Reflections

ASU Hosts Higher Education Town Hall

Submitted by Trevor Eagle on September 12, 2013 - 12:00am

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, stopped by Arizona State University on September 11th during his annual back-to-school bus tour. In a town hall format, the Secretary answered questions with a focus on higher education. The themes of the discussion were focused on efforts to improve college access, affordability and persistence for all students, particularly Hispanics.

Take Time to Visualize Your Dreams

Submitted by Trevor Eagle on August 22, 2013 - 12:00am

A few days ago, I attended the 2013 Fall Sun Devil Welcome, which featured speakers, such as President Dr. Michael Crow, head Men’s Football coach Todd Graham, head Men’s Basketball coach Herb Sendek and special performances by student organizations. Highlights of the performances included dances of diverse cultural origins and the ASU Marching Band teaching the students their Fight Song. This mandatory event for new students kicked off their academic school year with some great spirit-building activities.

Welcome to the Family

Submitted by Jessica Eldridge on July 17, 2013 - 12:00am

As Trevor and I settle in as University Innovation Fellows, we would like to express our gratitude to all who have welcomed us into the ASU family and shared advice for our upcoming year and beyond. These individuals are true changemakers, transforming the New American University through innovation, creativity, and diligence. Their invaluable insights are summarized below.

Saying Thank You

Submitted by Melanie Reilly on July 12, 2013 - 12:00am

On the first day I arrived at the Valley of the Sun United Way office as a Fellow, Barb Perry, a talented Senior Development Officer, stressed the importance of saying thank you. She shared that a person — a donor, a volunteer or a partner — must be thanked twelve times before feeling appreciated. Anyone who has worked with me has most likely heard me say the words “thank you.” Still, I’d like to reiterate my appreciation for the many individuals who have made my Fellowship successful.

Delved into '12

Submitted by Jacqueline Smith on June 28, 2013 - 12:00am

In 2012 I committed to building supportive communities in 12 settings and reporting the efforts on this blog.  Since making that post my days have been filled with learning and collaboration but regrettably, not much blogging.  Now, days before the end of the fiscal year, a time of accounting and reflecting, I will fulfill my pledge.

Former University Innovation Fellow, Chris M., taught me that IDEO uses a “How might we…” framework to invite ideas during brainstorming sessions. I apply it below to showcase the core questions the drove our community building processes.

Pragmatism and Higher Education

Submitted by Terah Crews on June 17, 2013 - 12:00am

As I close out my fellowship, I find that whether through casual conversation or discussions of job prospects, I am increasingly asked to sum up my experience at and perception of ASU.

This university and its grand vision to change the way we think about public higher education, has many detractors and supporters. In recent weeks, I have heard many critiques of ASU. When I push people on those critiques though, I am always surprised at how easily critical opinion of ASU can be boiled down to tradition and idealism.

Developing Community Leaders: A Summary of the Student United Way's 2012-13 School Year

Submitted by Melanie Reilly on April 18, 2013 - 12:00am

The Student United Way at ASU held their final meeting of the school year this week. The group’s President presented this video, which summarizes their incredible achievements during the 2012 – 2013 year: youtube.com/SUW@ASU.

The Student United Way @ ASU Helps Children Succeed

Submitted by Melanie Reilly on April 15, 2013 - 12:00am

Throughout the spring semester, members of the Student United Way at ASU dedicated hours of volunteerism to ensure that children and youth succeed in school and in life. Their efforts culminated with an education-themed carnival for over 160 children at the Tempe Ladmo Boys and Girls Club, on Friday, April 12.

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