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S11_Barrett Downtown Newsletter

S11_Barrett Downtown Newsletter

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ARIZONA STATEUNIVERSITY 
JUNE 2011
 VOLUME 3, ISSUE 3
BARRETT DOWNTOWNNEWSLETTER
IN THISISSUE:
GOODBYE TODEAN PECKAND JENNIFERKITSON
1
2010-2011 YEARHIGHLIGHTS
2
BLAST’D
CORNER:2010-2011RECAP
3
THANK YOU TOOUR STUDENTLEADERS;CONGRATSGRADS
4
FALL 2011HONORSCOURSES
4
WANTED:
VOLUNTEER PEER MENTORS
 
Looking for 
leadership
opportunities?
Volunteer experience
to add to your resume? Contact usabout becoming a volunteer (non-residential)
peer mentor 
! Volunteer Peer mentors meet once amonth with new Barrett students who haveDowntown majors, but live off-campus.Want more information?E-mail
Jill.Johnson@asu.edu.
 
A GOODBYE FROM ASSOCIATE DEAN PECK
Laura R. Peck, Ph.D.Associate Dean, Barrett, The Honors College; ASU Downtown Phoenix campus
 ASU and Barrett alumna, Jennifer Kitson, began her career with Barrett in November of 2009 and stepped
quickly into the role of staff advisor for BLAST’D (BarrettLeadership and Service Team Downtown), the Dean’s
 Advisor Council, and Barrett Downtown Honors Devils.
Through BLAST’D, she helped organized huge
college-wide events, including the Barrett Light RailParty, Classy Bash, and two End-of-the-Year Party Bus
extravaganzas. Her involvement with the “ASU4Food”
program helped students of the Downtown campusdonate canned and dried food to organizations thatserve the needy. Jennifer also managed the BarrettDowntown Digest, the weekly email announcement fullof Barrett Downtown events and activities and keptstudents informed about all Downtown happeningsthrough the Barrett Downtown Facebook, Blogsite, andTwitter pages. She has served as the primary organizer for most Barrett Downtown social events (such asoutings at symphony/ballet/D-backs/Suns, film nights,Town Halls), ensuring for smoothly run programs andactivities.
Jennifer has recently accepted a position with theUnited States Peace Corps and will be assuming a2-year assignment to the country of Moldova startingJune 6th.
BARRETT DOWNTOWN BIDS FAREWELL & BEST WISHES TO:
Dr. Peck has been Associate Dean for Barrett, TheHonors College at ASU Downtown Phoenix campussince July of 2008. In just three short years, she hasplayed a key role in transforming the Barrett programDowntown from a simple office with around 80students, to what is now a fully staffed departmentserving well over 300 honors scholars. Behind thescenes, Dean Peck has worked with variousprofessors and directors to bring more opportunities for Barrett students, including a our recent move to theBarrett Downtown office in Suite 166 (which houses agreat lounge, conference room for student orgs,computer lab, free printing); creating more honorssections Downtown; and establishing various studentorganizations that focus on developing future leaders.She is a constant advocate for students, frequentlycampaigning to bring better services to students. An ASU and Barrett alumna, Dean Peck truly believes inBarrett's mission to provide outstanding opportunitiesto our community of excellent scholars.
Dean Peck will soon be taking a year long leave todedicate more time to her research and will bestepping down from her role asBarrett Downtown Associate Dean,effective June 30th.
Dear Barrett Downtown students,The 2010-11 year has been an exciting one for Barrett Downtown, kicking off with a move into ournew and wonderful UCENT space. This issue of our newsletter details some of the highlights. Asyou already know, I will be taking research leave from the university next year. I have found mypast three years as Associate Dean for Barrett extraordinarily rewarding, primarily because of 
 you
:our amazing students. You motivate and inspire me and others to think in new ways. I amcontinually impressed with your ideas for shaping our community and world. I hope you will allcontinue to track the Barrett Downtown goings-on via our Facebook, Twitter and blogspot entries,staying in touch with fellow students over the Summer and, for those of you returning, revving upfor Fall 2011. Look forward for an announcement there about a new Associate Dean as well asnew staff members who will be joining Barrett Downtown as we grow. Most importantly for now:CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES! Go out there and make us proud! And, please, report back.Fondly,
 
Need Volunteer andLeadershipExperience?
 
Students hit the streets of Phoenix with their Barrett Peer Mentors to explore the nation’s premiere
artwalk and point of pride for Downtown Phoenix,
Phoenix First Fridays
.
|BARRETT EXPLORES PHOENIX FIRST FRIDAYS|
Page 2
BARRETT DOWNTOWN NEWSLETTER
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2010-2011 ACADEMIC YEAR
|BARRETT CELEBRATES 2010 ASU HOMECOMING|
Barrett students from all four campuses teamed up and dressed up to participate in the
2010
 
Barrett Light Rail Party
, a multi-city scavenger hunt along 
METRO Light Rail
.Students had the opportunity to attend concerts performed by the Phoenix Symphony, including 
Prokofiev’s
Romeo & Juliet
 
and a
special performance featuring some of the world’s most talented acrobats,
 
Cirque de la Symphonie.
 
|BARRETT NIGHT AT THE SYMPHONY|
|BLAST’D “GRUB” CRAWL|
 
BLAST’D organized the second annual
“Grub” Crawl
, where students visited three local restaurantsin the Downtown Phoenix area to sample their food.
BLAST’D hosted an end
-of-semester celebration on the Tempe campus, where students were able to dress in theirholiday finest and dance the night away. Students earned tickets to the event by
donating non-perishable food items
 for
St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance
.
|BLAST’D CLASSY HOLID
 AY BASH|
Barrett students on the Downtown campus had the opportunity to discuss food safety and health issues with
formerFDA Commissioner David Kessler, M.D.
Dr. Kessler visited ASU as the 2011 Barrett Rhodes Lecturer to speak aboutpublic health policy in America.
|DOWNTOWN MEET & GREET WITH RHODES LECTURER DR. DAVID KESSLER||BARRETT DOWNTOWN TOWN HALL & DINNER WITH THE DEANS|
Students had the chance to ask questions of 
Barrett Dean Mark Jacobs
and
Associate Dean Laura Peck
as part of an annual Barrett Downtown forum. After the Town Hall, discussion continued over dinner with the two deans.Barrett students earned their ticket to the end-of-year celebration by donating food to fill a
Flash
bus, a circulating shuttle on the Tempe campus. Students across all campuses collected 1,332 lbs of food as part of a State Farm sponsored
Food Fight
 competition between ASU and UofA .
|FILL THE FLASH FOOD DRIVE EVENT, SPONSOR
ED BY BLAST’D
||BARRETT DOWNTOWN FILM NIGHTS|
The spring semester brought about a new tradition:
Barrett Downtown Film Nights
. Students learned about avariety current issues through monthly viewings of acclaimed documentaries.
|2010 BARRETT LIGHT RAIL PARTY|
Barrett Downtown won
second place
in a university-
wide office decorating contest for ASU’s 2010 Homecoming 
celebration. Complete with a
flying Sparky the Sun Devil
, Barrett Downtown students showed their spirit AND
managed to incorporate elements of sustainability into the “devilish” homecoming theme.
Go Sun Devils!
|BLAST’D “BOSCAR” BON 
 ANAZA|
Barrett Downtown students celebrated the end of the year at venues across the Phoenix metro-politan area, taking a party bus from
Lucky Strike Lanes
to
Castles-N-Coasters
amusement park,and making a quick stop in Scottsdale to see architecture designed by
Frank Lloyd Wright
.
|BARRETT NIGHT WITH BALLET ARIZONA||WELCOME BACK LUNCHEON WITH DEAN PECK|
Students joined the Barrett Downtown dean,
Dr. Laura Peck
, for a welcome back luncheon at Taylor Place Dining Hall.
Students had the opportunity to attend two ballets this year, including a performance of Shakespeare’s
A Midsummer
Night’s Dream
and
Don Quixote
, based on the Spanish novel written by Miguel de Cervantes.
 
