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

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

“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

Heather Beaman

Communications liaison, School of Music


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ASU researcher debunks flu shot myths

The semester and flu season are coming fast, be in the know before they arrive.
Assistant research professor explains types of vaccines and how they work.
July 7, 2016

Does the vaccine work by making you sick? How long does it last? A Biodesign Institute professor explains it all

The fall semester is approaching fast, and so is flu season. Arizona State University employees are eligible for free flu shots in October, but there are several misconceptions about the vaccine — and the flu, itself.  

Karen Kibler, an assistant research professor in ASU’s Biodesign Institute, sorts out the myths and facts.

Question: Is it true that the vaccine works by getting you sick?

Answer: Well, there’s a long answer to that. There are two forms of the vaccine. Maybe you’ve seen the kind that you spray into your nose? That one is a live, attenuated vaccine. Now that means that in the lab, with genetic mechanisms, we can make the virus weaker. So it’s not like the flu that’s out there and infects you. It’s different. It’s modified. But it is able to replicate. Maybe not in a normal healthy person, because that’s why we make it weak, but for instance, if someone is immune compromised and they don’t realize it, then that live vaccine is contraindicated. And it’s always important to speak to a doctor before you have that vaccine.

The shot, there’s no living virus in the shot. It’s an inactivated vaccine. So the ways that viruses are inactivated are with heat, with radiation or chemicals. So it’s dead. It’s really just a little pile of proteins.

And that brings me to the next step in this: the proteins — whether it’s a natural infection or live vaccine or dead vaccine — it’s those proteins that our immune system recognizes as foreign. So the immune system sees those proteins and puts into gear all its antiviral defense systems. And part of that system will produce a substance called interferon. And interferon makes you feel awful. Kind of yucky. So sometimes people are feeling the effects of interferon, and they think they’re sick with the virus. It’s actually a sign that your immune system is working very well, it’s mounting a defense against these proteins. But the really critical part of the vaccine is that whether it’s a natural infection or a vaccine, the same mechanism takes place: When the immune system sees those proteins, it starts producing memory cells. And those cells will stay with you for a very long time. So those memory cells are what are really important, because the next time you’re with some people and you get exposed to the flu virus and the virus gets inside you … the memory cells respond within one to three days. That’s a really quick response. You won’t even know you were infected by the virus because your immune system will kill it off so fast. Now, the beauty of the vaccine is that the same thing happens when you get a natural infection, but you have to go through the whole infection to get to the point of the protection. So what a vaccine does, is give you that same exposure to the proteins, but in a much safer, a much more controlled way, and you don’t have to go through two weeks of illness to get the protection for the next time.

Q: What’s the time frame for the immunity? Around a year or so?

A: Well, the reason we have to be revaccinated with flu is that the flu changes constantly, it mutates and becomes different. Eventually, its proteins don’t look like the proteins your immune system saw the year before, and they don’t recognize the new ones. So they have to start all over in creating memory cells, and those memory cells take about 30 days. So by the time you’ve made memory cells, you’re past the infection, if you got a natural infection. And that’s why every year, some really incredible people take a look at all the flu viruses around the world and they try to figure out which strains of which subspecies, which virus’s versions of the virus are going to be around in six months, because it takes six months to make all those vaccines, the vaccination injections. So they try to figure out which one is going to be most prevalent, and that’s what they base the vaccine on.

Now, the vaccine actually covers three flu viruses, and there are vaccines that cover four. So they do their best — there have been a few years that the virus changed and went in a different direction and the vaccine wasn’t as effective. It’s always going to help some, because the whole virus doesn’t change. There are two primary proteins in the flu virus that are what the immune system recognizes, and those can change somewhat. And even if they change a little bit, they’re not completely different — it’s not like a horse becoming a dog. So your immune system is still helpful. You probably will get less sick, even if the vaccine doesn’t cover it as effectively as it might have the year before.

Q: I’ve also heard if you get the virus or vaccine, you’re done — you don’t have anything to worry about, and you’re completely safe.

A: That is not true. Sometimes a person’s immune system just isn’t as healthy. You may not be immune compromised, but maybe your immune system isn’t quite as active as someone else’s, so it maybe kind of sloughs off on producing the memory cells. Usually, if you’ve been vaccinated and get the flu, it’s because the virus that infected you just looks too much different from the one that was in the vaccine. And that’s why they try really hard to anticipate which versions of the virus will be most commonly around. And there will always be odd ones, and sometimes people are just the unfortunate ones who get infected with that really odd version, and it’s not covered by the vaccine.

Q: So what precautions you can take to try and make sure you lessen the risk of catching the virus?

A: Washing hands constantly is the biggest thing. And it’s reflex for me and many people who are virologists. Never cough and sneeze into your hands, because your hands touch everything. Now, the viruses don’t survive indefinitely on the surface, but when we’re in close proximity with other people, we touch so many things, we touch our faces — somebody did a study on this and it was something like 1,000 times a day we touch our faces. So if you have viruses and they get anywhere near your mouth or eyes or nose, they’re going to get inside. If you sneeze and you’re infected and you touch surfaces and someone else comes along and touches surfaces, that’s how it spreads most quickly. It’s really important to not let anything be on your hands. So if you have to touch surfaces where other people are, then you wash your hands. If you are the one who’s sick, you don’t touch surfaces unless you absolutely have to, and if you do you wash your hands before you do that. But unless there’s a medical reason to not be vaccinated, everyone should be vaccinated.

Q: So when you mention places where we’re in close proximity with other people, dorms, universities…

A: Yes, universities are terrible! (Laughs.) Schools, elementary schools, kids tend to be less careful about hygiene than adults, though sometimes college students aren’t too much different. How many students sit in the same desks and touch the same doorknobs and the same bathroom doors? And the faucets. And the drinking fountains. And the same computers. The list goes on and on.

Q: So what makes the flu season, the flu season in the first place? Why are people more susceptible to viruses in these fall and winter months?

It does tend to be the fall and winter months, but not because it’s cold outside — although it is kind of side effect of that — your nasal passages tend to get a little bit drier during the fall and winter. The natural means of keeping particles out of your respiratory system isn’t as effective. So you’re more likely to inhale some viruses. And that’s true with the flu and cold viruses.

Q: What are some common myths or stories you’ve heard about the flu?

A: As an instructor I was often told by students, “I’d rather just get sick then get the vaccination.” Because they figure they could try to avoid it and if they get sick, so what, they could just tough it out. And the problem with that, is that there are people who cannot get vaccinated. There are children too young, there are the elderly — their immune systems don’t work well, vaccinations aren’t nearly as effective in the elderly, and they die very quickly from the flu infection. There are people HIV infected, people on chemotherapy, people with organ transplants. They’re so fragile when it comes to the immune system. So if you aren’t vaccinated as a young, healthy person that can tough it out, even though we could probably get through it, if you give it to someone who can’t, that person might die from it. More than 35,000 people in just the United States die each year from flu infection. I think of this as a community responsibility.

Q: Do you have any additional information about the flu’s symptoms?

A: You know, I would much rather refer you to a website. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a great flu section, as well as the Mayo Clinic and the World Health Organization (WHO), if you’re interested in worldwide.

ASU employees can receive the flu vaccine at these locations during the month of October:

West campus

10 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3, UCB La Sala A

Tempe campus

7 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 4-6, MU 228

Downtown Phoenix campus

8 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, Oct. 11, UCENT 580 A

Polytechnic campus

10 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, Student Union, Cooley BR A

All benefits-eligible ASU employees are welcome. Non-benefits-eligible employees can also receive flu shots, but they will cost $20, payable in cash or by check only. (Employees' family members, retirees, student employees, graduate assistants and other students are not eligible to receive a shot through this program.)

To receive a free flu shot you will need:

• a valid state-issued (Arizona) employee insurance card (if you are benefits-eligible and do not have insurance through ASU, just bring your Sun Card)

• a valid ASU Sun Card

There are no exceptions to these requirements. Shots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis for as long as the supply lasts.

Reporter , ASU Now

ASU blue bag recycling program expands beyond Tempe

July 6, 2016

Sun Devils have more chances to capture landfill-bound waste as the blue bag recycling program extends to the ASU Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic and West campuses the week of July 4.

The blue bags complement the university’s widespread blue bin commingled recycling program, which currently captures plastic, paper, metal and glass. The five-gallon blue bags are free to any ASU community member to place in university kitchens, break rooms or common areas. The following campus-generated items are blue-bag friendly:  Blue Bag recyclable items The blue bags capture more recyclable items than ASU's extensive blue bin commingled recycling program, which collects plastic, paper, metal and glass. Download Full Image

• batteries (dry cell, non-rechargeable)
• coffee pods (one-time use)
• energy bar or candy wrappers
• chip bags
• small eWaste (such as calculators and MP3 players)
• small ink and toner cartridges
• spent pens & markers
• used plastic gift cards
• water filters

The ASU Zero Waste department directs the Blue Bag program. According to Joshua Ellner, Zero Waste program manager, since the January 2015 program launch on the Tempe campus, 540 blue bags placed in 77 buildings have prevented more than 2,500 pounds of material from reaching the landfill.

“We are encouraged by the enthusiasm we have witnessed from the ASU community about this additional waste-diversion program,” Ellner said. “To see the program extend to more ASU campuses is thrilling for our team since every full blue bag brings the university closer to its zero-waste goals.”

ASU defines zero solid waste as a 90 percent reduction in material sent to the landfill from current business-as-usual status. ASU encourages diversion and aversion tactics to meet its zero-waste goals. Waste is averted through reduced consumption and diverted from the landfill via recycling, composting, and reusing or repurposing.

Blue bag basics

A few blue bag items require special care. For instance, single-use coffee pods should be bagged separately from other items since the pods contain small amounts of liquid. The Zero Waste department also recommends dry cell batteries are bagged separately in small plastic baggies or grocery bags. A partnership with ASU Environmental Health and Safety ensures spent batteries are safely processed to reclaim recyclable metals.

The waste collected in blue bags is sorted by hand. Some blue bag items are shipped to New Jersey-based TerraCycle. The company repurposes items from countries around the globe that are problematic to recycle. The materials then are transformed into new products.

Blue bags are collected every week. If users need bags emptied before the regular pickup schedule, the Zero Waste department accepts requests and usually can arrange pickups within a few days.

Request a blue bag via the department’s request form. If you have questions about blue bags, contact the Zero Waste department via email

Wendy Craft

Marketing and communications manager, Business and Finance Communications Group


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ASU Alumni Association makes membership free for all grads

Alumni association benefits include discounts on range of products and services.
Change goes into effect this month.
July 5, 2016

Move aims to create stronger social, professional networks among more than 400,000 Sun Devils

ASU just made it easier to stay a Sun Devil for life. Starting this month, ASU graduates automatically receive membership in the ASU Alumni Association — no dues required.

Membership provides exclusive benefits and connection to more than 400,000 fellow Sun Devils around the world, enabling ASU students, alumni and friends of the university to create stronger professional and social networks.

The alumni association has evolved from the dues-based membership to a giving-based model, including revamped access and privileges and enhanced philanthropy toward university scholarships and programming. The levels of membership are: Member, Sparky Member, Maroon Member and Gold Member.

“Whether you received your degree a year ago, or more than a half-century ago, two things connect all of us who call Arizona State University our alma mater — shared memories and a stake in our university’s future,” said Christine Wilkinson, senior vice president of the university and president and CEO of the ASU Alumni Association. “It is through our new philanthropic membership model that, beyond membership giving, alumni will have additional opportunities to contribute — to the Traditions Fund, alumni scholarship programs, and other gifts that support and advance the mission of ASU.”

