Gratitude for your attitude: ASU launches free Sun Devil Rewards app

ASU merchandise, exclusive experiences available to Sun Devils around the world


September 14, 2016

Now, there’s an app for that.

Arizona State University has announced the launch of Sun Devil Rewards, its new official loyalty program app. Sun Devil Rewards awards “Pitchforks” to users who connect with the university via the app by playing trivia games, answering surveys and polls; attending events; sharing news stories; connecting socially via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; purchasing ASU merchandise online; and more. Sun Devil Rewards The fun and engaging Sun Devil Rewards app keeps score with Pitchforks that can be redeemed for free prizes, everything from VIP tickets and golf packages to autographed memorabilia and exclusive tours of ASU landmarks. Download Full Image

Unlike most rewards programs, which require purchases to obtain product discounts, Sun Devil Rewards keeps score with Pitchforks that are earned simply by interacting with the app and redeemed for free prizes.

“This app is, pure and simple, a rewards program; the university’s unique way of saying thanks to its family of 400,000-plus alumni around the world, its faculty, staff, students and everyone who is engaged with ASU,” said Dan Dillon, university chief marketing officer. “There is no cost whatsoever, and Pitchforks are earned easily, just by doing what Sun Devils normally do, which is being a part of the fabric of ASU, following its progress and activities and staying connected.”

Pitchforks can be redeemed for unique ASU experiences, Sun Devil merchandise and sweepstakes opportunities. Among early rewards are VIP tickets and backstage passes to ASU Gammage events, golf packages, autographed memorabilia and exclusive tours of such ASU landmarks as the world’s largest university-based meteorite vault. Additional rewards and sweepstakes prizes will be regularly added to the program catalog.

When registering for the first time, users can immediately earn 250 Pitchforks by tapping the “Secret Word” button on the app homepage and entering ASULAUNCHNEWS.

“This is our way of honoring alumni and all advocates of Arizona State University,” said Dillon. “We have built an app that is inviting, engaging and rewarding for all.”

To download Sun Devil Rewards, go to the Apple App or Google Play stores.

Written by Stephen Des Georges, ASU Enterprise Marketing Hub 

Campus date harvest, sales come to Tempe, Polytechnic campuses


September 13, 2016

Every Saturday in October, volunteers cut down, wash, sort and sell dates: a sweet treat that grows on two Arizona State University campuses. The Polytechnic campus date grove cultivates 40 varieties, the largest known public collection.

Sustainability graduate student Zoë Stein said not many students know that ASU harvests rare dates. ASU grows and sells rare and sometimes expensive dates, some of which are only widely available in the Middle East. ASU campus harvest dates ASU grows and sells rare, sometimes expensive dates during the fall semester. Download Full Image

“A few of the species of dates that we grow here only grow in Iran,” she said. “And we have some on campus, which is crazy. This (harvest) is my favorite thing in the fall. When I studied abroad in Denmark, I was heartbroken to miss this event.”

Stein said she had taken home dates after volunteering. 

“Dates are pretty expensive, so I get to do some baking that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to do on my student budget,” Stein added.

Polytechnic harvest and sale

Students are invited to volunteer for the Polytechnic campus harvest via Changemaker Central @ ASU or online. The volunteers collaborate with Grounds Services on both campuses. Deborah Thirkhill, campus harvest program coordinator, said the harvest provides students with a unique volunteer opportunity.

“You get to taste the dates, and you’re exposed to different varieties that way,” she said. “We’re going to harvest about 3,500 pounds (of dates) from about 138 date palms.”

ASU date harvest cleaning

ASU date harvest cleaning.

After the Polytechnic campus harvest, a roadside stand opens to the public at 11 a.m. Twenty date varieties will be for sale at $4 to $5 per pound. Unlike previous years, the dates only will be sold at this roadside stand.

Polytechnic campus students began dates’ the circle of life when they identified, harvested and hand-pollinated date flowers. The process began in April 2016.

“Students learned about the rich history, cultivation and harvest of an ancient arid land crop,” Cynthia James-Richman, an Applied Biological Sciences/Sustainable Horticulture instructional professional said. “Students now appreciate the date germplasm bank’s role at the Polytechnic campus.”

Tempe campus date sale

Every Friday in October, Medjool and Hayany dates will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for around $4 per pound on Cady Mall. Students may volunteer to sell the dates harvested from about 80 Tempe campus palms.

