Inspired to Give Back
Communications alumna Mindy Belt '85 believes that a well-rounded education is the key to a successful career. She attributes her success to a number of factors, including internships, college scholarships and support from University of Idaho faculty and staff she received while on campus.
"Throughout my years at Idaho, the instructors and campus employees always made the students feel welcome, respected and cared about," Mindy says. "They were accessible and willing to help the students meet their goals. I think there are instructors like that everywhere; but at the UI, they were the norm, rather than the exception."
Mindy's college career would not have been complete if it weren't for her Kappa Alpha Theta sorority sisters. Her involvement in UI's Greek system provided her with a campus community, but also options to explore a wide range of interests and creative pursuits that have served her well throughout her working years.
"My career took a very interesting path, from Public TV to Cable TV, to office management, while pursuing writing, layout and photography on the side," Mindy says. "I essentially 'fell' into healthcare marketing when I moved to the Philadelphia area, and was fortunate to be able to grow and build on my post-graduate technical writing and design education."
The College of Letters Arts and Social sciences provided Mindy with internship opportunities that led to her successful career in television, by providing her with an authentic working experience that developed her diverse set of skills. She also became a paid staff member with KUID TV.
"As communication students, we were able to work side-by-side with our classmates on live and post-produced TV shows, including Vandal sports events, theatre and dance productions," she says. "That experience allowed us to 'dip our toes' in the real working world, and gain the kind of experience that made UI graduates stand out in the job market.
Mindy has chosen give back to UI because of the many opportunities, through scholarships and other programs, she earned in order to complete her degree and attain a successful career. Through a beneficiary designation on her retirement plan, she will contribute to financial aid for UI women who need additional support in order to attend college.
"I am so fortunate to be in a position now where I could help others in some small way to live the 'Idaho experience' and gain a rich education in the process," she says.
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