ASU Gammage continues book club scavenger hunt with 'Fun Home'

August 23, 2017

Back by popular demand, ASU Gammage’s second “Book Club” has graphic novel lovers and musical theater fiends searching the Valley for a free copy of Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, “Fun Home.”

Based on Bechdel’s novel of the same name, ASU Gammage will kick off its 2017-2018 Broadway season with five-time Tony Award-winning musical, "Fun Home."                          Fun Home ASU Gammage hid copies of "Fun Home" around town as part of its second book club. The musical of the same name runs Sept. 5-10 at ASU Gammage. Download Full Image

In anticipation of the show, which runs Sept. 5–10 at the iconic Tempe venue, ASU Gammage has hidden several copies of the novel throughout Tempe and Phoenix. 

“At ASU Gammage, our mission is connecting communities, and that’s the objective of the ASU Gammage Book Club,” said Erica Lin, digital marketing specialist for ASU Gammage. “It’s a fun way to get the community excited about reading and the performing arts.”

The organization initiated the book club by hiding copies of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" in June, to align with that play's run at ASU Gammage as well.

Some are hidden in Little Free Libraries, miniature outdoor libraries created as part of a neighborhood book-exchange program. Others are hidden in coffee shops, parks and other unexpected locations.

Anyone is welcome to pick up a copy, read it, then pass it on to the next literature aficionado. Each teal book is marked with a red sticker explaining this process.

Individuals who find a copy of the novel can post photos and share their experience on social media with the hashtag #ASUGammageBookClub.

Both the “tragicomic” and stage performance tell the unique tale of Alison’s dysfunctional family through intimate, and emotional theatrical story-telling.

The musical allows audience members to peer through Alison’s own perspective as she reflects on her journey to self-acceptance and seeing her parents through grown-up eyes.

The musical "Fun Home" has been awarded numerous accolades for its cathartic storyline, including the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical. 

Tickets to "Fun Home" are on sale now at and the ASU Gammage Box Office. 

Marketing and Communications Assistant, ASU Gammage


Tempe and ASU welcome back students, promote community safety with neighborhood walks

August 23, 2017

As Arizona State University students embark on a fresh semester of classes — many living on campus, and others calling the surrounding Tempe neighborhoods home —a collaborative effort is underway to foster existing community relationships and establish new ones.

For the fourth consecutive year, Arizona State University and the city of Tempe will kick off the Welcome Walks on Aug. 23. The two-day campaign welcomes new and returning students to campus and reaches out to Tempe residents as the school year begins. The walks give Tempe residents and students an opportunity to engage with ASU students, staff and police, as well as Tempe city staff, police officers and fire officials. ASU and Tempe police officers and staff engage with neighbors ASU and Tempe police officers and staff walk the neighborhoods around the Tempe campus to engage with residents during the Community Welcome Walk. Download Full Image

Ronald Jackson, the assistant dean of students for off-campus student services, said the Community Welcome Walk is a bright light for the beginning of the school year.

“The Community Welcome Walk is a great example of the collaborative spirit between Tempe and ASU,” Jackson said. “To see hundreds of people coming together to inspire appreciation for neighborhoods, student safety and positive connections across the city and university is amazing.”

Off-campus students and local residents receive contact information for ASU and city of Tempe support services while having an open dialogue being respectful and mindful when entertaining guests and encouraging residents to contact ASU or Tempe officials if they have any questions or concerns.

Community safety is one of the top priorities for the city of Tempe and ASU, both steadfast in providing a safe place to live, visit and receive an excellent education. The Community Welcome Walks are a collaborative effort to encourage public safety and community engagement.

Students living off-campus are reminded that everyone at ASU is responsible for the social, cultural and overall health of their community. This includes living, learning and working alongside neighbors and making a meaningful impact during their time at the university.

Brittany Benedict, Undergraduate Student Government president for the Tempe campus, believes that students should seize the opportunity to engage with the community.

“Having the Arizona State University student body involved in the community walks is a great way to kick off the year and welcome our Tempe community into our Sun Devil Community,” Benedict said. “Arizona State University is passionate about serving the broader Tempe area, and I believe that this is a great place to start.”

The Welcome Back Walks take place from 6-8 p.m Wednesday, Aug. 23, and Thursday, Aug. 24 .