   H   o   m   e   c   o   m   i   n   g   D   e   c   o   r   a   t   i   n   g   C   o   n   t   e   s   t
Page 3
VOLUME 3, ISSUE 3
LEADERSHIP
 ONEPERSON CANMAKEADIFFERENCE,ANDEVERYONESHOULD TRY.
 -JOHN F.KENNEDY
BLAST’D CORNER
 
 Welcome to theFall 2011
BLAST’D
Executive Board !
President:
 Jessica Choi
Vice President:
Tara Boyd 
Director of Communications:
Leila O’Hara
 
Director of Social Events:
Evie Carpenter 
Asst. Director:
Kristin Fankhauser 
Director of Community Service:
Kelsey Roderique
Asst. Director:
 Abby Nielsen
BLAST’D Ambassador:
 
Preston Sotelo
 
Contributing writers: Jack Fitzpatrick & Stacy Gollinger 
BLAST’D capped off the end of the spring semester with a night of celebration by hosting the “Boscar Bonanza.” Boscar, being the
shortened version of the Barrett Oscars, encouraged students todress up as their favorite celebrity, or on-screen character. Thecelebration started downtown as students, dressed in costume,arrived at Lucky Strike in CityScape to say goodbye to Program Coor-dinator, Jennifer Kitson and Associate Dean for Barrett Downtown,Dr. Laura Peck. Students bowled, played pool and chowed down tocelebrate the end of the year, then jumped on a party bus anddanced their way to Castles-N-Coasters, where they enjoyed unlim-ited rides and unlimited fun. To extend time on the legendary partybus, everyone hopped back on and headed to the Scottsdale wherewe took a group photo in front of a blue spire, originally designed byFrank Lloyd Wright for the State Capitol. Finishing the evening, stu-dents danced their way back downtown and enjoyed ice cream and
frozen desserts; a perfect way to top off this seven hour BLAST’D
extravaganza.
ASU4Food
BLAST’D helped fight hunger by partnering with ASU4Food to raise money and food to go to St. Mary’s Food Bank. In April, ASU4Food hosted an event where they at- tempted to fill a Flash bus with food in competition with U of A. BLAST’D collected
donations for Fill The Flash on the downtown campus by requesting donations onTaylor Mall, raising almost $200
 
and three boxes of donations to bring to the Flashbus.
Blood Drive
In April, BLAST’D partnered with the Programming Activities Board Downtown to hosta blood drive. BLAST’D helped in marketing and supplying volunteers to help the
event run smoothly. Designing eye-catching posters, the members helped informother downtown students about the blood drive and encouraged others to partici-pate.
Be A Leader Foundation
This spring, BLAST’D members volunteered to mentor eighth graders in Phoenix
 through the Be A Leader program. One Saturday each month, students went to work-shops and helped middle school students complete activities designed to help themprepare for the future. Students planned for college, learned about technology andcompleted team-building exercises, while older students assisted and mentored them throughout the classes. Whether helping with hands-on activities or just asking 
about students’ interests and hobbies, Barrett students stoked bright eighth graders’
interest in someday going to college.
During the spring semester, BLAST’D invited local community members to speak
about issues going on in and around the Downtown campus, highlighting waysstudents can make an impact and become better community leaders. In March,
Dr. Rhonda Phillips
spoke to students about creating sustainable communitiesand how individuals can help support their local community both economicallyand environmentally. In April,
Hannah La Luzerne
, Co-President of United Stu-dents for Fair Trade, gave a presentation about fair trade issues and spokeabout some of the initiatives the USFT organization has been an advocate for on-campus.
   S   E   R   V   I   C   E 
& JUST PLAIN FUN!
ClassyHolidayBashFillthe Flash FoodDrive

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