Author Archives: Shaima Shahin

About Shaima Shahin

Shaima Shahin is a student at Arizona State University pursuing a BA in Broadcast Journalism and a BSE in Biomedical Engineering. She enjoys playing basketball, the piano and writing.

Family Summer Fun

Family Summer Fun 2012

During the summer, two things increase: the temperature and the amount of time your kids spend at home — and both can be stressful.

Here are some fun and engaging activities for the whole family to enjoy so you can bank on some family summer fun!

Have you heard of the Heard Museum?

This museum has more than 32,000 pieces to display and is one of Phoenix’s first cultural attractions. Founded in 1929, the Heard Museum did not cease to amaze Arizonans, both young and old, of its variety of collections and exhibitions. For more information and to view upcoming events, visit its website at

The Desert Botanical Garden

If you are looking for a more earthy and natural experience, the Desert Botanical Garden is the place for you. And if you didn’t know, they also have the “Music in the Garden” series of concerts and events, where the Garden hosts some of the most talent musicians. For a list of these events, visit 

Yee-Haw! The Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse

Instead of complaining about the life of the west — and its heat — embrace it! And if you have little ones who would love to be cowboys and cowgirls when they “grow up,” you can’t miss out on Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse. Activities include bull riding, gold panning, camel rides, stunt shows and more. For more information, visit

More fun, less heat? As You Wish

As You Wish pottery painting place is the perfect place for you and your kids to enjoy a day indoors. Here you can choose a pottery piece, select from a variety of colors, and paint it the way you like. You can then pick up your now fired and blazed pottery piece a few days after you’ve painted it. This makes for great memories. For more information on the way it works, visit


Factoring Programs

Factoring Programs: Good News For Young Entrepreneurs

The lecture hall was packed, but students weren’t listening to a lecture; they were listening to what could possibly be their only chance at entrepreneurship: factoring programs.

It’s an old — and often misunderstood — strategy for young entrepreneurs whose capital and credit history aren’t as appealing to banks as they should be in order to qualify for loans.

Factoring programs allow for the advancement of funds for small businesses, such as those started by students, against an approved commercial invoice. The remainder is then given to the client once is the invoice is paid. These funds then assist small businesses by allowing them to raise capital, provide credit, etc.

For many students, factoring programs are the only options they have in financing their entrepreneurial projects.

In an interview after the lecture on factoring programs held on the Arizona State University campus, Robyn Barrett of FSW Funding, formerly Factors Southwest LLC, explained the interest of these young entrepreneurs in advancing their ideas and ambitions in the business world. “It’s great to work with people that are so passionate about their job, work and their company,” she said.

One of FSW Funding’s success stories involves a young man who came up with the idea of combining engineering and art to craft a product that he believes makes a difference: Refresh Glass. Refresh Glass products are entirely made from recycled glass. Thanks to factoring programs, Refresh Glass is now a growing business.

Robyn Barrett also says, however, that students must be prepared to take on these entrepreneurial projects, whether they are using factoring programs or not. Students must equip themselves with basic accounting principles. Barrett says that many entrepreneurial students lack these basic skills essential to their entrepreneurial success.

And so as student entrepreneurs walk through their graduation ceremony and their future awaits, they can now be more hopeful. Factoring programs may be an old and misunderstood strategy for financing, but it’s one they may be able to count on.

For more information on factoring programs provided by FSW Funding, formerly Factors Southwest LLC, visit

Health Nations Telemedicine

HealthNation Offers Telemedicine Services To Employers

The digital age has redefined our way of living, and HealthNation has found a way so that employee healthcare is redefined, too.

HealthNation, a company based in Arizona, provides telemedicine services to employers and their employees.

As defined by the American Telemedicine Association, telemedicine is the use of electronic communications to exchange medical information to benefit a patient’s health status. This can range from remote patient monitoring to direct patient consultation.

For HealthNation, this means 24-access to doctors via phone, email or video conference, and electronic medical records. According to its spokesperson, Dr. Tami Romano, it also means avoiding the emergency room and urgent care costs, therefore increasing productivity and reducing healthcare costs.

