Lodestar Foundation announces $250,000 Collaboration Prize


June 4, 2008

The Lodestar Foundation, an organization dedicated to maximizing the growth and impact of philanthropy by efficiently and effectively leveraging philanthropic resources, announced the Collaboration Prize, a $250,000 prize recognizing nonprofit collaborations that achieve exceptional impact and significantly eliminate duplication of efforts. Nominations for the prize will be accepted between June 1 and July 21, 2008. Among eight finalists, the winning collaboration will be announced on March 6, 2009, at the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation’s 11th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness.

The annual Prize was created and is funded by the Lodestar Foundation in association with the Arizona-Indiana-Michigan (AIM) Alliance, of which the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation is a member. Designed to inspire cooperation among nonprofits, the Prize will be awarded to one collaboration that demonstrates through quantifiable evidence that it has achieved exceptional impact and significantly eliminated the duplication of efforts through programmatic collaborations, administrative consolidation or other joint activities. The collaboration must be composed of two or more organizations that each would otherwise compete for clients, financial resources and staff. The $250,000 prize must be used for charitable purposes, such as enhancing the winning collaboration’s continued service to its constituents or clients. Download Full Image

“A core mission for the Lodestar Foundation is to create financial and programmatic efficiencies among nonprofits–making sure philanthropic dollars achieve their maximum impact,” said Jerry Hirsch, Lodestar Foundation chairman. “The Collaboration Prize is an excellent way to reach this goal. We hope to uncover the most successful techniques and business models that will heighten the productivity and effectiveness of the nonprofit world.”

The Prize recipient will be chosen by a Final Selection Panel, which will be chaired by Sterling Speirn, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and will include representatives of both the nonprofit and business worlds, as well as representatives of AIM. All submissions will be reviewed for eligibility by La Piana Associates, the nation’s leading management and consulting firm dedicated to helping nonprofits and foundations become stronger and more effective through collaboration.

In addition to the $250,000 award, the eight finalists’ collaboration models will be compiled for study and use as blueprints by academics, nonprofit leaders and grantmakers in order to advance the practice of nonprofit collaboration.

"We are delighted to partner with the Lodestar Foundation and our AIM partners on this new Collaboration Prize," said Dr. Robert F. Ashcraft, director of the ASU Lodestar Center and professor nonprofit studies in ASU's School of Community Resources and Development. "Our Center is about the creation and dissemination of knowledge and tools that build the quality of life in communities. Appropriate collaboration is one of the strategies that effective nonprofits use to meet their mission and achieve impact. So this is just the sort of innovative programming we seek as an expression of our own values to partner for the common good."

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The Lodestar Foundation is a grantmaking organization devoted to maximizing the growth and impact of philanthropy by efficiently and effectively leveraging philanthropic resources. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, the Foundation funds nationally and internationally to organizations that support its mission. The Lodestar Foundation was established in 1999 as a support foundation of the Arizona Community Foundation. Please visit http://www.lodestarfoundation.org/" target="_blank" title="www.lodestarfoundation.org">http://www.lodestarfoundation.org/">www.lodestarfoundation.org for more information.

The Arizona-Indiana-Michigan (AIM) Alliance is a collaboration composed of The Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation at Arizona State University, the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, and the Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Grand Valley State University (Michigan). The work of the AIM Alliance started in 2003 and is dedicated to furthering the sector by improving nonprofit management practice, generating and sharing scholarly and practical knowledge, increasing communication and collaborating on research.

The mission of Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation (formerly the Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management) is to help build the capacity of the social sector by enhancing the effectiveness of those who lead, manage, and support nonprofit organizations. As part of the College of Public Programs and in partnership with the School of Community Resources and Development, the Center provides knowledge and tools to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, professionals, board members, and volunteers by offering research, technical assistance, workshops, conferences, classes, and capacity building programs. For more information, visit: http://nonprofit.asu.edu.">http://nonprofit.asu.edu/">http://nonprofit.asu.edu.

Denhardt takes inaugural turn as Coor Chair


June 2, 2008

The first Lattie and Elva Coor Presidential Chair has been awarded to School of Public Affairs Director Robert B. Denhardt, providing a $1 million endowment to develop scholarship and education in leadership and ethics across ASU.

The Coor Chair will be used to help situate ASU among the top universities in the nation with respect to the study and practice of leadership, especially public leadership. Download Full Image

“Being named the Lattie and Elva Coor Chair is a particular honor for me, since the Coors are among the most significant public leaders in the state of Arizona and their model and example is one for all to emulate,” Denhardt says.

Denhardt is Regents’ Professor and Lincoln Professor of Leadership and Ethics at ASU. The School of Public Affairs is in the College of Public Programs at the Downtown Phoenix campus.

The Coor Chair was established by friends and supporters of the Coors. Former ASU president Lattie Coor is president emeritus and professor in the School of Public Affairs. He also is chairman and chief executive officer of the Center for the Future of Arizona. Elva Coor helped in founding the President’s Community Enrichment Program, a highly successful university-community outreach program.

Through the Coor Chair, their example will be used to train and inspire a new generation of leaders in businesses, governments and communities. It will help the university develop research and educational programs that enable people to understand the complex nature of leadership.

Denhardt will use the proceeds to coordinate the efforts of ASU’s various leadership development activities, capitalizing on the university’s combined strengths and resources to develop a comprehensive and integrated leadership program.

“The fundamental goal of this work is to promote ethnical behavior and sound leadership in public, private and nonprofit organizations under conditions of change, complexity and uncertainty, all of which require heightened sensitivity to moral and ethical concerns,” says Debra

Friedman, university vice president of the Downtown Phoenix campus and dean of the College of Public Programs.

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ASU visionary Brent Brown remembered for dedication


May 29, 2008

Brent Brown was an ASU visionary who will long be remembered for his dedication to students, the university and public service.
Brown passed away Saturday, May 24, after a long illness.

Brown joined Arizona State University in 1972 as an assistant professor in political science and was instrumental in the formation of the School of Public Affairs in the College of Public Programs. Download Full Image

“Brent Brown will always be remembered as one of the founders of what eventually became the School of Public Affairs. He was tireless in his efforts to enhance the education of public servants. As a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs, he influenced the careers of countless students, many of whom became leaders in national, state and local governments as well as non-profits,” says N. Joseph Cayer, the Frank and June Sackton Professor of Public Administration in the School of Public Affairs.

Brown served in many capacities throughout the university including vice president of Institutional Advancement, assistant vice president of Community Relations and director of Community Relations. His most recent position was with Gov. Janet Napolitano as rural affairs policy advisor.

“Brent Brown served ASU and the entire state of Arizona with extreme dedication and commitment for many decades. He was untiring, fully engaged and always had a smile for those he worked with. A true public servant,” says Robert Denhardt, School of Public Affairs director.

Brown was known for his strong sense of integrity.

“There have been few men like him and there will be few men like him. He was someone who had great personal integrity,” says Larry Mankin, a friend and ASU colleague who knew Brown for close to 40 years. “He had a great strong moral compass that never failed him.”
Brown also foresaw what the university would become in future years, advocating for additional campuses in downtown Phoenix, on the west side and the far east Valley.

“He had really tremendous insight into what this university could be,” Mankin says.

Brown was a consensus builder who worked easily with people he came in contact with from legislators to university administrators to students.

“ASU wouldn’t be what it is today without Brent and the persuasiveness of his arguments and his ability to work with people,” Mankin says. “He was a visionary and superb problem solver.”

Former ASU president Lattie Coor remembers Brown as an invaluable member of his leadership team.

“I had been away from Arizona for over three decades when I assumed the presidency of ASU. There was a lot about the state and the university I needed to learn. Brent was my guide, patiently accompanying me to meet legislators and other elected officials and briefing me for days on end about the background of the many issues before the University. For every personal introduction and every issue, he had a story, and it was those stories I remember most,” Coor says.

He served as an inspiration and mentor to students, many of whom hold prominent positions in public service today.

“He epitomized the faculty member who understood that learning was not just for the sake of learning but was also for making society and government better for everyone. His death leaves a big void for Arizona,” Cayer says.

Brown was also instrumental in forming a retirees association at ASU with Bob Ellis, former KAET/Channel 8 manager.

“He asked me to put together a plan for an association,” Ellis says. “It’s still going strong. He supported it all the way.”

Ellis worked for Brown when both were in University Relations. Ellis handled areas such as the Alumni Association, KAET/Channel 8 and public events while Brown managed duties such as managing the ASU Foundation and working with government officials.

“We had a wonderful time. He was just a great guy to work for. He didn’t interfere unless there was a problem,” Ellis says.

Brown also played a major role in bringing the Arizona Cardinals to Phoenix from St. Louis.

Brown was born Sept. 27, 1941, in St. Johns. He was a lifelong resident of Arizona who received his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University, a master's from Arizona State University and a doctoral degree from the University of Illinois. Brown is survived by his wife, Marilyn, six children and 11 grandchildren. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, at the Gilbert Stapley Stake Center, 1100 N. Cooper Road, Gilbert, with a visitation starting at 9:30 a.m.

Students share tourism ideas with city chiefs


May 16, 2008

Jeremy Brooks is among the first to say it.

The two-letter word eases out of the junior’s lips and bounces around the packed classroom, gaining momentum until it’s repeated hundreds of times by a bevy of students. Download Full Image

Many of them don’t even seem to realize the importance of the word – “we” – as they discuss unique ways to increase tourism in five rural Arizona communities. But Tim Tyrrell’s smile keeps widening as his students sound more and more like longtime residents of the small towns they hadn’t known existed before taking his Tourism Planning course.

“We want to bring in the tourism aspect but keep our small-town feeling,” says Brooks, standing before a huge photo of the city of Coolidge’s only dine-in restaurant.

Brooks was among 50 students of the School of Community Resources and Development who spoke to community leaders April 23 to share their ideas for attracting visitors to the Arizona communities of Chino Valley, Gila Bend, Jerome, Coolidge and Superior.

This marked the first time in the 10-year history of the course that students have presented their improvement strategies directly to representatives from the cities and towns.

It’s a new way the College of Public Programs is putting theory into practice, helping students at the Downtown Phoenix campus apply what they learn to directly affect communities.

Students formed five teams, ventured into communities to assess the area’s resources, and spoke with local officials, residents and visitors.

They came up with ideas for sustainable tourism development that minimizes the negative impacts of tourism and takes full advantage of its benefits. The Arizona Office of Tourism co-sponsored the project.

Student suggestions for increasing tourism ranged from adding an outdoor civic marketplace in Chino Valley where residents frequently would gather, to making the inactive mines of Jerome safe enough to open for tours.

Team members who focused on Gila Bend proposed a plan they say would double tourism in the city, which has less than 2,000 residents.

They suggested building a “desert oasis attraction” with a hummingbird facility, a small café with outdoor seating, and trails featuring native minerals and geology.

“We see this as a way to celebrate the natural area of Gila Bend without depleting its assets,” says junior Austin Beber.

Another idea included adding a gateway in Jerome similar to the Cincinnati Gateway, allowing talented folks from the town’s artist colony to play a role in its design. Residents could vote on their favorite artist’s renditions to help in providing a unique identity for their community.

Melanie Oliver, Superior’s interim town manager, says she was particularly impressed with a team’s idea of marketing the town in an “Old West” theme, complete with an attraction that would make tourists feel they were on a Western movie set.

“I think they did a wonderful job with their presentation,” Oliver says.

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ASU grad nabs major internship with city of Phoenix


May 15, 2008

Mayra Baquera is taking a huge step on her path to managing a city.

After receiving her master’s degree in public administration from the School of Public Affairs from ASU May 8, she’ll enter the Phoenix Management Intern Program, one of the nation’s most prestigious in the field of public administration. Download Full Image

She’s one of three interns selected among more than 100 highly qualified applicants from across the nation for the yearlong program, which will provide her with a firsthand look at the city’s efforts to address some of its most pressing issues.

She’ll gain experience closely working with city leaders during rotational assignments in the city manager’s office, and departments such as budget and research, aviation, public works and water services.

“I think this is the beginning of my career and becoming a good manager and leader,” says Baquera, 27. “I’ve seen my skills evolve since I began the program at ASU, so this will be a natural progression to practice them.”

Many of the city’s top-level executives started their careers in the internship program. Former participants include Martin Vanacour, associate director of the School of Public Affairs, who says he learned skills that have lasted a lifetime.

“The experiences from that one year, and the prestige of the program, gave me opportunities to move quickly through various positions to fulfill my goal of becoming a city manager,” Vanacour says.

Baquera, the first in her family to receive an undergraduate and graduate education, has a passion for making a difference in the Phoenix community where she has spent most of her life. She’s a research assistant for the Alliance for Innovation, an ASU partnership networking association for cities and counties committed to innovation and transforming local government.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree from ASU in 2003, she worked as a case manager at a nonprofit shelter for undocumented children. Last year, she was selected for the Department of State’s Summer Internship Program and worked in the Public Affairs section at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires.

Upon her return, Mayra pursued classes in urban management at the College of Public Programs. She also has served as a volunteer for the Victim Services Division of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

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Study looks at Arizona’s 'megapolitan' future


May 8, 2008

Two out of three Americans are expected to live in just 20 “megapolitan” areas in about 30 years, and one of these megapolitans – the Sun Corridor – is in Arizona.

Arizona already is one of the most urban and fastest-growing states, and much of its projected growth is expected to be in the Sun Corridor, which stretches from Santa Cruz and Cochise counties to the center of Yavapai County. Download Full Image

“Megapolitan: Arizona’s Sun Corridor,” a report just released by Morrison Institute for Public Policy at ASU, is the first comprehensive analysis of this new geography. The Morrison Institute’s Grady Gammage Jr., Rob Melnick and Nancy Welch wrote the report along with ASU’s John Stuart Hall and Robert E. Lang of Virginia Tech.

People have been predicting for 50 years that Phoenix and Tucson would grow together into one giant desert conglomerate. A diverse pattern of land ownership in central and southern Arizona most likely will prevent that. But what is happening now, according to the report, is that the economies of metropolitan Phoenix and metropolitan Tucson are merging. With about 5 million people now and nearly 8 million projected for 2030, the Sun Corridor will be at the heart of Arizona’s expansion – and the state’s opportunities and challenges, too.

Predictions of growth are not new. But because growth and development are happening nationwide at an unprecedented pace, the “mega” concept is moving into the mainstream of public policy and planning.

“The megapolitan concept is powerful in part because it reinforces the strength of fundamental forces shaping Arizona and the world,” Melnick says, adding that its strength lies in the recognition that an economic merger brought on by overlapping community patterns and shared interests is more important than a physical one.

How the Sun Corridor will change in the short term depends largely on choices in five “megaton” areas:

• Global connections.

• Governance.

• The “trillion-dollar questions” related to residential and commercial development plus infrastructure.

• Water.

• Quality of life.

The report concludes with a critical question: “Do you want to live in the Sun Corridor?”

Adds Gammage: “The future of the Sun Corridor isn’t inevitably either rosy or bleak. It is what we make it. What can we do collectively to make the Sun Corridor somewhere we want to stay?”

“Megapolitan: Arizona’s Sun Corridor” is one of the first reports in the nation to analyze one megapolitan area. Robert Lang, co-director of the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech and a visiting ASU scholar in 2006, helped develop the megapolitan concept in 2005 as part of projecting where the next 100 million Americans would live. Lang’s definition is based on economic interdependence, population and the U.S. Census Bureau’s “combined statistical area” designation.

To download “Megapolitan: Arizona’s Sun Corridor,” visit the Web site www.morrisoninstitute.org.

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F... for the report was provided by the Stardust Foundation, Arizona Public Service Corp., Salt River Project, and the UniSource Energy Corp. family of companies: Tucson Electric Power and UniSource Energy Services.

