President Crow, community gather to celebrate ASU Prep expansion

September 10, 2014

Students, teachers and parents of Arizona State University’s Preparatory Academy Polytechnic Elementary School gathered Sept. 9 in Mesa for a dedication ceremony to celebrate a major renovation and expansion. They were joined by community members, CEO of ASU Preparatory Academy Beatriz Rendon and ASU President Michael M. Crow, who spoke at the event.

The new expansion provides additional classrooms for grades PreK-6, enabling the school to enroll 235 more students. ASU President Michael Crow posing with parent and students of ASU Prep Academy Download Full Image

To date, two phases of a three-phase project have been completed. Phase three will be completed by the summer of 2015, which will allow the school to accommodate and expand to PreK-8. 

"There is no reason that education cannot be fun, exciting, linked to other things, dynamic, engaged with technology, innovative and non-bureaucratic," Crow said at the event. "We build schools like this for any student from any family, any background, any circumstance.”

Upon completion, the renovation project will have converted 65,000 square feet of an existing Veteran’s Medical Clinic on ASU’s Polytechnic campus into a dynamic, progressive educational environment with cutting-edge technology and innovative school design that enables both personalized and group learning experiences.  

ASU Preparatory Academy principal Claudia Mendoza also addressed the crowd of more than 200, expressing her and other school administrators’ excitement about the additional classroom space and the learning opportunities it offers to more students.

“ASU Preparatory Academy Polytechnic Elementary prides itself on providing a highly rigorous and innovative approach to project based learning,” Mendoza said. “We strive to cultivate a community of critical thinkers, and our new space allows us to provide STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) classes, music, foreign language and physical education for all our learners in a beautiful environment that fosters creativity, cooperation and teaming between teachers and students.”

Fifth and sixth grade student leaders also had a chance to speak at the event.

Sixth-grader Tyler Kupfer said, "We have a new STEM class that we are very excited about. We get to do fun hands-on projects that teach us the skills that we need to be successful in life, and we get to create things to solve daily challenges, and learn about math, science, technology and engineering in a really fun way.”

Mia Edrozo, a parent of two children who attend ASU Preparatory Academy, had plenty of praise for the school.

"ASU Prep has allowed my children to learn more than just bubble-test regurgitation and rote memorization,” she said. “They have been propelled into an active learning environment where personal accountability is expected, bullying is actively disrupted and the seven habits are not just some poster on the wall, they are incorporated into daily activities and woven into the fabric of everything they do."

Arizona university students collaborate to open health clinic for homeless

September 10, 2014

Students from Arizona’s public universities have teamed up to open the state’s first student-run, multi-university health care clinic for the homeless.

The Student Health Outreach for Wellness (S.H.O.W.) community initiative is a service learning program that brings together more than 150 students and faculty mentors from Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University to provide free health care and health education at one of Maricopa County’s busiest shelters, providing an alternative to non-emergent hospital visits. S.H.O.W. team Download Full Image

To introduce prospective clients to the services that will be provided at the clinic when it opens this fall, the S.H.O.W. team is hosting a Health Fair for the Homeless from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 13. Media are invited to attend. The event, co-sponsored by Maricopa Integrated Health System, Central Arizona Shelter Services and others, will take place on the Human Services Campus at 230 S. 12th Ave. in Phoenix.

S.H.O.W. students will provide various health screenings while others will accompany clients through the fair as they visit booths and vendors from community partners such as Native Health, Healthcare for the Homeless and Southwest Behavioral Health. Clients also will have an opportunity to try out services they will be able to access at the S.H.O.W. clinic, such as blood pressure testing, hearing and vision testing, dental care and immunizations.

The S.H.O.W. clinic is a learning laboratory by which students gain real-life experience working interprofessionally to provide health services to the homeless community. Students from diverse backgrounds such as medicine, nutrition, nursing, social work, physical and occupational therapy will work directly with patients to assess, diagnose and provide treatment and follow-up services under the supervision of licensed clinical faculty members from the universities and community providers.

“I’ve been with S.H.O.W. from the beginning and it is inspiring to see all that we have accomplished,” Alex Gojic, student co-director of S.H.O.W. said. “The model of students from all three universities bringing their talent, passion and skills together with the gentle guidance of our faculty and community partners allows us an invaluable opportunity of hands-on learning beyond the classroom, all while providing health and health care services to our vulnerable neighbors. It’s an ambitious and important project that takes all of us to make it a success.”

The clinic will be a separately-licensed entity operating inside the existing Healthcare for the Homeless clinic located on the Human Services Campus in downtown Phoenix. More than 1,100 people visit or receive services from the campus each day, including the health clinic. The S.H.O.W. clinic extends the resources offered to clients by opening its doors during the weekend, when the clinic is normally closed.

S.H.O.W. members hope that by providing care for non-emergent issues, it will decrease the number of non-emergency hospital visits, calls to 911 and reliance on the on-campus EMT services for non-emergencies.

Funding for the S.H.O.W. clinic is provided by a number of sources, including donations from individuals, foundations and corporations, and is accepted by the ASU Foundation, a nonprofit organization, on behalf of S.H.O.W. Financial contributions enable S.H.O.W. to provide quality health care services to the homeless at approximately one third of the projected cost.

The average cost per patient is projected to be $443, of which $310 is comprised of donated time by students, physicians, nurses and other health care providers. The university affiliated health care providers and students are projected to contribute approximately 25,000 hours of volunteer hours of in-kind contributions.

To make a donation or to learn more about S.H.O.W. visit