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 familyweekend@asu.edu

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 macro economy. 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

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

Parking and Transit Services presents check to ASU America Reads

August 28, 2017

ASU Parking and Transit Services (PTS) presented ASU America Reads with a check for $5,439 on Aug. 18. The 2016-17 PTS Benefactor Program recipient received the check in a ceremony at the H.B. Farmer Education Building atrium.

ASU students, faculty and staff can raise money for the Benefactor Program by bidding on a Benefactor Program parking permit. Parking and Transit Services present ASU America Reads with funds from the 2016-17 PTS Benefactor Program. From left: Ray Humbert, PTS associate director; Deborah Ruiz, community engagement programs director; Associate Dean Nancy Perry, Mary Lou Fulton Te Parking and Transit Services present ASU America Reads with funds from the 2016-17 PTS Benefactor Program. From left: Ray Humbert, PTS associate director; Deborah Ruiz, community engagement programs director; Associate Dean Nancy Perry, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College; Dean Carole Basile, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College; Faith Wagner, America Reads coordinator; Melinda Alonzo, PTS director. Download Full Image

“It is an honor to lend our support to the campus community in a way that heeds the call of the university’s design aspirations,” said Melinda Alonzo, PTS director. “We appreciate the opportunity to assist worthwhile programs with community outreach as well as foster student success.”

ASU America Reads, housed in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, is an after-school academic program for economically disadvantaged children in grades K–8. ASU America Reads hires ASU students as tutors.

“Not only does ASU America Reads benefit the community by increasing academic achievement in elementary and junior high students, but we are also giving ASU students an opportunity to serve a community need and gain real-world job skills,” said Faith Wagner, program coordinator. “We are deeply grateful to the PTS Benefactor Program. These funds will help us significantly as we continue to make a positive impact on our community.”

Benefactor Program recipients are awarded funds at the end of every fiscal year. Current donations will support next year’s recipient, the Hispanic Mother Daughter Program — a middle and high school program to increase the number of first-generation Arizonans who are qualified to attend ASU through direct family involvement.

Since 2012, PTS has donated more than $25,000 to Benefactor Program recipients. Past Benefactor Program beneficiaries include ASU’s American Dream Academy, Student Health Outreach for Wellness and the School of Art.

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ASU, adidas grow alliance with scholarship partnership

Scholarship program to begin with 100 adidas employees, expand in coming years.
August 24, 2017

Pilot program to cover majority of ASU Online degree costs for 100 adidas employees, with shared goal of helping people succeed

PORTLAND, Ore. — Leaders of adidas and Arizona State University on Thursday revealed plans to expand access to higher education for employees of the athletic apparel giant during an event at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Portland, Oregon.

The adidas/ASU Digital Education Partnership is the latest development in the Global Sport Alliance, a strategic partnership announced in June with the goal of shaping the future of sport and amplifying its positive impact on society.

The Digital Education Partnership will provide scholarships to ASU’s online degree program for 100 adidas employees, granting them access to a world-class education from the nation’s most innovative universityU.S. News & World Report has ranked ASU as the country’s most innovative university, ahead of MIT and Stanford, two years running. and underpinning adidas’ goal to be “the best place to work.”

“From [adidas’] standpoint, it not only achieves their mission of social purpose but of investing in their workforce, in the people who make them successful. For [ASU], it allows us to deliver on our charter and make people successful,” said Jeffrey Angle, executive director of marketing and relationships at EdPlus, ASU's unit that creates technology for new ways of teaching and learning.

Scholarships are available to the pilot-sized group of benefits-eligible employees within the U.S. and will cover a majority of degree costs beginning in January, with aspirations to scale the program internationally over the next three years.

The program reflects both adidas’ and ASU’s commitment to social embeddedness detailed in the Global Sport Alliance. Its objective is to bring together education, athletics, research and innovation to explore topics including diversity, sustainability and human potential — all through the lens of sport.

At Thursday’s event here at adidas Village, the company's name for its Portland-area campus, about 500 employees watched a video detailing ASU’s charter — inclusion vs. exclusion; impact on public good; responsibility for the broader community — played on a jumbo screen.

When the lights came back up, President of adidas North America Mark King took the stage and greeted the crowd before launching into an introduction of the day’s discussion. It would be, he said, the first of a series of discussions to come which would feature speakers who are trying to make the world a better place and who can share their insights and passion with the adidas family.

The theme of this first talk was impact and innovation.

“When I thought about our first speaker,” King said, “there was really only one person that came to mind when talking about innovation and inclusion.”

He then recounted his first meeting with  ASU President Michael M. Crow in 2014 when adidas entered into an athletic relationship with the university.

“It only took me one meeting to understand the opportunity that we would have as an organization to partner in a more meaningful way,” King said.

Out of that understanding came the Global Sport Alliance.

“This is different than a relationship between two institutions who are buying and selling services from each other. That’s not why we have a relationship. What we care about is what can we do to enhance human potential.”
— ASU President Michael M. Crow

Crow — sporting ASU/adidas wrestling gear, a nod to his days as a heavyweight wrestler — then addressed the crowd. He praised those gathered there for their part in designing tools that have the potential to transform the world and allow human beings to move in a new direction — away from competition as survival and toward realizing unforeseen potential.

Crow praised the company in general, as well, calling it “a conscious capitalist organization as opposed to a mindless organization” concerned only with the bottom line.

adidas, Crow said, “cares about peoples’ lives, about being fair” and about providing life-changing educational opportunities to those who seek them, a value he noted is shared by ASU.

“But there’s an inherent flaw in college education in the U.S.,” Crow said. “If you come from the bottom quartile of family incomes, as I did, you have an eight percent chance of getting a degree even if you’re in the upper 20 percentile of academic achievement.

“That’s messed up. That’s not something we can change the country with. That’s not something we can move in a new direction with.”

And it’s something that spurred him to completely restructure the model for the public university, something he has been laboring at for the past 15 years at ASU. Crow’s New American University is one that matches inclusion with excellence, striving for a student body that reflects the diversity and socioeconomic demographics of the country at large and a faculty that performs just as well or better than that of institutions that limit acceptance to students coming from families in the upper 1 percent of the annual income bracket.

Several initiatives and partnerships have helped ASU get to that point, including the Starbucks College Achievement Program, which today has more than 7,000 Starbucks employees participating in the program.

When Aaron Shannahan, who works in finance at adidas, heard the news that his company will be rolling out a similar program, he called it “an awesome opportunity for anyone who hasn’t finished their degree or who is looking to advance their education further.”

Crow left the crowd Thursday with a key takeaway: Accept nothing as a given; your future is something you must determine, and ASU and adidas are committing to making sure everyone has the chance to do that.

“This is different than a relationship between two institutions who are buying and selling services from each other,” he said. “That’s not why we have a relationship. What we care about is what can we do to enhance human potential, to produce whole people who can advance physically, intellectually, socially, culturally, morally. … We think there’s a huge opportunity working with you all toward that end, and we’re very excited about that.”

Top photo: President of adidas North America Mark King (left) and ASU President Michael Crow speak onstage at the athletics apparel company's U.S. headquarters in Portland, Oregon. Photo courtesy of adidas

Emma Greguska

Reporter , ASU Now

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Remembering ASU's first black professor, who taught aspiring teachers in the 1960s

Teachers College remembers ASU's first black professor on campus timeline.
August 18, 2017

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College adds John Edwards to timeline on Tempe campus

In the May 11,1966, edition of Arizona State University’s The State Press, a story near the back is headlined, “63 Faculty Members Are Promoted.” Similar stories appeared in the student-run newspaper every spring, each with a simple roster of faculty members advancing to the next level of their ASU careers. What made the May ’66 list of promotions more consequential was this: “Advance from instructor to assistant professor … John Edwards, elementary education.”

With this appointment in the School of Education, John Edwards became ASU’s first African-American professor. He is being honored with a panel on the timeline of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College history in the Farmer Education Building on ASU’s Tempe campus.

His appointment came during a tumultuous time in America and on the ASU campus. The week that Edwards’ promotion appeared in The State Press, more than a million U.S. college students were preparing for the May 14 deferment examination that might protect them from President Lyndon Johnson’s escalation of the Vietnam War. A few weeks before, the ASU chapters of Students for a Democratic Society and Young Americans for Freedom held competing rallies — “End of War” and “Win the War” — in front of Danforth Chapel.

The civil rights movement was roiling the campus as well. Leo Vichules, assistant professor of political science, accused the ASU Executive Council of refusing to consider an application for recognition as an on-campus student group from the Congress of Racial Equality. A discussion of integration on “Thursday at Nine,” the live panel discussion and call-in program on ASU-owned KAET-TV, brought a record response of 131 calls. And in a letter to the editor of The State Press titled, “Muhammed speaks,” a reader suggested  “the Black Muslim representative” protesting at the corner of College and Orange should be escorted off the campus.

