ASU MainStage offers peek into moments from Ariz. history

January 18, 2012

Figures from Arizona’s history – including Lozen, a female Apache warrior who fought with Geronimo, and modern day warrior Lori Ann Piestewa, the first US military woman killed in Iraq – are among the Arizonans whose lives are retold in the ASU School of Theatre and Film's MainStage Season production of "Untold Stories/Unsung Heroes."

Under the direction of professor Pamela Sterling, the play tells the poetic, comedic and iconic stories unearthed over the past year by a team of ASU theatre students. The stories were culled from thousands of archival sources and from interviews with contemporary Arizonans including a group of centenarians from the Pioneer Village in Prescott and from the students' friends, neighbors and relatives. Download Full Image

"Untold Stories/Unsung Heroes," a part of the Arizona Centennial Project New Works Series, is an official selection of the Arizona Centennial Commemoration Project.

“The Call of the West was felt by many, and indeed still is,” Sterling says. “Arizona offered free land, open space, a chance to start anew; in a word: opportunity. In many ways, it still does those things. But we wanted to go beyond the legends, and learn about the lives of the real people who settled here, and who is living here now.”

People who will be pictured in "Untold/Unsung" include: Lozen, Apache warrior; Soto Vasquez, founder of Teatro Carmen in Tucson; Elizabeth Hudson Smith, an African American woman who independently owned and operated a hotel in Wickenburg; George W. Parsons, lawyer, banker, and citizen of Tombstone who had a bird's eye view of the gunfight at the OK Corral and Borislav Bogdanovich, artist and relative of film director Peter Bogdonavich.

In addition to the play, area residents are also invited to related Centennial events and activities including an exhibit, "Tell Your Story," which will be on display in the Lyceum Theatre lobby on the Tempe campus. Students have established a Facebook page where people can learn more about the state’s colorful figures, and a video clip series, "Arizona 100 Stories," where students recount the stories they have uncovered during their research. Pre-show activities include "Living Statues" that come to life to impart the stories of Arizonians.

ASU Study Abroad Office to visit Downtown campus

January 19, 2012

The ASU Study Abroad Office will spend each Thursday in January visiting a different ASU campus to let students know about the opportunities available to them. 

With more than 330 programs in 65 countries to choose from, ASU students can earn credit toward their degree and gain valuable international experience at the same time. Downtown campus students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to attend an informational session or meet with an advisor on a walk-in basis.  An informational table will be available in the UCENT Lobby from noon-2 p.m. studying in Argentina Download Full Image

Downtown campus event details for Jan. 26:

  • "BIS Study Abroad Opportunities" Informational Session, 12 p.m., UCENT 361
  • "Study Abroad 101" Informational Session, 12 p.m., UCENT 256
  • "Using your Financial Aid to Study Abroad" Informational Session, 1 p.m., UCENT 261
  • "Barrett Honors College Programs and Opportunities" Informational Session, 1 p.m., Barrett Suite - UCENT 166
  • "UK: Food and Culture Program, Summer 2012" Informational Session, 1 p.m., NHI2 440
  • "Cronkite Summer Programs" Informational Session, 2 p.m., CRONK 444
  • "Study Abroad 101" Informational Session, 2:30 p.m., Union Conference Room

Walk-in Advising with a Study Abroad International Coordinator is available from 1-4 p.m. in UCENT 705 on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office at or (480)-965-5965.