ASU Open Door 2018 kick-off meeting dates announced

October 18, 2017

Now is the time for ASU units to firm up their plans for participating in the next ASU Open Door event.

ASU Open Door announces the dates and times of the event’s kick-off informational meetings. ASU units and programs interested in participating in ASU Open Door 2018 are encouraged to attend.  girl solving a larger word search Attendees participate in a word search at a past Open Door event. Download Full Image

ASU Open Door kick-off meeting schedule:

Tempe campus
Tuesday, Oct. 31
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Computer Commons, CPCOM 120

Polytechnic campus
Tuesday, Oct. 31
2:30–3:30 p.m.
Academic Center, CNTR 110G

Downtown Phoenix campus
Monday, Nov. 6
9:30–10:30 a.m.
Post Office, L1-12

West campus
Monday, Nov. 6
1:30–2:30 p.m.
University Center Building, UCB 266

A live stream will be available for interested parties unable to attend in person. Details provided after RSVPing.

Meeting information will include:

• recap of Night of the Open Door 2017
• 2018 dates and times for each campus
• new event name
ASU Open Door website
• deadlines
• what you need to know to participate
• questions and answers
• and more

ASU Open Door, formerly Night of the Open Door, is ASU’s annual showcase of the people, programs and spaces that make Arizona State University No. 1 in the U.S. for Innovation. Open to the general public, guests are able to visit any of the five campus locations and participate in hundreds of interactive activities, explore the innovative learning spaces, and talk directly with students, faculty and staff.

Last year, ASU Open Door offered more than 400 activities and attracted an estimated 42,000 visitors.

For more information, visit the ASU Open Door website e-mail or contact Darci Nagy at

Come watch ASU’s second annual Salute to Service Flag Football Tournament

October 16, 2017

Student veterans, cadets and midshipmen will gear up for the second annual flag football tournament to honor America’s service members for their courage and sacrifice as part of Arizona State University’s annual Salute to Service celebration. 

“Come cheer your favorite team to victory,” said Paul LePore, associate dean for student and academic programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “This is an opportunity for Sun Devils to take stock and give thanks to the men and women who have served or are planning to serve in our nation’s military.”  Air Force ROTC holds Dean's Cup from the 2016 flag-football tournament Paul LePore, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, poses with the 2016 Dean’s Cup champions from Air Force ROTC. Download Full Image

The college will be hosting the second annual Salute to Service flag football tournament from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at Sun Devil Stadium. Fans are encouraged to come watch and join the college for a morning of competition, community and camaraderie.

Since the founding of the Department of Military Science in 1935, the college has been the proud sponsor of ASU’s three Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs. ROTC cadets and midshipmen from Aerospace Studies, Military Science and Naval Science along with student veterans from Pat Tillman Veterans Center will contend for the esteemed Dean’s Cup.

The winning team will be presented with the Dean’s Cup to commemorate their victory by the college and will have the honor of “owning” and proudly displaying the trophy until next year’s event.

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“The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the academic home for more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate student veterans,” said LePore. “We’re grateful to be named a ‘Military Friendly School’ for the eighth consecutive year as we continue to help ASU fulfill our commitment to the military, active-duty members of the armed forces, and our veterans and their dependents.”

The flag football tournament is just one of more than 30 military-themed events hosted during ASU’s Salute to Service celebration taking place Nov. 1 to 12. It is an opportunity for the Sun Devil community to show their pride and support for military service members — past, present and future.

The event is free and open to the public. Fans should enter the Sun Devil Stadium from the Southwest entrance.

Rachel Bunning

Student reporter and writer, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Work, play sustainably with ASU office, event certifications

October 9, 2017

University Sustainability Practices makes it easy to green your event and office during campus sustainability month. Event hosts and office staff may participate in the ASU Sustainability Certification Program to receive a bronze, silver or gold certificate.