John Edwards was ASU's first black professor, teaching in the college of education in the 1960s.

Indianan in Arizona

Edwards was born in Muncie, Indiana, in 1930, one of nine children. He graduated from Muncie’s Ball State University and was drafted for the Army shortly thereafter. During his service, Edwards made friends from the Phoenix area, and, after his discharge, they recommended him for a teaching position in the Roosevelt School District in a historically African-American area of South Phoenix. He enrolled at ASU for one course in order to pass his teacher certification exam on the Arizona constitution.

“I taught at Percy L. Julian School, working with students from a disadvantaged area,” he would later recall. “They were the nicest kids. They wanted to learn, and it was my job to make sure they learned something in my classes. They would stay after school, and they would be be there long before the school opened. They were so excited.”

He also volunteered his time as scoutmaster for a Boy Scout troop. That, combined with “all those things you have to do in a public school — you put those together and there’s not enough hours in the day to do everything. But somehow I managed to do it.”

He also managed to meet and marry Mavis Jones (MAE ’64), a North Carolina native who had come to Arizona to teach. “Arizona was in a tremendous growth period,” he recalled. “They needed people and had problems recruiting teachers. Mavis said, ‘I won’t have to shovel snow! I can drive my car without chains! I think I’ll give it a try.’”

During his first few years of teaching, Edwards enrolled again at ASU, earning his master’s degree in social studies in 1959. After a professor suggested there might be an associate faculty position for him in the college of education, Edwards was hired to teach a course listed in the catalog as Problems of Teachers. He called it “Teaching Teachers to Teach.”

“Discipline was number one,” Edwards said. “Anybody who’s ever taught school will tell you that’s the number one problem. It’s how you handle young people that makes discipline easy or difficult. You can’t just yell at them. You have to talk to them, show them you respect them, that you love them, that you will see them through.” The care and commitment he showed his students at Julian would also become a hallmark of his higher education career.

Catching fire

Edwards became an instructor in the Department of Adult Education in 1964, teaching reading in Guadalupe, Arizona. He recalled President Johnson’s State of the Union address that year that launched the administration’s War on Poverty, and said, “That’s when I caught fire. Many adults in that area hadn’t learned to read or write. I don’t think there’s anything as great as when an adult would come to me, crying, and say, ‘I learned to read last night!’”

He completed his doctoral degree in elementary education the following year and was named an assistant professor of elementary education in 1966.

Edwards’ career as an ASU professor was remarkable not only for erasing a color line, but for its breadth and richness. Between 1966 and his retirement in 1996, he became associate professor, then full professor; served as assistant dean, and eventually as associate dean of university continuing education and associate director of summer sessions. He was a consultant for 31 Arizona school districts and those of five other states. He directed two projects for the U.S. Department of Education and served on the boards of eight others. Edwards co-authored two books, wrote several extensive articles and edited 13 manuals to accompany instructional television programs. He received more than a dozen awards in recognition of his efforts on behalf of literacy, civic engagement and equality. 

 The timeline in Farmer Education Building now includes a plaque of John Edwards.

Legacy of education

Edwards died in 2013. For all his academic and community accomplishments, he might have been most proud of the recollections shared by his family: Mavis, sons John Jr. (now deceased) and Robert, and daughter Janice Edwards-Jackson.

“He was fun and funny,” said Mavis Edwards. “He liked to dance and he loved good music. But he liked to get things done. He was always planning, and he always got them done.”

Janice said, “My dad was always willing to help others and provide guidance and support — especially to ASU students — regardless of their situation or needs.”

“He did not like uneven playing fields,” Robert Edwards said. “If he smelled an injustice, he went after it.”

Still, his children all noted that Edwards rarely spoke with them of injustices he personally had faced. He had been refused membership in the honor society at his own high school, then only recently integrated, until white faculty members advocated for him.

“I had a lot of support,” Edwards said. “But that was an eye-opener for me, and I think for them, too.”

John Edwards Jr. recalled seeing a newspaper clipping from the Muncie newspaper announcing his father’s promotion to Eagle Scout. The headline read, “Eagle Rank to Colored Boy.”

“Many of those kinds of things we found out later in life,” he said. “He just told us he was an Eagle Scout. He didn’t brag about himself.”

