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September 16th, 2014
Posted by: Jacqueline Smith in Uncategorized / Comments (0)

I hate to admit it, but sometimes my most productive experiences at conferences occur when I’m (half) listening to a keynote speech that sparks an idea that I map out on the back of my program. The speech becomes “white noise” and I get into a flow made possible by extricating myself from my office [...]

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September 15th, 2014
Posted by: Jacqueline Smith in Uncategorized / Comments (0)

On July 8, 2014 I hosted an office retreat at my home in Tempe. Early July is a time of transition in UI because it marks the last month for outgoing University Innovation Fellows and the first month for new Fellows. I designed the retreat to present our office culture in action, foster team building [...]

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September 12th, 2014
Posted by: rduran4 in Uncategorized / Comments (0)

ASU’s International Student Engagement and The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at ASU are looking for a full-time coordinator. As their primary function, the Coordinator provides direct service and support to The MasterCard Scholars Program participants while simultaneously integrating the scholars into the greater institutional community. The Coordinator also supports the institutional efforts to encourage international [...]

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September 8th, 2014
Posted by: Bethany Weigele in Uncategorized / Comments (1)
September 2nd, 2014
Posted by: Michael J. Meaney in Uncategorized / Comments (4)

I am constantly glued to my hand-held screen. And it seems I am not alone. Walking around campus yields a somewhat unsettling observation – almost nobody walks with their heads up, held high, encountering the natural world as it comes to them. Instead, we are often busy making our way to wherever it is we [...]

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August 6th, 2014
Posted by: Michael J. Meaney in Uncategorized / Comments (2)

Many unfortunate features of the Arizona education system are regularly discussed and documented. As Arizona is set to become a majority-minority state within the next two decades, the Latino education gap threatens the long-term economic viability of our state. We also face an impending established teacher shortfall, with annual teacher retention rates of only 65%. [...]

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June 24th, 2014

June Snacks and Skills also touched on a particular skillset termed as learning agility. Known as the ability to adapt, learn from past experiences and feedback and embrace innovation and change, Korn Ferry Talent and Leadership Consulting considers learning agility to be the top predictor of long-term professional success. Through their longitudinal study of business [...]

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June 24th, 2014

What are your greatest transferrable skills? How do you market those skills to your future employer? Are you an agile learner, and if so, how do you leverage such a skill in the job hunt? These are the questions explored in UI’s June Snacks and Skills. To see the entire presentation, access the Prezi. Such [...]

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June 23rd, 2014

Earlier this spring, the Office of University Initiatives launched the Action Collab Design Process to discover opportunities and solutions to heighten ASU’s social embeddedness landscape. (For a recap of the first part of this process, read this blog.) On June 19, a second group of community engagement practitioners from across the institution gathered to tackle [...]

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May 8th, 2014
Posted by: Jessica Eldridge in Uncategorized / Comments (7)

In efforts to address possibilities and solutions surrounding challenges in social embeddedness, the Office of University Initiatives at ASU hosted the first stage of an Action Collaboration Design Process (Action Collab). Throughout this process, we convened multiple community engagement stakeholders from across the institution and collectively interviewed, in rapid-fire fashion, a sampling of them. Participants [...]

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