'Students With Drive' campaign seeks to help campus organizations

October 12, 2011

Ford Motor Co, and Zipcar Inc. have recently launched a “Students With Drive” campaign to help fund campus student organizations of partner universities.

Beginning October through April, Ford will award five student organizations across the country with $5,500 in Zipcar credits to put toward memberships and driving. Each month, 10 runner-up organizations also will be awarded with $1,000 each in Zipcar credits. Students With Drive Download Full Image

To enter students may submit videos and stories to the Zipcar Facebook page explaining how they would use the money to fund their organization’s needs. Zipcar has created five categories for applicants to choose from. These include academic, arts, athletics, community service and student life. Each monthly category winner will also be entered into the “Winner’s Circle,” for a chance to win the overall grand prize. The grand prize consists of $10,000 for the student organization to put toward its cause, $10,000 to the winning school and $5,000 in Zipcar credits.

“This campaign represents an excellent example of social embeddedness. ASU groups that win the contest will be able to carry out their goals and objectives, many of which include providing service to the local and global community,” said Shereen Shaw, Information Specialist for Parking and Transit.

ASU has been a proud partner of the Zipcar program since 2008, with vehicles available on all four of ASU’s campuses to students, faculty and staff. Membership costs $35, but new members will receive $35 in driving credit upon signing up. The cars may be rented for $8 hourly or $66 a day with 180 free miles included in each use. Unlike with rental cars, the Zipcar program is open to those 18 and over.

War, oppression are focus of Diversity Scholar Series

October 12, 2011

Iraqi-born Wafaa Bilal, assistant arts professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, specializes in online performative and interactive works. He will be engaging students, faculty, staff and the general public at the 2011 Diversity Scholar Series, scheduled to take place Nov. 15-16.

The series is a bi-annual event sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost of the university and co-sponsored by the School of Art, in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and the Campus Environment Team. The topic, speaker and co-sponsors change for each event. Download Full Image

Bilal will deliver a speech "The Dynamic Encounter" from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 15, in the University Club Bistro and Heritage Room, on the Tempe campus. The event is free and open to the public. Bilal will discuss how he uses physical and virtual encounters to provoke dialogue and understanding about international politics, war and oppression.

Attendees also will learn about his online and performative works and how he uses them to educate his audiences about war and the importance of peaceful conflict resolution.

Follow-up workshop sessions with Bilal are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Nov. 16, in the Memorial Union room 242, on the Tempe campus. The morning session is designed for faculty and graduate students and the afternoon session is designed for student support staff. Light refreshments will be provided at both sessions, and seating is limited.

The Diversity Scholars Series targets programs for faculty, academic units and staff, and provides the opportunity for discourse with nationally and internationally recognized scholars and leaders in higher education. The series aims to bring visibility and understanding to current intergroup, multicultural, diversity and social justice research, policymaking and teaching practices in higher education.

For more information, or to RSVP, send an email to diversityscholars@asu.edu. RSVPs also can be received here.

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library