W. P. Carey School announces 2019 Alumni Hall of Fame members

Top business leaders to be honored at Nov. 22 event

November 19, 2019

Five Arizona State University graduates will be inducted into the 42nd annual W. P. Carey School of Business Alumni Hall of Fame on Friday, Nov. 22. This year's class is comprised of a food industry executive who has built and operated major franchise brands, a technology executive who provided financial guidance and leadership to a multinational technology conglomerate, a health care executive who dedicated his career to the strategic direction and financial well-being of Arizona residents, the highest-ranking African American executive working in college sports and a Clio Award-winning marketing executive and entrepreneur.

Previous inductees come from such diverse organizations as the Arizona Public Service, Avnet, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Native American Connections and Sony. Download Full Image

"Each of our honorees has been selected for their significant contributions to their professions, the community, and the W. P. Carey School of Business," Dean Amy Hillman said. "Together, they bring great awareness to students that you can reach your goals in any industry with a high-quality education, commitment and hard work."

The 2019 W. P. Carey Alumni Hall of Fame inductees are:

William Van Epps (BS in marketing, '71) William Van Epps is CEO of New England Authentic Eats LLC. For 45 years, Van Epps has had an extraordinary record driving growth in foodservice, retail and franchising, including 31 years in the international arena. His experience ranges across many household names in the restaurant industry, from Papa John's International to Long John Silver's Inc. and Shake Shack. Van Epps serves on the board of advisers for New England Authentic Eats LLC, Walhburgers and Locknet (a lock and security door manufacturer). 

Larry Carter (BS in accountancy, '74) — Larry Carter joined Cisco in January 1995 as vice president of finance and administration, chief financial officer and secretary. In July 1997, he was promoted to senior vice president of finance and administration, CFO and secretary. Carter was elected to the Cisco board of directors in July 2000. In May 2003, upon his retirement as CFO and secretary, he was appointed senior vice president, office of the chairman and CEO. He retired in November 2008. Carter was a member of Cisco's board of directors until 2014 and is currently a trustee and founder of the Cisco Foundation and a member of the CHP 11-99 Foundation board of directors.

Richard Boals (BS in accountancy, '79) — Richard Boals served as CEO at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona, Inc. from April 2003 to July 2017. Boals joined Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) in 1971 and served in a variety of capacities, seeing it through numerous years of growth and success. Before beginning his career at BCBSAZ, he served four years in the United States Air Force. Boals currently serves on the Arizona Biosciences board, the board of Phoenix Children's Hospital and Northern Arizona University's Innovations Advisory Board. He is a member of Arizona Tech Investors, ASU President's Club and the W. P. Carey School of Business Dean's Council.

Kevin Warren (MBA, '88) — Kevin Warren is the commissioner-elect of the Big Ten Conference, officially commencing duties on Jan. 2, 2020. Warren will be the first African American commissioner of an Autonomous 5 Conference. Before joining the Big Ten Conference, Warren was chief operating officer of the Minnesota Vikings. Warren and his wife, Greta, are active members of the Minneapolis-St. Paul community where they support several local elementary schools, scholarships for first-generation college students and the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

Matthew Michalowski (BS finance, '09) — Matt Michalowski is the president and founder of PXL, a creative technology agency that works with the world's largest blue-chip media brands, including NBCUniversal, 20th Century Fox, Disney, Paramount, Warner Bros. and Sony, among others. In 2012, on his 25th birthday, Michalowski embarked on his own and founded PXL. Over the next seven years, PXL would work on the marketing campaigns for some of the biggest theatrical releases, including "Bohemian Rhapsody," "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "The Revenant" — winner of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Picture. In 2019, PXL was acquired by Studio City, an entertainment marketing agency specializing in television. 

Alumni, business leaders and students will attend the W. P. Carey Alumni Hall of Fame event on Friday, Nov. 22, at McCord Hall Plaza on ASU's Tempe campus. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. Advance registration is requested at wpcarey.asu.edu/alumni/hall-of-fame or by calling 480-965-3978.

Shay Moser

Managing Editor, W. P. Carey School of Business


Sun Devil leaders to receive honors at 2019 Homecoming

ASU Alumni Association awards Homecoming honors

November 12, 2019

The ASU Alumni Association will honor Sun Devil leadership during the upcoming Nov. 23 Homecoming game, which will pit ASU against the University of Oregon.

