ASU president appointed to committee on digital design

March 10, 2015

As digital technology increasingly touches nearly every aspect of human life, a national committee of academic leaders is working to enhance the emerging digital environment wherein scholarly research, teaching and learning can thrive.

With a goal to transform higher education, the Committee on Coherence at Scale has appointed Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow to help lead the development and management of this emerging digital ecosystem. ASU President Michael M. Crow Download Full Image

Crow, who is one of three new committee members, was selected for his innovation, strategic vision and leadership in higher education, according to a statement made by Chuck Henry, president of the Council on Library and Information Resources.

“I look forward to many productive years ahead guided by their experience and vision,” Henry said.

As both higher education and digital technology continue to evolve and inform one another, opportunities and pressures to improve coordination of and access to scholarly resources grow more acute.

Together with Vanderbilt University, the Council on Library and Information Resources created the Committee on Coherence at Scale in 2012 to examine emerging national-scale digital projects and their ability to help higher education institutions be more efficient, productive, cooperative and sustainable.

Comprised of leaders in higher education, the committee aims to encourage academic leaders to see their institutions as part of a larger digital ecology, and to connect and coordinate existing large-scale projects so they can integrate all facets of the knowledge cycle.

Crow will be part of the committee’s initial development of a series of business models for operating analog repositories more coherently and efficiently at scale. The results will be made public late this summer.

As Arizona State University’s 16th president, Crow has established more than 12 new transdisciplinary schools and large-scale research initiatives, including the Biodesign Institute, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and other significant initiatives in the humanities and social sciences.

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

ASU alumni boost local communities through volunteerism

March 11, 2015

Arizona State University alumni across the nation will be participating throughout the month of March in volunteer projects in their local communities that range from helping with city park cleanups to sorting food bank donations. The volunteerism is a part of ASU Cares, a service initiative that encourages civic involvement among Sun Devils.

Alumni chapters from New York to San Diego will participate in ASU Cares projects this year. Here is a brief overview of the planned activities. Volunteers at ASU Cares clean up in Tempe Download Full Image

ASU Cares Day Projects

• Atlanta: Fundraiser at RiRa Pub to benefit childhood cancer research organizations, March 12

• Boise, Idaho: Clean up project at Idaho Botanical Gardens, March 14

• Chicago: Assisting at Lakeview Pantry East, March 21

• Detroit: Clothing drive for South Oakland Community Shelter/Hope Warming Center, March 21

• Los Angeles: Assisting at the local Ronald McDonald House, March 15

• Minneapolis: Sorting donations at Second Harvest Heartland WEST, March 28

• New York: Meal delivery for the WEWE Nutrition Program, March 22

• Pittsburgh: Bowling fundraiser to benefit the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, March 21

• Salt Lake City: Volunteering at the Utah Food Bank, March 25

• San Diego: Homeless outreach activities with 16th & Island organization, March 25

• Seattle: Team participation in “The Big Climb” up Columbia Tower to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphona Society, March 22.

• Spokane, Washington: Centennial Trail clean-up project, March 21

• ASU School of Sustainability: Gardening maintenance at the Escalante Community Garden in Tempe, March 14

• Tucson, Arizona: Food drive to benefit the Community Food Bank and American Parkinson Disease Association, March 14

To register for any of the above events, or for more information about ASU Cares, visit