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ASU's Innovation Quarter kicks off

Editor’s note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now’s year in review. Read more top stories from 2020 . A corporate groundbreaker described how she innovated her way to the CEO suite as the kickoff keynote to Arizona State University’s new Innovation Week and Innovative Quarter initiative , five weeks of free virtual programming for students, staff, faculty and the community. Shellye Archambeau spoke Dec. 7 in a session based on her book, “Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers and Create Success On Your Own Terms.” During her 15-year career at IBM, she was the first Black woman the company sent abroad, and she later became a top executive at Blockbuster and CEO of MetricStream. In an exchange with Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ASU vice president for cultural affairs, Archambeau shared some pithy advice on how she made her way to the top — and learned to take care of herself...

Decades of progress for Latino scholars at ASU

They’re future diplomats, entrepreneurs and community advocates. But they’re also effecting change in the present day. Currently 110 Sun Devils make up the cohort of Latino Partnership Scholars, a collaboration between Arizona State University and partner organizations that was founded in 1984 to support underrepresented students and make a collective impact for access to education in the Latino community. Originally launched as the Hispanic Community Partnership Program, the initiative established an endowment thanks to an investment from Freeport-McMoRan to the Una Promesa Para el Futuro Campaign. In 2007, the program became known as the Latino Partnership Scholars, with current partners including Chicanos Por La Causa , the ASU Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association , Hispanic Business Alumni , Los Diablos Alumni and the Si Se Puede Foundation . Together, the scholarships have supported students earning 605 degrees from 2011–19 alone, to the tune of $6.5 million total. The awards support...

Michael Crow honors recipients of 2020 President’s Awards and SUN Awards

Arizona State University President Michael Crow honored members of the ASU community during the 2020 President’s Recognition Ceremony, which was held virtually on Oct. 7. The annual event recognizes individuals in the community and ASU who work tirelessly to promote the university’s shared values of excellence in innovation, sustainability and social embeddedness. The ceremony also honors the top Serving University Needs (SUN) Award recipients. The peer recognition award is given to ASU employees who have demonstrated individual excellence. “Congratulations for helping to make ASU who we are; helping us to be unbelievably innovative; helping us to adapt and adjust,” Crow said in his opening remarks. “It’s exciting to be able to recognize people for the work that they are doing to make our institution more successful.” Here are the recipients of this year’s SUN Award, President’s Awards in the categories of sustainability and innovation, and the President’s Medal for Social...

New online degree explores the idea of church and state

Arizona State University's School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies ’ new religious studies bachelor’s degree concentration in religion, politics and global affairs is now available as an online degree. “We decided to launch the concentration online after witnessing the online success of our other bachelor’s concentration in religion, culture and public life ,” said Leah Sarat , religious studies professor and faculty head . The degree covers a long list of interests for students looking to broaden their global knowledge. It’s the perfect degree for students wanting to explore the human experience in a new way. “This degree is more focused on the ‘macro’ picture, looking at how religion has impacted regional and international politics, shaped public policy and influenced health care or responses to climate change, among other things,” said Jason Bruner , associate professor of religious studies . “This program also illuminates the ways religion has affected...

Innovation in action

For a sixth year in a row, ASU has been named most innovative school in the country. Devils in the Details highlights seven of ASU’s most innovative projects, and the people behind them, which made this ranking possible.

ASU moves up to No. 4 in Sierra Club's 'coolest schools'

Sierra magazine, the national publication of the Sierra Club, released its 14th annual “Cool Schools” competitive ranking of North America’s greenest colleges and universities on Sept. 28, ranking Arizona State University fourth out of more than 300 institutions. This is the fourth year ASU has scored in the top 20; last year it was No. 10. Success did not happen overnight or alone, said Mick Dalrymple, director of University Sustainability Practices. “This ranking reflects the efforts of many Sun Devils from across the university who walk the talk on sustainability in action,” Dalrymple said. “To be a Sun Devil is to be sustainable.” Among the many reasons ASU has become a leader in sustainability is that the university makes it easy to contribute. “ASU provides so many options for students, staff and faculty to engage in personal action that supports a sustainable campus and community, from getting involved in zero...

ASU named a ‘best college’ by The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review has named Arizona State University one of the Best 386 Colleges in its 2021 rankings , which were compiled by surveying 143,000 students across the country. In the 29th edition of the rankings, ASU is listed under the category of "great schools for some of the most popular undergraduate majors," highlighting ASU’s agriculture, business and finance, and journalism programs four years running. Students surveyed by The Princeton Review were quick to call the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication "one of the best journalism schools in the nation." Along with other strong academic programs and research opportunities, students also praised ASU’s "renowned business school" ( W. P. Carey School of Business ) and "great engineering program" ( Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering ). Undergraduates celebrated the university’s diverse student body, and notwithstanding ASU’s size, students mentioned that the university does a good job of...

ASU ranked No. 1 in innovation for 6th year by US News and World Report

Editor’s note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now’s year in review. Read more top stories from 2020. Long before it was a buzzword, innovation was a concept that Arizona State University embraced in the name of reimagining the role of an institution of higher education. Over the past several years, that credo has manifested in a host of breakthroughs, advancements and transformations. In recognition of the university’s culture of discovery, U.S. News & World Report has announced that it has named ASU the most innovative university in the nation for the sixth year in a row, as well as one of the top 50 public schools in the U.S. “Innovation is infused in ASU’s DNA because we are designed to spark, support and manifest new ideas,” President Michael Crow said. “Innovation can be found at all levels of our education, our research and our community engagement. It drives...

ASU ranked a top 10 university for 'first-year experiences'

For a second year in a row, Arizona State University has been ranked among the top 10 universities in the nation for first-year experiences, according to U.S. News & World Report. ASU ranked No. 9 in the nation in the 2-year-old category — outperforming Brown University, Princeton University and University of Texas at Austin. No matter the population, universities and colleges are big places to first-year students, and ASU is no exception. First-year students have a lot to think about: what classes to take, where to live, how to make friends. And now, they face navigating the college experience during a pandemic. ASU is constantly evolving its tools and resources to help first-year students feel welcomed and to make sure they are set up for success. It’s so important to the university’s goals that over the summer, ASU’s Educational Outreach and Student Services launched ASU Family Hub , expanding outreach...

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