Alexandra Veatch is passionate about Emory & Henry. During her years as a student, she devoted time and energy to strengthening the campus community she considered home. Her leadership roles including serving as editor-in-chief of The Whitetopper (the campus newspaper), a member of the Emory Activities Board and a head resident advisor. The activities were more than just a fun social outlet for Veatch. They also were critical learning experiences that extended her education beyond the classroom.
“While my classes provided an important foundation, I also learned so much from all the activities I participated in,” says Veatch, a native of central Illinois who lived in Roanoke during her teens. “I learned how to communicate well and work with others. I learned how to be a leader. I definitely learned how to multi-task. But I also learned how to be me.”
Veatch, a former admissions counselor for Emory & Henry, now works fulltime as a sales manager for the Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau, promoting southwest Virginia as a tourist destination. She credits the College’s liberal arts approach as key to her professional growth.
“I had to take so many different classes, and I’m able to draw on what I learned to engage people on a much deeper level,” Veatch says. “I am a firm believer that a liberal arts education can lead you anywhere, and you will be prepared, which is incredibly important in today’s job market.
Hometown: Roanoke, Va.
Current City: Meadowview, Va.
Occupation: Sales Manager for the Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau
Major: Religion and Mass Communications
Minor: Public Policy and Community Service
Extra-curricular Activities at Emory & Henry:
Head Resident Advisor
Editor-in-Chief, The Whitetopper, E&H Campus Newspaper (also was News Editor and Managing Editor)
Emory Activities Board
Emory Radio Station
Work study, Emory & Henry Office of Advancement & Alumni Office
Tour Guide, Emory & Henry Admissions Office