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Silent Drill Platoon, helicopter landing part of Marine Week events at ASU

September 3, 2015

Marine Week 2015 is coming to the City of Phoenix, and Arizona State University will host activities on the Tempe and Downtown Phoenix campuses starting Sept. 10.

As part of Marine Week Phoenix 2015, more than 600 U.S. Marines will engage with local communities through free, family-friendly events open to the public. Thursday, Sept. 10, is designated as “ASU Day,” but events will take place on campus throughout the week. U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon The U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon will perform twice at ASU as part of Marine Week Phoenix 2015. Photo by: U.S. Marine Corps Download Full Image

“This is a purposeful visit for the campus and local community to really get in touch with the Marine Corps and understand their mission to keep us safe in the U.S. and abroad,” said Joanna Sweatt, a veterans advocate with ASU’s Pat Tillman Veterans Center and Marine Week committee member. “ASU is the perfect place to host the Marines because we are proud supporters of our service members, veterans and those who will serve in the future. “

ASU is considered one of the nation’s top universities for veterans and has a population of more than 4,000 veteran and military students, with about 20 percent of the total associated with the Marine Corps.

On-campus events will include static equipment displays (armored Humvee, Jeep and UH-1Y Huey helicopter, which is scheduled to land around 4 p.m. Sept. 10 on the west practice field near the Sun Devil Fitness Center in Tempe), leadership panels and sports competitions. One of the highlights will be two halftime performances by the renowned Marine Silent Drill Platoon.

The first performance will be during a free soccer game between the ASU Football Club and the Marine Corps team at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. The second will be during the ASU-Cal Poly football game starting at 8 p.m. Sept. 12 at Sun Devil Stadium. Based out of Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., the drill team members are individually selected from Marine infantry schools and exemplify the discipline and professionalism associated with the Marine Corps.

“The drill team is phenomenal,” said Sweatt, a Marine Corps veteran. “Their performances are moving and instill a sense of pride in our military and country.”  

Sweatt also hopes students, faculty and staff will take the opportunity to attend two leadership presentations with seasoned Marine officers at the Tempe and Downtown Phoenix campuses.

“The panels will be very beneficial because leadership is not just a military subject; we need leaders everywhere,” said Sweatt, who learned about leadership during her time in the Marine Corps. “It’s a necessity. I am a product of what you can make of people when you provide that initial investment.”

Brig. Gen. Helen Pratt will lead an all-female Marine officer panel from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication's Cronkite Theater on the Downtown Phoenix campus. Pratt is the president of Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. The seminar is titled “Send the Marines, All of the Marines: Women’s Leadership in the U.S. Marine Corps.”

The Tempe campus seminar from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 11 will feature ASU alumnus Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo providing a workshop-style presentation titled “Standing Out From the Competition.” Yoo serves as the commander of the 1st Marine Division in Camp Pendleton, California. He is an ’84 graduate justice studies major from ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Complimentary lunch will be provided for those who RSVP by Sept. 4 to VeteransRSVP@asu.edu.

For full details on the scheduled events, visit asuevents.asu.edu/marine-week-asu-day

Jerry Gonzalez

Media Relations Officer, Media Relations and Strategic Communications

ASU's Department of Psychology helps close autism-treatment gap

August 26, 2015

In 2008 Arizona became the fourth state to allow for the treatment of autism to be covered by insurance. As a result, families of children afflicted with the developmental disorder began relocating to the state at an alarming rate.

Alarming because, at that time, the number of Arizona practitioners capable of providing the sort of specialized treatment required – called applied behavior analysis (ABA) – was dismally low compared with the growing number of individuals in need of it. Foundation Professor and psychology department chair Keith Crnic Amy Kenzer, introducing herself at the Aug. 18 event, is clinical services director for the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center. She said ASU’s Department of Psychology was approached for the program because of its “rich history in behavioral analysis.” Download Full Image

“The data out there at the time indicated that there was only one licensed behavior analyst per every 400 kids with autism,” said Sara Pennak, director of program development and clinical initiatives for Arizona State University’s Department of Psychology.

Most programs available to students looking to become licensed in ABA did not include a real-world clinical training component.

“One of the hurdles for people becoming licensed is that they have to have supervised hours by a licensed practitioner. So you’ve got licensed practitioners who are spread really thin anyway because they’re seeing all of their clients, and so what would happen with many of these other programs across the country, across North America, is that the students would get their degree and then they’d be stuck trying to find a way to get 1,500 hours of licensed supervision,” Pennak said.

Meaning that even though students had completed a program, they would still find it difficult to become licensed even after they became certified. Adding to the problem was the fact that many of the available programs just weren’t up to par when it came to teaching the science behind ABA, resulting in less-prepared graduates.

It was clear to many professionals in the field that something had to be done to produce not just more behavior analysts, but more well-trained licensed behavior analysts.

Taking action

So around 2012, a group of five ABA professionals from the Phoenix metro area decided to take action and contacted ASU with an idea. The group (endearingly referred to by members of the psychology department as “the gang of five”) wanted the university to develop a doctoral program to help meet the growing demand for licensed behavior analysts.

Abby Twyman, clinical director for Trumpet Behavioral Health and one of the “gang of five,” was the then-president of the Arizona Association for Behavioral Analysis, the local chapter for the international organization.

“All the people coming to us had focused on the practice of behavioral analysis, but not on the science behind it,” she said. “So, due to the high need for services in this state, we felt as an organization that it would be really important for a university to start an in-person program so that when people are done, they will have had a really high-quality education and clinical experience.”

Amy Kenzer, clinical services director for the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, said the group chose to approach ASU’s Department of Psychology because of its “rich history in behavioral analysis” and because “a lot of us had some association with ASU already, whether teaching courses as associate faculty or having students who did undergrad internships with us … it made sense to continue to grow that relationship.”

Foundation Professor and psychology department chair Keith Crnic agreed to meet with them.

“They were looking for people who would become well-trained clinically to be out there working. So I said to them, ‘Then you don’t want a doctoral program. What you want is a master’s program,’” Crnic said.

The reason being, he explained, is that doctoral programs in psychology are meant to train researchers, not practitioners.

“Master’s-level training is meant to be hands-on and in-the-field, working with existing professionals who are well-trained. You can give students the kind of intensive clinical experiential training that adds to the scientific background that it takes to really do this well,” Crnic said. “So we chatted about it for a while, and they quickly realized that that was what they needed. And then they said, ‘Can you guys do that?’”

As it turned out, the timing was just right for the university, which was looking to develop more health-related master’s programs.

“You know, what’s great about this development is that members of the community hear about these things and they say, ‘Hey, you can get access to ASU, and ASU will listen and try to respond to the community need.’ And that’s what happened in this situation,” Crnic said.

So Crnic recruited the help of Pennak to develop the program, and Adam Hahs, a licensed behavior analyst and current co-director of the program, to help implement it.

“One of the things we wanted to do with our program is to incorporate elements of the best medical-school teaching models so that, from day one, our students are going to be out in the field at a clinic, at an agency, at an organization, applying what they’re learning in the classroom to the real world,” Pennak said. “We want them to hit the ground running.”

The program begins

On Aug. 18, the Department of Psychology welcomed its first cohort of students to the inaugural semester for the Master of Science program in Applied Behavior Analysis (MS ABA) at an orientation on ASU’s Tempe campus.

“They really are excited about this program, it being affiliated with ASU, all the history, and being able to walk away with a degree that’s as powerful as this one,” Hahs said.

“It was pretty amazing how quickly and with such high integrity this program was put together,” Twyman said.

One of the students, Reyna Rivera, has worked as a therapist for children with autism and eventually wants to become a board-certified behavior analyst and “serve as a pillar in the autism community.”

“I look forward to growing as an individual and learning more about myself as a practitioner throughout the MS ABA program,” Rivera said.

Behavior analysis is a science of the principles of learning and behavior, and its focus is the study of the environment on behavior. Applied behavior analysis is concerned with the development and application of a technology for improving behavior based on those principles of learning and behavior.

It’s important to note that ABA techniques are not only used for the treatment of autism. ABA also has utility for dealing with addiction, traumatic brain injury, weight-related issues, educational systems, disease prevention and control, business management and more. The goal of the new master’s program is to provide its students with as many diverse opportunities as possible within the broad field that is ABA.

Special-education teacher and student in the program Johanna Emershaw was already utilizing ABA techniques in her classes but realized she could use more training to meet her students’ needs.

“All the programs that were available were online programs, a format that did not meet my learning style,” she said. “I had begun a program with NAU, a few years back, but found that it was a struggle for me to express my knowledge through an online format. I needed an in-class program where I could interact face to face with like-minded people.”

According to Hahs, as of 2015, the ratio of licensed behavior analysts to children with autism is closer to one to 144 in the state of Arizona.

With the help of this new program, which will be accepting applications for the fall 2016 cohort in September, it’s likely that ratio will only get better.

Emma Greguska

Reporter, ASU Now

(480) 965-9657

ASU's 'Hooked' documentary to receive prestigious Governors' Award

August 18, 2015

An Arizona State University documentary about heroin will receive the highest honor given by the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). It is the first time a journalism school will receive the award.

The NATAS Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter will honor ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Arizona Broadcasters Association with the Governors’ Award in October for the documentary “Hooked: Tracking Heroin’s Hold on Arizona,” which aired on all 33 broadcast television stations and 93 radio stations in Arizona in January and reached more than 1 million Arizonans. Hooked Documentary ASU student Erin Patrick O'Connor conducts an interview for the documentary "Hooked: Tracking Heroin's Hold on Arizona." The documentary, which reached more than 1 million Arizonans, will receive the prestigious Governors' Award in October. Download Full Image

“The ‘Hooked’ campaign by the Arizona Broadcasters Association and Cronkite School addresses an issue that plagues so many members of our community,” said Theresa Maher, president of the NATAS Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter. “We hope that their raw look into the world of heroin use will change the course of many lives for the better.”

The 30-minute documentary, produced by the Cronkite School in association with the Arizona Broadcasters Association, traces the rise of heroin use and its impact on Arizonans through the stories of addicts struggling with sobriety, families grappling for solace and law enforcement officials battling on the frontlines. More than 70 students and eight faculty members at the Cronkite School worked on the project under the direction of Cronkite professor Jacquee Petchel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist.

“The award represents a significant contribution to public service,” Petchel said, “and it says a lot about our students and how the Cronkite School prepares them to produce compelling journalism.”

During and after the simulcast, 100 recovery counselors answered hundreds of calls at an Arizona Broadcasters Association-sponsored call center at Arizona PBS for assistance on heroin and opioid addiction.

“The Governors’ Award greatly acknowledges what was not only historic with the airing of the ‘Hooked’ project, but honors the students, professors, leadership at Cronkite as well as the character of every local TV station and 93 radio stations in the state that provided the valuable airtime and the professionals at the front line in taking the calls that flooded the call center that evening,” said Arizona Broadcasters Association President and CEO Art Brooks. “I have no doubt lives were changed and saved that night and since Jan. 13.”

The Governors’ Award is the second professional honor Cronkite students have won for “Hooked.” In May, students took first place in video storytelling at the Arizona Press Club Awards, marking the first time in the history of the contest that students of any university beat professional journalists.

The Governors’ Award recognizes individuals and organizations for going above and beyond in telecommunications profession. “Hooked” shares this year’s award with KSL in Salt Lake City.

“This award demonstrates the extraordinary power and impact that outstanding ASU students working with inspiring faculty members can produce for our community,” said Christopher Callahan, dean of the Cronkite School. “We are extremely honored to receive this award, unprecedented for a university.”

This year’s Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards ceremony will take place on Oct. 17 at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale.

NATAS is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter, formed in 1959, represents Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and El Centro, California.

Founded in 1952, the Arizona Broadcasters Association functions as a 501(c)6 nonprofit corporation, and is the official trade association serving all free, over-the-air radio and television stations in Arizona. The ABA’s mission is to serve, educate and advocate for its members as well as the general public.

Communications manager, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication


Criminology students get a 'Clue' on how to succeed

August 17, 2015

Editor's note: As ASU gears up for the start of classes this week, our reporters are spotlighting scenes around its campuses. To read more, click here.

The killer was Miss Scarlet with the candlestick in the conservatory. students playing Clue  Freshmen Devon Lunemann, left, and Jesus Gonzalez crack up as adviser Juan Fortenberry, center, tells them they haven't got a clue, during the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice’s team building of the game "Clue." Download Full Image

“It’s always the candlestick,” said Austin Clemens, shaking his head.

