ASU Alumni Association adds 5 new groups to chapter network

February 29, 2016

The Arizona State University Alumni Association recently added five new groups to its chapter network, bringing the total number of groups operated by the association and its alumni volunteers to 153. The Alumni Association board, at its Feb. 19 meeting, approved the creation of an alumni club in South Carolina, as well as four international connection groups in China — in the cities of Changchun, Dalian, Harbin and Shenyang.

These groups will join a network that now includes 45 geographically based groups within the United States, 23 academic affiliates focused on graduates of specific degree programs at the university, 19 special interest chapters or clubs representing alums of registered student organizations and 66 international connection groups, representing Sun Devil alums worldwide. The ASU Alumni Association approved five new groups for its chapter network, including four international connection groups in China.

The primary goal of chapters is to keep alumni connected to ASU, whether it be through their academic program, their current geographic location, or the registered student organizations or university sponsored student groups in which they participated. Chapters sponsor a range of activities for their members, including networking events, Sun Devil game-watching celebrations, outdoor recreational activities, and service-oriented volunteer projects. Many chapters give back to the next generation of ASU students by providing mentoring services, by hosting Sun Devil Send-Offs for incoming ASU students, or by awarding scholarships.

To learn more about the association’s chapter network, including how to organize a new group, visit

ASU Teachers College offers expanded preschool programs for fall 2016

February 22, 2016

The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Preschool at Arizona State University will have part time and full time openings for fall 2016.

The preschool is an inclusive, NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited program for children 3- to 5-years-old. The preschool’s expert, full-time staff implement a play-based curriculum, which follows the Arizona Early Learning and NAEYC standards. In addition, there are many enrichment programs incorporated into the curriculum for students each year. This year students participated in yoga, Spanish, music, dance and STEM classes. Download Full Image

Get on the list now to request a space for fall. In addition to our full-time offerings, there are limited half-time openings, and there will be a new option for a two-morning-per-week preschool classroom for fall 2016.

To learn more, sign up for a tour or get contact information at Prospective families are also invited to visit the school and meet staff from 5:30 to 6:30, April 7. Click the “Request a Tour” button on the website to sign up.

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New ASU ‘Learn to thrive’ app content released; now for Android, too

ASU’s Learn to thrive app has new content for for iPad, iPhone, Android, Web.
February 18, 2016

Update features ASU faculty and alums who are thriving and shares their tips

The latest edition of ASU’s app, “Learn to thrive,” is now available for iPad, iPhone, Web browsers and, for the first time, Android devices. Rich new interactive content shares stories of members of the ASU community who are thriving, and allows them to share the benefit of their experience to help you thrive, too.

Featured content includes:

  • “I believe everyone has a dream inside them” — ASU alumna Courtney Klein co-founded Seed Spot, a social-impact incubator for young entrepreneurs. Today, Seed Spot is a nationally lauded effort giving anyone, high-school age and above, the tools to make better lives for themselves while making a better world for all of us.
  • “The future will be in those who innovate and prepare themselves” — Those are the words of Klein’s distinguished mentor, former ASU President Lattie Coor. The two of them, along with Seed Spot graduate Danna Evans, share their stories of how to find a great mentor, and how to be one.
  • “To solve real problems, you have to take real risks” — Three Seed Spot graduates overcame personal and professional odds in order to pursue their dreams; dreams that are now improving the lives of others.
  • "Seeing firsthand how the rest of the world actually lived inspired me" — Klein’s life was changed by her studies in Akil, Mexico. ASU’s Study Abroad programs match students with opportunities to explore direction and purpose for their careers and their lives.
  • Empowering innovation — ASU’s Edson Student Entrepreneurship Initiative gave Klein a start with her first dream. Through ASU's Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Edson helps students turn big ideas into successful ventures.
  • Thriving in action — Meet the people and read the stories that demonstrate why ASU is a place to learn to thrive.

“Learn to thrive” is available for iPad and iPhone at the App Store, and for Android through Google Play. App content can also be viewed with any browser at

Copy writer , Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College


Arizona PBS celebrates Black History Month on-air, online

January 29, 2016

Arizona PBS honors Black History Month with a collection of new commemorative programs and digital content highlighting the impact African-Americans have made on U.S. history, beginning Feb. 1.

As part of its yearlong commitment to diverse programming, Arizona PBS presents a monthlong lineup of programs in February emphasizing the struggles, victories and contributions African-Americans have made to modern culture, and the inspiring evolution of African-American society, through stirring documentaries and in-depth explorations of the lives and legacies of celebrated African-American leaders. Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Independent Lens' "Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" is one of many documentaries and profiles featured on-air and online on Arizona PBS in honor of Black History Month 2016. Download Full Image

Highlights of this year’s programming include “Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” which tells the story behind a key component of the revolutionary culture within the civil rights movement, and “B.B. King: The Life of Riley,” which celebrates the enduring legacy of the late musician and the lasting effects his work has had on the music scene.

