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Leno visits ASU to support new real estate degree


September 25, 2006

Jay Leno and ASU's new real estate education initiative will join forces for “An Evening of Comedy with Jay Leno” at 8 p.m., Sept. 27, at ASU Gammage on the Tempe campus.

Tickets are available for $150 per person.

The event, conducted by the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and SkySong in partnership with the ASU Foundation, will benefit the university's newest real estate degree program.

ASU's master's degree in real estate development – also known by its acronym, MRED – launched Aug. 17 and is unlike any other program in the nation. It's built upon an innovative, transdisciplinary collaborative approach involving four ASU schools: the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, the College of Design, the W. P. Carey School of Business and the Del E. Webb School of Construction.

The 30-week, full-immersion program focuses on curriculum presented in a fast-paced topic sequence reflective of the real estate development process – from dirt to deal, from finance to façade.

The curriculum features industry case studies presented by leading local and national developers, synthesis projects, classroom and collaborative team assignments, research, site visits, mentor presentations and distinguished visitor lectures.

Students will be exposed to the complexities of the real estate development process for an industry-relevant learning experience.

Upon completion of studies, students will enter the real estate development field with knowledge, perspective and understanding of numerous industry-related issues including law, economics, market analysis, negotiation and urban policy.

The MRED program has also linked with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Real Estate to share information and exchange visits. MRED students and faculty will visit MIT this fall, and MIT students and faculty will visit ASU in the upcoming spring semester.

For more information about the event, contact Gina Gillies at (480) 965-7622 or (gina.gillies@asu.edu).

To buy tickets, visit the Web site (www.ticketmaster.com) and enter “NAIOP” in the search box, or call Gammage Box Office at (480) 965-3434.

 Steve Reiher, stephen.reiher@asu.edu