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The ASU Academic Bowl began in 2006 with the intent to foster school spirit through a high-level academic competition among Arizona State University's various colleges. Modeled in the style of the classic College Bowl television show and national competition, the annual fall event pits teams, comprised of four students, against each other in a fast-paced round of trivia that covers everything from political science to pop culture. ASU Academic Bowl 2011 airs October 2, 3 and 4, 2011 at 11 p.m. on Eight.

The first bowl, featuring 16 teams with students from diverse academic backgrounds, was a tremendous success. Each year the competition draws a larger audience of friends, families and fans donning signs – and even costumes – and keeping the energy high.

"It has been rewarding to watch the event grow through the years," said Virgil Renzulli, vice president of public affairs at ASU and the event's key organizer. “When we started the competition, we wanted to highlight our outstanding students and draw the same kind of attention we give our sports achievements to intellectual achievements. Judging from the level of competition and the great crowd support we have had, we have been very successful with both goals. "

The key to the ASU Academic Bowl has been the students. Since the first bowl in 2006, thousands of students have vied to be one of the 100 contestants in the bowl. While the competition can be grueling, the rewards are great: substantial scholarship money and the coveted championship title.
Early elimination rounds take place at the Memorial Union on the Tempe campus. The final rounds take place in the Eight, Arizona PBS studios on ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus, where they are broadcast in front of a live audience.

Teams to perform are:
W. P. Carey School of Business
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Fulton Schools of Engineering
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
College of Nursing and Health Innovation
School of Nutrition and Health Promotion
College of Public Programs
School of Sustainability
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
University College / School of Letters and Sciences
College of Technology and Innovation

About Eight, Arizona PBS

Eight, Arizona PBS specializes in the education of children, in-depth news and public affairs, lifelong learning, and the celebration of arts and culture -- utilizing the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach services, and community-based initiatives. The PBS station began broadcasting from the campus of Arizona State University on January 30, 1961. Now more than 80 percent of Arizonans receive the signal through a network of translators, cable and satellite systems. With more than 1 million viewers each week, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. Arizonans provide more than 60 percent of the station's annual budget.

Eight is a member-supported service of Arizona State University.