For employers, this means cost-saving bundles and a healthier workforce.

For an average family of four, the expected savings from HealthNation is about $2,200 if they have an additional PPO health plan — $4,700 if they have a high-deductible plan. Romano estimates that there are even more savings when the employee is uninsured after taking into account inpatient, outpatient and other associated costs.

Other benefits of employees are scheduling benefits. Patients have access to medical attention when they need it, and even just as importantly, where they need it. Patients also have access to reduced prices (more than 40 percent) to prescriptions as well as access to naturopathic doctors. Other services include patient advocacy programs to assist those struggling with billing issues and finding facilities and laboratories that are highly cost effective.

HealthNation believes that a combination of all of these benefits will reduce the health risks of employees, increase employee loyalty and productivity, allow for fewer sick days and more days at work.

Romano, however, acknowledges the difficult transition between traditional medicine and telemedicine. She says the biggest transitional period occurs during the adjustment to the mindset that telemedicine, and not any other traditional approach, is now the first line of defense against challenges to health.

“Patients need to be educated on being proactive with their healthcare needs, to use online resources for wellness programs to stay healthy,” Romano says. “When acute illness occurs, access the healthcare system initially using telehealth rather than go into the ER or urgent care. It is more cost effective, convenient and safe. Often times, people just need information, and the comfort of talking with a doctor and the peace of mind go a long way.”

HealthNation believes, however, that this instant, 24-hours/seven-days-a-week access to certified physicians will allow patients a myriad of options and strategies for a more proactive and healthy lifestyle.

For more information on HealthNation and telemedicine, visit HealthNation’s website at

San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants: A Giant History

Originally known as the New York Gothams, the San Francisco Giants is one of the oldest baseball teams in the history of America.

Their first season, where they finished two games behind Chicago, still drew a spectacular beginning of a long history for the team with 76 victories.  That was in 1885, and nearly 40 years later, the Giants, still known as the New York Gothams at this point, won both the National League title and the World Series.

That, however, was no surprise, for seven of the eight Giants Starters bet better than .320; it also marked the second World Series for them.  Many of the team’s numbers were record-breaking; all the way up to 1923, the team was the first in the 20th century to score in every inning of the game.  With George Kelly who hit three consecutive home runs in a single game; Travis Jackson who recorded 100-plus runs battled in (RBI’s) in a single contest and Ross Youngs who led the league 121 runs scored, the Giants astounding statistics was no surprise and the result: another year where they participate in the World Series.

The early 1950’s brought the New York Gothams to a hault, but in 1958, the team became who we know it as today: the San Francisco Giants.

Purchased by the city’s mayor, George Christopher and led by the legendary manager, Bill Rigney, the team moved to the Bay Area for the 1958 season.  And the city welcomes their team with excitement and a huge parade.  But they were off to a slow start: they finished 12 games out in third place, but still managed to gain a notable 80-74 record.

The team didn’t make it to their World Series by the Bay Area until 1962, with Skipper Alvin Dark on their side, but continues to string stellar seasons until  1965.  Each of their four seasons in a row resulted in 90 wins for them; but unfortunately, they fell short of two games and settles for a runner-up finish.

Although the team was only getting close, and not quite getting there, several Giants achieved their personal homeruns.  Gaylord Perry was only of five San Francisco Giants in the Hall of Fame.  Perry had a 16-win history, where he pitched 19 complete games.  Other players like Orlanda Cepeda, Bob Gibson and Willie McCovey also had outstanding stats.

Come the 90’s and comes Barry Bonds: the team’s most notable player of the decade.  Barry Bonds is the fourth member of the prestigious 300-300 and the 40-40 clubs.  In other words, he completed his 300th and 301st homeruns in one year and then his 400th the next.  But the team’s history was still dragging on.  After eight years, the Giants finally made their postseason appearance in the National League Wild Card and although losing to Florida’s Marlins, they were a tough team to beat.

The Giants, in 2002, bounced back to their tremendous and victory-filled history and made it to the National League Championship Series.  The next year, and for the first time since 1936-37, the team earned consecutive appearances in postseason play.  They won’t their third National League West title and became only the second team in history to go write-to-wire with a finish of 100-61.

The next four years brought another downturn, only to bring the team to 2008, where towards the end of the season, the team posted a 28027 mark.  The rookie Pablo Sandoval hit .345 in 41 games and pushed for the Giants’ strong finish.

Till this day, the Giants continue their highs and lows of baseball performance, bringing to their fans years of great accomplishments and others of coming-close victory.

For information on the team’s spring schedule and their arrival to Arizona, see the Spring Schedule here. 


New York Giants

The New York Giants: The Giant's History

Credited with introducing the city of New York to football, the New York Giants have a history that is nearly as big as the team’s name.

Wellington Mara, at only the age of 14, along with his 21-year old brother Jack, took ownership of the five-year-old team in 1930 only to become the world’s youngest football team owner. Their father Tim Mara was the first owner who bought the team for a reported $500.

One of the first notable games, dubbed the “Sneakers Game,” was in 1934 where the Giants beat the Chicago Bears 30-13. The game was played in nine-degree weather, and the players were given basketball shoes to increase traction on the icy field.

Six years later, World War II comes and brings along with it many challenges for most National Football League teams. Losing many players to military service, many teams had to take desperate measures to keep the sport alive, including merging two different teams into one. The Giants, however — as their name implies — were bigger than these challenges and managed to not only survive through the War years, but also make it to three NFL championship games.

The next decade, the 1950’s, looked even more promising for the Giants as they recruited Tom Landry, Frank Gifford, Sam Huff and a few other players who would redefine the team, the NFL and football at large. Coached by Hall of Famers, these and other players also landed Hall of Fame recognition for their performance for the Giants.

Gifford, who played for the team from 1952 to 1964, holds the Giants team record of 788 touchdowns. He played in seven Pro Bowls and was named All-NFL four times. In 1953 and for the first (and only) time in the NFL, he was named to the Pro Bowl as both a defensive back and an offensive back in the following year. During his career, the Giants caught up to the NFL Championship five times and won the world championship in 1956.

The team lost many of their key players in the 1960’s, a decade that marked a turning point for the Giants. A series of repeated injuries and retirements left the team weary and uncertain through the decade and well into the 1970’s. During the ’70s, the Giants finished in last place or next-to-last eight times. This long history of losing, however, ended in 1986 with the team’s first appearance on the Super Bowl since 1956.

Four years later, the dramatic 20-19 score won the Giants their second Super Bowl over the Buffalo Bills, and three years later, in 1993, the team now had a co-owner, after 60 years of sole ownership by the Mara Family. The co-owner, Preston Robert Tisch, was a native of New York City and a lifelong fan.

Dan Reeves, hired in 1993 as head coach, brought back the Giants to the Super Bowl. The 1990′s started the team’s yet existing success with the NFL’s most promising coaches, like Jim Fassel, and the Pro Bowl players, like Eli Manning.

The Giants continue to keep Americans on their toes with their more recent Super Bowl Victory last weekend. The team scored 9 points in the first quarter, none in the second and 6 points in each of the third and fourth quarters, leaving them only four points ahead of the defeated New England Patriots.

To see who the Giants will be playing against and where, see the Spring Training Schedule. 

Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds: The History

The Cincinnati Reds have a long and fruitful history, beginning with the accomplishment of being the first all-professional nine in 1869.

In that same year, the Cincinnati Reds also finished the season with a perfect 57-0 record. The winning streak, however, ended in June 1870, where they lost their 82nd game to the Brooklyn Atlantics.

Cincinnati joins Chicago, New York, Boston and other cities as a charter member in the National League in 1876, when it was first formed. Four years later, however, the Cincinnati Reds are expelled from the league due to the team’s refusal to cease the selling of beer during games and their renting out their ballpark on Sundays.

