West campus groundbreaking celebrates Sun Devil Fitness Complex

April 25, 2012

ASU President Michael M. Crow joined students, faculty, staff and community supporters on the West campus April 24 to break ground for the new 63,000-square-foot Sun Devil Fitness Complex, set to open in January 2013.

The Sun Devil Fitness Complex is funded by a student government-endorsed facility fee and is one of three major construction projects in progress on campus. A new residence hall and a dining facility are due to open at the beginning of the fall 2012 semester in August. Student Brandi Bement Download Full Image

The new fitness complex will offer ten times as much space as the existing facility at the West campus. Amenities will include weight and fitness equipment, fitness studios, an outdoor pool and fields, gymnasium, racquetball courts, and wellness service space including a demonstration kitchen for healthy food preparation.

Two multipurpose studios in the center will be used for group fitness classes and student club activities. A two-court gymnasium will accommodate basketball, volleyball and badminton, and two racquetball courts also are included. Sand volleyball and outdoor basketball courts will be available on the south side of the new facility, and the existing field north of the project site will be renovated for use as a student quad and recreational play field.

In addition to Crow, speakers at the groundbreaking event included Elizabeth Langland, dean of ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences; Mistalene Calleroz White, dean of students at the West campus; and Josh Tucker, West campus student government president. Fitness staff were on hand showing off some of the new fitness equipment that will be available for use in the new facility.

“Students have been involved from the very beginning of the planning process for the Sun Devil Fitness Complex, from the arrangement of physical space to the conception of programming priorities,” said Calleroz White. “This process, from creation to completion, is being driven by students. The fitness complex, along with the two other new buildings, will truly transform the experience at the West campus. Students, current and prospective, are extremely excited about what the future holds.”

The project architect is Architekton + 360 Architecture; the construction manager is Haydon Building Corp. The Sun Devil Fitness Complex is expected to earn a minimum of LEED Silver certification.

Information about ASU’s West campus is available at http://campus.asu.edu/west.

More than 10,000 students set to graduate this spring

April 25, 2012

This May more than 10,000 students will become Sun Devil alumni at the university's spring commencement ceremonies. (Learn more about this year's graduates.)

The undergraduate ceremony is set to take place at 7:30 p.m., May 3, in Sun Devil Stadium, and will feature an address from Tom Brokaw, respected news anchor and former managing editor NBC’s “Nightly News.” Brokaw will also be presented with an honorary degree for his contributions to the field of journalism. Download Full Image

The graduate commencement is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m., May 2, in Wells Fargo Arena. More than 1,000 students are set to have their degrees conferred. Both ceremonies will be broadcasted live on ASUtv at asutv.asu.edu. For a complete list of convocations, visit graduation.asu.edu/ceremonies/spring.

The School of Sustainability will graduate 115 bachelors, five masters and one doctoral student. The School of Theater and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts will proudly graduate 77 undergraduate students, four master's students and one doctoral student. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will award degrees to 3,350 graduates in total, while Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication will bid farewell to 183 students.

ASU also is proud to announce that 289 veterans will have their degree conferred. This year graduating vets were bestowed red, white and blue cords to wear at graduation, signifying their service in the military.

Adding to the excitement, the Golden Class of 1962 will return to ASU for a special 50-year reunion. The ASU Alumni Association will host a two-day event in which the class will reconnect and reflect on their time at ASU. Notable alums from the class of 1962 include Congressman Harry Mitchell, journalist Sel Yackley and medical researcher Nancy Pressendo.

ASU also will award honorary degrees to the following:

• Temple Grandin, researcher and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Grandin is widely influential for her innovative work in animal science and her dedication as an author, speaker and advocate in the area of autism.

• Eric Kandel, Austrian-born American neuroscientist. Kandel is famous for his fundamental research central to understanding normal memory, dementia and mental disorders related to memory.

• Lim Chuan Poh, chairman of A*STAR – a lead government agency dedicated to fostering world-class scientific research and talent for a vibrant knowledge-based economy.

ASU will bestow the prestigious University Medal of Excellence to Nelson Broms, former chairman, president and CEO of The Equitable Life Holding Corporation.

Free parking will be available throughout the Tempe campus, except for metered spaces and residence hall lots. Parking information for commencement and convocation ceremonies can be found here.

Britt Lewis

Interim Communications Director, ASU Library