When Amy Hoover Jones '02 got the call to be the alumni director at her alma mater, it was an easy choice to make. St. Ambrose is definitely benefitting from her energy, ideas and experience, even though her new job isn't exactly the 30 Rockefeller Plaza seat she wanted as an undergrad.
"Like most new graduates," Jones explains, "I was willing to use my degree in a variety of positions that would give me a steady paycheck, but I really thought that I would end up as a broadcast journalist. I spent hours developing my résumé tape and applying to jobs throughout the country hoping that I would be the next Katie Couric."
As it turns out, living and supporting the mission of St. Ambrose is proving to be a much bigger job-and definitely more satisfying-than delivering the news.
"Working in the Alumni Office, first as the Director of Special Events and now as the Alumni Director, I have found a happy marriage that uses my communication, organizational and people skills-all complemented by my love for St. Ambrose."
Jones said her ongoing goal is to continually serve the 23,000 St. Ambrose University alums and make sure they are engaged with their alma mater.
"With my short time in this position, I've begun the exciting process of figuring out how we can build on the great things already happening and discovering new ways to engage this great group of people."