ASU Alumni Association honors Sun Devil leaders with 2017 Homecoming awards

October 25, 2017

The ASU Alumni Association will honor Sun Devil alumni leadership during the upcoming Oct. 28 Homecoming game, which will pit ASU against the USC Trojans. The Alumni Association will recognize Ed Sandidge (’62 BS) with its Alumni Service Award, and Tim Hovik, owner and general manager of San Tan Ford, with its Alumni Appreciation Award.

Brian LaCorte (’85 BS), the 2016-17 chair of the organization’s board of directors and National Alumni Council, also will be honored for his service to the organization. Download Full Image

Alumni Service Award: Ed Sandidge, ’62 BS

Ed Sandidge, the owner of Ed Sandidge and Associates, is being honored for his contributions to Sun Devil Athletics, the ASU President’s Club and the W. P. Carey Alumni Council, having served as a founding member of the group then known as the Arizona State College of Business Alumni Association.

Sandidge has served on the boards of directors for Every Kid Counts, Arizona Scholarship Fund and Arizona Medical Network, which he also founded. Additionally he donates his time to the Banner Children’s at Cardon Children’s Medical Center, Banner School-Based Health Centers and the McKenna Youth Foundation. He has received numerous awards including the 2016 Valley Athletic Booster Club President’s Award, the 2013 Humanitarian Award as part of the Phoenician Awards, and the 2011 National Association Of Insurance and Financial Advisors Phoenix Jack E. Bobo Award.

Alumni Appreciation Award: Tim Hovik

Tim Hovik is the owner and general manager of San Tan Ford, serving the Gilbert area. Hovik is being recognized for his support of ASU through the San Tan Ford courtesy-car program, Sun Devil Athletics, the annual White Mountain Steak Fry and Golf Tournament hosted by the White Mountain Alumni Chapter and the Sun Devil Club, and the ASU Alumni Association’s Sparky’s Touchdown Tailgates.

Hovik started as a salesperson at a Ford dealership 25 years ago and now owns and operates one of the 50 largest Ford dealerships in the world. In addition to operating San Tan Ford, Hovik also has chaired the Arizona Ford Dealers Association and currently serves on Ford’s National Dealer Council as the Southwestern United States representative to Ford Motor Co.

Past President’s Award: Brian LaCorte, ’85 BS

Brian LaCorte is an equity partner and trial lawyer at Ballard Spahr LLC, a national law firm, where he oversees the intellectual property team for the firm's Phoenix office. LaCorte has served on Arizona’s "Smart Beginnings" task force and the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness. He has completed a long tenure as an executive board member of Crisis Nursery and is a past president of Southwest Human Development. He has been active in the St. Thomas More Society, Valley Leadership (Class XI), and the Valley Citizens League. LaCorte has supported the ASU Leadership Scholarship Program and Devils’ Advocates alumni chapters the past several years.

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ASU Gammage helps connect local dance students with mentors

October 26, 2017

Gabriel Lopez fell in love with dance for the same reason most artists do — the intoxicating and liberating form of self-expression tells a story that words cannot.

The 18-year-old dancer had the rare opportunity to be mentored by the director of one of the most sought-after Cuban dance companies with a growing international profile, Malpaso Dance Company Malpaso Dance Company taught a Master Class and mentored a local student as part of its artist residency with ASU Gammage's Beyond Series. Download Full Image

“I don’t have that much support, family-wise and stuff like that, so it’s good to know that there are people out there who support me, especially a mentor who wants to guide me and show me exactly where I should be,” Lopez explained.

Malpaso Dance Company taught a Master Class as part of its artist residency with ASU Gammage’s Beyond Series, and in collaboration with the nonprofit, multi-media modern dance company, The Movement Source.

As this semester’s selected mentee in The Movement Source’s guiDANCE program, Lopez, participated in the Master Class and met with Fernando Saez, the director of Malpaso Dance Company. He also chatted with other members of the company.

“It was really exciting to get to see them and talk to them, get to know what kind of background they have, and the difference between my background and their background,” mused the Trevor G. Browne High School senior.

Mary Anne Fernandez Herding is the director of The Movement Source, and created the guiDANCE program two years ago to connect high school age students with professional dance mentors. She established her dance company in order to expand the audience for dance in Arizona by creating exciting, accessible dance works, education programs and events. 

“I’ve just seen so many kids who are hungry to dance and sometimes they need to hear a voice other than their teachers about what it’s like to be a dancer or a performer and be out in the world, and what is that life like, and how did they get there,” she said.

ASU Gammage Beyond artists allow guiDANCE mentees to ask questions, experience a Master Class and attend their performance. This inspires students and helps them build relationships in the dance community.

Fernandez Herding said partnering with ASU Gammage has given her program more validity and strength.

“Hopefully these things will lead to scholarship opportunities for the kids, especially if the artist is connected with the university,” she reflected. “Hopefully those relationships continue.”

Malpaso Dance Company will teach several other Master Classes and panels throughout the rest of October. Tickets are still available for the company’s Oct. 28 performance at

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