“This year’s Black History Month lineup features a rich collection of programs that emphasize the many ways African-Americans have helped shape modern American culture,” said Nancy Southgate, associate general manager of content at Arizona PBS. “We’re pleased to shine a spotlight on these individuals and organizations whose inspiring and enlightening stories created such a meaningful impact on society.”

The Black History Month programming lineup on Arizona PBS includes:

Independent Lens | A Ballerina’s Tale (new)
11:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8

Misty Copeland made history by becoming the first African-American principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, considered the pinnacle of ballet in the U.S. This documentary provides an intimate look at this groundbreaking artist as she shatters barriers and transcends her art.

American Masters | B.B. King: The Life of Riley (new)
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12

Explore B.B. King’s challenging life and career through candid interviews with the “King of the Blues,” filmed shortly before his death, and fellow music stars, including Bono, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, John Mayer and Ringo Starr.

Independent Lens | The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights
11:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15

Whitney Young was one of the most powerful, controversial and largely forgotten leaders of the civil rights movement, who took the fight directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents.

Independent Lens | Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (new)
8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16

Revisit the turbulent 1960s, when a revolutionary culture emerged with the Black Panther Party at its vanguard. Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again.

In Performance at the White House | The Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles (new)
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26

In an all-star tribute, the Smithsonian pays tribute to the life and career of beloved musician Ray Charles live from the White House.

American Masters | Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll (new)
9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26

Discover how Fats Domino’s brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues became rock and roll. As popular in the 1950s as Elvis Presley, Domino suffered degradations in the pre-civil-rights South and aided integration through his influential music.

The Lost Years of Zora Neale Hurston 
11:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19

Explore the life, work and philosophies of Zora Neale Hurston, a celebrated figure of the Harlem Renaissance who is remembered for her 1937 masterwork, “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” This special concentrates on her very productive, but often overlooked, final decade. Interviews with Hurston experts and colleagues, letters from Hurston, and archival photographs piece together this fascinating chapter in the life of an American literary icon.

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Eyes on the Prize: World Channel Special “Ain’t Scared of Your Jails”
8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1 and 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2

This series tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement. Winner of numerous Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, an International Documentary Award, and a Television Critics Association Award, it is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. 

Independent Lens | American Denial
11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1 and  6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2

Follow the story of Swedish researcher Gunnar Myrdal whose landmark 1944 study, “An American Dilemma,” probed deep into the racial psyche of the U.S. The film weaves a narrative that exposes some of the potential underlying causes of racial biases still rooted in America’s systems and institutions today.

First Peoples | Africa 
9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 and 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5

Examine research that suggests we humans are a patchwork species of hybrids. Around 200,000 years ago, a new species, Homo sapiens, appeared on the African landscape. DNA from a 19th-century African-American slave is forcing geneticists to re-think the origins of our species. The theory is that our ancestors met, mated and hybridized with other human types in Africa — creating ever greater diversity within our species.

Ghosts of Amistad
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5

This documentary explores the impact of the Amistad mutiny and the repatriation of Africans to their homes in Sierra Leone. Renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. calls the film “of great interest to any student of slavery and the slave trade.”

American Masters | August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
8 pm. Saturday, Feb. 6

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Wilson’s birth, the 10th anniversary of his death and Black History Month, Arizona PBS offers unprecedented access to Wilson’s theatrical archives, rarely seen interviews and new dramatic readings ofhis seminal 10-play cycle chronicling a century of African-American life.

AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange
8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8

Hear the enlightening story of Tchinda, a woman from a small Cape Verdean island off the west coast of Africa, whose life changed forever when she came out as transgender in her town’s local newspaper. Explore her struggles and triumphs as she navigates discrimination and finds acceptance.

The Black Kung Fu Experience 
10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10

Meet kung fu’s black pioneers who helped bridge the gap between African-American and Asian cultures and gave birth to the rise of black kung fu artists. Discover how these pioneers broke down racial barriers and became respected masters in a subculture primarily dominated by Chinese and white men.

Independent Lens |  The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights
4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18

Whitney Young was one of the most powerful, controversial and largely forgotten leaders of the civil rights movement, who took the fight directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents.

In Their Own Words | Muhammad Ali
9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19

Watch the highlights of boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s life and career, from his boyhood in Louisville, Kentucky to his stunning upset of Sonny Liston, his exile from boxing for refusing induction into the U.S. Army to his epic, triumphant comeback.

Additional programming information and airtimes can be found on the Arizona PBS online schedule at

The following is a sample of the more than 30 programs available for online streaming on the PBS Black Culture Connection in February:

• The African-Americans : Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr.
• The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights (Independent Lens)
• Spies of Mississippi (Independent Lens)
• The Trials of Muhammad Ali (Independent Lens)
• American Promise (POV)
• Underground Railroad: The William Still Story
• The March
• Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
• Daisy Bates, Black Power Mixtape, Soul Food Junkies (Independent Lens)
• Memories of the March
• Bill T. Jones: A Good Man (American Masters)
• Cab Calloway: Sketches (American Masters)
• Dreams of Obama (Frontline)
• Endgame: AIDS in Black America (Frontline)
• Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.
• Freedom Riders (American Experience)
• Interrupters (Frontline)
• Jimi Hendrix — Hear My Train A-Comin’ (American Masters)
• Jesse Owens (American Experience)
• “Roots” Special (Pioneers of Television “Miniseries”)
• Not in Our Town: Class Actions
• Slavery by Another Name
• Too Important to Fail (Tavis Smiley)
• Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll (American Masters)
• Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth (American Masters)
• Black Male Achievement documentary special series: Teaching Fatherhood, The Jazz Ticket, The Algebra Ceiling (POV)

Other series offering programming to commemorate Black History Month include “PBS NewsHour,” “Tavis Smiley” and “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill.”

Arizona PBS also invites educators, parents and students to visit the PBS LearningMedia website, which offers a range of curriculum-targeted resources that support lessons on black history and spotlight the leaders, thinkers and innovators who helped shape our nation’s history. Searchable by standard and keyword, PBS LearningMedia helps teachers to promote inquiry in their classrooms and strengthen students’ personal connection to black history and culture through discussion questions, worksheets, videos and digitized primary sources.

For more information on PBS LearningMedia, including how to integrate these resources in your school, contact Kimberly Flack at, 602-496-3764 or visit

Cronkite School lecture series brings leading journalists and communicators to ASU

January 21, 2016

Kevin Merida, the former Washington Post managing editor who is the editor-in-chief of ESPN’s new site “The Undefeated,” headlines a showcase of top-flight communications professionals speaking this spring at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Cronkite’s “Must See Mondays” speaker series will feature Merida, who leads ESPN’s new site focusing on the intersection of race, culture and sports, as well as USA Today’s media columnist, the former president of the world’s largest public-relations agency and two Pulitzer Prize winners. Kevin Merida ESPN's Kevin Merida headlines this semester's "Must See Mondays" lecture series at ASU's Cronkite School, featuring leading journalism and communications professionals from across the country. Download Full Image

The series starts Feb. 1 with a discussion on storytelling from the U.S.-Mexico border with Cronkite Borderlands Initiative Professors Alfredo Corchado and Angela Kocherga and concludes April 25 with National Geographic Society Fellow and photographer Chris Rainier, who will explore visual storytelling.

The spring 2016 semester marks the 16th series, which has included numerous Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters, national television correspondents, editors of major newspapers, journalism innovators and entrepreneurs and public-relations experts. More than 160 lecturers and panelists have participated in the series since 2008.

“ ‘Must See Mondays’ offers a rare opportunity for our students and the public to hear from leading journalists and communicators,” said Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan. “The lecture series has become an important part of our learning environment, and we are excited to welcome these tremendous speakers.”

The free public lectures start at 7 p.m. in the First Amendment Forum of the Cronkite School on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus.

Spring 2016 'Must See Mondays' schedule

Feb. 1 (special 6 p.m. start): Southwest Borderlands Initiative Professors Alfredo Corchado, former Mexico City bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News, and Angela Kocherga, former border reporter for Gannett Co., will discuss “Borderlands: The New American Narrative” with moderator Richard Ruelas, reporter for The Arizona Republic and a Cronkite faculty associate.

Feb. 8: Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and best-selling author Thomas E. Ricks will present “Why I Fear We Will Lose Our Next War,” with an introduction from Daniel Rothenberg, co-director of the ASU Center on the Future of War, and Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan. The talk is part of the annual Paul J. Schatt Memorial Lecture.

Feb. 15: Former President and CEO of Edelman U.S. Mark Hass, senior adviser at Teneo Strategy, will explore “Strategic Communications and Reputation in a Digital Context.”

Feb. 22: USA Today media columnist Rem Rieder and Cronkite Innovation Chief Eric Newton will discuss “Safeguarding Quality Journalism in the Digital Age.”

Feb. 29: Carnegie-Knight News21 Executive Editor Jacquee Petchel and Weil Family Professor of Journalism Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of The Washington Post, along with News21 fellows, will present their investigation, “News21 Weed Rush.”

March 14: ESPN Senior Vice President Kevin Merida, editor-in-chief of “The Undefeated,” will examine “Race, Sports and Media” with ESPN baseball reporter Pedro Gomez. They will be introduced by Brett Kurland, Cronkite News–Phoenix Sports Bureau director.

March 21: The Cronkite Public Relations Lab will host the annual PR Lab Mentorship Lecture and Aspire Award presentation, established in honor of Enid R. Pansky. The event will feature Ashleigh Gardner, head of content at Wattpad, and include an introduction from Cronkite Associate Professor and Public Relations Lab Director Fran Matera.

March 28: Cronkite New Media Innovation and Entreprdeneurship Lab Director Retha Hill and students will present “Telling Stories With Virtual Reality.”

April 4: Benoit Wirz, director of venture investments at Knight Foundation, will explore “Investing in the Media Frontier,” with an introduction from Newton.

April 11: Southwest Borderlands Initiative Professor Rick Rodriguez and Cronkite students will discuss their multimedia reporting project, “Reporting Abroad: From Nicaragua to Europe.”

April 18: Cronkite Associate Professor Joseph Russomanno will present “Facebook and the First Amendment,” with an introduction from Ballard Spahr LLP Partner and Cronkite Endowment Board President David J. Bodney.

April 25: National Geographic Society Fellow and photographer Chris Rainier will present “Photographing the World in the 21st Century,” with an introduction from Cronkite Associate Dean Kristin Gilger.

Low-cost family counseling at ASU Clinical Psychology Center

January 19, 2016

The Family Check-Up, a highly successful family-counseling program, is currently being offered at a reduced cost to families with children between the ages 2 and 18 at the Arizona State University Clinical Psychology Center.

The Family Check-Up is a strengths-based family intervention that empowers parents to make positive changes in order to promote the well-being of their children and family.

Children of parents who participate in the program experience reduced problem behaviors, improved emotion regulation, reductions in substance use, and decreased risk for obesity. Positive outcomes of the program for children also include heightened self-esteem and positive coping, as well as improved academic performance.

Several studies and more than 30 years of evidence show that the Family Check-Up is effective in as few as three to six sessions. The data-driven, evidence-based program is proven to reduce children’s problem behaviors by improving parenting practices and strengthening family relationships.

Scheduled sessions will take place at the Arizona State University Clinical Psychology Center, located just east of Rural Road at 1100 E. University Drive, in Tempe, at days and times that are convenient for interested families.

To schedule a Family Check-Up, call the center at 480-965-7296.

ASU’s Clinical Psychology Center is a training site for doctoral students in clinical psychology. The mission of the center is to provide excellent training while providing outstanding service to the community.

For more information about the Family Check-Up or to schedule counseling, call the center at 480-965-7296.

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

ASU Alumni Association honors 130 years of excellence at Founders’ Day event

January 11, 2016

The Arizona State University Alumni Association will honor alumni, faculty and university supporters who have fostered 130 years of growth, innovation and excellence at ASU, and the evolution of the institution into the New American University, at its annual Founders’ Day Awards Dinner, slated for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 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. As part of the celebration, ASU President Michael M. Crow will provide an update on the university.
 The ASU Alumni Association is celebrating 130 years of growth, innovation and excellence at ASU at its annual Founders' Day Awards Dinner, Feb. 3. Download Full Image

The following individuals will be honored by the Alumni Association at the Founders’ Day event.

Faculty Achievement Awards

Faculty Achievement Research Award
Charles Arntzen, Regents’ Professor, Biodesign Institute Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology; Florence Ely Nelson Presidential Chair, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Charles Arntzen is being honored at Founders’ Day for his revolutionary work in the use of plant-made pharmaceuticals, particularly vaccines. His leadership role in developing ZMapp, a therapeutic vaccine produced in tobacco to fight Ebola, led to him being chosen last year as the No. 1 honoree among Fast Company’s annual list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. His primary research interests are in plant molecular biology and protein engineering, as well as the utilization of plant biotechnology for enhancement of food quality and value, and for overcoming health and agricultural constraints in the developing world. Arntzen has been recognized as a pioneer in the development of plant-based vaccines for human disease prevention (with special emphasis on the needs of poor countries) and for disease prevention in animal agriculture.

After receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in plant physiology from the University of Minnesota, Arntzen received his doctoral degree in cell physiology from Purdue University. In addition to holding academic/research positions at the University of Illinois and Michigan State University, he also worked for DuPont in biotechnology research and was appointed dean and deputy chancellor for agriculture at Texas A&M University. From 1995 to 2000, Arntzen served as president and CEO of the Boyce Thompson Institute, a nonprofit corporation affiliated with Cornell University. He arrived at Arizona State University in 2000, and in 2004 was named a Regents’ Professor.

Arntzen was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 1983 and to the National Academy of Sciences in India the following year. He is a fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science and also of the American Society of Plant Biologists. In 2001, he was appointed as a member of President George W. Bush's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and in 2004, he was appointed by the president to serve on the National Nanotechnology Oversight Board.