If you can’t attend the post-harvest festivities, the dates are a featured ingredient in fall dining hall dishes, Thirkhill said. 

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ASU completed $35M in facilities upgrades over summer


September 7, 2016

Arizona State University community members may  notice significant changes to facilities and grounds that happened over the summer. ASU Facilities Development and Management (FDM) completed 75 projects that totaled $35 million across all campuses.

“While summer is often thought of as the university’s slow time, this is the time of year that FDM is busiest,” said Bruce Nevel, Facilities Development and Management associate vice president. “The facilities staff takes advantage of the increased availability of buildings to complete repairs, maintenance and upgrades.” Beus Center for Law and Society The Beus Center for Law and Society, which houses the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law was completed in time for the fall semester. Download Full Image

ASU opened the Beus Center for Law and Society in downtown Phoenix and continued Sun Devil Stadium renovations. New date palms on Palm Walk upgraded the southern portion of the scenic path. Facilities Development and Management also renovated 30 campus classrooms across the campuses.

Beus Center for Law and Society

This $129 million, 280,000 gross-square-foot, state-of-the-art home to Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law includes a law library, civic outreach center, various centers and institutes and the ASU Alumni Law Group. The building’s sustainable elements include:

  • 90 percent of construction materials recycled
  • building exterior includes Arizona sandstone, aluminum and glass windows
  • desert-adaptive planting and water features to help minimize onsite irrigation
  • interior vacancy sensors for reducing power usage
  • LED lights used throughout the building

Sun Devil Stadium – Phase II

new seats in Sun Devil Stadium

The 490,000 gross-square-foot Phase II reinvention of the stadium’s north and west sides include:

  • a large plaza deck on the north end for groups and events, including concession areas and restrooms
  • a rebuilt end zone that will host a new Student Athlete Facility with offices, training facilities, locker rooms, counseling space and other amenities to support Sun Devil student athletes
  • additional restrooms, concessions and elevators along a new main concourse
  • enhanced cellular and wireless connectivity to enhance the game day experience
  • new stadium seating with chair backs and cup holders.

The Sun Devil Stadium renovation, a $268 million investment, is slated for fall 2017 completion, and will provide both a completely reinvented facility for Sun Devil football and a locus for a wide range of programs and activities for both campus and community throughout the year

Palm Walk – Phase I

New palm trees are installed on Palm Walk

A three-phase plan to renew the iconic Tempe Campus Palm Walk began in July. Phase one replaced 35 aging fan palms with date palms located between Computing Commons and the Sun Devil Fitness Complex. Benefits include more shade for pedestrians and fruit for the university’s annual date harvest

Art Building

inside of renovated ASU art building

The Tempe Campus Art Building saw replacement of original flooring, ceilings and art displays. The building now features polished concrete floors, an exposed concrete elevator shaft, new ceilings and two display cases for 2-D and 3-D art pieces. The main entrance to the Harry Wood Gallery and the Art Administration offices were replaced with glass.

Memorial Union

renovated Pitchforks at ASU Memorial Union

The Memorial Union on the Tempe Campus saw the removal of Taco Bell and a renovated Pitchforks Dining Hall. The existing Pitchforks and Taco Bell restaurants were completely remodeled into a new expanded Pitchforks complete with a new menu.

Computing Commons – 3rd floor

Two classrooms adjacent to the expansive collaboration lobby were renovated for Global Launch. Low-horizon workstations allow for views of Palm Walk and the Sun Devil Fitness Complex fields for Global Launch staff.

Additional capital projects:

  • The Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy in the College of Public Policy and Community Solutions moved into the first floor of the Westward Ho in downtown Phoenix. This newly renovated, 14,300 gross-square-foot space also provides residents with a new state-of-the-art clinic.
  • 4,700 gross-square-feet was renovated in the Engineering Center G Wing and provides multi-functional classrooms, office and meeting space.
  • Stucco and exterior paint colors were updated on downtown Phoenix Mercado buildings; perforated metal panels replaced fabric canopies over the building’s courtyards.
  • Starbucks opened on the first floor of Noble Library.
  • Classroom and laboratory renovations:

- Separate ADA enhancements were made in three auditoriums in Tempe Discovery Hall to create dedicated, fixed-furniture solutions to accommodate ADA students.

- New furniture was added amid ongoing upgrades to the Classroom/Lab/Computer Classroom (CLCC) Building at West campus.