Alumni are able to make tax-deductible donations, recorded as gifts. This inclusive membership program builds ASU connections among students, alumni, and friends of the university to create stronger professional and social networks, and foster a culture of giving.

A strong network of alumni stretches across the nation and around the globe. The ASU Alumni Association informs, engages, connects and celebrates the network of alumni through activities, programs, and publications.

Contributing members — Sparky, Maroon and Gold levels — will not only experience the gratification that only giving can impart, but enjoy exclusive perks such as discounts to the ASU Karsten Golf Course and Sun Devil Campus Stores, career counseling, and exclusive alumni events.

All members also receive programs and services including ASU Magazine, access to ASU Travel & Tours, career resources and a robust chapter network.

Current paid members’ membership will automatically transfer to the new corresponding levels. Annual members will become Sparky Members, paid Life members will become Maroon Members and Gold Devil members will remain as Gold Members.

For more information on membership, giving and alumni services visit,

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7 tips for a sustainable vacation

Planning a vacation? Here are some tips on making it more sustainable.
June 30, 2016

ASU tourism director provides insight on how to relax and be sustainable this summer

Editor's note: This guest post comes to ASU Now from the desk of Christine Vogt (pictured below), director of the Center for Sustainable Tourism at ASU's College of Public Service and Community Solutions. 

Christine Vogt

Americans are traveling this summer in record numbers. This Fourth of July weekend, with the holiday falling on a Monday, many vacationers have plans to drive or fly to favorite or new destinations. AAA predicts a record 43 million travelers. Besides a long holiday weekend, lower gas prices and a stronger U.S. economy will provide some of the necessary ingredients for travel this summer.

Relaxation and rejuvenation are important to many when vacationing. Travelers can also be sustainable with their choices making the tourism industry a responsible contributor to our society and planet, without giving up fun. 

1. Consider minimizing the number of vehicles used on the roads, and if a hybrid or electric vehicle is an option, then use it. If hiking or biking is an option to travel to your destination or while at your destination, then leave the vehicle behind. 

2. Think about patronizing local stores and restaurants so that vacation spending benefits the local community. Support businesses that are owned by someone from the community. Take the time to talk to local merchants to learn more about what they sell or serve and how they might source local ingredients. Local First Arizona is a great source for finding those local businesses that keep our economy diverse.

3. Shop and stay in businesses that utilize older buildings rather than buildings that are newly built. Less development saves natural resources used in building materials and keeps land in its natural state. Look in the downtown areas for reused or historic buildings. Bed-and-breakfasts, ranches and lodges are often housed in historical buildings and near other local businesses.

4. If an older building is hard to come by, look for newer buildings with LEED certifications and whose businesses use their own sustainable practices, like water-saving measures such as low-flow showers or solar- or wind-energy production on site.

5. A vacation that is mentally relaxing but also physically active will provide personal benefits to travelers. If menus are healthy and recreation activities burn calories, such as hiking, running, kayaking, and swimming, then a Fourth of July vacation fits nicely with health outcomes, and is fun and entertaining while enjoying and respecting nature.

6. If recycling is not available at a destination, then consider bringing bottles, cans and newspapers home to put in your household recycling bin rather than contributing to a landfill away from home.

7. Volunteering while on vacation is another way to make a sustainable vacation decision. Individually or as a group, your efforts can improve the environment or help others. There are many volunteer matching services. One is International Volunteer Card:



A mini health screening can change your life

ASU employees can choose from a variety of tests

June 29, 2016

Kyle Rader, assistant director of research and graduate initiatives at Arizona State University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, needed a lifestyle change.

