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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Paradise Valley, AZ

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Paradise Valley, AZ offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.


Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.


Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.


Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.


Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.


We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.


Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.


If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level


We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are refurbished grade or better
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.


High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.


When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.


Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.


Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Paradise Valley, AZ, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.


We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Paradise Valley, AZ, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.


You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.


Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.




Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Paradise Valley, AZ. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.



Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.



Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.



When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.


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Prescott Softball Dominates All-Conference

After a 50-3 regular season that shattered the record books, the No. 2-ranked Yavapai College of Prescott softball team saw half of its roster (8-of-16 student-athletes) earn All-Conference honors, in addition to Head Coach Doug Eastman being named the ACCAC Coach of the Year.“When you receive Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year in the ACCAC plus all of the conference awards, it makes you pretty proud of ...

After a 50-3 regular season that shattered the record books, the No. 2-ranked Yavapai College of Prescott softball team saw half of its roster (8-of-16 student-athletes) earn All-Conference honors, in addition to Head Coach Doug Eastman being named the ACCAC Coach of the Year.

“When you receive Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year in the ACCAC plus all of the conference awards, it makes you pretty proud of the program and what we represent for Yavapai College,” said Eastman. “Being named Coach of the Year is a reflection of having hard-working athletes that love the game!”

The aforementioned ACCAC Player of the Year is freshman infielder Lovey Kepa’a while the aforementioned ACCAC Pitcher of the Year is sophomore pitcher Emily Dix.

Both athletes also earned First-Team All-Conference honors and were joined by freshman pitcher Emily Darwin, freshman infielder Yaya Kaaialii, sophomore outfielder Kayla Rodgers, and fellow sophomore outfielder Mia Weckel. In addition, freshman catcher Jasmine Moreno and freshman infielder Makena Riggs both earned Second-Team All-Conference honors. Kepa’a, Dix, Darwin, Kaaialii, Rodgers, Weckel, and Moreno were also named to the Division I All-Region team.

When Coach Eastman’s squad swept the Paradise Valley Community College Pumas on February 15, he earned his 800th career coaching victory and 300th career coaching victory at YC. Recently, the Roughriders sweep of Eastern Arizona to close out the regular season gave Eastman his third 50-win campaign at YC and his first since 2018. Heading into the region tournament, Eastman owns a 336-93 record as the head coach of the Roughriders, good for a winning percentage of .783.

The Roughrider shortstop and cleanup hitter has demolished softballs all season long. Kepa’a finished the regular season with a .516 batting average, .607 OBP%, 1.172 SLG%, 82 runs scored, 81 hits, 10 doubles, 31 homers, 94 RBIs, 34 walks and eight steals.

In the country, she ranks seventh in runs scored, is tied for first in home runs, leads in RBIs, is tied for 10th in walks, is seventh in OBP% and is fifth in SLG%. Kepa’a also took home ACCAC Player of the Week honors once this season.

Yavapai’s ace inside the circle dominated the competition every time the softball was in her hand. Dix capped off the regular season with a 24-1 record, 1.56 ERA and 236 strikeouts in 134.2 innings pitched. She also tossed two complete-game no-hitters throughout the season.

In the country, she is tied for third in wins, is fourth in total strikeouts, and is third in strikeouts-per-seven innings. Dix also took home ACCAC Pitcher of the Week honors a whopping eight times throughout the season.

The latter part of YC’s one-two punch inside the circle boasted ace status throughout the entirety of the regular season as well. Darwin’s regular-season numbers included a 21-2 record, 1.98 ERA, and 122 strikeouts in 113 innings pitched.

Her 21 wins ties her for 10th in the country and she also earned ACCAC Pitcher of the Week honors twice during the season.

The Roughrider second baseman and No. 3 hitter exhausted pitchers throughout the season. Her regular season stat line included a .586 batting average, .698 OBP%, 1.255 SLG%, 91 runs scored, 85 hits, 25 doubles, three triples, 22 homers, 81 RBIs, 54 walks and 11 steals.

