Ground Services earns sustainability award

April 8, 2010

ASU is a greener campus because of the efforts of the Facilities Management Ground Services department that initiated programs that convert landscaping waste into compost and harvest sour oranges instead of sending the fruit to a landfill.

For these two programs, the department earned the 2010 President’s Award for Sustainability. Download Full Image

The composting program utilizes green waste such as prunings and weeds that are collected and sent to Singh Farms where the waste is turned into compost. Then the rich material is sent back to the Tempe campus where it is used as a fertilizer to nourish the soil.

“We get a very high quality product,” said Ellen Newell, Facilities Management associate director. “We’re not using any chemical fertilizers.”

Because the compost nourishes the soil with live organisms, ASU’s dirt is healthier with more worms and less compaction. The program also saves funds since the green waste doesn’t need to be hauled to a landfill.

Campus Harvest is a program that makes use of the approximate six tons of Seville or sour oranges that are produced annually on campus. Instead of throwing the oranges away, the fruit is sent to campus dining facilities where they can be used in marmalade and in recipes. Oranges are also given to the Arcadia Citrus Program and have been sent to hog farms on the Gila River Indian Reservation. Oranges that are spoiled are used for compost.

Between the two programs, more than 240 tons of previous green “waste” have been kept out of landfills.

Team members:
Ellen Newell, Facilities Management Grounds Services
Fernando Reyna, Facilities Management Grounds Services
Mike Schantel, Facilities Management Grounds Services
Deborah Thirkhill, Facilities Management Grounds Services
Ken Singh, Singh Farms LLC

ASU's New College unveils summer classes

April 8, 2010

Spanish, ecology, persuasive writing, Arizona politics, and mathematics are just a few of the topics addressed by more than 100 summer classes offered by Arizona State University’s" target="_blank">New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Three convenient summer school sessions will be offered this year. A fast-paced, 14-day Intersession will run from May 14 through May 28, followed by the Summer One session from June 1 through July 2 and Summer Two from July 6 through Aug. 6. Download Full Image

Most in-person courses offered by New College are taught on" target="_blank">ASU’s West campus in northwest Phoenix. Nearly half of the offerings are online courses that may be taken by students across metropolitan Phoenix and beyond.

“We take great pride in the quality and rigor of our online classes,” said Elizabeth Langland, Dean of New College. Two years ago Langland and New College professor Rob Taylor initiated a unique organization within the college known as OLEg (Online Education Group), which provides mandatory workshops for faculty proposing online courses.

“Online courses are not deemed ready for delivery until they have passed through a rigorous development and course-building process with checks and balances built in at every stage,” Taylor said. “We utilize a system of quality control to ensure that the quality of the teaching and learning experience in online New College courses is as high as or better than face-to-face offerings. These courses offer a convenient way for students to get ahead more quickly in their chosen fields.”

Scott Ruggles is a West campus student who is currently enrolled in the online class IAS 420, Multicultural Autobiographies. He says taking the class online enables him to work full-time and exercise time management skills.

“Dr. McGovern maintains exceptional contact with the students,” Ruggles said in reference to Tom McGovern, a New College faculty member and former Professor of the Year for Arizona who teaches the class. “His frequent updates and detailed course materials have been outstanding.”

All of New College’s summer courses are taught by full-time faculty or experienced faculty associates who are specialists in their field.

 Offerings include new language courses in Spanish (SPA 101 and SPA 102 are both offered this year), plus many courses meeting ASU General Studies requirements in areas including humanities, literacy, numeracy, and social and behavioral sciences. Junior- and senior-level courses in psychology, literature, math, history, science, adult career development, arts, problem-solving and leadership are offered as well.

“By taking classes this summer, students can get closer to graduation before tuition increases take effect this fall,” Taylor said.

Registration for summer classes is now under way. New College academic advisers may be reached at (602) 543-7000. Details about New College degree programs are available at"> />