The Morrison Institute for Public Policy conducts research that informs, advises, and assists Arizonans. It is a part of the ASU School of Public Affairs and College of Public Programs.

Graduate students also aspiring philanthropists


May 7, 2008

Andrew Carnegie once said, “It is more difficult to give money away intelligently than it is to earn it in the first place.” Students enrolled in Philanthropy: Theory and Practice (NLM 550), a masters-level course taught through the School of Community Resources and Development in conjunction with the ASU Lodestar Center for Nonprofit Management and Innovation, learned this lesson first hand this past semester. In a class project that will culminate with a $20,000 check presentation to one Valley nonprofit, students were able to gain hands-on experience and a new insight into the ups and downs of being on a foundation board.

Taught by Roger Hughes, executive director of St. Luke’s Health Initiatives (SLHI), a Phoenix-based public foundation, the course gave students the opportunity to make a $20,000 to grant on behalf of SLHI’s Health in a New Key community development program. Students narrowed down a list of over 20 qualified nonprofits to five finalists. The class then divided into teams that worked with the potential recipients to develop persuasive proposals for support. Following team presentations, the students played the role of foundation board members and selected what they considered to be the “best fit” with the grant requirements. Download Full Image

Hughes explained that SLHI provides the grant in order to give the next generation of leaders in the nonprofit sector valuable experience in the actual business of philanthropy and to introduce them to the principles of strength-based community development.

Acting as both fundraisers and board members, students were forced to see things from several—often conflicting—points of view.

“It was a valuable lesson in what constitutes a strong grant proposal and the reality of the subjective nature of many funding decisions,” said student Genevieve Croker.

Fellow student Bethany Taylor agrees. “As a development officer, I always thought that raising funds was hard, and that giving money away, in comparison, must be easy,” she said. “But by participating in this exercise, I learned just how hard giving money away could be. When you are forced to choose between multiple worthy organizations, it is truly difficult."

In the end, Stepping Stones of Hope, an organization that offers grief and bereavement services to children and their families, was selected to receive the $20,000 grant.

“All the proposals were good,” said student Damon Lemmons. “But this one gave us the greatest sense of community leverage and sustainability."

This is the second year NLM 550 has been offered. Last year’s inaugural group awarded $10,000 to Girls on the Run of Maricopa County, a nonprofit that works to improve the physical and social development of young girls through an innovative running program in schools. Due to the growing interest in the course and the success of the first offering, this year SLHI was able to double its award contribution.

"Our educational curriculum is well known for bridging theory and practice through experiential learning based within the classroom experience. This is especially true in the case of NLM 550. What Dr. Hughes and St. Luke's Health Initiatives has made possible is a stellar philanthropic laboratory which is the envy of nonprofit and philanthropic studies educational programs nationwide," said Dr. Robert F. Ashcraft, director of the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation and professor of nonprofit studies in ASU's School of Community Resources and Development.

“This was an exceptional learning experience,” said student Saso Andonoski, who comes to the Valley from the Republic of Macedonia. “The class showed the ability to go beyond expressive philanthropy and think strategically. I have learned so much from this class. This was one of my best experiences at ASU so far."

The mission of Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation (formerly the Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management) is to help build the capacity of the social sector by enhancing the effectiveness of those who lead, manage, and support nonprofit organizations. As part of the College of Public Programs and in partnership with the School of Community Resources and Development, the Center provides knowledge and tools to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, professionals, board members, and volunteers by offering research, technical assistance, workshops, conferences, classes, and capacity building programs. For more information, visit: http://nonprofit.asu.edu.">http://nonprofit.asu.edu">http://nonprofit.asu.edu.

Conference focuses on reducing health disparities of minorities


April 17, 2008

In its ongoing efforts to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities, the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center is gearing up for its sixth annual research conference April 25 in downtown Phoenix. Many of the local and invited national leading experts will gather with community and government agencies to discuss ways that family intervention research can help to improve a variety of health issues affecting many Latinos, American Indians, African-Americans and Asian-Americans.

