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ASU rolls out the red carpet for the 2nd Annual Pitchfork Awards
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By coredevil, DieHardDevil.com
April 5, 2013 11:10 AM

Hollywood merged with Sun Devil Nation on Thursday night in Downtown Phoenix.

Flash bulbs were popping creating an exciting buzz in the air as ASU students, athletes and faculty hit the red carpet dressed to impress in celebration of the 2nd Annual Pitchfork Awards at the historic Orpheum Theater.

The historic Orpheum Theater in Downtown Phoenix.

The historic Orpheum Theater in Downtown Phoenix.

Sun Devil students continue to do amazing things inside and outside the classroom. The Pitchfork Awards celebrate the best ASU student accomplishments and their wide variety of outstanding work throughout the past year. It brings the entire Sun Devil Community together on one special night to recognize and celebrate their achievements.

ASU student and superfan Obafemi Oso, who was proud to be part of the event added, “The Pitchfork Awards are part of developing the ASU culture and celebrating the things we do as students and as a community together. I’m excited to see this thing continue to grow.”

The overall driving force of the event was the impact that Sun Devils are having on the community through service, academics, clubs, athletics, and entrepreneurship. All good stuff.

Coach Herb Sendek getting ready to walk the red carpet.

Coach Herb Sendek getting ready to walk the red carpet.

Coach Herb Sendek, who was in attendance to present an award said, “It’s really exciting to have this event at a big time venue like the Orpheum Theater, and I’m having a lot of fun with the 942 Crew that supported us so well all season.” Sendek also pointed out, “Our student attendance was way up this year and a big reason was the spirit of the 942 Crew.” The 942 Crew was also a finalist for the Sun Devil Group Spirit Award.

All-American Will Sutton, who won the award for Outstanding Male Student Athlete got the crowd fired up during his acceptance speech. Sutton told everyone, “Thank you for all the support. Come out and support us next year so we can take y’all to the Rose Bowl.”

However, this was not only about athletics, it was about every Sun Devil student who is working hard in the classroom and having an impact on the community. “ALL IN” doesn’t apply to football only.

DieHard Undergrads and members of the 942 Crew.

DieHard Undergrads and members of the 942 Crew.

Dan Turbyfill, a DieHard Sun Devil fan and a faculty advisor for the College of Public Programs added, “For the second year, I’m blown away by the participation and I’m excited about the Pitchfork Awards program. It really has a sense of Hollywood about it with the red carpet and Sparky out here. I’m very proud of all the nominees and this program has definitely evolved.”

There is no doubt that the annual Pitchfork Awards will continue to inspire students and set the tone for more accomplishments in the coming year.

The Hardware the winners took home.

The Hardware the winners took home.

2nd Annual Pitchfork Awards Winners

Outstanding Male Student-Athlete – Will Sutton

Outstanding Female Student Athlete – Shelby Houlihan

Sun Devil Spirit Award (Individual) – Jared Cooper

Sun Devil Spirit Award (Group) – Downtown Devils Advocates

Best Educational Program – Camp Sparky

Changemaker Award for Group Service – Community Service Coalition

Outstanding Teacher Award – Nisarg Patel

Outstanding Advisor Award – Chad Mcallister

Outstanding Student Leader – Holly Vins

Outstanding Emerging Leader – Miguel Lopez

Outstanding Graduate Student Leader – Garrett Friedrich

Most Promising New Student Organization – ASU Global Brigades

Outstanding Graduate Student Organization – GPSA

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Organization (ASU) – HCSAC

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Organization (Independent) – Alpha Phi Sigma

Outstanding Sustainable Project – Vicente Solis & Rigoberto Polanco

Well Devil Project Award – HCSAC

Outstanding Sport Club – Hip Hop Coalition

Best Entertainment Program (under 500 attendees) – Parhanormal Activity

Best Entertainment Program (over  500 attendees) – RHA Tiki Luau

Best Program Celebrating Campus Diversity – Winter Warmth

Best Recurring Program – Devils in Disguise

Changemaker Entrepreneur Award – Nisarg Patel

Changemaker of the Year – Jared Doles

Best Live Performace – Hip Hop Coalition

 

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