“The new certification is more relevant and provides more supporting information,” said Michele Nobles, ASU Global Launch business operations manager and Green Devil. “The Blackboard site makes it easier to find, track and save progress to finish the checklist later.” people putting items in recycle bins Download Full Image

Green events are an easy way to be sustainable and engage attendees to become more aware of campus sustainability in the process. Beyond pairing recycling and landfill bins, food, transportation and education are areas to begin greening events.

Event planners can use ASU’s Aramark catering services’ Decidedly Green Catering Menu, which includes vegan and vegetarian products that encourage attendees to eat low on the food chain.  

This menu is seasonal, plant-based and serves food from more than 15 local food producers, like eggs from Hickman’s Family Farms. Catered events serve American Humane Certified meat, cage-free eggs and Monterey Bay Seafood Watch certified seafood.

Every certified event diverts or recycles environmentally friendly eating utensils.

Hosts also can encourage guests to walk, bike and take public transit to the event. Attendees also may take the intercampus shuttle between the ASU campuses and Mayo Clinic. 

Request a presentation from a University Sustainability Practices team member or the Zero Waste department to learn more about sustainability operations at ASU.

The campus culture of sustainability is apparent when Zero Waste department volunteers work at large university events. ASU’s annual staff barbecues are the largest zero waste event on campus each year. At the 2017 events, the diversion rate was 94.3 percent.

Overall in the fiscal year 2016, ASU composted 508.09 tons and diverted 36.5 percent of all waste from the landfill. Also in the fiscal year 2016, University Sustainability Practices engaged 8,597 students, faculty and staff through 102 sustainability-related events.

“Greening events made a positive impact on campus last year, and the ASU community has the opportunity to work together to continue our momentum this year,” said Mick Dalrymple, University Sustainability Practices director. "Campus sustainability month offers many opportunities for community members to start greening their events and join that momentum."

Green your workplace

With more than 14,000 employees, ASU faculty and staff have a chance to impact sustainable campus culture with its certification program for offices. The certification engages all aspects of the workplace, including printing, energy, purchasing, waste and creating a sustainable workplace community.

“The office certification is easy, fast and achievable. My department gets together, chooses one topic and focuses on it,” said Laurie Bitz, ASU Health Services medical assistant. “I think it opened the eyes of a few coworkers who didn’t know what sustainability was.”

A Canon Print Assessment is a simple way to start the office certification process. Assessments may include energy, toner and paper-saving recommendations. 

These small changes made a big impact in ASU offices. Double-sided printing saved 417,326 pages and 1,434,855 gallons of water in the fiscal year 2016. By completing Canon Print Assessments, ASU departments reduced its carbon footprint by 154,739 pounds and saved 1,688 trees in the fiscal year 2016.

Reaching a gold-level office certification could be as simple as a commitment to turn off lights and monitors when not in use. Another option is to install motion-sensor lights, which turn off after a period of inactivity.

When office equipment or other items are exhausted, send them to ASU Surplus Property, which diverts used ASU office items from the landfill. Some of the items for sale are often cheaper than buying new.

There are two ways to divert waste from the landfill and increase ASU’s zero waste reporting. Departments may request on-demand or scheduled pickups of lockable shredding containers for a small fee. The Zero Waste department also provides the Blue Bag program to divert hard-to-recycle items like plastic coffee pods and batteries.

To become more involved with ASU’s sustainability culture, join the Green Devil Network, which includes training to become a sustainability advocate. Sustainable transportation efforts staff can make include carpooling or using the intercampus shuttle between campuses. Additionally, campus sustainability events like the Fresh and Local Market engage participants to consider sustainable practices.

Event volunteer opportunities also are available for staff; email the Zero Waste department or search Zero Waste @ ASU on VolunteerMatch

University Sustainability Practices began offering the Sustainability Certification Program for events and offices in 2014 and 2010, respectively. Since then, more than 250 events and 40 offices have been certified. ASU staff who made individual improvements to their events and offices make ASU a leader in sustainable operations.

Peter Northfelt

Editor assistant, Business and Finance Support – Communications


Nominate a co-worker for ASU's 'Writer of the Year' award

October 4, 2017

For the sixth year, the ASU English Department is recognizing a hard-working staff writer at ASU who deserves public recognition with its 2017 ASU "Behind-the-Scenes Writer of the Year” Award. Nominations are being accepted until Oct. 18.

