Crow, Carter lauded for support of veterans

January 14, 2013

ASU President Michael Crow will receive the 2013 Copper Sword award – the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society's highest award – for his support of veterans through his leadership, actions and advocacy.

The award will be presented on Feb. 13 during the 2013 Copper Sword and Copper Shield Award Gala at Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe. Michael Crow Download Full Image

This year’s Copper Shield award will be presented to Heather Carter, clinical associate professor in ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and Arizona State Representative, R-Cave Creek and North Phoenix, who has acted to help the state's veterans, military service members, their families and survivors.

“It’s important to honor veterans’ service to their country with programs and services such as those we’ve instilled at ASU," Crow said. "We work to ensure that our returning servicemen and women have access to services that ease the transition into the civilian and academic environment.”

ASU serves veterans through venues such as the Pat Tillman Veterans Center that opened in 2011 to provide a single point of contact for ASU veterans and their dependents, bringing together academic and student support services to promote a smooth transition from the military and provide assistance for veterans’ benefits, deployments, information and referrals. It also serves as a place where veterans can gather to study and socialize.

In addition, ASU was named a “Military Friendly School for 2013” by GI jobs magazine – the fourth consecutive year the university has earned the honor.

Additionally, ASU was named one of the top 30 “Best for Vets: Colleges 2010” by Military Times Edge magazine, and the university was chosen as one of the first eight institutions to be part of the Veterans Affairs pilot program, VetSuccess on Campus.

Two Veterans Affairs staff, a vocational rehabilitation counselor and a Vet Center outreach coordinator are assigned and located on ASU’s campuses to assist veterans with services such as vocational testing, career counseling and readjustment counseling to promote successful completion of educational and employment goals.

ASU also was chosen as a University Partner for the 2012-2013 academic year in support of the Tillman Military Scholars program, which provides scholarships for active and veteran service members as well as their spouses. The Pat Tillman Foundation established the Tillman Military Scholars program in 2008 that is dedicated to supporting educational opportunities for service members and their families by filling the financial gaps in the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. The Tillman Military Scholars program covers not only direct study-related expenses such as tuition and fees, but also other needs, including housing and child care.

Carter will be recognized for initiatives such as introducing a bill in the Arizona legislature that provides for employment preference for veterans when calculating points for employment with the state, counties, cities and towns, as well as other political subdivisions in the state. She has worked on other veterans issues as well.

For more information on ASU’s programs and support services for veteran students, visit For information about the gala, go to

Register your bike during the Spring 2013 Get in Gear contest

January 14, 2013

The ASU Police Department is holding its second Get in Gear bicycle registration contest, Jan. 28-March 8. Registration is free and can be done easily online.

The initial contest was held in fall 2012 and was created in part to reward ASU students, faculty and staff who register their bicycles with the ASU Police Department and to help deter bicycle thieves. Students and their bicycles surround an outside tent. Download Full Image

“A vigilant officer witnessed and stopped a bicycle theft in progress this past fall,” said Jim Hardina, ASU Police Department assistant chief. “The bicycle was returned to a proactive student who registered it with our department.”

The ASU Police Department registered 1,664 bicycles between Aug. 17 and Nov. 12, 2012. Two winners were notified for weekly Get in Gear contest prizes from Oct. 8-Nov. 12, 2012. One person won the grand prize, an iPod nano.

The spring Get in Gear contest begins Jan. 28 and runs through midnight MST March 8, 2013. ASU community members who have registered their bicycles with the ASU Police Department since Nov. 13, 2012 are eligible to win contest prizes. One contest winner will win a grand prize each semester the contest is held. Winners will be notified by email. 

Get in Gear contest prizes provided by ASU Parking and Transit, Sun Devil Campus Stores and the ASU Office of Business and Finance include:

Bicycle safety kits
ASU-branded merchandise
Sun Devil Campus Stores gift cards

Learn how to protect your bicycle by watching this video: Register your bicycle now for free with the ASU Police Department:

Wendy Craft

Marketing and communications manager, Business and Finance Communications Group