Sun Devil Marketplace receives recognition for interior design

May 22, 2015

The Arizona State University Sun Devil Marketplace recently stole the show at the 2015 International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Pride Awards.

Architecture and design firm Gensler won three IIDA Pride Awards for its design of the Sun Devil Marketplace, located in the new Tempe campus College Avenue Commons building, including "Best Hospitality+Retail+Restaurant," "People’s Choice" and "Best of Show." interior view of Sun Devil Marketplace Download Full Image

ASU and Follett, operator of the Sun Devil Campus Stores, worked closely with Gensler to develop a forward-looking campus store experience that reflects ASU’s culture, passion for innovation and community interests.

“It’s a unique honor to receive both the Best of Show and People’s Choice award,” said Mike Stanley, Gensler senior project manager. “We are very proud of the Sun Devil Marketplace and so thankful for the wonderful guidance and partnership of Follett and ASU in creating this cutting-edge space.”

The Sun Devil Marketplace sells leading retail technology and a specially curated assortment of products from several top apparel and technology brands.

Shoppers also can pick up grocery items at the Marketplace’s Grab-n-Go convenience store, practice their shot on the golf putting green and meet friends at Pitchforks &Corks, a coffee and wine bar on the second floor.

“Our goal is to serve the learning and lifestyle needs of the community in fresh and surprising ways,” said Don Germano, president of Follett Higher Education Group. “This re-imagined campus retail experience is the result of three years of hard work and close collaboration.”

The marketplace’s energy and unique collection of services not only attracts not only ASU students and faculty, but also the greater Tempe community. The space plays a critical role in connecting the campus with the community.

“We wanted the Sun Devil Campus Store to have magnetism and create a place that people wanted to be," said Morgan R. Olsen, ASU executive vice president, treasurer, and chief financial officer. “All of the College Avenue Commons retail amenities enable us to serve efficiently our students’ needs in a space that is community friendly and attractive to our alumni. We are proud to partner with Follett in the operation of Sun Devil Bookstores and to create spaces that are beautifully designed and keep ASU at the technological forefront.”

The International Interior Design Association Pride Awards honor design excellence within the IIDA Southwest Chapter (including Arizona, New Mexico, and Las Vegas, Nevada) and encourage innovative solutions for interior spaces. The awards are the chapter’s longest running event. Four leading designers nationwide, who have all been recognized with fellowship status in the IIDA organization, made up the panel of four judges for this year’s contest. 

Wendy Craft

Marketing and communications manager, Business and Finance Communications Group


ASU faculty member recognized for work in music education

May 22, 2015

Marg Schmidt, associate professor of music education in the School of Music at Arizona State University, was recently honored with two prestigious awards: the 2015 national String Researcher Award by the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and the 2015 Arizona Governor’s Arts Award for an Individual in Arts in Education.

“Being chosen for even one of these awards, let alone two, speaks volumes about Schmidt’s dedication to passing on her knowledge and love of music to others and for her unwavering commitment to furthering music education,” said Heather Landes, director of the School of Music. Marg Schmidt (center) receives her Governor's Arts Award from Rossitza Todorova, Download Full Image

ASTA is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping to develop and refine their careers. The ASTA award is presented annually to a deserving string researcher “whose work has contributed significantly to scholarship in string education and performance.”

Schmidt received tenure at ASU in 2007, and since then, she has been actively involved in publishing in leading research journals, presenting research at professional meetings, mentoring students and participating in the strings community. Schmidt accepted the award at the ASTA National Conference, March 18-21, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Governor’s Awards are a statewide celebration of the arts that recognizes distinguished artists, arts organizations, businesses, educators and individuals for their passion, creativity and devotion to Arizona’s arts and cultural community. The winners of the 2015 awards were announced at a ceremony on March 24 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. Appropriately, each recipient was awarded an actual work of art made by a living Arizona artist.

Schmidt’s career as a string educator and researcher has spanned over 30 years. She is an expert on string education and pedagogy and on music teacher preparation and development. Her research has focused on sociological issues of race and class among and between music learners and teachers, and how these concepts mesh with the reality of teaching strings in today’s schools.

“I am so pleased that both these awards bring recognition to the music program at ASU,” Schmidt says. “I have always loved the idea of ‘lighting your candle in your own little corner.’ Neither award is completely about me, as I couldn’t do the things I do without the support and encouragement of the administration, staff, my colleagues and our students in the School of Music. They inspire and encourage me every day in so many small ways. If we each keep lighting our candles, we can collectively make a difference in the lives of our students and the larger community.”

In addition to teaching in the School of Music, in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Schmidt is also the founder and director of the ASU String Project, which won the Robert Jesselson String Project Consortium Award in 2005 for the nation’s most outstanding string project. Schmidt holds a doctorate in music education from the University of Michigan, a master's in music (violin performance) from SUNY-StonyBrook and a bachelor's in music education from Lawrence University.

Heather Beaman,
communications liaison, School of Music

Deborah Sussman Susser

Communications and media specialist, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts