Program marks ‘graduation’ of 5,000th parent

December 23, 2008

Arizona State University celebrated the “graduation” of the 5,000th parent from the American Dream Academy during a ceremony Dec. 16 in Phoenix.

The academy works with schools in low-income, disadvantaged residential areas to provide a transformative experience for parents by teaching them how to navigate the school system and take an active role in their children’s education. It is the signature program of the Center for Community Development and Civil Rights at ASU’s College of Public Programs on the Downtown Phoenix campus. Download Full Image

Parents of K-12 students receive free training through the nine-week program that aims to create a community where parents and teachers collaborate to transform each child's educational environment, both at home and at school, so that all children can achieve their greatest academic potential.

“The heart of the program is education because we believe that is the key to the American dream,” says Alejandro Perilla, director of the Center for Community Development and Civil Rights. “In order to really transform education, we have to give families the skills and tools that help to support and further develop what their children are learning in school.”

Now more than 5,055 parents have graduated from 58 program offerings in school districts across the Valley. The program has impacted more than 15,000 low-income, minority youth throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area since it began in 2006.

For many parents, the ceremonies mark the first time they’ve graduated from any program, and they often beam with pride while walking across the stage with their children. Several parents work two full-time jobs, but still make time to complete the program to ensure their children get the most from their education.

“I feel very confident that the information learned through these classes will help me advocate for my children’s social, emotional, academic and physical well-being, while building a mutually beneficial relationship with school and community,” says parent graduate Elijah Washington.

More than 75 volunteers use a curriculum that explains how to navigate the school system, use effective communication/collaboration with teachers and administrators, create a positive home learning environment, and support a child’s emotional and social development.

The ASU Center for Community Development and Civil Rights works to build bridges between ASU and the community to address problems, share knowledge and act as a catalyst for transformation. Its programs are designed to strengthen low-income, marginalized populations and help them become knowledgeable in education, finance, health care, and the basics of housing, transportation and local ordinances. For information about the Center, visit">">

Light rail adds new dimension to Downtown Phoenix campus

December 12, 2008

When the Metro Light Rail makes its Dec. 27 debut, it will end shuttle service between the Tempe and Downtown Phoenix campuses, but usher in new era of public transportation.

Arizona State University plans to discontinue the shuttle service on Dec. 22 and is counting on light rail to improve upon the model they created in 2006. Download Full Image

“It really is a better service because students will be able to catch a train every 10 minutes as opposed to waiting a half-hour for the bus,” said Patrice Bettison-Clark, public relations specialist for ASU’s Parking and Transit Services. “It’s going to be different and it’s going to be a change, but it’s a positive change.” She added that it will take about 25 minutes to go from Tempe to the Downtown Phoenix campus.

Metro representatives say light rail trains will run their first full trip at 4:40 a.m. on weekdays and 5 a.m. on weekends. Trains will arrive at each stop every 10 minutes from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and every 15 to 20 minutes on weekends and off-peak hours. The last full trip begins at 11 p.m. and ends at midnight.

Stations located at the Downtown Phoenix campus include stops at Central Avenue and Van Buren Street, First Avenue and Van Buren Street,Third Street and Washington and Third Street and Jefferson. Tempe stations are located at Veteran’s Way and College Ave., University Drive and Rural Road and Mill Avenue and Third Street.

ASU Parking and Transit Director Theresa Fletcher said the 20-mile light rail system is environmentally friendly, will allow riders access to civic places of interest, alleviate the need for additional parking in downtown Phoenix and provide users with a reliable mode of transportation. She added that light rail will also save the school approximately half a million dollars a year in costs.

“That cost savings is important during these hard economic times,” Fletcher said. “Students who use the service will also help in the future development of light rail.” Metro representatives say that an additional 37 miles of high capacity transit will be built by 2025.

Nicole Ethier, a 20-year-old journalism student who divides her time between Tempe and downtown Phoenix, said light rail’s debut sends a message that Phoenix has emerged as a metropolitan city.

“I feel as if Phoenix is finally becoming a big city by providing alternative transportation rather than just driving your car everywhere,” Ethier said. “I never thought of the downtown area as a city before. It’s now an urban downtown.”

Rabia Abdul-Majeed, a nursing student who lives in Tempe, said she’ll be taking light rail to get to the Downtown Phoenix campus.

“Light rail has a lot of buzz and there’s an excitement about it,” Abdul-Majeed said. “I’m looking forward to utilizing it and cutting down on my wait time.”

Despite the advantages and buzz surrounding light rail, Metro spokeswoman Hillary Foose said safety is the message her organization wants to convey to students.