- The Simulator Building on the Polytechnic campus received new finishes and furniture.

College of Design North, Bateman Physical Sciences Center F and Physical Sciences Center H auditoriums were renovated with new finishes, fixed-auditorium seating and upgraded lighting.

- 4,238 gross-square-feet of existing classroom space was updated with new flooring and paint throughout the Social Sciences and Physical Sciences Center A/Wexler Hall buildings.

- 3,600 gross-square-feet of university classroom space was added to the Arizona Center second floor on the Downtown Phoenix campus. The 80-seat classroom is planned to accommodate spring 2017 classes.

- 970 gross-square-feet Language Lab space opened at the Arizona Center for the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.

These completed projects are only a part of more than $800 million in ASU capital projects now in some phase of planning, design or construction. Additional projects include Biodesign Institute Building C construction, Hayden Library reinvention, a new building for the Herberger Young Scholars Academy, expansion of the University Library Archives on the Polytechnic Campus, construction of the Tempe Campus Student Pavilion and replacement of Palo Verde Main Residence Hall, among others.

Learn more about ASU’s past, present and future construction projects and follow Facilities Development and Management on Twitter @ASUfacilities.

ASU Gammage art gallery features Mesa Art League's Fine Art Show


September 1, 2016

ASU Gammage will be featuring a variety of art pieces from the Mesa Art League's Fine Art Show Sept. 8 through Oct. 5. 

The walls of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed building will hold many different paintings in several different mediums; oil, water, mixed media and even wood.  "Haulin' Fuel" by Diana Kempton Download Full Image

You can visit the ASU Gammage Art Gallery any Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. or by appointment by calling 480-965-6912 or 480-965-0458.

Some of the featured artists include:

• Chere McKinney with her work, "Immigration: Ellis Island Hospital." Chere states, “My adventure into the art world by working in color and acrylics for the past four years. Nature or anything unique seems to be where I go to get most of my inspiration. Using details and texture to create my art has been both challenging, frustrating and exciting. Art has become a fascinating and important part of my life.”´

• Carol Hartland's painting, “Cabbage” is from a photo taken in the children's garden in Inness Woods metro park near her home. “I began painting in watercolor about 10 years ago in Westerville Ohio. I had the honor of being accepted into the Central Ohio Watercolor Society, and joined the Westerville Art League, Worthington Area Art League and I was also a Member of the Serendip Art Gallery in Powell, Ohio. I love nature and find a great deal of joy in expressing that joy in my paintings”.

• Diana Kempton took her first course in photography at Phoenix College and has been hooked ever since. The experience of living in the shadow of The Wall in Cold War Berlin with the prosperous West juxtaposed against the East — one vibrant and colorful, one somber and gray — prompted Diana’s photographic exploration of reality and apparent reality from an early age. Favorite subjects are vintage glass patterns ablaze with various light and color sources; flowers, leaves and organic textures; old rusty trucks; and ancient ruins and architecture, where walls have both protected and divided us, providing comfort and also isolation. See her photo, “Haulin' Fuel.”

• Sandra Meissner, “When I was a child I would pretend that the glass doorknobs on my grandmothers thick wooden doors to her home were made out of precious diamonds and when the sun hit then porch door knob the rainbow reflection was made just for me.  I had many memories come back to me while painting this warped door and its classic old diamond.” Painting “From Grandma's House.”

• Rosalie Trulli Vaccaro, the exhibit coordinator, for the Mesa Art League, has been painting in oils for many years. She studied in New York, Florence, Italy and here at the Scottsdale Artists School. Her oil painting shown at ASU Gammage is “Old Fashioned Woman.” According to Rosale, “I am most interested in painting in a realistic, representational manor for figurative paintings and portraits. Primarily working in oils, my paintings are of men, woman and young adults in a specific environment. I hope to tell a story of a place and time, sometimes with a single heroic subject or the same subject in multiply panels."

Public relations manager, ASU Gammage

480-965-1884

Military moms sought for special ASU groups beginning Sept. 12


August 25, 2016

Motherhood can be stressful, and for those connected to the military the pressure can be even greater. But free help is on the way for military moms at Arizona State University.

