth Award for Entrepreneurship

  • 2010 — Junior Chambers International 10 Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award

  • 2010 — Youth Olympic Games, Singapore Flagbearer

Kirsten Kraklio

Content Strategist and Writer, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


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October 30, 2019

Tradition points to ASU’s commitment to all who serve, national defense

Arizona State University has a long history of supporting those in uniform, but the stance became university tradition in 2011 after the first Salute to Service was held to celebrate active duty military members and veterans.

This year Salute to Service runs from Nov. 1–11 with events scheduled across all ASU Phoenix-area campuses. Event organizers invite the campus community and the public to get involved.  

The event theme — “Salute to Service through service” — points to a broadening of the idea of service beyond the military, said Steve Borden, director of ASU’s Pat Tillman Veterans Center.

“Few actions in life are more honorable than dedicating your life to serving others,” said Borden, a retired U.S. Navy captain and co-chair of the Salute to Service committee. “Whether you served in uniform as a member of the military, as a first responder or as a civilian dedicating your life to public service or helping those in need at home or abroad, it is all these selfless endeavors that we strive to recognize during Salute to Service.” 

RELATED: 6 ASU veterans share the keys to their success in college

ASU contributes in the veteran, service and national defense space through robust academic and support programs, and other far-reaching initiatives. To gain perspective on the range of the university’s military focus and achievements, here are 10 unique ASU facts:

1. The Pat Tillman Veterans Center supports more than 9,200 military-affiliated ASU students.

In the past five years, enrollment of student veterans and other military-affiliated students using GI Bill and/or Department of Defense tuition assistance benefits has more than doubled. Per capita, ASU boasts more military-affiliated students than most other universities, ahead of schools traditionally known for military friendliness, such as Syracuse, Texas A&M and Colorado State.

2. ASU faculty includes more than 150 members who have served in the U.S. military.

Over 460 military veterans work at ASU, including 151 in the faculty and 312 who are university staff.

3. The first and only university Public Service Academy in the nation to date resides at ASU.

The Public Service Academy, a unit of the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, prepares students for careers in public service through a challenging program that provides unique education and service opportunities with the goal of building character-driven leaders. Established in 2014, the academy graduated its first student cohort in May 2019. 

4. Every year ASU researchers work on vital defense projects.

In fiscal year 2019, ASU researchers submitted $186 million in proposals to the Department of Defense, received more than $50 million in award obligations and reached more than $36 million in DOD-funded research expenditures. 

5. ASU researchers are helping the U.S. Army discover how best to use pollen to trace origins of explosives and other materials.

With support from a Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative grant awarded by the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory through its Army Research Office, faculty with ASU’s Center for Spatial Reasoning and Policy Analytics are using forensic palynology to improve the U.S. government’s ability to identify where and when weapons of mass destruction are moving.  

6. ASU is home to one of the oldest Army ROTC programs in the nation.

Army ROTC was established at ASU in 1935, followed by Air Force ROTC in 1948, and Navy and Marine Corps ROTC in 2010.  The ROTC programs combined host over 450 students. Upon graduation, students are commissioned as officers in their respective service branches. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences houses and supports all the ROTC programs.

7. Through the Melikian Center, ASU offers world-class language training for ROTC cadets.

ASU’s Melikian Center Critical Languages Institute offers intensive training in Armenian, Russian, Bosnian and 12 other Eastern European languages. The center also supports ROTC-specific training through Project Go, a summer program in Persian, Russian, Turkish and Uzbek.

8. Education industry publications consistently recognize ASU for its veteran programs. Current accolades include:

  • The Military Times Group Best for Vets 2019
  • Viqtory Military Media “Military Friendly” Silver Award 2019-2020
  • College Factual #10 Top Colleges for Veterans
  • U.S. News & World Report #2 Best Online Programs for Veterans, #3 Best Online MBA Program for Veterans

9. ASU leverages the experience of top military leaders through its Flag Officer Council.

Created in 2014, the council provides advice and perspective to the university including ASU President Michael Crow, faculty and staff on matters of national significance. The council consists of retired military generals and admirals who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. They are leaders who have worked in the highest levels of government at home and abroad, combating terrorism, responding to national disasters and defending the homeland. They are experts in complex decision-making, leadership, strategic planning, business development and many other fields.

10. The Veterans ASU Alumni Chapter serves as a focal point for veteran graduates.  Many alums have distinguished themselves through military and public service, including: 

  • Allan McArtor: ’71 MSE, former Air Force fighter pilot and Vietnam veteran, chairman and CEO of Airbus Group and former administrator of U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
  • Barbara Barrett: ’72 BS, ’75 MP., ’78 JD, current Secretary of the Air Force.
  • Barry Bruner: ’80 BS, retired Navy rear admiral, commanded Submarine Group 10, Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, Georgia.
  • Daniel Yoo: ’84 BS, Marine Corps major general, currently commanding U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
  • John Goodman: ’71 BS, retired Marine lieutenant general, commanded Marine Forces Pacific and served as director of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance.
  • John Kenyon: ’85 BS, retired Coast Guard captain, former commanding officer of U.S. Coast Guard Activities Europe.
  • Margaret Woodward: ’82 BS, retired Air Force major general, commanded air forces during Operation Odyssey Dawn in Libya.
  • Mark “Marshal” Dillon: ’83 BS, retired Air Force major general, former vice commander of Pacific Air Forces Command, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
  • Pat Tillman: ’97 BS, former Army corporal, star ASU and Arizona Cardinals football player.
  • Phillip Breedlove: ’91 MS, retired Air Force four-star general, former commander, Supreme Allied Command, Europe, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Ronald “Ron” Shoopman: ’72 BS, retired Air Force brigadier general, president of Southern Arizona Leadership Council and member of the Arizona Board of Regents.
  • Ryan Cleckner: ’08 BS, former Army Ranger sniper, veterans activist and vice president at Remington Outdoor Company.
  • Todd Canterbury: ’92 BS, Air Force brigadier general, current commander 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.
  • Vern “Rusty” Findley: ’76 BS,  retired Air Force lieutenant general, former vice commander Air Force Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base Illinois.
  • Victor Petrenko: ’83 BS, Army brigadier general, former deputy commanding general and chief of staff for U.S. Army Accessions Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky.

For more details about ASU’s military programs, download the “Arizona State University: A leader in national defense” brochure.

Peggy Coulombe of the ASU Office of University Provost contributed to this article.

Jerry Gonzalez

Media Relations Officer , Media Relations and Strategic Communications

Rocking the internship

Students in liberal arts and humanities programs are actively participating in shaping culture and helping create solutions to real-world problems through internships

October 28, 2019

A Sept. 19 article in the Harvard Business Review is boldly headlined: “Yes, employers do value liberal arts degrees.”

As it turns out, employers also really, really like liberal arts grads with internships. Image of Sun Devils jumping over rocks / ASU brand photo Download Full Image

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Class of 2019 Student Survey, the job offer rate for the class of 2019 was “strongly tied” to internship experience. Other studies, such as the recent employer research by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, have borne out these trends, with 93% of executives and 94% of hiring managers saying they would be more likely to hire a recent graduate who has held an internship or apprenticeship.

“One way to robot-proof a career is for students to use their experiential learning internships to build additional skills and competencies,” confirmed Ruby Macksoud, who directs internships for the Department of English at Arizona State University. “Internships are a valuable bridge between academic training and professional work.”

The Department of English internship program, in concert with The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Futures Center, works to place its students in professional internships according to each student’s academic plan and career interests.

“The Futures Center is good for students who are looking for general career exploration and planning resources, and English’s internship program is good for students who are looking for customized, humanities/English-focused career exploration and planning resources," Macksoud said. "In this way, English majors can ‘pinball’ between the two of us for the best fit at different points on their academic and career paths.”

Exploring career options, anywhere and everywhere

Nioni Broome, a Starbucks partner and online film and media studies student based in Montana, is a success story for a customized, local internship with personal mentoring. A former dental assistant, Broome decided to switch paths, needing something more in line with her creative interests. “Her love of working in the creative arts really came through in her internship work,” Macksoud said.

Nioni Broome scouts filming locations at Kelly Island, Montana. Courtesy photo.

Broome completed two internships in her local area, one at ABC Fox Montana and one at Broken Life Media LLC. Her barista job actually opened doors in an unexpected way. “One of my regular customers is a news anchor for ABC Fox Montana, and one day I just asked her if they might want an intern at the station,” she explained. “She was so kind and referred me to the internship coordinator right there at the drive-thru window!”

After securing the spot, Broome sat in on creative meetings and attended client interviews with the news station. “I also got to dabble in writing copy, shooting, editing and doing VO (voice-over narration) for different commercials,” she said. “I basically wore many hats while I was there.”

At her other internship with the production company, Broome was ecstatic to hone her creative talents. “It was great because I got to work on treatments and scripts for potential TV shows. I really enjoyed doing the research and interviews. I loved talking to people about their passions and the things they were involved in, that they thought would make a good show. I met some really interesting and cool people.”

“I’m excited to apply what I have learned,” she said.

Refining career aspirations on the ground

Paul Bukoskey, a film and media studies major in Tempe, interned in Los Angeles at Funny or Die, a comedy website and production company best-known for its awkward “Between Two Ferns” series hosted by Zach Galifianakis. Bukoskey’s internship featured the stereotypical coffee-and-errands assignments, but also incorporated a creative aspect nearly every day.

Paul Bukowsky (far left in white t-shirt) and fellow Funny or Die interns mug for the camera. Courtesy photo.

Paul Bukoskey (far left in white T-shirt) and fellow Funny or Die interns mug for the camera. Courtesy photo.

“Funny or Die does a great job of allowing their interns to get their feet wet in a variety of departments,” Bukoskey said. “I took away a lot of fantastic insight from great new connections, hands-on experience, (and) a multitude of brand new technical and soft skills.”

The culminating experience for Bukoskey, who describes himself as an aspiring comedy writer, was getting to pitch, write and produce a sketch with other interns. “I now know I want to make funny things with fun people for the rest of my life," he said.

Honing skills for the future

Kelly Baur, a graduate student in linguistics and applied linguistics, completed an eye-opening internship doing language documentation work with a Native American tribe this past summer.

Kelly Baur. Courtesy photo.

Under supervision of Tyler Peterson, an assistant professor in the Department of English, Baur helped with daily activities as support staff for the first annual San Carlos Apache Summer Institute that took place Aug. 12–23 in San Carlos, Arizona. Participants in the free pedagogical institute sponsored by the ​San ​Carlos ​Apache ​Tribe, ASU, ​and ​the ​Language ​Conservancy learned basic Apache sounds and vocabulary.

This wasn’t Baur’s first experience with indigenous languages — she had previously worked with indigenous Mapuche communities in Wallmapu, a Mapuche territory within Chile's national borders, as a documentary filmmaker — but it gave her a new appreciation for the variety of efforts already underway.

“Beginning to understand what language revitalization looks like in the United States made this an invaluable experience,” Baur said.

“There are complex relationships, power structures and legislation in place that make language revitalization an especially nuanced challenge for both community members and linguistic/language professionals. This internship gave me a wealth of knowledge and insight as to who is involved in this work and how it is being carried out in the U.S.”

Contributing while learning

Internships aren’t just for summer, and some experiences inspire students to give back. The Department of English last year awarded its inaugural High Impact Internship Awards to two students — Melovee Easley, an undergraduate, and Colleen Wilkowski, a graduate student, for academic year nonprofit work that “contributes to the greater social good.”

Melovee Easley produced a “Why I Love the Library” video as part of her internship. Easley can be seen around the 1:00 mark, photobombing from the top left corner and professing her library adoration.

Easley completed her “high-impact” internship as a student ambassador for ASU Library, where she worked with the communications team to connect with patrons through storytelling. Easley is an undergraduate in English’s writing, rhetorics and literacies program. She also fulfilled a minor in digital culture while studying art and design ecologies in the Netherlands.

“My communications experience with the library has shown me the importance of social ecology,” Easley said. “There is a conversation going on between people and their environments. The connections I made through experiential research with the library community and outreach has led me to apply for a library archives internship at the Phoenix Art Museum in search for more.”

“Interning at the communications department with ASU Libraries has opened new doors for me,” she said.

Wilkowski is a doctoral student in English (writing, rhetorics and literacies) who researches issues of social justice, especially related to the civil rights movement. She said that her semester-long experiences teaching writing to incarcerated students in Arizona prisons forever altered her perspectives on education.

Collen Wilkowski was one of two recipients (with Easley) of the inaugural High Impact Internship Award from the Department of English in 2019. Here, she receives her award from English Chair Kris Ratcliffe (left) and Associate Chair Doris Warriner (right)

Collen Wilkowski was one of two recipients of the inaugural High Impact Internship Award from the Department of English in 2019. Here, she receives her award from English Chair Kris Ratcliffe (left) and Associate Chair Doris Warriner (right). Photo by Bruce Matsunaga/ASU.

“My internship through ASU Prison Education Programming has taught me more about myself and about the world around me than I could have imagined,” she said. “More than anything, it has reinforced my belief in the power of education to better the lives of others. It has also reinforced my faith in human beings.”

For more information about humanities internships, connect with The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Futures Center or the Department of English’s internship program.

Kristen LaRue-Sandler

senior marking & communications specialist, Department of English


ASU student pursues interests with Washington, DC, internship

October 28, 2019

Choosing your major out of high school can be a daunting task, especially when a school like Arizona State University offers more than 350 undergraduate majors.

To help with the decision of which program to choose, Vi Ho pulled architecture out of a hat and declared it as her major. Download Full Image

Originally from Chandler, Arizona, Ho is now a junior at ASU pursuing concurrent degrees in architecture and political science. Adding political science her sophomore year was a more gradual decision. She had an interest in the topic and after a few classes saw she had enough credits to pursue it as another major.

“I decided to just add it on because my schedule allowed me to do so and I wanted to be able to study two things I was most interested in,” Ho said.

During her freshman year, Ho was walking to Associate Professor Richard Herrera’s political science class and saw a poster advertising the Capital Scholars program staked into the grass on the Tempe campus. In asking Herrera about the program during her class, she came to find out he was the faculty director of the program.

The Capital Scholars program with the School of Politics and Global Studies provides students with the opportunity to live and intern in Washington, D.C., over the summer while earning six upper division credits. The program, which is open to all majors, guides students in the process of applying to and interning at an organization of their interest.

After earning enough credits to become eligible, Ho went to Washington as a Capital Scholar this past summer.

“I had been to D.C. twice before, and I always really enjoyed the city,” Ho said. “When I saw there was an opportunity to intern and live there for three months, I decided that would be a great way to spend my summer.”

Once admitted to the program, the cohort of Capital Scholars would have monthly meetings during the spring semester before visiting Washington, D.C. Gisela Grant, senior internship coordinator with the School of Politics and Global Studies, works directly with the students on their resumes, cover letters and interview skills to prepare them for finding an internship in the nation’s capital.

Prior to leaving for the summer, Ho was awarded two scholarships specifically for the program: The Zachary J. Marco Capital Scholars Scholarship from the School of Politics and Global Studies and the Dean’s Investment Fund Capital Scholars Scholarship from The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Ho shared that she would not have been able to participate in the program if she did not get those scholarship opportunities.

“I am eternally grateful,” Ho said. “It was an experience I wouldn’t have traded for anything.”

Ho interned at the National Endowment for the Arts in the Design Creative Placemaking Division as well as the Partnership Division. She  wrote blurbs for their monthly newsletter, put together briefing materials for a summit and helped prepare data for grant-making specialists.

Since she worked for a grant-making agency with the purpose of funding the arts, Ho would get to read up on all of the various design projects happening around the country. She had the opportunity to sit in on meetings and learn more about design principles and how to incorporate them into projects that would better a community.

“What I really appreciated was their focus on rural communities because design happens everywhere,” Ho said.

One of the perks of Washington, especially for someone studying architecture, is that the Smithsonian Museums are easily accessible. One of her assignments for her internship was to take photos of the National Museum of African American History and Culture for the agency’s newsletter. Ho had been there when the building opened in 2016 but now, after furthering her architecture education at ASU, she appreciated the beauty of the building in a new light.

“Everything is so monumental — almost out of this world,” Ho said. “It’s also a hub for these amazing architectural projects that are appreciated by everyone.”

Going to Washington, D.C., also helped a case study Ho is working on for her class in contemporary architecture, which focuses on the architect I. M. Pei’s design of the East Building of the National Gallery of Art.

“It was a building I had always seen on a screen and I was able actually to go and experience it, which was really amazing.”

The professional connections Ho made during her time in Washington illustrated what a career in the field might look like. She also cultivated friendships with people from all over the country, in addition to her fellow Capital Scholars, which Ho said offered a lot of personal growth.

Although she was a bit nervous at the start of her time as a Capital Scholar, Ho said ASU provided an array of advice and help to get students where they wanted to be. By the end of the summer Ho was asked to stay on for an extra two weeks with her internship.

“I’m very lucky that I got an internship that was such a perfect intersection for my two areas of study so I am very grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts.”