“We look forward to having ASU students on board, but it’s critical to remember how to be safe around light rail,” Foose said. She recommended riders brush up on their safety skills and conduct at

Metro Light Rail will start service on Saturday, Dec. 27 and will offer free rides starting on Dec. 27 until Wednesday, Dec. 31. Regular service will start Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009.

For more information on Metro Light Rail, call (602) 254-RAIL or visit">">

Metro Light Rail Safety Tips:

-           Light rail is quiet; look and listen for the train

-           Obey the traffic signals; stop on red

-           Use the crosswalks and obey all signals

-           Stay off the track; never drive, bike, walk or skateboard on the tracks

-           Stay clear of the overhead wires; they are energized


Reporter , ASU Now


Tourism leaders focus on increasing safety, security

December 9, 2008

Tourism and security experts from throughout Arizona and the nation recently collaborated on ways to heighten safety and prevent crimes against tourists at the Third-Annual Tourism Safety and Security Conference at the Hotel Valley Ho.

More than 75 leaders in the tourism and convention industry discussed the need for investing in safety and security, especially as luxury hotels are increasingly drawing attacks from terrorists. The conference on Nov. 21 was hosted by Arizona State University's Megapolitan Tourism Research Center. Download Full Image

"The critical importance of learning new ways to improve tourism safety and security is further underscored by the recent attacks on two of India's most famous hotels," says Dr. Timothy Tyrrell, director of the Megapolitan Tourism Research Center. "These are the types of tragic incidents this conference annually focuses on trying to prevent or handle in the most effective manner possible."

Those in attendance included members of the Phoenix Police Department, Arizona Office of Tourism, the Yavapai-Apache Nation, the Fiesta Bowl- Insight Bowl, Phoenix Job Corps Center, Southwest Risk Advisors, Anderson Security and 20 hotels and resorts.

Participants took part in an unscripted, real-time response to a mock disaster situation involving an explosion at a hotel during a major convention. They outlined what should be done in the first 30 minutes after the explosion, as well as the following steps of response and recovery. This included dealing with employee loss, informing the media and delegates, and concluding the convention.

Other topics included crimes against tourists; community planning and response to the 2007 NBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas; training staff to handle emergencies; and the important role that meeting planners play in the safety and security of visitors.

The Megapolitan Tourism Research Center is devoted to studying the role of tourism in community development in order to strengthen its contribution to viable economic, social and environmental systems, especially in megapolitan regions around the world. The center is part of the School of Community Resources & Development, located in the College of Public Programs at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus. For information, visit:">">

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Training to lead nonprofits

<nyt_byline version="1.0" type=" "></nyt_byline><p>Members of “Gen Y” have sparked a surge in nonprofit management and leadership courses at colleges and universities around the country. </p><p>Last year, Arizona State created the first named undergraduate degree in nonprofit management. About 100 students are enrolled in the program, with the first graduates expected in 2011. </p><p>“We’re getting students that want to know at the end of the day that they’ve made the world a better place,” says Robert Ashcraft, the director of the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation at ASU. “They can’t imagine themselves in a cubicle in a corporation.”</p><p>ASU graduate students Korbi Adams and Jessica Brzuskiewicz are just two examples of the &quot;Gen Y&quot; surge in nonprofit environments. </p><p>“The community engagement stuff — it lit my fire,” says Adams. “I thought that was what I wanted to do: to combine arts and an outreach in nonprofit management.”</p><p>Brzuskiewicz is finishing an internship at the American Cancer Society in Portland, Ore. She has interviews lined up in the nonprofit and government sectors, but would prefer to stay in the nonprofit world, she says. </p><p>“Perhaps in our generation there has been a shift of values and that giving back, creating sustainable communities and just feeling good with your work are now what young people are looking for when they enter the work force,” Brzuskiewicz says.</p>

Article Source: The New York Times

Briefings reveal diverse opinions among Arizonans

October 29, 2008

New data from the statewide Arizona Indicators Panel Survey reveals a population that holds diverse opinions and frequently divided outlooks along income, educational, and other lines.

This data is reported in the first five installments of AZ Views, a new, ongoing briefing series by Morrison Institute for Public Policy. The AZ Views briefings reveal Arizonans to be complex—and sometimes even conflicted—in their views. Read all five briefings at" title=" Download Full Image ">">

Overall, the surveys show that some views are broadly shared and most respondents display a generally optimistic tone. Most Arizonans, for example, say they have an “excellent” or “good” quality of life, trust the police, enjoy active outdoor pastimes, value family time, and identify their top issues of concern as the economy, crime, and health care.