Designed and supervised by ASU professor of psychology Suniya Luthar, Authentic Connections is a science-based program consisting of groups that address the stresses of mothers in demanding roles.  Authentic Connections poster Download Full Image

This will be the first time the Authentic Connections groups will form at ASU to work with military mothers. Organizers are looking for university-affiliated military moms in active service, veterans, guardsmen/reservists or anyone else serving in a caregiving role for significant others in the military, said Luthar. 

“The program will help them develop, sustain and strengthen close, mutually supportive, authentic connections with other moms like themselves,” said Luthar. “It is through these close connections that participants show significant improvements in multiple aspects of well-being plus parenting-related and other stress.”

Luthar and her group are committed to working with mothers who by the nature of their life circumstances or professions are under more stress than most. Moms in the military — or with military spouses — certainly meet this criterion. 

The Authentic Connections concept was recently tested at the Mayo Clinic here in Arizona with mothers who are medical-care providers, including physicians, registered nurses and physicians assistants. 

It was a success.

“Mayo administration gave them one hour freed time a week to attend the three-month program,” said Luthar. “Mothers who participated showed significantly greater improvements across multiple indicators of well-being and stress as compared to a control group, who also had one hour freed time.” 

Like physicians, military moms are women who display remarkable personal strength and resolve in their professions. Being a “good enough mother” month after month, year after year, is hard enough under the best circumstances, Luthar said.  

“When mothers experience high everyday stress, it is essential to ensure that they receive ‘tending’ themselves, on a regular basis,” said Luthar.

Focusing on military moms made sense to Luthar. She highlights three reasons why. 

“One, there are significant challenges associated with deployment and therefore absences from home, which can be difficult for all in the family,” said Luthar. “Two, the nature of their profession involves constant exposure to events that can be potentially disturbing, if not traumatic. Three, as with physicians, seeking help for distress is not something that comes easily to military folk, given the culture emphasizing strength and self-reliance.”

Luthar is a mom of two grown children herself and understands first-hand (and not just through her research on resilience), the enormous challenges associated with being a parent — especially when one is the primary parent and raising kids under conditions of high everyday stress. She is committed to doing all she can to ensure that all mothers in these circumstances regularly receive "mothering" themselves.   

“Benefits of the program at Mayo actually increased in the three-month period after intervention finished,” said Luthar. “It is our hope that military moms will also show incremental gains in well-being over time, as a result of strong, sustained personal relationships that they forge through the program.”

The Authentic Connections program for military moms at ASU is a collaborative relationship among Luthar, the Pat Tillman Veterans Center and the Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement.

Organizers want to recruit and start the groups the week of Sept. 12, said Nancy Dallett, assistant director with the Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement. The groups will meet for one hour once a week for three months. 

Military moms interested in participating should email Dallett at nancy.dallett@asu.edu and include “Moms Group” in the subject line. She may also be reached at 480-965-9331.

Jerry Gonzalez

Media Relations Officer, Media Relations and Strategic Communications

ASU’s College of Integrative Sciences and Arts celebrates name change with page from da Vinci


August 17, 2016

If you’ve been away from ASU for the summer, you may notice on your return that there’s a “big man on campus” — Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic “Vitruvian Man” has been enlisted on seven-foot banners to help herald the news that the ASU liberal arts college most recently known as the College of Letters and Sciences is now the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.

“The new name more accurately describes our approach to teaching, learning and discovery,” said Duane Roen, dean of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, “and we're leaning on Leonardo da Vinci to help us crystallize an understanding of that approach.  Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man "The name College of Integrative Sciences and Arts accurately describes our approach to teaching, learning and discovery,” said dean Duane Roen, “and we're leaning on Leonardo da Vinci to help us crystallize an understanding of that approach." Download Full Image

“Da Vinci connected broad knowledge from many arenas to envision imaginative solutions in the 1400s and 1500s that were future-ready. We hope to develop similar capabilities in our students during their time at ASU,” he said.

The college, one of three liberal arts colleges at ASU, began using the new name in its website and other communications on July 1. Students were alerted to the name change on their My ASU pages and e-blasts over the summer, Roen said. They will begin to see the new college name on their degree records this week, after updates in the university’s PeopleSoft systems.

‘Build what you need, not what’s always been done’

The evolution of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts has been organic, according to Roen, and very much in the “build what you need, not what’s always been done” tradition that has helped shape ASU as The New American University.

