Liberal Arts and Sciences fills Thanksgiving baskets for Valley families

November 13, 2009

Food baskets stuffed with ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal were assembled by staff, faculty members and students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences again this year for the St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance.

The annual community outreach project, which started in the dean's office, now has a number of academic units and research centers participating. This year, students from CLAS Hall, the Liberal Arts and Sciences residential college located in Hassayampa Academic Village, also filled a basket. Download Full Image

"We are very happy to be able to provide baskets for Valley families to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal," says Rebecca Albrecht, director of special events for Liberal Arts and Sciences. "We had an outstanding response again this year from staff in the dean's office and across our academic units and St. Mary's Food Bank is thrilled about our baskets."

Some 23 baskets were delivered in time for the families to shop and prepare their dinners, according to Albrecht.

"We learned that our baskets will go directly to students in their Community Kitchen program," Albrecht adds, explaining that the 15-week program trains low-income adults for employment in the food service industry. In addition to culinary instruction on food safety, cooking principles and methods, students receive life skills coaching in interpersonal development, decision making, money management, ethics and teamwork.

Because there was a wide range of items going into the baskets, participants could contribute at a variety of levels, from a single can of vegetables, to a $10 gift card or a board game, according to Albrecht.

Also participating in this year's service project, in addition to the dean's office and CLAS Hall, were: the School of Social and Family Dynamics, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, School of Life Sciences, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, School of International Letters and Cultures, and the new School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences; several departments and programs including chemistry and biochemistry, physics, military science, American Indian studies, and film and media studies; and the American Indian Policy Institute; Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies; and Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes.

Men's hoops hosts NIT Action

November 15, 2009

The men's basketball team (1-0) takes on Texas State at 9 p.m. MT on ESPNU in the first round of the Dick's Sporting Good NIT Tip-Off Monday. The game will be on 860 AM, with Tim Healey and Brad">">Brad Nahra calling the action. Steve Physioc and Miles Simon have the call for ESPNU. Cal State Northridge and TCU open the doubleheader at 6:30. On Tuesday, the consolation game begins at 7 with the West Regional championship game taking place at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2, with Dave Pasch and Doris Burke on the call.

The winner of the West Regional will advance to the NIT semifinals held on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Madison Square Garden, with the finals and consolation game taking place Friday, Nov. 27. Duke, UCONN and LSU are the other regional hosts. Download Full Image

In the past two years, ASU is 24-7 in national or network regional games (games on FOX Sports Net, CBS or any of the ESPN networks).

After going 8-22 (.267) in Coach Sendek's first year (2006-2007), the Sun Devils are 47-23 (.671) since and giving up just 61.1 points per game in his 100 games.

With all the activity that took place down the stretch last year, it might be easy to forget how well Jamelle"> McMillan was shooting in the last month. Jamelle suffered a groin injury against Stanford on March 5 which caused him to miss the regular season finale against California and then the Pac-10 Tournament. He returned for the NCAA Tournament, and ended 15-of-29 (.517) from beyond the arc in his final nine games. He made his first four three-pointers against Western Illinois before missing, so he is now 19-of-34 (.558) from the three-land in his past 10 games. His four three-pointers matched his career high, set last year at Oregon State on February 7.

ASU's 87-35 win over Western Illinois on Friday was the biggest margin of victory since another 52-point win (122-70) on Dec. 10, 1996, over Houston Baptist. It is tied for the sixth-largest win in school history. The previous largest margin of victory in Coach Sendek's ASU career was 39 vs. Delaware State (77-38) on Dec. 5, 2007, and vs.St. Francis (Pa.), 95-56, on Dec. 29, 2007.

1. 65 vs. Pasadena College (130-65), Feb. 17, 1962
1. 65 vs. Northern Arizona (106-41), Feb. 19, 1962
3. 60 vs. Hardin-Simmons (110-50), Jan. 6, 1962
4. 55 vs. Cal Poly SLO (98-43), Dec. 20, 1994
5. 53 vs. Camp Pendleton (86-33), 1948-49 (no date available)
6. 52 vs. Western Illinois (87-35), Nov. 13, 2009
6. 52 vs. Houston Baptist (122-70), Dec. 10, 1996

ASU scored less than 52 points, its margin of victory vs. Western Illinois, seven times in Coach Sendek's first year.

Derek">">D... Glasser is now 187-of-226 (.827) from the free throw line in his 99-game career after making all five against the Leathernecks and added four assists. His career assist total is now 397, 47 away from matching ASU record.

1. Bobby Thompson, 1983-87, 454
2. Fat Lever, 1978-82, 444
3. Marcell Capers, 1992-95, 437
4. Stevin Smith, 1990-94, 416
5. Jeremy">">Jeremy Veal, 1994-98, 413
6. Eddie">">Eddie House, 1996-2000, 405
7. Derek">">D... Glasser, 2006-present, 397

Freshman Demetrius"> Walker had 12 points vs. Western Illinois. It actually is more than several notables had in the first game of their freshman season. Ike">">Ike Diogu (10 vs. Morehead State, Nov. 22, 2002), Jeremy">">Jeremy Veal (7 vs. Texas A & M in Maui, Nov. 21, 1994), James">">James Harden (6 vs. Illinois, Nov. 19, 2007) and Mario Bennett (2 vs. Rice in Maui, Nov. 25, 1991) all had quiet debuts.

ASU held Western Illinois to just 12-of-52 (.231) from the field, the second-best defensive night from the field in the past 12 seasons (1998-99 present). ASU held Delaware State to just 11-of-53 (.208) on Dec. 5, 2007.

ASU held Western Illinois to just 35 points, the fewest by a Sun Devil team since it beat Washington of Saint Louis 47-34 in the 1949-50 season.

When ASU opened the season on Nov. 13 against Western Illinois, it matched the second-earliest start date in school history. ASU also opened on Nov. 13 in Herb">">Herb Sendek's first season. ASU opened the season on Nov. 10 in 2000-2001. Coach Sendek's earliest season opener was Nov. 11, 1997, when NC State beat #19 Georgia in East Rutherford, N.J. Coach Sendek's first Miami of Ohio team opened on Nov. 27, 1993. ASU has its sixth game of the year on Nov. 27 this year.

Nov. 10, 2000--Tulsa 69, ASU 67 (Raleigh, N.C.)
Nov. 13, 2009--@ASU 87, Western Illinois 35
Nov. 13, 2006--Nothern Arizona 75, @ASU 71
Nov. 13, 1998--@ASU 68, San Jose State 49
Nov. 11, 1997--NC State 47, #19 Georgia 45 (East Rutherford, N.J.)
Nov. 13, 2009--@ASU 87, Western Illinois 35
Nov. 13, 2006--Northern Arizona 75, ASU 71