Clemens was among two dozen freshmen in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice who started their academic careers by sleuthing through a a life-size version of the board game “Clue.”

Teams of students wandered around the college’s offices in the University Center at Arizona State University's Downtown Phoenix campus, marking off the suspects, weapons and locations on a score sheet.

The clever game was a fun freshman ice-breaker. But it also planted the seeds for some of the most important relationships that students need to succeed.

This is the third year that newcomers to the college have played the game, which was the idea of Rachel La Vine, an academic success coordinator in the college.

“I know with freshmen there is that awkward tension, and I wanted a way to start off the year appropriately and by establishing roots with the school and each other,” she said.

“It’s a retention effort. Retention is a matter of making these connections.”

Hank Fradella, a professor and associate director of the school, emphasized that point to the freshmen before their game got under way.

“This is the advising staff,” he said, waving his arms around the room. “They’re more important than the professors. Get to know them.

“We have about 80 years of research on what makes college students succeed, and the number one thing is a good mentor.”

Fradella told the students to jump at the chance to work on important research with their professors.

“We work with police officers and parole officers and crime analysts to figure out what works and what doesn’t work,” he said. “If you want to know how the police do search and seizure or the use of force, we want to help you learn about that.”

Mikayla Petersen, a sophomore, works in the college and helped this year’s freshmen play the game by giving out clues in the “conservatory.”

She played “Clue” as a freshman last year.

“It was fun to beat the other teams and I met a lot of the friends I hang out with now,” she said.

Petersen said she grew up in a family of police officers and wants to eventually work for a federal agency, “I knew a lot of kids who went through a lot of hard times and I like to know that I can help them.”

You could say she’s giving them a clue to success.

Mary Beth Faller

Reporter, ASU Now


ASU alum helps bridge community, government through technology

July 27, 2015

The greater Phoenix-metro area and its government will soon become a lot more technologically advanced, and Arizona State University alumnus Dominic Papa is helping to usher in this tech transformation.

Papa, who currently serves as council aide for City of Phoenix District 3 Councilman Bill Gates, recently earned his master’s in public administration from the School of Public Affairs, part of the College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Dominic Papa Dominic Papa has taken his passion for digital innovation to help spearhead the Phoenix chapter of the Smart City App Hack Challenge. Photo by: Christopher Hernandez Download Full Image

His expertise and passion for digital innovation helped spearhead the Phoenix chapter of the “Smart City App Hack Challenge.” In this challenge, aspiring app creators are asked to develop or brainstorm an app that incorporates solutions to five common issues that all major cities share: urban mobility, energy and emission, shopping and retail, culture and tourism, and the collaborative city.

“It is ultimately the residents that are going to drive Phoenix into becoming the next smart city,” Papa said. “We want to leverage our city as a platform for bringing people together and help foster in this urban innovation.”

Papa’s dedication to the project and its community engagement are what excited Councilman Bill Gates and motivated him to help bring this project to the public.

“Our diverse and multitalented residents are the most important and valuable asset the city of Phoenix has,” Gates stated. “Thus, programs such as the ‘Phoenix Smart City App Hack’ are essential to making sure those residents are having their voices heard and are given multiple platforms to take an active role in shaping the future direction of their home city.”

Learning skills by doing

Papa credits the Marvin Andrews Fellowship program in helping in develop the skills and self-assurance to cultivate this idea as well as presenting it to the councilman.

While in the program’s first year, Papa served as an intern for ASU’s Center for Urban Innovation and was involved with the Alliance for Innovation, giving him opportunities to sit in on a network with leading city managers from all around the nation. In his second year Papa got to work day-to-day with the City of Casa Grande to learn how the inner workings of a city function daily.

The Marvin Andrews program is a fully funded selective fellowship that combines a master’s in public administration with a management internship.

“It allowed me to see all the different kinds of problems and issues cities from all over the nation were facing, and to try to find what the main theme was,” Papa reflected. “ASU and the Marvin Andrews program did a great job in fostering that confidence in us. I would have to credit almost all of where I am today because of it.”