Criteria for the award include: A woman accepts a writing award Hannah O'Regan of the W. P. Carey School of Business was the winner of the 2016 Behind-the-Scenes Writer of the Year award. Photo by Bruce Matsunaga/Department of English Download Full Image

• a person whose writing makes significant contributions to ASU's mission of serving students and the community 

• a writer who usually remains "behind-the-scenes" — this is someone who rarely if ever receives a byline or much public recognition for his or her work

• someone who shows commitment and dedication to the craft of writing.

•  a writer whose work most often shows sensitivity to audience and to changing rhetorical situations as needed for effective communication

In addition, the candidate must be able to appear at noon Oct. 20, on ASU's Tempe campus to receive the award from the Writing Programs director and English department chair. 

The winner's co-workers and nominating supervisor are encouraged to attend the event and cheer on the winner. This award is one of the major highlights of the "National Day on Writing," a day on which universities across the nation celebrate the central importance of writing in our lives.  

To nominate a candidate, email a short paragraph or two, along with links to two or three typical examples of your candidate’s work to Please explain how your candidate fits most or all of the above criteria and would be worthy of this public recognition.

Faculty, staff appreciation day at Sun Devil Hockey

October 2, 2017

All Arizona State University faculty and staff are invited to come out and support Sun Devil Hockey this Saturday, Oct. 7 when they take on UMass-Amherst for Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day. The game will begin at 7:05 p.m. at Oceanside Ice Arena and all university faculty and staff will receive discounted tickets for the game.

To purchase discounted tickets, go here and follow the directions on the web page. Faculty and staff tickets can also be purchased by calling 480-727-0000 and speaking with a ticket sale representative. hockey player spraying ice into camera Download Full Image

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Opening up 'Banned Books'

Celebrate Banned Books Week at ASU with events, displays at Hayden Library.
September 25, 2017

ASU Library highlights Banned Books Week with a growing display of censored texts, a scavenger hunt and a button-making station

When students at Arizona State University enter the library this week, they will be greeted by an unusual sign: “Don’t read these books.”

The sign, directing students to a display of books that have been banned or challenged throughout history, is intended to mentally jolt — cue the record scratch — even the most distracted Sun Devils.

This is the tongue-in-cheek tradition of Banned Books Week, an annual, cautious celebration of books and our right to read them.

“Banned Books Week is probably one of the most important events in the literary profession,” said Ashley Gohr, a First Year Experience librarian with ASU Library. “It’s a week when librarians, publishers, teachers and writers help to educate our communities by inviting deeper conversations about censorship and the power of words and storytelling, especially for marginalized communities.”

ASU Library is looking to open up the event this year to an even larger audience through social media, book displays and other activities that encourage thinking around free speech and about books as a powerful technology.

Gohr said that although the practice of banning books is very serious and concerning, the ASU Library events this week will offer “small acts of creative defiance” that are not only educational but fun too.

Video by Deanna Dent/ASU Now


Language, sex and race

Books get banned, restricted or challenged for a variety of reasons, Gohr said, but offensive language, sexual content and racism are among the most common.

Just last year, more than 300 challenges to books were recorded by the American Library Association (ALA), a figure that does not include all the censorship attempts made to films, exhibits, newspapers, magazines, broadcasts, plays and performances.

Famously banned books include “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain (language, racism), “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie (language, violence, sexual content) and “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston (sexual content).

Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” was once described as “filthy” by some mid-19th-century booksellers.

The impulse to censor, Gohr said, is a direct response to the inherent power ideas hold and the strength of books to spread them.

“Books are thought of as dangerous, and they are! They contain ideas and stories that can change minds and lives,” she said.

Video by Deanna Dent/ASU Now



#WordsHavePower is the tagline for this year’s Banned Books Week, an ALA-sponsored event that ASU Library plans to highlight with increasing force each year.