Yet apparent inconsistencies emerged in other areas. While large majorities of Arizonans say they like their jobs and feel secure in them, for example, only 16% are “very confident” they could get another comparable job if they lost theirs. A demographic breakdown of respondents’ answers by race/ethnicity, income, educational level and other factors reveals a host of differences among Arizonans’ views.

Other findings include:

• Phoenix residents reported extremely high job satisfaction (97%), considerably higher than Tucson residents (69%).

• 89% of minority-group panelists believe that “the academic performance of our schools is not as high as it should be,” compared to 62% of all respondents.

• City of Tucson panelists (36%) were more likely to say quality of life had improved than those in the City of Phoenix (24%), the rest of Maricopa County (29%), or the rest of the state (22%).

• Healthcare was chosen as the primary issue affecting quality of life by a larger percentage of those whose family income were $30K to $60K than those earning less than $30K or those earning $60K and over.

• Immigration was chosen as the primary issue affecting quality of life by 4% of all panelists, by 6% of majority group members, and by no minority group members.

• Minorities (24%) were much more likely to strongly agree that “I enjoy living among people with different lifestyles and backgrounds” than majority group members (5%). Respondents with at least a college degree (20%) were much more likely to strongly agree than those with some college (9%) or a high school education or less (9%).

The Arizona Indicators Panel Survey, a project of Arizona Indicators, includes a representative sample of Arizonans. The first two surveys were conducted in May and July 2008. The respondents are Arizona residents who have agreed to be surveyed often during a year across many topic areas. The AZ Views series is a new tool that will offer fresh analysis of the collected data and insight into representative Arizona opinions on an evolving range of current topics.

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Master class focuses on social work and child welfare

October 27, 2008

Arizona State University’s College of Public Programs is hosting a free lecture on the state of social work in child welfare to explore how new technologies relate to good judgment.

The Linda Haskell Memorial Master Class 2008 will present “Challenges to Practice and Knowledge in Child Welfare Social Work: From the Social to the Informational?” on Nov. 7. The lecture takes place at the University Club of Phoenix, 36 E. Monte Vista, Phoenix.  The three-hour event starts at 8:45 a.m. with a complimentary breakfast. Download Full Image

“We are most grateful to the Haskell family for having supported this effort for more than a dozen years. The Masters Class has been invaluable to all human services professionals and services in Arizona,” said Emilia E. Martinez-Brawley, John F. Roatch Distinguished Professor and professor of social work in the College of Public Programs. “This master class allows discussion of professional topics in the areas of social and public programs.”

This year’s keynote speaker is Nigel Parton, Foundation National Society for the Protection to Children chair and applied childhood studies at the University of Huddersfield in England. Parton has taught courses in social work, health and the behavior sciences at the undergraduate and postgraduate, qualifying and post-qualifying levels. He has also written four books and many articles on child care.

The lecture will also feature a panel of two respondents: Maureen Domogala, Childhelp Children’s Advocacy Center director in Phoenix and Angie Roberts, Human Services Policy Advisor under Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano. They will discuss how Parton’s presentation applies to child-welfare practices in Arizona.

Parton will discuss the impact of new information and communication technology systems in the field, specifically addressing the shift from a narrative to a database way of thinking and operating to an informational mode and how the “social” may have been overshadowed by the “informational.”  Parton will also identify a number of key challenges that need to be considered in the future.

The Linda Haskell Memorial Master Class is an annual event supported by William and Rose Haskell in memory of their daughter, Linda, a social worker who was killed by a drunken driver in California. Lecture topics in the past have included second language competency for social workers, health-care issues for seniors and grandparents as primary caretakers of children.

Lecture seating is limited and must be reserved.  For more information or to register, call (602) 496-1564 or visit

What:">"> The Linda Haskell Memorial Master Class 2008

Where: University Club of Phoenix, 36 E. Monte Vista, Phoenix

When: 8:45 to 11:45 a.m., Nov. 7

Admission: Free

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Lodestar Center receives public relations award

October 3, 2008

The ASU Lodestar Center is pleased to announce it is the recipient of the 2008 Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Phoenix Chapter Copper Anvil Award for Government Special Events/Promotions. The ASU LodestarCenter's entry was for the 15th Annual (2007) Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies, "Mission and Messaging: Cutting Through the Noise."