The college traces much of its lineage to East College, formed in 1997 at what is now ASU’s Polytechnic campus, and to the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, formed at Tempe campus in 2004. Over the years the college has grown to include new faculties across the humanities, sciences and social sciences, as ASU expanded geographically and reshaped academic units. It became known as the School of Letters and Sciences in 2008 and the College of Letters and Sciences in 2015.

Some 6,100 ASU students are completing majors or Exploratory tracks in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts on ASU’s Polytechnic, Tempe, Downtown Phoenix and ASU Online campuses; at the Colleges at Lake Havasu City; and through in-person bachelor’s degrees in partnership with community colleges in the region (ASU@TheGilaValley, ASU@Yuma, ASU@Pinal).

“We serve many students whose life situations, responsibilities, and geography don’t allow them a traditional undergraduate experience,” noted faculty head of Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies Kevin Ellsworth. “We’re committed to making education accessible to Arizonans who live far from the Phoenix valley, including those who are better served by in-person classes than by online education.” 

“Lean and nimble” is how Professor Barbara Lafford, head of the Faculty of Languages and Cultures, describes her faculty group and the college. “We’ve always been quick to respond to university initiatives to help foster student success.”

For example, the nearly 50 Languages and Cultures faculty on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus teach courses in seven different disciplines (communications, English, history, philosophy, religion, Spanish and women’s studies) and some individuals have taught in more than one area. They often share teaching strategies with one another that work across disciplines to help students succeed.     

Enthusiasm for integration, collaboration, innovation

What makes some of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts majors and programs distinctive? The courses, degrees, and service projects noted below convey the range of integrative and applied work going on within each of the college’s faculties. 

Faculty of Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies (Tempe campus)

In interdisciplinary studies, the college’s most popular major, students choose two concentration areas from more than 100 possibilities and then integrate those in a capstone course and in an applied internship or project. 

Degrees in liberal studies and general studies offer flexible options for students returning to school with previously earned credits.

The faculty’s 12,424 graduates over the past 19 years have collectively spent more than 1.6 million hours interning with public, private and nonprofit organizations. 

Science and Mathematics Faculty (Polytechnic campus)

Degree programs are designed for students interested in using science and mathematics to solve real-world challenges, such as managing sustainable wildlife populations and urban ecosystems, plant and food production, veterinary medicine, analysis of massive datasets, nano-optics and computational materials, bio-manufacturing, green technology, and bio-medical production.

New degrees include applied mathematics, applied quantitative science, and applied physics, which brings physics, computer science and modern mathematical modeling to bear on real-life problems in materials sciences and engineering. 

Faculty of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication (Polytechnic campus)

The online literary magazine Superstition Review integrates student learning, online communication technology, art, and literature.

Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in technical communication integrate issues of communication and technology.

Faculty of Social Science (Polytechnic campus)

Propelled by a new model that merges social science disciplines and allows for true fusion of ideas and methodologies, the faculty is developing degree proposals for undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in integrative social science. Students will apply a multidisciplinary lens on societal questions from multiple angles, with technology integrated throughout the curriculum.  

Faculty of Languages and Cultures (Downtown Phoenix campus)

English faculty are working with the College of Health Solutions to offer a ProMod (project-based learning) project to engage students with real-world health solutions. They’re also working with the College of Public Service and Community Solutions on two ProMod projects: one focused on solving issues of recidivism and the other on issues related to the foster care system. 

Communications faculty are developing a course with the College of Health Solutions to help future medical professionals learn effective communications skills for better patient-centered care. They are also involved in ProMod W.P. Carey, which combines courses in many disciplines to help students develop and practice their skills as sustainability consultants.

Three Spanish for the Professions medical courses were created with the College of Nursing and Health Innovation to meet students’ needs.

Interns in the Spanish for the Professions program volunteer as medical interpreters at local clinics and law offices, and help community members hone English and computer skills. 

Faculty assist in delivering ProMod High School, which integrates multiple high school and college courses into single projects and eases the college transition for Phoenix-area students.

Writers' Studio, an online and face-to-face option for first-year composition, helps students become confident composers as they use multiple media to integrate rhetorical skills and practice essential cognitive habits.

English faculty from across the college of Integrative Sciences and Arts are involved in ASU’s Global Freshman Academy, where students learn writing as an integration of academic, informational, technological, and social literacies. 

