Meet the New Director of Alumni Relations - Amy Shirola

Amy Shirola - New Director of Alumni Relations at SNUAmy Shirola, a Southern Nazarene University Accounting alum and Oklahoma City native, is the new Director of Alumni Relations. She has been a part time employee for the SNU Alumni office for 5 years. Being a wife and a mother has proven to be the most beautiful example of the Lord’s unconditional love for us, and she strives to live her life through that filter.  

At SNU, the focus is on people, purpose, and calling. She is ecstatic to carry her passion of servant leadership into this new role. Amy is a people person and loves hearing stories that are all diverse, but in the context of SNU there is a common thread that often links her own story to fellow alums. “I love reminding and reconnecting our alums with our purpose. We all have a story of how time in Bethany, OK has moved us in the direction we are going, and realizing what a difference others made in our lives while we were here.  Being a part of someone else’s journey is rewarding. Our alums are the best at that! ”  Her hope is to highlight many different, impactful ways our alums are using their gifts and talents in the communities they live in. Amy truly believes that the work done at SNU changes lives, and she’s more than excited to take part in that missio

Q & A with Amy

Where are you from originally?  
Originally from OKC - born and bred!

Where did you attend university and what is your degree(s) in?
I attended SNU and have an Accounting degree.

How long have you worked at SNU (what positions have you had previously)? What has impacted you most about being involved in this community? 
I’ve been at SNU for 5 years, all 5 years in the Alumni office working part time. The mission and purpose of SNU runs deep.  Thats what I love most about being involved in this community.  The work we do changes lives.

How has working for SNU taught you about servant leadership?  
Many jobs focus is on the bottom line. I was a part of that focus for 15 years in corporate accounting.  At SNU, the focus is on people, purpose, and calling. In my opinion, it’s the only way to lead and I am excited about carrying on the passion of servant leadership in my new role.

What has being a wife and mother taught you about the Lord’s love? 
I’ve been married 21 years (met my  husband Andy Shirola here).  I have 3 kids - Carson, 15, Neely 13 and Karly 11.  God’s love is unconditional.  Having a family is the most beautiful example of that.   It doesn’t matter what they do, my love for them is unconditional.

How do you hope to make an impact through being the Director of Alumni Relations?
I love reminding and reconnecting our alums with our mission.  SNU alums are a special group of people who all spent time on this campus.  They are doing extraordinary things in our world, making a difference right where they are in people’s lives.  I hope to highlight the many different, impactful, ways our alums are using their gifts and talents in the communities they live in.

What excites you most about this new role?  
Meeting our alums!!  I love people and I love to hear their stories.  They are so diverse.  

What do you think keeps alumni interested in giving back to SNU?  
Remembering their time here, and how it has impacted their lives.  We all have a story of how time in Bethany, OK has moved us in the direction we are going, and realizing what a difference others made in our lives while we were here.  Being a part of someone else’s story is rewarding.  Our alums are the best at that!

Story:  Sydney Jones, Senior, Mass Communications.
Photo: Ian Weston, SNU Creative


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