Arizona State University alumnus Todd Lemay was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a brittle bone disease that has led him to using a wheelchair for most of his life. He says an all-terrain wheelchair “opened up a whole new world for me,” so he donated a TerrainHopper to ASU’s Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions and invited Dean Jonathan Koppell to get in the driver’s seat.

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TerrainHopper gift will enable students with disabilities to take on ‘A’ Mountain, other adventures

ASU alumnus Todd Lemay donated a gift that is near and dear to his heart. Because Lemay has spent much of his life in a wheelchair, he couldn’t walk the beach or enjoy off-road activities easily. He donated a TerrainHopper — an electronic off-road mobility vehicle — that will enable students to participate in activities that can be limiting, such as hiking ‘A’ Mountain.

Kelly Ramella of the School of Community Resources and Development within ASU’s Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions has witnessed the impact this vehicle has had on students. “You realize what it gives individuals is independence,” Ramella said. “It gave them the ability to navigate the outdoors in their own way and at their own speed.”

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Like TerrainHopper donor Todd Lemay, ASU student Christina Chambers (pictured in the TerrainHopper) uses a wheelchair. Lemay wanted Chambers and other ASU students to be able to adventure in the outdoors with the mobility vehicle, as Watts College Dean Jonathan Koppell demonstrates.

Longtime theater archivist retiring, but her children’s theater passion will live on at ASU

Katherine Krzys grew the ASU Child Drama Collection into a world-renowned repository that she is leaving with ASU when she retires at the end of the year.

Under her care, the archive has become home to a number of high-profile collections that today include the prestigious Irene Corey Collections, which took 10 years to acquire. Originally valued at $200,000 at the time it was donated in 1995, today it’s possible the collection is worth millions, said Lynda Xepoleas, an aide in the ASU Library conservation lab.

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Former MLB commissioner’s gift renames sports law and business program, establishes professorship

Former Major League Baseball commissioner Allan “Bud” Selig has been integral to ASU’s Sports Law and Business program for years as a founding member of the program’s advisory board and a professor of practice. His gift established the Marie Selig Professorship in honor of Selig’s mother and changed the name of the overall program.

“We are very proud of our immensely popular Sports Law and Business program,” said Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Dean Douglas Sylvester. “Nowhere else in the country can a law school provide students practical experiences, taught by professors at the peak of their careers, to succeed in the sports industry, than here at ASU Law.”

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The inaugural Marie Selig Professorship was awarded to professor Zachary Gubler (right), whose research interests lie in corporate law and financial and securities regulation. Selig Scholar Heather Udowitch (from left), Commissioner Allan “Bud” Selig and Selig Scholar Jada Allender shared their congratulations.

New center brings science and engineering together for materials and space exploration

Humanity has evolved dramatically from the stone age to the silicon age. The new Navrotsky Eyring Center for Materials of the Universe will bring together scientists and engineers to discover new technologies and materials to expedite humanity’s understanding of the universe and the next era using complex materials.

“This initiative will also enhance materials science research that will develop new detectors and spacecraft materials to enable new discoveries beyond our planet,” said Hilairy Hartnett, professor in both the School of Molecular Sciences and the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU.

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Alexandra Navrotsky (center) will lead the development of the new Navrotsky Eyring Center, involving ASU’s School of Molecular Sciences, School of Earth and Space Exploration, the Department of Physics and the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy and other engineering faculty.

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