"While God blessed our campus from any direct impact, the E-3 tornados did impact our students with several hundred of our young Hornets having their family homes hit by these killer winds," Swoope stated. "That is when ASU joined forces with several local non-profit organizations and formed a tornado relief effort that delivered an 18-wheeler loaded full of disaster relief supplies for Selma, which our students worked diligently to achieve and that I helped organize with two local community leaders."
Swoope also has worked with students to coordinate similar disaster relief efforts for the tornado victims of Autauga County.
SEVERAL SUCCESSFUL EVENTS ON CAMPUS
In the midst of all of these storms, Swoope also played a leadership role in coordinating two major on-campus events on the same Saturday: the nationally recognized Honda Battle of the Bands and ASU's Connection Day, a major recruitment event. Most recently, Swoope presided over the grand opening of ASU's Gaming Room and E-Sports Laboratory, a highly successful event that drew print and broadcast media, reporting on yet another ASU student-centered initiative on campus.
HER OBJECTIVES FOR THE FUTURE
Swoope has a formal plan for success that she has been developing and implementing since her first wind-swept day on campus:
Objective 1: To create an engaging and fulfilling student life experience;
Objective 2: To ensure institutional improvement by building a culture of quality customer service;
Objective 3: To increase student persistence toward timely degree completion through comprehensive academic support initiatives;
Objective 4: To establish and sustain impactful community partnerships and involvement;
Objective 5: To maintain a retention task force to engage academic affairs/student affairs in leading efforts that promote student enrollment and academic success; and,
Objective 6: To build a comprehensive recruitment and enrollment plan to broaden ASU’s outreach to traditional and nontraditional students.
BUSY FIRST TWO MONTHS
Swoope explained that it has been a very busy first two months for her at ASU, but that is the way that she likes it.
"My hope, my dream as vice president, is to focus on both our current students’ success and happiness, as well as recruitment and enrollment for our upcoming class of fall 2023 students. We are pushing hard to move our number of new students upward while retaining our present student body," Swoope explained. "Growth is the key and while we have a plan with objectives to meet, I welcome any positive suggestions and input because it's all about making the Hornet Nation as great as it can be and that requires everyone to contribute and for me to listen and lead," Swoope said.