Once a Sun Devil, always a Sun Devil
By: Sharon Tom
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo
’12 MBA, W.P. Carey School of Business
The Arizona State University Native American Alumni Chapter serves our Native American Sun Devils throughout the United States, making opportunities to come together, meet alumni, network, rekindle old friendships, and most importantly, to promote our alma mater and have fun!
As one of the few special interest chapters sponsored by the ASU Alumni Association, we host quarterly meetings and different events throughout the year to be a vital connection for our Native alumni and the university.
Stay involved: Chapter Meetings & Networking Events
All alumni are invited to attend board meetings to learn more about getting involved in chapter activities and events. We welcome fellow alums to join, stay connected with ASU and serve as role models in our respective communities through outreach or being involved in community events. We are always seeking volunteers to assist in coordinating events and brainstorming new ideas.
Alumni Spring Breakfast
Every year during the ASU Powwow weekend, the chapter hosts a Breakfast Social and Mixer to connect with local and visiting alumni. We feature an ASU alumni speaker every year from different fields or backgrounds to share their educational or career path with current students and alumni who attend the event each year. It is one of our more popular events.
Josiah N. Moore Scholarship Benefit Dinner
The Josiah N. Moore Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established in celebration of Josiah N. Moore by his family and the NAAC to fulfill his lifelong dream of providing and improving education for Native Americans attending ASU. Josiah N. Moore was an ASU professor and former chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Each year, the chapter awards scholarships to current Native American students many of whom have gone on to transform their communities through their leadership and continued dedication to service.
This signature event is one of the highlights of the year and we encourage alumni to be part of our event this year as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of this scholarship benefit dinner. Our next JNM Benefit dinner will be held Saturday, November 2 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe.
American Indian Convocations
In collaboration with the American Indian Student Support Services (AISSS) and other ASU programs, the chapter participates in the American Indian Convocations every semester to celebrate each new alumnus who receives their degree. We also give out the distinguished Dr. Frank Dukepoo Outstanding Scholar Award to a graduate who achieves a 4.0 GPA or better upon graduation. This is a wonderful experience as we welcome and congratulate new alumni members.