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ASU President, Carter earn Veterans awards

Arizona State University President Michael Crow will receive the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society’s highest award for his support of veterans through his leadership, actions and advocacy.

The Copper Sword award will be presented on Feb. 13 during the 2013 Copper Sword and Copper Shield Award Gala at Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe. This year’s Copper Shield award will be presented to ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Clinical Associate Professor and Arizona State Representative Heather Carter, R- Cave Creek and North Phoenix, who has acted to help the state’s veterans, military service members, their families and survivors.

“It’s important to honor veterans’ service to their country with programs and services such as those we’ve instilled at ASU. We work to ensure that our returning servicemen and women have access to services that ease the transition into the civilian and academic environment,” Crow said.

ASU serves veterans through venues such as the Pat Tillman Veterans Center that opened in 2011 to provide a single point of contact for ASU veterans and their dependents, bringing together academic and student support services to promote a smooth transition from the military and provide assistance for veterans’ benefits, deployments, information and referrals. It also serves as a place where veterans can gather to study and socialize.

In addition, ASU was named a “Military Friendly School for 2013” by GI jobs magazine, the fourth consecutive year the university has earned the honor. ASU was named one of the top 30 “Best for Vets: Colleges 2010” by Military Times Edge magazine and the university was chosen as one of the first eight institutions to be part of the Veterans Affairs pilot program, VetSuccess on Campus. Two Veterans Affairs staff, a vocational rehabilitation counselor and a Vet Center outreach coordinator are assigned and located on ASU’s campus to assist veterans with services such as vocational testing, career counseling and readjustment counseling  to promote successful completion of educational and employment goals.

ASU was also chosen as a University Partner for the 2012-2013 academic year in support of the Tillman Military Scholars program, which provides scholarships for active and veteran service members as well as their spouses. The Pat Tillman Foundation established the Tillman Military Scholars program in 2008 that is dedicated to supporting educational opportunities for service members and their families by filling the financial gaps in the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. The Tillman Military Scholars program covers not only direct study-related expenses such as tuition and fees, but also other needs, including housing and child care.

Carter will be recognized for initiatives such as introducing a bill in the Arizona legislature that provides for employment preference for veterans when calculating points for employment with the state, counties, cities and towns, as well as other political subdivisions in the state. She has worked on other veterans issues as well.

For more information on ASU’s programs and support services for veteran students, visit http://students.asu.edu/military. For information about the gala, go to www.avhof.org.

The lower lobby bar lounge of Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa. Photo: Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

Top 5: East Valley Accommodations (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 East Valley Accommodations — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Best Western Plus InnSuites Hotel & Suites Hotels

Locations in Phoenix, Tempe,
Tucson and Yuma
(800) 842-4242
innsuites.com
Stay where comfort meets value at InnSuites Hotels. InnSuites Hotel & Suites offers hotel deals and outstanding accommodations with award-winning value at all of InnSuites Hotel’s locations. InnSuites Hotels is certain to please both the busy executive and the leisure traveler with our amenities and free extras.


Arizona Golf Resort Hotel & Conference Center

425 S. Power Rd.,
Mesa, AZ 85206
(480) 832-3202
arizonagolfresort.com
Convenient location with 186 resort rooms, on-site championship golf course and 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space.


Tempe Mission Palms Hotel

60 E. 5th St.,
Tempe, AZ 85281
(800) 547-8705
missionpalms.com
Enjoy the hotel’s serenity via courtyard fountains and fireplaces. The Mission Grille serves up award-winning regional cuisine.


Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd.,
Chandler, AZ 85226
(602) 225-0100
wildhorsepassresort.com
Arizona’s premier Native American-owned luxury resort boasts 500 culturally themed rooms, 36-holes of Troon Golf, the Aji spa, four pools, a 111-foot waterslide, Koli Equestrian Center and Rawhide, an 1880s Western town theme park.


Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort & Conference Center

1 San Marcos Pl.,
Chandler, AZ 85225
(480) 812-0900
sanmarcosresort.com
The first golf resort in Arizona, it has been a landmark ever since its 1912 debut. The 295 guest rooms and hotel suites feature a private patio or balcony overlooking courtyards.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

Top 5 East Valley Accommodations (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: East Valley Accommodations (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 East Valley Accommodations — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Arizona Golf Resort Hotel & Conference Center

425 S. Power Rd., Mesa, AZ 85206
480-832-3202
arizonagolfresort.com
Convenient location with 186 resort rooms, on-site championship golf course and 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space.


Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort & Conference Center

1 San Marcos Pl., Chandler, AZ 85225
480-812-0900
sanmarcosresort.com
The first golf resort in Arizona, it has been a landmark ever since its 1912 debut. The 295 guest rooms and hotel suites feature a private patio or balcony overlooking courtyards.


Best Western Plus InnSuites Hotel & Suites Hotels

Locations in Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson and Yuma
800-842-4242
innsuites.com
Stay where comfort meets value at InnSuites Hotels. InnSuites Hotel & Suites offers hotel deals and outstanding accommodations with award-winning value at all of InnSuites Hotel’s locations. InnSuites Hotels is certain to please both the busy executive and the leisure traveler with our amenities and free extras.


Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, AZ 85226
602-225-0100
wildhorsepassresort.com
Arizona’s premier Native American-owned luxury resort boasts 500 culturally themed rooms, 36-holes of Troon Golf, the Aji spa, four pools, a 111-foot waterslide, Koli Equestrian Center and Rawhide, an 1880s Western town theme park.


Tempe Mission Palms Hotel

60 E. 5th St., Tempe, AZ 85281
800-547-8705
missionpalms.com
Enjoy the hotel’s serenity via courtyard fountains and fireplaces. The Mission Grille serves up award-winning regional cuisine.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

Civil Discourse

Civil Discourse: What, How And Why Now?

It seems to be the topic of many conversations these days. But what is civil discourse, and how can we achieve it? More importantly, why has the call become increasingly louder for a concerted effort to find a different way of electing our leaders, solving our problems and interfacing with each other?

What is Civil Discourse

Civil discourse is our ability to have conversation on topics about which we disagree and to listen to each other’s perspectives. Civil discourse requires respect of the other participants and an appreciation for others’ experiences.

To advance society and improve the quality of life in Arizona, we must be prepared to discuss important, yet potentially contentious issues, such as growth, transportation, healthcare and education. Our democracy is dependent upon responsible residents that can, and will, wrestle with these tough issues, without partisanship, while maintaining respect for the need to hear, understand and take into account different viewpoints.

Join the Discussion

An interactive panel of local experts will be discussing civil discourse, what it is and why it’s important at Valley Forward’s luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel.

Panelists include Paul Johnson, former Mayor of the city of Phoenix and manager of Southwest Next Capital Management; Chuck Coughlin, president of HighGround Public Affairs; and Steve Rizley, senior vice president and general manager of Cox Communications. Tarah Jackson, president of Arizona Town Hall will serve as moderator.

These speakers will be engaging attendees in a conversation on civil discourse, the shifting of politics in Arizona, consensus building and regional thinking. It’s especially important in this presidential election year, which also marks Arizona’s centennial celebration and the 50th anniversary of Arizona Town Hall. Come hear for yourself why listening to others’ opinions is so integral in our society.

For more information about Valley Forward, visit valleyforward.org.