Faculty Achievement Service Award
Josephine Peyton Marsh, associate professor, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College; professor-in-residence, Arizona State University Preparatory Academy – Phoenix

Josephine Peyton Marsh is being honored at Founders’ Day for her service work to ASU, her contributions to the field of literacy education, and her work at ASU Preparatory Academy. For the past five years, Marsh has served as the professor-in-residence at ASU Preparatory Academy (ASU Prep), a K-12 public charter school district sponsored by ASU. In this role, she works with ASU Prep administrators, teachers, and students to create supportive literacy and learning environments that also are rigorous academically for K-12 students from a wide range of backgrounds. She conducts ‘just-in-time” literacy professional development with teachers, and uses ethnographic and action research methods to build knowledge about instructional methods and about the school transformation process.  

Her work at ASU Prep informs her graduate literacy education teaching, and supervision of graduate students. As part of her work in the teachers college, she has supervised a number of graduate research assistants who work with her to investigate the processes, initiatives, and social interactions that transform learning at ASU Prep. She also has chaired the dissertation committees of numerous students.

Marsh has been published in professional journals and in books, and served on editorial boards for a variety of professional journals, including the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Reading Research Quarterly, and the Journal of Literacy Research. She has presented at conferences held by the Literacy Research Association and the International Literacy Association, among others. At ASU, she has served as a college administrator and has taken on many service activities, including chairing the Learning, Literacies, and Technology Ph.D. Program Committee, a secondary education task force, and faculty search committees. She served as the faculty advisor for the college’s language and literacy conference, and participated in the college personnel committee and the college grievance committee.

In recognition for her efforts, Marsh received the Outstanding Integration of Scholarship with Teaching Award from the teachers college in 2014. She has been honored with the Golden Bell Award from the Arizona School Boards Association and the Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award from the teachers college.

She received a bachelor’s degree in education-psychology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, then earned master’s and doctoral degrees in reading education from the University of West Florida and the University of Georgia, respectively. She joined the faculty of ASU in 1998 in the curriculum and instruction division of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Faculty Achievement Teaching Award
Wendy Hultsman, director of undergraduate programs and associate professor, School of Community Resources and Development, College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Wendy Hultsman is being honored at Founders’ Day for her innovative contributions as a teacher in the School of Community Resources and Development. Hultsman has been on the Arizona State University faculty for more than 20 years. She has been an instructor for classes on special event management, recreation planning and facilities management, commercial recreation, team building strategies for recreation programming, and many others. She has been instrumental in the development of a minor/concentration and an undergraduate certificate in special events management.

Her students frequently praise Hultsman’s hands-on approach to learning, and she describes herself as someone who avidly goes beyond being a “4 x 2” teacher (four walls of the classroom and two covers of a book). Her special event management students have played key roles in the execution of the city of Glendale's Sinister Sinema (haunted house) event, and have been producers of the ASU Holiday village that is part of the city of Phoenix APS Fiesta of Light Parade's Friday night festivities.

She has served as editor and associate editor of Schole Journal, the official refereed publication of the National Recreation and Park Association. She also has been president of the Arizona Festivals and Events Association. She is the co-author of the textbook “Planning Parks for People,” and author of the books “Woodall’s Guide to Recreation Activities” and “Outside the Classroom Window.”

In 2012, she received the Outstanding Partnership Award from the Arizona Festivals and Events Association, and in 2011, she was honored with an Outstanding Teaching Award from the School of Community Resources and Development. That same year, she received a Silver Medal Pinnacle Award from the International Festivals and Events Association for the development of ASU’s certificate in special events management. She also received the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award for Service from Indiana University’s School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. 

Hultsman received her bachelor’s degree in physical education from the State University of New York at Cortland, then earned a master’s degree in parks and recreation administration from Indiana University, and a doctoral degree in recreation and parks from Pennsylvania State University.

Alumni Achievement Awards

Young Alumni Achievement Award
Courtney Klein ’05 B.I.S., ’10 M.Np.S., co-founder and CEO, SEED SPOT

Courtney Klein is being honored at Founders’ Day for her work facilitating the ventures of individuals, located in the Valley of the Sun as well as around the globe, who desire to resolve social challenges with innovative ideas and approaches.

Klein received her bachelor’s degree at ASU in 2005, and shortly thereafter launched New Global Citizens, a nonprofit that empowers young people to create social change. The organization has partnered with organizations in 33 countries and served more than 10,000 young people. She also served as the director of strategic planning and development at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and completed a course with the United Nations UPEACE Centre for Executive Education in designing for social innovation and leadership. She created SEED SPOT in 2012 to educate, accelerate, and invest in entrepreneurs who are creating solutions to social problems. The nonprofit focuses on creating a community around social entrepreneurs and equipping them with the funding, mentorship and training to successfully launch and sustain their organizations. To date, it has accelerated the dreams of more than 160 social entrepreneurs, and has been named one of the top three social impact incubators in the United States by UBI Global and Cisco.

Klein has been profiled by Forbes, the Huffington Post and other national news outlets for her work supporting the dreams of entrepreneurs. She recently was named a finalist in the Phoenix Business Journal’s 2015 Businessperson of the Year contest. She has spoken to corporate, academic, and entrepreneurial audiences around the world about her journey as an entrepreneur, including the SXSW Conference in 2015. In 2013, the Phoenix Business Journal named Ms. Klein as one of its “25 Most Dynamic Women in Business” and Splashlife Magazine recognized her in 2011 as one of the nation’s top 30 civic leaders under 30. BizAZ Magazine named her to its list of top 35 local entrepreneurs under the age of 35 in 2008. She has served on the boards of directors for many nonprofit organizations.

Alumni Achievement Award
Derrick Hall '91 B.S., president and CEO, Arizona Diamondbacks

Derrick Hall is being honored at Founders' Day for his leadership role in building the Valley's Major League Baseball team into a strong and vibrant franchise, as well as his contributions to the Phoenix community and Arizona State University.

Hall received a bachelor's degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1991. He spent parts of 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, joining the organization's minor-league affiliate in Vero Beach, Fla., as an intern in 1992 and departing as the club's senior vice president for communications in 2004.

The unique corporate culture of the Diamondbacks, which was created by Hall after arriving in 2004, led Yahoo! to deem the club as "the best workplace in sports.” The company has accumulated a number of honors under his leadership, including Make-A-Wish Foundation's Chris Greicius Award (2014), the Phoenix Indian Center's Leon Grant Spirit of the Community Award (2014), Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce IMPACT Award — Community Champion (2013), and the City of Phoenix Equal Opportunity Department Excellence Award.

Hall’s leadership has guided the Diamondbacks to two National League West Championships in 2007 and 2011, and one National League Championship Series Championship in 2007. He oversaw development of the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, a 140-acre training facility shared with the Colorado Rockies. He also hired baseball veteran Tony La Russa in 2014 as the team’s first-ever Chief Baseball Officer.

In 2002, he was inducted into the Cronkite School Alumni Hall of Fame, and the following year, he was honored with the Young Alumni Achievement Award at the ASU Alumni Association's Founders' Day Awards. He serves on the Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees and is a member of the W. P. Carey School of Business Dean's Council of 100.

Hall currently is associated with many boards in the Valley, including the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau. He has chaired capital campaigns for the YMCA and the Phoenix Zoo, and is a lifetime member of The Thunderbirds.

His community contributions have led to his receiving the APS Peacemaker Award at Valle del Sol's Profiles of Success, the Bill Shover Leadership Award from United Blood Services and the Phoenix Award by the Phoenix Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America in 2013. He was the inaugural recipient of the Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix’s Goldwater Community Service Award in 2012.

The Philanthropists of the Year Award, presented by the ASU Foundation For A New American University

Cindy and Mike Watts, co-owners/co-founders, Sunstate Equipment

Cindy and Mike Watts are being honored at Founders' Day for their generous civic involvement and investment, a passion that began with their west Phoenix neighborhood of Maryvale and now extends to the Arizona State University community.

The Watts are co-founders and co-owners of Sunstate Equipment, a highly successful equipment rental company that began in 1977 in Arizona and has expanded to eight other states. They both grew up in Maryvale, where they met during a high school graduation ceremony. At the time, Maryvale was a newly developed suburb. However, like many ‘inner-ring’ suburbs, Maryvale began experiencing urban decline in the 1980s and '90s. To reverse this, the Watts made leadership gifts to the Maryvale YMCA and endowed the Center for Violence and Community Safety, an initiative of the university’s College of Public Service and Community Solutions, commissioning a study of the Maryvale Community. More recently they have gifted a generous amount to the Jewish Family & Children’s Services’ new Catalina Health Center, in their ongoing commitment to the community they grew up in.

At ASU, the couple has been engaged with the university since 1988 and are lifetime members of the ASU President's Club.  In October 2015, they made a transformative investment to name the Watts Center for Academic Excellence and Championship Life, an initiative within Sun Devil Athletics dedicated to the success of the university’s student-athletes. In addition to these ASU commitments, Cindy also has served as co-chair of the Women & Philanthropy program at the ASU Foundation for A New American University and currently serves as vice-chair of the Trustees of ASU, an advisory body for the university and ASU President Michael M. Crow.

The Watts are dedicated to using their resources, both financial and personal, to elevate the quality of life for all in our community and state.

