ASU athletic director recipient of 2 NFL awards


January 30, 2015

Ray Anderson, ASU’s vice president for University Athletics and athletic director, has been recognized by the National Football League as a beacon of the sports industry, shining a spotlight on outstanding leadership with a desire to promote equality and diversity.

Anderson was presented with the 2015 Paul J. Tagliabue Award and the John Wooten Lifetime Achievement Award, two of the NFL’s most prestigious honors, on Jan. 29 at an awards ceremony dinner in Tempe, Arizona. Ray Anderson Download Full Image

“I’m honored to know that my work in the NFL was meaningful and productive, and judged as worthy enough to be publicly recognized,” Anderson said. “I am humbled by this.”

The Paul J. Tagliabue Award is presented to individuals that represent the commitment to fairness, equality and excellence displayed by the former NFL commissioner throughout his tenure (1989-2006).

The John Wooten Lifetime Achievement Award is given out annually at the Super Bowl to the NFL player, executive and sports personality who best exemplify the leadership and vision of Wooten, the man who has led the charge to promote diversity and equality of job opportunity in the coaching front office and scouting staffs of NFL teams.

Harry Carson, an NFL Hall of Fame linebacker with the New York Giants and executive director of the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation, which co-hosted the awards ceremony, said no one was more deserving of the twin honors than Anderson.

“Ray Anderson was the overwhelming candidate for these two awards this year,” Carson said. “Ray has been a champion for diversity throughout his career and is a tremendous person. We look to support Ray any way we can as he has supported us throughout the years.”

Anderson was hired last January by Arizona State University. Before making the move to Tempe in 2014, he managed NFL football operations since 2006 and served as vice president of the Atlanta Falcons for four years.

A month after he was hired, Anderson and ASU football coach Todd Graham each donated $500,000 to a fundraising campaign to renovate Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. It is considered one of the largest gifts in school history by athletic department employees.

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ASU launches 'Thrive' digital magazine app for iPad users


January 30, 2015

Arizona State University has launched a digital magazine, ASU Thrive, that features Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite and is available free of charge to iPad users.

“This is an innovative and dynamic presentation of ASU stories of success, community impact, research breakthroughs, personal profiles and more,” said Dan Dillon, ASU chief marketing officer. “There is a tremendous audience of iPad users who demand quality and convenience in the delivery of subject matter that matches their interest areas. Just as these consumers are on the cutting edge of technology use, this magazine will present ASU in a convenient and completely engaging cutting-edge format.” ASU Thrive is a new digital magazine for iPad users Download Full Image

The magazine’s editorial focus will parallel the ASU Charter: a public research university measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; one that advances research and discovery of public value; and an institution that assumes fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves. ASU Thrive will follow the progress being made across the university in the charter areas.

“We are looking forward to sharing ASU’s vision and accomplishments with a large university community that includes alumni, students and faculty, community leaders and supporters, policymakers, advocates across the country and around the world, prospective employers and those who will become tomorrow’s Sun Devils,” said Dillon.

ASU Thrive is an iPad experience that will be published three times per year. It is designed for those who regularly follow ASU’s colleges, programs, centers and institutes, and those who teach and learn at the university. Stories are presented via text, video and audio, combining groundbreaking design and links to additional sources in an interactive and compelling format.

Included in the inaugural issue are video stories about the first-ever ASU Charter, the university’s 2014 “Salute to Service,” the 50th anniversary of ASU Gammage, the addition of men’s ice hockey to Sun Devil Athletics’ roster of intercollegiate sports and more. A series of stories provided by the ASU Alumni Association explores ASU’s role in “Building Intelligent Cities,” “Transformative Learning,” selected university public-art pieces, alumni profiles and more.

The app also allows direct access to the university website, providing an even deeper dive into ASU. The ASU Thrive app is available for download at the Apple App Store.

Steve Des Georges