School of Public Affairs ranks in top tier by U.S. News and World Report


March 19, 2012

The U.S. News and World Report recently highlighted the best graduate programs in the nation and the ASU School of Public Affairs once again ranked in the top tier. The school that historically has been a premier program in metropolitan governance was ranked 2nd in the country for its city management and urban policy program.

In the newest issue of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” the ASU School of Public Affairs graduate program ranked 16th nationally among nearly 300 schools considered in the 2013 report and among the top 10 public institutions. The March 13 report also listed the school among the top five universities in the western United States. Download Full Image

“We are delighted with the recognition of our program in public administration and public policy,” said Jonathan Koppell, dean of the College of Public Programs and the director of the School of Public Affairs. “We pride ourselves on offering a strong foundation in core areas of administration while offering windows onto the future of governance with distinctive initiatives in policy informatics and participatory governance.

The recognition of the school’s strength in urban management is particularly noteworthy. Long-known for training the most professional and skilled city managers in the nation, the ASU School of Public Affairs is now distinguished by its partnership in the Alliance for Innovation, an organization that connects the school with a national network of innovative city managers. And its Marvin Andrews Fellowship is an elite program drawing applicants from across the United States.

“It is hard to think of a better place to prepare oneself to run a 21st century city than ASU,” Koppell said.

The school also did well on the report’s “specialties” list. In addition to the school’s program in city management and urban policy ranking second, it is considered among the top 20 programs in environmental policy and management, nonprofit management, public finance and budgeting, and public management and administration.

The U.S. News and World Report annually ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine, as well as graduate programs.

The ASU School of Public Affairs is in the College of Public Programs. For more information visit http://spa.asu.edu/

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ASU student ventures named 'Coolest College Startups of 2012'


March 19, 2012

Editor's Note: The Sun Devil startup Arizona Pro DJs has since changed its name to Endless Entertainment.

Arizona Pro DJs and G3Box, two student startups in ASU’s Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative, have been named to Inc. Magazine’s list of “Coolest College Startups of 2012.”  They are both finalists in an online competition to choose a voter favorite among 18 college startups. Download Full Image

“Tomorrow's big business may be today's dorm room invention,” said the magazine editors. “From a personalized electric motor bike to pop-up medical clinics, the 2012 class of our annual college startups was founded on the mission to give back to the world’s communities, be on the cutting edge of innovation, and have fun while doing it.”

The magazine selected startup ventures that “are fresh, innovative, founded with a social mission, and may very well be the next Google or Facebook.”

G3Box creates low-cost medical clinics from abandoned steel shipping containers that can be customized for the needs of the remote locations, particularly in third-world countries. G3Box outfits them with the basic components of power, ventilation, potable water and insulation to create sustainable medical clinics that address critical health needs both in the U.S. market and internationally.

Endless Entertainment, formerly named Arizona Pro DJs, provides high-quality and innovative event entertainment solutions. The company began by catering to teen events, taking care of every aspect from the lights to security, marketing and music. Launched in 2007, the business has about a dozen employees and is currently experiencing rapid expansion. They coordinate corporate events, private events, school dances and dance parties.

"I am extremely honored to be featured as one of the coolest college based companies in the United States,” said Will Curran, founder and CEO of Endless Entertainment. “Our team is very excited to finally be recognized for all the hard work we have done.”

Recently, Curran was the youngest person featured in the Arizona Republic’s "35 under 35" – a list of the top 35 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 in the Phoenix Metro area. The company’s Facebook page was recently named in the top five Facebook pages for small businesses in the world, and the company has been a regular on Arizona television stations in recent months.

Susanna Young, co-founder and CEO of G3Box, said the team is honored to have been chosen as one of the finalists.

“It is a great way to garner more support for our company," Young said. "Being featured on the Inc. website will help us expand our network and partnerships, and hopefully inspire others to start something they are passionate about.”

The G3Box team also was announced as the winner of the Entrepreneur magazine’s "College Entrepreneur of the Year" in January this year.

To see who is currently winning the Inc magazine competition, and to vote for the ASU student ventures, please click on this link: http://www.inc.com/coolest-college-start-ups-2012/videos.html? Click “like” next to the company you want to vote for.

G3Box also is in the running for the Dell Social Innovation awards. This is also a vote-based competition. Vote here: http://www.dellchallenge.org/projects/g3box-generating-global-good

The Edson Initiative is a startup accelerator, part of ASU Venture Catalyst, which provides funding in addition to office space, mentorship and training for ASU student startups. The program is one of the largest privately funded business plan competitions at a U.S. university.

“We are very proud of the companies in the Edson program,” said Gordon McConnell, director of venture acceleration at ASU SkySong. “The companies coming out of the student startup accelerator are doing amazing work, generating revenue and gaining national exposure."