It took nine years for the team to be re-admitted into the National League, and 15 yeas for the team’s Cy Semour to win the league’s battling title (and to set the record with a .377 battling average).

The 1910’s come with great misfortune for the Cincinnati Reds, as they win their very first World Series Championship against the Chicago White Sox, but then have their title tarnished. Several members of the White Sox were suspended for supposedly “throwing” the Series.

In 1940 and after winning their second National League pennant consecutively, the Cincinnati Reds grab the World Championship from the tigers, in game 7 of the World Series.

Four years later, pitcher Joe Nuxhall becomes the youngest player in the 20th century to participate in a Major League game. He was only 15 years old; he yielded five runs and retired only two batters in two-thirds of the inning. He did not play again until he was nearly 24 years old.

In 1956, the Reds set a team record of eight homers in one game against the Milwaukee Braves.

In 1961, the team, managed by Fred Hutchinson, takes a shot at the World Series and loses to the Yankees in Game Five. Six years later, the team partakes in the longest game in club history against the San Francisco Giant with 21 innings, where the lost.

For the first time in 35 years, the Cincinnati Reds win their first World Series title in 1975 only to win their second one in 1976. Their winning streak ends and in 1981, they finished with the best record in the Major Leagues without making it to the playoffs. They also did not qualify for post-season play.
The Cincinnati Reds continued into the 21st century without any World Series titles, but with countless record-breaking statistics. Under the management of Dave Miley in 2004 and again in 2006, with Wane Krivsky as the general manager, the team goes through its ups and downs.

The Cincinnati Reds won heir division in 2010, but went back to disappointing their fans in 2011.

The Reds are scheduled to play the Arizona Diamondbacks in July of this year at home. Later towards the end of August, however, they will play against the D-Backs again in Phoenix.

For more information on the Cincinnati Reds and their appearance in Arizona, see the Spring Schedule.


Sterling at Silverleaf

Sterling at Silverleaf Wins Gold NAHB Rating

Scottsdale’s Sterling at Silverleaf has become Arizona’s one and only single-family new construction project to be awarded Gold-level certification by the National Association of Homebuilders.

This prestigious award, under the National Association of Homebuilders’ (NAHB) green building program, NAHBGreen, has been awarded to only 400 single-family construction projects across the entire nation.

Sterling at Silverleaf is a 12-acre residential development and had its grand opening in November.

Sterling at Silverleaf earned the notable distinction in six categories of green practice, set forth by the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard.  These standards are nationally approved four-level benchmarks for rating single and multi-family homes and were created in 2007 by the NAHB and the International Code Council (ICC).

Sterling at Silverleaf was rated on factors such as lot and site development, origin of building materials, indoor environmental quality, use of advanced building methods, homeowner education and overall resource efficiency.

The Villas at Sterling at Silverleaf scored an overall rating of 56, which is 14 points more than he standard for all new construction homes.  They are estimated to be 74% more efficient than most existing homes; this efficiency can approximate to $1,347 in annual energy savings over the typical existing home and $808 in annual energy savings over a typical new home.

“What’s really exciting about this community is the fact that it is the perfect combination of luxury living with cost-effective sustainable features that are in line with global environmental initiatives,” said Tanner Luster, President of Luster Custom Homes. “Being the first homebuilder in Arizona to successfully earn a Gold rating with NAHBGreen for an entire community of new residencies is the proudest accomplishment of my professional career.”

Sterling at Silverleaf is a community feature 16 villas, 12 estates and 180 condos in Scottsdale.  The community was created in partnership with Sterling Collection Development Group and Luster Custom Homes.  The sales will open in the summer of 2011.  For more information, please visit Sterling at Silverleaf online at



Camelack Esplanade

Camelback Esplanade Signs Aon And Apogee

Camelback Esplanade has signed leases with both Aon and Apogee, according to  Cushman & Wakefield.

Camelback Esplanade is a mixed-use project at 24th St. and Camelback Rd.

Jerry Jacobs, Larry Downey and Michael Crystal of Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona represented MetLife, the landlord, in the lease negotiations. Vince Femiano of Transwestern represented both of the tenants.

Aon is a global provider of risk management, insurance brokerage and human resource services. Aon has leased 10,800 square feet of space at 2555 E. Camelback Rd. on the seventh floor. Currently, the company has an office at 1850 N. Central Ave. The company will relocate to Camelback Esplanade in the second quarter of this year to begin its 11-year lease at the property.

Apogee Physicians currently occupies suites 1100 and 950 at 2525 E. Camelback Rd. and has expanded its presence at Camelback Esplanade from 10,843 square feet to 15,400 square feet. Apogee Physicians has been a tenant at Camelback Esplanade since 2004.

“These transactions demonstrate the continued interest of top tier tenants in occupying the Camelback Esplanade,” says Jacobs, executive director with Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona. “Vacancies at the intersection continue to drop. However, the upcoming opening of Del Frisco’s Grille at the Esplanade will only add more value to the tenants at the property.”

For leasing and property information, visit Camelback Esplanade’s website at

ASU Students

ASU Students: Large Enrollment, Campuses And Dreams

Attending a school with four campuses, 250 undergraduate programs and nearly 72,000 students enrolled, Arizona State University students aren’t finding it difficult to stick out from the crowd. In fact, they are proving countless ways to be innovative, distinct and professionally developed.

ASU has provided its student body with opportunities to take their education to a different level: to their careers, bringing their future dream jobs to the present.

Take ASU student Frank Kyle Robertson, for example. He’s a third-year law student, looking to graduate with a Juris Doctorate (J.D). Earlier this year, however, on January 24, he went from being a student of law to arguing a case before Arizona’s highest court.

He represented the Homeowner Advocacy Unit at ASU’s law school, Southern Arizona Legal Aid and Jean Braucher, a law professor at the University of Arizona.

Robertson was extremely interested in this case and spent much time and effort during winter break towards research of the case. And his professors appreciated his interest and, in turn, invested in him and his professional development.

Robert says that the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law “offers a large number of real-world opportunities that are very helpful in preparing to practice law.” The law school also offers 10 clinical programs, moot court competitions and litigation-focused classes.

The Biomedical Engineering Department also offers opportunities for ASU students. Through its undergraduate program, students must undergo the design process of medical technologies in its entirety: designing, testing, customer research, FDA regulations and, finally, production.

In fact, the current undergraduate senior class is working on projects that have great potential. Edgar Sanchez, a senior graduating in May of this year, is working on an electrode-based device that he will code to make readings of antibodies and antigens. This device is innovative in its portability and size. Currently, electrodes are used to input to a much larger reading device; however, Sanchez’s project will allow for the electrodes to do the readings themselves.

His colleague, Madeline Grade, has also been recognized by Mayo Clinic and other research centers for her work on epilepsy. She, along with her professor Leon Jassemidis, has worked on the development of seizure predictions. Eventually, a device will be created that will warn an epileptic of a seizure hours before it actually occurs.

Dr. Vincent Pizziconi, the instructor of the senior capstone design course, says that ASU students at the biomedical engineering department are pushed to “realize their potential in the world of global health. Students are being trained to develop medical devices…” and provide them to those who live in places lacking resources.

As he works with students at the multimillion-dollar design facility at the Tempe campus, journalism professors and professionals at the Downtown Phoenix campus are working with their students to produce news pieces of national and international impact.

ASU student journalists have been awarded some of the nation’s most prestigious awards and recognized by the Associated Press TV-Radio Association, the Broadcast Education Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Be it in the fields of law, biotechnologies, journalism or otherwise, ASU students are finding it accessible to further both their education and their careers.

For more information about ASU and ASU students, visit

Phoenix Zoo Giraffe

The Phoenix Zoo: Getting Wild

Voted as one of the top five zoos for kids in the country, the Phoenix Zoo is home to some of the world’s most distinct animals.

