Herberger College of Fine Arts announces new School of Theatre and Film

December 2, 2005

TEMPE, AZ - The ASU Herberger College of Fine Arts announced today that it received approval from the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) to begin operating a School of Theatre and Film.

The college proposed reorganizing its Department of Theatre to reflect its expanded role in ASU's new Bachelor of Arts degree in Film. The degree has two concentrations: Film and Media Production, provided by the Herberger College School of Theatre and Film, and Film and Media Studies, provided by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Download Full Image

"We look forward to serving the needs of ASU students interested in film and media production," said Linda Essig, director of the School of Theatre and Film. "The school will add new faculty and facilities over the next three years to teach an expanded range of production-oriented film courses."

F. Miguel Valenti, Lincoln Professor of Ethics and the Arts and coordinator of the new Film and Media Production concentration, said this combination of film production and ethical decision-making is in sync with ASU's status as the New American University. "I look forward to helping draw film to Arizona, to making ASU a nexus of quality production talent in the state and to providing ASU students with quality education."

Examples of classes to be offered by the School of Theatre and Film include: Principles of Dramatic Analysis; Directing for Film; Sex and Violence in Film and Television (Ethics and Entertainment); and Screenwriting and Film Post-Production.

The Herberger College School of Theatre and Film provides a comprehensive range of courses in performance and directing; design and production; new work development; theatre and performance studies; film; and theatre for youth. Its Theatre for Youth program is nationally ranked in the top three and the creative writing/playwriting program is ranked 15th among public institutions by U.S. News & World Report. To learn more about the School of Theatre and Film, visit http://theatre.asu.edu.

ASU associate professor receives Industrial Technology award

December 6, 2005

Larry Olson, associate professor in the Environmental Technology Management program, was named one of the 2005 Outstanding Professor of Industrial Technology recipients by the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT). The award, which was presented in November at the NAIT Convention in St. Louis, recognizes professors who excel in the areas of teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and service.

"Perhaps one of the more innovative teachers at ASU Polytechnic, Larry has spearheaded the first Polytechnic campus E-learning-based degree program," said Department of Technology Management Chair Tom Schildgen. "He has facilitated the success of many undergraduate and graduate students over the years in both chemistry as well as Environmental Technology Management." Olson received the 2004-05 Award of Excellence for Teaching at the ASU Polytechnic campus and the 2003 ASU College of Extended Education’s Outstanding Faculty Award. Download Full Image

NAIT is recognized as the premier professional industrial technology association that promotes industrial technology in business, industry, education, and government. NAIT is the accrediting body for industrial technology programs at universities, colleges and technical institutions.