Amy Giberson Bailey (’95), Orange, CA
When Amy Bailey (’95) learned she was the July winner of the Aztec for Life Monthly Prize Giveaway, she knew exactly what she would do with the framed and autographed Stephen Strasburg photo she had won.
Alumni Association Lifetime Member Amy Bailey ('95) won a photo autographed by Washington Nationals pitcher and Aztec alum Stephen Strasburg.
"My son’s whole room is themed with baseball stuff,” she said, “and so it's going to go on the wall in his room.”
Bailey’s 11-year-old son, Spencer, plays catcher on a Little League team that recently won a division championship. Like Strasburg, he was also on an all-star team.
“We're big baseball fans,” she explained. “Spencer actually knows who (Strasburg) is. When we were watching the (Major League) All-Star Game, I was, like, ‘He went to San Diego State!’”
A SCARY THING
Bailey has a lot of pride in being an Aztec. During the 1993-94 school year she was president of Associated Students. She remembers her very first duty in her new office was to secure permission to stage a huge rock concert event on campus.
“They sent me over to (SDSU president) Dr. (Thomas) Day's office to ask if we could have Lollapalooza in Aztec Bowl,” recalls Bailey, whose student name was Giberson. “There were 50,000 crazy people (going to be) invading the Bowl as one of the last things we did before putting the Student Activities Center (now Viejas Arena) there, so, yeah, I remember that as one of my scariest things I had to go do."
As the top student leader, she visited CSU campuses throughout California and also got to travel with the football team to Hawaii. So what did she take away from her presidential experience?
"Working with all kinds of diverse people was probably number one,” she assessed. “Being a communication major, too, I think it gave me a lot of confidence.
“One of my responsibilities was speaking to new students at orientation in the Open Air Theatre. It was packed. There were 7,000 - 10,000 kids there. Because of experiences like that I don't have any fear. And just getting up and campaigning and doing all those kind of things helped me in life with trying to figure out compromises with groups and things like that.”
HELPING OTHER AZTECS
These days Bailey sells telecommunications software. Her work takes her all over the country, but she still stays connected to SDSU as a lifetime member of the Alumni Association. Recently, she interviewed candidates on campus and hired a student as a summer intern for her company through the university’s Entrepreneurial Management Center.
"I know it's a good education and I love to try and help people who are from my alma mater,” she explained.
One of Bailey’s prized possessions is the gavel she once used as AS president. It’s on display in her home.
"I just can't imagine not staying connected to SDSU and helping to share the great experiences that I had,” she said. “It would be unfathomable to me to not be a lifetime member of the Alumni Association.
“SDSU will always have a big place in my heart.”
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