The Copper Anvils are sponsored each year by the Phoenix Chapter of PRSA, which recognize complete public relations programs that incorporate sound research, planning, execution and evaluation. The awards reflect the highest standards of performance in public relations in both for-profit and not-for-profit settings. Download Full Image

“It’s quite an honor to receive an award of excellence in a media market as large and diverse as Phoenix,” said Amy Cox O’Hara, marketing and communications specialist for the ASU Lodestar Center. “We’re thrilled our efforts were recognized by PRSA.”

Scoring for the awards is based on a 100-point system. An entry must score above 85 to earn the Copper Anvil Award and above 75 to earn the Award of Merit. Only one winner is selected for the Copper Anvil in each category unless there is a tie. The next highest scoring entry earns the Award of Merit. Entries scoring above an 85 that do not receive a Copper Anvil Award or Award of Merit due to higher-scoring entries in the category will be recognized with a Certificate of Achievement.

“We are in the business of advancing effective and innovative practice for those who lead, manage and support nonprofits. It is therefore encouraging to be recognized in this way since we certainly want to practice what we teach in helping organizations achieve the highest level of performance in meeting their mission,” said Dr. Robert F. Ashcraft, director of the ASU Lodestar Center and professor of nonprofit studies in ASU’s School of Community Resources and Development.

This year’s Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies, “Philanthropy and Fundraising in a Changing World: Voluntary Action for the Common Good,” will take place Dec. 4-5 at the Desert Willow Conference Center. More information is available at">">

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation (formerly the ASU Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management), is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate and graduate nonprofit education, research and technical assistance. The ASU Lodestar Center exists to enhance the quality of life in communities through the advancement of nonprofit leadership practices and provides knowledge and tools to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, professionals, board members, donors and volunteers by offering a selection of capacity building workshops, conferences, classes, and programs. For more information, visit:" title="">">

Lodestar Center releases AZ report on charitable behavior

October 2, 2008

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation has released the 2008 Arizona Giving and Volunteering Report – a summary of data from a random digit dialing telephone survey of 1,100 Arizona resident households conducted in the summer of 2007. The report offers detailed results of the charitable behavior of Arizona residents and also discloses specific charitable behaviors for Arizona’s Hispanic population.

“An analysis of community quality of life indicators is incomplete without studying philanthropy—the giving of time, money and know-how to causes people care about,” said Dr. Robert F. Ashcraft, director of the ASU LodestarCenter and professor of nonprofit studies in ASU's School of Community Resources and Development. "This timely study of household level philanthropy can assist nonprofits to refine their development efforts, raise money more efficiently, and use volunteers more effectively, thereby enabling a vibrant social sector that improves the quality of life in communities." Download Full Image

This is the second Arizona Giving and Volunteering Report the ASU Lodestar Center has produced and distributed. The first report was released in 2003.

The publication is free of charge and may be downloaded in .pdf form at or by calling the Center at 602-496-0500

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation (formerly the ASU Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management), is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate and graduate nonprofit education, research and technical assistance. The ASU Lodestar Center exists to enhance the quality of life in communities through the advancement of nonprofit leadership practices and provides knowledge and tools to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, professionals, board members, donors and volunteers by offering a selection of capacity building workshops, conferences, classes, and programs. For more information, visit:">">

Dickinson to speak at Duke on forthcoming book

October 2, 2008

Laura">">Laura A. Dickinson, foundation professor of law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, will speak about her forthcoming book, Outsourcing War and Peace, at a faculty workshop at Duke University School of Law on Monday, Oct. 6.

Dickinson is also the executive director of the College's planned Center for Transnational Public-Private Governance. Download Full Image

The book focuses on the increasing privatization of military functions, foreign aid, and diplomacy, the impact of such privatization on the efficacy of international human rights law, and the possibility that alternative mechanisms (such as contract, tort, and trust) could be used to help ensure accountability over private actors working abroad under government contracts.

Dickinson's work has focused on transitional justice, legal responses to terror, foreign affairs privatization, and the interrelationship between international and domestic law.

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Berman, Dickinson to participate in Temple roundtable

October 2, 2008

Dean Paul">">Paul Schiff Berman and professor Laura">">Laura A. Dickinson, of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, will participate in a roundtable on international law at Temple University Beasley School of Law on Saturday, Oct. 4.

The roundtable, hosted by the School of Law's Institute for International Law, will bring together a small group of distinguished scholars to discuss the book, Socializing States: Promoting Human Rights through International Law, by Ryan Goodman and Derek Jinks. Download Full Image

The book examines three specific mechanisms for influencing state practice: coercion, persuasion, and acculturation, and describes the distinct, and sometimes competing, logic of each mechanism. Goodman and Jinks use these mechanisms to prescribe strategies for various actors to exploit those institutions to promote human rights.

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