Puppet master: MFA theater student lands semester-long gig at the Met

Chris Ignacio, a first-year MFA student in theater with a concentration in interdisciplinary digital media performance at Arizona State University, spent the spring 2022 semester in New York working with the Metropolitan Opera as a cover puppeteer.

“I got offered the job, and ASU was flexible and nice enough to let me come up and do it,” Ignacio said. “I'm fortunate to even be gaining some internship credit.”

ASU veteran and mental health advocate to address College of Integrative Sciences and Arts graduates

Shawn Banzhaf turned 50 earlier this year, and he said the milestone birthday has made him more reflective.

Banzhaf, assistant director of student success in the Pat Tillman Veterans Center at Arizona State University, has been thinking about all of his life experiences so far, and how he can use them to help others.

Essential Reading: Books to elevate your outlook

“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.” — Anna Quindlen

In this 11th edition of the annual Essential Reading feature, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering faculty and staff members again recommend books they believe can guide, enlighten, inspire and broaden the horizons of college students.

Honors College student uses double major in theater and philosophy to help create connection out of conflict

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2022 graduates.

Chandler, Arizona, native Cory Drozdowski is a Barrett, the Honors College student at Arizona State University with a double major in theater and philosophy who is passionate about helping people better understand each other.