Faculty of Science, Mathematics and Social Science (Downtown Phoenix campus)

Chemists, biologists, mathematicians, social scientists, and physicists offer 42 foundational courses for students from a variety of majors offered by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the colleges of Health Solutions, Nursing and Health Innovation, and Public Service and Community Solutions, which includes preparing students for professional career paths such as pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy and pre-dental.

Up-to-date teaching techniques make students active, participatory explorers of current issues in chemistry, biology, mathematics, and social science. In the "Science Hub,” students take advantage of one-on-one tutoring by more than 80 math and science staff.   

Faculty of Counseling and Counseling Psychology (Tempe campus)

Faculty train counselors and psychologists to work with diverse communities in a variety of mental health settings. Faculty conduct research on acculturative stress, intersecting social identities, immigrant well-being, and mental health disparities.

Graduate students gain experience in the Counseling Training Center, working faculty who are licensed psychologists to help individuals, couples, and families resolve issues that are barriers to healthy relationships and well-being.

Join the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts communities on social media at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CISAASU

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CISA_ASU

Single tickets for ASU Gammage 2016-2017 Broadway season available Sept. 12


August 12, 2016

Single tickets for ASU Gammage 2016-2017 Desert Schools Broadway Across America/Arizona season, including "Beautiful — The Carol King Musical" and "An American in Paris," are set to go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 12 at the ASU Gammage box office, asugammage.com and ticketmaster.com.

Shows include: "Mamma Mia!", "The Illusionists," "Matilda — The Musical," "Finding Neverland" and "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." Download Full Image

In its 26th season, the Desert Schools Broadway Across American-Arizona series at ASU Gammage is the largest theatrical subscription series in the state of Arizona and the most successful Broadway series in the country. There’s also still time to purchase 2016-2017 season subscriptions — with seven shows starting at $145. A season subcription guarantees your place in line for the 2017-2018 Broadway season that includes the Tempe engagement of "Hamilton." 

Full list of single-tickets-on-sale shows are: 

"Beautiful — The Carol King Musical"
Nov. 22-27, 2016

"Beautiful — The Carol King Musical" tells the Tony and Grammy Award-winning true story of King’s rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music; she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

"Mamma Mia!"
Dec. 6-11, 2016

"Mamma Mia!" combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with a tale of love, laughter and friendship. 

"The Illusionists — Live From Broadway" 
Jan. 17-21, 2017

Direct from Broadway, the world’s best-selling magic show is coming to Tempe. "The Illusionists — Live From Broadway" has shattered box-office records across the globe with a powerful mix of outrageous and astonishing acts.

"Matilda — The Musical"
Feb. 7-12, 2017

Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, "Matilda — The Musical" is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. It was named TIME Magazine’s No. 1 Show of the Year and is the winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards.

"Finding Neverland"
March 14-19, 2017

"Finding Neverland" is the winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical. Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus, "Finding Neverland" tells the story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie leaves his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. 

"An American in Paris"
April 18-23, 2017

"An American in Paris" is the new Tony Award-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into the perfect harmony with songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014-2015 season. 

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time"
June 20-25, 2017

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" is the winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Play. This new play by Simon Stephens is adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

Single ticket sales for "Cabaret," "The Sound of Music" and "The Book of Mormon" are already on sale.

"Cabaret"
Sept. 13-18, 2016

The critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company presents Sam Mendes ("Skyfall," "American Beauty") and Rob Marshall’s ("Into the Woods" and "Chicago," the films) Tony Award-winning production of "Cabaret." Come hear memorable songs such as “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” 

"The Sound of Music" 
Oct. 18-23, 2016

This brand-new production of "The Sound of Music" is directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien. The musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family includes a Tony-, Grammy- and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. "The Sound of Music" enjoyed extraordinary success as a live television production when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December 2013 and was seen by more than 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.

"The Book of Mormon"
May 18-28, 2017

This nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the "Good Word." Now with standing-room-only productions in London, on Broadway and across North America, "The Book of Mormon" has become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.

Tickets available by phone at 800-982-2787 or online at ticketmaster.com and asugammage.com.

Public relations manager, ASU Gammage

480-965-1884

ASU Gammage tickets for 'Cabaret,' 'Sound of Music' on sale Aug. 1

2016-17 season kicks off with single-ticket sales


July 29, 2016

ASU Gammage is ready to kick off its 2016-17 Desert Schools Broadway Across America/Arizona season with single-ticket sales available Aug. 1 for "Cabaret" and "The Sound of Music."

“We’re so excited for these definitive productions of these two classics coming this fall to ASU Gammage,” said Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ASU Gammage executive director and associate vice president of Cultural Affairs for ASU. “We’re just around the corner from the season’s launch, and we’re excited to share these timeless classics with our community.” Download Full Image

Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com and asugammage.com.

"Cabaret"
Sept. 13-18


Direct from Broadway, the "Cabaret" returns to Tempe in mid-September. The critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company presents Sam Mendes ("Skyfall," "American Beauty") and Rob Marshall’s ("Into the Woods" and "Chicago," the films) Tony Award-winning production of "Cabaret." Hear some of the most memorable songs in theater history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s Tony-winning musical is about following your heart while the world loses its way.

"The Sound of Music"
Oct. 18-23

Single tickets are also available for a brand-new production of "The Sound of Music," directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien, coming to ASU Gammage in October. The musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family boasts a Tony-, Grammy- and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. "The Sound of Music" enjoyed success as a live television production when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December 2013 and was seen by more than 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.

Public relations manager, ASU Gammage

480-965-1884

ASU network provides career development for university trainers


July 21, 2016

Sun Devil staff now have the opportunity to join the Learning, Training and Development (LTD) network group, which supports professional development for learning professionals at Arizona State University.

The group aims to gather university staff members to collaborate and share ideas to streamline the training process. Download Full Image

Kiersten Gjerstad and Julie Binter started the group over a year ago while they were working in the Offices of Human Resources; however, the LTD is directed through a steering committee so that it may exist out of any particular department.

One of the key members of the committee, IT services analyst Mindy Trittipo, wants the group to create simpler access to people who do training at the university — whether formally or informally — so they can exchange ideas to further strengthen the staff of the university. 

“A lot of people do training as part of their job, but perhaps not their job title,” Trittipo said. “We already have so many people who can come to the table with different experiences, so it makes sense we would try to put together a group of people where we could collaborate.”

The collaboration includes discussions on determining when to use a certain database, program, or method to improve upon the resources the university already provides. 

“We’ll answer questions like, ‘when do I use online learning or in class learning?’ When is it effective?” Trittipo said.

The LTD meets regularly throughout the year and plans hold a conference at ASU in January.

In the meantime, the group relies on a grassroots effort to get the word out and uses Blackboard as a main communication hub. There, various members post updates and maintain connections made over the course of the year. 

“We know a lot of people who might not know about the network, and they might enjoy it,” Trittipo said. “We’re interested in training in development, and we’re hoping this also helps for career development.” 

For more information and to learn how to be involved, contact the LTD at ltd@asu.edu. Those interested in joining are invited to complete this survey by Aug. 12 so they can be invited to the next meeting.

Reporter, ASU Now

From ‘The Magic Flute’ to ‘Shrek’: ASU’s Lyric Opera Theatre announces lineup for 2016–2017


July 20, 2016

For 53 seasons, the Lyric Opera Theatre program at ASU has showcased the talents of student singers, dancers and actors in operas and musicals.

This upcoming season promises to continue the tradition with operas and musicals that include one of Mozart's greatest works and a show based on the movie "Shrek." The cast of ASU Lyric Opera Theatre's production of "The Drowsy Chaperone," on stage. The cast of "The Drowsy Chaperone," presented by ASU's Lyric Opera Theatre in spring 2016. Download Full Image

The program is also launching two new initiatives, including the Lyric Opera Theatre Lab, which features entirely student-driven productions, and a New Works Reading series at the ASU Kerr Cultural Center. Lab productions will take place throughout the year and will be announced at a later date.

“Our season represents great works from the past four centuries, each centering on important social issues of their time,” said Brian DeMaris, associate professor and artistic director of the Lyric. “We are also proud to be producing three works by female composers: Jeanine Tesori’s ‘Shrek the Musical’ on the main stage season, as well as readings of two new works by female composers and librettists — one opera, one musical — both involving ASU alumni. We’re excited to welcome Andrea Jill Higgins and Beth Morrison back to ASU for these exciting new projects.”

The program also presents several smaller projects each year, including a Musical Theatre Showcase, which will be held at the Phoenix Theatre this year, and the traditional end-of-the-semester Opera Scenes program.

