Health innovators to be honored at Founders' Day event

The Arizona State University Alumni Association will honor outstanding faculty members and alumni who have contributed to health research and initiatives at its annual Founders’ Day Awards Dinner, slated for 6 p.m., Feb. 20, 2014, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix.

The award ceremony has been a signature event for the university for decades, and honors individuals who exemplify the spirit of the founders of the Territorial Normal School of Arizona, ASU’s predecessor institution, which received its charter from the Thirteenth Territorial Legislature on March 7, 1885.

This year, the event will focus on stories of success from alumni and university supporters who actively are engaged in transforming health. Faculty members engaged in work in the health and wellness fields also will be recognized; from educating health care practitioners to developing new vaccines, ASU is taking a transdisciplinary approach to health solutions.

With a history that dates back to 1964, Founders’ Day attracts attendees that include university administrators, faculty and local business community leaders. Past award recipients have included Phil Mickelson, the Honorable Ruth McGregor, Congressman Ed Pastor, former Tempe Mayor Neil Giuliano, Craig Weatherup, Reggie Jackson, Pat Tillman, Heather Farr, Marty Shultz and the classes of 1956 through 1959 that worked diligently on the campaign to ensure ASU achieved university status.

Tickets to the Founders’ Day event are $130 for Alumni Association members and $175 for nonmembers. Table and corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. For additional information about Founders’ Day or to RSVP, visit