ASU celebrates spring graduates

May 11, 2007

About 6,500 students graduated from ASU May 10, which was celebrated with a university-wide commencement ceremony. The university also honored graduates with a variety convocations for schools, colleges, campuses and other groups." alt="" width="300" height="331" /> Download Full Image

ASU president Michael Crow presents an honorary doctorate of humane letters to scientist Craig Venter.

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As part of the ceremony J. Craig Venter, an internationally known scientist who is responsible for developing high-volume genome sequencing, received an honorary doctorate.

Venter, an entrepreneur and maverick in science and business, was named Scientist of the Year by Time magazine in 2000. His success in cracking the human genetic code was called perhaps the most important scientific event of the past century, with implications for almost every aspect of biology and medicine.

Venter is equally recognized as an innovation leader, an advocate for rapid scientific advancement, and a champion of competition and commercialization in the area of biotechnology. He is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of the J. Craig Venter Institute, a nonprofit research organization that advances the science of genomics and seeks understanding of the field's implications for society.

ASU’s graduating class included a record class of 224 nurses, the most ASU has ever produced in one class, and about 950 teachers, all of whose skills are in high demand.

ASU also is graduating 525 engineers, 880 business undergraduates, 178 lawyers, 650 MBAs, almost 100 architects, 45 urban planners and 130 designers. From the Herberger College of the Arts are 163 talented artists, 107 accomplished musicians, 22 dancers and 37 theater professionals.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is graduating almost 2,000 students, with the most popular majors being psychology, communication, justice studies and political science. About 230 are in the School of Life Sciences. Another 230 students will receive social work degrees, among the College of Public Programs’ 400 graduates.

Overall, the West campus boasts about 1040 graduates, Polytechnic will graduate at least 430, and the Downtown Phoenix campus will have about 630, plus 450 Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies graduates who take their classes on all four campuses.

ARAMARK earns ASU food service contract

May 11, 2007

ASU has awarded a seven-year contract to ARAMARK Higher Education to provide dining and retail food services at the ASU Tempe campus. The agreement, with potential first-year sales of up to $35 million, can be extended to 10 years.

With a Tempe campus enrollment of more than 51,000, and a total enrollment topping 63,000, ASU is one of the premier metropolitan public research universities in the nation. ASU is pioneering the New American University, offering both high quality education and access to a broad section of the population. By 2020, the university expects to enroll 90,000 students. Download Full Image

“ASU is excited about our new partnership with ARAMARK,” says Michael J. Coakley, ASU associate dean of student affairs and executive director of university housing. “During the interview and selection process, it was apparent that ARAMARK would bring new and exciting elements to dining on the Tempe campus. With expanded serving hours, new venues such as Quizno's and new service points on campus such as the Coor Building, ARAMARK obviously listened to student desires.

“Other factors in the decision – in addition to their commitment to sustainability, quality of product and high customer service focus – were their desire to work with ASU on the development of the new dining program in Barrett, the Honors College, and the possibility of partnering with American Campus Communities on the development of an upscale market in the South Campus Residential Community.”

Beginning July 1, ARAMARK will provide residential and retail dining, catering and special event services for the students, faculty and staff on the Tempe campus.

ARAMARK was selected based on a comprehensive, proprietary process developed by ASU engineering professor Kenneth T. Sullivan and several other professors. The process, known as the “Best Value Process,” focuses on risk and value, seeking to transfer the accountability for delivering an efficient service to the vendor most capable of doing so within the client's requirements and constraints.

“We are proud to support ASU's mission to be the New American University,” says Andrew Kerin, president of domestic food, hospitality and facilities, ARAMARK Corp. “Our strategic approach will enhance the living and learning experiences and environments for the entire ASU community.”

ARAMARK Higher Education provides a wide range of food, facility, conference center and other support services to about 500 U.S. colleges and universities.