Editor’s Notes: Inside the Fall 2013 Issue

Fall 2013CoverWith the newly minted issue of Marriott Alumni Magazine on my desk and the leaves outside twinkling red and yellow, it is officially autumn. The changing season marks an important anniversary for the Marriott School and the appointment of a new dean.

In October 1988 BYU’s management school was officially named for J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott. To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary, the deans are inviting the Marriott School community to donate twenty-five thousand hours of service. Author Joseph Ogden kicked off the magazine’s coverage of the yearlong event with Becoming Marriott, an article looking at how the Marriott name has pushed the school to strive for continued success. You can get in on the action here.

The other exciting news—professor Lee Perry’s appointment as dean—was officially announced this summer. Not long after, the mag staff sat down with Perry to talk about his plans for the future. The takeaway: Perry cares about collaboration. That was very evident when the associate deans joined him on his photo shoot for High Altitude.

That shoot isn’t the only one worth mentioning, however. In May I hopped a flight to NYC to interview one of our leading alums, Kimberly Clark. Clark is fearless, vibrant, and sassy—all of which I tried to convey in Citi Slicker. The accompanying photo shoot took us around Manhattan, and the images, courtesy of photographer Brittany Ambridge, make Clark (and the city) sparkle.

This issue also features two informative pieces highlighting Marriott School professors. In The Play-Off Payoff, author Bremen Leak focuses on research from Ramon Zabriskie about the role of dads in recreation. World Market by journalist Celia Shatzman outlines the steps to securing an expat assignment and includes insight from professor Simon Greathead.

The issue wraps up with a tradition close to my heart: the Marriott School’s Christmas cards. As a BYU student I helped stuff countless envelopes and brainstormed what would eventually become Blue Light Special. The award-winning cards have made the holidays jolly and bright for nearly fifteen years. Warm Tidings, Great Joy pulls back the curtain on how these greetings are made, but we’ve also compiled all the cards on the blog.

It is, after all, the most wonderful time of the year: fall.