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Photo gallery: ASU welcome activities and first days of class for fall 2020

August 19, 2020

Take a look at the ways the university is welcoming students back for the fall semester

Most school years kick off at Arizona State University with football games, monsoon storms and a jam-packed Sun Devil Welcome rally at the basketball arena.

But this is 2020.

Life on campus will look decidedly different as the ASU community adjusts to the realities of learning in the era of COVID-19. There are, however, plenty of traditions and social events happening as the university offers students a full slate of welcome activitiesSome of those events — such as the iconic Sun Devil Welcome — were shifted to a virtual format. But others are in-person activities in small-group settings, with face coverings and physical distancing. 

Here, we've captured photos and screenshots from a sampling of the scores of welcome events. Life is different, but Sun Devils still shine bright — even with face coverings on.

Check back as we add more photos.

Top photo: Aerospace engineering senior Pranjul Nagpal (right) gives a tour of the campus to engineering first-year students (from left) Trevor Johnson, Bayley Helfrich and Limary Rodriguez on Aug. 15. Nearly 1,300 out-of-town students joined more than 10,500 others in moving into the Tempe campus residence halls. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

ASU-Leonardo, Center for Science and the Imagination announce Imagination Fellowship

August 19, 2020

ASU-Leonardo and the Center for Science and the Imagination have announced the Leonardo Imagination Fellowship Program for fall 2020. Fellows selected to participate in this prototype season of the fellowship will join a virtual program to explore experimental art-science innovation practices across multiple publishing and broadcast media platforms that imagine a regenerative, vibrant global future for all. 

Fellows will propose and carry out hybrid creative projects and activities that integrate art and science for positive global impact aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The fellowship will support experimental work, especially across new and emerging media or publishing, to model new ways that art-science can advance resilience, justice, empathy, cooperation, generosity, trust and other qualities that make social systems and digital culture more human and more humane. The goal is not only to advance individual projects but also to connect diverse communities of practice and interest together for dialogue, engagement and empowerment. fractals Download Full Image

ASU-Leonardo and the Center for Science and the Imagination will offer up to three virtual fellowships, beginning in October 2020, for a duration of eight weeks. Fellows will receive mentorship, technical assistance and resources to complete their work, lead a virtual event in ASU’s LASER (Leonardo Art, Science, Evening Rendezvous) series and participate in collaborative meetings and activities. Each fellow will also receive a $1,000 cash honorarium, plus another $1,000 in direct expenses to help support their experimental media projects.   

Fellowships support diversity, equity and inclusivity in art-science creative practice and scholarly inquiry that amplifies voices of underrepresented talent, including but not limited to people overcoming or living with experiences of forced migration, exile, systemic racism, incarceration, discrimination, disability, marginalization and other vulnerable circumstances. Priority consideration will be given to fellowships promoting social justice, antiracism, inclusion of underrepresented genders and equity through dismantling systemic social injustice and humanizing digital culture. 

Applicants must be 18 years of age and must have completed an undergraduate degree or comparable life-learning experience. This opportunity is open to people in any nation or territory worldwide, and is open to ASU students and employees. 

Applications are due by Sunday, Sept. 6, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. To learn more and apply, visit

Joey Eschrich

program manager, Center for Science and the Imagination