ASU School of Art ranks 22 in new college rankings

March 16, 2012

The ASU School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts was ranked 22nd among graduate schools of fine arts in the U.S. News & World Report annual rating of the nation’s best colleges and universities.

Three of the School of Art’s programs were recognized among the nation’s highest ranking specialties with the much-lauded printmaking program ranked as No. 5. Ceramics was ranked seventh and photography as 11th. Download Full Image

“This is a big leap for our overall fine arts program, from 30th last year to 22nd,’’ said Adriene Jenik, professor and director of the ASU School of Art. “It’s great that the incredible efforts of our faculty and staff in supporting and fostering high quality programs is being recognized, along with the talents of our alumni,’’ Jenik said.

Ceramics and printmaking also moved up in the rankings: ceramics from 17th to seventh and printmaking from seventh to fifth. U.S. News & World Report ranks private and public college and university fine arts graduate programs every four years.

The ASU School of Art ranked in the top five of public university fine arts schools on the publication’s prestigious 2013 list and is the only Arizona graduate program of fine arts to be listed in the top 25.

Similarly, the ceramics, photography and printmaking programs were each in the top five of their specialty areas among public universities and the only programs in the state to be recognized among the elite of the elite in those categories.

“We are pleased by this recognition of our faculty and staff’s commitment to excellence and the achievements of our alumni,” said Kwang-Wu Kim, dean and director of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. “This acknowledgement is validation of our national standing and the high caliber of our graduate programs in the School of Art.”

The recent ranking underscores the ASU School of Art’s status as one of the largest and most respected public schools in the country. The comprehensiveness of the program offers a range of specialties equaled by few other institutions.

True to the Herberger Institute spirit of crossing boundaries and transdisciplinary teaching, faculty from different disciplines team-teach some art courses. Course structures encourage students to develop programs of study that explore a range of artistic specialties. This provides the opportunity to grow more freely as an artist, exploring creativity fully while developing artistic identity.

The ASU School of Art offers programs not only in ceramics, photography and printmaking but in drawing, fibers, metals, intermedia, painting, sculpture, wood, art education, art history and museum studies.  

ASU Baseball falls to No. 9 UCLA 4-2 in game 2 of doubleheader

March 19, 2012

The 11th-ranked Arizona State baseball team dropped the second game of its doubleheader against No. 9 UCLA, 4-2, on Sunday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles.  

Abe Ruiz finished the three-game series with three RBI, three hits, including a pair of home runs, and three runs scored. Trever Allen collected four RBI, four hits and two runs scored in the three games.   Download Full Image

Sun Devil (12-7, 1-2) left-hander Matt Dunbar took the mound with runners on first and second and one out in the fourth inning, and escaped the inning unscathed after inducing a bunt out and a called strikeout. He allowed just one earned run on three hits while striking out five in 3 2/3 innings.  

Right-hander Alex Blackford (0-2) gave up three earned runs on two hits and a trio of walks in 1 1/3 innings to take the loss before right-hander Darin Gillies replaced him in the second frame.  Gillies went two innings and allowed no runs on two hits while striking out one and walked two.  

Right-hander Joseph Lopez, making his third appearance of the season, pitched the eighth and gave up no runs on one hit.   Bruins (15-4, 2-1) left-hander Grant Watson (5-0) secured the win, going six innings and surrendering a pair of earned runs on six hits to go with three strikeouts and two walks.  

Right-hander Scott Griggs (5) earned the save after pitching a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts.     

The Bruins scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI single, a wild pitch with the bases loaded and an RBI groundout.  

ASU cut the Bruins’ lead to one with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning. After consecutive walks by Deven Marrero and Joey DeMichele, Ruiz hit an RBI double to center field to score Marrero from second. Allen brought DeMichele home in the next at-bat on an RBI groundout to make it, 2-3.  

UCLA extended its lead in to 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Jeff Gelalich.  

The Sun Devils return to Tempe to face UNLV on Wednesday, March 21, at Packard Stadium, with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m. (PT).  ASU will host California for a three-game series on March 23-25, with Friday and Saturday’s games slated for 6:30 p.m. (PT), and Sunday’s at 12:30 p.m. (PT). Tim Healey and Seth Dhaenens will have the call on KDUS 1060 Am The Fan for all four games of the week.