2012 President's Award for Innovation

April 19, 2012

ASU values innovative contributions and recognizes ASU faculty and staff who have developed creative and inspiring projects and programs that address one or more of the challenges before us. This award provides formal recognition to ASU teams that have made significant contributions to ASU and higher education through the creation, development, and implementation of innovative projects, programs, initiatives, services, and techniques.

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“Does playing video games mean that I can easily make one?” 

Trying to dispel this common teenage myth is Camp Game, an established and popular summer enrichment program for middle and high school students in video game design and development. Started as an experiment in 2004 at New York University, it has been fully developed and implemented at ASU since 2007.  Camp Game has grown from offering one program to 25 high school students to several programs that attract over 120 students from both middle and high school grades. It caters to all skill levels and students can choose from spending one week or the entire summer depending on the program.

Camp Game provides a comprehensive understanding of the video game production pipeline with emphasis on Level Design, Video Game Art and Game Programming. It educates the students on the inner-workings of the video game industry by using state of the art game tools and technologies. After attending Camp Game, students understand the value of a well-rounded education and the need to focus on science and math for earning a career in the game industry.

Team Members
Ashish Amresh, College of Technology & Innovation (CTI), Department of Engineering
Arnaud Ehgner, CTI, Department of Engineering
Glenn Craver, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Geoff Wall, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Ryan Scott, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Tracy Fairfield, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, School of Art
Suzan Braun, CTI, Department of Engineering
Tyler Kilbourne, CTI, Department of Engineering
Jennifer Kostic Dunn, CTI, Department of Engineering

CTI iProjects Program

The College of Technology and Innovation’s iProjects Program engages large numbers of CTI students in solving external partner’s problems. Such engagements result in students’ creative solutions to real-world problems, helps embed CTI within the community and industry, and creates authentic practice-oriented learning experiences for students that result in increased competencies and, often, employment by the external sponsor.

The College of Technology and Innovation on the Polytechnic campus has developed as a college that values learning in context (often also called engaged learning and hands-on learning). CTI’s academic programs infuse authentic experience in the educational experience through realistic projects and problems that mirror the experiences our students will encounter in their professional careers.  Students work on interdisciplinary teams which may include a broad spectrum of skills, such as management, technology, engineering, computing, psychology, and the natural sciences. 

Industry-sponsored iProjects bring students and industry together to find solutions to real-world challenges in aviation, robotics, environmental mitigation, software and more.  Today most CTI seniors participate in authentic projects, and external engagement is growing rapidly.  Academic programs have been restructured, and space has been developed for student teams. This model has transformed the college and now is core to CTI’s mission.

Team Members
Chell Roberts, College of Technology & Innovation (CTI), Dean’s Office
Scott Danielson, CTI, Engineering Technology
Anshuman Razdan, CTI, Department of Engineering
Kevin Gary, CTI, Department of Engineering
Kelley McManus, CTI, Dean’s Business Office
Cheryl Roberts, CTI, Fiscal & Business Services
Suzan Braun, College of Technology & Innovation, Dean’s Office
Deborah Combs, CTI, Fiscal & Business Services
Jennifer Kostic Dunn, CTI, Dean’s Office

Lisa Robbins

Editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications


2012 President's Award for Sustainability

April 19, 2012

Sustainability is a balance of environmental, social and economic concerns. ASU staff and faculty are advancing sustainability by demonstrating exemplary practices, leading by example, and sharing solutions to catalyze change. 

This award recognizes ASU teams that have demonstrated excellence in fostering the successful development, implementation, and promotion of sustainability principles, solutions, programs, and services in the teaching, learning, research and business missions of the University. Download Full Image

Farmers Market @ the ASU Tempe campus

The Farmers Market @ the ASU Tempe campus is a biweekly open-air market held at the Tempe campus on Orange Mall to promote healthy eating and sustainability among students, faculty and staff. This program is a collaborative effort, sponsored by ASU departments, student groups and Arizona Community Farmers Markets Group.

The market program fills the need of both the ASU and the larger Tempe communities by providing options for locally grown and produced food in a convenient, central location easily accessible by public transportation.

The Farmers Market @ the ASU Tempe campus goals are as follows:

•    Provide students, faculty, & staff easy access to locally produced food
•    Promote health & wellness
•    Provide a complement to conventional food industry
•    Support green lifestyle & sustainable practices
•    Build relationships & community ties
•    Connect people with their food
•    Educate ASU community about local farming, agriculture, and food systems
•    Support local businesses & growers
•    Embed these values into ASU’s culture

Over the last year, market attendance and market sales both increased by 18 percent. Arguably the Market’s biggest strength lies in its ability to actively engage the ASU community. The Farmers Market is open to all students, staff, faculty, as well as to the general public. It creates a space for these populations to interact with both contracted and at-will vendors, direct food producers, student organizations, researchers, university departments, and non-profit organizations. In facilitating these relationships, the Farmers Market has helped start building a culture at ASU that values all aspects of sustainability’s triple bottom-line.

ASU Team Members
Rebecca Reining, University Housing
Alexander Davis, Campus Student Sustainability Initiatives
Betty Lombardo, University Sustainability Practices
Lynda Seefeldt, ASU Wellness
Judy Schroeder, Memorial Union
Suzette Kroll, ASU Health Services
Ryan Cleary, Campus Student Sustainability Initiatives

Community Partners
Samantha Halvorson, Arizona Community Farmers Market Group
Denise Logan, Arizona Community Farmers Market Group

Sustainable Cities Network

The Sustainable Cities Network is designed to be a bridge between ASU’s research and technical capabilities in sustainability and the front-line challenges facing cities. Decisions made today regarding land use, transportation, water, economic development, and social services will have enormous long-term impacts on the future sustainability of our megapolitan region and our state.

To strengthen regional sustainability efforts, ASU’S Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS), in partnership with city, county and tribal leaders, established the Network, one of the first university/community-based sustainability programs in the country, which launched in February 2009. 

The network is a vehicle for sharing knowledge and coordinating efforts to understand and solve problems. It is also a clearinghouse for best practices cities can apply to their unique problems and goals for environmental, social, and economic sustainability, and it is a vehicle for coordinating responses to regional issues.

Through the Sustainable Cities Network, partners work together to streamline green city operations, advance solar and renewable energy, mitigate urban heat island, design sustainable communities, and conserve water supplies in a changing climate. The Sustainable Cities Network is central to strengthening individual, community, and regional responses to environmental challenges through coordinated education, dialogue, and best practices implementation.

ASU Team Members
Anne Reichman, Global Institute of Sustainability
Meredith Simpson, Global Institute of Sustainability
Rob Melnick, Global Institute of Sustainability
Brenda Shears, Global Institute of Sustainability
Nalini Chhetri, Global Institute of Sustainability
Janet Holston, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development
Gina Apsey, Global Institute of Sustainability

Community Partners
Bonnie Richardson, City of Tempe
Bob Goff, City of Chandler
Joetta "Jo" Miller, City of Glendale
Bill Pupo, City of EI Mirage
Patricia Gregan, City of EI Mirage
Scott Bouchie, City of Mesa
Lisa Estrada, City of Peoria
Carolyn Bristo, City of Phoenix
Tim Conner, City of Scottsdale
Jonce Walker, Maricopa County

Lisa Robbins

Editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications