Exhibit, lectures examine art, archaeology of Perry Mesa

March 28, 2011

From the Archaic to the present, people have inhabited Perry Mesa, located in Agua Fria National Monument, and left their mark on the landscape. “Landscape Legacies: The Art and Archaeology of Perry Mesa,” an exhibit at Arizona State University’s Deer Valley Rock Art Center, examines how these marks changed over time through the use of photographs and scientific analysis.

The exhibit opens Saturday, April 9 and features stunning photographs by Pat Gorraiz, which explore what the rock art, architecture and agricultural practices of Perry Mesa tell us about the past. Pat Gorraiz's photo of a red deer Download Full Image

This exhibit is a collaboration between Agua Fria National Monument, Pueblo Grande Museum and ASU.

The opening day includes two free lectures and a reception. The first lecture, at 1 p.m., by Katherine Spielmann, ASU, is titled “Archaeology of Perry Mesa.”

The second lecture, at 2 p.m., presented by Pat Gorraiz, is titled “Observations and Journals From a Desert Photographer.”

The opening reception begins at 2:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. The exhibit continues through Jan. 31.

The Deer Valley Rock Art Center has the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the Phoenix Valley. Visitors hike a 1/4-mile trail to view more than 1,500 petroglyphs made between 500 and 7,000 years ago. The museum aims to promote preservation, connection and respect for the site and is a destination for families to learn about archaeology in their own backyard. The Center is managed by one of the top archaeology programs in the country – the School of Human Evolution & Social Change, an academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – at Arizona State University and is a Phoenix Point of Pride.

The Center is located at 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, two blocks west of 35th Avenue. For more information call (623) 582-8007 or go to http://dvra.asu.edu.">http://dvra.asu.edu">http://dvra.asu.edu.

ASU Cares Day spreads message of community service from coast to coast

March 28, 2011

On Saturday, March 19, Arizona State University alumni from around the nation participated in volunteer projects as part of the ASU Cares Day of Service. The ASU Alumni Association, sponsor of the annual event, partnered with its alumni chapters from across the United States to help Sun Devils work together to provide service to their local communities.

Every year, the Alumni Association invites all ASU students, faculty, staff, and alumni to participate in events associated with ASU Cares. The association’s intent is to produce a day of national day of civic involvement, according to Christine K. Wilkinson, president of the ASU Alumni Association. Download Full Image

"It's important for the ASU Alumni Association to leverage its geographical location by serving in communities where Sun Devils live," Wilkinson said. "This is a wonderful way for alumni to reconnect with their local chapters and give back to the community, while at the same time representing ASU."

A sampling of service projects performed as part of ASU Cares included:

Spring 2011 ASU Cares: Day of Service projects (partial listing)

• Project Angel Heart in Denver, Colo.
• River Mountains Loop Trail clean-up in Las Vegas, Nev.
• Heal the Bay Beach clean-up in Los Angeles, Calif.
• Beach clean-up in Orange County, Calif.
• Philabundance Hunger Relief Center in Philadelphia, Penn.
• Highland Park Beautification in Pittsburgh, Penn.
• Audubon Society in Portland, Ore.
• ASU Desert Arboretum Park in Tempe, Ariz.
• Canned Food Drive in Tucson, Ariz.
• Hands on DC Project in Washington, DC (on March 12)

To learn more about this annual event, http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=32454467727&aid=306268" target="_blank">visit a photo gallery from the nationwide 2011 ASU Cares Day of Service.