In each issue of the Circle Park News, we feature a member of the CCI Board of Visitors through a Q&A session. This feature is on BOV member Mary Wood.
Mary Wood earned a B.A. degree in Speech Communication from UT in 1992 and later earned her MBA in Marketing from The University of Tampa. She is currently the Market Research Manager for the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Florida. She is married to Scott Wood (UT, ’87) and has two daughters: Hannah Natalia and Emily Helene. Wood is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, a business honor society.
CCI: How and when did you first get involved (on a volunteer basis) with CCI? Years after graduation, I made a campus visit with my family. As we walked around the Communications Building I paid a visit to one of my favorite professors, Dr. John Haas. He encouraged me to reconnect with UT and the college, and I’m glad I did!
CCI: In your view, what is the most important or impactful role you’ve played as a volunteer? The most important role I think I’ve played as a volunteer is to share my experiences in volunteer management and university level development and to translate these experiences into suggestions that can be implemented by the college.
CCI: Why have you chosen to support the college (financially and/or with your time)? Why do you see this as important? I have chosen to support the college because I believe in the value and benefit of the program. Therefore, I believe it is important to continue to advance the reputation of CCI and the University to help industry employers gain a greater appreciation of this value. I also think it is important to share the professional knowledge I have with CCI students to help prepare them as they work toward obtaining employment in the field.
CCI: What do you hope to accomplish during your term with the BOV? I hope to continue to connect with professors and students and to support the strategic initiatives of the college.
CCI: Is there anything exciting or interesting going on “behind the scenes” in CCI that the average alum might not be aware of? As during our college years, CCI professors continue to have a wealth of knowledge and insight. I always find it helpful to bounce industry ideas and new service offerings off my undergraduate and graduate school professors. Their insight can be invaluable!
CCI: If someone is considering volunteerism as a way to “give back” to the University, what advice would you have for them? Why should they do it? There are so many ways to become involved with the University. Whether it’s on a committee, through financial support, or by working behind the scenes, all volunteer efforts help to accomplish the University’s mission of being a preeminent public research and teaching university. Our college experience doesn’t have to end at graduation. Volunteering, in whatever capacity fits your situation, is a great way to stay connected with UT and to make an impact on future generations.
CCI: What from your UT and CCI experience has “stuck with you” during life since graduating? My experience during my internship has proven to be one of the most impactful while at UT. Having the ability to see the “real world” in action allowed me to put lessons learned during my college years into perspective.
CCI: What is your favorite memory from your time as a student at UT? There are so many great memories I have from my time as a UT student, particularly the camaraderie with my sorority sisters in Delta Zeta. These are friendships I still maintain to this day (almost 20 years later)! Additionally, attending my first UT football game as a student and watching the team run through the “T” was an experience I’ll never forget!