The Alumni Association will recognize Arthur “Art” Pearce II, ’75 BS in business administration, with its Alumni Service Award, and JoAnn C. Holland, president and CEO of four Valley-based networking organizations, with its Alumni Appreciation Award. Trish Gulbranson, ’88 BS in accountancy, the 2018-19 chair of the organization’s board of directors and National Alumni Council, also will be honored for her service to the organization.  headshot of ASU alum Art Pearce Arthur “Art” Pearce II Download Full Image

Alumni Service Award: Arthur “Art” Pearce II, ’75 BS in business administration

A third-generation ASU alumnus, Pearce supports his alma mater through service and philanthropy. He is a current member of The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Council, Institute of Human Origins Research Council and President’s Club. Within Sun Devil Athletics, Pearce supports the Sun Devil Club, The Coach’s Club and Camp Tontozona. A passionate Sun Devil, Pearce provided the philanthropic support to create the statue honoring Pat Tillman inside the stadium and the copper trident statue outside the stadium.

He and his family endowed the Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Award within The College to honor his grandfather, which annually recognized an outstanding faculty member from humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Recently, Pearce named the largest conference room in Armstrong Hall in honor of his grandfather and the Pearce family. He became president of Zeb Pearce Companies in 1983 and continued to lead the company until its sale in 2004. Pearce also is active in community organizations like the Arizona State Board of Geographic and Historic Names and the Phoenix Zoo.  

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JoAnn Holland

Alumni Appreciation Award: JoAnn Holland

As the leader of four geographically based networking groups for women throughout the Valley, Holland demonstrates her commitment to leadership development, building community and advancing women. She is the president and CEO of Central Phoenix Women and Women of Scottsdale, as well as founder and CEO of East Valley Women and North Valley Women.

Prior to her current position, Holland worked at Wells Fargo, most recently serving as vice president, community affairs manager for the Wells Fargo Foundation of Arizona. She has received national recognition with the Cele Kennedy Award from the Arthritis Foundation, the Humanitarian Award from Pima Council on Aging, and Appreciation Awards from ICAN, the Rodel Foundation and Junior Achievement of Arizona. She received an Appreciation Award from the ASU College of Education in 1993 when she spearheaded the initiative to establish a playground for the children who attended the College of Education Preschool on the Tempe campus. This year, East Valley Women named the ASU Alumni Association its 2019 Philanthropy Partner.  

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Trish Gulbranson

Past President’s Award: Trish Gulbranson, ’88 BS in accountancy

Trish Gulbranson served as chair of the ASU Alumni Association Board of Directors and the National Alumni Council last year and will serve as the past chair for the remainder of the fiscal year. During her term, she served as a member of the ASU Foundation investment and audit committees, Sun Devil Athletic Board and led the Sun Devil 100 committee. She will continue to spearhead the Sub Devil 100 committee during her current term.

Her professional background in finance and entrepreneurship fuels her enthusiasm for supporting and growing the ASU Alumni Association. She began her career as a CPA in a large accounting firm and later rose to president and CEO of an international software company before founding Derma Health, a medical aesthetics company. Today, Gulbranson is also a member of the Trustees of ASU.

Learn more about the ASU Alumni Association’s celebration of Homecoming week.

Planning events at ASU? Watts College has you covered

November 6, 2019

Does your boss ask you to plan your department team builder? Is it all hands on deck when your team hosts a conference or workshop? Do you secretly have no idea what you are doing?

ASU offers a Special Event Management certificate through the School of Community Resources and Development, in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. In this six-class certificate program, you will learn the tools to become a confident and successful event professional. people on tour of Sun Devil Stadium JD Loudabarer and his team talk about game day preparations. Download Full Image

Topics include:

• Food and beverage.
• Crowd management.
• Protocol.
• Budgeting.
• Marketing.

ASU employees can use qualified tuition reduction. Most courses are offered on the Downtown Phoenix campus one night a week with an online class available over the summer. The program also includes site visits to local venues and businesses, guest speakers and the opportunity to plan and execute your own event.

Classes are aligned with the academic calendar and begin in January. Visit the program's website for more information or email scrdadvising@asu.edu to speak with an adviser.

ASU's Amy Hillman honored with Women of Achievement award

October 30, 2019

Amy Hillman, dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University was one of the 14 women honored at the In Business Magazine 2019 Women of Achievement luncheon on Oct. 24. She joins Cindy McCain, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and other community leaders who are being celebrated for their business success, connection and service to the community, and their efforts to grow business.

“Amy’s leadership is a rare mix of authenticity and vision that invites people into our W. P. Carey community," alumnus and philanthropist Rich Boals said. "Whether that person is a student, donor, an employee, or a community business owner, they see how they fit into our story, how they make a difference for our school.”  W. P. Carey School of Business Dean Amy Hillman Dean Amy Hillman. Download Full Image

Hillman received her PhD from Texas A&M University in strategic management and business and public policy in 1996 and was inducted as an Outstanding Doctoral Alumni from her alma mater in 2008. She joined W. P. Carey as an associate professor in the Department of Management in 2001 and earned professorship in 2006, before becoming chair of the Department of Management in 2007. Hillman assumed her current role as dean in 2013 and is the first woman to serve in that position. In addition, she has spent several summers as a guest professor at the Institute for International Management at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria.

Hillman’s 25 years in higher education are best displayed through her multitude accolades, including an editorship of Academy of Management Review, serving as a founding fellow of the International Corporate Governance Society, and being named an Academy of Management Fellow in 2014. She received the Academy of Management’s Outstanding Educator Award in 2018, and will serve as vice-chair elect in 2020 and ultimately president of the Academy of Management in 2022.

Since Hillman became dean, the W. P. Carey School of Business has grown in both enrollment and prestige. Fall 2019 marks a new enrollment record with almost 5,500 undergraduate and graduate students joining the school across all campuses. Current rankings place W. P. Carey among the best business schools in the country — U.S. News and World Report named the school the No. 3 online MBA for veterans, No. 6 among online MBA programs, and No. 22 nationwide for part-time MBA programs. The Economist placed W. P. Carey as the No. 12 executive MBA worldwide, the University of Texas at Dallas Business School Research Productivity Rankings listed the school as No. 25 in research productivity worldwide, and seven undergraduate disciplines scored in the U. S. News and World Report Top 20. Hillman played a key role in launching the innovative Forward Focus MBA, which seeks to provide students with tailored, practical experiences, and the Professional Flex MBA, which offers part-time students enhanced customization.

As the first female dean at W. P. Carey, Hillman takes her mentorship role seriously. She regularly hosts Women’s Circle events in the community, featuring female scholars discussing their research and industries. Attendees include CEOs and leaders from across the Valley. Further, Hillman volunteers as a speaker and panelist for audiences learning about board equity, governance and leadership.

Hillman takes this perspective into the broader business community as well. Today, she serves on the board of publicly traded CDK Global, on the independent governance committee of U-Haul International, and on the nonprofit boards of AACSB and the ASU Research Park.

Shay Moser

Managing Editor, W. P. Carey School of Business


New Graduate College website puts graduate education resources at students' fingertips

October 28, 2019

Arizona State University's Graduate College has launched its new website: graduate.asu.edu. The redesigned website features improved functionality, easy access to essential information for the ASU community and a more streamlined and engaging look, which includes a new video experience.

The Graduate College is a full-service resource for current students, graduate faculty and staff at ASU. The new website focuses on raising awareness of the programs and services the college provides to improve the graduate school experience for all. Graduate students at ASU Graduate students walking on the ASU campus. Download Full Image

“It was very important to us that the new website accomplished two things,” said Alfredo J. Artiles, dean of the Graduate College. “We want everyone to be aware of the programs and services we offer the ASU community and we want to make sure people can find what they need as quickly and as easily as possible.”

The new website navigation is audience focused to make it easy for prospective and current students, postdoctoral fellows and ASU faculty and staff to find the policies, support programs and tools they are looking for. New landing pages display the information most frequently searched for by site visitors helping them quickly access crucial resources.

Prospective students

Prospective students visiting the website can see a series of student impact stories, as well as a new video, “The Promise of Graduate Education at ASU,” showing how ASU prepares graduate students to engage the complex issues of our globalized society that contribute to the economic, social, cultural and overall well-being of their communities.

Current students

The new “Current Students” section enables student success by providing up-to-date information on deadlines and policies, demystifying the requirements needed for degree completion. Current students will also find the latest information on funding, mentoring and professional development programs.

Faculty and staff

The intuitive navigation makes it easier for ASU faculty and staff to find best practices, policies, tools like iPOS, forms and how-to documentation for academic progress, student advising and curriculum development.


Housed within the Graduate College, the Postdoctoral Affairs Office has a new microsite dedicated to the success and professional development of postdoctoral scholars at ASU. Postdocs can register for upcoming professional and social events — part of an effort to build a more supportive community for postdocs at ASU.

“We encourage everyone to visit the new website and explore the programs and services provided by the Graduate College,” Artiles said.

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Archivist to leave theater collection she built over the past 35 years

October 23, 2019

Katherine Krzys grew the ASU Child Drama Collection into world-renowned repository; she is set to retire Jan. 1

“Call Kathy.”  

It’s a phrase that gets thrown around quite a bit among scholars and practitioners in the field of theater for youth.  

And call they do.  

They call with questions about scripts and set designs. A director might have a question about a play. A student will call wanting to know more about the history of a writer.  

Others are interested in starting up a theater company of their own and want to know how to do it.  

And so they call Katherine Krzys, a woman whose name has become nearly synonymous with the Child Drama Collection, an internationally acclaimed archive for theater for youth which began at Arizona State University 40 years ago and which Krzys has curated for the last 35 — a career from which she has announced she will retire at the end of this year.  

“The hardest thing is convincing people that history is important,” said Krzys, who also has served as curator for ASU Library's Rare Books and Manuscripts, and in recent years facilitated the acquisition of the Civic Classics Collection, which includes first editions of “The Federalist” and writings by Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I always say, if I can talk to you for five minutes and show you something in the archive, you will come back.” 

Building an archive

The Child Drama Collection began rather informally, the way one might imagine most things did in the 1970s.   

Lin Wright, former chair of what was then known as the Theatre Department at ASU, had arrived in Tempe in 1973 at the urging of her colleague Don Doyle, who was teaching courses in creative drama at the time at ASU.  

Wright wanted to develop a graduate program in theater for youth, a small but burgeoning field that was taking on new life in the hands of artists and scholars who were further exploring theater as a tool to teach and connect with children. 

Wright understood the value of a research collection, one that might bring in the kind of materials that would allow an MFA and doctoral program to flourish. More than that, she had the connections in the field to make it happen; Doyle had introduced Wright to one of the field’s founders, Rita Criste

“Rita Criste showed up on my doorstep with 32 boxes,” recalled Wright, who hosted Criste for several days at her house, where they ate many sugary snacks and sorted through her papers documenting one of the earliest creative drama programs in the country. The program, led by Criste, had been taught in the public school district of Evanston, Illinois, where Criste had been a teacher. “The first texts in the field that were written came out of that program. She was under-recognized, which was why it was so important to have her papers.”  

Armed with Criste’s materials and another 100 boxes belonging to the Children’s Theatre Association of America, Wright began approaching Marilyn Wurzburger, then head of Special Collections at the ASU Library, to see about kickstarting a research collection, which Wurzburger was able to get greenlit in in 1979.  

“I had no appreciation for what the Child Drama Collection was going to develop as. It was an unusual collection, unlike anything we had before,” said Wurzburger, who was unprepared for the variety of materials that began entering the doors of Hayden Library: costumes, stage designs, miniature sets. “I was in for a shock and realized we were in the midst of something big.” 

Desperately in need of archival assistance, Wurzburger reached out to Wright for help processing the collection. She needed someone with theater knowledge, who could both curate an archive and interface with theater professionals.  

Wright had someone in mind. 

Enter scene: Krzys

At 36, Krzys had left California with her 3-year-old daughter and a background in acting and directing to begin the MFA Theatre for Youth program at ASU.  

“I wanted to be an actress but found out that wasn’t my forte, because I cried a lot when I didn’t get cast,” said Krzys, who eventually got cast in a children’s production and was hooked. “There is nothing better than performing for an audience of children. They hold nothing back. And just when you think they aren’t paying attention, they come back with the most sophisticated, intuitive response.”  

