ASU School of Music to host the 2019 American Liszt Society Festival


October 18, 2019

The ASU School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts will host the 2019 American Liszt Society Festival on Oct. 24–27 to honor the music and legacy of Franz Liszt, considered one of the most influential and central musical figures of 19th century Europe.

This year’s theme is “War of the Romantics: Liszt and his Rivals.” The festival will feature more than 50 performers and presenters in a variety of performances and lectures focused on works by Liszt and his contemporaries, both allies and rivals. Piano in Katzin Concert Hall Many of the American Liszt Society Festival events will take place in the Katzin Concert Hall on the Tempe campus. Download Full Image

“The wide range of music, featuring works by Brahms, Chopin, Clara and Robert Schumann and of course Liszt, make it a one-of-a-kind festival,” said Baruch Meir, associate professor in the ASU School of Music and festival director. “The festival program offers a dynamic array of recitals, lectures and master classes offered by distinguished artists and scholars hailing from across the United States as well as students and faculty from Arizona State University.”

Internationally renowned pianist Oxana Yablonskaya and Sung Chang, the first-prize winner of the 2015 Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition, are the featured guest artists for the festival.

Franz Liszt was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, music teacher, arranger, organist, writer, theologian and philanthropist during the Romantic era. With more than 1,400 works for orchestras, ensembles and keyboard to his credit, his piano compositions — from his Hungarian Rhapsodies to his Mephisto Waltzes — are among the most technically challenging in piano repertoire even today.

The American Liszt Society is dedicated to the scholarship and full creative and historical significance of Liszt on the education and development of both the composition and performance of music throughout the Western world, and each year it presents a festival made up of member artists and distinguished guest artists to celebrate Liszt, his influence and his ideals.

“The theme of this year’s festival reminds us of the power that music has to build connections across continents and cultures,” said Heather Landes, professor and director of the School of Music in ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. “We hope that everyone in attendance leaves inspired, refreshed and energized with new knowledge and new colleagues.”

More information about the festival and ticketed events is available at the 2019 American Liszt Society Festival event site. General festival events require registration online with several options available to attend festival events. Tickets for the two featured guest artists’ recitals may be purchased separately at the Herberger Institute box office.

Guest artist performances

Opening Gala Piano Recital
Sun Chang, pianist
Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Katzin Concert Hall
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Guest Artist Recital
Oxana Yablonskaya, pianist
Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Katzin Concert Hall
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Sun Devil 100 seeks ASU alumni nominations

Deadline is Nov. 15


October 18, 2019

ASU alumni create, build and lead businesses all across the globe that have extraordinary outcomes with real-world impact. To celebrate the innovative mindset and entrepreneurial spirit of Sun Devils who own and lead organizations, the ASU Alumni Association seeks nominations and applications for Sun Devil 100 Class of 2020.

Applications are being accepted now through Nov. 15 for Sun Devil 100, an annual awards program that recognizes the fastest-growing ASU alum-owned or -led businesses and organizations annually. Honorees will be conferred at a special ceremony April 29, 2020, on ASU’s Tempe campus. Sun Devil 100 honorees become part of a network for ASU alumni entrepreneurs and business leaders, receive recognition in a special section of the Phoenix Business Journal, and serve as an inspiration for future alumni entrepreneurs.     ASU alumni who own and lead businesses from the Sun Devil 100 Class of 2019 represent a diversity of businesses — from health services to construction management — that generated more than $5.7 billion in total revenue. Download Full Image

Construction companies, health and skin care businesses, marketing agencies, wineries, beverage and product companies, law firms and restaurants were among the types of a businesses represented by the Sun Devil 100 Class of 2019. Businesses honored by Sun Devil 100 have included Sundt Construction, DeLille Cellars, Derma Health, Dircks Moving & Logistics, Hint, Weston Foods, Payscout Inc. and Bumble Bee Air Conditioning Inc.

“ASU alumni have created and guided some of the most innovative and successful businesses and organizations around the world,” said Christine K. Wilkinson, president and CEO of the ASU Alumni Association. “The Sun Devil 100 recognizes organizations from any sector that demonstrate innovation, growth and the entrepreneurial spirit reflective of ASU’s transformative charter. Through this program, ASU’s entrepreneurs share their expertise with the Sun Devil network.”

Members of the Sun Devil 100 Class of 2019 collectively generated $5.7 billion total revenue, employed more than 14,000 people and were based in 11 states and two countries. The ASU alumni at the helm of these organizations graduated as recently as 2015, with the earliest graduating in 1972.