The free conference runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Arizona Club atop Chase Tower. Download Full Image

“Coming to an event like this increases a person’s awareness about the concept of minority health and health disparities, and how different interventions can help prevent the onset of disease and other negative health outcomes,” says Paul Christensen, manager of the research center, or SIRC.

Flavio Marsiglia, director of the SIRC, emphasized “the important dissemination role the annual conference plays as a forum where the SIRC teams share their emerging research findings with community partners and other investigators.”

The interdisciplinary center is part of the School of Social Work in ASU’s College of Public Programs at the Downtown Phoenix campus. Its investigators represent a variety of other disciplines such as sociology, nursing, psychology, math and statistics, biology, American Indian studies and communications. The SIRC generates culturally grounded research, with an emphasis on health disparities encompassing substance abuse, HIV-AIDS and mental health.

This year’s program features a keynote address by Hilda Pantin, an associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Miami’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She also serves as director of the Prevention Division for the Center for Family Studies.

The event also will address cultural and other factors that protect some people from experiencing the same negative health outcomes as other members of their communities. These findings serve as the basis for designing interventions to reduce and prevent the onset of certain health risk factors.

This year’s conference features a session highlighting a wide range of graduate student research posters.

“The poster session integrates the research and training goals of SIRC and promotes a meaningful exchange among participants with similar research interests,” says Stephen Kulis, SIRC’s director of research.

SIRC is an exploratory center of excellence funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health.

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College of Human Services offers pair of advanced degrees


April 17, 2008

Two Arizona State University colleges are teaming to offer a pair of new graduate degrees for students interested in the fields of recreation, tourism, non-profit management, and community resources and development. The College">http://chs.asu.edu/">College of Human Services at the West campus and the College">http://copp.asu.edu/">College of Public Programs at the Downtown campus will offer a Master of Science in Recreation and Tourism Studies and Ph.D. in Community Resources and Development beginning in the fall of 2008.

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The partnership brings together the diverse learning environments of two of ASU’s campuses located within the heart of the Phoenix metropolitan area, a growing and dynamic urban setting. The degree programs are the only ones at ASU offered jointly by two different units at two different campuses, broadening access for students. Included in the master’s program is an accelerated bachelor’s-master’s degree that will provide students the opportunity to complete both degrees in five years.

“This is a wonderful partnership that will improve access to graduate education for our students,” says Kathleen Andereck, a professor in the Department">http://chs.asu.edu/rec_tour_mgmt/">Department of Recreation and Tourism Management and the director of the two graduate programs. “This will give students an opportunity to work with a broader range of faculty who have a variety of interests and expertise.”

The master’s degree is designed to prepare students to analyze and understand critical topics and issues relative to the fields of recreation, leisure and tourism. Two degree options are available to students. The 30-hour research-thesis track is recommended for students planning to continue graduate studies beyond the master’s degree, while the 36-hour management-oriented professional track is intended for students seeking additional knowledge and expertise relevant to career development.

“For current undergraduate students, or for those already working in the field who want additional career and personal development, or who want to move upward into management positions more quickly, this master’s program is really ideal,” says Andereck, who has conducted recreation- and tourism-related research projects for the Arizona Office of Tourism, USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Department of Commerce, Arizona State Parks, Arizona Tourism Alliance, and a number of communities throughout the state. “It is also designed for those with a bachelor’s degree in a different field who are interested in a career in parks-, recreation- or tourism-related organizations.

“It also will serve the needs of students who eventually want to earn a Ph.D. and be a university professor or work in a research-oriented capacity with agencies or organizations.”

The doctorate degree, a full-time program, builds on graduate courses in tourism, parks and recreation, and non-profit management and includes faculty mentoring and community involvement. It is designed for graduate students interested in the study of community development; tourism development and management; community studies; parks, recreation and leisure; and non-profit leadership and management. Research will occur within three thematic areas: sustainable communities, organizational capacity building, and enhancing community quality of life across the lifespan.