He says that the experience also showed him that innovations and solutions for cities should not just be limited solely to one town’s limits which is why the “Phoenix chapter” of the Smart City App Hack is not just limited to those residents.

“It’s bigger than just one city/ Any solution we develop here in Phoenix has to be able to work in Scottsdale, Mesa, and all across the valley,” Papa noted. “Transportation and technology are beginning to obliterate boundaries.”

“Dom has a knack for entrepreneurship and wants to develop innovative solutions for local governments,” said Kevin Desouza, a professor in the School of Public Affairs who teaches a public entrepreneurship class that Papa took. “I enjoyed exchanging ideas with Dom on designing smarter cities and public entrepreneurship, especially when it comes to creating international collaborative platforms like the App Hack.”

Engaging the community in solutions

As the deadline for the Smart City App Hack approaches, both Papa and Councilman Gates agree that the biggest takeaway from this movement is that of collaboration, and that residents across the Valley can come together for the betterment of their own, as well as neighboring communities.

Applications for the contest run through Aug. 1 and can be submitted online, with enticing incentives, even for those who do not walk away with the grand prize.

Five finalists will be selected from the group of initial applicants; these finalists will then receive mentoring through a series of workshops produced by local companies as well as app development professionals to further develop their app into a fully functional device for market adaptation and development. After this, comes the city finale in which the five finalist (and others who wish to submit fully completed apps) will pitch their apps to a panel of judges. Three city winners will be selected for a cash prize as well as entry into the international contest with the grand prize winner receiving an all-expense paid trip to Barcelona, Spain to represent Phoenix at the international grand finale at the 2015 Smart City Expo.

“To have local residents and graduates apply their efforts to improving the lives of their peers that helped get them to where they are now is nothing short of inspiring,” Councilman Gates said. “It speaks volumes to the character and heart that the City of Phoenix’s residents have.”

Written by Christopher Hernandez

Media contact:

Heather Beshears

director marketing and communications, College of Public Service and Community Solutions


ASU business students take over Arizona Senate in public policy exercise

July 24, 2015

Forty students from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University recently took over the Arizona State Senate building in a role-playing exercise designed to introduce them to the legislative process and to develop the skills necessary to be effective in the public policy arena.

The intensive workshop, designed and administered by Cox Communications through a partnership with ASU professor of management Gerry Keim, is one of only a dozen or so classes of its kind in the nation to be offered to executive MBA students. ASU business students Megan Faust, Matt Anderson (second and third from left) and classmates receive guidance from Cox proctors during the executive MBA Business Strategy and Public Policy course. Download Full Image

“This is a unique opportunity for executive, master’s-level students, many of whom are interested in becoming business leaders, to learn about the processes at work at the state and national level and where they can have an influence throughout the process,” Keim said.

The course assigns each MBA student a role of advocate, state senator or representative. The class then elects a governor, Senate president and speaker of the house who appoint subcommittee assignments.

To prepare for their role, students hear from top officials and legislative leaders about the state budget and the legislative process. This year the students heard from Senate President Andy Biggs, Senate Minority Leader Katie Hobbs, House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro and House Minority Leader Eric Meyer, as well as the assistant director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting. Local lobbyists also shared their experience in the role of an advocate.

With the preparation complete, an abbreviated state budget is introduced and students break into their respective house and senate groups and interact based on their roles to pass a new balanced budget as required by the Arizona constitution. Students experience first-hand the multi-faceted budget process by participating in hearings, meeting with advocates and voting in committees. In the afternoon of the last day, students proceeded to the floor of the senate, sitting at the desks of current senators, for the final budget vote.

“Participating in this budget exercise in the Arizona State Senate was eye opening,” said Matt Anderson, a physician who was elected senate minority leader. “We got a real-world experience in how to navigate the state budget process. I now have a new understanding of the delicate balance our state leaders must find each budget session.”

Reflecting the real process, the group had difficulty reaching a consensus on a unified budget. In the last hour and after two days of negotiation, the group voted in a slight tax increase, balancing the budget and completing the exercise.

The class will go to Washington, D.C. later in July to learn about the federal process.

