This is the year you can make a difference
Get ready to drive change and create real impact. Find inspiration with these four stories of generosity at Arizona State University.
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.”
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.
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.”
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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