Matt Oxford

Manager of marketing and communications, School of Politics and Global Studies


ASU psychology in the World Series

Psychology graduates use data analysis to win baseball games

October 24, 2019

This October, the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals face off in the World Series. No matter who wins the Commissioner’s Trophy, an Arizona State University Department of Psychology alum is guaranteed a ring.

Ryan Ferguson, who graduated from ASU in 2014 with his doctorate in cognitive psychology, works as a senior data analyst for the Astros. He also helped the team win their first World Series in 2017. Ryan Ferguson Ryan Ferguson, who graduated from ASU in 2014 with his doctorate in cognitive psychology, works as a senior data analyst for the Houston Astros. He also helped the Astros win their first World Series in 2017. Photo by Robert Ewing Download Full Image

“My job is to use data from players and games to win more baseball games,” Ferguson said. “I try to make pitches faster, make hitters better, and win World Series.”

Scott Van Lenten, who earned his master’s degree in developmental psychology from ASU, works as a baseball research and development analyst with the Nationals. At ASU, Ferguson studied memory and Van Lenten studied sleep and stress physiology among adolescents. Both research topics ended up being the perfect preparation for baseball success.

“The cognitive science program in the ASU Department of Psychology offers broad training in research methodology, computer programming, data science, and cognitive science that prepares our students for careers in academia and industry,” said Gene Brewer, associate professor of psychology.

"The developmental psychology program requires rigorous training in research and quantitative methods to be able to analyze behavior change over moments, days, years or even across generations, from parents to children. Van Lenten worked closely with our quantitative faculty, including Kevin Grimm, throughout his time at ASU to hone his skills in analyzing big data," added Leah Doane, associate professor of psychology.

Turning psychology training into a home run

Scott Van Lenten

Scott Van Lenten.

Every pitch, swing or hit generates about 35,000 data points for baseball data analysts like Ferguson and Van Lenten. As part of their ASU psychology degrees, Ferguson and Van Lenten had to analyze large datasets. Their time at ASU means they know how to use measurements of pitch speed, how fast a ball spins as it travels to home plate, how fast the ball travels after a hit and even the biomechanics of a pitcher’s throw to improve how the team plays or identify the next breakout star before they sign a multimillion dollar contract. Baseball analysts try to maximize the potential of each player for all 162 regular season games and the postseason.

Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was quoted as saying that “no one cares about batting average in baseball anymore.” Baseball data analysts like Ferguson and Van Lenten develop and utilize statistical models to provide advanced insight into player evaluation that goes beyond simple metrics such as batting average. For example, one statistic that provides more information about a player’s talent is OPS, which is the combination of on-base percentage plus slugging percentage, is what wins more baseball games. Bregman’s batting average for the season was good, but his OPS was better. He was third overall in the league, and now the Astros are in the World Series. 

Major League Baseball teams have invested heavily in people like Ferguson and Van Lenten. The Astros and Nationals both employ over 30 employees in analytic roles that include research and development and video and data analysis.

From ASU to the baseball diamond

Ferguson has not always been a baseball fanatic. Before baseball, wanting to know how memory worked drove him to pursue his doctorate in cognitive psychology.

“I had no background in baseball, but I applied for the job anyway,” he said.

Ferguson recently came back to ASU to talk with psychology students about his journey from cognitive science research to using data in baseball and winning championships.

Prior to working for the Nationals, Van Lenten interned with the Baltimore Orioles in their Research and Development department.

To see how Ferguson found his path, and to hear his advice for students, check out his page.

Robert Ewing

Marketing and Communications Manager, Department of Psychology


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Different paths: The community college transfer experience

October 24, 2019

Students who have successfully made the transition to ASU detail how far they've come

Mother of three Cassandra Pena went from getting her GED at 27 to earning her master's degree at Arizona State University. Roman Sierra started taking college courses while he was still in high school. Lorena Austin never felt like college was right for her — until she found her calling in public service.

And they all started on their paths toward becoming thriving Sun Devils at community colleges. 

ASU offers a wealth of resources to transfer students: Transfer student ambassadors, who transferred to ASU from an Arizona community college, are eager to help new transfer students as they transition from the community college to the university. A transfer guide allows students to track their college credits and create a degree map. Transfer specialists are there every step of the way to guide students through the process. Transfer pathway programs. Financial aid and scholarship assistance. 

It's all here to ensure broad access to quality education for any who seek to succeed.

To celebrate National Transfer Student Week, ASU Now spoke with several transfer students about their experiences:

Video by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

And hear more about individual students' stories: Lorena Austin | Heather Barnes | Cassandra Pena | Roman Sierra

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Archivist to leave theater collection she built over the past 35 years

October 23, 2019

Katherine Krzys grew the ASU Child Drama Collection into world-renowned repository; she is set to retire Jan. 1

“Call Kathy.”  

It’s a phrase that gets thrown around quite a bit among scholars and practitioners in the field of theater for youth.  

And call they do.  

They call with questions about scripts and set designs. A director might have a question about a play. A student will call wanting to know more about the history of a writer.  

Others are interested in starting up a theater company of their own and want to know how to do it.  

And so they call Katherine Krzys, a woman whose name has become nearly synonymous with the Child Drama Collection, an internationally acclaimed archive for theater for youth which began at Arizona State University 40 years ago and which Krzys has curated for the last 35 — a career from which she has announced she will retire at the end of this year.  

“The hardest thing is convincing people that history is important,” said Krzys, who also has served as curator for ASU Library's Rare Books and Manuscripts, and in recent years facilitated the acquisition of the Civic Classics Collection, which includes first editions of “The Federalist” and writings by Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I always say, if I can talk to you for five minutes and show you something in the archive, you will come back.” 

Building an archive

The Child Drama Collection began rather informally, the way one might imagine most things did in the 1970s.   

Lin Wright, former chair of what was then known as the Theatre Department at ASU, had arrived in Tempe in 1973 at the urging of her colleague Don Doyle, who was teaching courses in creative drama at the time at ASU.  

Wright wanted to develop a graduate program in theater for youth, a small but burgeoning field that was taking on new life in the hands of artists and scholars who were further exploring theater as a tool to teach and connect with children. 

Wright understood the value of a research collection, one that might bring in the kind of materials that would allow an MFA and doctoral program to flourish. More than that, she had the connections in the field to make it happen; Doyle had introduced Wright to one of the field’s founders, Rita Criste

“Rita Criste showed up on my doorstep with 32 boxes,” recalled Wright, who hosted Criste for several days at her house, where they ate many sugary snacks and sorted through her papers documenting one of the earliest creative drama programs in the country. The program, led by Criste, had been taught in the public school district of Evanston, Illinois, where Criste had been a teacher. “The first texts in the field that were written came out of that program. She was under-recognized, which was why it was so important to have her papers.”  

Armed with Criste’s materials and another 100 boxes belonging to the Children’s Theatre Association of America, Wright began approaching Marilyn Wurzburger, then head of Special Collections at the ASU Library, to see about kickstarting a research collection, which Wurzburger was able to get greenlit in in 1979.  

“I had no appreciation for what the Child Drama Collection was going to develop as. It was an unusual collection, unlike anything we had before,” said Wurzburger, who was unprepared for the variety of materials that began entering the doors of Hayden Library: costumes, stage designs, miniature sets. “I was in for a shock and realized we were in the midst of something big.” 

Desperately in need of archival assistance, Wurzburger reached out to Wright for help processing the collection. She needed someone with theater knowledge, who could both curate an archive and interface with theater professionals.  

Wright had someone in mind. 

Enter scene: Krzys

At 36, Krzys had left California with her 3-year-old daughter and a background in acting and directing to begin the MFA Theatre for Youth program at ASU.  

“I wanted to be an actress but found out that wasn’t my forte, because I cried a lot when I didn’t get cast,” said Krzys, who eventually got cast in a children’s production and was hooked. “There is nothing better than performing for an audience of children. They hold nothing back. And just when you think they aren’t paying attention, they come back with the most sophisticated, intuitive response.”  

While immersed in graduate work at ASU, Krzys had discovered the Child Drama Collection — and the work of Sara Spencer, who started the first publishing house in 1935 that exclusively printed plays for children. Krzys ended up writing about Spencer for her applied project and, with Wright’s help, got it published as part of an anthology, “Spotlight on the Child: Studies in the History of American Children’s Theatre,” by Roger Bedard and C. John Tolch.   

Krzys’ interest in the history of the field, coupled with her experience as an actor and director, and now scholar, gave her a unique perspective in carrying out the work of an archivist in the Child Drama Collection and made her a powerful force in growing it.   

She began assisting Wurzburger part time in 1985 and eventually secured a continuing appointment as a full-time archivist in 1995. 

“Kathy was doing such a phenomenal job and the collection began growing tremendously,” Wurzburger said. “When Kathy asked donors for their materials, they often did not refuse.” 

In those days, Krzys would just pick up the phone and dial the numbers of playwrights. 

“It was easy for me because I knew the field,” said Krzys, who also benefitted from the professional network of Wright and Doyle. “I would say to them, ‘I read your play. I directed your play. Where are your papers going?’”  

Many had not yet been asked the question. However, they soon found themselves engrossed in conversation with Krzys about the collection and the history of the field.

“It was Kathy’s charm that played a big part in this process,” said Wurzburger, who routinely hosted the collection’s donors when they came to visit ASU.

“They would sit around my dinner table and talk, and Kathy was always there,” Wurzburger recalled. “I really enjoyed it and so did my husband. This is where I was learning my child drama history.” 

As ASU’s theater department grew, so did the collection, and vice versa, just as Wright had planned. The MFA and PhD programs in Theatre for Youth are now among the oldest in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Under Krzys’ leadership, the Child Drama Collection swelled in size and became home to a number of high profile collections that today include the prestigious Irene Corey Collections, which took 10 years to acquire; the Jonathan Levy Collection, which expanded research possibilities back to the 16th century; the papers of Lowell and Nancy Swortzell, early pioneers of educational theater in New York; and the David, Sonja and Benjamin Saar Yellow Boat Collection, which documents the writing and production of “The Yellow Boat,” a play written by David Saar, founder of the theater company Childsplay, for his son Benjamin, a hemophiliac who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion. 

ASU’s Child Drama Collection now houses over 9,000 books, nearly 300 periodical titles, more than 2,000 audio-visual materials and almost 5,000 linear feet of manuscripts. 

“The archive exists the way it does because Kathy has worked so hard to document and keep the field history,” said Stephani Etheridge Woodson, a professor in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, within the Herberger Institute, and director of the MFA and PhD programs in Theatre for Youth. “Future generations will benefit from this love and care. We would not be where we are today without Kathy, and her legacy will ensure the continued health of our field and our historical contexts.” 

The next generation 

Dontá McGilvery said that Krzys was the first person he met after being accepted into the Theatre for Youth PhD program. The meeting led him to begin exploring the archive looking for plays written by African American playwrights.  

When he began teaching an African American theater class in 2018, he enlisted the help of Krzys, who spent hours searching for plays and identifying playwrights.

“She was searching as if this were her project,” said McGilvery, winner of the 2019 ASU MLK Jr. Student Servant-Leadership Award and a 2018-19 ASU Spirt of Service Scholar. “For my class, I needed a play that was the first recorded play by an African American written around 1820, and she located it. I had mentioned it to her but didn’t realize that she had been searching for it. There was only one copy, and she said, ‘I found it. Do you think we should get it?’ She purchased it and now we have it at ASU.” 

Beyond her energy and passion, McGilvery says what sets Krzys apart is her desire to learn and grow.

