"Know Your Neighbor" to build relationships


September 17, 2008

ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus is using the power of music to engage faculty, staff and students to build lasting relationships with their local community.

Try">http://www.trymebicycle.com">Try Me Bicycle will headline the inaugural “Know Your Neighbor” free concert series, which starts next week and runs through November. Sponsored by the Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix campus and local communities, the series is open to the public and designed to introduce students to each other and the community where they live. Download Full Image

“The Know Your Neighbor concert series is an exciting opportunity for ASU faculty, staff and student body to get to know local venues, musicians, community members and each other,” said Malissa Geer, community engagement liaison for the Office of the University Vice President at the Downtown Phoenix campus. “Our campus is surrounded by many local businesses and organizations that are eager to know our faculty, students and staff in a much more meaningful way. Using the arts and local venues is only one of the many unique ways for ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus to become even more integrated into this rich and vibrant community.”

The series kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at Cibo, 603 N. Fifth Ave. Additional shows by Try Me Bicycle are scheduled for downtown Phoenix Sunnyslope, Grand Avenue Arts District and Roosevelt Row. A portion of the band’s debut CD, Voicings, will go toward future support of community engagement activities.

Formed in the fall of 1995, Try Me Bicycle features Andrew Naylor on vocals and guitar; Jay Novak on bass; Jacob Koller on piano and synthesizer and Nathan Geer on drums. The group’s blend of modern folk, jazz and piano infuse their compositions with a sense of life and convincing poignancy.

“Phoenix is a very diverse city and each community has its own vibe and personality,” Naylor said. “We see a lot of the same faces and it sparks a kinship between our music and the downtown community.”

The concert series schedule includes:

• Sheraton Hotel, 8 p.m. Oct. 3, 340 N. 3rd St., Phoenix

• Sunnyslope Art Walk/Neilson Galleries, 6 p.m. Oct. 11, 8801 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

• Roosevelt Row 2008 Harvest Festival, noon, Oct. 18, between Fourth and Seventh streets on East Roosevelt Road, Phoenix

• Paisley Violin, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, 1030 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix

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Delegation from former Soviet republics visits ASU


September 18, 2008

How can a group of high-level administrators in public utility and energy-related sectors from Russia, Georgia and the Ukraine travel and work together in the United States while political tensions are rising and military confrontations are occurring among their countries back home?

A 21-member delegation from those countries visited ASU on Sept. 5 as part of a four-week program arranged by the Special American Business Internship Training Program (SABIT), sponsored by the International Trade Administration within the U.S. Department of Commerce to connect Eurasian professionals with U.S. counterparts and companies in order to promote partnerships, sustainable economic growth, market reforms and increased institutional capacity.

Dawn Kallestad, director of the Office of the Vice President for Global Engagement, hosted the group’s campus visit, which included meetings at the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering and the Global Institute of Sustainability.

“They talked about that when events began to unfold,” Kallestad says, “and agreed it best simply to deal with one another as individuals, not as representatives of different countries. They decided to keep their focus on the sustainability issues they’re here to study and on opportunities to build bridges of collaboration, both among themselves and with those they meet during their travels.”

The visit to ASU focused on how the university is addressing sustainability issues and entrepreneurship, both on its campuses and in collaboration with external partners.

“What impressed me,” says George Abulashvili, director of the Energy Efficiency Centre in the Republic of Georgia, “is the activity of the university to bring businesses and academia together. It is not an easy task, but you have created kind of locus where businesses can come and academics are there and they’re talking and exchanging ideas. From my knowledge, this is unique and might be really effective.”

The group was in the Phoenix area to attend the second annual GreenSummit Expo and Conference, an international event focused on sustainability that was started last year by Chris Samila, and ASU senior in global studies and political science. The conference moved to the Phoenix Convention Center this year to accommodate the level of interest—both national and international—that the event attracted.

For more on SABIT, visit: http://www.mac.doc.gov/sabit/index.html