In the country, she ranks third in runs scored, tied for fifth in doubles, eighth in RBIs, first in walks, second in batting average, first in OBP% and first in SLG%. She also took home ACCAC Player of the Week honors once during the season.

Yavapai’s left fielder and No. 2 hitter was a hitting machine throughout the entirety of the regular season. Rodgers’ stat line includes a .580 batting average, .635 OBP%, 1.191 SLG%, 98 runs scored, 94 hits, 22 doubles, four triples, 23 homers, 74 RBIs, 27 walks and 15 steals.

In the country, she ranks first in runs scored, sixth in hits, tied for seventh in homers, third in batting average, fourth in OBP% and fourth in SLG%. Rodgers earned ACCAC Player of the Week honors three times throughout the season as well.

Patrolling centerfield with a cannon for an arm, YC’s leadoff hitter didn’t step up to the plate to just get on base in 2022, she also brought power to the top of the lineup. Her regular-season stats include a .456 batting average, .540 OBP%, .813 SLG%, 90 runs scored, 78 hits, 16 doubles, 15 homers, 57 RBIs, 29 walks and 16 steals. Her 90 runs scored also ties her for fourth in the country.

One of YC’s backstops, Moreno helps manage the pitching staff in addition to being Yavapai’s No. 5 hitter in the lineup. Her regular-season stats include a .487 batting average, .532 OBP%, .933 SLG%, 54 runs scored, 73 hits, 19 doubles, 16 homers, 67 RBIs and 18 walks. Moreno also took home ACCAC Player of the Week honors twice throughout the season.

The Roughrider third baseman can zip it across the infield and bring the power to the plate as well. Riggs hit .366 during the regular season with a .421 OBP%, .799 SLG%, 50 runs scored, 60 hits, 12 doubles, a triple, 19 homers, 67 RBIs, 15 walks and six steals.

The Roughriders are back on the softball field on May 13-14 at home where they will host the NJCAA Division I Region I Tournament.

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Phoenix offers $2,500 incentive for lifeguard jobs

PHOENIX — If you’re looking for a place to swim and cool off in Phoenix during the summer, your choices may be limited.The City of Phoenix said nearly half of the public pools in Phoenix may not open this summer because of a shortage of lifeguards.The City said it is urgently hiring lifeguards for the 2022 pool season, and currently needs hundred...

PHOENIX — If you’re looking for a place to swim and cool off in Phoenix during the summer, your choices may be limited.

The City of Phoenix said nearly half of the public pools in Phoenix may not open this summer because of a shortage of lifeguards.

The City said it is urgently hiring lifeguards for the 2022 pool season, and currently needs hundreds of lifeguards in order to safely open all of the city’s public pools.

Currently, Phoenix needs to hire more than 400 lifeguards to open the city’s 29 public pools for this summer. At this time, only 14 of the 29 pools are set to open this year.

“If we cannot hire the number of lifeguards we need, we cannot open all 29 pools and that means less people will have access to a pool where they can cool off and less children will learn to swim,” said Aquatics Director Becky Hulett.

The city is offering a $2,500 incentive to join to become a certified lifeguard.

“This is a serious job that's crucial to child safety. Lifeguards save the lives of hundreds of children and are also responsible for thousands of swim lessons every summer," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “This incentive is an investment in child safety in the immediate and long term, likely saving lives directly and indirectly."

The following pools will be open this summer: Coronado, Cortez, Deer Valley, El Prado, Encanto, Harmon, Hermoso, Maryvale, Paradise Valley, Pecos, Perry, Roosevelt, Starlight, and Sunnyslope. You can find a pool near you here.

Opening day for the City's 14 pools is May 28, and will be open during the following 2022 dates:

City officials said lifeguard applicants must be at least 15 years old. If you're interested in applying, you can do so here.

ICYMI: 14 pools will be opening this summer and registration for all swim lesson sessions opens May 12 at noon!

— Phoenix Parks and Recreation (@PhoenixParks) May 2, 2022

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Both dreams, practicality define path for ASU grad

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2022 graduates.Try new things. Always ask for a student discount. Seek out unusual study spots. ASU student Andrea Yang, an English major, hopes to work in film after graduation, helping “promote stories that provide accurate representation for the communities they represent.” ...

