(Editor's Note: The ASU Alumni Association recently released a recap of its activities during 2013, in the form of a brief report and an episode of The Alumni Experience podcast. Here is the text of the report and below is a link to the podcast episode. Enjoy!)
An ASU Alumni Association update from Dr. Christine K. Wilkinson
President, ASU Alumni Association
Senior Vice President and Secretary of the University
As 2013 draws to a close, I wanted to provide Sun Devils with an update on the ways in which the ASU Alumni Association has worked this year to enhance the alumni experience, advance the university, honor traditions and strengthen itself in order to unite and serve our alumni family better.
In this letter, you can take a look at the events and programs from the last year that showcased our “Sun Devil heroes,” and you’ll learn a few ways in which you can be a hero for ASU and the Alumni Association.
- We kicked off the year by honoring military Sun Devil heroes at our Founders’ Day celebration in February.
- We also honored ASU’s most accomplished football players at our Legends Luncheon in October. This year the honorees were the 2013 inductees to the ASU Ring of Honor Society.
- Health innovators were another group of heroes we honored in 2013, this time through a profile showcase in the May issue of ASU Magazine.
- Our football team, which ended the year as Pac-12 South champions, certainly had an amazing run this fall, and our away-game tailgate in Dallas for the game against Notre Dame on Oct. 5 was epic!
- The cooperation of the Texas chapters in the weeks before the Notre Dame game illustrates the strength of our alumni chapter network, which is now 106 units strong! The chapters help us extend ASU’s mission and reach all over the country, as well as around the globe.
- More than a dozen chapters did an ASU Cares “day of service” event this year in March – their activities ranged from beach clean-ups and painting homeless shelters to restocking food pantries.
- More than 30 chapters hosted Pat’s Run “shadow run,” small community runs held in conjunction with the Pat’s Run held in Tempe in April.
How to be a Sun Devil hero
- If you live in Arizona, one of the easiest ways to help today’s ASU students is to buy an ASU collegiate license plate, also known as a Sparky plate. This program provides major support for our Medallion Scholarship Program; of the $25 fee for the plate, $17 goes directly to the scholarship program.
- For those not living in Arizona, you can help us grow our out-of-state ASU license plate program to carry Sun Devil pride nationwide. We debuted an ASU-themed license plate in Texas earlier this year, and we have a license plate program up and running in Maryland, too.
- Join the ASU Alumni Association if you haven’t already done so. Your membership unlocks important benefits for you, and helps us fund events, programs and initiatives that unite all alumni and advance the university.
- Upgrade your membership to the Life or Gold Devil Life level. Your upgrade puts you in an elite group of Sun Devils who have made the ultimate commitment to ASU.
Best wishes to you and Happy New Year!