ASU gets down to Earth in April

April 2, 2013

In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, Arizona State University is turning all of April into Earth Month 2013. The Tempe and Polytechnic campuses will feature multiple events such as workshops, lectures and film screenings. All events are open to the public.

“ASU’s Earth Month helps us celebrate our connections to the natural resources and ecosystems on which we depend,” says Nick Brown, ASU’s director of University Sustainability Practices. “In an urban environment, it’s easy to overlook our interdependence on natural systems, and observations like Earth Day remind us of our need for good land stewardship.” Download Full Image

ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability will be hosting two Wrigley Lecture Series events in April – the first featuring England's climate change expert Sir Crispin Tickell and the second featuring science historian Naomi Oreskes. The speakers will discuss a range of topics from our human future to who is responsible for climate change. The institute is also organizing Sustainability Series discussions with Local First Arizona’s Kimber Lanning and ASU’s Morrison Institute co-founder Richard Morrison.

Several film screenings are part of Earth Month 2013. Narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones and Isabel Allende, “A Fierce Green Fire” explores the birth of the environmental movement and covers its five-decade history. “A Place at the Table: One Nation, Underfed” analyzes hunger across America through the eyes of people experiencing it themselves. Nutrition policy analysts, sociologists and activists share their expertise throughout the film.

There are several events taking place on the Tempe campus, such as an organic food eating contest and an Earth Week Festival. Enjoy local produce and body care products at the Farmers Market @ the ASU Tempe Campus. The Polytechnic campus is hosting several workshops on managing and harvesting backyard date palms.

“Active engagement on sustainability issues by the majority of our campus users is one of ASU’s four major sustainability goals,” Brown says. “Earth Month inspires us to do a little more on behalf of our children and future generations.”

ASU's Earth Month 2013 also showcases events outside the university community, including workshops at Community Christian Church, Valley Art Theater, Tempe Center for the Arts, and West Desert Village's House of Refuge. Participants can improve local community gardens and dive deep into southwest storytelling.

“We remain inspired about things that truly resonate with our realities,” Brown says. “If Earth Month speakers, writers and events inform us about the true need to recycle, conserve energy, reduce water use and live a simpler lifestyle, we’ll continue to do those things throughout the year. The durability of a message, and our willingness to act on it, are as good as our recognition of the Earth Month message as a fundamental truth.”

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ASU lecturer named Adobe Education Leader

April 2, 2013

Early this year, Adobe Systems Incorporated announced an exclusive group of higher-education instructors chosen as Adobe Education Leaders, and Arizona State University is proud to have a College of Technology and Innovation (CTI) faculty as part of that group.

Penny Ann Dolin, Graphic Information Technology (GIT) senior lecturer, was chosen as an Adobe Education Leader in 2010 and was selected to serve a second term in 2013. Dolin is among an elite committee of 107 educators in higher education that share her same passion for being on the cutting-edge of graphic technology. Currently, Dolin is the only faculty member at ASU to have been selected as an Adobe Education Leader. Download Full Image

The Adobe Education Leaders Program recognizes educators around the world who effectively use and rely on Adobe products to inspire creativity in the classroom. Leaders are nominated and chosen for two-year terms in which they promote the use of Adobe tools while sharing their expertise of these tools to students and other educators. They are considered advanced practitioners of Adobe tools.

As an Adobe Education Leader, Dolin has pre-debut access to many Adobe products in development and is asked by Adobe to give feedback on future products while training students on current tools.

Dolin says that having knowledge about Adobe products yet to be released helps to prepare GIT students for industry changes.

“I know it’s coming, and once a new tool is out there, I’m already on board,” Dolin said. “This helps our students become more appealing to future employers. We have students ready for real-world situations.”

Dolin says she has always been connected with Adobe throughout her career, including time spent at Phoenix-based prepress company American Color, the third largest prepress company in the United States during the late 1990’s. Her work at American Color led her to become involved in all things related to Adobe. Dolin’s position at American Color also allowed her opportunities to beta-test new Adobe services, including the debut of InDesign.

“That’s when I really connected with Adobe, being a part of the beta group for the launch,” Dolin said. “I began seeing just how fundamental and important these tools were and would continue to be in the graphics industry.”

When Dolin began teaching at ASU in 1998, she continued her relationship with Adobe. In the early days of Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe gave the Computer Graphic Communication program (now Graphic Information Technology) 60 free seats of InDesign for two years.

“GIT lives and dies by Adobe’s Creative Suite. It is the industry standard, and our students need to know the Creative Suite to work,” she said. “We are lovingly tied to it and it’s a great company to be connected to.”

Dolin’s ties with industry and background in entrepreneurship has influenced her approach to teaching. Last spring, New York Times photographer Fred Conrad, a former colleague of Dolin from when she photographed for the Times, invited GIT students to shadow him during a Cactus League spring training event.

“One of our hallmarks at CTI is that the majority of the faculty here have real-world backgrounds to draw from, so we bring to our teaching a real-industry sensibility which is an incredible asset to our students,” Dolin said.

Having worked with a variety of students throughout the years, Dolin says GIT students have the ability to access both their technological and creative sides to work in harmony.

“There are people with a proclivity towards logical thinking, and then there are people who gravitate to the more intuitive and creative side, and GIT students straddle this space, which is not an easy thing to do,” Dolin said. “The future of our country rests on the ability of people to straddle these worlds, and GIT students are among those prepared with that kind of skillset.”

written by Sydney B. Donaldson, CTI