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Bruce Arena scores attention of students at SILC, ASU

Soccer fanatics got a treat April 17 when Bruce Arena, the former U.S. men's soccer national team coach, visited Arizona State University. 

Invited by The School of International Letters & Cultures (SILC), the famous coach spoke about the sports' background and culture, and the importance of sportsmanship. SILC students take part in the annual SILC Cup, a friendly game of soccer within the school.
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SILC is currently offering a cultural and humanities course called, Game: History & Culture of Soccer. The program taught by SILC lecturers Paul Arena (Bruce's nephew) and Enrico Minardi has become exceedingly popular among students because it emphasizes the universal understanding of the game and how it plays an integral part of not only U.S. culture but worldwide.

Arena spoke of the beauty of the game and how it is played throughout the world, making it a custom for a lot of families. interviewed Bruce Arena on his rationale on why the U.S. soccer team did not make the 2018 World Cup.

Article Source: AZ Central
Kathleen Leslie

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ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences alumna Desiree Linden wins Boston Marathon

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is very proud of alumna Desiree Linden, who became the first American woman in 33 years to win the Boston Marathon.

Linden pushed through icy wind gusts and rain-slicked asphalt on April 16 to finish the marathon in 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds. Download Full Image

Linden received two bachelor’s degrees in religious studies and psychology from Arizona State University in 2006.

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ASU Remains at Military, Veteran Education Forefront

School among top of more than 1,400 schools surveyed 

Tempe, Ariz., April 12, 2018 – Arizona State University has once again been designated a Military Friendly® School for the ninth consecutive year, university officials confirmed Wednesday. Download Full Image

The designation comes from Victory Media, a leader in helping connect the military community with education and professional opportunities through their G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse publications.  

ASU earned a “gold” rating, placing it within the top of the more than 1,400 schools that participated in the 2018-2019 survey.  EdPlus, ASU’s online education arm, also earned separate recognition as a Military Friendly® School.

“Helping veterans and other military-affiliated students get access to quality higher education continues to be our driving force in the Pat Tillman Veterans Center,” said Steve Borden, PTVC director.  “We place great value on our military and veteran students, which is part of ASU’s larger affinity toward national defense and public service.”

Universities earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey.  For the first time, student survey data was taken into consideration for the designation. 

“We continually work on innovative ways to make the student veteran’s ASU journey a transformational and not a transactional college experience,” said Michelle Loposky, PTVC assistant director for outreach and engagement. “One of our goals is to help our military students by pointing them toward internships, research, and other opportunities so when they graduate they leave here with a diploma and a broader range of beneficial experiences.”

More than 7,200 military affiliated students are currently enrolled online and on campus, making ASU one of the largest universities per capita in the U.S. for students earning their degrees with GI Bill and Department of Defense tuition assistance benefits.  

“The support ASU has for veterans is unmatched for public universities,” said U.S. Marine Corps veteran Anthony Lawrence, a communication major with ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “That is because the folks at the Pat Tillman Veterans Center care and work hard to support veterans and to get us involved.” 

Over half of enrolled military students are online.  The most popular degree programs for veterans at ASU are in engineering, STEM, as well as those leading to continued community service—such as criminology, criminal justice studies, social work, health programs and teaching.

Methodology, criteria and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

“Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to colleges creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to invest in programs to provide educational outcomes that are better for veterans,” said Victory Media’s Chief Product Officer Daniel Nichols.

For more information about ASU’s student veteran programs, go to  To find out more about all of ASU’s overall military initiatives visit

Photo:  Graduating military veterans pose for a photo on Tempe Campus, May 6, 2017, after a ceremony where they were presented with honor stoles, which identify them with the branch of military service in which they are serving or served. Over 7,200 military affiliated students currently attend ASU, including veterans, active duty, National Guard, reservists and family members. (Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now)  

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ASU students can expand their horizons with unique certificates

ASU students can expand their interests by combining various fields within their education, reports The State Press in an article on April 9.  

