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ASU’s Pitchfork awards recognize “distinguished devils” – ASU students with outstanding accomplishments. At the third annual awards ceremony, held April 3 at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Phoenix, leaders of the Student Planning Association @ ASU (SPA) learned that the group had been selected as the year’s Outstanding Graduate Student Organization.
The award marked a milestone year for SPA, which grew from a marginally active organization in early spring 2013 to one of the largest organizations on campus – with over 100 members – a year later. Along with growing their membership, the organization became ASU’s first organization registered as a planning student organization with the American Planning Association.
In the 2013-2014 year, the group was extremely active. Here are some of their activities:
Looking forward, Dan Barusch, president of SPA in 2013-2014, graduated in May, but is working with APA-AZ to establish an Arizona Young Planners Group (YPG). The Arizona group will join over 25 groups in other states, which offer social events, networking and technical discussions to emerging planning professionals and students. Barusch expects that the Young Planners group will work closely with SPA, providing students with still more opportunities and connections with the professional planning community.