Congratulations on being accepted to participate at the Arizona State University School of Public Affairs Site Competition on February 24, 2018.

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Your Site Leader:
Shawn Novak, Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Director, ASU SPA,

Your Technical Leader:
Yushim Kim, Associate Professor, ASU SPA,

Introducing your Site Judges:

Please find below pertinent information about the student networking session on February 23 and travel and lodging. Students please remember to bring your own laptop computers to the competition. Tablets are NOT compatible with the simulation. 

The School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University is pleased to serve as your host for the 2018 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition to be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018.  Congratulations on being selected to represent your school’s NASPAA accredited program in this global event. The Southwestern US regional competition site on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus will host approximately 40 competitors. Please refer to the information below when you make your travel plans for the competition.

February 23 Student Networking Event:
Please plan to join us before the competition on Friday evening, beginning at 6:00, for a networking mixer that will be held at Chambers on First, a local pub adjacent to our campus.  The School of Public Affairs will provide the hordeuves and give you a chance to meet your fellow student competitors as well as faculty from ASU’s School of Public Affairs that will be helping to facilitate the event.

Hotel Accommodations:
A wide range of full-service hotels are located within easy walking distance of ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.  The competition event and related social function are located on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. DO NOT select a hotel that is near the main ASU campus in Tempe.  You will be more than 30 minutes away from the competition site. Lodging that is convenient to ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus is listed below.

  • Hilton – Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown – located 2 blocks south of campus, this newly opened hotel is in a beautiful restored art deco building.  It offers 170 guest rooms and a fitness center.  The Hilton Garden Inn has special rates available for the NASPAA Student Simulation Competition.
  • Hotel San Carlos – located one block south of campus this historic landmark hotel offers 128 guest rooms.
  • Sheraton Phoenix Downtown – two blocks east of the campus, the Sheraton offers 1,000 rooms and 47 suites including a fitness center and sundeck with lap pool.
  • Westin Phoenix Downtown – one block south of campus, the Westin offers 242 rooms, workout room and outdoor sundeck with pool.
  • Hyatt Regency Phoenix – located three blocks from campus, the Hyatt offers 693 rooms, stay-fit gym and outdoor pool.
  • Holiday Inn Express – located three blocks east of campus this facility offers 90 rooms, including 29 suites.
  • Renaissance Phoenix Downtown – located three blocks south of campus, this hotel offers 428 guest rooms, fitness center and heated outdoor pool.
  • America’s Best Value Inn – located 4 blocks west of campus this hotel offers 37 value priced guest rooms.

Ground Transportation:
For those of you arriving by air I recommend that you skip the rental cars and instead take the inexpensive ($2.00) and convenient Valley Metro Light Rail system from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.  Signs in the airport that will lead you to the 44th Street Light Rail Station by way of the Phoenix Sky Train.  Valley Metro Light Rail Service runs adjacent to ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus and is within blocks of the recommended hotel facilities and competition site.  Fares are $2 each way or $4 for an all-day pass.  If you take the light rail to ASU’s Downtown Campus from the airport make sure that you board a west bound train.  The ride to the Van Buren light rail stop from the airport is about 15 minutes, no longer than a cab ride and much less expensive.  The Van Buren light rail stop is one block south of the competition site and all of the downtown hotels listed above are within a block or two of this station.

An UBER or LYFT ride from the airport to ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus should cost approximately $12.00.

TENTATIVE: Competition Day Details (NASPAA-Batten will provide students/site leaders with final schedule in late Jan):
The competition site in The University Center (UCENT) Building at 411 N. Central Avenue will open at 8:00 a.m. for sign in.  By 9:00 you will have your instructions and the competition will begin.  A light breakfast buffet with coffee will be served before the competition begins.  Lunch will be provided during the competition.   In the afternoon, when the judges are selecting our regional site’s winning team, a brief reception with hordeuves will be provided for you to unwind with your fellow competitors.

We look forward to seeing each of you at the competition and also at the Friday evening mixer.  Feel free to contact me if I can answer any questions to help you finalize your travel plans.  We want each of you to enjoy the competition, each other and your time on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.