Tickets to the Founders’ Day event are $150 for Alumni Association members and $200 for nonmembers. Table and corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. For additional information about Founders’ Day, or to RSVP, visit

ASU's Cronkite School supporting efforts for Walter Cronkite stamp

October 26, 2015

Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is joining the efforts of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio Television Digital News Association to honor Walter Cronkite with a postage stamp.

The U.S. Postal Service is considering a joint request from the SPJ and the RTDNA for a stamp commemorating the late CBS newscaster for what would have been his 100th birthday next year. Walter Cronkite The Cronkite School is encouraging alumni, students and the journalism community to write a letter of support to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee in support of a stamp commemorating late CBS newscaster Walter Cronkite for what would have been his 100th birthday next year. Download Full Image

The Cronkite School is encouraging alumni, students, faculty, staff and the journalism community to write a letter of support to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, a 12-member group appointed by the postmaster general that selects and recommends subjects for stamps.

“Walter Cronkite is our school’s guiding light,” said Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan. “He established an expectation of journalistic excellence and ethics that permeates throughout our school. We are rallying our network of students, alumni, faculty and friends to get behind this fantastic proposal by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio Television Digital News Association.”

The initiative was the brainchild of SPJ at-large board member Bill McCloskey of Bethesda, Maryland, who recalled a previous Postal Service ceremony for stamps honoring female journalists held during the 2002 SPJ convention.

“Attendees in Fort Worth (Texas) flocked to the elaborate Postal Service ceremony staged as a convention session and bought souvenir envelopes to have with the new stamps,” said McCloskey, who is a stamp collector. “In researching the idea, I noted Mr. Cronkite’s 100th birth anniversary (Nov. 4, 2016), and asked leaders of RTDNA and SPJ to get behind the idea.”

According to the U.S. Postal Service, the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee meets quarterly to decide which stamp subjects to recommend to the postmaster general. The committee members — selected based on their expertise in history, science, art, education and sports, among other topics — annually recommend 25 to 30 subjects.

Past journalists to be honored with their own stamp include Martha Gellhorn, who covered the Spanish Civil War, World War II and the Vietnam War; John Hersey, whose most famous work “Hiroshima” described the effects of the atomic bomb dropped on that Japanese city on Aug. 6, 1945; George Polk, a CBS radio reporter who covered civil war in Greece and whose 1948 murder remains shrouded in mystery; Ruben Salazar, a Los Angeles Times reporter and columnist and news director for the Spanish language television station KMEX in Los Angeles who was killed by a tear-gas projectile fired by a sheriff’s deputy while covering anti-war rioting in 1970; and Eric Sevareid, a newspaper reporter who was recruited to CBS radio by Edward R. Murrow and covered World War II.

McCloskey advises those interested to write a letter of support to the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee to highlight the historical legacy of Walter Cronkite.

Stamp committee's mailing address:

Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee USPS
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW Room 3300
Washington, D.C. 20260-3501

Submit your project for a 2016 ASU President's Award

October 22, 2015

If you are part of a university team working on a project that advances ASU’s goals and aspirations to create dramatic, positive change, you should consider applying for one of the 2016 President’s Awards. The deadline to submit an application is Jan. 7, 2016.

The annual ASU President’s Awards, an integral part of the university’s Employee Recognition Program, recognize and celebrate faculty and staff who have made significant contributions to the university in the areas of innovation, social embeddedness or sustainability. More than one team can win an award in each category. 2015 President's Award recipients This binational team from the ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation and its community partners were recognized at the 2015 recognition reception and award ceremony for developing and implementing a bilingual sleep health training program. Photo by Tim Trumble Download Full Image

Writers Workshops will be held Nov. 5 and Dec. 9 on the Tempe campus. Shelly Potts and Alison Cook-Davis of the University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness will explain how to write a compelling application that effectively reports a project’s results. Attendees also will get helpful tips and learn about the awards criteria.

ASU President Michael Crow will recognize award recipients in April 2016 at the President’s Recognition Reception and award ceremony. Each team will receive a team award and all team members will receive award certificates. Winning team projects also will be featured on the ASU Now website.

To register for a workshop, contact Linda Uhley at

Get specific award applications or learn about previous award recipients.

Linda Uhley,
Office of Human Resources

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First-year teacher training to be boon for new faculty

August 25, 2015

It’s the first day of classes at Arizona State University. You are a first-year professor. Your goal: to be that valued instructor who meets each individual’s needs. 

No small challenge for teachers with ASU’s enrollment and diversity at record levels in this year’s incoming student body. New faculty need to connect with learners who range from eager to half awake, 17 to 40-plus, confident to seeking, local to international, and first-generation to business professional. 

To help support new faculty as they begin teaching, ASU will launch a program devised by 12 inaugural Teaching Fellows: the new Provost’s Teaching Academy. 

