ASU hosts filmmakers for an insider look at movie making

January 15, 2013

The film buzz at ASU continues, as students now have a unique opportunity to hear firsthand about the making of 2008 indie darling "Juno" from the director, screenwriter, studio officials and other key filmmakers in a face-to-face daylong discussion – all part of the Anatomy of a Feature Film series.

The film's director, Jason Reitman, and screenwriter Diablo Cody, among a host of film professionals, will be on hand Saturday, Jan. 26, to talk with students studying the art and craft of filmmaking at the School of Theatre and Film in ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts about the business of making movies. Download Full Image

"Juno" is a low-budget independent film that went on to win multiple accolades, including Best Screenplay at the 2008 Academy Awards.


Due to a limited number of seating, the event will be livestreamed online, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (MST), and is free to anyone who wants to watch.

"The program is a unique opportunity for students to hear how a film was conceptualized, produced, marketed and distributed – from the people who actually made it happen, complete with the hindsight of a successful release," said Adam Collis, professor of practice at the ASU School of Theatre and Film, who helped create the program.

Interviews with guests lined up for the event will be broadcast to ASU via video conference provided by Cisco Systems. The ASU School of Theatre and Film is expanding the interactive teleconference program to include students at Duke University, the University of California Los Angeles Anderson, the University of Montana, and Quinnipiac University in Connecticut and the San Francisco Film Society.

A limited number of seats will be available to ASU students and the general public but only students enrolled in the daylong class are able to direct questions to the participants. Film producer Judd Payne ("As Cool as I Am," 2013; "Bernie," 2011) will host at the UCLA site.

“This program is just one of the ways in which we are bringing both a first-rate education and an understanding of the realities of film and media production to film students at the ASU School of Theatre and Film,’’ said F. Miguel Valenti, founder and director of the film and media production programs, and Lincoln Professor of Ethics and the Arts at the school.

“We are a young program, founded on principles of narrative storytelling and ethical decision-making. We are pleased to bring this special Anatomy of a Feature Film event to our colleagues in film programs across the country and we hope to expand the program in the near future," Valenti said.

The events are set to take place all day at the Marston Exploration Theater in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB4); 850 S. McAllister Ave., Tempe, Ariz.

There is a screening of "Juno" at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 24 (come at 7 p.m. for pizza) that is also free and open to the public at the Marston Exploration Theater. The screening is part of the ASU School of Theatre and Film's Hollywood Invades Tempe series.

Nursing named leader in online education

January 16, 2013

The ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation ranks 17th overall for best online graduate nursing programs, according to the 2013 U.S. News & World Report College Rankings.

“We are honored to be recognized as having high quality programs using creative distance learning methods for nursing students,” said Teri Pipe, dean for the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at ASU. “The health care industry is transforming and our goal is to prepare students at ASU to embrace change and lead through this transformation. Download Full Image

"Students working together across disciplines, faculty and other thought leaders at ASU are doing innovative work to improve human health and longevity.”

ASU offers the following hybrid online graduate nursing and health innovation programs:

• Doctor of Nursing Practice

• Doctorate in Nursing

• Master of Science in Nursing Education

ASU also offers the following online programs:

• Master of Science in Clinical Research Management

• Master of Healthcare Innovation

• RN to BSN for undergraduates

According to a January 2013 online education report by the Babson Survey Research Group, the number of schools offering fully online degrees is nearly double what it was 10 years ago – 62.4 percent of colleges and universities offered fully online programs in 2012, compared to 34.5 percent in 2002.

According to the report, online education also provides students the ability to pursue higher education without quitting their jobs or uprooting families.

The ranking was determined by statistical questionnaires sent to 471 institutions that granted accredited graduate degree programs in nursing. Respondents were asked to identify whether in academic year 2012-2013 they would be offering a masters in nursing degree through Internet-based distance education courses.

Additionally, they collected statistical information from the same questionnaire on 101 schools with online programs.

Reporter , ASU Now