“Our founder, James Cox, believed in community and civic involvement.” said Michelle Bolton, director of government relations for Cox Communications. “Some of the ways he led by example include serving as governor and as a member of congress for Ohio and running for president in 1920. To follow this corporate commitment, for the last 9 years, Cox has been proud to partner with ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business to help educate students on the democratic process in our state.”

Cathy Chlarson, cathy.chlarson@asu.edu
W. P. Carey School of Business

Lisa Robbins

editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications


High school students experience sports broadcasting at ASU camp

July 23, 2015

Eton Tuttle, a high school student from Davis, California, hopes to one day be a baseball play-by-play announcer, preferably for the San Francisco Giants. Another high school student, Marenis Kansfield, from Peoria, Illinois, wants to direct sports documentaries similar to the ones on ESPN.

The two 16-year-olds are taking their first steps toward their dreams this week through a sports journalism summer camp at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Cronkite Sports Broadcast Boot Camp, Eton Tuttle Eton Tuttle of Davis, California, practices a stand-up shot at the Cronkite Sports Broadcast Boot Camp at ASU's Cronkite School this week. Photo by: Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Download Full Image

The Cronkite Sports Broadcast Boot Camp is a two-week residential summer camp that exposes high school students to the growing field of sports journalism. Thirty students from 16 states are participating in the July 19-31 camp, which includes baseball play-by-play sessions in the press box during Arizona Diamondbacks games, as well as trips to cover the Phoenix Mercury basketball team and the Arizona United Soccer Club.

“It’s the perfect way to get a sense of what being a sports journalism major at ASU is all about,” said Mark Lodato, assistant dean of the Cronkite School, who leads the school’s sports journalism program. “Students are exposed to the resources, faculty and partnerships that make our program the best in the country.”

Sessions include video editing, interview training and play-by-play techniques taught by Cronkite faculty as well as leading Arizona sports broadcasters and producers from the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Phoenix Suns and KTAR sports, among others.

Kansfield, who is editor of his high school’s newspaper, said the camp’s video editing session will be helpful for cutting highlight reels of football games back home. Tuttle is excited to get in the broadcast booth at Chase Field later this week and call a Diamondbacks game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

“I’m a big baseball guy, a little basketball and football, but primarily baseball,” Tuttle said. “I just like to be around the game as much as possible.”

According to Cronkite production manager Brian Snyder, who is leading the camp, students will have the opportunity to record a play-by-play broadcast, which they can watch back at the Cronkite School. Before visiting the booth, students will receive play-by-play advice from Diamondbacks announcers Steve Berthiaume and Jeff Munn during a session at the Cronkite School. Additionally, Cronkite alumna Siera Santos, a sports broadcaster for CBS Los Angeles, is co-directing the camp with Snyder.

“I don’t know of another place in the United States where students can get on-field access to Major League Baseball, where they can do play-by-play broadcasting of a Major League Baseball team and learn the ins and outs of what it takes to put a sports story together for broadcast,” Snyder said.

In the past year, the Cronkite School has significantly grown its sports journalism offerings to include bachelor’s and master’s degree in the discipline as well as sports reporting bureaus in Phoenix and Los Angeles where ASU students cover professional and collegiate sports under the direction of veteran journalists.

Students regularly cover MLB spring training and recently reported on Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix. Lodato said students also will have the chance to travel to Rio de Janeiro to cover the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

At the Broadcast Boot Camp, students experience life as a sports journalism student on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, staying at the Taylor Place residence hall and using the Sun Devil Fitness complex. Kansfield said he has been amazed by the camp so far as well as the state-of-the-art media facilities at the Cronkite School.

“I looked all over for the best journalism schools and ASU just kept coming up,” Kansfield said. “When I finally came out here for a tour, I was introduced to this camp. Since being here, I have just fallen in love with this school.”

Communications manager, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication


ASU, Arizona Christian University partnership a boon for biology students

July 9, 2015

Arizona State University and Arizona Christian University (ACU) have announced a new partnership to expand ACU’s academic offerings by allowing students to take courses at the private, accredited Christian university, then transfer and apply into ASU’s biology program.

Under the new partnership, ACU students will take their first two years of classes at ACU, earning an associate’s degree at the Phoenix campus and completing lower-level general-studies requirements for ASU. ASU provost Mark Searle Arizona Christian University Provost Paul Kremer Mark Searle (left), interim Arizona State University provost, meets with Arizona Christian University Provost Paul Kremer at ASU's Tempe campus on July 1. The two schools have announced an academic partnership allowing students to complete their first two years at the Christian school and then transfer seamlessly to ASU's specialized biology programs. Photo by: Charlie Leight/ASU News Download Full Image

Students can then either stay at ACU to finish their bachelor’s degree in biology or transfer to ASU if they desire coursework in more specialized areas of biology such as forensics, ecology, genetics or environmental science.

The students will seamlessly transfer to ASU and be recognized as third-year students, without the loss of time or credit. The transfer requirement aligns with the requirements for the ASU School of Life Sciences biology degree.

The new partnership reflects both ASU’s commitment to expanding opportunities for students to participate in interdisciplinary scholarship and research, and ACU’s commitment to offering a Christian education to more students while encouraging them to pursue their academic options.

Mark Searle, interim provost at ASU, believes the program creates another opportunity for Arizona students to succeed.

“Together, ACU and ASU can ensure that students have a pathway laid out that enables their success towards personal, educational and career goals,” Searle said.

Paul Kremer, provost at ACU, is enthusiastic about the new partnership and what it offers for students.

“Our faculty and staff have worked hard on this new expansion of ACU’s biology program,” he said. “Students who want a private Christ-centered education can still have this experience while also having the option to pursue a specialized concentration in biology.”

The program is open to all ACU students and will start enrolling students in the fall of 2015. ACU students interested in the program should contact an ACU admissions counselor to discuss enrolling.

Media relations specialist, Media Relations and Strategic Communications


ASU camp helps high schoolers get hip to health

July 9, 2015

Ben Ehmann had the option of enjoying his last high school summer preparing for the upcoming baseball season or getting a jump on his medical career.

He chose the latter. Gawon Shin Chan at the Summer Health Institute @ ASU. Gawon Shin Chan, 17, holds an ultrasound wand on Ben Ehmann's chest, as they look at his aorta on monitors around the room at the Summer Health Institute @ ASU, a camp for Arizona high schoolers interested in the medical field. Shin Chan would like to become a surgeon, while Ehmann, 17, would like to become a neurosurgeon. Photo by: Charlie Leight/ASU News Download Full Image

“My coaches said they understood and actually encouraged me,” said the 17-year-old, who will be a senior next month at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix. “Ultimately, it’s not about sports but my career after sports.”

The future neurosurgeon joined 23 other Arizona high schoolers headed into their senior year at the second annual Summer Health Institute @ ASU on the Downtown Phoenix campus, which is co-sponsored by Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions and CareCentrix, a leader in managing care transitions to the home.

“The Summer Health Institute is a unique opportunity to capture the imaginations of young people on the verge of making decisions about college, career paths and more. This hands-on experience opens participants’ eyes to the possibilities available at Arizona State University, particularly the College of Health Solutions, in the arena of health and health care,” said Keith Lindor, executive vice provost and dean of the college.

Throughout the past week, students have been immersed in hands-on experiences coupled with a project titled “Discovering Disease” where an emphasis is placed on critical thinking, communication and presentation skills, scholarly research, and teamwork. During the camp, high schoolers interacted with professional health-care providers including physicians, physical and occupational therapists, dental hygienists and nurses.

Summer Health Institute Program 2015 from Arizona State University on Vimeo.

“It doesn’t feel like work or that I’m passing the time because I’m experiencing what it’s like to be in the medical field and with other students who are interested in the same field as me,” said 17-year-old Gawon Shin Chan, who attends Basha High School in Chandler and hopes one day to work as an emergency-room surgeon.

“Every day is different, and you really don’t know what to expect.”

Chandler Hamilton High student Elliot Smith sort of knows what to expect. The 16-year-old works as a volunteer in the emergency room at Chandler Regional Medical Center and hopes to become a surgeon. She has seen people brought in on stretchers who have suffered heart attacks, broken bones and other trauma. She said she enjoys helping people and offering comfort to patients and their families.

“Often I bring back family members to show them that their relatives or loved ones are OK,” she said. “Being in the Summer Institute solidifies what I want to do, and that’s to be in the medical profession.”