To be considered for the Sun Devil 100, companies must be Sun Devil-owned or -led, been in business  for at least three years, shown revenues of more than $250,000 in a calendar year, and operate in a manner consistent with the ASU charter. Visit the website for a complete list of eligibility guidelines.

Potential Sun Devil 100 honorees can be self-nominated or nominated by others. Once a nomination is received, the ASU alumnus or alumna will be notified to complete the application process by Nov. 15.

“The ASU Alumni Association recognizes the entrepreneurial excellence of its alumni through the Sun Devil 100 program,” Wilkinson said. “The program celebrates the innovation of ASU alumni who propel entrepreneurial ideas forward.”

Nominations for the Class of 2020 are being accepted now for the application deadline of Nov. 15 through an online form.

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Arizona State University, Desert Financial Credit Union announce new partnership

October 14, 2019

Agreement includes arena naming rights, educational support for employees and marketing services

Arizona State University today announced a multifaceted partnership with Desert Financial Credit Union, the Valley institution founded in 1939 by 15 teachers. The agreement will result in the renaming of the University Activities Center — the arena that is currently home to men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling, gymnastics and volleyball — and includes the development of continuing education opportunities for credit union members and employees.

The terms of the five-year agreement include an investment of $1.5 million per year from Desert Financial to ASU. Details of the continuing education certificate and degree programs are still in design, but an announcement on how employees and credit union members will access it are forthcoming. The agreement also includes a marketing and market analysis services partnership with Desert Financial and internships at the Phoenix-based credit union for ASU students. 

“Desert Financial is committed to communities throughout Arizona, as we are, and especially focused on education,” ASU President Michael M. Crow said. “These shared values form the foundation of a very strong relationship and represent a partnership based on much more than naming an arena.”

For Desert Financial, the largest credit union based in Arizona, the agreement represents a chance to build a stronger relationship with the state’s largest higher education provider while creating new opportunities for personal and professional growth for its members and employees.

“Desert Financial Credit Union’s connection to education comes from our founders; a group of Valley teachers who started with just $78.75 between them. They created an institution that would be of service to educators and students alike,” said Jeff Meshey, Desert Financial President and CEO. “We carry that legacy with us today because we believe strong communities are built by citizens who have received a good education. Our relationship with ASU will strengthen that commitment and be an asset to our employees and our members.”

Arizona State University, in following the eight design aspirations of the ASU Charter, continues to look for ways to improve access and impact for people who want to continue their education and for employers who are seeking talent for their organizations.  

“We are entrepreneurial in much of what we do, so we appreciate the financial benefits that come from naming rights,” Crow said. “However, our call is to be socially embedded and to connect with the community through mutually beneficial partnerships. The agreement with Desert Financial represents the kind of relationship we are seeking at all levels: partnerships fueled by a common interest.”

That relationship begins today. The new arena signs will go up in time for basketball season, which begins on Nov. 5 when the ASU women’s team tips off against Air Force. 

Top photo: The Class of 2023 fills the ASU basketball arena for the Sun Devil Welcome festivities on Aug. 22, 2019. The arena will be renamed as part of a new partnership with Desert Financial Credit Union. Photo by Jarod Opperman

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ASU Law announces new faculty honors


October 10, 2019

A law school is only as strong as its faculty. At the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, students learn from some of the nation’s foremost scholars and innovative legal instructors. They have played an integral role in ASU Law establishing itself as one of the highest ranked public law schools in the nation, a leading center of scholarly exchange with a tradition of exceptional bar passage and quality job-placement rates.

Among the notable faculty members are a distinguished group of honorees, newly listed as named chairs, professors, scholars or fellows, who bring a wealth of experience, diverse backgrounds and groundbreaking research to ASU Law. law professors ASU Law announces new faculty honors with professorship appointments to (from left): Zack Gubler, Linda DeMaine, Robert Miller, Karen Bradshaw and James G. Hodge Jr. Download Full Image

“We are indebted to our generous donors for affording us the opportunity to recruit, retain and recognize the most talented legal minds in the world,” ASU Law Dean Douglas Sylvester said. “Our faculty are as hardworking as they are talented, producing groundbreaking legal research while making incredible contributions to our law school and the surrounding community.”

Among the most recent additions to the list are the Roslyn O. Silver Professor of Law, the Marie Selig Professor of Law and the Mary Sigler Distinguished Research Scholar.