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

Try new things. Always ask for a student discount. Seek out unusual study spots.

ASU student Andrea Yang, an English major, hopes to work in film after graduation, helping “promote stories that provide accurate representation for the communities they represent.” Download Full Image

Those are practical bits of advice from graduating Arizona State University student Andrea Yang, who seems to have the college thing — and maybe life — all figured out.

Yang, who is from Paradise Valley, Arizona, is a student in Barrett, The Honors College, from which she is graduating this spring with a Bachelor of Arts in English (literature) and a minor in Asian languages (Chinese). She said that choosing a humanities focus has opened doors to many possibilities.

“The versatility of this major has allowed me to apply what I have learned to almost every other aspect of my life, while also permitting me to explore and study my interests outside of literature, such as language acquisition and business,” she said.

Yang delved into business in her honors thesis, in which she worked with a group of students to design a sustainable fashion company based on the “ethical circular economy.”

She also found time to participate in other campus activities; she was an officer with ASU's Cultural Association of Performing Arts, which teaches and performs traditional Chinese dance, and she published a “tiny story” in the State Press, ASU’s student newspaper.

Yang completed an internship reviewing short films and managing social media for the COPA Shorts Film Festival during fall 2020, for which she earned a 2021 High Impact Internship Award. In their award recommendation, the judges wrote: “She used her internship work to discover that when it comes to telling stories ‘who tells the story matters.’”

Partly based on that internship experience, Yang realized her love for film — in particular, storytelling. Yang's dream is to work in the field after graduation, helping “promote stories that provide accurate representation for the communities they represent.”

We asked Yang a few more questions about her time at ASU and how she’ll translate that practical experience into success in her future endeavors.

Question: What was your “aha” moment, when you realized you wanted to study in your field?

Answer: I think my "aha" moment was in my senior year of high school. I took AP literature and our teacher had us read Khaled Hosseini's “The Kite Runner.” What struck me was how engaged everyone was with the material. Even the students who did not normally enjoy reading were excited to discuss the story and analyze it together. That class left a deep impression on me and convinced me to study literature. As much as I love writing, I love analyzing writing and the stories we tell about ourselves.

Q: What’s something you learned while at ASU — in the classroom or otherwise — that surprised you, that changed your perspective?

A: Taking the chance to just try new things, even if you don't think you're qualified for it. Deciding to just try new things has led to so many new opportunities — and plenty of mistakes — that have allowed me to learn more about myself and the people around me. As cliché as it sounds, just trying new things has changed my perspective and given me confidence because it has allowed me to see that most people don't really know what they're doing. This thought process has allowed me to relax a bit more and embrace new experiences that I might otherwise have enjoyed. I am now more willing to be more ambitious and go after what I want instead of being afraid of it.

Q: Why did you choose ASU?

A: To be honest, I was only accepted to one other school aside from ASU, which was more expensive and had fewer options for studying subjects outside of my major. I enjoy studying different subjects and subverting expectations — I hate being put into a box — so I decided to pick ASU. I also have multiple food allergies, so my parents felt better having me close by as I was living on my own for the first time.

Q: Which professor taught you the most important lesson while at ASU?

A: In my screenwriting class this semester, (Lecturer Christopher) Bradley gave us a bit of advice that has helped pull me through the end of the year. He told us to picture our dreams or what our dream lives or dream goals would look like. If you continue picturing it, you’ll keep working towards that dream and get there eventually. Your dream will exist as a safe space to retreat to when life gets difficult. This advice has helped motivate me when I hate everything and want to give up. Although I can’t say it definitively works, I think it’s a great piece of advice.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to those still in school?

A: Take advantage of all the student discounts. You have access to so many resources as a student that it's a shame not to take advantage of them. I am almost tempted to go to grad school just for the student discounts.

Q: What was your favorite spot for power studying?

A: Because of COVID, I mostly studied in my room. However, I would say my most frequented spots were Ross-Blakley Hall, Hayden Library and the new Durham Hall building. A recent find that has been my new favorite is the Music Library. It has limited hours, but typically there aren't many people there. Plus, you can listen to a record player while studying.

