Luoma appointed associate vice president for University Business Services

March 31, 2016

Nichol Luoma, an accomplished business executive and ASU alumna, is the new associate vice president for University Business Services and University Sustainability Operations officer at Arizona State University. She reports directly to Morgan R. Olsen, ASU executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer.

Since November 2015, Luoma served as associate vice president and University Sustainability Operations officer in an interim capacity. She will oversee more than a dozen ASU functions, including: procurement, ASU Parking and Transit, Sun Devil Card Services, materials management, risk management, environmental health and safety, trademark management and the University Club. head shot of ASU's Nichol Luoma Nichol Luoma has been named the new associate vice president for University Business Services and University Sustainability Operations officer at Arizona State University. Download Full Image

Before her associate vice president interim appointment, Luoma served as ASU’s chief procurement officer, responsible for procurement and contracting. Under her leadership, ASU procurement was honored in 2015 with the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award from the National Procurement Institute for the seventh consecutive year. Procurement also was recognized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's Sustainable Campus index as No. 1 in the purchasing category.

“Nichol Luoma has the skills, dedication and communication abilities to manage the diverse demands of the associate vice president and sustainability operations officer position,” Olsen said. “Since 2012, Nichol has worked collaboratively across ASU to help drive cross-functional process improvements and optimization of supplier relationships in support of the New American University mission.”

“We are very pleased that Nichol will continue to be part of our senior leadership team, leading university business services and coordinating our institutional sustainability initiatives,” Olsen added.

Luoma has more than 16 years of global business operations leadership experience. She returned to her alma mater in a professional capacity in 2012 after serving as vice president of operations for two juvenile products companies, Boon Inc. and Keen Distribution, both of which were acquired by Tomy International in 2011. Before Boon and Keen, Luoma spent nearly a decade in multiple business and supply chain roles at Intel Corporation, which included management of complex international supply chains. She also served Clarkston Consulting in a senior business-consulting role, where she advised large corporate clients on business/technology redesign and supply chain optimization.

“I believe that my new role provides me with an outstanding opportunity to simplify and enhance business operations that deliver excellent service to students, faculty and staff,” Luoma said. “The educational path I chose early in life has brought me full circle to my maroon-and-gold roots. I am grateful and eager to begin this new life chapter at the institution to which I attribute much of my business success.”

Luoma graduated summa cum laude from ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business and Barrett, the Honors College with a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management. She also was a W. P. Carey School of Business Outstanding Graduating Senior. She received her MBA from Duke University, where she also graduated summa cum laude and was honored as a Fuqua Scholar. 

ASU student takes top collegiate honor at Arizona Photojournalism Awards

April 1, 2016

For the fourth consecutive year, an Arizona State University student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication has won the highest collegiate honor in the state’s top photojournalism contest.

Cronkite senior Sean Logan of Tucson, Arizona, was named College Photographer of the Year in the Arizona Press Club’s 2015 Arizona Photojournalism Awards, earning him a $500 scholarship. His win marks the fourth straight year a Cronkite student has won this award. He joins past Cronkite student winners: Connor Radnovich (2014), Jessie Wardarski (2013) and Aaron Lavinsky (2012). Sean Logan, Cronkite Cronkite student Sean Logan is the Arizona Press Club's 2015 College Photographer of the Year. Download Full Image

In this year’s contest, Cronkite swept the category, with junior Courtney Pedroza of Phoenix taking second place, winning a $250 scholarship. In the professional competition, Cronkite sophomore Ben Moffat of Tempe, Arizona, bested some of the state’s leading professional photojournalists, securing second place in the spot news category for a State Press photo capturing the aftermath of a monsoon storm that hit the Valley in 2015.

Logan’s award-winning entries included a family impacted by a mine spill in Mexico, the relapse of a heroin addict and a quiet scene of a woman wearing a hijab walking into an Islamic community center following an anti-Islam protest outside the building.

Logan, who has interned at Arizona Highways Magazine and The Arizona Republic, played a key role in Cronkite’s 2015 duPont Award-winning documentary “Hooked: Tracking Heroin’s Hold on Arizona,” where he said he developed his skills and learned the importance of public service journalism.

“It means a lot to me to have won this award because it gives me more inspiration to continue telling important stories about the people in our community and around the world,” Logan said. “The real awards belong to the subjects of journalism, because without them, there would be no stories.”

Moffat, who is the photo editor of ASU’s independent student-run news organization, The State Press, finished in the top three of the spot news category with the Arizona Daily Star and the Casa Grande Dispatch. His second place photo captured an uprooted tree toppled by a monsoon storm. Moffat said the honor speaks to the value of The State Press as a news outlet.

Pedroza’s entry included photos from India, various daily assignments from her internships and a gun culture story she worked on as part of an independent study project at Cronkite. She currently interns as a photographer at The Arizona Republic and has held internships at the Phoenix New Times and Phoenix Magazine.

“At the Cronkite School, I learned I could and wanted to be a photojournalist,” Pedroza said. “With the help of mentors, I have been given countless opportunities and with each one, I have grown as a photographer.”

Since the Cronkite School moved into its current $71 million state-of-the-art facility in 2008, the popularity of photojournalism has substantially grown. Cronkite currently offers four photojournalism classes ranging from introductory and intermediate photography instruction to visual storytelling and sports photojournalism.

“Not only has interest in photojournalism increased dramatically in the past few years at Cronkite, but our photo students are some of our most driven,” said Kristin Gilger, associate dean of the Cronkite School. “They have founded a student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association — one of only a dozen such student chapters in the country, and have been winning prestigious honors, such as these Arizona Photojournalism Awards. We are very proud of the achievements of our students.”

Gilger said the Cronkite School also fosters photojournalism excellence through its annual Greg Crowder Memorial Photojournalism Award contest. The annual honor was established by Troy and Betsy Crowder of Chandler, Ariz., in memory of their late son, 1980 Cronkite graduate Greg Crowder. Logan won second place in the 2015 contest and Moffat received an honorable mention.

The Arizona Photojournalism Awards are an annual competition held by the Arizona Press Club, a nonprofit organization of professional reporters, editors, photographers and designers from publications across the state. Their goal is to promote excellence in journalism through an annual contest, training seminars, scholarships and networking events.

Communications manager, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication