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ASU Retirees Association (ASURA) Video History Project Interviews


This collection includes interviews of Arizona State University retirees, including ASU administrators, faculty, and staff. The video interviews were conducted by the ASU Retirees Association (ASURA) beginning in 2001. Videos are approximately 1 hour each.


Charlie Arntzen joined ASU in August 2000 as the Florence Ely Nelson Presidential Endowed Chair and retired in 2016 from the School of Life Sciences and Biodesign Institute. Charlie was the founding Director of the Biodesign Institute. Important ASU stories include: 1) the creation of the Biodesign Institute, 2) the design and operation of the Biodesign labs, 3) the development of ZMapp to fight Ebola, 4) The New American University - a discussion of the importance of collaboration, and 5) several comments about Presidents Coor and Crow and Provost Glick PART 1 PRE-ASU YEARS 1. Watching Sputnik @ 0:01:36 2. …

Contributors
Church, Kathy, Arizona State University Retirees Association
Created Date
2019-05-08

Vladimir Borovansky, ASU Noble Library Research librarian, joined ASU in May 1968. Interesting stories include: 1) the development of the NOBLE LIBRARY, 2) GOING DIGITAL - progression in the use of digital searching from offline searches to ARPANET to Google, 3), the creation of a Patent Depository Library and 4) an important trait of being a research librarian, i.e., know your audience 1. Czechoslovakia 1948 ~ 1967 (19 minutes 30 seconds long) Vladimir, born 1931, discusses growing up in Czechoslovakia during the Russian occupation. He held a variety of jobs ranging from working in a gold mine to managing a …

Contributors
McIntosh, John, Arizona State University Retirees Association
Created Date
2015-02-19

Barry R. Bruns began his ASU career in 1972 as an Accountant in the Comptroller's office. During his 38 years he held various position on all three campuses, including Assistant to the Vice President for Business Affairs, Associate Controller, and Assistant Vice President for Business Affairs (ASU West). His interview was conducted by Vice President for Academic Personnel, Mark Searle on February 20, 2012. 1. Introduction and Background, ASU Career @ 01:00 a. History and Creation of ASU West Campus @ 07:03 b. Legislative role in purchase of land and development of campus @ 08:22 c. Start up in different …

Contributors
Searle, Mark, Arizona State University Retirees Association
Created Date
2012-02-20

Barbara Eschbach came to ASU in 1977 and worked four years as the Administrative Assistant for the Dean of the College of Architecture. In 1981, she moved to Computing Services, eventually becoming Director of IT Facilities and Resources Administration, retiring in 2006. She returned as Program Coordinator for Economic Affairs, again retiring in 2008. As the Facility Manager for IT, she played a key role in the construction of the Computing Commons Building and in the renovation of Old Main to house the campus’ telecommunications hub.

Contributors
Scheatzle, David, Arizona State University Retirees Association
Created Date
2012-04-24/2012-05-16

Bill Lewis, Vice Provost for Computing, came to ASU in 1966 to join the Industrial Engineering faculty. He retired in 2008. Important interview stories include ones involving: FOUNDING PROGRAMS (computer science); COMPUTERS (student information system, computing support); TEMPE CAMPUS (1966, changes); DEPARTMENTS (Industrial Engineering); PEOPLE (Lee P Thompson, Milt Glick); and BUILDINGS (Computer Commons). Part 1 Early Years and Family 1. Introduction of Bill Lewis (00:00) 2. Early Years and Schooling (01:21) 3. Family (03:50) Part 2 ASU Career 1. Coming to ASU (00:31) 2. Career Progression (01:40) 3. Computer Science Department Stories a. FOUNDING PROGRAMS: Computer Science Department (09:23) …

Contributors
Moor, Bill, Arizona State University Reitreers Association
Created Date
2010-01-22

Connie McNeill came to ASU in the summer of 1976 as head of the payroll project and retired in the summer of 2006 as the West Campus Assistant Vice Provost for Information Technology. Interesting stories include: 1) her role in developing both academic and administrative computing services on the Tempe and West Campuses, (COMPUTERS / BRANCH CAMPUSES) 2) bringing PC’s onto the Tempe Campus (COMPUTERS), 3) the “Space Wars” (BUILDINGS), and 4) short stories about Roland Haden and Darel Eschbach (PEOPLE). Background 1. Early years in Pullman, Washington @ 1:34 2. Working at Stanford @ 3:42 ASU Career 3. Tempe …

Contributors
Gooding, Elmer, Scheatzle, David, Arizona State University Retirees Association
Created Date
2012-02-29

An interview with Clyde Parker, Technical Director of ASU's Gammage Auditorium. Clyde describes his coming to ASU in 1961 as a Education major and beginning as a stage hand at Gammage Auditorium when it opened in 1964. He went on to become Technical Director. He describes memorable events at the Auditorium and on the campus. The interview was conducted by Colleen Jennings Roggensack, Executive Director for ASU Gammage and Associate Vice President Cultural Affairs for ASU.

Contributors
Jennings Roggensack, Colleen
Created Date
2009-05-29

Marilyn Wurzburger, Hayden Library Special Collections Librarian, was hired as an ASU Library cataloguer in 1960. The early part of the interview covers growing up in Illinois, participating in the Pillsbury Bakeoff and being a CBS tele-visitor reporter. Marilyn describes working in both Matthews and Hayden Libraries under a variety of head librarians. Marilyn talks about the creation of six Special Collections (see notes below for more details): Kelmscott Press, Batchelor Press, Doris & Marc Patten Herbal Books, Fritz Scholder, and Helmut Gernsheim. The interview wraps up with a discussion of some disappointments and highlights of Marilyn’s career. Personal Background …

Contributors
Haefer, Richard, Arizona State University Retirees Association
Created Date
2012-03-28