alexi_etgesA dedicated member of the Arkansas Alumni Association, Alexi Etges, has taken the education that the University of Arkansas provided her with, to the urban environment in St. Louis, MO. She is the associate development director for Forest Park Forever, one of America’s greatest urban public parks that is dedicated to restoration, preservation and education.

As the associate development director, Etges oversees the annual fund, special events and major donors.

“I love my job,” she said. “I get to work for an incredible organization and raise money for an icon in our region.”

Etges and her husband, Peter, are newlyweds living in St. Louis and will celebrate their first year of marriage Sept. 1. The pair started dating in college at the recommendation of mutual friends. Both are U of A alumni.

Etges graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas in 2005 with a B.S.B.A. in business economics. Academically, she excelled among her peers and was awarded a Walton College Outstanding Student Award for economics upon graduation.

Choosing to attend the University of Arkansas was not a difficult choice for Etges, who was familiar with the area as a student at Fayetteville High School. She and her brother, Morgan Correll, were both awarded with the prestigious Chancellor’s Scholarship and the financial provision helped guide her decision to attend, she said.

“The scholarship provided us with additional financial incentive to attend,” she said.

The brother and sister duo were the only ones in the Correll family to graduate from the University of Arkansas, but they wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It was a wonderful experience,” Etges said. “My classes were challenging, and I especially enjoyed my economics class. My brother and I are the only ones in our family to attend the University of Arkansas and because we lived in Fayetteville at the time, it just made sense to attend the U of A.”

In 2001, Etges joined the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and became president of the chapter by 2004. Joining the sorority was one of the best decisions she made while attending the University of Arkansas and helped shape who she is today, she said.

Additionally, she was a member of the Student Alumni Board for three years and co-chair of the board for two years.

“I very much enjoyed being part of the Alumni Association while in college and think it really helped me understand the value they bring to the alumni and the University,” she said. “Both of my experiences as a member of Student Alumni Board and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority gave me amazing leadership opportunities.”

Etges values her membership to the Arkansas Alumni Association and thinks it’s important to give back to the alma mater that provided her with a strong education and many opportunities, she said. She especially enjoys meeting fellow Razorbacks at events put on by the Arkansas Alumni Association.