'Networkshop' unites ASU community for day of learning

March 22, 2010

Fifty faculty, staff, students and administrators gathered for an all-day ASU "networkshop" March 11 to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and enhancement of ASU’s entrepreneurship initiative. Representatives from more than 20 ASU schools, colleges, institutes and offices attended.

“The Entrepreneurship Networkshop is an experience that everyone at ASU would enjoy,” said Ryan Brady, president of the Downtown Phoenix campus' Council of Academic Advisors and academic success specialist for the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. “Not only was I able to provide some information on my impact and reach as an academic adviser, there was some fantastic information from areas of social media and communication that all members of the university could use in their efforts.” Download Full Image

“Every person I met, I thought, ‘There’s a connection!’” said Janel White-Taylor, clinical associate professor from the College of Teacher Education and Leadership. “I felt for so long like I had been doing my program alone, but now I see everyone who can help and who are also doing really innovative things.” White-Taylor leads Project eXcellence’s youth entrepreneurship program, which pairs ASU students in assisting with the development of fifth- through 12th-grade entrepreneurship projects.

When asked how entrepreneurship can apply to so many disciplines, Maggie McGannon, innovation fellow in the Office of University Initiatives, said: “Entrepreneurship is a way to address local and global challenges – to see challenges as opportunities and transform ideas to impact. At ASU, we don’t limit entrepreneurship education to the business school. Entrepreneurship opportunities are open to students, faculty and staff of all disciplines.”

As part of the day’s activities, attendees participated in a speed-networking activity, exchanged ideas in small group discussions and learned from presentations led by experts from across the university, including Undergraduate Admissions and the Provost Communication Group, to name a few.

Manju Ramadurai, student activities coordinator, reported that she learned a great deal from the presentations that can help her excel in her role of working with student organizations.

“It was great to learn what ASU resources are available and how to effectively use them,” Ramadurai said.

Participants also learned about the ASU Pathways to Entrepreneurship Grant (PEG). Faculty and staff are encouraged to enhance the student experience by implementing projects that change the way ASU students learn about and experience entrepreneurship and innovation. The PEG awards funding to implement programs that promise impact.

“Faculty and staff from all disciplines and university functions are encouraged to apply for grant funding,” said Margaret Burch, director of evaluation and budget for the Office of University Initiatives. To apply, faculty and staff should first send a letter of interest to peg">mailto:peg@asu.edu">peg@asu.edu. If the idea is accepted, the faculty or staff member’s team may submit a proposal for Pathways to Entrepreneurship Grant (PEG) funding. The first review of letters of intent will begin March 22.

Funds are available to students as well, in the form of seed funding awarded through the ASU Innovation Challenge. The challenge offers multiple tracks of student participation, rewarding the most innovative venture and project ideas with up to $20,000 for implementation. The deadline to submit challenge applications is March 26. More information can be found at http://innovationchallenge.asu.edu" target="_blank">http://innovationchallenge.asu.edu.

Sidnee Peck, leader of the My Life Venture certificate in entrepreneurship, said that the networkshop allowed her to identify possible partners for curriculum collaboration and PEG proposal submission. Students who wish to earn the Certificate in Knowledge Entrepreneurship are required to take two approved capstone courses within their discipline, and Peck is seeking faculty interested in developing and offering capstone courses.

“We can provide guidance on building a curriculum that aligns well with the three prerequisite courses,” Peck said. Some faculty already offer entrepreneurship-based courses; those who would like to add their courses to available options for the certificate or build new courses should contact Peck at skpeck">mailto:skpeck@asu.edu">skpeck@asu.edu.

Networkshop presentations and the day’s agenda will be posted online for public viewing.

ASU is a participant in the Kauffman Campuses Initiative II and received a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City in 2007. Questions about the ASU entrepreneurship initiative should be sent to universityinitiatives">mailto:universityinitiatives@asu.edu">universityinitiatives@asu.edu.

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

Women's gymnastics heads to Tucson for Pac-10 Championships

March 22, 2010

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The No. 29 Arizona State University women's gymnastics team heads down the I-10 to Tucson for the Pacific-10 Championships this weekend. Held on Saturday March 27 at 4 p.m., the 2010 Pac-10 Championships are being hosted by Arizona.