Janice Edwards-Jackson said her father was a champion of education as a solution to inequality. “Everything in our family centered on education,” she said. “My mom was a teacher, a librarian and a principal. We were never going to be allowed to use race as an excuse.”

And all of them remembered the family meals. Robert Edwards said, “Mom is a phenomenal cook. We would always eat as a family. That’s when we learned to think.”

“They didn’t tell us what to think, but how to think," said Edwards-Jackson.

The Edwards children weren’t the only members of the next generation to benefit from those mealtimes. John Edwards Sr., who believed all students need their teachers’ respect and love, was well known for bringing ASU students home to his family’s table.

“Yes,” Mavis Edwards recalled, “We fed quite a few.”

Top photo: The panel featuring John Edwards, the first black professor at ASU, was added to the timeline in the Farmer Education Building on the Tempe campus.

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ASU's School of Transborder Studies names new interim director

August 16, 2017

The nation’s first School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University has named professor Lisa Magaña as the new interim director of the school.

For nearly 20 years, Magaña has been a part of the faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She teaches courses on immigration, transborder studies, Chicana/o studies, Latino/a politics and policy in Arizona. In her new appointment as interim director, she will continue to inspire students to become agents of change who will solve critical challenges at the intersection of borders and society. ASU professor Lisa Magaña Professor Lisa Magaña has been named the interim director for the School of Transborder Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. Download Full Image

Magaña will be influential in the promotion of academic excellence for the school by advancing interdisciplinary knowledge of the Chicana/o and Latina/o experience in the United States-Mexico borderlands. She’ll also be crucial in the development of integrated transborder scholarship to affect transborder policy and social practice.

“Dr. Lisa Magaña brings intelligence, optimism and energy to the leadership role in the School of Transborder Studies,” said Elizabeth Wentz, the dean of social sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “With strength of character and the capacity to lead, we look forward to working with Lisa in this next chapter of the school.”

Magaña has contributed scholarship to the areas of immigration, urban policy, migration and Latino/a politics. She’s the author of “Straddling the Border: Immigration Policy and the INS,” and “Mexican Americans and the Politics of Diversity.” More recently, she completed the manuscript, “From A to Z, Latino Politics and Immigration in Arizona,” which is currently under review.

Magaña’s impact is broad. She has been a research associate at the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute and visiting lecturer and assistant professor at Pitzer College; University of California, Los Angeles; and California State University at Dominguez Hills and Williams College. She’s also been interviewed by major media outlets, such as NPR, BBC, PBS, the Associated Press and MSNBC. 

Effective August 15, Magaña will become the interim director of the school as professor and sociocultural anthropologist Alejandro Lugo completes his appointment as director. Lugo’s scholarship and teaching in the history of the United States-Mexico borderlands and border theory has helped advance the school’s mission of creating more prosperous and sustainable transborder communities.

“With genuine gratitude, I thank Dr. Alejandro Lugo for his two years of service as director of the School of Transborder Studies,” Wentz said. “Through his broad vision of what it means to be ‘transborder,’ the school is posited to understand and solve many of the complex problems faced globally.”

Amanda Stoneman

Science Writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


ABOR letter to faculty, staff for 2017-2018 academic year

August 14, 2017

On behalf of the Arizona Board of Regents, welcome to the 2017-2018 academic year. We count ourselves fortunate to have so many talented and dedicated individuals working on behalf of Arizona’s public universities students.

We trust that a portion of your summer was spent indulging in some well-deserved rest and relaxation, and that you are ready to begin another academic year as we welcome returning students and the new class of 2021! Download Full Image

Because of your hard work, Arizona is home to innovative and excelling universities that prioritize student success while stimulating a growing economy and high quality of life for Arizonans.

Your work is at the heart of a world-class university enterprise where students come from around the world to earn their degrees. Whatever your role — from teaching our students, conducting groundbreaking research or providing support services — your dedication contributes to the success of Arizona State University.  

Students are the ultimate beneficiaries of your work. Because of your efforts, they will be prepared for future careers, benefiting our state and society. We appreciate your commitment and look forward to another productive academic year at ASU.

We wish you the best in the pursuit of knowledge.

Eileen Klein

Eileen I. Klein

President, Arizona Board of Regents


William Ridenour

Bill Ridenour

Chair, Arizona Board of Regents 

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ASU Piper Center announces Arizona’s inaugural poet laureate as new director

August 14, 2017

Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing taps Alberto Ríos to foster artistic exchanges, establish educational opportunities

Arizona State University’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing has appointed Regents’ Professor and Arizona’s inaugural poet laureate Alberto Ríos as the new director of the center. 