Plans to grow the annual event include a speaker series, a reading flash mob and public readings of censored work on all of ASU’s campuses.

This year, Gohr and fellow ASU Library staffer Ashley Barckett have been busy pulling books from library shelves — “as many as we can fit,” they said — to include in the Hayden Library banned-book display.

The ragtag collection includes such classics as “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Beloved” and sits alongside a reading nook where the ASU community is encouraged to linger, interact and explore the books “in question.”

Additionally, Gohr and Barckett have put together a banned-book scavenger hunt and set up a button-making station in the Hayden Library mkrspace, for those #RebelReaders who want to wear their Toni Morrisons and Ralph Ellisons on their sleeve.

There will also be displays at the libraries on the West, Polytechnic and Downtown Phoenix campuses.

“This is a great opportunity to celebrate the library as a place of access, discovery and inclusion — particularly at an institution like ASU,” said Barckett, a library information specialist. “Many of our international students come from countries that have different views on censorship, and books are still challenged and banned regularly in the U.S. This event is as relevant as ever.”

Barckett and Gohr said they will be wearing buttons and T-shirts throughout the week that signify banned authors and books, such as “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” and the book-burning “Fahrenheit 451,” which, Gohr said, might be the most ironic banned book of all.

"It's about banning books," she said.


Top photo: ASU librarian Ashley Gohr holds up cards that list the reasons why specific books were banned, in anticipation of a display for banned books at Hayden Library. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

Britt Lewis

Interim Communications Director , ASU Library

A message to faculty and staff about athletics compliance

September 25, 2017

Dear ASU Faculty and Staff Members,

As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Pac-12 Conference, ASU is committed to the principle of athletics compliance and the concept that our student-athletes and athletics stakeholders play by the rules, both on and off the playing field. stick figures from video ASU's Athletics Compliance Office has created a video to provide information regarding the rules that are most likely to apply to you and your interactions with ASU student-athletes and prospects. Download Full Image

The rules governing intercollegiate athletics are institutional in nature, and, therefore, relate to the manner in which all ASU faculty and staff members interact with Sun Devil student-athletes and prospective student-athletes. 

On behalf of Sun Devil Athletics, ASU's Athletics Compliance Office created a tip sheet and one-and-a-half minute video to provide information regarding the rules that are most likely to apply to you and your interactions with ASU student-athletes and prospects.

Please review the materials and, if you have any questions about them or anything else relating to athletics compliance, do not hesitate to contact the Compliance Office at 480-965-5760. 

Steve Webb
Executive Director and Chief Athletics Compliance Officer
Sun Devil Athletics

Spirit, pride and tradition — register now for Family Weekend

September 19, 2017

Steeped in Sun Devil spirit and filled with activities for students, families and the entire ASU community, the annual fall tradition of Family Weekend will take place Friday through Sunday, Oct. 13–15.

With three days of activities wrapped around ASU’s home football game against the Washington Huskies, Family Weekend 2017 will feature something for everyone, including Sun Devils and their families, younger siblings, non-traditional and graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni. family taking a selfie during family weekend at ASU Download Full Image

Registration is available on the Family Weekend website for all events, including the game-day Signature Barbecue and Devils on Mill block party, Sparky’s Spirit Hike up “A” Mountain, academic college activities and much more. New events are being added each week, such as behind-the-scenes campus tours and the annual Mill Madness event to showcase Sun Devil Basketball.

Most of the events are free, but many require an RSVP to attend. Check out the Family Weekend website for schedule details and to register. If you have additional questions, email them to

ASU business school welcomes 10 new faculty members

W. P. Carey School of Business is home to 16 programs and disciplines ranked in the top 40 nationwide by US News and World Report

September 18, 2017

Ranked as one of the top business schools in the country, the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is pleased to announce 10 new faculty appointments for the 2017–18 school year.