Gym Devils in the rankings
Despite improving their Regional Qualifying Score, the Sun Devils are out of the top 25 and are currently ranked 29th. They are ranked 23rd on vault, 25th on bars and 17th on floor. Marty Atkinson is currently 20th in the all-around and is ranked 23rd on vault.

30yYears of Spini
Arizona State University's longest currently tenured coach, John">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-gym/mtt/spini_john00.html">John Spini, has entered his 30th year of coaching. In his 30 years at ASU, Spini has sent his Sun Devil teams to 20 NCAA Championships and has had at least one Sun Devil represent ASU at the NCAA Championships 24 out of 28 seasons. He has coached 26 All-Americans for a total of 80 All-American accolades. Six women have won individual NCAA titles under Spini. Additionally, nine of Spini's Sun Devil squads have finished in the top five at the NCAA Championships, including four teams (1983, 1985, 1986, 1997) who were runner-up. The Sun Devils have qualified for an NCAA regional each of the seasons Spini has been the ASU gymnastics skipper.

Last season's Pac-10 Championships
The Sun Devils placed sixth at the Pac-10 Championships. Nicole">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-gym/mtt/harris_nicole00.html">Nicole Harris earned a 9.9 on beam to tie for second and earn Pac-10 First-Team honors on the apparatus. Then-sophomore Beate Jones earned All-Pac-10 accolades in the all-around.

Miss Mary
Atkinson has emerged into one of the nation's top all-arounders this season. Against Utah, the junior combined a career-best 39.5 thanks to three career-highs on vault (9.9), beam (9.8) and floor (9.9). She has been incredibly consistent on vault this season as she has scored her career-high of 9.9 four times this season. Bars and floor have also been strong events for Atkinson as she has garnered team-high 9.95 on bars and has been the team's top floorworker this season. She has been consistently improving on beam this season and is the team's anchor in the event. In all, Atkinson has won the all-around four times, floor six times, vault five times and bars twice this season.

Leaving it all on the floor
The Gym Devils have been ranked as high as 12th nationally on floor after achieving a season-best 49.275 against Stanford. Atkinson's elegant routine has garnered several high scores (including a career-best 9.9) while the crowd cannot help but dance along to Nickie">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-gym/mtt/johnson_nickie00.html">Nickie Johnson's Lady Gaga routine, in which she has delivered a 9.9. Madison">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-gym/mtt/snowden_madison00.html">Ma... Snowden has wowed the crowd each week, including against Stanford and Central Michigan when she delivered a personal-best 9.9.

We're cuckoo for Kahoku
Kahoku">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-gym/mtt/palafox_kahoku00.html">Kahoku Palafox has emerged into quite the gymnast for the Gym Devils. Palafox, who has been a starter on bars since her first meet of her freshman season, nailed her bar routine against Arizona to tie for second with a career-best 9.9. Palafox has also been a strong beamworker for the Sun Devils. In ASU's final home meet of the season, Palafox garnered a career-high score of 9.85 on beam as well as a 9.85 on bars.

Hey Nickie
Freshman Nicole">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-gym/mtt/johnson_nicole00.html">Nicole Johnson made her first appearance in the all-around last week. The native of Indianapolis has been in lineup each week for bars and floor and has recently came back to the vault lineup. One of the team's top floor-workers, she has tallied a score of 9.9. Johnson has also earned career-highs of 9.85 and 9.825 on vault and bars respectively. She earned a 9.725 on beam in an exhibition earlier in the season.

Injury update
Beate Jones, who was the Sun Devils' top all-arounder last season, is out indefinitely with a Lisfranc injury that occurred during preseason. Jones achieved career-highs last season on V (9.925), UB (9.825), BB (9.9), FX (9.9) and in the all-around (39.4). Freshman Christina">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-gym/mtt/salavec_christina00.html">... Salavec, who has been one of the team's most consistent performers this season, has been out with a minor toe injury.

Socialize with the Devils
Be sure to follow the Arizona State Gymnastics team on Facebook and Twitter. Links to both are on www.thesundevils.com. Inside information, trivia questions and videos are featured on the fan sites.

Next up
The team awaits regional seeding to determine where they are heading for the NCAA Regional.