WPC Voices
Letters to the editor
Dear editor,

I was pleased to read about the 50th anniversary of the BA building. I was an undergraduate student at the time of the opening of the BA building. One of the most popular attributes at the time was the computer room located near the center staircase on the first floor. There was a large room with an exterior glass wall that contained an IBM business computer. (This is most likely why the color blue was used for the first floor.) The computer printer was located near the exterior glass wall so students could see and hear it from the outside. This computer room was very unique for the time. I hope that it is mentioned in the next BA building anniversary article.

In the ’60s, most of the math was done with pencil and paper. There were calculators in a BA room, and they were the size of typewriters. We did not have handheld calculators.

John W. Overland (BS Management ’72)

Summer 1968
Students pose for a photo between Palo Verde East and West dorms during summer 1968. Top right is Vic Wickersham and bottom right is Ginia Luckard (Wickersham).
Dear editor,

Thank you for the recent article about the Business Administration building’s 50th anniversary.

I was lucky to be among some of the first students to get to use the new building during the second summer session of 1968 before the official dedication. I had a business communications class taught by Dr. John Toodle, and also a management class. I thought it was a beautiful building then, and I still do.

That was a special summer for me. While standing in line to pay my dorm fee, I met a pretty geology student. Next year, that pretty girl and I will be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary.

Vic Wickersham (MBA ’72)

Overheard on social media
Six years. Five states. Four jobs. Three majors. Two schools. One degree. It took longer than I had hoped, but I finally did it! Thank you to everyone who supported me along the way, especially my family. I love you all and am very grateful for the opportunity to continue my education in America!

Elizabeth Kopylova (BS Management ’19)

For the past two years, I’ve been working full time while going to business school at night. I barely slept trying to get to this point in life. Tonight I got there. I got my MBA specialized in finance and supply chain management. I know today technically is supposed to be my day, but I think of it as a day to be thankful to all the friends and family that stood by me throughout these two years. I dedicate my degree and my success to all of you that were there for me in person or in spirit, and especially my grandfather who was looking down on me from heaven this whole time. I love you all!

Faissal Sheik El Ard (MBA ’19)

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Aashini Choksi
I think one of the biggest things I would like to do in order to give back to W. P. Carey is participate in mentorship. I really benefited from participating, so talking to a student who may be interested in what I’m doing — and helping them find the right path — would be all that I can ask for after I graduate.

Aashini Choksi (BS Economics/BA Business Law ’19)

Zarina Shafeeva
I love the fact that I’m going to be staying in Arizona, so I’ll still be right in the backyard of ASU. I’ll still be able to come visit the campus, attend football games, and be a Sun Devil. I’m also really excited to have the opportunity to mentor at W. P. Carey, and meet all of the amazing students who come here.

Zarina Shafeeva (BS Business Data Analytics ’19)

Eli Bliman
I’m excited to, first of all, have a little bit of a break from the homework, but mostly it’ll be sad just because I won’t be seeing all of my close friends at the university every day. ASU has been such an important part of my life. I really have internalized the Sun Devil spirit of enthusiasm and of inclusivity — values I hope I bring to everything I do in the future.

Eli Bliman (BS Marketing ’19)