Kim Day, a registered nurse at Banner Health who also teaches Complex Care and Adult Health at ASU, said she likes instructing high schoolers.

"They’re very much like our freshman students here at ASU in they’re excited to learn,” she said. “This experience gives them an opportunity to learn about several different health careers, how to suture a patient, how to enter an operating room and know their role there.”

Nate Wade, senior director for Academic Services in the College of Health Solutions, said the camp helps build the confidence of participants to not only enter the health care workforce but to also apply to college, scholarships, and honors programs.

"We hope that this camp helps participants find their true passion within the health care sector while realizing that ASU offers a multitude of health care experiences due to being in the biomedical corridor of Phoenix and the state of Arizona," Wade said.

The Summer Health Institute@ASU ends on July 11.

Reporter , ASU Now


Digital Performance Lab designed to keep creatives in Arizona

June 26, 2015

Arizona is suffering a drain of young artists and creative designers leaving for more arts-friendly areas. But a Phoenix-based ensemble is hoping to invigorate the local small-theater landscape with cutting-edge technology for the stage and a dynamic place to showcase their talents.

To get there, they’ll need to find funding and financial support from the community. Orange Theatre Digital Performance Lab Matthew Watkins (on stage, second from left), artistic director of Orange Theatre – a residency led by ASU alumni – takes questions after the demonstration of Orange Theatre's Digital Performance Lab technology on June 25 at the Lyceum Theatre on ASU's Tempe campus. Photo by: Courtney Pedroza/ASU News Download Full Image

Phoenix’s Orange Theatre is a residency led by ASU alumni that brings together digital media designers, developers and actors to collaborate on the creation of new, interactive technologies for the stage and performing arts.

“One of the reasons we formed is because we have a lot of experience in digital media and the theater but very little financial support from the community,” said Matthew Watkins, Orange Theatre’s artistic director and a 2010 ASU graduate. “It’s the reason why a lot of people end up leaving Phoenix.”

Watkins said that although Phoenix is the fifth-largest city in the country, Arizona is 50th when it comes to arts funding. He said he has seen talented Valley-based artists leave for well-paying jobs in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle and London.  

Made up of seven ASU alumni and two artists in residency, Orange Theatre recently launched a new initiative called the Digital Performance Lab to attract and retain young creatives to do exciting work without leaving the state.

After the Arizona Commission on the Arts put its Art Tank initiative on hold, Orange Theatre is asking the public for funding to support its programming and ideas. In January, Orange Theatre received a $10,000 prize from the Art Tank but now needs additional funding to bring its “revolutionary” wireless 3-D tracking system to market.

“With funding we could easily do this in three to six months,” Watkins said. “Without funding, considerably longer.”

On June 25, members of the ensemble held a free public demonstration of their work at ASU’s Lyceum Theatre on the Tempe campus. Actors and designers demonstrated a network of portable, matchbook-size wireless sensors that allows instant triggering of complex lighting, sound and media cues and creates a more interactive and exciting theater experience for actors and audience members alike.

The system would allow for a less expensive stage tech setup, which would benefit small theaters that often have smaller budgets. For example, high-quality projections of scene backgrounds could take the place of a physical set that must be built and painted, and a less instrusive microphone assembly would allow for better sound.

“This technology adds another paintbrush to use as a tool to execute a design,” said Ian Shelanskey, an Interdisciplinary Digital Media and Performance graduate student in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

“Custom technology in theater will be as cutting-edge as Computer-Aided Design was to architecture. It can make a presentation really come to life.”

It also adds a little spice to an actor’s performance, according to Katrina Donaldson, who along with Carrie Fee and William Crook performed a scene from Federico Garcia Lorca’s “Blood Wedding” as part of the demonstration.

“I’m excited for all of the possibilities this system can bring to a production,” Donaldson said. “A small movement by me on stage could trigger a tidal wave of chaos, and having that secret knowledge makes it kind of fun.”

The company plans to make the software and hardware developed in the Digital Performance Lab available to other independent performing-arts groups at an affordable price.

Future plans for the lab include an education program that teaches best practices for actor-designer collaboration and a digital performance resource library based in Phoenix. Pending other future funding, the company hopes to make the residency an annual program.

Reporter , ASU Now