Scottsdale Arizona

Open House Set May 20 to View Two Proposed Skysong Additions by quotes

The community is invited to an open house May 20 to view two proposed additions to SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.

The open house takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. at SkySong Building 1, 1475 N. Scottsdale Road, room 129. Planned additions to SkySong include a new paseo plaza and a third office/research building. For additional information go to:
or contact Project Manager Doug Makinen at (480) 312-7054 or

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Grand Valley State University and ASU Lodestar Center by quotes

Courses for Experienced Grantmakers
The Grantmaking School – Advanced Proposal Analysis: A Critical Examination of Complex Issues – Grand Valley State University and ASU Lodestar Center March 25-27 (Scottsdale)

Advanced Proposal Analysis: A Critical Examination of Complex Issues A new university-based course for experienced grantmakers.  The Grantmaking School of Grand Valley State University offers Advanced Proposal Analysis: A Critical Examination of Complex Issues in conjunction with the Arizona-Indiana-Michigan Alliance.

The course will be hosted by the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation at Arizona State University and will take place on March 25-27 at the SkySong Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. The course provides a critical examination of the complex issues faced by experienced grantmakers today. It combines structured learning with substantive discussion and small group work among peers.

In varied course offerings throughout the country, practitioners give the course consistently high ratings for content, delivery and quality. The Advanced Proposal Analysis course is recommended for program officers with two to five years of experience. Cost for the course is $1,950, exclusive of travel and lodging, with up to five partial scholarships available.

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Community Design Studio Fall/Winter Lecture Series by azhttp


Scottsdale’s Community Design Studio, in collaboration with the ASU School

of Design and Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory, is hosting a series of free

community lectures to explore issues related to design, architecture,

economics and sustainability. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP by calling

(480) 312-2647.

Scottsdale Community Design Studio by azhttp

COMMUNITY DESIGN STUDIO FALL/WINTER LECTURE SERIES BEGINS SEPTEMBER 27. Scottsdale’s Community Design Studio, in collaboration with the ASU School of Design and Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory, is hosting a series of free community lectures to explore issues related to design, architecture, economics and sustainability. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP by calling (480) 312-2647. Thursday, September 27, Dan Hoffman, Downtown Planning in a Desert Environment, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 2 of the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd. For more information on Scottsdale’s Community Design Studio go to:

ASU showcases literary talents at Arizona Book Festival by quotes

ASU showcases literary talents at Arizona Book Festival

TEMPE, Ariz. – What do you get when you cross pig cookies, a grandmother’s wisdom, robots, poets and a godfather? A spectacular line-up of Arizona State University authors at the 2007 Arizona Book Festival.
ASU’s Institute for Humanities Research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is sponsoring presentations by an impressive array of university-affiliated literary talent at the Arizona Book Festival, which is presented annually by the Arizona Humanities Council.
ASU Regents’ Professor of English Alberto Ríos will be honored with the 2007 Literary Treasure Award, given by the Arizona Humanities Council to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the literary heritage of Arizona. Ríos is the author of nine books and chapbooks of poetry, three collections of short stories and a memoir. His latest collection of poems is The Theater of Night. A recent finalist for the National Book Award, Ríos has taught at Arizona State University for 25 years and recently gave the keynote address for the city of Chandler’s Celebration of Unity luncheon.
Jewell Parker Rhodes, professor of English and Piper Endowed Chair of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, will read and sign her newest book, Porch Stories: A Grandmother’s Guide to Happiness. Porch Stories is Rhodes’s tribute to her beloved grandmother, an account of the love she received and the lessons she learned.
Tom Wayman, Distinguished Visiting Canadian Fulbright Chair in Creative Writing at ASU’s Virginia G. Piper Center, will take part in a celebration of poetry at the festival. An anthologist as well as a poet, his academic home is the University of Calgary, Alberta, where he was coordinator of creative writing for the past three years.
A new book of Wayman’s poems, High Speed Through Shoaling Water, and his first collection of short fiction, will be published this spring.
Joining in the poetry celebration with Wayman will be ASU English alumna Sarah Vap (MFA Creative Writing 2005). Vap recently published two award-winning books of poetry: American Spikenard, winner of the 2006 Iowa Poetry Prize, and Dummy Fire, winner of the Saturnalia Books 2006 Poetry Prize.
Other talented ASU poets to be featured include Josh Rathkamp (MFA Creative Writing 2004), Stephanie Lenox (an ASU student and staff member), Eduardo C. Corral (B.A. Chicano/a Studies 1999) and Charles Jensen (MFA Creative Writing 2005). In addition, ASU Master of Fine Arts students in both art and poetry will display their unique collaborative work inside the Carnegie Library as part of the “Visual Text Project.”
Another ASU-affiliated writer to be showcased will be Lee Gutkind, the “godfather” of creative non-fiction and Distinguished Writer in Residence at ASU’s Piper Center. Gutkind not only legitimized the genre of creative non-fiction, but made it one of the fastest growing as well. For him, it’s about writing the truth in a “scenic” and “compelling” way. Non-fiction, he believes, can be communicated in a dramatic fashion, in much the same way poets and novelists tell stories. Gutkind will read from his recent memoir, Forever Fat: Essays by the Godfather, and his just-released book, Almost Human: Making Robots Think.
Arizona Book Festival director, Jill Bernstein, is excited about ASU’s extensive involvement in the event. “The Humanities Council is extremely thrilled to have an opportunity to showcase all of the literary talent from ASU, and share this amazing resource with the wider community,” she said.
“We are pleased that the books of scholars at ASU will be highlighted,” said Deborah N. Losse, dean of humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “The participation of ASU in the Arizona Book Festival is just one aspect of the ongoing and meaningful collaboration between our Institute for Humanities Research and the Arizona Humanities Council.”
Presented by the Arizona Humanities Council, in partnership with the Arizona State Library, and with major support from Target and SRP, this annual literary extravaganza is the Valley’s premiere book event, featuring dozens of authors – poets, novelists, and non-fiction writers, well-known and emerging – from across the United States and Canada. The festival will take place on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic Carnegie Center, 1101 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Admission is free. Parking also is free, and abundant.
More information about the festival is at
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SkySong Attracts Innovative Companies from Mexico by quotes

SkySong Attracts Innovative Companies from Mexico

Partnership between Arizona State University and Tecnológico de Monterrey Creates Business

Two innovative, entrepreneurial companies from Mexico have announced their intent to establish U.S.
operations at SkySong, the ASU-Scottsdale Innovation Center – Ensitech (Monterrey, Mexico) and
Energy Ventures (Monterrey, Mexico).

is a software development firm offering on-demand solutions for eBusiness; eCommerce and
internet marketing products for small- and medium- sized businesses with low in-house technology
capability. Ensitech provides eCommerce services to OXXO Inmuebles, the real estate developer for
Mexico’s largest retail chain, which is similar to Circle K stores.

Energy Ventures
provides performance management services for companies committed to electric power
production. A General Electric spin-off, Energy Ventures provides thermal evaluation and project
evaluation services to utilities in Latin America.
ASU Technopolis, Arizona State University’s program that educates, coaches and connects innovators,
will be assisting both Ensitech and Energy Ventures by providing them with entrepreneurial coaching and
US commercialization strategy expertise.
Both firms learned about the opportunities at SkySong while participating in a unique workshop held last
fall at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. The two-day workshop — Building Successful
Ventures in the US — a collaborative effort of ASU’s Office of Economic Affairs, the global law firm,
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, and Grupo N (now Reister Multicultural) was attended by Mexican business
leaders representing a variety of export-oriented firms.
“We are very enthusiastic to have this new opportunity for our company because it is a priority for us to
participate in the business market that the United States represents,” said Jorge Ayala, director for
Ensitech and an alumnus of Tecnológico de Monterrey. “We see SkySong as the gateway to connect with
other global firms. It (SkySong) is our first step into the world marketplace,” added Ayala.
“After meeting with experts, we confirmed that our marketing strategies and products have a strong
competitive advantage in the US market. Our entry strategy is to develop a partner network with
companies interested in the US Hispanic market,” said Ricardo Montes de Oca Hernández, director of
marketing for Ensitech.
“The Letters of Intent (LOIs) from Ensitech and Energy Ventures set the initial framework to work with
each company on a one-to-one basis,” said Julia Rosen, ASU’s assistant vice president for economic
affairs. “The LOIs grant the companies access to an array of ASU resources such as training and
coaching programs, market entry services, business development, and R&D collaborations.”
“The collaboration we observe here between business and university illustrates in a very positive way how
two universities, that are engaged with their communities, can generate a bi-national relationship both in
and out of the classroom,” articulated Arturo Torres, associate vice president for business development
and continuing education at the Tecnológico de Monterrey System.
The relationship between ASU and the Tecnológico de Monterrey began in 2003 prompted by the signing
of the first memorandum of understanding to establish a Community Learning Center (CLC: at ASU. At that time, President of the Tecnológico de Monterrey system, Dr. Rafael
Rangel, accepted an invitation from ASU President Michael Crow to attend the Mexican President Vicente
Fox’s historical visit to Phoenix. Tecnológico de Monterrey, often referred to as “the MIT of Mexico,” is the
main and largest private institution in Mexico and a system comprised of 33 campuses and a Virtual
ASU and Tecnológico de Monterrey are breaking new ground with an unprecedented collaboration across
borders designed to pave the way for innovative global partnerships among institutions of higher learning.
Through this partnership, both institutions are developing thoughtful strategies for enhancing
understanding, expanding global impact and augmenting their role in the international dialogue of critical
On October 11, 2006, both Presidents signed an institutional agreement intending to facilitate the
development of strategic bilateral programs. This overarching agreement encompasses all existing
programs and sets the framework for future ASU-Tecnológico de Monterrey interactions. Joint
collaborations will fall under four strategic clusters: entrepreneurship, academic programs, research and
online collaborations.
ASU is aggressively developing relationships with institutions, businesses and entrepreneurs in
Singapore, Ireland, China, Mexico and Germany as part of its strategy to make SkySong a place where
international businesses will locate and interact with Arizona companies and university innovators. The
first phase of SkySong is expected to open in fall 2007.

SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, is a mixed-use development that will consist of 1.2
million SF of research, office and retail space in addition to residential units on the site. Located at the
intersection of Scottsdale and McDowell Roads—between downtown Scottsdale and the ASU Main
campus in Tempe—SkySong will combine technology, innovation, education and business in a
collaborative environment that integrates state-of-the-art digital infrastructure into flexible office and
research space. Organized around a grand boulevard lined by retail, restaurants and cultural institutions,
SkySong will serve the needs of residents, businesses, research and technology industry and academia
while building vital networks between university innovations, regional progress and the global technology
industry. For more information, visit
Founded in 1943 by a group of Mexican businessmen, Tecnológico de Monterrey is an academic
institution which offers middle school, higher education and graduate programs. Also known as Monterrey
Tech, it offers extended education and training programs. At the present time, Monterrey Tech has 33
campuses in Mexico. Through its educational system, the Institute offers 37 bachelor’s degrees, 53
master’s programs, and 10 doctoral programs, serving a total of 95,777 students. Monterrey Tech has
agreements with 723 universities to conduct research, training, and exchange activities. In addition to its
traditional classroom programs, Monterrey Tech has a Virtual University which delivers on-line and
satellite programs through the 33 campuses in Mexico and 8 reception sites in Latin America. For more
information, visit


A long-term agreement to host college national championship, Fiesta Bowl and Insight Bowl teams at Scottsdale area resorts – and continue drawing their fans to Scottsdale – was approved by the Scottsdale City Council this week.
The agreement also paves the way for a new Fiesta Bowl Museum at the Scottsdale Waterfront, where the Fiesta Bowl will soon open its new headquarters.
The 20-year agreement aims to preserve a long-standing relationship between Scottsdale and the Fiesta Bowl while the organization makes significant changes beginning in 2007.  Next year, the Fiesta Bowl moves from Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe to the new Cardinals Stadium in Glendale.  Next year also marks the first time the Fiesta Bowl hosts a new Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game, which will be played at the Glendale stadium every four years.  Meanwhile, the Insight Bowl will move from Chase Field in Phoenix to Sun Devil Stadium.
Fiesta Bowl teams have stayed in Scottsdale resorts and practiced in the area for more than two decades. 
The agreement relies on hotel room tax revenue to fund yearly payments to the Fiesta Bowl.  The agreement calls for a one-time payment of $500,000 to the organization in 2007.  Annual payments begin at $210,000, and include a second, identical payment when a BCS college championship comes to the Valley.
Altogether, the Fiesta Bowl would receive more than $8.2 million over 20 years.
In return, Scottsdale will continue to receive a substantial portion of the regional economic impact associated with the bowl games.  Between 2001 and 2006, the estimated regional impact ranged from $165 million to $228 million annually.  The city’s Economic Vitality Department estimates the direct return in taxes to the city over the 20-year period will range from $12 million to $15 million.
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