CSW collecting 'Tools for Teaching' at all campuses


March 23, 2011

Andrea Cornett is a first-grade teacher at Arredondo Elementary School in Tempe. She’s in her second year of teaching, and already has learned the economic realities of the classroom: She’ll have to spend at least $350 of her own money per year to buy pencils, erasers, notebooks and other supplies for her 20 students.

Especially dry-erase markers (8 pack, $7.34, Target). “Those are huge. We never have enough,” said Cornett. Download Full Image

When Cornett and school principal Hilda Carr-Gaona learned that Arredondo was on the beneficiary list for the first School Supply Drive, “Tools for Teaching,” sponsored by the ASU Commission on the Status of Women, they were thrilled.

“Oh my gosh, I thought it was a great thing,” Cornett said. “Kids practically eat these materials.”

Principal Carr-Gaona said beginning teachers usually spend $350 to $500 – and sometimes up to $1,000 to equip their classrooms, depending on the grade level. She sometimes can find $20 here or there to give teachers for supplies, “but it’s getting more difficult.”

The Commission on the Status of Women will collect school supplies at all ASU campuses, including SkySong, through April 8. Four schools were chosen to receive the supplies, said Karen Engler, coordinator of CSW. “The majority of the schools we are working with are Title 1 schools, which have large concentrations of low income students.  By definition, a school is designated as Title 1 if 40 percent or more of the students qualify for a free or a reduced-price lunch.”

Each campus will focus on one local school. Tempe’s is Arredondo, while West campus will benefit Kachina Elementary School. Polytechnic, Downtown and the SkySong campuses will support the two ASU Prep Academies.

“Every spring we engage in a community outreach project to benefit populations in need.  Some of our past drives have benefited women’s shelters and food banks” Engler said. “This year we turned our attention to local schools, which are in dire need of even the most basic supplies such as paper.  This is the first time that we have run a drive like this and we are hopeful for a good response”

Drop-off points are located throughout the campuses. A complete list is available on the CSW Website, http://www.asu.edu/csw/schoolsupplydrive.html.

Suggested">http://www.asu.edu/csw/schoolsupplydrive.html">http://www.asu.edu/csw/sc... donation items include spiral notebooks, paper, composition books, dry erase board markers, pencils and pens, crayons, markers, glue and glue sticks ($1.99 each, Staples), tape, and more. A complete list also is available on the CSW Website.

For ASU graduate Tatum Furnari, who is in her first year of teaching kindergarten at Arredondo, the school-supply drive is welcome news.

Furnari said she spent $1,000 on supplies even before school started, and she averages about $40 a week now – even though she only has 12 students.

She has so few because “my classroom is in what used to be an office, because of the budget, Furnari explained.

But even with only 12 students, “you still have to buy every little thing.”

Montoya promoted to vice provost, dean of College of Technology and Innovation


March 23, 2011

Mitzi Montoya, executive dean of the Arizona State University College">http://technology.asu.edu">College of Technology and Innovation (CTI), has been promoted to vice provost and dean of CTI, effective immediately. In addition, Montoya will continue as interim chair of the Department of Technological Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. She replaces Keith Hjelmstad, who will return to the faculty as professor of civil engineering at the ASU Fulton Schools of Engineering. 

Chell Roberts, professor and chair of engineering, moves up to executive dean of CTI, reporting to Dean Montoya.  Roberts will continue as chair of the Department of Engineering.

“Mitzi Montoya is an able administrator, a strategic thinker and an innovator,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow. “Her broad background in management and engineering is ideally suited to the task of developing the College of Technology and Innovation into a college of national and international rank and one that supports and advances the East Valley’s growing cluster of high-tech companies.”

Said ASU Provost and Executive Vice President Elizabeth D. Capaldi in announcing the appointment, “Dean Montoya arrived at ASU with a reputation as an innovative educator and researcher who bridges management and engineering, a perfect fit for the polytechnic mission.  She has already exceeded our lofty expectations, having in a short time created a new B.S. program in technological entrepreneurship, launched the Aerospace & Defense Research Collaboratory (ADRC), and won a $1 million grant for the ADRC and $1 million in corporate matching funding for the ADRC.

“I wish to thank Keith for his service at CTI and wish Keith, Chell and Mitzi great success in their new roles at ASU.”

Montoya joined the ASU administration last summer from North Carolina State University’s College of Management, where she served as assistant dean of research and Zelnak Professor of Marketing Innovation.

“I like working at the boundaries,” Montoya said. “I believe we can develop better solutions to real problems when we work across boundaries because real innovation lies at the intersection of thought worlds. For me, CTI is a bold experiment in exactly that – by bringing together disparate disciplines under one academic ‘roof,’ it is an incredible opportunity to create novel and much needed educational and research solutions.”

In addition to the grants she won at ASU, Montoya is currently the principal investigator on a $1.4 million National Science Foundation grant focused on computational collaboration in crime scene investigation. The project, IC-CRIME (Interdisciplinary Cyber-Enabled Crime Reconstruction through Innovative Methodology and Engagement) was launched in response to a scathing report by the National Academies of Science to enhance the reliability and validity of forensic science.

Another of Montoya’s projects involves work on virtual innovation teams to explore technology-enabled collaboration and decision-making, including the role of emerging 3-D virtual world technology as a collaborative environment. 

Montoya earned a bachelor’s degree in general engineering and a doctoral degree in business administration, both from Michigan State University.


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