“Our programs advance the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of our local and global communities through instruction, research and service,” says Andereck, who is also president of the Great Western Chapter of the Travel and Tourism Research Association.“These programs are offered to help students acquire the knowledge and perspective they will need to lead these fields through the challenges of the next century.”

Andereck also notes the degree offerings will benefit from the community support they have already received.

“There has been a terrific response to these programs from the professional community,” she reports. “There are a number of organizations that have expressed a deep interest in our graduate students. Phoenix Parks and Recreation is funding graduate assistantships, and we believe more of these types of partnerships will develop to the benefit of our students.

“These programs will flourish here. We have an urban niche that is attractive to students, plus we have a plethora of natural resources and the cultural resources. We have everything right here for our students to study, to research and to experience first-hand.”

Tim Tyrrell, professor in the Downtown campus School of Community Resources and Development, and director of ASU’s Megapolitan Tourism Research Center, agrees with Andereck, noting, “Arizona's tourism industry has given enthusiastic support to these new programs and our existing bachelor degree programs through scholarship and internship opportunities. The move to downtown Phoenix by the college in 2006 has been a win-win for us, bringing us closer to many of our tourism industry partners and also closer to our academic colleagues at the West campus."

For additional information about the master’s degree in Recreation and Tourism Studies and the Ph.D. in Community Resources and Development, contact the Department of Recreation and Tourism Management (West campus) at 602-543-6603, or the School of Community Resources and Development (Downtown campus) at 602-496-1056.

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Lecture award pays tribute to ASU’s Denhardt


April 14, 2008

Most villains don’t really know they’re evil.

It’s not always their intentional greed or cruelty that causes harm, but their failure to see the moral issues lying just below the surface of their plans. Download Full Image

That idea is at least as old as Aristotle, but today Robert Denhardt is using it to encourage modern leaders to keep ethical concerns in clear focus when making decisions that affect our lives.

The director of the School of Public Affairs at ASU’s College of Public Programs discussed these issues when he received the Donald C. Stone Lecturer Award from the American Society for Public Administration at the group’s national conference in Dallas.

The award pays tribute to people who have contributed outstanding services to the public administration society.

He debuted a lecture, “The Art of Moral Leadership,” at the conference.

“The world of those who lead at whatever level is inherently one in which they are living ‘on the edge’ – the edge of the present as it falls into the future,” Denhardt says. “That’s where values abound.”

Denhardt poses many moral questions that also serve as foundations for several leadership and ethics courses in the School of Public Affairs.

Among them: How can leaders bring the same creativity to addressing moral questions that they bring to facing concerns of cost, performance and results? How can someone be a creative leader while also ensuring that creativity isn’t used to devise faulty justifications for their actions?

A leader provides assurance by letting followers know they’re “doing the right thing” and relieves the sense of concern they might feel in moving away from their comfort zones, Denhardt says.

“But what’s interesting is that doing so requires the leader to assume a certain responsibility … to make sure the process of moving forward is undertaken with care and sensitivity,” he says.

Denhardt emphasizes that leaders must maintain the integrity of a group’s creative process, where everyone can freely express their views and feel that their input is fully entertained by the leader.

Otherwise, “the leader may be tempted not only to rule with excessive power, but to make decisions based on his or her personal interests rather than the group,” Denhardt says. “And the leader may be tempted to lie to followers to protect the organization, or at least ‘spin’ the truth to conceal what is actually happening.”

Denhardt is Regents’ Professor and Lincoln Professor of Leadership and Ethics at ASU. He has published 19 books about topics such as public service, revitalizing public policy and managing human behavior.

The lecture also expanded on points from his book, “The Dance of Leadership,” which draws on parallels between leaders and artists such as musicians and dancers.

“Connecting with the emotions is the work of art and, for this reason, we think leadership, whether in small groups, organizations, or even entire societies, is an art rather than a science,” he says.

The lecture likely will be published in Public Administration Review, a journal that focuses on public administration research, theory and practice.

“Artistic leadership connects with us emotionally in a way that energizes and causes us to act,” Denhardt says. “But we must also be attentive to the moral purpose of leadership, to lift up both the leader and the led, to move them both toward the greater good.”

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