ASU Homecoming brings community, NFL legends to campus

October 24, 2012

At Arizona State University we know a thing or two about celebrating tradition, community and Sun Devil football, especially in the form of Homecoming. And this year will not be any different.

“Sun Devil Homecoming: A Golden Decade” taking place on Oct. 27 will highlight the work the university has accomplished in the past 10 years. Download Full Image

“Homecoming is a fantastic celebration. In ASU style, not only is the entire ASU community, which includes faculty, staff, students and alumni, invited, but we include the community at large,” said Virgil Renzulli, ASU’s vice president of public affairs.

As a special treat to fans, the ASU Alumni Association, in partnership with the Sun Devil Club, will honor nearly 200 alums who have played professional football Oct. 26, at the “Legends Luncheon: Celebrating the NFL” event. ASU’s “honor roll” of former NFL players includes Jake Plummer, Mike Haynes, Ron Pritchard, Juan Roque, Danny White and J.D. Hill, all of whom are scheduled to attend the luncheon. The event will start at 11:30 a.m., at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

Sun Devil Homecoming officially commences with a 9 a.m. parade, beginning at McAllister Avenue and University Drive and continuing down to College Avenue. The parade features a variety of floats made by campus organizations and community groups.

This year’s grand marshal is Michael Crow, ASU’s president who has led the charge in boosting the university’s education and entrepreneurship space, enhanced global partnerships and provided educational opportunities for hundreds of students.

The annual block party from 9 a.m. to noon will include over 100 tents sponsored by ASU colleges, departments., student organizations and programs. The community will be treated to interactive displays, hands-on experiments, live music, games and crafts. Arizona PBS will also be sponsoring a very special “Nerd Walk” to unite those who share a love for all things intellectual and educational. NFL legends from ASU’s past will be on hand to sign autographs for fans at the Alumni Association booth.

The Kidz Zone, just east of Palo Verde West Residence Hall north of University Drive, is buzzing with fun for the little ones in your family. Enjoy stage performers and bounce houses, plant seeds to grow at home, get your photo taken with a police officer sitting on a police motorcycle, experience ERIC the City of Tempe educational recycling center and even enter for the chance to win one of five bicycles. PBS’s Maia and Miguel will also be in attendance for photos.

The fun and excitement will culminate with the Sun Devils taking on the UCLA Bruins in Sun Devil Stadium at noon. Tickets may be purchased in person or by calling the Sun Devil Ticket Office at 480-727-0000.

Parking lots and structures in the northern portion of campus (north of University Drive) are open five hours prior to kickoff for prepaid season ticket parking passes, and cash lots are open three hours before kickoff. For more information on parking, visit or

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Digital archaeological repository earns American Anthropological Association's endorsement

October 24, 2012

Tucked away on the fourth floor of Hayden Library, the Center for Digital Antiquity is a bit of a hidden gem to Arizona State University audiences. But its out-of-the-way location belies its expanding status in the international archaeological community.

Mounting awareness of the center is due in large part to its digital archive and repository, the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR), which recently received a major endorsement from the American Anthropological Association. Download Full Image

The center’s executive director, Francis P. McManamon, explains that tDAR was created for a dual purpose and is rising to the task. “A critical challenge that the disciplines of anthropology and archaeology have at present is how to ensure that existing data from studies of humans and human cultures – both contemporary culture and those of past times – can be made accessible and used for education and research,” he says. “Another part of this challenge is ensuring that this information can be preserved so that it is available for use by future generations, as well. TDAR exists to meet this challenge.”

In its September 2012 issue of Anthropology News, the American Anthropological Association endorsed tDAR and encouraged archaeologists to use the digital repository for archiving archaeological data and related publications. The association is the largest organization in the world for people involved in anthropology, of which archaeology is a branch. McManamon calls the recommendation “terrific acknowledgement of the value of tDAR.”

Billed as “part international repository, part research tool and part public access tool,” tDAR has electronic holdings that number in the thousands and include everything from 3-D scans of artifacts to GIS files to detailed reports from archaeological investigations from the U.S. and abroad.

The team of archaeologists, information management experts and computer scientists behind tDAR designed the system to easily allow researchers, scholars and students to place data and documents into the repository. Easy retrieval was another goal.

Individuals can log in and search the contents of tDAR electronically, locating data, documents, images and other sources of information helpful to their investigations. The system also includes computing tools that allow users to compare and integrate the contents of data sets to conduct new research and create new interpretations and knowledge. 

Center staff members are dedicated to protecting the information stored in tDAR. They check the electronic files regularly and systematically to safeguard against deterioration or corruption. They maintain extra copies of the database at different locations to ensure that information is secure and can be replaced in the event of the loss of a copy. Procedures are also in place to guarantee that tDAR’s electronic files will be readable and useable by new versions of computer software that evolve over time.

McManamon points out that, while the Center for Digital Antiquity is a new type of organization, and the Digital Archaeological Record is a new kind of archaeological archive, their goals are part of a larger push by many disciplines: to preserve the results of past efforts and make them available for use by others now and in the future, allowing the knowledge base to be built upon with successive generations.

The Center for Digital Antiquity is associated with the School of Human Evolution and Social Change in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Global Institute of Sustainability and the University Libraries.

Rebecca Howe

Communications Specialist, School of Human Evolution and Social Change