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3 new appointments enhance ASU efforts to serve students, community

April 19, 2017

University leaders take on new roles, responsibilities in cultural, communications and Campaign ASU 2020

Arizona State University is rewriting what it means to be a university with a mission to serve its students and beyond, from new ways to open access to higher education, to innovative ways to make a college stalwart — the football stadium — into a community gathering place year-round.

To further support strategic goals such as these, three leaders in the ASU community will take on new and expanded roles.

Christine Wilkinson, Colleen Jennings-Roggensack and Katie Paquet will each assume new responsibilities, effective immediately.

Wilkinson, ASU’s senior vice president, secretary of the university and president of the ASU Alumni Association, will be playing a pivotal role in spearheading fundraising efforts around two of the key components of the Campaign ASU 2020 objectives: ensuring student access and excellence, and championing student success. Campaign ASU 2020 is a university-wide philanthropic effort with a goal to raise at least $1.5 billion for the enterprise over the next three years. Wilkinson will also take charge of the new Office of University Ceremonies and Events, overseeing, among other things, the preparation, protocol and execution of major gatherings like commencement.

Wilkinson has served the university in a multitude of roles for 47 years, including as the vice president of Student Affairs and as the interim athletic director. She holds a tenured faculty position in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and was recently inducted into the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame.

Jennings-Roggensack has been named vice president for cultural affairs at ASU and will remain the executive director of ASU Gammage, the premiere performing arts venue in Arizona. In her role, Jennings-Roggensack will lead Sun Devil Stadium 365, a university-wide initiative to reimagine and redesign the use of Sun Devil Stadium as a community union used 365 days a year by faculty, staff, students and the entire Arizona community for events and activities beyond athletics. She will also continue her work connecting ASU and the community through the arts.

Jennings-Roggensack was nominated by President Bill Clinton to serve on the National Council on the Arts, which she did from 1994 to 1997. She served as an ambassador for the arts for the National Council on the Arts until 2004. She has held positions at Dartmouth College and Colorado State University and chairs the Broadway League's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is also Arizona’s only Tony voter.

Katie Paquet, currently the deputy chief of staff in the Office of the President at ASU, has been named the vice president for media relations and strategic communications, overseeing the creation of print, photo and video stories about the university and engaging with media outlets to proactively communicate the success and work of our students, faculty and staff.

Prior to joining ASU, Paquet was the vice president of public affairs and external relations for the Arizona Board of Regents. She oversaw all communications and government relations activities for the board, serving as a liaison with media, policymakers, and the business, civic and educational community. 

 
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April 19, 2017

Scientists, fans gather in Tempe to explore the Lucy, Psyche missions and the university's role in each

Sometimes it's OK to get a little starry-eyed.

That was the case Monday night in Tempe at the Discovery Mission Celebration of the Psyche and Lucy missions, where scientists, support staff and guests explored Arizona State University's roles in Psyche — the first ASU-led deep-space mission — and Lucy, which will carry an instrument designed and built on campus. The mood was festive and focused on possibilities.

ASU President Michael Crow addressed the crowd of about 200 people before a panel discussion, saying that by our nature, “we are all explorers.”

“We want to know,” he said. “We want to know everything.”

The Psyche Mission will explore a metallic asteroid that may be the core of an early planet, giving us a glimpse into what may lie at the core of Earth.

“We’ve never visited a metal world, and we’ve never seen Psyche as anything other than a speck of light,” said School of Earth and Space Exploration Director Lindy Elkins-Tanton, the mission's principal investigator.

The Lucy Mission, which will investigate Jupiter's Trojan asteroids, will carry a thermal emission spectrometer designed and built at ASU. Regents' Professor Phil Christensen is the instrument's designer and principal investigator; he discussed Monday evening how the ability to build space instruments on campus allows us to pique the interest of students and the community.

See more of the sights and sound bytes in the slideshow below.

Top photo: Panel moderator Ferran Garcia-Pichel (left) asks a question of panelists Dave Williams, Jim Bell, Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Phil Christensen, Henry Stone and Pete Lord at the Discovery Mission Celebration of Psyche and Lucy missions Monday in Tempe. Williams is the Psyche Mission co-investigator; Bell is the Lucy Mission co-investigator; Elkins-Tanton is the Psyche Mission principal investigator; Christensen is the Lucy Mission's thermal emissions spectrometer principal investigator; Stone is with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is the Psyche Mission Project Manager; and Lord is with Space Systems Loral and is the deputy program manager. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now