ASU holds second annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk

March 11, 2013

March 23 marks the second annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk at ASU’s Tempe campus to raise awareness about depression and suicide. Individuals and teams are invited to register for the walk at

The event will be held on Hayden Lawn and includes speakers, a brief commemorative ceremony and a 2.5 mile walk on campus to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to fund research and education programs to prevent suicide and to increase its awareness. Activities begin with registration at 8 a.m., followed by speakers at 9:30 a.m. Download Full Image

The keynote speaker will be David Covington, who serves as Vice President of Magellan Health Services of Arizona, chairs the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Steering Committee and co-leads the Clinical Care & Intervention Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Covington was recently featured on the Pat McMahon show discussing the high rate of suicide within the military community. 

The Campus Walk will begin at 10 a.m. At noon, following the completion of the walk, Daniel Schulte with the Arizona Psychological Foundation will present a talk, "Walking the Walk Every Day," at Discovery Hall, room 150. The talk will address the daily actions we can take to prevent suicide.

A light lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. on Hayden Lawn for participants registered for Schulte’s presentation. ASU students, faculty, staff and the greater Phoenix community are invited to participate in the walk as individuals, families and teams. 

For more information or to register for the Campus Walk visit: For more information or to register for the Walking the Walk Every Day Arizona Psychological Foundation presentation, go to: Contact for information about the event.

McCain Institute offers students training in foreign policy

March 11, 2013

This fall ASU students will have a new opportunity for gaining Washington and global leadership experience in the McCain Institute’s Policy Design Studio. The institute will combine a unique new course offering focused on the making and implementation of U.S. foreign policy along with a D.C. internship.

Led by the senior director of the McCain Institute, a former U.S. Ambassador, students will constitute a U.S. Embassy Country Team to a specific nation and manage a reality-based diplomatic agenda. Students will be assigned the actual roles of embassy team members, and together with their “Ambassador,” practice how U.S. foreign policy is developed and executed in the field.     Download Full Image

The institute will also continue to offer its video-linked course with ASU students in Tempe. Students will engage in a highly creative and intense exercise of setting the factual baseline for effective international decision-making.   Students and faculty will prepare the new Washington-based Decision Theater for foreign policy applications.  Through research, design and class discussion, participants will create a highly reliable global data set relevant to international policymaking and Decision Theater visualization. The course will be led from Washington via video link as well as in direct interaction with senior staff of the McCain Institute.

The McCain Institute’s Policy Design Studio is its teaching arm for practical training of ASU students in foreign policy decision-making and implementation. As a unique, practitioner-led, “decision tank” the institute conducts comprehensive decision-making exercises using cutting-edge technology, including ASU’s innovative Decision Theater.

Among the institute’s programs is the core Next Generation Leaders (NGL) Program that literally recruits and develops the next generation of world leaders across multiple professional disciplines. McCain NGL Fellows are future presidents and prime ministers, civil society and business leaders, military commanders or media decision-makers. In the Policy Design Studio, students become part of this ambitious leadership environment, learning by doing and preparing for their careers after they graduate.

For more information, contact Richard Herrera at For additional program details, contact Brian Gallian, program coordinator at the McCain Institute, directly at

Britt Lewis

Interim Communications Director, ASU Library