ASU breaks ground on Downtown Phoenix campus rec center

August 21, 2012

ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus and the Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA are on their way to adding another major amenity to the city’s core, as they broke ground Aug. 24 on a new $25 million student recreation center.

Construction on the ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus Recreation Center (also known as the Y@ASU) will commence on the 64,000-square-foot facility, scheduled for completion by 2013. Download Full Image

“Our students’ wellness is a top priority at ASU,” said Georgeana Montoya, dean of students on the Downtown Phoenix campus. “The Y@ASU will provide our students with a brand new facility to help them focus on their health and well-being.”

Presently, students from ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus use the recreation and fitness amenities at the Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA, which will adjoin the new building at ground level. The building was erected in 1955 and last renovated in 2006. About 2,500 ASU students are members of the downtown YMCA.

The new five-story facility will include a large gymnasium, a weight room, an indoor track, multi-purpose space, student lounge, bike co-op, locker rooms and a rooftop leisure pool.

Exercise & Wellness, an academic program in ASU’s School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, will be housed at the center, located just south of the YMCA at 350 N. First Ave., Phoenix, in between Fillmore and Van Buren streets.

“The Exercise & Wellness program lab facilities in the new Y@ASU will provide our students with a state-of-the-art facility,” said Linda Vaughan, director of the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion. “We are delighted to have our students and faculty so closely embedded in the community.”

The new recreation center will be equipped with numerous energy-saving features, including a variable refrigerant flow air system, and natural day-lighting balanced with solar-heat shading. Gabor Lorant Architects of Phoenix has designed the building to achieve LEED Silver certification and Sundt Construction will build the center.

“I’m so excited to see the Y@ASU come to fruition on the Downtown Phoenix campus,” said Tania Mendes, the former student body president of the Downtown Phoenix campus. “As a Council of Presidents’, three years ago, we saw the need and value for services across all four campuses and this is a reflection of our students' pride in Arizona State University.”

The center is funded entirely by a student government-endorsed fee of $75 per semester. No state dollars or tuition monies are being used to fund construction.

The Y@ASU is one of four fitness centers across the university system that students voted to fund with an increase to their recreation fees. New Sun Devil Fitness Complexes are being constructed on the West and Polytechnic campuses, and the Sun Devil Fitness Complex on the Tempe campus is being expanded.

For more information about the new ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus Recreation, or the Aug. 24 groundbreaking event, call the dean of students office at 602-496-4357 or

Reporter , ASU Now


ASU selected to participate in India initiative by Institute of International Education

August 22, 2012

The Institute of International Education recently announced its selection of Arizona State University to participate in the 2013 India initiative of the International Academic Partnership Program.  

As a participant in this key program, ASU faculty and administrators will engage in a series of site visits and interactive discussions arranged by the Institute of International Education to help forge, implement and sustain new, innovative partnerships with tertiary institutions in India. The strategy-building program includes a study tour to India in early 2013 to learn about the Indian higher education system and meet with potential partner campuses. Denis Simon Download Full Image

“As one of the so-called BRICs countries, India promises to play an increasingly important role in the global economy in the 21st century. Many ASU faculty members are engaged, directly and indirectly, in the study of India affairs. India also represents the country with the second largest number of international students at the university, many of whom are working on master’s and doctoral degrees. We plan to develop collaborative partnerships with both public and private tertiary institutions as a key component of ASU's global engagements,” said Elizabeth D. Phillips, ASU Executive Vice President and University Provost.

ASU will form a faculty task force lead by Denis Simon, ASU vice provost for International Strategic Initiatives in the office of International Strategic Initiatives, that will work on prospective partnerships, conduct an inventory of activities pertaining to India and develop a strategic plan focused on partnering with Indian institutions. Partnership activities may include joint programs, additional student exchanges or faculty linkages for collaborative research and teaching to provide resources to build partnerships with India and other countries.

“This initiative will allow us to establish a range of new academic partnerships that will support our internationalization goals regarding student recruitment, research collaboration and institutional cooperation,” Simon said. “India is one of the world’s most populous nations, but it also is a country where a great deal of emphasis has been placed on higher education as a mechanism to advance the country’s economic development goals.  We believe we can play a meaningful role preparing Indian students for the globalized world of the 21st century.  We also believe that this initiative will help open doors for ASU students and faculty to study and conduct research in India.”

The Institute of International Education’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education developed the IAPP program in 2009 with an initial two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. The goal of this grant was to help jumpstart an academic partnership program in higher education between the U.S. and other countries that would grow into a self-sustaining program.

“Higher education is an important area of the strategic partnership between the United States and India because of its impact on fostering collaboration on critical issues that we face today,” said Institute of International Education President Allan E. Goodman. “This new phase of the International Academic Partnership Program and the strong group of campuses will strengthen the educational ties between our two nations and pave the way for students and scholars from both countries to gain important international perspective. We remain confident that academic partnerships will continue to be a core pillar of the relationship between our two countries.”

During the 2010-11 academic year, India remained the second leading place of origin for international students in the United States (after China) with 103,895 Indian students enrolled in U.S. higher education, according to Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, published by Institute of International Education  with support from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Students from India accounted for approximately 14 percent of the total international student population. "Open Doors 2011" reports that India hosted 3,884 U.S. students in 2009-10, an increase of 44 percent from the previous year, mostly due to the collective efforts of the public and private sectors to increase U.S. study abroad to India.