When he received an employee wellness email, he noticed the Employee Wellness Program was offering mini health screenings on all four campuses. He decided to make an appointment. Review of screenings available Employees can choose from a variety of tests, including cholesterol, blood pressure and triglycerides readings. Download Full Image

The basic 30-minute screenings offer immediate results and are free for all ASU benefits-eligible employees. Tests include cholesterol, blood pressure and triglycerides readings. Optional tests are available for a $20 copay.

“I had not been seeing a doctor regularly, and it seemed like a good way to get basic health information,” Rader says. “I have since lost 45 pounds. The screenings make it easy to keep track of my numbers and help me stay motivated.”

Based on his experience with the screenings, Rader is now a regular attendee. A group of coworkers often join him. While Rader is interested the height, weight and body mass index, some of his coworkers decide to pay for the optional tests.

“Wellness means being your optimal self physically, mentally and emotionally,” says Kevin Salcido, vice president for human resources/chief human resources officer. “The wellness programs managed by the Office of Human Resources’ Employee Assistance Office are available to all those who want to invest in their health. We welcome participation from all ASU campuses.”

The next mini health screening will be held July 12 on the Tempe campus. Employees need their ASU ID card and Benefits Options insurance cards when they arrive for their appointment.

To schedule an appointment, view the posting on ASU Events.

For more information, visit the screenings web page or contact Liz Badalamenti.

Campus safety comes home

ASU to host annual law-enforcement conference

June 23, 2016

In 1958, two events that occurred in the budding city of Tempe would leave a lasting imprint on the world of academia.

While Arizona State College rebranded itself as Arizona State University, a meeting of 11 traffic and security directors from eight colleges across the country gave birth to the National Association of University and College Traffic and Security Directors, which would later become the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). outside of ASU Police Department building Arizona State University will host the 58th annual conference of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators from June 24-28. Download Full Image

This year, ASU will host IACLEA's 58th annual conference from June 24-28 at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, which marks the first time that the conference will be held in the state of IACLEA’s inception.

More than 500 member universities are expected to attend the conference, which provides campus-safety leaders opportunities to network and share best practices.

“First off, it’s a forum for the exchange of information between individuals engaged in campus public safety,” said IACLEA president William Taylor, who began his career in campus law enforcement in 1972 at ASU.  “And that’s at all levels: it’s policies, procedures, equipment, issues that come up, concerns that develop."

The association, which boasts 1,800-plus member universities, has become the go-to agency for college campus safety nationwide, especially with the increase in gun-related campus violence over the past decade.

The mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007 spurred IACLEA’s efforts to provide codified standards of accreditation for colleges and universities, of which both ASU and Virginia Tech are members among 44 other institutions. Twenty-five more institutions are applying for IACLEA accreditation, including Baylor and Clemson University.

“Not being part of IACLEA, or any other accreditation body, a department runs the risk of not being within the latest national and international best practices and would appear to the outside that a department may not be as transparent as they could be or serving the public to the best of their ability,” said Michael Thompson, chief of the ASU Police Department (ASUPD).

“ASUPD is accredited both with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and IACLEA, which shows our level of commitment to our professionalism and service.”

Both ASU and IACLEA have grown and thrived over the better part of six decades, as ASU would become the largest public institution in the nation and top the U.S. News & World Report’s list for most innovative schools. Meanwhile, IACLEA has spread its influence on the global scale by adding member institutions from five continents, beginning with Canada in 1967.

“ASU Police Department’s commitment to the service of our community by maintaining strict professional standards through CALEA and IACLEA is a direct reflection of being a progressive and innovative police department,” Thompson said. “We are mirroring the university’s and President Crow’s dedication and vision of being the best we can be while always looking to the horizon for new ways to be better.”

“We’re all passionate about the work we do,” Taylor said. “I’ve been doing this business for 45 years. I love doing campus public safety. It’s in my blood, I guess. I enjoy working with students and working with faculty and staff to develop programming to make things safer and educate them so they themselves can take proper precautions in the things they do. It’s a thing I think for me that has been kind of a lifelong dream.”

Reporter, ASU Now

Tips for guarding your online privacy while traveling

June 22, 2016

Summertime is now upon us in the Valley of the Sun. Hot temperatures on the rise mean many of us will retreat from the heat by traveling for a long weekend or an extended period of time. Please take a few minutes to refresh your memory regarding these best practices ( for guarding your online privacy while you are away:

• Take additional safeguards on your mobile devices if you are traveling, especially if you are traveling abroad. two cell phones on table This summer, remember to take additional safeguards on your mobile devices if you are traveling, especially if you are traveling abroad. Download Full Image

• Be careful when connecting to any wireless access points, especially if they are unencrypted.

• Turn off wireless services when not in use (wifi, bluetooth, etc...).

• Always use the virtual private network, or VPN when connecting to any ASU resources.

• For travel to certain countries, do not take any computerized devices. Or, if absolutely necessary, get a loaner "burner" device that contains no data, and assume it is compromised and should be wiped clean upon return.

• For an added safety measure, please remember to enable encryption on your device see

• Be wary of who is behind you or looking over your shoulder at your screen, and consider using a screen shield or privacy guard.

• Never leave your device unattended, and make sure it is locked up securely in the place you are staying.

Another great tip is to turn on your “find my device” feature and your remote wipe capabilities (See Knowledge Base article about remotely wiping lost or stolen phones connected to ASU Exchange Accounts) just in case your phone is stolen or misplaced while traveling. Also, avoid announcing your trip ahead of time on social media. This tip may be especially difficult in today’s world but if you do post, make sure your settings are on private so only people you trust will know your whereabouts. Remember, just because you have secure privacy settings doesn’t mean that someone you don’t know won’t share. Share items you would only want duplicated in a “magazine” forever.


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ASU Parking and Transit director, office supervisor claim top honors at conference

June 14, 2016

ASU Parking and Transit Services (PTS) garnered international recognition when two of its employees received awards at the International Parking Institute (IPI) annual conference in May.

PTS director Melinda Alonzo received the institution’s highest honor, the James M. Hunnicutt, CAPP, Parking Professional of the Year award. PTS customer service office supervisor Cathy Harrison was awarded Parking Supervisor of the Year. portraits of two ASU staff members Parking and Transit Services customer service office supervisor Cathy Harrison (left) and director Melinda Alonzo. Download Full Image

“I am extremely proud of Melinda and Cathy for this much-deserved recognition,” said Nichol Luoma, associate vice president of University Business Services. “Their contributions to ASU go beyond their expertise in the parking industry and exemplify the type of quality customer service that has become the hallmark of this university.”

Alonzo took leadership at PTS in 2011. Within a year, she incorporated Service Blueprinting into the PTS customer service culture. Soon after she created the Benefactor Program, which donates a portion of the annual parking revenue to a university program or student-run organization. In the past two years, she has overseen the installation of modern, integrated parking access and payment systems at all campus parking garages and several parking lots.

Alonzo manages about 25,000 parking spaces and an alternative mode program made up of intercampus shuttles, car-sharing, bicycle infrastructure and resources and partnerships with public bus and light rail providers. Bicycling at ASU now boasts three card-access bicycle parking facilities, four bike valet stations, and 25 percent more bike racks on campus than there were three years ago.

“Melinda's responsibility of managing a comprehensive parking and transportation system at the largest public research university in the country is complex and challenging,” said Angela Creedon, associate vice president for ASU Community and Municipal Relations. “She does it expertly with a bright, contagious smile and an enthusiastic and positive attitude that leaves a lasting impression on the many visitors, students and staff she interacts with on a daily basis.”

Her participation on several parking and university committees includes serving as National Association of College Auxiliary Services West board secretary (2015), ASU U-Club vice president (2015-2016) and on the T2 advisory board (2009-present). She is a founding member and past president of the Southwest Parking and Transportation Association and instituted a tri-university summit in 2011, an annual conference of the three Arizona universities’ parking departments. With more than 19 years of parking industry experience, Alonzo began her career in the private sector with Ace Parking Management’s downtown Phoenix operations before joining ASU in 1999.

As a 20-year veteran of PTS, Harrison has shown dedication to assisting Sun Devils with their parking and transportation needs longer than any other current PTS employee. She has worked in each PTS unit at ASU and was promoted to her current post as customer service office supervisor in 2005.

“I like giving options and solutions to a frustrated customer and then see that frustration change to relief,” said Harrison when asked to describe her favorite part of the positon. “It’s like I wrap up the answers with a nice bow and send them on their way.”

“Cathy demonstrates a team player mind-set and has an unwavering commitment to exceeding customer expectations,” said PTS commuter options manager Judi Nelson. “She is consistently present for her employees and thanks them to show her appreciation at every opportunity.”

IPI is the world’s largest association of professionals in parking. IPI works to advance the parking industry through research and data collection, advocacy and outreach.

ASU to launch single-platform financial-management system

Workday will consolidate purchasing, planning and budgeting processes

June 8, 2016

Arizona State University has announced the launch of Workday, a new system that will consolidate purchasing, planning and budgeting processes into a single platform for ASU’s more than $2 billion knowledge enterprise.

The project (, replacing the Advantage system and several others, will start this summer and will be operational in 2018. ASU President Michael Crow ASU President Michael M. Crow gives the opening remarks at the ASU financial-management system project kickoff Tuesday in Old Main's Carson Ballroom on the Tempe campus. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now Download Full Image

ASU President Michael M. Crow said the transition reflects the progress of an institution that, when he took office 14 years ago, handled revenue at a quarter of the current level, half of which came from the state.

“It comes at a moment in our history that couldn’t be better in the sense that we are a rapidly evolving institution,” Crow said during the launch event Tuesday. “What I want is a financial-management system that is reflective of who and what we are and who and how we operate.”

Crow emphasized that, as the state has reduced its financial support for the university over the years, ASU must adjust other aspects of its relationship with the state, pulling further away from the misperception of the university as a traditional state agency.

“We are a servant of the people operating as a public enterprise,” he said.

ASU has earned national acclaim for transforming how education is delivered — including technological advancements and studies across disciplines — as well as for upending decades of conventional wisdom and focusing on expanding access to education rather than elite acceptance rates. Now the university is revamping its financial infrastructure to mirror that adaptability.

The new system consolidates multiple financial platforms into one and takes advantage of cloud storage and mobile apps to modernize accounting across five metropolitan Phoenix campuses and centers that span from California to Washington, D.C.

“We have opportunities to be flexible and innovative and nimble, and that’s what Dr. Crow is really challenging us to do,” said Morgan Olsen, executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer. “That’s where our future is; that’s how we at Arizona State University, the New American University, are going to be successful.”

This project will be staffed and managed by Financial Services, the University Technology office, Purchasing, the Office of Planning and Budget, Knowledge Enterprise Development, and various other subject-matter experts across campus.

“I’m also hoping this financial-management system can allow you all to act with an increased level of teamwork,” said Crow. “This system should allow us to have ways in which we can interact, ways in which we can communicate, ways to have early alerts, ways to team on solutions, ways to surge to certain problems.”

The system was selected several months ago after an extensive evaluation process that sought the best solution for a range of financial-management needs. Though previous programs were functional, vendor support had dwindled and finding staff with skills for outdated systems was becoming harder.

For those who will be using the new system, there will be in-person training and online learning resources to ensure everyone is ready the moment the new system is live.

Processes currently managed in Advantage, SunRise and STAR will be updated by this transition.

The PeopleSoft Student and Human Resources systems will not be affected by the change, and neither will the University’s P-Card and MyASU Trip processes.

For a preview of the system and what it looks like, visit the

Logan Clark

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