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Staff spotlight: Carl Jimenez

The College of Health Solutions event team can count on Senior Events Coordinator Carl Jimenez to face whatever challenges come its way.

Events team manager LeShé Hunter compares Jimenez to MacGyver, the title character of the 1980s TV show. MacGyver was known for his ability to escape impossible situations using whatever common materials he happened to have on hand.

“I like to think of Carl as the MacGyver of events,” Hunter said. “He has this incredible knack for taking our limited resources in events and inventing a solution to a problem. He also views things differently from the norm, which brings a unique perspective to our events.”

Others in the ASU community have come to respect Jimenez’s dedication and resourcefulness as well. In December he was recognized as the top Sun Award recipient for the Downtown Phoenix campus.

SUN Awards are peer-to-peer recognition for ASU employees for meeting university goals.

Jimenez came to ASU in 2018, first serving as an event coordinator at the School of Life Sciences. He joined the team at the College of Health Solutions in 2022.

His involvement goes beyond his duties with the events team, however.

He volunteered at a COVID testing site through the ASU Biodesign Clinical Testing Lab. When ASU started hybrid ASU Sync classes, he joined the Life Sciences SWAT team, providing individualized technical assistance to faculty members.

Jimenez recorded voice overs for EdPlus BIO100 digital teaching modules and served on an advisory team planning a major renovation of the Life Sciences courtyard in Tempe.

Carl has also taken advantage of ASU’s continuing education opportunities, becoming a sustainability certified event planner, earning a special events management certificate through Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, and a Master of Arts in communication degree from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, where he graduated with distinction.

Away from work, Jimenez has brought delight to hundreds of Valley residents with the holiday displays at his family’s north Phoenix home.

The Jimenez family decorates for Independence Day and Halloween, but it’s the Christmas display that gets the most attention. For the holidays their yard is decked out with thousands of lights as well as hundreds of special Christmas-themed figurines and characters.

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