2013 Staff ArtFest features variety of talents

July 11, 2013

ASU staff members are a talented group. Their “off-the-clock” talents include painting, poetry, gardening, music and jewelry-making. Some will show off their avocations during the 2013 Staff ArtFest, sponsored by The Devils’ Workshop.

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The schedule for the seventh annual event includes:


Friday, July 26
Emeritus College, lower level of Old Main (go down ramps next to stairs in front of Old Main)

Jewelry designer Pam Howard, lecturer in American Sign in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, demonstrates off-loom bead weaving: peyote, brick stitch, Ndebele and right angle weave.

Folk music

Wednesday, July 31
Union Stage, lower level of the Memorial Union

Folksinger Jennifer Rhodes, a career specialist senior in ASU Career Services, will perform. Rhodes has been playing guitar for approximately 21 years and enjoys performing folk and acoustic rock covers ranging from the ‘60s to present day. 


Friday, Aug. 2
Emeritus College, Lower Level of Old Main

Araxi Hovhannessian, graduate adviser in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, will talk about how to create and maintain bonsai trees.

Pipe organ

Tuesday, Aug. 6,
Organ Hall, Music Building 

William Swayze, accompanist in the Herberger School of Dance, will play the Fabulous Fritts Organ.


Thursday, Aug. 8
Listen in front of the Memorial Union or at the carillon, on the Lower Level of Old Main

William Swayze, who also is a University Carillonneur, will play a concert on the historic Symphonic Carillon.

Native American music

Friday, Aug. 9

Organ Hall, Music Building
Artificial Red is a musical ensemble comprised of Native American artists Randy Kemp (Choctaw/Euchee/Muscogee Creek), performing with various Native American flutes, and Dean Yazzie (Dine’/Navajo) on acoustic guitar.

“Our music is a blend of original, contemporary guitar arrangement with expressive flute responses, while intermittently fused with spoken word poetry of Native American life, themes and views,” they say. Kemp is an environmental graphic designer, senior, while Yazzie is a technical analyst associate at ASU Data Center Operations.

Pipe Organ

Thursday, Aug. 15

Kevin Snow, Team lead, sales floor supervisor, Sun Devil Campus Bookstores, will play the Fabulous Fritts Pipe Organ in Organ Hall, School of Music. Snow is also a University Carillonneur.



Tuesday, Aug. 20
Emeritus College, Lower Level of Old Main

Painter and poet Kalani Pickhart will show and discuss her watercolors and poetry. Pickhart, a 2009 graduate of ASU and Barrett, The Honors College, is student services program coordinator at Barrett.

As a former concert promoter, she is inspired and fascinated by the communities and cultures surrounding local music scenes. She is also an advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention in young people, and believes we should all work together to make the world a little kinder. “As a result,” she says, “most of my bright artwork is aimed to encourage positivity and is usually inspired by song lyrics and my favorite books, yoga and California’s sunny Golden Coast.”

Everyone who attends an ArtFest event will be entered into a drawing for prizes, to be held at the conclusion of the last event.

Grand prize is two tickets to AnDa Union’s October 10 performance at ASU Gammage, courtesy of ASU Gammage.

Other prizes include two $15 gift certificates to the ASU Art Museum Store; an Artificial Red CD; and two turquoise bracelets.


Alexandria Co-working Network adds 2 communities

July 11, 2013

Arizona’s entrepreneurs and innovators will soon have several new places to connect, collaborate and find resources as Arizona State University’s Alexandria Co-working Network expands to include two more communities by this fall.

Designed to provide support for Arizona’s innovation economy, the Alexandria Co-working Network brings together inventors, problem-solvers, entrepreneurs and small businesses in collaboration spaces in public libraries across the state. The network’s first collaboration space, called the Eureka Loft, opened at the Scottsdale Public Library’s Civic Center Library in May. Download Full Image

Two other Valley communities will join the network later this year when libraries in Goodyear and Mesa open their own collaboration spaces. In Goodyear, the collaboration space will be located in the city’s new library, which will be built near Bullard Avenue and Van Buren Street later this year. The Mesa Public Library’s collaboration space will be housed in its Red Mountain Branch.

ASU also is currently in discussions with the City of Phoenix to bring the Alexandria Co-working Network to the Burton Barr Central Library in downtown Phoenix, but staff will ultimately need to bring an agreement to the Phoenix City Council for consideration. In addition, the Tempe Public Library is in discussions with ASU about joining the network.          

Each library will create its own collaboration space designed to meet the unique needs of the community it serves. In addition, each library will have the opportunity to name its space, creating a distinctive identity for each location within the network.

The Alexandria Co-working Network’s collaboration spaces combine elements of co-working spaces with expert library fact-finding services and ASU startup resources in one place where innovators, entrepreneurs and others can gather to share ideas and work together. The collaboration spaces, which are free and open to the public during normal library hours, serve as places for people to connect, collaborate and find resources. Local library staff act as champions, offering information resources to their community of innovators.

“The Alexandria Co-working Network leverages the many entrepreneurship resources of ASU to support innovators outside of the traditional startup spaces in Arizona,” said Gordon McConnell, assistant vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development at ASU. “Our vision is to continue expanding the network to provide vital startup support to communities throughout Arizona and eventually further afield.”

The Alexandria Co-working Network is named after the world’s first great library in Alexandria, Egypt, which was established in the third century B.C. The library at Alexandria, and the other libraries in antiquity that followed, were not just about books; in essence, they were society’s first co-working spaces and knowledge hubs. The Alexandria Co-working Network is designed to help the modern library offer similar collaboration spaces with an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship, offering the community a major “public good.”

The long-term objective of the Alexandria Co-working Network is to support the hundreds of inventors, problem-solvers, entrepreneurs and small businesses from across Arizona that need help to advance their ideas but don’t currently have access to the necessary tools. The network provides access to resources that people can use to move their ideas forward, including experienced mentors from ASU’s mentor network, "pracademic" (taught by practitioners) classes from ASU’s Rapid Startup School, and physical and digital assets from the libraries. This will ultimately spur economic development and create new products, businesses and jobs across the state.