While immersed in graduate work at ASU, Krzys had discovered the Child Drama Collection — and the work of Sara Spencer, who started the first publishing house in 1935 that exclusively printed plays for children. Krzys ended up writing about Spencer for her applied project and, with Wright’s help, got it published as part of an anthology, “Spotlight on the Child: Studies in the History of American Children’s Theatre,” by Roger Bedard and C. John Tolch.   

Krzys’ interest in the history of the field, coupled with her experience as an actor and director, and now scholar, gave her a unique perspective in carrying out the work of an archivist in the Child Drama Collection and made her a powerful force in growing it.   

She began assisting Wurzburger part time in 1985 and eventually secured a continuing appointment as a full-time archivist in 1995. 

“Kathy was doing such a phenomenal job and the collection began growing tremendously,” Wurzburger said. “When Kathy asked donors for their materials, they often did not refuse.” 

In those days, Krzys would just pick up the phone and dial the numbers of playwrights. 

“It was easy for me because I knew the field,” said Krzys, who also benefitted from the professional network of Wright and Doyle. “I would say to them, ‘I read your play. I directed your play. Where are your papers going?’”  

Many had not yet been asked the question. However, they soon found themselves engrossed in conversation with Krzys about the collection and the history of the field.

“It was Kathy’s charm that played a big part in this process,” said Wurzburger, who routinely hosted the collection’s donors when they came to visit ASU.

“They would sit around my dinner table and talk, and Kathy was always there,” Wurzburger recalled. “I really enjoyed it and so did my husband. This is where I was learning my child drama history.” 

As ASU’s theater department grew, so did the collection, and vice versa, just as Wright had planned. The MFA and PhD programs in Theatre for Youth are now among the oldest in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Under Krzys’ leadership, the Child Drama Collection swelled in size and became home to a number of high profile collections that today include the prestigious Irene Corey Collections, which took 10 years to acquire; the Jonathan Levy Collection, which expanded research possibilities back to the 16th century; the papers of Lowell and Nancy Swortzell, early pioneers of educational theater in New York; and the David, Sonja and Benjamin Saar Yellow Boat Collection, which documents the writing and production of “The Yellow Boat,” a play written by David Saar, founder of the theater company Childsplay, for his son Benjamin, a hemophiliac who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion. 

ASU’s Child Drama Collection now houses over 9,000 books, nearly 300 periodical titles, more than 2,000 audio-visual materials and almost 5,000 linear feet of manuscripts. 

“The archive exists the way it does because Kathy has worked so hard to document and keep the field history,” said Stephani Etheridge Woodson, a professor in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, within the Herberger Institute, and director of the MFA and PhD programs in Theatre for Youth. “Future generations will benefit from this love and care. We would not be where we are today without Kathy, and her legacy will ensure the continued health of our field and our historical contexts.” 

The next generation 

Dontá McGilvery said that Krzys was the first person he met after being accepted into the Theatre for Youth PhD program. The meeting led him to begin exploring the archive looking for plays written by African American playwrights.  

When he began teaching an African American theater class in 2018, he enlisted the help of Krzys, who spent hours searching for plays and identifying playwrights.

“She was searching as if this were her project,” said McGilvery, winner of the 2019 ASU MLK Jr. Student Servant-Leadership Award and a 2018-19 ASU Spirt of Service Scholar. “For my class, I needed a play that was the first recorded play by an African American written around 1820, and she located it. I had mentioned it to her but didn’t realize that she had been searching for it. There was only one copy, and she said, ‘I found it. Do you think we should get it?’ She purchased it and now we have it at ASU.” 

Beyond her energy and passion, McGilvery says what sets Krzys apart is her desire to learn and grow.

When presented with criticism in a seminar class about the lack of diversity in the educational theater field, Krzys took note and the very next day came prepared with materials reflecting those voices that had been missing from the conversation, McGilvery said.

“Kathy said to me, ‘It’s good that you’re asking about these plays. You’re requiring us to get more information. We need these plays. We need to make sure they are here.’”

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In 2017, Krzys was awarded the highest achievements in the field of theater for youth: the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America’s Corey Medallion and the Campton Bell Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. 

Previous winners include television’s “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood,” the National Endowment for the Arts and Charles Schulz of “Peanuts” fame.

“Kathy Krzys has been one of our stars for a long time,” University Librarian Jim O’Donnell said. “Her special work with the Child Drama Collection has won national recognition, and her leadership in seeing our rare books and special collections through a series of challenging transitions has earned her the admiration and gratitude of all who work with her.”