The newest honorific appointments among the ASU Law faculty are:

Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar: Karen Bradshaw

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Karen Bradshaw, Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar

The Pedrick Scholarship is named for Willard H. Pedrick, the founding dean of ASU Law.

Professor Karen Bradshaw teaches environmental law and researches governance of natural resources, with an emphasis on emerging regulatory approaches including certification regimes, public-private partnerships and collaborative settlements. Bradshaw is also a faculty affiliate scholar with the Classical Liberal Institute at New York University School of Law and Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. She is an expert on wildfire law and has also written about land development and forest management.

“I am deeply honored by this distinction,” Bradshaw said. “The Pedrick Scholarship affords me additional latitude to pursue interesting research.”

Bradshaw received her JD with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a Tony Patino Fellow, Olin Fellow and comment editor for the University of Chicago Law Review. She clerked for Judge E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Before joining the ASU Law faculty, Bradshaw was the inaugural Koch-Searle Fellow in Legal Studies at New York University School of Law.

Bradshaw has published more than a dozen articles in law and peer-reviewed journals. She is the author of the forthcoming book “The New Animal Rights: How Uncovering the Biological Origins of Property Can Save America's Wildlife” (University of Chicago Press) and editor of the book “Wildfire: Law & Economics Policy Perspectives” (with Dean Lueck) (Routledge, 2012). She has presented at workshops and conferences at Columbia University, New York University, University of Chicago, Oxford University and Yale University.

Roslyn O. Silver Professor of Law: Linda DeMaine

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Linda Demaine, Roslyn O. Silver Professor of Law

This new professorship honors the Honorable Roslyn O. Silver, a senior judge with the United States District Court for the District of Arizona who graduated from ASU Law in 1971 and teaches at the school. She is the first alumna to have an ASU Law professorship in her name.

The inaugural Roslyn O. Silver Professorship was awarded to Professor Linda Demaine. Demaine’s research and teaching at the law school focuses on issues at the intersection of law and psychology.

After receiving her JD and PhD in psychology, Demaine was a behavioral scientist and policy analyst at RAND, where she worked on projects including the prevalence and content of arbitration clauses in consumer contracts, the law and psychology of deception in defense of national computer systems, the use of the military for domestic civil law enforcement, and government issuance of patents on genes and other modified products of nature. Demaine has held an American Psychological Association Congressional Fellowship, through which she worked with the Senate Judiciary Committee on FBI and Department of Justice oversight, judicial nominations, and legislation. She also has held an American Psychological Association Science Policy Fellowship, working with the CIA’s Behavioral Sciences Unit.

“I’m honored to be the inaugural Roslyn O. Silver Professor of Law,” Demaine said. “With this title, I will strive to embody several of the admirable qualities for which Judge Silver is widely known — her deep-seated compassion, her dedication to fairness, her commitment to mentoring and her ability to bring her dog to work. The law school community and I greatly appreciate Judge Silver’s generous support.”

Marie Selig Professor of Law: Zack Gubler

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Zack Gubler, Marie Selig Professor of Law

The Marie Selig professorship was established to honor the mother of former Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who serves as a Distinguished Professor of Sports in America at ASU Law. The inaugural Marie Selig Professorship was awarded to Professor Zachary Gubler, whose research interests lie in the areas of corporate law and financial and securities regulation.

“It is a great privilege to be named the Marie Selig Professor of Law," Gubler said. "This professorship is a moving tribute to Commissioner Selig’s mother, who was an educator, and I commit to do my best to always be deserving of such an honor. The influence that the Selig family’s generosity will have on ASU Law is shaping up to be as great as the influence that Commissioner Selig had on baseball, which of course landed him in the Hall of Fame.”

Gubler joined the ASU law faculty in 2011 after having spent two years at Harvard Law School as a Climenko Fellow. Prior to joining the academy, Gubler served as a law clerk to Judge Richard C. Wesley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Peter Kiewit Foundation Professor of Law: James G. Hodge Jr.

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James G. Hodge Jr., Peter Kiewit Foundation Professor of Law

The Nebraska-based Peter Kiewit Foundation, established in 1979, honors philanthropist Peter Kiewit of the Kiewit Corporation, one of the largest construction and engineering companies in North America.

Professor James G. Hodge Jr., who joined ASU Law in 2009, is the director of ASU’s Center for Public Health Law and Policy. Through scholarship, teaching and applied projects, Hodge delves into multiple areas of health law, public health law, global health law, ethics and human rights. Since 2010, he has also served as director of the Western Region Office of the Network for Public Health Law, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Since its inception, the office has assisted lawyers, health officials, practitioners, students and others nationally on over 3,300 claims. 

“I am deeply honored to be named the Peter Kiewit Foundation Professor of Law,” Hodge said. “The foundation has a rich history of funding and overseeing projects and interests for the benefit of communities across the United States. Its interests are at the heart of my own work to improve health across populations through effective laws and policies. When Dean Sylvester notified me of my selection for this professorship, I reflected on the wonderful commitment that ASU Law has made to our collective work in public health law and policy. As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Center for Public Health Law and Policy, I am grateful to collaborate with elite faculty and students at ASU Law and nationally, committed, like the foundation, to the role of communities in society.”

Hodge is a prolific scholar, having published more than 200 articles in journals of law, medicine, public health and bioethics; two books in public health law; 25 book chapters; and guest edited four symposium issues in the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, Jurimetrics and the Annals of Health Law. He is regularly ranked among the top 3% of cited authors in the Social Science Research Network.

Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar: Robert Miller

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Robert Miller, Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar

The Pedrick Scholarship is named for Willard H. Pedrick, the founding dean of ASU Law.

Professor Robert J. Miller joined ASU Law in 2013. His areas of expertise are federal Indian law, American Indians and international law, American Indian economic development, Native American natural resources and civil procedure. He is an enrolled citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe.

"I was surprised and very delighted to hear that I was appointed a Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar by my dean and faculty,” Miller said. “It is especially satisfying to be honored in this fashion by the colleagues that I work with on a daily basis."

Before joining ASU Law, Miller was on the faculty of Lewis & Clark Law School from 1999 to 2013. Prior to his career in academia, he practiced Indian law with Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, and practiced litigation for the Stoel Rives law firm. Following graduation from law school, he clerked for Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Miller’s scholarly works include articles, books and book chapters on a wide array of federal Indian law issues and civil procedure, and he speaks regularly on Indian law issues across the U.S. and in other countries.

He has written "Reservation 'Capitalism:' Economic Development in Indian Country" (Praeger 2012) and "Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, and Manifest Destiny" (Praeger 2006); and has co-authored "Creating Private Sector Economies in Native America: Sustainable Development Through Entrepreneurship" (Cambridge University Press 2019) and "Discovering Indigenous Lands: The Doctrine of Discovery in the English Colonies" (Oxford University Press 2010).

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New Emeritus Suite opens in School of Life Sciences

Remodeled space encourages collaboration and continued scholarship


October 7, 2019

Academics spend decades doing research, teaching and public outreach. When they finally reach retirement, many choose to stay involved in their fields and continue serving as mentors, even if they don’t maintain an active lab.

However, their offices are often spread throughout several buildings or on different floors, and opportunities to engage with their colleagues become more difficult once faculty members retire. Ron Rutowski, Professor Emeritus Ron Rutowski, an emeritus professor with the ASU School of Life Sciences, remains an active mentor and teaches regularly in graduate courses and in adult learning classes. He recently moved into the newly remodeled Emeritus Suite in the School. Photo by Jacob Sahertian/ASU VisLab Download Full Image

But the Arizona State University School of Life Sciences has opened a new, innovative Emeritus Suite with the goal of creating opportunities for collaboration and building upon decades of expertise and knowledge.

Kevin McGraw, a professor with the school and associate director of facilities, spearheaded the effort, along with facilities staff members. They converted several offices into a suite with communal space, desks and some larger, individual offices. To date, 10 emeritus professors have joined the suite.

“We thought it would be a neat initiative to bring everyone together and inspire many collaborations, cooperation and lifelong learning by activating a single space that has a bit of a mixed model to the housing arrangements,” McGraw said. “We have the ability to place individuals in their own offices if they are still very active with grants and mentoring, or maybe in some intermediate space where they have their own desk in a shared location and they visit weekly or monthly. In addition, we have a larger social area with desks and computers where people might come in a few times a year to interact with their peers and get some work done.”

Life Sciences Emeritus Suite

The new 1,000-square-foot suite is currently set up to house 12 emeritus professors. The recently opened suite is located near three active research centers that the school hopes will provide inspiration and interaction.

Ron Rutowski, a recently retired School of Life Sciences professor who remains actively involved studying coloration in animals — in particular, butterflies — said the space is vibrant and he’s pleased to have space as part of the suite.

“It’s outfitted nicely and laid out nicely. I’m using my office regularly,” Rutowski said. “If nothing else, I hope this draws attention to the fact that there are emeritus faculty who are around and active and available for whatever people think we might do. I still serve on graduate student committees and give occasional guest lectures in colleague’s classes. I still use my expertise in graduate-level classes as well.” 

Joseph Carter, dean of the Emeritus College at ASU and professor emeritus with W. P. Carey School of Business, said 40% of tenured faculty are age 60 or older. By intentionally setting aside space for emeritus faculty, Carter said the investment will pay off.

“I’m very impressed by this space. It’s a deliberate commitment to utilize emeritus faculty who by definition are well-renowned and dedicated to the school. And use them as an asset not only for themselves but also for the school and the university’s goals,” Carter said. “People are living longer, people are staying active, and people want to continue to contribute. Maybe they won’t want to hold down a tenure track position and all the administrative work that goes with that, but want to continue their academic pursuits. And there are some that just want to go spend time with their grandkids, and that’s OK, too.”

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Manager, Media Relations and Marketing, School of Life Sciences

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Researcher Paul Martin named 2019 Leading Edge Award winner


September 30, 2019

At its annual conference in Toronto on Sept. 21-24, the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), the professional association for science centers and museums, awarded Arizona State University researcher Paul Martin the 2019 Roy. L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Leadership in the Field (non-CEO). Martin is co-director of the Center for Innovation in Informal STEM Learning and a research professional in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. 

His exemplary leadership during the past three years has helped reinvigorate and expand the impact of the long-running National Informal STEM Education Network through his role as principal investigator of the new Space and Earth Informal STEM Education (SEISE) project. SEISE leverages and expands the NISE Network to include many new participants and viability for another decade, ensuring its continued impact on the missions and activities of hundreds of ASTC-member organizations and their local community and scientific collaborators.   Research Professor Paul Martin giving remarks at the ASTC Annual Conference Research Professor Paul Martin gives remarks at the ASTC Annual Conference in Toronto. Photo courtesy of ASTC Download Full Image

The SEISE project, funded by NASA and using the NISE Network structure, has sent tool kits to as many as 350 museums and science centers and a small footprint exhibition to 52 museums, and developed online training programs for distribution across the entire network to educate the public on various aspects of earth and space science.

Given the number of institutions supported by NISE Net and the number of visitors and the meaning of these institutions to their communities, Paul’s achievement in sustaining the network through SEISE is a tremendous one, worthy of the Shafer Leading Edge Award,” said David Guston, foundation professor and director for the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. 

Prior to joining ASU, Paul held leadership positions at the Science Museum of Minnesota; the Minnesota Historical Society; the Field Museum of Natural History; Museum Content Builders, Inc.; and Jim Henson Productions, Inc.

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ASU 365 Community Union presents Movies on the Field: 'Toy Story 4' and 'The Lion King'

Film screenings at Sun Devil Stadium free and open to the public


September 23, 2019

After screening blockbuster hits like "Sorry to Bother You" and "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" last year, ASU 365 Community Union is back with its Movies on the Field film series at Sun Devil Stadium — now free to the public.

First up at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, is the latest installment in the Toy Story series: "Toy Story 4." Major complications ensue when Bonnie turns a spork into a toy, but he sees himself as an eating utensil instead. Woody, Buzz and Co. have to set out into the world to find him, reunite with Bonnie and resolve his existential crisis. Movie posters for Toy Story 4 and Lion King "Toy Story 4" and "The Lion King" are coming to Sun Devil Stadium on Oct. 5 and Oct. 26, respectively. The events — including the Foodie Bowl happening Oct. 26 in conjunction with the screening — are free and open to the public. Download Full Image

On Saturday, Oct. 26, Disney's 2019 "The Lion King" will be shown in conjunction with a food event. The 365 Community Union is partnering with Hawker Street Market for the first-ever Foodie Bowl from 4 to 10 p.m. that day. Admission is free.

Visitors to the Foodie Bowl can choose from more than 20 specialty vendors serving food ranging from bao burgers and sushi tacos to boba and unicorn elotes. Shop local retailers, and cheer on the brave souls attempting to battle the flaming hot spicy noodles challenge.

At 7 p.m., "The Lion King" will be shown. This critically acclaimed version stars Beyoncé, Seth Rogen, John Oliver, Donald Glover and many more. A young lion returns to reclaim the throne that was stolen from him and his father by his treacherous and fratricidal uncle after spending his childhood in exile under the care of a friendly warthog and meerkat. Watch the award-winning cast on the big screen while sitting under the stars on the Sun Devil Stadium field.

Visit asu365communityunion.com/movies for more information and to RSVP. 

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Restored Vietnam helicopter on display at ASU Gammage for ‘Miss Saigon’


September 23, 2019

Blades of rescue in the chaos of war, the flying model of a Huey helicopter in Broadway’s “Miss Saigon” has been leaving audiences in awe for decades — and an authentic Huey helicopter will be in the parking lot of ASU Gammage weeknights during the show's run.

The utility military gunship seen in the show is often seen as a staple of the Vietnam War — and one of the surviving Huey helicopters is housed right here in the Valley of the Sun. A Huey helicopter will be available for show-goers to view from 4 to 7:30 p.m Sept. 24–27 .  A Huey helicopter housed at the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum. Download Full Image

The Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum showcases an authentic Bell UH-1 Huey Gunship that served in Vietnam from 1965 to 1971.

Thanks to the Arizona chapter of the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation (AAHF), visitors of the museum are able to see a fully restored Huey helicopter with over 100 bullet patches.

AAHF is a national nonprofit organization of volunteers dedicated to connecting the American soldier to the American family through stories and artifacts.

In 2015, Dave Sale, a member of the Commemorative Air Force and founder of the AAHF’s Arizona chapter, decided to contact AAHF’s hangar in Georgia to work on bringing a Huey helicopter to the Arizona base at Falcon Field.  

“It’s the iconic bird of Vietnam,” Sale said. “People were asking, ‘Where is your Huey?’”

After just a few months, Sale and AAHF were able to locate the first Huey helicopter to bring to Arizona for restoration and to put on display at the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum.

Volunteers with AAHF work to obtain, restore and maintain the aircrafts to look not only look like museum quality, but keep in flyable condition. AAHF works to locate veterans who are experienced with the aircrafts to lead groups of volunteers through the restoration and operation process — which includes buffing, repainting and pressure-washing the aircrafts.

While locating and polishing aircrafts is a large part of AAHF, Sale said it is not the organization’s only goal.

“A main priority of ours is to have a place where veterans can share and listen to stories,” Sale said.

Sale spoke about AAHF’s community involvement with students through internship programs and families coming together to understand this crucial moment in U.S. history.

“We want to get our story out about army aviation,” Sale said. “Especially in Vietnam.”

For more information on the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation, visit armyav.org or call 770-897-0444. For more information on the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum, visit azcaf.org or call 480-924-1940.

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ASU orchestras' 2019-20 season dialogues masterworks, contemporary works


September 16, 2019

From some of the most celebrated masterworks to collaborations with living composers, multimedia artists and world-class soloists, the ASU School of Music orchestras' 2019-20 season ventures beyond previous seasons with performances aimed to rejuvenate orchestral repertoire.

“I’m tremendously excited about the upcoming season,” said Jeffery Meyer, associate professor in the ASU School of Music and director of ASU orchestras. “Audiences and students will be hard-pressed to find another orchestra in the country, whether professional or academic, that is expanding and curating the orchestral repertoire in the way that we are doing here at ASU. This year’s season will be measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom (and what) it includes. We are doing this without turning our back on the bedrock orchestral masterpieces that are at the heart of our tradition and art, and I hope that the way the ‘standard’ repertoire is integrated into new contexts, side-by-side with new works and sounds, will breathe new life into older works as well.” ASU orchestras The ASU Symphony Orchestra. Download Full Image

Meyer, winner of the 2019 American Prize – Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming for the best achievement in the unique field of orchestral programming, is recognized for placing key masterworks of orchestral repertoire in dialogue with contemporary pieces in a way that advances the cultural experience of orchestral music.

The ASU orchestras are creating a new model for professional and preprofessional arts organizations that value the diverse potential of human creativity by offering some of the most enriching, innovative and technically outstanding concerts in the field today.

Tickets are available through the ASU Gammage box office, with free admission to some concerts as noted. General-admission tickets are $12 at the box office; fees apply for online advance purchase. Free ASU student tickets are available.

Northern Lights: Centenary Celebration of Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony
ASU Symphony Orchestra
Jeffery Meyer, conductor
Katherine McLin, violin
7:30 p.m. Sept. 21, ASU Gammage, ticketed

The ASU Symphony Orchestra opens its 2019-20 season with Sibelius’ soaring Symphony No. 5 in honor of the work’s centenary. The concert begins with Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks’ evocative concerto for violin and string orchestra “Tālā gaisma” or “Distant Light” featuring ASU’s Katherine McLin as violin soloist.