When presented with criticism in a seminar class about the lack of diversity in the educational theater field, Krzys took note and the very next day came prepared with materials reflecting those voices that had been missing from the conversation, McGilvery said.

“Kathy said to me, ‘It’s good that you’re asking about these plays. You’re requiring us to get more information. We need these plays. We need to make sure they are here.’”

End scene 

In 2017, Krzys was awarded the highest achievements in the field of theater for youth: the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America’s Corey Medallion and the Campton Bell Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. 

Previous winners include television’s “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood,” the National Endowment for the Arts and Charles Schulz of “Peanuts” fame.

“Kathy Krzys has been one of our stars for a long time,” University Librarian Jim O’Donnell said. “Her special work with the Child Drama Collection has won national recognition, and her leadership in seeing our rare books and special collections through a series of challenging transitions has earned her the admiration and gratitude of all who work with her.”

Krzys’ contributions and approaching retirement will be recognized this weekend as part of a symposium celebrating the 40-year anniversary of the Child Drama Collection and the 45-year anniversary of the Theatre for Youth program at ASU — two histories that will forever be entwined.

Symposium presenters will include Woodson, Wright, Doyle, Wurzburger, Bedard, Suzan Zeder and other scholars, students and practitioners in the field, including Krzys herself.

“I’m a great believer in fate,” Krzys said. “Fate brought me to ASU, brought me to the library to study Sara Spencer, and kept me here in Arizona.”

While Krzys plans to leave Tempe and move to Gainesville, Florida, to be closer to her daughter and grandchild, she says fate is throwing things in her face right now, alluding to the next chapter of her career — a potential book project and a possible partnership initiative to make the history of theater for youth more digitally accessible. 

“The door just keeps opening,” she said. “The phone just keeps ringing.”

Top photo: Kathy Krzys leads a seminar session for graduate students on the history of theater for youth. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist , ASU Library

Love and law: Alumnus reflects on how a degree in the humanities led to a place on the judicial bench

October 22, 2019

For Superior Court Judge Michael Convey, leaving his native Chicago to attend college at Arizona State University started off as a chance to see a new part of the country. It turned out to be the place he found both the passion for a law career he’s spent his life building and the person he’s spending it with.

Today, Convey is one of over 500 judges with the Los Angeles County Superior Court — a governor-appointed position he’s held since 2010. With over 35 courthouses in operation across the county, it is the largest single unified trial court in the U.S. He was a court commissioner for nearly a decade before that, and spent his previous career as a litigation and trial attorney and as a volunteer temporary judge. middle-aged man and woman smiling at the camera with American flags in the background Judge Michael Convey and Carol Kiernan met during their undergraduate studies in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Download Full Image

Being a judge is a role he now sees as his life’s calling. But the road to get there wasn’t straightforward.

Convey graduated from The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1982. He met his wife, Carol Kiernan, during a training course for resident assistants on staff with ASU’s residence halls.

“We ended up in the same resident assistant class on student leadership and counseling in 1979 and by 1980 we were dating,” Convey said. “Carol bore a striking resemblance to the singer Melissa Manchester, and I remember she had — and still has — this incredible joy for life that not many others have.”

That would not be the only course they had together. Kiernan was a theater enthusiast pursuing a bachelor’s degree in humanities from The College, and their tracks frequently crossed paths.

“We used to love to take our Shakespeare classes together,” Kiernan said. “Mike liked to write the papers and dissect the language and I liked to make the plays come alive.”

The pair would spend hours listening to plays on tape and reading along together in Hayden Library. But while Kiernan continued delving deeper into her passion for acting, Convey remembers feeling like he hadn’t yet experienced his “aha” moment. One finally arrived when he was pursuing a teaching degree and a friend suggested he look into political science.

Convey’s interest piqued when he enrolled in a constitutional law course. Studying one of the country’s oldest legal documents, he realized he’d found what he was looking for.

“That class was like a light bulb going off for me, and that light was law school,” he said. “Liberal arts gave me the opportunity to take those other courses that prepared me to study the law, from philosophy and political science to foreign language and history, all while I was continuing with my upper division English courses.”

With Kiernan’s encouragement, Convey returned to The College to complete his courses on time and the two graduated together in 1982 — Convey with a degree in English, Kiernan with dual degrees in humanities and theater. That same year, they decided to pursue their respective career goals together. They moved to Chicago and each entered programs at DePaul University. Convey went to law school and Kiernan pursued a master's degree in theater.

The couple returned to Phoenix after graduation. Convey began working as a trial and litigation attorney while Kiernan worked with local theater groups and on small television projects. A few years in, she wanted to take her acting career to the next level by moving to Los Angeles.

“I grew up in Phoenix with seven siblings, so I loved being back home,” Kiernan said. “But I realized I needed to be in Los Angeles in order to pursue the next phase of my career, so Mike agreed to take a second state bar exam so he could practice in California.”

Kiernan continued to grow her career, landing appearances in popular shows like "ER" and "The West Wing." Meanwhile, Convey began exploring his options at the local bar association, completing community service and serving as a volunteer temporary judge for small claims and traffic courts.

“Similar to when I did this at ASU, I was looking for the next thing,” he said. “Serving as a temporary judge made me realize that was what I wanted to do all the time; to me, it combined everything from reading and writing to interacting with people and being of service.”

Convey began pursuing judicial roles more frequently. By 2002, a majority vote made by the judges of Los Angeles County appointed him a court commissioner presiding in a family law courtroom. Eight years later, he was appointed as a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge by then-governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger.

It’s been almost a decade since then, and Convey continues to preside predominantly over family law cases. He says the role is in many ways an extension of the service spirit that originally drew him to teaching.

“To me, first and foremost, family law is about helping people get through a very difficult time in their lives by listening and helping to find solutions,” he said. “Other cases I deal with address domestic violence or parents who have challenges raising their children in the aftermath of a break in their relationship; so I see my roles as helping to protect the public and to help parents make decisions that serve the best interests of children.”  

