Volunteers needed for campus garden projects


September 1, 2011

When the calendar page is turned to September, it’s time to start to think about soil, plants and harvests.

Facilities Management at Arizona State University is gearing up for its fall programs on the Tempe campus, which is an arboretum, and needs volunteers who love to work in flower beds, pack dates and pick olives. Download Full Image

During the month of September, volunteers are needed to work in the Herb Garden and Secret Garden, both on the Tempe campus, said Deborah Thirkhill, program coordinator.

Those interested in the Herb Garden should meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday mornings at the picnic benches on the north side of the Student Services Building (east of Forest Avenue and Gammage Parkway), on the Tempe campus.

Volunteers for the Secret Garden should meet at 8 a.m., Friday mornings, in the Dixie Gammage courtyard, to prepare flower beds. Volunteers can stay as long as they wish, Thirkhill said.

Other upcoming events, open to the public, include:

• Farmers Market, every other Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning Sept. 27, on the Tempe campus, west of the Memorial Union fountain on Orange Mall. The Arboretum will sell boxed campus harvest dates at the Farmers Market Oct. 11.

• Campus harvest date packing, Tempe campus. Volunteers are needed every Thursday, Friday and Saturday Oct. 6-29. Volunteers will receive a bag of campus dates.

• Second annual Date Festival, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Nov. 5, ASU’s Polytechnic campus. Enjoy rare varieties of dates fresh off the palm tree, date foods, Moroccan style entertainment, tours and lectures. Free.

• Olive harvest, 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 19, Tempe campus. Pick a bucket of olives on campus. If you wish to have the olives pressed for oil, the Queen Creek Olive Mill allows individuals or groups to bring a minimum of 300 pounds of olive to be pressed, with the mill keeping half. Anyone interested in this option should call Christ Martin at the Olive Mill, (480) 888-9290 (press 7).

On Nov. 19, learn how to process green or black olives to eat. Guest speakers at ASU on Nov. 19 will be David Lawver, “Urban Harvesting,” and Rigoberto Polanco, “Curing Olives.”

For more information about volunteering or the events, contact Deborah Thirkhill, (480) 268-4165, or go to http://cfo.asu.edu/fdm-arboretum-volunteer.

Fire Safety Month: Learn about fire safety, CPR, AED


September 1, 2011

If you’ve put off fire safety training or would like to learn how to do hands-only CPR, take advantage of free safety courses offered throughout September during Fire Safety Month.

“It’s never too late to learn how to operate an AED or how to plan for an emergency,” said ASU Fire Marshal Jim Gibbs. “We’re offering most classes on all four campuses so students, faculty and staff can take advantage of these opportunities to learn about safety.” Download Full Image

Classes that will be offered include:

• Fire Prevention and Safety: The general class required for faculty, staff and students that goes over ASU evacuation procedures and protocols, use of fire extinguishers, fire prevention and common causes of fire. Sessions will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 1, at the Memorial Union room 207; 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Sept. 12, at the West campus, UCB LaSala Ballroom C; 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 20, at Polytechnic campus, Union Ballrooms A-C;  11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 26, at the Memorial Union, room 236; and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 29, at the Memorial Union room 236.

• Emergency Preparedness Training: Awareness training on fire code and other applicable code requirements for emergency planning and how to evaluate businesses to help improve business continuity, preparedness and recovery from anticipated emergency scenarios. Sessions will take place from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 1, at the Memorial Union room 207; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 13, at the Memorial Union 207; and 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Sept. 29, at the Memorial Union room 236.

• Hands only Adult CPR Training: An adult CPR training program designed and coordinated through Arizona Department of Health Services, University of Arizona and the American Heart Association using hands only compressions. Sessions will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Sept. 8, at the A.E. England Auditorium at the Downtown Phoenix campus; 10:30 a.m. to noon, Sept. 12, at the West campus, UCB room 265; and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 29, at the Tempe campus, Memorial Union room 236.

• CPR/AED Awareness Training: This training on CPR/AED will help increase community awareness of the university’s AED program, protocols and procedures. Sessions will take place from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 7, at the Memorial Union, room 228; from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Sept. 13, at the Memorial Union, room 207; and 10:30 a.m. to noon, Sept. 20, at the Polytechnic campus, Union Ballrooms A-C.

• Tents & Canopies Presentation: A representative from Industrial Fabrics Association International will teach session on tents, canopies and other temporary structures. Accessories, site selection, codes, regulations, inspections, anchorage, management and emergency response will be included. Participants will learn proper staking techniques and alternative staking methods. Sessions will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 9, in room 207 at the Memorial Union; 10:30 a.m. to noon, Sept. 12, at the West campus, UCB LaSala Ballroom C; and 10:30 a.m. to noon, Sept. 15, at the Polytechnic campus, Union Ballroom C. 

• Means of Egress: Learn about entrance and exit systems in permanent and temporary structures. Event coordinators can learn about entrance and exit requirements for evacuations as well as safe use, occupant calculations, determining exit widths and the number of exits. Means of Egress sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Sept. 1, in the Memorial Union, room 207; 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 8, at the A.E. England auditorium at the Downtown Phoenix campus; 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Sept. 12, at the West campus, UCB room 265; 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Sept. 20, at the Polytechnic campus Union Ballrooms A-C; and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 26, at the Memorial Union, room 236.

• Large Scale Events Emergency Planning: A general presentation related to emergency preparedness planning for large scale events that have temporary setups inside permanent and temporary structures or are outside in the open.  This will be an interactive discussion with attendees following a short presentation. Sessions will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 7, at the Memorial Union, room 228; 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 12, at the West campus, UCB LaSala Ballroom C; and 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Sept. 26, at the Memorial Union, room 236.

• Special Event Setup Concerns: A short presentation and discussion about recent incidents within the country and internationally involving tents, canopies, stages, platforms and how to work together to ensure a safe event. Sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Sept. 9, at the Memorial Union, room 207; 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 12, at the West campus, UCB LaSala Ballroom C; and 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Sept. 15, at the Polytechnic campus, Union Ballroom C.

• ASU/State Fire Marshal Permitting Process: An overview of the ASU Fire Marshal’s role and responsibilities to include state fire marshal representation or permitting of construction, renovation, special events, fuel tanks, fire and life safety systems. Sessions will take place from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 13, and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 23, at the Memorial Union room 207.

• Meet the Vendors for Special Events Day: This is meet and greet event to network with vendors and event planners. Vendors are from companies that rent tents, canopies, stages, platforms, generators, interactive games, inflatable type equipment, rides, etc. This session will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 29, at the Tempe campus, Memorial Union, Ventana Ballrooms 241A-C.

For additional information, contact Jim Gibbs at jwgibbs@asu.edu or (480) 965-0536.