“The ASU faculty offers a nearly unlimited pool of talent to support our junior professors,” said Deb Clarke, vice provost for academic personnel. “The academy’s teaching fellows are some of the most accomplished of our faculty members, at the cutting edge as teachers and mentors. We’re fortunate to be able to draw on their expertise to advance ASU’s commitment to excellence in teaching” 

This fall the fellows will focus on working with new junior faculty members and developing a number of 90-minute instructional modules on effective teaching and learning techniques, which will be implemented for the 2016-2017 academic year.  

Students in this Gen Y, or Millennial, cohort are very different as a group from previous generations. That means that instructional and learning strategies need to be modified to ensure that this new generation of students has the opportunity to learn, develop necessary critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and stay engaged.

As the program progresses, fellows will also mentor faculty members in areas such as balancing research and teaching, teaching technology-enhanced courses, using social media to promote learning, using classroom learning assessment techniques, and designing effective test questions.

“Topics were selected based on a survey sent out to all non-tenured faculty at the university, asking what information might have boosted their success and skills as teachers when they first arrived on campus,” Clarke said. Among those topics highlighted: being sensitive to diversity and inclusion, and teaching controversial subjects.

“The academy is going to help both teachers and ASU students,” said Teaching Fellow Mary Niemczyk. “I think faculty members will also enjoy their jobs more by learning what we can teach them about engaging with students, and that in turn can have a positive impact on student retention and graduation rates.”

New faculty come to ASU in command of the knowledge and skills inherent to their disciplines, but not all arrive with prior experience in teaching their own courses, and fewer have received any systematic, research-based training in teaching, according to Teaching Fellow Steve Semken.

“When and where I started, the only resources available to me were copies of lecture notes and a few ‘war stories’ from my more senior colleagues,” Semken said. “I’m happy to be involved in a program that promotes effective, evidence-based teaching and helps new faculty build pedagogical knowledge to complement their research expertise.”

The 12 selected for the academy include:

Tamiko Azuma, associate professor and director of the Attention, Memory and Language Lab in the in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science in the College of Health Solutions. Her research interests center on memory and language processing in healthy monolingual and bilingual speakers, military veterans and adults with traumatic brain injury. 

Karen Bruhn, principal lecturer with Barrett, The Honors College at ASU. Her research interests are in religious studies and interdisciplinary pedagogy, and she teaches the interdisciplinary first-year seminar, “The Human Event,” at Barrett.

Stanlie James, professor of African and African American Studies with a joint appointment in the Women and Gender Studies program in the School of Social Transformation. Her research includes women’s international human rights and Black feminisms. She has lectured widely both nationally and internationally and is a recipient of the ASU Commission on the Status of Women's Outstanding Achievement and Contribution Award.

Erik Johnston, associate professor and director of the Center for Policy Informatics in the School of Public Affairs. His research interests include understanding the dynamics of policy decisions for building collaborations in civic, business and academic contexts, the influence of central-remote office arrangements, complex systems methodology, communication, quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Barbara Lafford, professor of Spanish in the School of International Letters and Cultures. She has published and given workshops nationally and internationally in sociolinguistics, second-language acquisition, computer-assisted language learning, and languages for specific purposes/experiential learning.

Bertha Manninen, associate professor of philosophy in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Her scholarly interests include applied ethics, biomedical ethics, normative and meta-ethics, philosophy of religion, social and political philosophy.

Pamela Marshall, associate professor in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Her research ranges from the study of cellular response, mathematical modeling and gene networks to science pedagogy, learning communities and the way students learn science. 

Mary Niemczyk, associate professor and chair of the aviation programs in The Polytechnic School, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Her research focuses on improving instructional and learning strategies to enhance the performance of individuals in complex, ill-defined environments, such as aviation.

Wilhelmina Savenye, professor of educational technology in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. She has published widely about instructional design and evaluation of technology-based learning systems. Her work has been conducted in settings as diverse as public schools, museums, botanical gardens, zoos, universities, corporations and with the U.S. Army.

Steven Semken, associate professor of geology and geoscience education in the School of Earth and Space Exploration. Semken has led teachers' workshops and taught for 27 years with the Dine (Tribal) College, U.S. Air Force Academy and ASU. In 2014, he received the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Zebulon Pearce Teaching Award.

Jean Stutz, professor of science and math in the College of Letters and Sciences. An award-winning teacher and student adviser, her research centers on human activities and the diversity and functioning of plants and microbes in arid, riparian and urban ecosystems, as well as innovative teaching and learning.

Max Underwood, President’s Professor and architect in the Design School in ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. His scholarship and creative activities interweave the art of teaching with the realities of exemplary design and architectural practice. He received three national American Institute of Architects awards for his teaching innovations.

Peggy Coulombe,
Office of the Provost

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