Visitors do more than just stroll the zoo; they ride (camels and trains), pedal boats, encounter and pet animals, rock climb, bike and so much more.  The zoo also offers an exceptionally varied menu for when visitors’ stomachs growl in hunger after a day of these activities.

With 2.5 miles of walking trails and nearly 125 acres of land, the Phoenix Zoo is home to more than 1,300 animals, including more than 200 endangered species.

The Phoenix Zoo has four major themed trails: tropics, Arizona, Children’s and Africa’s — each with an experience worth remembering.

The lives of the animals are not framed behind cages and exhibits; in fact, visitors can experience the wildlife with no barriers in-between. Visitors may interact with the monkeys in the “Monkey Village,” encounter giraffes and pet stingrays.  Other activities include camel rides and a visit to the petting zoo, a trip to the farm without ever having to leave the zoo.

When reality hits hard for the kids and the animals become too real, there is also the Endangered Species that will take them for a ride on authentic, hand-crafted animals.

Families can also enjoy a wide variety of seasonal activities like Breakfast with the Animals and Wild Art Classes, where kids have a meal with some of their favorite animals or are inspired by them to create their own ornaments, masquerade masks or even sun catchers.

The Phoenix Zoo is perfect for a casual day out in the wild for kids, families and animal-lovers of all ages or a pleasant, yet wild, night during the zoo’s tent-camping experience. The night camp is a full night-in-the-wild experience with a fresh dinner off the grill, a night hike, close-up animal encounters and a camp fire. Campers also wake up to a breakfast with the animals and a private safari tour.

Since 1962, the Phoenix Zoo provides locals and travelers from all across the world an experience of the wild and a glimpse of an animal-loving traveler, bringing to the state some of the world’s most threatened, yet distinct, animals.

For more information about the Phoenix Zoo, visit

Valley Pain and Wellness Center

Valley Pain And Wellness Center Provides Personalized Treatment Plans

The Valley Pain and Wellness Center, located in Chandler, focuses its services on the personalization and customization to meet the needs of patients.

This new health and wellness center is run by the husband-and-wife duo of doctors Anne L. Perez and Ryan Bowling.

The couple works to provide their patients with a wide variety of services and treatment plans that they aim to make drug and narcotics-free until necessary. “It’s refreshing to give them [the patients] a different option,” says Dr. Perez.

Dr. Perez adds that many people are tired of taking medications and not seeing adequate results. She acknowledges the fact that different patients respond differently to treatments, and so treatment plans must be personalized and customizable to fit the needs of each individual patient.

The Wellness Center provides medical pain management services, chiropractic care, physiotherapy, on-site imaging, massage therapy and many other services to patients of all ages. The center also provides Botox injections – but they’re not only used to remove wrinkles and exaggerate bone and lip structure. The Valley Pain and Wellness Center uses Botox injections for the treatment of migraines, a common condition from which the center’s patients suffer.

The clinic also uniquely provides prolotherapy, a regenerative injection therapy for the treatment of weakened connective tissue and musculoskeletal pain, as well as nerve-conduction studies, which are diagnostic tests for neurological conditions.

Since November 2011, its opening day, Dr. Perez says the clinic has been welcoming patients of all ages and backgrounds. Some of the more common conditions from which the patients suffer, she says, are migraines, and neck and back pain and immovability. Dr. Perez also says they have a large number of child patients suffering from sports injuries.

“It’s been great,” says Dr. Perez. “Recently, we’ve been getting our patients’ families and friends coming in. That let’s us know we’re doing our job.”

Dr. Perez says the most rewarding thing about her job and the opening of this clinic is that it allows her to “give patients the hope to live pain-free.” It is in the stories of grandparents who are now able to play with their grandchildren without suffering from pain that she finds her career’s purpose, she says.

For more information about the Valley Pain and Wellness Center, please visit

Valley Pain and Wellness Center

4990 S. Gilbert Rd., #3
Chandler, AZ 85249
(480) 895-3233