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ASU's Arizona freshman class is the most diverse class to date.
Freshman enrollment in ASU's online programs up 60 percent over fall 2016.
August 15, 2017

Diverse freshman class includes a 60 percent increase in university's online programs

For the fifth year in a row, Arizona State University is enrolling more freshmen from Arizona than the year prior, the fruit of the university’s continued commitment to help educate the state it serves and to provide access to higher education for all students who meet the academic requirements for admission.

When classes begin Thursday, approximately 11,500 freshmen will represent the Class of 2021 across four of ASU’s five metropolitan campuses — Tempe, Polytechnic, Downtown Phoenix and West — and the ASU location at Lake Havasu City. Of those students, 7,500 are Arizona residents.

The Arizona freshman class is the most diverse class to date, with approximately 53 percent of Arizona-based freshmen coming from underrepresented populations.

Related: Thousands of freshmen move into ASU residence halls

ASU has created a network of learning environments to serve students in ways that fits their needs and interests. Each of ASU’s Valley campuses has a different flavor and feel, and students are recognizing the options they have within the university. West campus saw a 30 percent increase in freshman enrollment this year, with 590 freshmen; the Polytechnic campus grew its freshman class 12 percent, with 620 freshmen; and the Downtown Phoenix campus is up about 3 percent, with 1,500 freshmen.

And freshman enrollment is up in ASU’s digital immersion, or online, programs as well, nearly 60 percent over fall 2016. The total freshman class represents ASU’s largest incoming class ever.

ASU’s continued growth speaks to its pledge to create a new kind of university that operates at the scale to serve all who are qualified and choose to seek a higher education and does so at the highest levels of academic and research excellence while maintaining affordable access. After financial aid and scholarships, the average Arizona resident pays only $1,800 in tuition at ASU.

International enrollment at ASU has also remained strong. ASU hosts more international students than any other public university in the country as it continues to expand global partnerships and support high-level research for both undergraduate and graduate students.

ASU’s record freshmen enrollment follows the record of nearly 10,000 undergraduates receiving diplomas in May 2017. 

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Thousands of students return to ASU this weekend.
ASU helps make move-in process fun, easy for students and families.
August 12, 2017

More than 14,000 students move into ASU's residence halls over the weekend; see the action in video and photos

More than 14,000 new and returning students moved in to Arizona State University’s residence halls, from the new (the state-of-the-art Tooker House) to the historical (Manzanita marking 50 years of providing a home for students).

Watch the fun in fast-forward on four of ASU's campuses in this time-lapse video.

Video by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

Moving into the dorm is one of the rites of passage in college, and ASU does it right: In addition to providing music, games and crews of volunteers who run the move-in process like a well-oiled machine, the university takes a community-minded approach to hall assigments. ASU places students in specific halls based on their academic major, helping to create close-knit communities and build a foundation that spurs academic success throughout their time at the university.

The Tempe campus welcomed 11,000 residents; 1,280 at the Downtown Phoenix campus; 1,250 at Polytechnic; 550 at West; and 117 at Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Explore the action with our photos and more videos below the gallery, and visit for more Fall Welcome events.


Tooker House move-in

 Video by Jamie Ell/ASU


Downtown move-in

Video by Jordan Currier/ASU 


Top photo: Journalism freshman Jessica Ferrigno gets help moving her belongings to a car from her mother Joan Goldstein and journalism senior Crystal Alvarez (left) during move-in at Taylor Place on the Downtown Phoenix campus Friday morning. Photo by Deanna Dent

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ASU's Tooker House is designed for inquisitive engineering minds.
Want to know when your laundry is done? Yeah, there's an app for that.
August 11, 2017

Everything at cutting-edge Tempe residence hall designed to enhance what Ira A. Fulton students learn in classrooms and labs

When Arizona State University’s latest crop of engineering students move this weekend into the state-of-the-art residence hall built specifically for their discipline, they aren’t living in just any old dorm.

They are living totally immersed in an engineering education experience.

Everything about Tooker House, a brand-new 1,600-student community for engineering students, is designed to enhance and extend what they learn in classrooms and labs.

