Polytechnic Campus Events



Part of the Humanities Dialogues @ ASU Poly Series

This month's session in the Humanities Dialogues @ ASU Poly series features the following two presentations:

"Horror Film as Social Commentary" 

The horror genre is much more than slashers and gore. Join us in a discussion about how films like "Get Out," "Desierto," "The Purge" and others represent real fears and reflect social anxiety. 

Donald Guillory, history instructor in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, film critic and author of "The Token Black Guide" and "Bastards of the Bayou."

James Sabata, author and screenwriter ("Fat Camp," "It Stays with the House," "Shooting Samantha").

"The Least Likely Criminal"

Ask yourself these questions: Would you commit crimes to save your child’s life? How far would you go and for how long? These are the questions Cindy McDonald had to ask herself after her son was hit by a car going 45 miles an hour. When you hear what her husband does for a living, you will be amazed at what was stake for the McDonald family.

Cindy McDonald, Gilbert resident and author of "The Least Likely Criminal"

Jeni Grossman, author and religious studies instructor, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts


Photo by Superhero92 [CC BY-SA 4.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons


Have you ever sat down at a formal meal and wondered, "Why do I need all of these forks?" Perhaps you've thought, "Is this my drink or the person's sitting next to me?" If so, then the Etiquette Dinner will put you at ease.

During this four-course meal, you will learn proper dining etiquette and mannerisms.

Please RSVP to attend this event.


The Center for Human, AI and Robot Teaming presents this seminar focused on the challenges of effective engineering and transition for human systems capabilities, ranging from platform associates to scheduling systems and distributed collaboration for situational awareness.

Scott Fouse will share personal experiences in developing and in some cases transitioning advanced human systems technology, focusing on three projects that shaped his thinking about this space:

  • Pilots Associate, an early attempt to apply Artificial Intelligence to create an automated intelligent back-seater for a single-seat fighter aircraft
  • Dynamic Analysis and Replanning Tool, a tool to help develop and analyze military deployment plans, that was developed and deployed during Operation Desert Shield
  • Command Post of the Future, a tool to support distributed command and control, developed by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and deployed to Iraq in 2004, that became the primary command and control system for all U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan

The last section of the talk will draw from all three project experiences to present some guidelines for organizing and executing technology development and transition efforts, with a focus on systems to support human decision-making.

About the Speaker

Scott Fouse has had a significant 42-year career focused on developing and transitioning advanced human systems technology. Most recently Fouse was vice president of research for Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Center. Prior to that he was the director of the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories. Prior to Lockheed Martin, Fouse was president and CEO of ISX Corporation, a small company focused on intelligent systems applied to national security needs. 

Fouse is currently a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has served as a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and has also served on studies for the Defense Science Board.


Arizona State University's HR benefits team will answer questions from employees about open enrollment for benefits coverage in 2019. The workshops aim to help employees understand their benefits choices as they prepare to make election decisions. Open enrollment begins 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, and ends 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. 

The following Oct. 30 workshops will be held at the Polytechnic campus: 

  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Student Union, Cooley Ballroom  
  • 12:45 to 2 p.m., Student Union, Cooley Ballroom  

The workshops are  provided by the ASU's Office of Human Resources Benefits and Design Mangement. 




On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles staged the original “fake news” — a real-sounding radio drama about an invasion from Mars. This scared some, irritated others and disrupted life for many in America. Join us for a panel discussion titled “'War of the Worlds' at 80: The Social Value of Healthy Media Skepticism," about news, society and the need for facts and rationality.

Panelists include:

• Steven Garry, communication instructor; former TV reporter, broadcasting and public presentation authority.• Cynthia Hawkinson, social science/honors instructor; specialist in technology and urban environment.• Valerie Adams, history instructor; authority in history, American studies and 20th century science and technology.• Alden Weight, social science/honors lecturer; media, religion, public trust and credibility expert.

Join in for a Q&A session after the discussion!

This event is hosted by the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts’ Faculty of Social Science, Soapbox student club, the students and faculty of SOC 365, and other ISS, SOC, STS, COM, and HST courses.


Comic photo courtesy of Tim Evanson, Flickr, taken at Museum of the Rockies.


This workshop provides insight into personal work-life balance. You will gain essential tools to manage work and life more effectively, while increasing productivity and overall satisfaction. Cindy Montgomery is a licensed associate counselor with the Board of Behavior Health Examiners for the state of Arizona. 



Earn ASU credit while living and exploring the world. With over 250 study abroad programs in more than 65 countries, you can find what you're looking for — whether it be academic, personal or professional experiences. Join us on Backus Mall anytime from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. What will you discover abroad?

