Student emphasizes the beauty of language and learning

May 2, 2018

“I try to let myself be inspired daily by treating each new thing I learn as a treasure and by expressing my gratitude that I am able to be at a school like Arizona State University,” said Seth Moller, a student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Moller is currently pursuing a degree in English linguistics in the Department of English and says he is inspired by the beauty of his studies and surroundings at ASU. Moller finds passion in language and culture and takes each day to learn something new. Seth Moller, a student in the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, finds inspiration at ASU. Download Full Image

He traces his interest in linguistics back to his childhood, where Moller remembers always enjoying his English and history classes. He says he was inspired to pursue an education in linguistics after he came across a book by American journalist and author Mark Kurlansky.

“When I was entering my senior year of high school, I was in a bookstore in Prescott, Arizona, called Peregrine Book Company and stumbled upon a book called ‘The Basque History of the World,’” said Moller. “It explored the history of the Basque peoples in northern Spain and their complicated linguistic history. That book sparked my interest in studying language and how it can help us understand the people around us.”

Since that discovery, he has dived into his studies of language and found his home at ASU, where he has been able to pursue his passion and remain close to his most meaningful relationships.

“I have learned that a central part of my life is my great group of friends — being able to be close to them was a priority,” said Moller. “Starting school at ASU only made myself more confident in my decision.”

During his time at ASU, Moller has attended the Language Fair, where students have opportunities to discuss learning foreign languages with high school students. He says that the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers constant stimulation for his interests and has shown him that learning can be accomplished anywhere.

“I believe that language is beautiful and the fact that there are people that use different sounds and grammar for language is fascinating,” said Moller. “I think cultivating awareness of cultural distinctiveness is an invaluable thing, especially for this increasingly global world. I think people are amazing and understanding the way we all use language is a specifically attractive thing.”

Moller knows how overwhelming the fast-paced environment of a university can be, and he says it is important to always look out for things to appreciate.

“I love sitting on the benches in front of the Languages and Literatures building. Being able to smell the grass, feel the shade from the trees and see new people walking by is a refreshing and relaxing thing during a long day spent inside classrooms,” said Moller. “I am thankful for the opportunity to have an education that makes inspiration easy to encounter.”

Olivia Knecht

Student writer-reporter, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


ASU Downtown Phoenix campus piloting healthy vending program

May 2, 2018

Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus is launching a pilot program designed to promote healthy living by adding new snack and beverage options to its vending machines.

Starting this week, vending machines at certain locations across the campus will add healthier snack and beverage choices to accompany traditional food and drinks found in the machines. Food and beverages will include nuts, granola bars and high-fiber chips as well as water, juice and tea.  Vending machine ASU has added healthier snack options to its vending machines at certain locations across the Downtown Phoenix campus. Download Full Image

The new vending options will be located at the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, the Mercado, the University Center and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, as well as the Sun Devil Fitness Complex, which will have snack options for the first time since opening in 2013.

The new initiative was spearheaded by Teri Pipe, ASU’s chief well-being officer, and Christopher Callahan, vice provost of the Downtown Phoenix campus. The program was made possible through Auxiliary Business Services, which manages the vending partnerships at ASU.

Callahan called Pipe “a national leader in creating an environment that supports the health of college students.”

As ASU’s chief well-being officer, she is charged with creating an environment that supports mental and physical health for students, faculty and staff.

Pipe, who is completing her tenure as dean of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation so she can focus full-time on her university-wide role as the chief well-being officer, said ASU has “the opportunity to help students shape their own lives and influence positive change.”

“This particular initiative, connecting the different units of the Downtown Phoenix campus with the goal of healthy living, really gets me excited,” she said.

The new food and beverage options are through Coca-Cola and Gilly Vending. The vending machines with healthier snack and drink options will include special signage on the machines. 

Krystal Lewis, manager of strategic partnerships at ASU who played the key role in executing the initiative, said the pilot is aligned with the Live Well @ ASU program, which provides information and resources to empower the Sun Devil community to achieve a healthy lifestyle. 

She said the new initiative will help the university understand consumer behavior when it comes to making decisions about snacks. 

“Many of the new healthier snacks have a similar taste to the more traditional vending options,” Lewis said.  “We’re looking forward to examining the impact this initiative has on our campus.”