“This year’s new faculty members come from a variety of backgrounds and are at many different stages of their careers,” said Amy Hillman, dean of the W. P. Carey School and the Rusty Lyon Chair in Strategy. “One thing they all have in common, however, is a passion for business education — specifically, where business education is going and how they can help shape its future. We believe they’ve come to the right place.” Download Full Image

These new faculty members will build upon an already strong foundation of prestigious, dedicated teachers and highly cited and published researchers. As of 2017, the W. P. Carey School is home to 16 programs and disciplines ranked in the top 40 nationwide by U.S. News and World Report.


Matthew Baugh joins the W. P. Carey School faculty as an assistant professor in the School of Accountancy. He received his doctorate at the University of Missouri and examines auditing practices, financial reporting quality, goodwill impairment, merger contracts, and regulatory environments. Baugh received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting at Illinois State University.


Lauren Chenarides recently completed her doctorate in agricultural, environmental, and regional economics at Pennsylvania State University. As an assistant professor at the Morrison School of Agribusiness, her research interests are centered on food access, consumer store choice, food retailer marketing behavior, and applied industrial organization.


Stephie Fried previously served on the faculty of Carleton College, where she taught courses in macro and environmental economics. She joins the W. P. Carey School as an assistant professor in the Department of Economics, and her research focuses on environmental economics and its implications for the macroeconomy. Fried earned her doctorate in economics at the University of California San Diego.

Basit Zafar, associate professor in the Department of Economics, served for more than eight years in various capacities in the Research Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and as a visiting faculty member at Princeton University. With a focus on labor economics, economics of education, and household finance, his more than 20 academic articles have appeared in a range of top publications.


Denis Sosyura joins the W. P. Carey School after serving on the faculty of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. After completing a bachelor's degree in finance in his native Ukraine, he earned his MBA at Vanderbilt University and his doctorate at Yale University. As an associate professor in the Department of Finance, his primary research focus is on empirical corporate finance and political economy.

Information Systems

Ni (Nina) Huang earned her doctorate at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. She also holds master’s degrees in both business research and advertising from Michigan State University. As an assistant professor in the Department of Information Systems, her research encompasses marketing, psychology, and economics. Specifically, her work focuses on the behavioral and economic aspects of information technology.

Jessica Pye, assistant professor in the Department of Information Systems earned her doctorate as well as a master’s degree in economics at Georgia State University. Her research looks at the business value of IT in large institutional settings — such as the U.S. electric utility industry and the health care industry — undergoing regulatory change.

Management and Entrepreneurship

Kenneth L. Shropshire, professor in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, served for more than 30 years as the David W. Hauck Professor at the Wharton School in the department of legal studies and business ethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Shropshire is the first adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport and the founding CEO of the Global Sport Institute, with additional appointments in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and the African and African American Studies program in the School of Social Transformation. His research centers on a wide range of sports-related issues, including sports business, sports business law, sports and social impact, race and the law, negotiations, franchise relocation, antitrust issues, contracts, negotiation and dispute resolution.


Sanghak Lee completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in his native South Korea, and earned his doctorate in marketing at Ohio State University. His research centers on direct utility models, Bayesian econometrics, and choice modeling. Before joining the W. P. Carey School, Lee taught marketing research and analytics at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business.

Supply Chain Management

Jonathan Helm, assistant professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management comes to the W. P. Carey School from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington, where he taught patient flow systems management and operations processes. Helm received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Cornell University and his doctorate at the University of Michigan.

Rebecca Ferriter

Communications Manager, W. P. Carey School of Business


Faculty, staff invited to IT Career Mixer and Resource Fair

September 8, 2017

ASU faculty and staff are invited to a complimentary networking reception and career fair sponsored by Cisco and hosted by ASU Career and Professional Development Services from 4:30–7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Memorial Union Ventana Room. This event will feature prominent members of the technology sector and veterans community.

Arizona is one of the fastest growing economies for IT careers, with more than 17,000 full-time career positions currently unfilled. ASU Career and Professional Development Services is hosting a day with industry experts and veterans service organizations to provide insight into trends in the IT and STEM fields, and a look at what the future holds for professionals in IT within the state of Arizona. Download Full Image