“I can’t promise to do anything better, but I do promise to do things bigger,” says Chris D. Giovarelli (’08), the 2007 Student Alumni Association president. After a year of service as the BYUSA president, Giovarelli has joined SAA with the hope of helping students start on the path to successful careers.
At the groundbreaking of the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center in 2006, he met the former SAA president, Mark R. Bean (’08), and realized SAA would offer a new opportunity to serve. “I felt it was the direction I should go,” Giovarelli says.
During his presidency, Bean was instrumental in launching a number of successful programs, including the first Professional Etiquette Dinner and Show Me the Money, a student seminar on financial planning. The new president intends to expand SAA’s events, including the Take a Cougar to Lunch program and the Professional Etiquette Dinner. “SAA is set up to prepare students professionally, to network with BYU alumni, and to give back to the school in the future,” Giovarelli says. “BYU graduates share a common bond that continues after we leave the university. In the coming year, we encourage BYU alums visiting campus to contact us and mentor a student in their field. I’m excited to be a part of it.”
The other new SAA officers for 2007 include Matthew N. Daley (’08), executive vice president; Heather S. Hawkins (’10), volunteers vice president; Joseph R. Nance (’09), external vice president; Brett A. Bardsley (’08), marketing vice president; and David A. Luker (’08), financial vice president.