During the Showcase:

  • Learn about spring 2019, summer 2019 and fall 2019 programs before the March 1 deadline — many of which are designed for Polytechnic-based majors.
  • Chat with us, including our study abroad alumni who know what it's like to be in your shoes.
  • Meet ASU faculty who lead programs abroad.

Looking to gain interview experience and master the first impression? Join ASU Career and Professional Development Services and employers to practice your interview skills during Salute to Service! This event will not only allow you to practice your interview skills but also provide a unique opportunity to gain valuable insight into industry interview trends. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with industry representatives in a lightning interview setting. These workshops are open to any ASU military and veteran-affiliated students (to include dependents).

Rock your first impression and nail any upcoming job interview that you're preparing for!


Join University Sustainability Practices to learn about how ASU uses water on each of its campuses.

Internal and external partners will present ways to conserve water both on- and off-campus.


Walking is a great way to burn calories and clear your mind at the same time. If you need motivation, meet with Employee Wellness Program Manager Liz Badalamenti, RN, BSN, to learn how to start your own walking group and get the tools necessary to be successful. We will talk for 30 minutes and walk for 30 minutes, so bring your sneakers. Badalamenti has 31 years of experience in clinical, educational and academic roles.


Meet with a financial consultant on your campus from Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association. Receive free, personalized advice, guidance and support to help you make informed decisions regarding the following: 

  • Adequate investing to retire at the desired age
  • Appropriate investing based on risk tolerance
  • Converting investments into steady income after retirement
  • Meeting financial goals in retirement

 Schedule an appointment today online or call 800-842-2252.



An exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance party where you will lose yourself in the music. A Sun Devil Fitness Complex instructor will be leading the class. Please bring a towel, water and come dressed to participate.


ASU Library will be offering drop-in sessions to provide in-person support for the migration of your RefWorks citation data to a new citation manager (Zotero, Mendeley or EndNote).

Bring your laptop and library staff will help you set up a new account, add your RefWorks data and get comfortable adding new files and citations. Participants without laptops are also welcome to attend, but they will not have hands-on experience in the session. 

Because of low usage and new technology platforms, ASU Library will be ending its subscription to RefWorks, effective June 30, 2019. Learn more here.

Other scheduled drop-in sessions are listed below. If you are unable to attend one of these drop-in sessions, please check lib.asu.edu/refworks-transition for information about future sessions.

Downtown Phoenix campus
Thursday, Nov. 8
10 to 11 a.m.
Downtown Library, University Center L1-82

Thursday, Dec. 13
2 to 3 p.m.
Downtown Library, University Center L1-82

Tempe campus
Tuesday, Nov. 13
10 to 11 a.m.
Noble Library, Instruction Room

Tuesday, Dec. 11
2 to 3 p.m.
Noble Library, Instruction Room

West campus
Tuesday, Nov. 6
1 to 2:30 p.m. 
Fletcher Library 101

Tuesday, Dec. 4
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fletcher Library 101

Polytechnic campus
Tuesday, Nov. 20
10 to 11 a.m.
Polytechnic Library, Academic Center 20

Tuesday, Dec. 18
2 to 3 p.m.
Polytechnic Library, Academic Center 20




Thinking about summer or fall 2019 plans? Go abroad! Join us on Backus Mall to learn about how you can study abroad on credit-bearing programs before the March 1 application deadline. We offer more than 250 programs in more than 65 countries. Programs range from one week to a full academic year.

We are showcasing study abroad and scholarship opportunities relevant to Polytechnic campus based majors. The Study Abroad Showcase is a great place to explore your options and meet with Study Abroad Office staff and faculty who lead both study and intern abroad programs. The world awaits you!


What happens every day at the most innovative university in the nation? This is your chance to experience Arizona State University first hand! ASU opens its doors during ASU Open Door and children of all ages can let their imagination run wild.

Every year ASU invites the local community to visit any of the five campus locations, allowing visitors to explore the innovative spaces accessible only to ASU students. Visitors have the opportunity to participate in hundreds of interactive activities and talk to students, faculty and staff. Thrill seekers, lifelong learners, science gurus, art enthusiasts and adventure seekers can explore laboratories, living collections, museums and classrooms and participate in hands-on activities.

As a signature event of the Arizona SciTech Festival, ASU invites you and your family to discover all things science, technology, engineering, arts and math. ASU Open Door celebrates that kids today are smart, tech savvy and more involved in their own educational experiences than ever before!

ASU’s Polytechnic campus is a research hub in the center of a botanical oasis with desert arboretum spaces dedicated to sustainability and preservation. With an ambiance of a small, self-contained community, the Polytechnic campus has distinctive course offerings and project-based learning in advanced laboratory spaces. At the Polytechnic campus, you’ll find students from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, College of Health Solutions, W.P. Carey School of Business and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. If you’re little adventurer is ready to explore flight simulators, robots and cool science, this is the place for you!