With more than 240 minors and certificates to choose from, students can customize their college careers as they choose. One example of a minor or certificate that can provide students the opportunity to take courses outside of their respective majors, is the international cinema certificate in the School of International Letters and Cultures. Download Full Image

The certificate allows students to study various subjects through the medium of film. The program began enrolling students in fall 2017, and there are plans to continue growing it, according to Dan Gilfillan, international cinema certificate founder and professor in the School of International Letters and Cultures. 

“The certificate was designed with the idea to introduce students to and give them the opportunity to explore international cinema,” Gilfillan said. “It’s a unique way to enter into those world cultures through film.”

Article Source: The State Press
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National Endowment for the Humanities approves $100K for new ASU military veterans program

18-credit certification aims to narrow military-civilian gap 

Tempe, Ariz., April 11, 2018 – The National Endowment for the Humanities approved a $100,000 grant spread over three years to help Arizona State University launch its new "Veterans, Service, and Society" certificate program, administrators announced today.  Download Full Image

ASU’s Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement submitted a proposal to the NEH to help move forward with a program designed to raise understanding of U.S. military veterans beyond commonly held stereotypes.  The 18-credit-hour undergraduate certificate will be dedicated solely to the study of veterans, military culture and how it relates to society.

“This is a wonderful affirmation to our planning and now implementation of the first courses to be offered,” said Nancy Dallett, associate director with OVMAE.

The first courses to be offered during the upcoming fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters include “Veterans, Society and Service: America’s Experience of Modern War,” “Representations and Self-Representations of Veterans in the Media and the Arts,” and a research methodology course and internship.

Despite most people having great respect for servicemen and –women, the current divide between military and civilian cultures is deep and often results in misunderstandings.

“The media is flooded with representations of veterans as either homeless ‘head cases,’ or as heroes who are placed on a pedestal,” said Mark von Hagen, history professor and director of OVMAE. “Both are shallow binary portrayals, rendering society unable to make space for conversation.”

Von Hagen affirms the coursework will not be stale or drab and will address issues such as civil-military relations, the role of the armed forces in a changing society in areas of class, gender, civil rights and LGBTQ issues.  It will also pose questions such as: What are society’s obligations for veterans and families, and how do they transition through health care, higher education, employment and continued service?

Dallett and von Hagen are available for media interviews.  

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ASU President Michael M. Crow statement on ABOR passage of 2018-19 tuition proposal

I appreciate the board’s approval of ASU’s 2018-19 tuition proposal, which includes no tuition increase for any Arizona resident undergraduate students – current and incoming. Arizona resident undergraduate students will also see no class or academic program fee increases.

This freeze in tuition and class and academic program fees underscores our commitment to providing Arizona students unprecedented access to one of the highest-quality public university educations in the country at the lowest possible price. Download Full Image

We are now in the seventh year of our commitment to resident students that we will not raise tuition more than three percent annually. This promise makes our pricing model very predictable for students and families.

We have worked tirelessly to be in an organizational and financial position that allows us to not raise tuition, class or academic program fees this year for Arizona students. And we will continue to advance a model that ensures resident students have limited financial barriers to attend ASU and access to the maximum amount financial aid is available.

I am still concerned, however, that Arizona has no state funding model for universities when we know that access to higher education can provide exponentially improved opportunities for our citizens and our economy.

We are in the second year of encouraging our legislators to invest in Arizona’s students and families. We are asking the state to fund half of the cost of an Arizona resident to attend the university, or about $7,500 per student. We’ll take care of the rest.

ASU is proud to be the university of choice for Arizona students, and we are committed to continuing our ambitious trajectory of becoming a comprehensive knowledge enterprise dedicated to the simultaneous pursuit of excellence, broad access to quality education, and maximum societal impact.

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Phoenix City Council approves $13.5 million investment for downtown ASU expansion

City of Phoenix, ASU continue partnership to expand downtown campus with Thunderbird School of Global Management; school will move to Arizona Center this summer 

PHOENIX (APRIL 4, 2018)  – Arizona State University’s partnership with the city of Phoenix on its 12,000-student downtown campus was reaffirmed today as the Phoenix City Council approved a $13.5 million investment in a new building for Thunderbird School of Global Management, a 72-year-old international business management school that joined the university in 2014. Download Full Image

The move will bring more than 300 graduate students, more than 100 staff and faculty members and hundreds of executive education participants into downtown Phoenix from around the United States and the world. Plans call for construction to begin in 2019 on the new building, on the northwest corner of Polk and Second streets adjacent to the Beus Center for Law and Society. The grand opening is expected to occur by 2021, the school’s 75th anniversary. 

In the interim, Thunderbird will move to One Arizona Center, as early as this summer for the Fall 2018 semester. The Arizona Center is located at 455 N. Third St., adjacent to ASU’s downtown campus.

“This is a strategically important move for Thunderbird and the university that we believe will have a very favorable impact on the downtown Phoenix community,” said ASU President Michael Crow. “We are committed to the downtown campus and to our partnership with the city of Phoenix, so having made this decision, we want to take action as soon as possible.”

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said moving a school focused on international business and management into downtown Phoenix will be an economic development asset to the city of Phoenix in addition to what it does for the ASU campus.

“Downtown Phoenix is a growing hub for higher education and innovation, and Thunderbird’s presence offers even more opportunity to attract talent and grow our economy,” Stanton said.

Moving Thunderbird from its iconic air-base location in Glendale, home to the school for more than 70 years, will result in a public planning process with the city of Glendale for redevelopment of the nearly 140 acres that encompass the campus and its surrounding area.

“Moving is always a leap of faith that brings a sense of renewal and spike of energy,” said Allen Morrison, director-general and CEO of Thunderbird. “It is a wonderful opportunity for a renewal of the school, now better integrated with the university. We appreciate the support from the city of Phoenix, and we couldn’t be more enthusiastic about forging new relationships and new partnerships with the downtown Phoenix community.”

Thunderbird began as the American School of Foreign Trade in 1946 on an air base that was used to train Allied foreign pilots from more than 30 countries for service in World War II. Phoenix business leaders such as Frank Snell, Walter Bimson, Edward O’Malley and Frank Brophy, as well as many others, were founding board members of the new school.

Today, Thunderbird has more than 44,000 alumni around the world, with active alumni chapters in more than 140 countries. The school offers specialized master’s degrees in global management and executive education. The school’s bachelor program, which began in 2015 after the merger with ASU, will remain at ASU’s West campus.

When complete, Thunderbird’s new building will be 85,000 to 95,000 square feet and will sit adjacent to the Beus Center, which houses the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law as well as several other organizations. Operational funding will come from the university. Construction of the building will be financed through philanthropy, funds from disposition of the existing Thunderbird site, and the city investment. The university has already begun the public procurement process for hiring an architect and general contractor.

“The impact of Arizona State University’s downtown campus has been beyond my expectations,” said Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski, whose district includes the campus. “Thunderbird students, faculty, staff and curriculum will provide an international component for downtown, adding to both the substance and diversity of our community. I am thrilled to see the commitment to coming this fall, before the new building is even here yet.”

In addition to the physical move, Thunderbird will be reshaping its graduate school curriculum and its executive education structure to be more responsive to the demands of a rapidly changing global marketplace. Details on the graduate program modifications are still under review. In addition, Thunderbird will launch a new and more robust model of executive education, with stronger administrative and disciplinary linkages to other ASU units, especially with ASU colleges of law, engineering, journalism, design, Health Solutions, Sustainability, and Public Service and Community Solutions.

“Thunderbird has always been a school based on rigor, excellence and innovation,” said Crow. “With this move, we will be rededicating the school to its core mission to be a force for leadership globally, and we are raising the bar. It is an elite institution. We want students and professional partners whose goal is to stretch, strive and make an impact.”




