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March 2020

Dean's Digest

Hi everyone,

The year “marches” on (sorry for the dean joke), and there is a lot to share with you this month. March 8 is International Women’s Day, plus 2020 is the 100 year anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. ASU is celebrating Women’s HERstory Month with a calendar of engaging and informative events. Check those out and take time this month to celebrate the amazing women in your life.

The annual Micro Meets Macro conference is a forum for the lively exchange of ideas among a community of leading micro and macro scholars on major topics in management. We are hosting at the Tempe Mission Palms from March 18-20. Looking ahead to April, the Compete Through Service (CTS) Symposium is April 1-3. In short, W. P. Carey is a bedrock of scholarly activity across our many departments and centers.

One day of giving, with 365 days of impact

Our excellence is in part achieved thanks to the generous support of our community. Sun Devil Giving Day is Thursday, March 19, and we have a very ambitious goal this year — 1,000 unique gifts to W. P. Carey. Can you help us meet our goal?

There are two ways you can donate day-of:

  • Visit WPCgive.com to donate directly to one of the W. P. Carey funds.

  • Stop by our student booth near the Dean’s Patio from 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A $5 gift gets you coffee and donuts.

Don’t forget to pre-order a State Forty Eight t-shirt, a gift from OneAZ Credit Union for those donating $20 to our Undergraduate Emergency Fund on March 19. Pre-orders must be received by close of business this Thursday, March 5, in order to help guarantee your preferred size.

No matter the amount, I hope you consider participating. Plus, faculty and staff who donate will be entered to win tickets to “hit the dark desert highway” and see the Eagles in concert! Stay tuned — more information is on the way as we get closer to March 19.

Paving the way with new partnerships

Last month, ASU announced the new Pathways to the Future initiative in partnership with State Farm. The workforce-development initiative will target high school and community college students as well as adults in the workforce who need to update their skills on the go. The online program includes a business track where students can earn a W. P. Carey degree or certificate. While the program will be administered through EdPlus, we are excited to explore new ways to create the future of business with students from all walks of life, and are grateful to State Farm for their partnership.

Eath Day hits the Big 5-0

ASU is celebrating 50 years of Earth Day by extending the celebration to include the 50 days leading up to April 22. You can get involved by taking a pledge to lower your carbon footprint, earning your staff event planner sustainability certification, or attending the Earth Day festival on April 15. Learn more about how we’re “greening” maroon and gold at the Earth Month website.

Fleischer Scholars application is open

I’m very proud that every summer — through the generosity of one of the best friends this school has ever had, Mort Fleischer — we welcome some truly deserving high school students to campus who otherwise might think college is out of reach. The Fleischer Scholars program brings economically disadvantaged students to campus for a week, so they can make friends, see what college is like, and learn more about business and the opportunities that are here for them. The final application deadline is Wednesday, April 15, so if you know any students who would benefit from this incredibly positive experience, I encourage you to share more information with them.

Step right up!

The W. P. Carey Spring Carnival is back on March 27 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. I have so much fun at this yearly event, and am looking forward to carnival games and treats again. I hope to see you there, and at some other events coming up soon!

Thank you for all you do,

Amy Hillman, PhD


Charles J. Robel Dean’s Chair

W. P. Carey School of Business