Towards a More Perfect Union, ASU Gammage Beyond
ASU Symphony Orchestra
Jeffery Meyer and Daniel Roumain, co-directors
7 p.m. Oct. 5, ASU Gammage, ticketed

ASU Gammage Beyond, in collaboration with the ASU Symphony Orchestra, invites you to a theatrical concert with film and spoken word, highlighting new works and powerful compositions that speak to the challenges of our time. Works by Tamar-kali (Academy Award-nominated film "Mudbound"), Daniel Bernard Roumain (New York Times top 10 classical new works), Joel Thompson (ASU Projecting All Voices Fellow), Carlos Simon (Sundance/Time Warner Composer Fellow), renowned spoken-word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Grammy winners Joan Tower and Martha Gonzalez.

Joan Tower: "Made in America"
Martha Gonzalez: "Vendedores en Accion & Fandango Fronterizo" (World premier, arr. Noah Luna)
Carlos Simon: "This Land" (World premiere, ASU Symphony & ASU Beyond Competition Winner)
Tamar-kali: Excerpts from "Red Rice, Cotton and Indigo" (World premiere)
Daniel Bernard Roumain: "Cipher" (World premiere)
Joel Thompson: "La Lluvia" (World premiere)

ASU Orchestral Strings Graduate Recital
ASU Chamber Orchestra
Yun Song Tay, conductor
Francisco Hernández Bolaños, conductor
7:30 p.m. Oct. 9, Katzin Concert Hall, free admission

The strings of the ASU Chamber Orchestra immerse the listener in a landscape of works spanning over a century from the late romantic to the 20th century avant-garde under the batons of ASU Assistant Conductors Yun Song Tay and Francisco Hernández Bolaños.

Takemitsu: "Three Film Scores"
Ligeti: "Ramifications"
Elgar: "Serenade for Strings"
Britten: "Simple Symphony"

Schoenberg’s New World: Schoenberg, Korngold, Copland
ASU Symphony Orchestra
Jeffery Meyer, conductor
Michelle Di Russo, conductor
Jennifer Son, cello (2019 ASU Concerto Competition winner)
7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, ASU Gammage, ticketed

This concert features a dynamic collection of works written or revised in post-World War II United States. The first half of the concert presents works by Schoenberg and Korngold, both Austro-Hungarian Jewish refugees working in the United States after fleeing Europe in the 1930s. The concert concludes with Copland’s monumental Symphony No. 3, a work that some have called the “Great American Symphony,” expressing the spirit of a hopeful nation emerging from a generation of war.

ASU Professor Sabine Feisst, a world-renowned expert on Schoenberg, will offer a pre-concert talk revealing the historical and biographical context of these works. Her most recent book, “Schoenberg’s Correspondence with American Composers,” was published by Oxford University Press in 2018.

Schoenberg: "Five Pieces"
Korngold: Cello Concerto
Copland: Symphony No. 3

Fall Conductors' Concert
ASU Studio Orchestra
7:30 p.m. Nov. 20, Katzin Concert Hall, free admission

Graduate students in conducting lead the ASU Studio Orchestra in an exciting evening of music.

Mozart’s Kings: 'Coronation Mass' and 'Jupiter Symphony'
ASU Chamber Orchestra
ASU Chamber Singers and Choral Union
Jeffery Meyer and David Schildkret, conductors
Jiji Kim, guitar
7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, ASU Gammage, ticketed

Join the ASU Chamber Orchestra and ASU choirs in two of Mozart’s most celebrated masterworks. Guitar virtuoso and ASU faculty member Jiji Kim brings a slice of modernity to the concert, performing Hilary Purrington’s 2019 concerto “Harp of Nerves.”

Mozart: "Coronation Mass," K.317, C major
Hilary Purrington: "Harp of Nerves" (Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra, 2019)
Mozart: Symphony No. 41, K.551, C major 

ASU Concerto Competition Finalist Concert
4 p.m. Jan. 30, Katzin Concert Hall, free admission

Join us as the finalists in the 2020 ASU Concerto Competition compete for the chance to perform with ASU's top ensembles.

Ravel, Kaminsky and Beethoven’s 'Pastoral Symphony'
ASU Chamber Orchestra
Jeffery Meyer, conductor
Ursula Oppens, piano
7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, ASU Gammage, ticketed

The ASU Chamber Orchestra joins the global celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday with Beethoven’s beloved "Pastoral Symphony." The Grammy-nominated pianist Ursula Oppens joins the ASUCO on the first half of the concert performing Laura Kaminsky’s Piano Concerto.

Maurice Ravel: "Ma Mère l'Oye (Mother Goose)"
Laura Kaminsky: Piano Concerto (2011)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”

Mazzoli, Pann and Dvorak Symphony No. 8
ASU Symphony Orchestra
Jeffery Meyer and Yun Song Tay, conductors
Christopher Creviston, saxophone
7:30 p.m. Feb. 29, ASU Gammage, ticketed
4 p.m. March 1, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, ticketed

Dvorak’s “Festival March” and Symphony No. 8 bookend this concert of thrilling new works by two major American composers: the other-worldly “Sinfonia for Orbiting Spheres” by Missy Mazzoli (Chicago Symphony composer-in-residence) and a world premiere performance of a new concerto written for the ASU Symphony Orchestra and saxophonist Christopher Creviston by Carter Pann (2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist in music).

Weber, Liszt and Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
ASU Symphony Orchestra
Jeffery Meyer, Michelle Di Russo and Francisco Hernández Bolaños, conductors
Aoshuang Li, piano (2019 ASU Concerto Competition winner)
7:30 p.m. April 2, ASU Gammage, ticketed
3 p.m. April 5, Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, Prescott, Arizona

Virtuosic romantic works by Weber and Liszt provide the first-half counterpoint to Shostakovich’s searing Symphony No. 5, written at the height of the Stalinist purges of the 1930s. Ever since its storied premiere in St. Petersburg in 1937, it continues to be performed and remembered among the most moving and dramatic works of its time.

Weber: "Overture to Der Freischütz"
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1
Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No.5

Spring Conductors' Concert
ASU Studio Orchestra
7:30 p.m. April 13, Katzin Concert Hall, free admission

Graduate students in conducting lead the ASU Studio Orchestra in an exciting evening of music.

Mahler Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'
ASU Symphony Orchestra
ASU Chamber Singers, Choral Union and Concert Choir
Jeffery Meyer, conductor
Carole FitzPatrick, soprano
Stephanie Weiss, mezzo-soprano
7:30 p.m. April 30, ASU Gammage, ticketed

The ASU Symphony Orchestra is joined by Carole FitzPatrick, Stephanie Weiss and the ASU choirs to end the 2019-20 season with Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 2. An all-embracing narrative continuing the metaphysical questions posed by Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the work immerses the listener in a journey through life and death, traversing funeral rites and the marching dead, existential crisis and, finally, the soul’s ultimate redemption.

Lynne MacDonald

communications specialist, School of Music

480-727-7189

Seeking nominations for the 2020 ASU MLK Jr. Student Servant-Leadership Award


August 30, 2019

Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, Arizona State University vice president for cultural affairs and ASU Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. committee chair, is soliciting nominations for the 2020 ASU Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Student Servant-Leadership Award. This year’s theme is “We are all connected.”

The ASU MLK Jr. Committee will present a Servant-Leadership Award to an ASU student at the MLK Breakfast on Jan. 23, 2020 at the Polytechnic campus.  Download Full Image

Servant-leadership is a practical philosophy that supports people who choose to serve first and then lead as a way of expanding service to individuals and institutions. Servant leaders may or may not hold formal leadership positions. Servant-leadership encourages collaboration, trust, foresight, listening and the ethical use of power and empowerment.

The committee requests the help of the ASU community in identifying a student servant-leadership awardee. The student must be currently enrolled full time, exemplify the ideals of servant-leadership and have a track record of commitment through volunteer service. A candidate may submit his or her resume with this form. Letters of recommendation are acceptable, but no more than two. Self-nominations are encouraged.

The ASU MLK Jr. Committee will provide a $1,500 scholarship to the awardee to be used toward his or her educational costs. This scholarship is available to ASU full-time undergraduate or graduate students. The winner must be a full-time student during the spring 2020 semester.

All applications will be reviewed and three finalists will be selected. Finalists will have 30-minute interviews with the committee on Friday, Oct. 18. Finalists will be contacted for their interview. The awardee must be able to attend the breakfast on Jan. 23.

Nominate yourself or another student.

Please submit this nomination by close of business on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Scan and e-mail to Michelle Johnson at mmjcap@asu.edu with the subject line: 2020 MLK Student Nomination – Last name of candidate.

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