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President's awards honor university innovators

April 26, 2011

From creating a program to capture and re-use water to make the university more sustainable, to developing an online tutoring program to increase student success, to initiating and delivering an innovation and entrepreneurship program for tribal communities, ASU employees are helping their university and community in a big way.

In recognition of their efforts and achievement, ASU President Michael Crow hosted a reception to present the President’s Award for Innovation, the President’s Award for Sustainability, the President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness, and the Top Multiple Sun Award for Individual Excellence.

The Office of Human Resources coordinated the event.

President's Award for Innovation


First Innovations Initiative

The First Innovations Initiative at ASU is a successful collaboration between the American Indian Policy Institute, Venture Catalyst at SkySong and the American Indian Studies program.


Multi-Subject Online Tutoring – University Academic Success

University Academic Success Programs is utilizing technology that allows access to services once bound by geographic proximity and time to optimize tutoring services.


My ASU: One University in Many Places

Introduced in 2008, My ASU is the primary point of contact between ASU and its students, faculty, staff, applicants and friends.


President's Award for Sustainability


2010 Ditch the Dumpster

The 2010 Ditch the Dumpster program stemmed from ASU’s first large-scale effort during the spring of 2008 residence hall move-out to divert reusable items from the landfill.


Facilities Management Central Plant Water Capture and Re-Use

Facilities Management Central Plant and Grounds Services teams received $5,000 seed money from University Sustainability Practices to design, fund, construct and then re-use Reverse Osmosis reject water from the Central Plant.


The Future of Phoenix: Crafting Sustainable Development Strategies

A research team of faculty and graduate students, in collaboration with the City’s Planning Department, has engaged in analyzing the current state of Phoenix to craft future visions and scenarios, and develop transformative sustainability strategies incorporated into long-range city planning.


PolyHarvest Community Supported Agriculture

The PolyHarvest CSA is a community supported agriculture program that delivers fresh, local produce to ASU and non-ASU community members.


President's Medal for Social Embeddedness


Community Action Research Experiences (CARE)

The Community Action Research Experiences program builds community capacity through a yearlong collaboration between student researchers from diverse disciplines and nonprofit community organizations to address research questions that help these community organizations increase their effectiveness.


SUN Award for Individual Excellence


• Marcos Romero, Financial Services, Payroll.

• Lisa Grabarec, College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

• Jeffrey Bricker, Educational Outreach and Student Services.

• Jason Johnson, ASU Libraries, Fletcher Library.