Krzys’ contributions and approaching retirement will be recognized this weekend as part of a symposium celebrating the 40-year anniversary of the Child Drama Collection and the 45-year anniversary of the Theatre for Youth program at ASU — two histories that will forever be entwined.

Symposium presenters will include Woodson, Wright, Doyle, Wurzburger, Bedard, Suzan Zeder and other scholars, students and practitioners in the field, including Krzys herself.

“I’m a great believer in fate,” Krzys said. “Fate brought me to ASU, brought me to the library to study Sarah Spencer, and kept me here in Arizona.”

While Krzys plans to leave Tempe and move to Gainesville, Florida, to be closer to her daughter and grandchild, she says fate is throwing things in her face right now, alluding to the next chapter of her career — a potential book project and a possible partnership initiative to make the history of theater for youth more digitally accessible. 

“The door just keeps opening,” she said. “The phone just keeps ringing.”

Top photo: Kathy Krzys leads a seminar session for graduate students on the history of theater for youth. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist , ASU Library

University of Gothenburg honors Dean Alfredo J. Artiles for contributions to equity in educational sciences

October 22, 2019

One of the foremost Swedish universities recognized Arizona State University Graduate College Dean Alfredo J. Artiles with an honorary doctoral degree. At a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 18, the University of Gothenburg presented Artiles with an honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy for his scholarship on disability policy and educational equity.

“For the last 27 years, (Artiles) has produced interdisciplinary research findings and theoretical refinements about the paradoxes of educational equity in the context of disability intersections with other sociocultural differences — race, language, social class, gender," said Gothenburg Faculty of Education Dean Åke Ingerman. "His scholarship also examines the equity consequences of inclusive education for marginalized students’ educational opportunity." Alfredo J. Artiles being bestowed an Honorary Doctorate from University of Gothenburg At a ceremony on Friday, the University of Gothenburg presented Alfredo J. Artiles with an honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy for his scholarship on disability policy and educational equity. Download Full Image

Artiles' long list of accomplishments include being elected to the National Academy of Education, being named fellow of the American Educational Research Association, serving on the White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics from 2011 to 2017, serving as vice president of the American Educational Research Association from 2009 to 2011 and editing the Teachers College Press book series “Disability, Culture, and Equity” since 2008.

Along with Artiles’ academic contributions, Ingerman also noted his “dedication to supporting other researchers” as part of an international consortium of equity research in special education. The consortium focuses mainly on understanding the “Complexities of Inclusive Education from a Comparative Perspective: How Cultural Histories Shape the Ways That Schools Respond to Multiple Forms of Diversity.” 

“Professor Artiles has been very useful in sharpening our thoughts in that respect,” Ingerman said. “He has sustained productive collaborative efforts with some of us; sharing his scholarship, inviting us to join publication and research projects and participating in conferences.”

“I am truly humbled to be selected for this honor by the University of Gothenburg," Artiles said. “It has truly been a pleasure to work with colleagues at Gothenburg and other universities around the world to add to our understanding of educational equity and building inclusive educational systems."

The honorary degree, Ingerman said, was a way to express the university’s interest in continued collaboration. Artiles was invited to attend Gothenburg’s annual ceremony of the conferment of doctoral degrees as part of the honor. The event was held at the Swedish Exhibition Centre’s Congress Hall in Gothenburg, the country’s second-largest city.

Artiles is an Honorary Professor in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham, U.K. (2016-2019), and has held visiting professorships at Leibniz University (Germany), the University of Göteborgs (Sweden), the University of Birmingham (U.K.) and Universidad Rafael Landívar (Guatemala).

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

October 18, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guest artist performances

Opening Gala Piano Recital
Sun Chang, pianist
Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Katzin Concert Hall

Guest Artist Recital
Oxana Yablonskaya, pianist
Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Katzin Concert Hall

Lynne MacDonald

communications specialist, School of Music


Sun Devil 100 seeks ASU alumni nominations

Deadline is Nov. 15

October 18, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracy Scott

Director, Strategic Communications, Office of Senior Vice President & Secretary of University


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Arizona State University, Desert Financial Credit Union announce new partnership

October 14, 2019

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

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. Read more top stories from 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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