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SAGU alumna lands job with BASF FreeportWaxahachie, Texas — January 24, 2013 — In December 2012, Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumna Tabitha Ray began her first official day as the Communications Specialist (Community Outreach Representative) for the Community and Government Affairs Department at BASF, The Chemical Company, in Freeport, Texas.

Ray says, "The best thing about my position is the numerous opportunities that I get to be a part of in the community. I have the privilege of participating in over 150 community events every year and serve on several community committees."

Ray serves on the local Chamber of Commerce, the Brazosport College Scholarship Fundraising Committee, and the Texas Chemical Council. BASF’s community involvement includes supporting Junior Achievement, the Boys & Girls Club, United Way, youth sports groups, and local schools.

Ray is from Brazoria, Texas, and grew up attending Brazoria First Assembly of God. She became acquainted with SAGU through the Assemblies of God fine arts festivals and enrolled as an English major in Fall 2009. Ray graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and an associate degree in biblical studies in April 2012.

After graduating in April, Ray interned at BASF Freeport during the summer of 2012. She was asked to continue working with the company as a contracted worker until November, when Ray was offered the communication specialist position.

Ray writes and edits internal publications, many which are distributed internationally, including the BASF headquarters in Ludwigshafen, Germany. She serves as editor-in-chief for the company’s external magazine “The Freeporter” and writes the online BASF newsletter. She also supports the company’s media relations efforts by drafting press releases and arranging and taking photos.

Ray believes she developed her career-related skills while working in the SAGU's Southwestern Missions Association (SMA). She says, "I learned about different cultures and how to communicate across cultural barriers in order to build relationships. Working for BASF, I continuously interact with people from other countries, cultures and languages. I am able to work freely and communicate easily with people from all across the globe while appreciating their cultural differences. ”

Ray expresses gratitude to the SAGU English professors for showing her how to develop her writing skills. “I would not be where I am today without the SAGU English professors. They showed me how to find my voice. Although I was a good writer, I didn't enjoy it, but my professors taught me to love writing.”

Ray advises SAGU students, “Learn from every opportunity. Never walk away from an experience thinking that it was a waste of time, because you can learn from every experience. You never know what door God has opened for you or how much a present experience might play into your future.”

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. BASF combines economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. They create chemistry for a sustainable future.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927 and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

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