ASU celebrates Sun Devil Homecoming: A Golden Decade

October 15, 2012

Line up the marching band and put the finishing touches on the floats because ASU Homecoming is quickly rolling into town.

“Sun Devil Homecoming: A Golden Decade” will bring to life the technology, innovation and leadership that skyrocketed Arizona State University to one of the top universities in the world.  Download Full Image

President Michael Crow will serve as grand marshal at the annual parade that will make its way down University Drive at 9 a.m., Oct. 27. The block party will begin immediately after and is set to feature a variety of exciting booths for the entire family.

The celebration will lead up to the Homecoming parade and block party on University Drive on Oct. 27, and culminate with the ASU vs. UCLA football at noon in Sun Devil Stadium. Tickets may be purchased in person or by calling the Sun Devil Ticket Office at 480-727-0000.

In preparation for daylong extravaganza, the university will host a series of exciting events happening Oct. 23-27.

Tuesday, Oct. 23
Glow in the dark; party in the park
Civic Space, Downtown Phoenix campus
7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 24
Sparky’s big top carnival
Sun Devil Fitness Complex fields, West campus
6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 25
Devil’s royale
Student Union Ballrooms, Polytechnic campus
8 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 26
Lantern Walk
“A” Mountain, Tempe campus
8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Homecoming parade
University Drive, Tempe campus
9 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Block party
University Drive, Tempe campus
9 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe campus

Parking lots and structures in the northern portion of campus (north of University Drive) are open five hours prior to kickoff for prepaid season ticket parking passes, and cash lots are open three hours before kickoff. For more information on parking, visit or

For details and a complete schedule of Homecoming events and activities, visit

Education reform expert to offer 'Finnish Lessons,' Nov. 8

October 15, 2012

Pasi Sahlberg, known for his work on K-12 education policy and reform in Finland, will speak at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 8, in the Pima Room (room 230) of the Memorial Union building on ASU’s Tempe campus. Doors open at 5 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available for a fee in the Apache Blvd. parking structure. Members of the public interested in attending the lecture may R.S.V.P. via Pasi Sahlberg Download Full Image

In his presentation Sahlberg will touch on multiple issues relating to Finland’s phenomenal success in K-12 education as seen in the international PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) results. He will talk, in particular, about the “road Finland has traveled to get there” over the past 30 years – including the larger societal issues, education policies, implementation challenges, the egalitarian role of women and men in shaping education policy, societal appreciation of teachers, as well as classroom teaching and learning.

Sahlberg’s notable books include “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Education Reform in Finland,” “The Fourth Way of Finland,” “Rethinking accountability in a knowledge society,” “Creativity and innovation through lifelong learning,” and “Education Reform for Raising Economic Competitiveness.”

The event is presented by the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU, and co-sponsored by William G. Jackson, Alfredo J. Molina, RW Partners, Cheryl and Duane Rodgers, Hannele and Gary Waissi for the Honorary Consulate Finland to Arizona and New Mexico, the Arizona Science Education Collaborative (ASEC), the Consulate General of Finland – Los Angeles and FINNFEST USA.

Sahlberg has published more than 100 articles, chapters and books primarily on education reform, education policy, lifelong learning, and their relationship to economic competitiveness. He serves currently as the Director General of the Center for International Mobility (CIMO) in Helsinki, Finland. He received his doctorate in Educational Sciences from the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland.