ASU Research Magazine is best in nation

June 18, 2008

ASU Research Magazine has won the gold medal as the best university research magazine in the United States. The award was presented as part of the 2008 Circle of Excellence program sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) based in Washington, D.C.

“We’ve won a lot of gold, silver and bronze medals from CASE in past years for illustration, design and individual writing, but this is the biggest award our magazine has ever won in my 23 years as editor,” says Conrad J. Storad, director of ASU Research Publications.
Storad and his staff are reveling in the fact that they produce the very best research magazine in the country, but they’re not stopping there. Download Full Image

To date, staff members at Research Publications have won 28 awards for their work in 2007-2008 alone. The honors come from six different regional, national and international professional communication organizations.

In May, staff members brought home three Silver Communicator Awards of Distinction from the International Academy of the Visual Arts based in New York. The Award of Distinction is presented to projects that exceed industry standards in quality and excellence.

ASU’s winners include:

• Best Educational Institution Magazine – ASU Research Magazine.

• Feature Articles – “The Art of Leaving” by Melissa Crytzer Fry.

• Feature Articles – “Saguaro’s End” by Adelheid Fischer.

Storad’s staff also went eight-for-eight in the 2008 Cactus Quill awards program sponsored by the Tucson chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). The competition was open to professional communicators from across Arizona.

ASU’s 2008 Cactus Quill award winners were in the following categories:

• Magazine – ASU Research Magazine.

• Magazine Design – ASU Research Magazine.

• Electronic Communication/Web Site – ASU Research e-Zine.

• Writing – “Cosmic Playground” by Diane Boudreau (ASU Research Magazine).

• Writing – “Fuels of Green” by Diane Boudreau (ASU Research Magazine).

• Writing – “The Art of Leaving” by Melissa Crytzer Fry (ASU Research Magazine).

• Illustration – “Taking Leave” by Michael Hagelberg (ASU Research Magazine).

• Illustration – “Filling Green” by Michael Hagelberg (ASU Research Magazine).

Hagelberg, the art director on Storad’s staff, also won national recognition from the University and College Designers Association for his outstanding illustration work. His original art was displayed as part of an international exhibit in Toronto, Ontario.

Other new awards won for the Research Publications’ trophy case this year include three Silver Quill Awards from the IABC Southern Region, three silver medals and one bronze medal from CASE District 7 (which includes competition from professional communicators working at colleges and universities in seven western states) and six IABC/Phoenix Copper Quill Awards.

“Our research publications team is second to none,” says Rick Shangraw, ASU’s vice president for research and economic affairs. “They are committed to communicating ASU’s research in compelling and creative ways, and their approach keeps achieving results and earning recognition.”

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Lisa Robbins

Editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications


College of Law joins Barrett Summer Scholars program

June 18, 2008

Gifted middle school students from across Arizona are coming to law school for the first time this summer, as part of a residential program conducted by ASU’s Office of the Vice President for University Student Initiatives and Barrett, the Honors College.

Students in the Barrett Summer Scholars program will have the opportunity to take a mock trial course, “Jury Trial Advocacy: Perspectives on Legal Persuasion,” on the Barrett campus and in the high-tech courtroom at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. The three-week, residential program for exiting eighth- and ninth-graders began June 8 and will continue through June 27. Download Full Image

All 150 students, from as far away as the Navajo Reservation and southern Arizona, will be enrolled in a condensed version of Barrett’s “Human Event” course, a humanities class which Barrett college students take as freshmen. In addition, they will choose from electives in four fields: engineering, biology, computer digital animation and law.

The students will hear from heavy hitters in those fields – retired U.S. Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor spoke to the first scholars group two years ago – and take field trips to see what they learn in the classroom put into practice in the real world.

“The goal is to introduce gifted students and their parents to the Barrett life, and to help them become comfortable in the Barrett environment,” says Jo Ann Martinez, coordinator of ASU’s University Student Initiatives, where the Barrett Summer Scholars program is housed.

The law course was added this year at the suggestion of past students in the summer program, Martinez says. Enrollees will receive basic and advanced instruction in public speaking, rhetoric and oral persuasion and will prepare to participate in two full-length mock trials. They will learn to perform effective cross-examination, to tell stories through direct examination and opening statements, and to sway and inflame the passions of listeners during closing arguments.

The course also includes interaction with trial evidence and will cover topics such as hearsay, relevance and character.

“We know that many bright students aspire from a young age to become lawyers or to get into the law field, and we want to make sure they get a real and direct exposure to the field and help them determine if this is the right field for them,” Martinez says.

The courses are taught by ASU faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students. The law course will be taught by Jimmy Cool, a second-year law student who has had extensive experience with mock trial in high school, as an undergraduate and now at the College of Law.

“I’ve been doing mock trial for 11 or 12 years, and I’ve been coaching undergraduates for two to three years,” says Cool, who has won two major mock trials, was a finalist in a third and has been honored by the American Mock Trial Association several times.