Here are the upcoming performances:

"H.M.S. Pinafore" 
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan
Libretto by W. S. Gilbert
Conductor: Brian DeMaris
Director: Dale Dreyfoos
Choreographer: Molly Lajoie
Performances: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 1; 2 p.m., Oct. 2 

Lyric Opera Theatre sets sail for the season with Gilbert and Sullivan’s ever-popular comic operetta “H.M.S. Pinafore,” a delightful parody of the British class system in Victorian England where “the high seas” meets “the high C’s.” This nautical treasure is filled with effervescent and tuneful music, hilarious stage action, and colorful scenery and costumes in a show for all ages.

"Babe: An Olympian Musical" (new work reading)
Music by Andrea Jill Higgins (Lyric Opera Theatre alum)
Book and lyrics by Carolyn Gage
Performance: 6 p.m., Nov. 6 at ASU Kerr Cultural Center
Free

The Lyric is proud to present a reading of this new musical composed by ASU alumna Andrea Jill Higgins and librettist Carolyn Gage, based on the story of the great American athlete Mildred “Babe” Didrikson. Full of music that is beautiful, big and brassy all at once, the story follows Babe’s career from high school basketball star to Olympic gold medalist to vaudevillian sideshow to first woman on the professional golf circuit. You will leave inspired by this brilliant new musical and the incredible woman it portrays. This performance is appropriate for ages 13 and up.

"Guys and Dolls" 
Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Director: Toby Yatso
Conductor: Miles Plant
Choreographer: Molly Lajoie
Performances: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 17-19; 2 p.m., Nov. 19-20 

Frank Loesser’s classic “musical fable of Broadway” has captivated audiences for decades with its colorful characters, iconic music and endearing story about love, honesty and finding one’s true calling. Set in Damon Runyon’s mythological New York City, where disparate groups such as gamblers, evangelists and show girls come together, the story centers around a group of gamblers trying to find a place for a game, while their girls have different priorities in mind. This show is appropriate for ages 13 and up.

"The Magic Flute" 
Music by W.A. Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Conductor: Brian DeMaris
Director: Dale Dreyfoos
Performances: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 23-25; 2 p.m., Feb. 26

“The Magic Flute” has long been hailed as one of the greatest musical masterpieces of all time. Mozart’s heavenly music provides the perfect setting for this timeless fairy tale, which is an enchanting blend of magic, mystery, lofty Masonic ideals and earthy humor that is truly Shakespearean in its scope. The opera will be sung in German with English dialogue, and it is an ideal introduction to opera for audiences of all ages.

"Love: An Opera in One Act" (new work reading)
(Excerpts from a work in progress)
Music by Ellen Reid
Libretto by Roxie Perkins
Produced by Beth Morrison (ASU/Lyric Opera Theatre alum)
6 p.m., April 2 at ASU Kerr Cultural Center
Free

“Love” tells the story of a mother, V, and her daughter, L, who have locked themselves away from the world in order to heal L from a mysterious sickness that grows from within her. However, between the awakening of a new symptom and L’s maturing relationship with her chorus of imaginary friends, L and V’s carefully constructed world begins to crumble — causing L to question her mother’s motivation for locking them away and the very validity of her sickness. “Love” explores humans’ desperate need to make sense out of senseless situations, and the different ways we attempt to heal after a trauma — both one another, and ourselves. This performance is appropriate for ages 13 and up.

"Shrek the Musical" 
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Director: Matthew Wiener
Conductor: Josh Condon
Choreographer: Molly Lajoie
Performances: 7:30 p.m., April 20-22; 2 p.m., April 22-23

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, Jeanine Tesori’s “Shrek The Musical” is a Tony Award-winning fairytale adventure that brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. An unlikely hero finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Irreverently fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.

Ticket prices: $11 – Flash Friday, $21 – adult (for all dates except Flash Friday), $15 – faculty, staff, alumni, $12 – senior, $10 – group (minimum of 10 tickets), $8 – student.

Tickets are on sale as of Aug. 1 for the general public. Save 25 percent by ordering tickets to three or more Herberger Institute events per person by Sept. 15. A $2 handling fee applies to all orders, and a web per ticket purchase fee will apply.

Summer box office hours are 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and  and 1:30–4:30 p.m., Monday–Thursday.

To order tickets and find more information on the complete season, call the Herberger Institute Box Office at 480.965.6447 or visit music.asu.edu/events/lot

Heather Beaman

Communications liaison, School of Music

480-727-6222

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