Current News ASU team finishes strong in student rangeland competitions A team of seven applied biological sciences majors at Arizona State University excelled in multiple events at the 2015 student competitions held as part of the Society for Range Management annual meeting in Sacramento, California. Applied bio students excel in California competition Sun Devils reflect on competing in Society for Range Management challenges. NSF director calls for more funding to spur US innovation National Science Foundation director France A. Cordova visited Arizona State University on Feb. 17 to present to scientists, researchers and educators the NSF's proposed $7.72 billion budget for fiscal year 2016. Is desert landscaping sustainable? As low-water-use plants and desert landscaping have grown more popular with desert dwellers, knowledge of how to care for xeriscapes has not kept pace, says ASU professor Chris Martin. Upcoming Events Masters Students Town Hall at all ASU Campuses Let’s kick off Grad Week with an Invitation to all Masters Level ASU graduate Students. Get involved! Take a stand. Share your opinion with your own student government, the Graduate Professional Student Association (GPSA). Meet at the ASU campus graduate student center https://gpsa.asu.edu/locations/ of your choice and join in the video conference and discussion. Excellent time to share what’s on your mind. Poly Staff Appreciation BBQ Maricopa County-AZ Recruiting Information Session @ Polytechnic Arizona State University students have an opportunity to compete for internships within Maricopa County departments through a new program approved by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. This ASU and Maricopa County partnership offers students hands-on experience and greatly enhances their education with an introduction to the opportunities and rewards of public service careers, including in county government. The Maricopa County Leadership and Education Advancing Public Service program, MCLEAPS, is administered through ASU’s College of Public Service & Community Solutions and individual county departments and is open to all ASU students. The work-learning opportunities provided will vary by department and complement student’s academic pursuits, recruiting and training the highest performing, most dedicated young people to become the next generation of public servants. MCLEAPS is an exciting opportunity for the students and the County, and the most recent example of ASU President Michael Crow’s vision of having ASU embedded into the community. Samples of participating Maricopa County Departments include: Facilities Management Department Maricopa County Flood Control Air Quality Department Maricopa County Education Service Agency Office of Management and Budget Public Fiduciary Juvenile Probation Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Office of Enterprise Technology (OET) Human Services Learn more, and get ready to apply by attending this Information Session! 2015 Sustainability Solutions Festival The Sustainability Solutions Festival convenes the planet's top sustainability events taking place across the Valley for one week in February to discover and explore how we can individually and collectively reimagine our lives and our planet. The festival's many forums and events include: • Conferences such as the GreenBiz Forum that introduce and examine the latest and greatest sustainable business practices, theories and methods. • Community gatherings such as Ignite@ASU and the Sustival that bring us together to consider and celebrate sustainability as a community. • Film screenings such as “Chasing Ice” and “Carbon Nation” that feature impactful, substantive stories that inspire and motivate us to act. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit: https://sustainabilitysolutions.asu.edu/programs/solutionsfestival/ For questions, contact Kelly Saunders: firstname.lastname@example.org Peace Corps Pop-up - Peace Corps Week - ASU @ Polytechnic Join Peace Corps at a campus near you. Peace Corps will be on-hand throughout the week at all campus locations to meet with students of all backgrounds and majors about the exciting opportunities available with Peace Corps. Stop by one of our activity tables across campus to connect, pick up some swag and have some fun. Also, stop by Changemaker to meet with a Peace Corps representative and attend a 15 minute information session to learn how you can make your impact while serving in the Peace Corps. United States Marine Corps Information Table on the Mall @ Polytechnic This will be a table display introducing Marine Corps Officer Programs and Opportunities for the college student.