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President’s Recognition Ceremony honors ASU employees

President's Awards, SUN Awards honor contributions of ASU faculty and staff

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May 29, 2019

Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow honored ASU employees for their contributions to the university and community on Tuesday, May 28, at the 2019 President’s Recognition Ceremony, held at the Student Pavilion on the Tempe campus.

The reception, hosted annually by the President’s Office, honors recipients of the President's Award for Innovation, President’s Award for Sustainability, President's Medal for Social Embeddedness and Top Multiple SUN Awards.

Here are this year’s honorees.

2019 President’s Award for Innovation

iTeachELLs Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Project

woman writing on large piece of paper in front of students

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College student feedback in 2014 determined that graduates do not feel prepared to work with learners whose primary language is not English (students identified as English Language Learners). As a result, a team of experts proposed a project to answer the call of preparing educators to teach culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

The project is funded by the United States Department of Education through their Teacher Quality Partnership Grants: “Integrating STEM, Literacy, and Language to Prepare all Teachers to Work with English Language Learners: iTeachELLs.”

The research team explored the best practices for the work and created a new instructional technique, titled Problem-Based Enhanced Language Learning (PBELL). This collaborative endeavor between the Teachers College and the local education agencies has increased access to rigorous content for all students. The approach emphasizes intentional planning for language and solving for a meaningful problem in classroom instruction.

Over 1,500 Arizona teachers have completed iTeachELL’s professional development and delivered over 170 PBELL lessons. PBELL is harnessing the problem-solving power of over 30,000 K-12 students, increasing their learning engagement, confidence and autonomy.

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Leads: Wendy Farr and Melanie Baca
Silvia Aparicio, Brad Bostick, Erin Bryan, Malissa Chavez-Thibault, Stephanie Lund and Anne Smith

2019 President’s Award for Sustainability

Banner Bag Program

bags made of old banners on display at bookstore

The Banner Bag Program turns discarded vinyl banners into stylish, upcycled tote bags. These bags are handmade by women from The Centers for Habilitation, which provides job skills training to individuals with disabilities.

ASU provides the no-longer-needed banner material and pays for the labor and additional materials to produce the bags. The bags are locally made in Tempe, at FABRIC — a fully equipped, no-minimum fashion manufacturing facility, created in partnership with the city of Tempe to help newcomers break into the fashion industry. 

The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, together with Arizona Apparel Foundation and in support of ASU Zero Waste goals, piloted this innovative program. Today, the bags are sold in the Sun Devil Campus Store at the Orange Mall location. Through continued partnership with ASU Print and Imaging Lab at the origination of banner orders and ASU Zero Waste at the end of a banner’s useful life, the goal is that ASU will divert 100% of its banners from the landfill through this program by 2020.


Arizona State University

Auxiliary Business Services, Bookstore, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Print and Imaging Lab, University Sustainability Practices and Zero Waste
Lead: Travis Buckner 

Mick Dalrymple, Jim Dwyer, Joshua Ellner, Alana Levine, Val Ross, Courtney Russell, Katie Schumacher, Michelle Schwartz, Meredith Simpson, Cathy Skoglund and 
Paul Strauss

Fashion And Business Resource Innovation Center (FABRIC)

Sherri Barry and Angela Johnson

The Centers for Habilitation

Jeff Bernick, Nabora Blea, Kimberly Calvert, Hannah Dexter, Sandra Harris, Jim Hodges, Katie Holm, Ryan Mcalister, David Prather and Madison Ryan

2019 President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness

¡Viva Maryvale!

Children laughing and jumping

Obesity and Type 2 diabetes disproportionately affect Latino children, families and communities. ¡Viva Maryvale! is a solution-oriented, multilevel, multisector collaborative approach that leverages individual, social, cultural and community-level resources to support health promotion and diabetes prevention among high-risk Latino families living in Maryvale, Arizona.

¡Viva Maryvale! brings together a network of collaborating partners that include the ASU Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the St. Vincent de Paul Family Wellness Program, the Watts Family Maryvale YMCA, the Maryvale branch of Mountain Park Health Center, and the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program at the Arizona Department of Health Services. 

By developing a shared mission and vision, ¡Viva Maryvale! enhanced the collective capacity of the partners to address diabetes-related disparities among vulnerable and underserved families in Maryvale. The impact of the enhanced capacity is substantiated by significant reductions in diabetes risk factors and increases in quality of life among participating families. A paper describing the development, implementation, and results of ¡Viva Maryvale! was published in the January 2019 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.


Arizona State University
Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation,
Lead: Gabriel Shaibi

Erica Basco, Jessica Camacho, Chris Gonzalez, Neeku Navabi, Armando Pena, Arlene Ramos, Erica Soltero and Allison Williams

Arizona Department of Health Services

Omar Contreras, Teresa Manygoats, Addey Rascon and Wayne Tormala

Community Member 

Maria Isabella Munoz 

Dignity Health

Anna Alonzo

Mountain Park Health Center

Uriel Castaneda, Alexa Diaz, Valentina Hernandez, Jenny Mendez, Marta Ormeno, Crystal Ramos, Saray Vera and Ugonna Woods

Saguaro Evaluation Group 

Monica Parsai

St. Vincent de Paul 

Maria Gonzalez, Monica Gutierrez, Elva Hooker, Yolanda Konopken, Elvia Lish and Maria Silva 

Watts Family Maryvale YMCA

Libby Corral, Karen Davis, Nayeli Quiroz and Heidi Wildy 

Top SUN Award Recipients

SUN Awards are a way for ASU co-workers to give specific, immediate recognition to each other and to honor employees for supporting university goals.

Here are this year’s top recipients.

Katie Senzig
Student Recruitment Coordinator Senior

College of Health Solutions 

Cassie Barbieri

Success Coach


Lindsey Morris

Academic Success Specialist

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, The Polytechnic School

Diana Herrera

Business Operations Manager

New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

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