'Arcapalooza' celebrates students' creativity, community

February 8, 2011

Throughout the academic year, recital halls and student galleries buzz with activity as Herberger Institute students install works and rehearse lines, dance or music. Seldom are there opportunities for students to mix and collaborate with one another – just for the fun of it. However, ASU Herberger Institute artists and designers unite on Hayden lawn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 8 for their annual Arcapalooza event, a celebration of their artistic and creative endeavors.

“Students interested in the Herberger Institute have an opportunity to speak with current students, hear great music and be submersed in various incarnations of creativity,” says Angela Vasco, Herberger Institute student engagement coordinator for Arcadia Residential Community for Design and the Arts. “You don’t have to be a designer or artist to appreciate design and the arts. Anyone can experience many types of art and design in one central location.” Download Full Image

Since many of the Herberger Institute schools are housed on the west side of the Tempe campus, holding Arcapalooza on Hayden lawn builds a stronger sense of community with students across the Tempe campus.

“The Herberger Institute has a huge impact on this university, and furthering community engagement will help our students become more exposed and involved,” says Erica Gallo, a junior architecture">http://sala.asu.edu/">architecture student.

Gallo is a Student Academic Mentor (SAM) within the Herberger Institute. SAMs are institute students who have finished their first year at ASU, and choose to support and encourage first-year students through the beginning of their ASU careers. SAMs and first-year institute students live in Arcadia">http://herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/students/undergrad/prospective/housing... Residential Community – where Arcapalooza got its moniker. Gallo also is a board member for the Herberger Institute Ambassadors, a student group that gives prospective institute students facility tours, and fields questions about what it’s like to be an arts and design major. It’s the tenacity of all student organizations working together to make Arcapalooza a success. In addition to the arts and design works showcase, plans for Arcapalooza 2011 include food, music, and patrons the chance to vote on their favorite works of art or performances. Arcapalooza is a win-win for participating institute students, as they learn how to promote themselves as well as gain exposure for their work.

“I hope that people walk away seeing how much time it takes to produce an architectural drawing, or an industrial design model, or why photography is more than just taking pictures,” says Stuart Calcote, a double major in design studies and sustainability. Calcote is a SAM, as well as a board member for the Herberger Institute Council. The council acts as the students’ “voice” to institute leadership.

Fellow councilmember Brett Berger also is a SAM, and second-year landscape architecture student. Berger and fellow SAMs, institute council members and student ambassadors work in concert to market Arcapalooza to students through social media, flyers and word-of-mouth. Submissions to showcase works at Arcapalooza are welcomed through Feb. 21, 2011. Interested Herberger students should e-mail a submission description and their contact information to: arcapalooza.submissions">mailto:arcapalooza.submissions@gmail.com">arcapalooza.submissions@gmail.com.

“I feel the more works and performances the better. If there were 200 students showing something that would be awesome,” Berger says.

Berger believes that Arcapalooza’s success not only is measured through the number of works on display, but in the opportunity for Herberger">http://herbergerinstitute.asu.edu">Herberger Institute students to be one-on-one with other students who aren’t familiar with the efforts and rewards involved with being an arts and design major.

“I know as a designer I am very aware of the spatial world around me, and if I’m able to lend that to someone who is unfamiliar, then I feel that the event is a success,” Berger says.

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Brazil Week at SkySong focuses on partnerships to foster innovation, growth

February 8, 2011

Capping a week’s worth of startup development efforts and cultural exchanges, the Council on Competitiveness, the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development, and other distinguished guests from Brazil and the United States came to ASU SkySong on Friday for an “Innovation Learning Lab” focused on building bilateral partnerships between those countries to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.

ASU Senior Vice President for Knowledge Enterprise Development, R.F. “Rick” Shangraw Jr., welcomed participants to the morning sessions. Download Full Image

“What you see here today is a perfect example of what we should be doing globally: Bringing two countries together to promote competitiveness, advance economic development and create jobs in both countries,” said Shangraw. “At Arizona State University, we can’t be more excited about helping to build this relationship between these two countries.”

Council on Competitiveness senior vice president Chad Evans moderated one panel discussion that highlighted the ways universities can help entrepreneurs create innovation hotspots and new jobs.

“These Innovation Learning Labs are meant to be a catalyst to drive not only policy development that is supportive of innovative ecosystems, but also the development of concrete partnerships,” said Evans. “There is very interesting work going on here at ASU and SkySong has been a key driver in terms of developing some of these important partnerships.”

Arizona Commerce Authority representative Fernando C. Jimenez appeared on behalf of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to officially declare “Brazil Week” in Arizona.

“It is an honor and pleasure for me to be here on behalf of Governor Brewer,” said Jimenez. “Brazil is one of Arizona’s biggest and most important trading partners. We have especially strong links in semiconductors, aerospace and defense, and optics and medical instruments.”

The roots of Brazil Week stretch back to the http://www.inovatec2010.com.br/noticia.asp?cod=108" target="_blank">Inovatec conference held last October in Belo Horizonte, the capital city for the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. Members of the http://asuventurecatalyst.org/" target="_blank">Venture Catalyst at ASU team were there to pitch SkySong as a North American market entry point for Brazilian companies. They also helped judge a business competition involving Brazilian graduate student engineers.

Members of the winning team from the Federal University of Minas Gerais have developed a nanotube technology that disperses oil from water and could lead to significantly lower oil spill clean-up costs worldwide. The students were part of the Brazilian delegation and spent the week meeting with different ASU groups, including http://azte.com/" target="_blank">Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE), to discuss the possible commercialization of their technology.

Julia Rosen, associate vice president for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, described the ways ASU assists global companies looking to enter the U.S. market.

“SkySong’s global soft landing services attract innovative, technology-based companies to Arizona,” said Rosen. “We help companies or entrepreneurs assess their intellectual property position in the U.S. market, connect them with resources to study the competitive landscape, facilitate introductions to investors, and provide office space and workforce connections to ASU students and faculty. Through this work, we are building bridges to create new innovation, jobs and wealth for both our countries.”

Rodrigo Mamao, CEO of Ilusis, a gaming and interactive graphics company based in Brazil, was another member of the delegation. Illusis has established a U.S. foothold, but is looking for new opportunities to expand.

“We are here because we believe that we can – and must – think globally,” said Mamao. “What we are doing in Brazil can be sold or developed here, or we can create an arrangement that will bring people from the United States to Brazil.”

Roberto Alvarez of the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI) likewise discussed the opportunities for investment and collaboration in Brazil.

“Brazil is a country that is growing,” said Alvarez. “The key issue for us now is promoting innovation. At ABDI, we build bridges, working with agencies and private organizations in Brazil and abroad to develop businesses there, here and in other places.”

President Obama will head to Brazil next month to discuss ways to deepen ties between the Western Hemisphere’s two largest economies.