ASU Pitchfork Awards recognizes students making a difference every day

Pitchfork Pantry, International Night lead the honorees

April 12, 2017

Every day, Arizona State University students, advisers and organizations are committed to making a positive impact through service, leadership and Sun Devil spirit. On April 12, the maroon carpet was rolled out at the sixth annual ASU Pitchfork Awards to celebrate and congratulate distinguished Devils on their efforts and successes.

If you can think of a challenge, ASU students are working to create a solution. two women seated in front of shelves of canned food Student Anti-Hunger Coalition president Stephanie Kaufmann (right) and vice president Rebecca Bender at the Tempe campus Pitchfork Pantry location. Pitchfork Pantry, an organization that provides free food to students in need, won the Changemaker Award for Social Change and the Most Promising New Student Organization award at the Pitchfork Awards on Tuesday. Photo by Anya Magnuson/ASU Now Download Full Image

Taking home the Changemaker Award for Social Change was Pitchfork Pantry, an organization that provides free food to students in need and educates the surrounding area about hunger. Pitchfork Pantry also won the Most Promising New Student Organization award.

The 2016 International Night, presented by the Coalition of International Students (CIS), captured the Best Program Celebrating Campus Diversity, Best Entertainment Program (over 500 attendees) and Best Cultural Program awards. ASU’s largest cultural festival, International Night annually brings Sun Devils from around the world together to showcase their culture through music, dance and cuisine while raising awareness and appreciation of the many cultures students bring to the ASU community.

The full list of the 2017 Pitchfork Awards winners:

  • Best Cultural Program: International Night
  • Best Educational Program: Mental Health Awareness Week
  • Best Entertainment Program (over 500 attendees): International Night
  • Best Entertainment Program (under 500 attendees): Boo Bash
  • Best Program Celebrating Campus Diversity: International Night
  • Best Recurring Program: Dance Marathon
  • Changemaker Award for Entrepreneur of the Year: Patrick McFarland
  • Changemaker Award for Group Service: Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Changemaker Award for Social Change: Pitchfork Pantry
  • Emerging Student Leader: Mackenzie Saunders
  • Intramural Female Athlete of the Year: Yesenia Rodriguez
  • Intramural Male Athlete of the Year: Jon Santos
  • Intramural Team of the Year: Beater Help
  • Most Promising New Student Organization: Pitchfork Pantry
  • Outstanding Adviser: Dr. Ronald Briggs
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Leader: Courtney B. Francis
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Organization: Graduate Nurse Organization
  • Outstanding Sustainable Project or Program: Peace Corps Club
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader: Emma Hobbs
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student Organization: Residence Hall Association
  • Outstanding Well Devil Project: Pi Beta Phi
  • Residential College of the Year: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Sport Club of the Year: Sun Devil Quidditch
  • Sun Devil Spirit Award (group): 942 Crew
  • Sun Devil Spirit Award (individual): Tayler Blackman
  • Greek Man of the Year: David Roberts
  • Greek Woman of the Year: Emma Walls
  • Outstanding Interfaith Program: Annual Interfaith Dinner

For more information about the awards, visit the Pitchfork Awards website at

Dance films to screen during college film festival at Sun Studios of Arizona

April 12, 2017

Eighteen short dance films will be featured at the fourth annual Dance Shorts: College Film Festival this Friday, April 14 at Sun Studios of Arizona.

“The festival provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students all over the country to share their short dance films,” said Sharon McCaman, artistic director for the festival and a graduate student in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre in the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Katherine Dorn dance MFA in dance student Katherine Dorn’s short film will screen at the Dance Shorts: College Film Festival this Friday, April 14. Photo by Tim Trumble, courtesy of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Download Full Image

McCaman started the festival in 2013 as an undergraduate student in Florida.

“When I came to ASU to work on my master’s degree, I brought the festival with me,” she said. “Screendance work has the potential to be extremely collaborative, especially in an environment like the School of Film, Dance and Theatre.”

The festival spotlights dance films that are between two and six minutes in length. These films can be narrative, experimental or abstract and incorporate any combination of music, lights, costumes and location with dance and today's film technology. 

This year’s festival received 47 submissions from 29 different schools throughout the United States. All of the films were viewed and adjudicated by professionals within the dance and film community, according to McCaman. Films with the highest scores were selected for the festival gala screening. Twelve different schools will be represented at this year’s gala, including ASU.

“All the Things I was Told I Couldn’t Do,” a film created by third-year MFA in dance student Katherine Dorn, will be one of the featured shorts.

“Katie shot and edited her short dance film herself, and it features several ASU dance students,” McCaman said.

This year's festival gala will take place at 7 p.m. April 14 at Sun Studios of Arizona. The gala is free and open to the public. Register for the event online.

Sarah A. McCarty

Communications and marketing coordinator, School and Film, Dance and Theatre, Herberger Institute