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8th Annual Zócalo Book Prize Awarded to Michael Ignatieff, author of “The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World”

Los Angeles (April 3, 2018) – Michael Ignatieff, author of The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World, is the winner of the eighth annual Zócalo Public Square Book Prize. The Zócalo Book Prize is awarded annually to the U.S.-published nonfiction book that most enhances our understanding of community and the forces that strengthen or undermine human connectedness and social cohesion.

Consistent with the organization’s mission, the Zócalo Book Prize seeks to honor the best contemporary thinking on the oldest of human dilemmas: how best to live and work together. Download Full Image

Michael Ignatieff is the former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and now president of Central European University in Budapest. In the book, published by Harvard University Press, he explores how globalization—and resistance to it—is affecting our moral understanding of the world. Resulting from three years of conversations with a diversity of people in eight nations, Ignatieff found that while human rights may be the language of states and liberal elites, the moral language that resonates with most people is that of everyday virtues: tolerance, forgiveness, trust, and resilience. This is part of what he calls a “city’s moral operating system.”

Ignatieff will receive $5,000 and deliver a lecture at an award ceremony on May 22 at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in downtown Los Angeles.

“At a time when America—and indeed the world—seems more divided than ever, we at Zócalo feel it is critical to draw attention to the many forces that keep us together as well as tear us apart, be they local, regional, national or global,” said Gregory Rodriguez, Zócalo founder, editor-in-chief and publisher. “As with our previous Book Prize winners, Michael Ignatieff’s Ordinary Virtues challenges us to think more humanely about our need to deepen human cooperation.”

 “The Zócalo Book Prize is not only an opportunity to shine a spotlight on an important book, it’s also a chance to acknowledge a set of values that we as a university believe are critical to creating a positive future,” said Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University. “We are proud to recognize the valuable work written by Michael Ignatieff and the ongoing effort of Zócalo and the Zócalo Book Prize to encourage social cohesion and the sharing of ideas.”  

Zócalo Public Square also presents an annual poetry prize in conjunction with the book prize, to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place. “Place” may be interpreted by the poet as a place of historical, cultural, political or personal importance; it may be a literal, imaginary or metaphorical landscape.

The winner of the 2018 Zócalo Poetry Prize is Charles Jensen for his poem, Tucson. Jensen, who lives in Los Angeles, has authored six chapbooks of poems and has been widely published in literary magazines and journals. He will deliver a public reading of the winning poem at the May 22 award ceremony.

Past winners of the Zócalo Book Prize are: 

Mitchell Duneier for Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea (2017)

Sherry Turkle for Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age (2016)

Danielle Allen for Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (2015)

Ethan Zuckerman for Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection (2014)

Jonathan Haidt for The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (2013)

Richard Sennett for Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation (2012)

Peter Lovenheim for In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time (2011)

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Zócalo's mission is to connect people to ideas and to each other. We do this by publishing and syndicating nonpartisan, ideas journalism and convening smart, live events. Since our founding in 2003, Zócalo has presented 564 events, featuring 2,230 speakers in 23 cities, seven states, and six countries. We now publish over 500 original pieces a year and syndicate to 280 media outlets worldwide, including USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the Houston Chronicle, Smithsonian Magazine, and The Singapore Straits Times. To expand its reach and impact, Zócalo is now a creative unit of Arizona State University, the largest public university in the U.S., and is committed to innovation in journalism and media.

About Arizona State University

Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it. For three straight years, ASU has been named the nation’s most innovative university by US News & World Report.

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ASU Appoints New Dean and Director-General of Thunderbird School of Global Management

Dr. Sanjeev Khagram will bring his most innovative programs to ASU

Tempe, Ariz., April 2, 2018 – Arizona State University has appointed Dr. Sanjeev Khagram, a world-renowned expert in global leadership, the international political economy, sustainable development and the data revolution, as the next director-general and dean of Thunderbird School of Global Management. Download Full Image

“Sanjeev is a transdisciplinary thinker who will reinforce Thunderbird’s traditional areas of global management and leadership,” said Mark Searle, executive vice president and university provost at ASU. “His scholarship on globalization, transnationalism, sustainable development and human security make him a natural fit to take the reins at a revitalized Thunderbird School.”

Khagram will follow Allen Morrison as the head of the school; Morrison has chosen to return to teaching and research starting this summer. 

Khagram previously has held faculty positions at the Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government, and the University of Washington where he was the founding Director of the Lindenberg Center for International Development. He completed his undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees from Stanford University in economics, development studies, engineering, and political economy. He is currently the John Parke Young Professor of Global Political Economy, Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College. 

Khagram envisions Thunderbird as intensely focused on its founding mission to bring peace to the world through commerce.

“We will renew, deepen and broaden our commitment to training and empowering current and future executives of international enterprises and networks of all kinds,” Khagram said. “In today’s world, a new era of global leadership is certainly needed in the private sector. But it also is in desperately short supply in government agencies and international organizations.”

Khagram has identified three areas in which he believes the Thunderbird School can take the lead in educating students from around the world: the global and transnational nature of the world, the cross-sectoral nature of the world, and the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation to comprehensive economic advancement.

“It’s at the intersection of these three pieces, linked to our mission of helping to create a world in which there is cooperation and peace and understanding and respect,” he said. “That’s really the combination that we have to figure out and innovate with in order for Thunderbird and ASU to realize their full potential.”

He has several times left higher education to establish and lead major global startups. He will bring one of his most innovative programs to ASU and Thunderbird: his Global Cities and Sustainable Development Initiative, which focuses on advancing economic, social and environmental progress in major urban centers around the world.

Khagram will join the board of directors of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and he will play a leadership role in the future of Thunderbird’s executive education programs.

In addition, Searle has appointed Khagram a Foundation Professor of Global Leadership, asked him to form an ASU-wide Global Leadership Council, and asked for his guidance envisioning new opportunities for ASU’s locations in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

Morrison, who will remain on the faculty, was lauded by Searle as the right leader for the right moment at Thunderbird.

“Allen’s leadership helped to save Thunderbird at a time of great institutional uncertainty,” Searle said. “He has been tireless in his commitment to instilling in Thunderbird the confidence it needed after a difficult few years. The excitement in Thunderbird’s future is owed in large part to Allen’s efforts.”

Morrison was hired to lead Thunderbird while it was transitioning from a struggling independent graduate school into a component of the ASU Knowledge Enterprise.

Morrison will continue to oversee the school until the end of June. Khagram will take over as dean on July 1.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Global Sport Summit Explores Issues in Sport

Speakers include adidas North America president Mark King and New York Times best-selling author David Epstein

Tempe, Ariz. April 2, 2018  – The Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University will host the inaugural Global Sport Summit April 12 – 13, 2018 at Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix. The summit is a first-of-its-kind event that combines cutting-edge research with industry expertise to thoughtfully explore timely topics impacting the world of sports. Download Full Image

With a broad focus on the future of sport, program highlights include a one-on-one discussion between Kenneth L. Shropshire, CEO of the Global Sport Institute and Mark King, president of adidas North America; and a keynote address from David Epstein, author of The New York Times best-selling book “The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance.”

Discussion sessions held throughout the day will lead participants through topics such as Super Athletes of the Future: The Ethics and Implications of Gene Editing; Get off the Couch! Stadium Technology Innovation and Fan Experience; Future Models of Sports Media; and much more.

The summit is held in partnership with the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, W.P. Carey School of Business, School of Community Resources and Development, and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The event is free, but space is limited and registration is required.

What: Global Sport Summit

When: April 12 – 13, 2018

Where: Hotel Palomar
2 East Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Media Contact: Katherine Reedy
Media Relations Officer
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