Homecoming parade, block party count down to kickoff

October 10, 2011

It's that time of year again – to celebrate our Sun Devil roots, our excellence today, and our opportunities for the future.

ASU's Homecoming festivities are scheduled to take place Oct. 21-29 on all campuses. Download Full Image

Come back to this page for frequent updates and coverage of scheduled events, award winners and time-honored traditions. Go Devils!


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W. P. Carey School to break ground on new building at Homecoming

New W. P. Carey School Hall of Fame members announced

Haunted house, carnival provide Homecoming fun at West campus

Tempe campus celebrates Sun Devil Homecoming

Sun Devils hit jackpot with Homecoming events at Polytechnic

Make hunger disappear during Homecoming Block Party

Alumni Associate hosts autograph session with Kush-era football players


ASU's Sun Devil Homecoming will be one for the ages

Arizona State University is preparing a special homecoming for the ages with a festive parade, Block Party and an exciting football game in Sun Devil Stadium.

The daylong extravaganza is set for Saturday, Oct. 29, in the heart of Tempe.

“Sun Devil Homecoming 2011: Past. Present. Future” will reunite generations of ASU alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends and community supporters to honor the university and its traditions.

“Homecoming is the primary event during the course of the year that brings together the entire ASU community – students, faculty, staff and alumni – along with the community for a major celebration,” said Virgil Renzulli, ASU’s vice president of public affairs. “Tens of thousands of people will attend. There will be lots to do for both adults and children, which makes homecoming both fun and exciting.”

The excitement officially commences with a parade, starting at McAllister Avenue and University Drive and continuing east on University to College Avenue. The parade features nearly 80 units and several colorful floats made by campus organizations and community groups. Members of the Tempe City Council and special guests will sport their maroon and gold while marching with Sun Devil pride. Starting time of the game will be decided about a week before the game and will determine the time for the parade and Block Party, which is four hours before kick-off.  

This year's parade grand marshal is the legendary Frank Kush, who served as ASU’s head football coach from 1958 to 1979. Kush was also the coach of the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1981, the National Football League’s Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts from 1982 to 1984, and the Arizona Outlaws of the United States Football League in 1985. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995 and has served as a fundraiser for ASU’s athletic department since 2000.

The parade will be followed by ASU’s Block Party, an annual event that attracts thousands of visitors to the university. The block party takes place at the Old Main lawn and extends throughout the campus. It will include 65 tents sponsored by nearly 80 ASU colleges and departments. It will feature live music, food, interactive displays and exhibitions, an autograph session featuring more than 150 Sun Devil athletes, a first-time ever student tailgate party and mixing and mingling by ASU grads, students, community members, faculty and staff.

Homecoming also offers special activities for children. The KidZone, just east of Palo Verde West Residence Hall off University Drive, is packed with fun and interactive displays. It will include bounce houses, dunk tank, video game truck, Club ASU’s post office and photo booth, carnival games and an entertainment stage. Eight, Arizona PBS’s Curious George also will make a special appearance and hand out balloons to children.

All of this activity culminates with ASU taking on the Colorado Buffalos in Sun Devil Stadium.

Tickets for the game can be purchased in person or by calling the Sun Devil Ticket Office at 480-727-0000.

Parking lots and structures in the northern portion of campus (north of University Drive) are open five hours prior to kick-off for prepaid season ticket parking passes, cash lots open three-and-a-half hours before kick-off. For more information on parking, visit http://cfo.asu.edu/pts-event-football or http://www.millavenue.com/transportation.

For details and a complete schedule of 2011 Homecoming events and activities, visit http://homecoming.asu.edu.

To stay connected to Homecoming events and news via social media, visit ASU's Facebook and Twitter by searching for #asuhomecoming.

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

Learning by teaching helps grad student master his studies

October 10, 2011

One Arizona State University student has found an out-of-the-ordinary way to deepen his knowledge of his field of study: teaching the tough subjects to other students.

“Sunder” Karthik (full name Punnai Sunderkarthik Anantha Krishnan) is pursuing a master’s degree in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. As much as he wants to be an engineer, Karthik also aspires to be a teacher. He says he performs at his best academically when he’s also instructing fellow students in the fundamentals of engineering and science. ASU student tutors others Download Full Image

“His passion is teaching. That’s what motivates him,” says Joyce Donahue, a career advising coordinator for the engineering schools.

Karthik has developed Eneradi.com, a website on which he posts instructional videos offering simplified versions of lectures from electrical engineering classes. In the past three months he has posted 32 lectures on the site that so far have drawn about 3,000 views from users in at least 28 countries. (The website name Eneradi is a combination of “energy” and the name of the first pupil Karthik ever tutored, his younger brother Aditya.)

He also is conducting free tutoring sessions for fellow ASU engineering students struggling with their physics lessons and review sessions for close to 30 freshmen who need help learning calculus.

Karthik recalls his own difficulties grasping the challenging material students must strive to master in engineering and science courses. He says he has learned the value of “being able to break down the most complex of concepts into their simplest forms” and then building on a rudimentary understanding to gain insight into a subject.

He sees that approach as the basis of good teaching, and “what can make the difference between a student hating or loving a subject.”

Garrett Austin, an industrial engineering major in ASU’s Barrett, The Honors College, attests to Karthik's teaching abilities. After tutoring by Karthik, Austin says, “I felt more prepared for my recent physics exam than any test I’ve taken.”

Physics is a “weed-out” class, Austin says, one that can often discourage students from continuing in an engineering or science major. He says Karthik’s perseverance and teaching skill has likely prevented at least several students from giving up.

Sepideh Jafarzadeh, a sophomore majoring in aerospace engineering, was the first ASU student Sunder tutored.  Jafarzadeh struggled through her introductory physics course and says she was overwhelmed at the thought of fighting through another semester of study. Karthik led her through a careful review of all the physics concepts she had trouble understanding. She recalls being “shocked” at how easily and completely Karthik helped her grasp the material that at first she found so confusing.

“He truly cares about the students learning the concepts, and not just memorizing them” Jarfarzadeh says.

One student from Sudan posted this comment on the Eneradi.com website about Karthik’s video lectures: “Thank you for the great videos, am watching them all.”

A student from Michigan posted “Thank you so much, man. (You are) saving lives, one video at a time.”

Karthik says he benefits as much as those he is tutoring: “I must have a clear understanding of something to teach it to others. Whatever I’m teaching, I’m also learning it more thoroughly.”

Whatever career path he pursues after graduation, he is determined that it will include teaching.

“His dedication and love for it is apparent by the excitement he expresses whenever he talks about tutoring other students,” Donahue says. “He’s found his unique talent.”

Written by Natalie Pierce

Joe Kullman

Science writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering