With our semester coming to a close in the next few weeks I’d like to use this final blog post to recap an amazing year. The efforts from our big three have been felt all over our community here downtown and I’d like to take the opportunity to call attention to some of our most special moments.
Recruiting Kesha to kick off the 2016 Inferno Fest set the bar high for the academic year that was at hand, generating the Sun Devil pride, spirit and tradition we value above all else here at ASU. We kept the fun going with homecoming week, chock full with a comedy show, 10k, and Lantern Walk just to name a few, oh and don’t forget FOOTBALL! Throughout the football season, whether it was viewing parties or tailgates, it was all hands-on deck to generating incentives to support our students and athletes. Every week, day in and day out, we were building as a downtown community, emphasizing our inclusive policies with events like Hispanic Heritage Month and Pride Week, or fostering as a second family for holidays away from home with Fall Fest and University Housing Thanksgiving Dinner. With our first semester coming to a close, it was all about providing students the support and motivation they needed to succeed here at the university, so it was only appropriate to host a Final’s Breakfast.
We came back together again for the spring semester determined to set the bar just as high and the pace just as fast and productive. What better way than to introduce Rae Shremmured as our Devilpalooza headliner, giving students something to look forward to. In the meantime, it was textbook swaps and the Spring Involvement Fair to provide academic and extracurricular success.
With the spring semester came basketball season, both ours here at ASU and our local NBA Phoenix Suns. Whether it was providing subsidized tickets for the pros, or swag and priority access for our student games, court side was the place to be!
Just in time for Rae Shremmured, we hit you with Battle of the Bands to introduce some talented musicians and give our talented students their big breaks. The competition highlighted the talent emanating from our community and generated hype for our guest performer. The sold-out show proved a huge success and students heard live performances of global hits like Jordan Belfort and Black Beatles. With countless events, here downtown, and even more spread throughout our four campuses, the possibilities have been endless.
If you’re interested in being part of the plan or helping in the efforts to bring more events like this to our campuses through your time here, I highly encourage reaching out and getting involved with our student organizations. I know my time spent getting involved with the community has proved nothing but prosperous, but don’t just take my word for it, get out there and get involved!
Big thank you to all the efforts from students, student leaders, student organizations, faculty, staff and the communities that surround our ASU campuses that have helped make this year such a success. Know your efforts, touch students far and wide and make a huge difference in shaping the college experience. Let’s finish the academic year strong and you can bet to expect nothing short of a grand finale of events to conclude this school year. Thanks for reading 😊 – Senator Powers CONHI