“Innovation has a new home address at Tooker House,” said Kyle Squires, dean of the Fulton Schools of Engineering. “This mixed-use living and learning facility sets a new standard in engineering education and reflects the breadth and depth of the student experience at the largest engineering school in the nation.”

Video by Ken Fagan/ASU Now

The fully Wi-Fi-accessible facility has enough bandwidth to accommodate four devices per resident. There are seven social lounges, seven study lounges and six academic success centers.

“Everything in here is built with the mind-set of engineers,” said Bradley Bolin, assistant director for residential life at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. “If you look at the ceilings, they look like they’re unfinished, but this is the finished product. They know engineers want to see not just the surface, but what’s beyond the surface. Where does water run? Where is the electricity? What kind of materials did they use?

“If you walk down the hallway, you’ll see where the hot water line is and where the cold water line is. You’ll see where Internet is placed. Our electrical room is all glass on the hallway side. Students who are interested in that type of engineering can walk down to what is running our building and look through and see actual engineers using the space.”

Engineers love to know how things work, and how things are put together.

“To see the inner workings of a building kind of kick-starts peoples’ imaginations,” said Pedro Giorge, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering who lives in Tooker House. “It’s really cool to see an application of what we learn in school actually applied. When you’re in your books and you’re concentrating on your work and the theories behind really don’t make a connection until you actually see something like an electrical system or a mechanical system. It’s just really cool to see that at home for a lot of these students.”

The vast majority of Tooker House residents are first-year engineering students. (The first and second floors are dedicated to upper-division students.) They run the gamut: civil engineering, mechanical engineering, material management engineering.

“Any type of engineering taught at Fulton, they can live at Tooker House,” Bolin said.

Two makerspaces outfitted for engineers provide a collaborative environment where students can work on projects, develop new technologies and have access to tools like 3-D printers and laser cutters. The spaces are also equipped with video chat, adjustable tables, soundproofing and lockers for projects.

“Engineers go through a lot of classes, and they have to do a lot of group work,” Bolin said. “What’s awesome about Tooker House, there’s plenty of group spaces where students can come together and use the floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall white boards. They can write out their big equations like they do in the movies. We created spaces like that just for them to walk down the hall with their roommate or someone who is in the same class with them and utilize the space we have here for them to work on their projects together. And, with the academic success centers in Tooker House, they have direct access to tutors, who are sophomores, seniors and sometimes grad students.”

Other amenities in the residence hall include a full-service, 14,000-square-foot, 525-seat dining facility; recreation center with modern student lounges, billiards and ping-pong; a modern fitness center with cardio machines and strength equipment, and a convenience store.

It’s a gated community with 24-hour campus security and front-desk services; live-in residential staff; and a courtyard with a sun deck and outdoor gathering pavilions.

Suites are fully furnished apartments with adjoining bathrooms, hardwood-style flooring, solar blackout shades, USB outlets and ceiling fans.

On-site laundry facilities with Bluetooth washers and dryers notify students when cycles are complete. 

“We have 130 washers and dryers to accommodate (students),” Bolin said. “They are on the second, fourth and sixth floors. There’s a really cool app. If a student doesn’t want to get out of their room, they can check the app to see when a machine is available and when their laundry is done.”

The new residence hall is named for Diane and Gary Tooker. Diane Tooker is an alumnus of ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and a former business owner and elementary school teacher. Gary Tooker is an alumnus of the Fulton Schools of Engineering and a former CEO of Motorola.

Together, the couple has made contributions to ASU through the ASU Foundation for more than 30 years, including support for the university’s teaching and engineering programs and the endowed Diane and Gary Tooker Chair for Effective Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Gary Tooker’s contributions to fostering Arizona’s tech sector were recognized with a lifetime achievement award presented at the 2012 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation.

“Diane and Gary Tooker are not only longtime supporters of ASU, but of innovation and education. Tooker House epitomizes the best of both,” said Gretchen Buhlig, CEO of ASU Foundation. “We are grateful to them, and for the opportunity to bring new spaces and modes of learning to our Fulton Schools of Engineering students.”


Top photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

Scott Seckel

Reporter , ASU Now


ASU alumni share experiences with 'Early Starters'

August 10, 2017

The college experience is vastly different to that of high school. To help prepare students for their transition to ASU, the School of Politics and Global Studies offers the Early Start program. The program allows a select group of students to come to campus two weeks early while learning strategies for succeeding in college.

The students also get a chance to hear from guest speakers that have experience in politics. This year, in their second week of the program, they were visited by political science alumni Christopher Glover and Trista Guzman.  Download Full Image

Glover and Guzman shared with the group the experiences they had while at ASU and takeaways from their careers.

“This [degree] program took political science and turned it into a career that I love,” said Guzman, who is policy assistant to Governor Doug Ducey. 

Glover, a councilmember in Mesa, Arizona District 4, advised the group not give up even when things are hard. Adding that failure is an opportunity for students to learn.

“You have to have a growth mind set,” Glover said. “Through determination you can accomplish anything you want.”

While at ASU, both Glover and Guzman participated in the Capital Scholars Program. As Capital Scholars, they lived and interned in Washington D.C. while earning credit.

During his time as a Capital Scholar, Glover was interning at an office that was in disarray. While other interns were quitting, Glover decided to stick it out.

“I’m better because of that experience,” Glover shared. “In crisis management I now know what to expect and how to handle it.”

While in the program, Guzman helped with focus groups. The following election cycle, after completing her internship, she was asked to come back to D.C. to help with polling data.  Guzman’s experiences illustrated to the students the importance of networking and how the program taught her to seek opportunities.

“My foundation and support here at ASU helped me be able to make some of those decisions,” Guzman said.

Matt Oxford

Manager of marketing and communications, School of Politics and Global Studies


ASU announces international tech leader as new chief information officer

August 7, 2017

Arizona State University has selected Lev Gonick, an internationally recognized leader in innovative technology strategies and solutions, to serve as chief information officer (CIO) starting Nov. 1.

Gonick will lead the University Technology Office (UTO), responsible for providing technology services and support to ASU’s more than 72,000 on-campus students, 28,000 online students and 15,000 faculty and staff. Gonick will report to Mark Searle, executive vice president and university provost; and Morgan R. Olsen, executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer. He will also hold the rank of professor of practice. Gonick will replace current CIO Gordon Wishon, who retires at the end of the year. man speaking at podium Lev Gonick will serve as ASU's chief information officer starting Nov. 1. Download Full Image

“Under Gordon’s exceptional leadership for the past seven years, ASU’s technology office has met the challenges of a growing, globally connected university,” Searle said. “Lev’s vision, transformational leadership style and track record of innovation will support the university in further realizing the potential of technology to empower the ASU community.”

A model for the New American University, ASU relies on its world-class University Technology Office to ensure students and staff have the resources they need to pursue academic excellence in the face of unprecedented technological advancements. The UTO is the hub for ASU’s “smart campus” initiative, which is leveraging Internet of Things technology, big data and analytics to provide students with a 21st-century higher-education experience.

Gonick will serve in a consulting role prior to starting in his official capacity. Presently, he concurrently serves as chief executive officer of DigitalC, a nonprofit that catalyzes innovative technology for community impact; and OneCommunity, an award-winning organization he co-founded that enables innovation, collaboration and productivity through next-generation broadband networks.

“We are delighted to welcome Lev to ASU,” said Olsen. “Throughout his professional career he has demonstrated a commitment to innovation, creativity and collaboration that aligns with the university’s efforts to redefine the landscape of public higher education.”

From 2001 to 2013, Gonick was chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University, where he and his colleagues were internationally recognized for technology innovations in community engagement, learning spaces, next-generation network projects and organizational development.

Inside Business magazine named Gonick to its Power 100 list in 2015, and Government Technology recognized him as one of the "Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in Public-Sector Innovation" in 2011. That same year, Crain's Cleveland Business named Gonick one of its "10 Difference Makers" in northeast Ohio and Broadband Properties honored him with a Cornerstone Award for "using fiber to build an inclusive society and empower individuals." In 2010, he was honored as "Visionary of the Year" by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. Gonick has been recognized by ComputerWorld as a Premier 100 IT leader and by CIO Magazine with a CIO 100 Award.

A frequent international speaker and consultant, Gonick serves on the boards of Luminance, Civitas Learning, DigitalC, Coalition for Local Internet Choice, Jewish Family Services Association, Macromedia University, US Ignite, Groundworks Dance Company, Northeast Ohio Sustainable Community Consortium, OneCommunity and New Media Consortium.

“I have long been inspired by the vision and mission of ASU,” Gonick said. “I have the greatest respect for the senior administration and the many faculty and staff I have met on campus. I am genuinely thrilled to join ASU and help chart the ways in which the professional technology community can contribute to the advancement of this innovative university.”

Gonick holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Ohio State University, a master’s degree in political science from Binghamton University and a doctorate in political science from York University.

Orange Mall revamp marks new era in ASU campus mall renovations

August 1, 2017

Orange Mall renovations mark a sustained improvement in the area around the Memorial Union on Arizona State University's Tempe campus and will be complete with the new Student Pavilion, opening in fall 2017.

“More space for the community and the incorporation of nature benefits everyone in large and small ways," said Byron Sampson, associate director of the Office of the University Architect. "ASU’s mission is to leverage our place, and a transformation of this area is crucial to our ability to do so." Artist rendering of Orange Mall extension The current asphalt cul-de-sac and unshaded walkways in front of the pavilion create a heat island that will be mitigated by new bioswales along the length of Orange Mall. Bioswales capture and filter storm water runoff, pavilion condensate and roof drainage. Artist rendering by Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture Download Full Image

The project extends the pavilion's indoor areas outside and increases pedestrian space. It features:

• electrical charging outlets
• fixed benches and lounge chairs
• landfill-recycle bin duos
• movable tables and chairs
• new benches

The current asphalt cul-de-sac and unshaded walkways in front of the pavilion create a heat island that will be mitigated by new bioswales along the length of Orange Mall. Bioswales capture and filter storm water runoff, pavilion condensate and roof drainage.

The reclaimed water irrigates the landscape that will feature 23 new date palms. The dates produced by the palms in the Palm Court will be collected as part of the annual ASU Campus Harvest.

The first Certified Sustainable Sites project at ASU follows the Tempe Campus Hardscape Master Plan. Collaboration with student groups, staff and consultants contributed to the use of locally sourced elements:

• soil, compost, mulch and rock from within 50 miles
• plants from within 250 miles
• other construction materials from within 500 miles

The revamp also extends the current Walk-Only Zone and increases the amount of pedestrian-centric space. New bicycle spaces will be integrated with the MU bike valet, and more bike parking will be added next to the new Orange Mall.

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ASU a 'best buy,' according to 2018 Fiske Guide to Colleges

Fiske guide names ASU a best buy for academics, value.
July 17, 2017

Guide annually ranks schools with the best combination of academic excellence and value for the cost of tuition

Students seeking a quality education at a reasonable price can look to Arizona State University as a "best buy," according to Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018.

The guide, which annually ranks schools with the best combination of academic excellence and value for the cost of tuition, included ASU on its list of only 20 public universities designated this year. 

ASU shared the distinction with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Maryland, the University of Florida and the University of Washington, among others. It was the only Arizona school on the list.

The Fiske guide describes ASU as a university “where ‘massive innovation’ is the norm and where an interdisciplinary culture is seen as the best means of developing ‘world-changing ideas.’ ASU’s stated goal is to serve any Arizona student qualified for college-level work and, in the process, it has become a national model of how to deal with the emerging demographics of U.S. higher education.”

Fiske reports ASU’s tuition for in-state students at around $11,000. In fact, very few resident students pay that amount: with gift aid and scholarships, the average Arizonan pays $1,800 in net tuition per school year.

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ASU’s commitment to access and affordability has created an influx of students from a diverse socioeconomic range, expanding ASU’s reach beyond many similar schools.

And it’s not just Arizona students benefiting from the high-value proposition presented by ASU.

Students from all states have access to the world-class education of the No. 1 most innovative university in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report, for a reasonable cost. 

“The scholarship I got from ASU made my out-of-state tuition about equivalent to what it would have cost in California to go to school,” said Lauren Gooch, a senior studying marketing. “Also, being able to graduate in four years was important to me — ASU guaranteed that, while the California schools I was considering could not.”

The Fiske guide is not the only ranking in which ASU excels. In addition to the No. 1 in innovation ranking — ahead of No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 MIT — the university ranks in the top 10 for graduate employability ahead of MIT, Columbia and UCLA, according to Times Higher Education. 

ASU is the No. 1 public university in the U.S. as chosen by international students according to the Institute of International Education.

And it’s home to a top 25 law school, a top 25 graduate business school and a top 20 fine arts school in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report.

And like the Fiske “best buy,” it has been designated a “Best College Value” by Kiplinger’s.

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One of largest Western film history collections goes on display

ASU-owned Western film collection to debut at Scottsdale's Museum of the West.
The Wild Wild West, as portrayed in film, will be on display in Scottsdale.
June 19, 2017

Acquired by ASU Foundation and Scottsdale's Museum of the West, Rennard Strickland Collection provides unique perspective

One of the largest collections of Western film memorabilia has found a home, appropriately, in the Southwest.

The Rennard Strickland Collection of Western Film History debuts tomorrow at Scottsdale's Museum of the West. The collection was acquired jointly last October by the museum and Arizona State University's Foundation for A New American University. More than 100 posters and lobby cards will be on display, out of the more than 5,000 in the collection, dating from the 1890s to the mid-1980s. The exhibit runs through Sept. 30, 2018.

“The collection, which numbers more than 5,000 works, represents Dr. Strickland’s passion for Western film and the extraordinary graphic abilities of artists from past to present,” chief curator Tricia Loscher said. "It's unique in that many stories about the posters and films are told from Dr. Strickland's perspective." 

Strickland, a professor at University of Oklahoma's College of Law, began to collect the memorabilia in the 1970s. He then passed the collection along to the Museum of the West and ASU to serve as a resource for the university's faculty and students. Strickland himself is of Osage and Cherokee heritage and an expert on Indian law.

Because many of the films were shot in the area, the move made plenty of sense. 

Test your Western film trivia below.

"We have brought his collection home," Loscher said. "This is one of the major centers of the Western region where film has been produced, and it is an honor and privilege for us that Dr. Strickland selected this partnership to see that his collection is shared by present and future generations from around the world."

To celebrate the acquisition, an event will be held for museum members from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. Attendees will have the opportunity to view the exhibition and meet Strickland, Loscher, ASU President Michael Crow, museum director Mike Fox and others. 

Museum hours are 9:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. Closed Monday. (Thursday hours are extended to 9 p.m. Nov. through April.)

Admisison prices for the museum are: $13, adults; $11, seniors (65+) and active military; $8, students (full-time with ID) and children (6–17 years); free for members and children 5 and under.

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Top photo: The Rennard Strickland Collection of Western Film History is on display at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West from June 20, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2018. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now



Did you know? 

Only two Western films have ever received a “Best Picture” Academy Award (Oscar).

“Cimarron,” released in 1931; received the “Best Picture” Oscar in the same year.
An adaptation of Edna Ferber’s novel, it tells the story of a young woman who marries a drifter-gunfighter during the Oklahoma land rush, who go their separate ways. It starred Richard Dix and Irene Dunne.

“Dances with Wolves,” released in 1990, the film received the “Best Picture” Oscar in 1991.
A historical drama set during the U.S. Civil War, it tells the story of Union Army Officer Lieutenant John J. Dunbar and his relationship with a band of Sioux Indians. The film stars Kevin Costner.


Although hundreds of thousands of movie posters rolled off the presses, relatively few have survived.

Posters were shipped from theater to theater, and became worn, ragged and outdated. Paper drives during World War II emptied film-studio storage warehouses, making silent film posters particularly rare.


An 1889 Budweiser saloon poster of a painting entitled “Custer’s Last Fight” was the basis for movie poster art.


“Stagecoach” is considered one of the most important Western films ever made and one of Director John Ford’s greatest achievements.

It demonstrated to the Hollywood studios that there was a viable audience for Westerns films. It also rescued John Wayne from his B-picture status, propelling him to fame.

The historic drama, based on a short story by Ernest Haycox, is about a group of passengers traveling by stagecoach to the town of Lordsburg in the New Mexico Territory. Shot on location in northeastern Arizona’s Monument Valley, John Wayne plays Ringo Kid, an ex-con and the only one among the group who possesses the survival skills to keep them alive.


The earliest Westerns were filmed in New Jersey.

They derived from the Wild West shows that were touring the country in the late 1800s. California’s long days of sunshine and variety of outdoor settings quickly lured film companies to the West.


Silver-screen singing cowboy Tex Ritter was the father of actor Jon Ritter — known by millions for his role as bachelor Jack Tripper in the television series “Three’s Company.”

Tex Ritter appeared in numerous Western films, primarily in the mid-1930s and 1940s, and went on to achieve even greater fame as a Western recording artist.            


Trivia courtesy of Scottsdale's Museum of the West.       

Connor Pelton

Reporter , ASU Now

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Adidas, ASU announce partnership to shape the future of sport

Partnership combines ASU's world-class resources, Adidas' global reach.
Alliance will connect people to power of sport by translating complex research.
June 12, 2017

Global Sport Alliance will explore topics including diversity and race, sustainability and human potential through sport

Adidas and ASU today announced the Adidas and Arizona State University Global Sport Alliance, a strategic partnership aimed at shaping the future of sport and amplifying sport’s positive impact on society. Bringing together education, athletics, research and innovation, the Global Sport Alliance will explore topics including diversity, race, sustainability and human potential, all through the lens of sport.


Going beyond a traditional athletic partnership, the Global Sport Alliance will harness resources across the entire university and leverage Adidas’ global reach. This new, comprehensive partnership connects students, faculty, employees, researchers, engineers and a global network of thought leaders and partners to develop and exchange ideas, undertake joint inquiries and research, inspire people to act on key findings and transform ideas into reality in measurable ways.

“Few things in life bind people together more than passion for and participation in sport,” ASU President Michael Crow said. “Adidas and Arizona State University have come together because we have a common commitment to having a real-time, positive impact on the world and we see the power of sport to influence human success. We both seek to empower people, improve health and well-being, and inspire action through teaching, learning and community engagement. ASU, energetically focused on innovation and creative problem-solving, is a ready-made action lab to help extend Adidas’ ideas and creative energy.”

The partnership will explore topics including athlete potential, consumer behavior and insight, product materials and innovations, new educational opportunities and more. Investigating the role diversity and race plays in sport, the Global Sport Alliance provides a platform for exploration into fan behavior toward athletes, underrepresentation within coaching ranks and team ownership, bias issues related to officiating, and racial background and how it effects sport participation.

Sustainability is another key theme for the alliance, which aims to explore the entire lifecycle of sport — where it’s made, played and sold. The alliance will invite examination into topics such as sustainability education, traceability in product supply chain, the creation of sustainable materials and new recycling solutions.

“We’re ... exploring things like diversity, sustainability and human potential. Sport is so much bigger than the game. We believe through sport, we have the power to change lives.”
—  Adidas North America President Mark King

In addition, the alliance will investigate health in sports, looking at athletes holistically and exploring how to maximize human potential. One topic Adidas and ASU will consider exploring is tailored programs that encompass nutrition, mind-set, movement, recovery and product.

“Adidas and ASU see the world as a place to be disrupted,” said Adidas North America President Mark King. “When you combine the world-class resources of ASU with the global power of Adidas, extraordinary things can happen. We’re coming together to test the boundaries of the universe and make quantum leaps in what our future looks like. We’re looking at the world through the lens of sport and exploring things like diversity, sustainability and human potential. Sport is so much bigger than the game. We believe through sport, we have the power to change lives. Adidas and ASU have a shared passion for innovation and creativity, for leading change and finding what’s next. With the Global Sport Alliance, we’re on a quest to explore the unknown. We want the whole world to benefit from what we discover.”

A key component of the Global Sport Alliance is the Global Sport Institute (GSI), designed to connect people to the power of sport by translating and amplifying complex sports research to broad, global audiences. GSI will convene public events, engage leading sports figures and publish research findings through reports, infographics, podcasts and social media. Kenneth L. Shropshire, an international expert at the intersection of sports, business, law and society, will lead GSI as CEO and join ASU as the Distinguished Professor in Global Sports, a position created by Adidas.

“The Global Sport Institute will support collaborative inquiry and research that examines critical issues impacting sport and all those connected with sport,” Shropshire said. “GSI's purpose will be to transform the resulting findings into practical knowledge that is widely shared, educating and influencing audiences.”

The announcement of the alliance rapidly advances the connection between Adidas and ASU, two organizations that epitomize innovation and creativity. ASU was named the nation’s No. 1 most innovative university by U.S. News & World Report in 2015 and 2016, ahead of Stanford and MIT. Adidas highlights open-source innovation as a top strategic choice in its global business plan, working with partners around the world to increase creative capital, gain new perspectives and make new things. In 2014, the organizations announced a partnership for Adidas to be the official brand of Sun Devil Athletics.   

For more information about the Global Sport Alliance, visit

English professor’s Oxford fellowship broadens ASU role in health-humanities field

May 24, 2017

Arizona State University Professor of English Mark Lussier has been appointed Visiting Research Fellow in Medical Humanities at Worcester College, Oxford University, U.K.

Lussier will complete brief residencies at Oxford between August and December 2017, conducting research and helping forge connections between ASU and Oxford in the field of health humanities. Mark Lussier, chair and professor of English at ASU Mark Lussier, who has been appointed Visiting Research Fellow in Medical Humanities at Worcester College, Oxford University, has long worked on issues of integrated health. The ASU professor’s interest began with an administrative post in the trauma center of Houston’s Ben Taub County Hospital in the 1970s and has continued to the present through his investigations of Buddhist mindfulness and physiological responses to poetry. Download Full Image

Lussier, who is a former chair of the Department of English and a past president of the University Senate at ASU, researches the intersection between science and literature. The appointment brings together his academic work in the area over the past several years with his passion for helping others. Lussier explains that his presence at Oxford will pave the way for future student internship exchanges and research opportunities through Worcester College.

“The goal will be to create a multi-tiered, multi-dimensional program to help address the growing crisis in medical ‘care’ (versus medical ‘cure’) and its delivery,” Lussier said. “At a pragmatic level, we hope to articulate interventions to ameliorate suffering.”

Lussier has long worked on issues of integrated health. A Texas native, the ASU professor’s interest began with an administrative post in the trauma center of Houston’s Ben Taub County Hospital in the 1970s and has continued to the present through his investigations of Buddhist mindfulness and physiological responses to poetry.

Lussier and frequent collaborator Alison Essary of ASU’s College of Health Solutions have co-authored several articles on health humanities, including the 2014 white paper “The Necessity of Narrative: Linking Literature and Health Care in Higher Education Curricula” which was published in Forum on Public Policy. Their critical study endorses a new model of alternative medicine called “bibliotherapy” that, “if established properly, [can lead] to diagnostic and therapeutic breakthroughs.”

Lussier has also been instrumental in establishing the new College of Liberal Arts and Sciences undergraduate certificate in interdisciplinary health humanities, which will officially launch in the English department in fall 2018. The first related course in the field will be taught this fall by associate professor of English Cora Fox, who is interim director of the ASU Institute for Humanities Research. The class will be part of an innovative set of linked courses in the new ASU Humanities Lab focused on grand social challenges in health.

As for the immediate future: during summer 2017, Lussier will co-direct, with Essary, the Exploring Science and Medicine Through Art and Literature in Italy ASU Study Abroad program from May 29 to June 23, 2017. When the program wraps up, Lussier is then is off to Oxford, where he will direct and teach in the Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Oxford ASU program, July 7 to Aug. 11.

Kristen LaRue

communications specialist, Department of English