Former baseball player Bannister enters Hall of Fame

February 18, 2010

Alan Bannister has been named to the 2010 induction class for the College Baseball Hall of Fame, the College Baseball Foundation announced today. Bannister brings the total number of Sun Devils in the Hall of Fame to six, joining coaching legends Bobby Winkles and Dr. Jim Brock as well as former Golden Spikes Award winner Bob Horner and pitchers Eddie Bane and Floyd Bannister.

Bannister will enter the Hall of Fame with fellow 2010 inductees Dave Magadan (Alabama), Wally Kincaid (Head Coach at Cerritos College), Bob Bennett (Head Coach at Fresno State), Eddy Furniss (LSU), Don Heinkel (Wichita State), George Sisler (Michigan), B.J. Surhoff (North Carolina), Charles Teague (Wake Forest) and Richard Wortham (Texas). Download Full Image

The 2010 inductees will be honored on July 1 as part of the College Baseball Foundation's annual celebra¬tion of both the past and present of college baseball from July 1 through July 3 in Lubbock.

Bannister played three seasons of shortstop for the Sun Devils from 1970 to 1972. He hit .355 over his career at ASU, collecting 225 hits, 41 doubles, 26 triples, 23 homers and 177 RBI. He also stole 54 bases in his career. His 101 hits during the 1972 season are a school record for most single season hits during the wood bat era, as are his 90 RBI that season. His 13 homers that year are second highest in a single season during the wood bat era, and Bannister is tied with Ed Irvine for most career triples in ASU history. Bannister was named a First Team All-American in both 1971 and 1972, helping lead the Sun Devils to Omaha during the 1972 season. He hit .381 that year, stealing 28 bases and amassing 17 doubles, 10 triples and 13 homers. He was named All-Western Athletic Conference in 1971 and 1972 as well, and was the #1 overall pick in the 1973 draft (January), taken by the Philadelphia Phillies. Bannister played 12 seasons in the Major Leagues, and his #7 was honored by ASU Baseball in 1999.

Over 300 candidates were originally submitted for consideration by universities and CBF members. Players are eligible for the College Baseball Hall of Fame ballot five years after the student-athlete's final collegiate season, not to include any active player or coach on a professional baseball team roster. Former players must have made an All American team or an All League team during at least one year at a four-year institution. Coaches are eligible after ending their collegiate career, not to include an active coach on a professional baseball team. They must have achieved 300 career wins, or have won at least 65% of their games.

School of Dance presents 'The Dance Annual'

February 18, 2010

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Dance Annual exposes the diverse creative practices supported at the ASU Herberger Institute School of Dance, featuring the work of faculty, alumni, graduate, undergraduate and visiting artists on a variety of platforms. Some of the most captivating work created throughout the 2009–10 season is highlighted March 5–7 in coordination with new works that offer fresh perspectives on the world around us. The evening begins March 5, outside of Paul V. Galvin Playhouse on the ASU Tempe campus, with a dance media showcase in the lobby featuring video work of student artists, and a site-specific work on the Nelson Fine Arts Plaza.

A new work that incorporates students that was created by Ashleigh Leite, visiting artist from the Stephen Petronio Company in New York, premieres at The Dance Annual. Leite created an intense new work with dynamic video projection, startling lighting and extreme technical movement. The prestigious opportunity to work with Leite allows students to develop their professional performance skills, while engaging the creative process of an up-and-coming artist, choreographer and performer. Download Full Image

The Dance Annual also highlights the work of several dance graduate students. To celebrate the power of the individual, Sammy Stephens draws on his first love – hip-hop – in Rite of Liberation. Rebecca A. Ferrell samples 24 hours of television to explore the lingering stereotypes of women in the media in Copy and Paste. In Where are the animals?, Ashley Ramsey uses an intense and passionate duet to examine society’s love of animals and its lust for eating them. Emily Newman worked with her dancers to create Jake?, a comedic piece about the typical, or not so typical "player” of the 21st century.

Many undergraduate works also are featured in The Dance Annual, including Siren, by Celine Cisco, who investigates the extremes of her womanhood in her tango-inspired solo that is choreographed by Carley Conder. Lucio Abruzzi choreographed Over and Over, physicalizing the split-second moment that occurs during a near-death experience when one feels suspended in time. Through a movement-driven duet, Tara Wrobel explores breaking the cycle of monotonous everyday life in How it Begins.

Rounding out The Dance Annual performance lineup are pieces featuring School of Dance alumni and faculty. Mary Fitzgerald, School of Dance professor, examines both the dignity and overwhelming nature of physical labor – complete with 200 pounds of flour – in Toil, a solo set on Melissa Canto, dance alumna. Fellow alumna Jessica Mumford returns to stage a quirky solo on School of Dance senior, Misty West, entitled Fireflies, complete with thousands of kinetic, yellow LEDs. 

Contact the Herberger Institute Box office for $7–$20 tickets to experience The Dance Annual, March 5–7 at 480.965.6447, or visit:

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