For more than 30 years, Ríos has been teaching and inspiring an emerging generation of literary artists at ASU. He champions the art of writing to express the history and values of different communities. In his new appointment as director, he will continue to show the boundless potential of stories to keep cultures and common heritage alive in Arizona and across the globe.

In addition to being named director, Ríos will become the artistic director of the center and hold the Virginia G. Piper Chair in Creative Writing title. He has also served as the Katharine C. Turner Distinguished Chair in English since 2003.

Ríos will be instrumental in building connections between writers and readers, establishing educational opportunities to support literary artists, encouraging artistic exchanges with international communities and enriching the cultural environment of Arizona and the entire Southwest.

“Ríos is an unparalleled talent in the crafting of American poetry,” said Patrick Kenney, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “His poetry and literary works have positively influenced our community and have been a driving force for Arizona’s culture and heritage.” 

Ríos has authored 10 books and chapbooks of poetry, three collections of short stories and a memoir about growing up on the Mexico-Arizona border. He has also been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Western Literature Association Distinguished Achievement Award, the Arizona Governor's Arts Award, the Walt Whitman Award and the Western States Book Award for Fiction.

Ríos’ work is regularly taught, translated and included in more than 300 national and international anthologies. In 2014, he was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets.

“I’m confident with this new appointment that Ríos will continue to foster a thriving creative and literary environment at ASU following on the long and successful legacy of Professor Jewell Parker Rhodes, who was the founding director of the Virginia G. Piper Center,” said Mark Searle, the executive vice president and university provost at ASU. “His immense talent and dedication to creative writing will promote the value of the humanities generally and the Piper Center specifically for the college, university and the broader community.”

Effective immediately, Ríos will replace the center’s interim director, Matt Bell. Since February, Bell’s national acclaim and dedication to the students and local literary community has been an asset for embodying the center’s mission of serving the public through exceptional literary programs and resources.

“Bell was willing to serve as interim director on short notice, and we appreciate all of his time and efforts,” Kenney said. 

Housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is the artistic and intellectual heart of a vibrant, multinational and culturally diverse world of writers. The center hosts a wide variety of literary events and programs to serve the public.

In addition, the center offers selected scholarships and fellowships for graduate students in the nationally and internationally renowned Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program.

Amanda Stoneman

Science Writer , Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Green Devils lead a collaborative sustainability culture at ASU

August 14, 2017

Abi Graves’ involvement at Arizona State University changed when she joined the Green Devil Network. The network brings ASU faculty and staff together to develop and lead a sustainable university culture.

“Being part of the Green Devil Network equipped me to change the culture here on campus and in my community,” said Graves, School of Sustainability student engagement coordinator. group of people in green polos ASU's Green Devil Network brings faculty and staff together to develop and lead a sustainable university culture. Download Full Image

Members receive invitations to exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, events and workshops with eco-minded faculty and staff. First year Green Devils network with ASU staff, attend sustainability sessions and complete a toolkit. The toolkit includes instructions on creating a culture of sustainability, waste and carbon reduction and water conservation.

In the second year, Distinguished Green Devils lead a project to improve their area, department and wider ASU community.

To learn more about the network and speak to other Green Devils, attend a recruitment event on the Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic, Tempe and West campuses.

“I joined the Green Devil Network because I am interested in sustainability initiatives and learning about what programs or activities that ASU offers in order to help in the sustainability effort,” said Kristen Lee, Center for Molecular Design and Biometrics project coordinator. “I feel that the benefits of joining is that I am one of the first to know about ASU’s latest sustainability efforts and how I can be more involved.”

Participants can attend monthly workshops on the Tempe campus and quarterly events on other campuses. Speakers from ASU departments highlight sustainability practices and goals at ASU. The network also discusses solutions to workplace sustainability challenges.

Program benefits:

• access to the video-based Seeds of Sustainability training
• learn quick and easy tips to green your office or event
• network with ASU leaders
• strengthen your annual performance evaluation
• receive a free ASU green polo shirt

Join the Green Devil Network by Sept. 30 to be featured attendee at the State of Sustainability at ASU event.

For more information, email University Sustainability Practices.

Peter Northfelt

Editor assistant, Business and Finance Support – Communications