From mayor to nonprofit CEO: Alumnus shares how ASU prepared him to be a successful leader

Throughout his career, Neil Giuliano, an alumnus of the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University, has worn many hats.

From working at ASU's Alumni Association and serving as the mayor of Tempe, Arizona, to serving as the president and CEO of three different nonprofit organizations, Giuliano has gained invaluable experience and a unique set of skills. 

Giuliano graduated from ASU in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in communication and in 1983 with a master’s degree in higher education. After graduation, he stayed at ASU for more than 20 years, working in several different roles including as director of federal and community relations, faculty associate, interim executive director and associate executive director of the ASU Alumni Association, and program coordinator and director of student leadership programs. 

ASU Now article - November 5, 2020

ASU alumna changing the beverage game with 'Hint' water

Kara Goldin has received many awards and titles. She was selected to be one of eleven women for Fortune’s 2011 "Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs," and one of Ernst and Young’s "Entrepreneurial Winning Women” in 2012. In 2015, Goldin was selected as winner of the Marketers That Matter award for Brand Building Small Company. The Huffington Post also named her as one of six disruptors in business alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg.

ASU Now article - November 20, 2017

COM alumni honored with ASU Sun Devil 100 awards

From technology and talent recruitment to public relations, eleven Arizona State University alumni have discovered how entrepreneurship is elevated through human communication.  Nineteen organizations were honored with the Sun Devil 100 award for demonstrating innovation, growth and entrepreneurial spirit. Among the winners included three communication majors — Charles “Reagan” Jackson, Jennifer Kaplan and Kathleen Duffy Ybarra — from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

September 21, 2020 

ER doctor, ASU alum prescribes communication degree for success in medicine

When communication alumnus Keith Gould started out at Arizona State University in 1984, he didn’t know if he wanted to be a stockbroker or a doctor and began taking classes in political science and chemistry. But it wasn’t until a friend talked him into taking Communication 101 that he realized he wanted to major in communication.

ASU Now Februaruy 26, 2020

COM alumnus wins prestigious Jack Nicklaus Award

Jon Rahm, Communication B.A. 2012, won the prestigious Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award, becoming the second ASU student to receive the honor. Recent Arizona State University graduate and member of the Sun Devil golf team

The award, presented by Barbasol, recognizes top players at the all Division levels of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the National Junior College Athletic Association. Only four other players, includinging Rahm, from across the country have been recognized. ASU alumnus Phil Mickelson, who has won more than 40 events on the Professional Golfers' Association Tour, previously received the award three times from 1990 to 1992.

Rahm arrived in the 2012 from Barrika, Spain. Facing a language barrier and unfamiliar life on the Tempe campus, Rahm embraced his challenges. He became a member of the SunDevil golf team and become one of the team’s most successful players.

ASU Now article - July 29, 2016