ASU draws attention for sustainability efforts

December 20, 2006

The Christian Science Monitor is taking a closer look at ASU’s focus on sustainability, including the launch of the nation’s first School of Sustainability.

In “ ‘Sustainability' gains status on US campuses,” published in the Dec. 19 issue, the CSM highlights how ASU is leading a trend of universities in focusing on environmental and global sustainability. Download Full Image

An excerpt from the CSM and republished in the USA Today:

“Somewhere in the curriculum, most colleges and universities include Henry David Thoreau. Now, many of them are trying to emulate him.

Yes, sweeping the academic world is Walden Pond 101: the art of living in a sustainable manner. Think environmental and social responsibility.

One of the best examples of the ivory tower's effort to tread lightly on the land is at Arizona State University. Next month, ASU will inaugurate the nation's first School of Sustainability - whose classes will look at everything from water scarcity to urban air quality problems.”

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New Danceworks I sets poetry in motion

December 21, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. – ASU Herberger College dance students and faculty will premiere the best original choreography from the Herberger College of Fine Arts during its highly anticipated MainStage New Danceworks concert series.  New Danceworks I runs Jan. 25-28 and New Danceworks II runs March 29 – April 1.

  “What you said,” choreographed by Martha Howe Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Download Full Image

New Danceworks concerts are the best opportunities to see some of the most cutting-edge choreography and dance production created by young artists in the Valley,” says Pegge Vissicaro, interim dance chair.  “Students work on their choreography for months, then must pass a rigorous faculty review before being accepted for the concert.”

Past New Danceworks performers have gone on to start their own dance companies or join other prominent companies in Arizona, New York and beyond.

The January concerts feature stunning solo and group works by student choreographers Martha Howe and Ying Yang, and faculty member Karen Schupp. Professor Shouze Ma also sets a solo work on Ying Yang. Ma and Yang are internationally accomplished dancers whose precise style and cultural impact continue to propel MainStage Dance into new dimensions.

MainStage Dance concert tickets are $7-$20 and available through the Herberger College Box Office, 480-965-6447 or online at Danceworks I is Jan. 25-27, 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 28, 2 p.m.  New Danceworks II is March 29-31, 7:30 p.m. and April 1, 2 p.m.

The Department of Dance is a division of the Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University. Dance Teacher magazine says “the top-notch dance program graduates dancers who aren’t merely accomplished technicians, but critical thinkers and socially conscious advocates of the art form as well.”  To learn more, visit


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