Convey says the humanities track he chose was the vehicle that led him to his judicial calling. But as a student at ASU, he said he would have never imagined this would be the career he’d end up in. That’s why when it comes to choosing an academic path, he encourages students to keep an open mind.

“A lot of people ask whether I always planned on becoming a judge, and I realize that I could have stayed in Chicago and become a firefighter like my dad, but my parents gave me the confidence to find my own opportunities,” he said. “I recognize all the time that my liberal arts degree is what helped me get here — my advice to students is to try many things and don’t be afraid of changing your mind, because exploring opportunities is why you go to school.”

Writer, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


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5 years later, still going strong

First SCAP partners began taking ASU Online classes in October 2014.
>3K have earned ASU degree through tuition program while working at Starbucks.
October 15, 2019

More than tuition: Trailblazing Starbucks College Achievement Plan continues to offer partners support, flexibility with ASU Online

Thousands of Arizona State University graduates will forever associate the heady aroma of piping hot coffee with their hard work in completing college. At the fifth anniversary of the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, more than 3,000 people have earned their bachelor’s degree while working at Starbucks.

More than 80 degrees are offered through ASU Online. For many, the plan — in which Starbucks employees, called “partners,” are reimbursed for tuition every semester — was a chance to get back on track with a dream that was temporarily delayed.

One of the proud graduates is Robert Lamb, who had to put college on hold in order to go to work.

“My parents had always told me from a young age how important education was, and I had an opportunity to go to Howard University right out of high school,” he said. After five years, he was close to graduating but had to leave school to work.

“I was always determined to go back,” he said.

He started working at Starbucks in 2010 and last year joined the Starbucks College Achievement Plan. He was able to transfer more than 100 credits, but he was still a little nervous about returning to school.

“I liked the flexibility of online classes, and having eight years of real-life experiences helped me to be structured and disciplined,” he said.

After three semesters, Lamb graduated with a degree in liberal studies and is grateful for the help he had along the way.

“I had the support of my district manager, my regional director, the other partners,” he said. “We have the Workplace Scholar Group, with encouraging messages to each other. That combination helped me get through it. Starbucks has a really great structure and support system, and there’s someone to support you every step of the way.”

Lamb recently finished a temporary assignment with the SCAP program in Seattle and now is a store manager in Baltimore.

“It was amazing to be able to give back to the program that gave me and my family so much,” he said.

ASU President Michael Crow accepts coffee trees from Starbucks partners

Starbucks partners Alexa Kerege (center) and Amber Lawson — who are pursuing their ASU Online degrees in community health and communications, respectively, through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan — present ASU President Michael Crow with seedling coffee trees at a surprise celebration for the fifth anniversary of the Starbucks-ASU partnership Oct. 9 in Tempe. Photo by Alisha Mendez/EdPlus at ASU

Kaede Balazs was the first Starbucks partner to graduate using the program, the first classes for which began in mid-October 2014.

“I originally began college in 2002, and that’s also when I applied to work at Starbucks because I heard they were really accommodating with school schedules and I could have access to benefits even working part-time, which was great for a college student,” Balazs said.

She earned an associate degree and then decided to pause her education while working to save up for a bachelor’s degree.

“That turned into six or seven years,” she said. “But I always wanted to go back to school.”

In 2011, she moved to the Valley and the following year began classes at ASU’s Tempe campus. She wanted more flexibility, so she switched to ASU Online.

“It was perfect because we moved to Germany for a temporary work assignment and I could go to school while living abroad,” she said.

She was in her last semester when the Starbucks College Achievement Plan began. Because she needed only a few credits to complete her mass communication and media studies degree, she graduated in December 2014, after only one ASU Online half-semester session. She now works on the team at Starbucks headquarters in Seattle that handles communications with retail stores.

“It’s so rewarding because it feels like I came full circle. To do work in my degree field and support the stores, where I started, is great,” Balazs said.

“I was kind of hesitant to go back to school because it had been so long. I was worried about whether I could keep up, was I too old, did I miss my window? But it really helped me to grow as a person, and it’s so special to fulfill a promise I made to myself so many years ago.”

Corporations and universities working together

When ASU and Starbucks announced the plan in 2014, it was one of a kind. Since then, other companies, including Uber, have partnered with ASU to provide tuition assistance to their employees. That’s important because increasing the number of college graduates is vital to the economy. According to data from the Department of Education, bachelor's degree-holders typically earn 66% more than those with only a high school diploma and are far less likely to face unemployment.

More than 13,000 Starbucks partners are now in the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, according to Lisa Young, executive director of Starbucks initiatives for EdPlus at ASU.

“Our partnership with Starbucks is the exemplar of how corporations and universities may come together to create real impact at the individual, community and macroeconomic level,” she said.

Over the years, the program has flourished.

  • In 2015, Starbucks expanded benefits to family members of veterans who work at Starbucks.
  • Starting in 2016, graduates were given a “stole of gratitude” to wear at commencement, with the ASU and Starbucks logos on them. The company also started a contest for partners to win an all-expenses-paid trip to graduation at ASU.
  • Starting in 2017, partners who wanted to pursue a degree but who didn’t qualify were offered Pathway to Admission, in which they could take up to 10 college-level courses, with costs covered.
  • Also in 2017, the company began the Workplace Scholar Group for students who wanted to connect and support each other.
  • Earlier this year, ASU added Starbucks-specific support teams in the enrollment and success centers.

After 20 years away from school, Diane Trimble was nervous about resuming classes. She had started college years earlier but dropped out when she had a family. Then in 2015, her manager at Starbucks encouraged her to sign up for SCAP.

“At that time, my son was asking me about college and what he should major in,” she said.

“And I had to think, ‘How can I be an advocate for college if I didn’t finish myself?’”

She was able to transfer a lot of credits, so she set a goal of finishing her degree before her son graduated from high school. And she did it. By taking 18 credits a semester, she was able to earn her degree in organizational leadership in December 2016.

But that wasn’t the end.

“I fell in love with Arizona State University, and I fell in love with education and I wanted more,” said Trimble, who is a Starbucks store manager and lives in Victorville, California.

So she enrolled in a master’s degree program in sustainability leadership and finished that last year. Now, she’s pursuing a doctorate of education.  

“I realized there was a big gap in our education system when it comes to our youth, and I wanted to do more in my community,” she said.

Trimble also is a leader of the new SCAP Alumni Association and is an ambassador for the Starbucks program, visiting high schools and attending career fairs.

“I’m continuing to do the work to move the needle one partner at a time to educate them and help them become a SCAP partner.”

Top photo: Sparky visits Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson for a fifth-anniversary celebration Oct. 8 in Seattle. Photo by Connor Surdi

Mary Beth Faller

Reporter , ASU Now


ASU Night at the D-backs showcases the many paths to careers in sports

October 14, 2019

As thousands of people prepared to celebrate ASU Night at a recent Diamondbacks game, 150 ASU alumni and students gathered at Chase Field ahead of the game against the Dodgers for a Career and Professional Development Services panel to discuss how Sun Devils can make a career in the sports and entertainment industry.

The event, sponsored by the W. P. Carey School of Business and the ASU Alumni Association, featured a diverse set of experiences in the field, including everything from business and legal work to nonprofit and athletic careers. Panelists included Graham Rossini, vice president of special projects and fan experience for the Diamondbacks; Nona Lee, executive vice president and chief legal officer for the Diamondbacks; Joe Bertoletti, senior associate director of sports and tourism for the city of Surprise; Willie Bloomquist, special assistant to the Diamondbacks president and CEO; Elana Kutz, the director of the sports business program at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business; and Debbie Castaldo, vice president of corporate and community impact for the Diamondbacks and the executive director of the Diamondbacks Foundation. W. P. Carey's Elana Kutz speaking at an ASU panel Veronica Aguilar, associate director of alumni for ASU Career and Professional Development Services, at the ASU Night at the Diamondbacks panel event. Download Full Image

Alumnus Aaron Myers, who graduated in 2004 after earning his degree in finance from the W. P. Carey School of Business, attended because he is a big supporter of ASU and he loves sports. 

“It’s great to hear the panelists and their journey and how they got to where they are at,” Myers said. “I was really interested to hear how people got their start in a sports career and what has made them successful so far.”

Myers is currently in banking, but he knows what it’s like to transition to new fields. He grew up mostly overseas in a military family, and he served in the U.S. Air Force as a medical lab technologist. Before shifting to finance, he wanted to pursue medicine but realized that he didn’t enjoy working in trauma. 

Myers, who also played football in high school and for Mesa Community College before his time at ASU, said it’s a family tradition to be a sports fan, and he’s always interested in hearing about career opportunities in the field. He said that the ASU event at the Diamondbacks game showcased how many avenues and journeys can lead to a career in sports.  

“It was great to see the diversity of each panelist and to see where they came from, what that success looks like,” Myers said. “It really reinforced that there’s not just one path to getting into a career in the sports-entertainment industry. There’s not one path. It’s all about passion, and that’s the common thread.”

One of the paths attendees heard about was transitioning from being an athlete to working elsewhere in the industry. Former Diamondbacks utility player Bloomquist, who also played baseball for ASU and earned his degree in management in 2001, said that since baseball had been such a big part of his life for so many years, it was hard to imagine not staying connected after he was done playing. Now the special assistant to Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall, Bloomquist said he relied on his ASU network to help him stay in the industry. Hall is also a Sun Devil, who graduated in 1991 with a degree in broadcast journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

“It’s a very, very competitive world, so, like it or not, a lot of times you have to rely on your network and who you know and how you’re able to use your strengths that might be useful in that industry in some way, shape or form,” Bloomquist said. “To go into it cold turkey is gonna be very, very competitive; it’s going to be tough to break into initially.” 

Bloomquist said he loved the interactive panel and hearing from fellow Sun Devils about the practical questions they had about the industry. He enjoys connecting with Sun Devils because of his great experience at the university and because the university attracts such great people, which makes networking easier and more enjoyable, he said.  

“It was the best four years of my life hands down. Just the experiences, not only as an athlete but also as a student there. The opportunities that the university offers both athletically and academically are just second to none,” Bloomquist said. “Once you leave there, the network that it provides is really extraordinary. On all fronts from the time you’re there to the time you leave and now being an alumni, the networking and all that is tremendous.” 

Associate Director of Alumni for ASU Career and Professional Development Services Veronica Aguilar said it was thrilling to organize and host this event at the stadium itself and to draw so many mid-career professionals to hear about ASU’s career services for life.

Her favorite part of the event was seeing so many people get excited about being in a group of Sun Devils. When she asked the attendees how many were alumni of ASU, the room went wild. 

“To see that amount of pride in a room in a setting that was for a Major League Baseball game in their space, that literally gave me chills. It was so exciting to see everyone come together and be excited,” Aguilar said. 

Aguilar said the feedback she received from alumni after the event has been amazing, and she said that she loves sharing with Sun Devils all the resources they have access to:

There’s another opportunity right around the corner. Don’t miss out on the fun and professional development! Check out the Nov. 13 event at Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soup in Tempe. Hear from owner Aaron Pool, an ASU alumnus who studied business and graduated in 2009.

Need career services but you’re not sure where to start? Reach out and CPDS is happy to guide you. Call Aguilar at 480-965-6307 or email vaaguila@asu.edu.

Hannah Moulton Belec

Marketing content specialist, Educational Outreach and Student Services