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New Program Helps Students Discover Downtown

September 5, 2011

A new Arizona State University program will expose students to a wide range of cultural, sports and entertainment options near the Downtown Phoenix Campus and introduce them to downtown personalities and leaders.

“Discover Phoenix” will feature speakers such as Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and Phoenix Suns President and CEO Rick Welts. And students will visit major attractions such as the Herberger Theater, the Arizona Science Center and the Phoenix Symphony.

The program is designed to get students on the downtown campus to engage with the thriving community that surrounds them, said Christopher Callahan, the new vice provost of the Downtown Phoenix Campus and dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

“Discover Phoenix,” follows on the heels of the newly released SmartPHX app, designed by Cronkite students to help students and visitors locate downtown dining, shopping, sports and entertainment offerings. The app, which is downloadable to any smartphone, uses GPS functionality to help people locate nearby options and tells them which venues are open and where to find nearby parking and public transportation.

The Downtown Phoenix Campus is home to approximately 9,000 students pursuing academic programs in the Cronkite School, the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, the College of Public Programs, the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and the School of Letters and Sciences.

The new 10-week series kicks off Sept. 6 with a talk by Graham Rossini of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Special Projects and Fan Experience team. Subsequent events and speakers will take place each Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. through Nov. 22.

All events are open free of charge to ASU students.

The full schedule:

Tuesday, Sept. 6
“Covering Your Bases with the Arizona Diamondbacks”
Graham Rossini
Senior director, Special Projects and Fan Experience, Arizona Diamondbacks
First Amendment Forum

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

555 N. Central Ave.

Tuesday, Sept. 13
“Whetting Your Palate: Dining Downtown”
Howard Seftel
Restaurant critic, The Arizona Republic
Cronkite Theater, 202
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

555 N. Central Ave.

Tuesday, Sept. 20
“Downtown Drama: Theater Life in Phoenix”
Dick Bowers
President, Herberger Theater
Herberger Theater Center

222 E. Monroe

Tuesday, Sept. 27
“A City Within the City”
Jeff Moloznik
Development manager, RED Development
CityScape
1 E. Washington St.

Tuesday, Oct. 4
“Arizona’s Political Landscape”
Phil Gordon
Phoenix Mayor
First Amendment Forum

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

555 N. Central Ave.

Tuesday, Oct. 11
“Expand Your Horizons: Exploring Arizona’s Highways”
Robert Stieve
Editor, Arizona Highways Magazine
First Amendment Forum

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

555 N. Central Ave.

Tuesday, Nov. 1
“Shooting the Breeze with the Phoenix Suns”
Rick Welts
President and CEO, Phoenix Suns
First Amendment Forum

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

555 N. Central Ave.

Tuesday, Nov. 8
“Broaden Your Mind: Arizona Science Center”
Chevy Humphrey
President and CEO, Arizona Science Center
Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington St.

Tuesday, Nov. 15
“The Painted Desert: Art in the Valley”
Kathleen Blake
Education director, Phoenix Art Museum
First Amendment Forum

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

555 N. Central Ave.

Tuesday, Nov. 22
“A Symphony of Sound: The Phoenix Symphony”
Andrew Kipe
General manager, The Phoenix Symphony
The Phoenix Symphony
75 North Second St.

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