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

A: As of now, I am looking for and applying to full-time positions. I don't have any official plans in place, but my goal is to move to New York City. In the long term, I'd like to work in film, but in the short term, I'm just looking for employment.

Q: If someone gave you $40 million to solve one problem on our planet, what would you tackle?

A: As nice as it would be to achieve world peace, I think I would aim for a more realistic issue like gender inequality or climate change. However, I think $40 million would run out fairly quickly, so I might focus on something like sustainability in the fashion industry and providing ethical solutions and an infrastructure that other people and companies would be able to build onto.

Three finalists chosen for president's job at Paradise Valley Community College

Three finalists are in the running as the next president of Paradise Valley Community College, following a national search conducted by the Maricopa County Community College District.Paul Dale, who has been president of PVCC since 2010 and has worked at the college in various roles for more than 25 years, is planning to retire this summer.Public forums with the finalists will take place on Tuesday, April 26, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., that will allow audience members to pose questions that will be taken into consideration as the fi...

Three finalists are in the running as the next president of Paradise Valley Community College, following a national search conducted by the Maricopa County Community College District.

Paul Dale, who has been president of PVCC since 2010 and has worked at the college in various roles for more than 25 years, is planning to retire this summer.

Public forums with the finalists will take place on Tuesday, April 26, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., that will allow audience members to pose questions that will be taken into consideration as the finalists are assessed.

The forums will be held at the Center for the Performing Arts on the Paradise Valley Community College main campus at 18401 N. 32nd St. in Phoenix but will also be livestreamed on the MCCCD website.

Here is a quick look at the three finalists. Full bios of the finalists can be found on the MCCCD website:

• Melissa Curtis. Ph.D. - Curtis has more than 22 years of higher education experience, spanning both academic and student affairs. She is currently associate vice chancellor of enrollment management at Austin Community College in Texas, leading enrollment strategies for the district’s 11 campuses and expanding the college’s strategic enrollment culture. Nationally, she has served on the CCSSE Students in Need in Community Colleges Advisory Board and the Higher Education Research and Development Institute South Advisory Board.

• Tiffany Hunter, Ph.D. - Hunter currently serves as provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Clark State College in Springfield, Ohio, and previously was dean of education and human services at Florida State College at Jacksonville for seven years prior to joining Clark State in January 2019. She has worked in higher education for 21 years and in administrative roles. She is also a commissioner for the National Association for the Education of Young Children Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs.

• Jean Runyon, Ph.D. - Runyon is currently the campus vice president at Front Range Community College’s Larimer Campus in Fort Collins, Colorado, a job she has held since July 2015. Prior to joining FRCC she was the associate vice president, learning advancement and the virtual campus at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland. She is also one of 40 leaders participating in the 2021-2022 class of Aspen’s Rising Presidents Fellowship, a highly selective leadership program preparing the next generation of community college presidents.

Separately, MCCCD recently named four finalists in the running as the next president of Phoenix Community College.

10 Arizona resorts reveal inside tips to create perfect staycation

For many, the return of 100-degree temperatures and departure of snowbirds signal the start of summer. But for those in the know, it is not summer until staycations get booked, especially as it relates to the tourism industry’s bottom line. Here are the inside tips from Arizona resorts on how to make the most of staycation season in the Arizona sun while supporting the local hospitality sector.READ ALSO: Here are the Ranking Arizon...

For many, the return of 100-degree temperatures and departure of snowbirds signal the start of summer. But for those in the know, it is not summer until staycations get booked, especially as it relates to the tourism industry’s bottom line. Here are the inside tips from Arizona resorts on how to make the most of staycation season in the Arizona sun while supporting the local hospitality sector.

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Adventure awaits around every corner at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess each summer, and always in a new and different way. This year, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the resort will transform into something everyone will dig, literally. First, there is the Legend of The Lost Temple, a resort adventure of epic proportions where intrepid archaeologist “Sonoran Smith”, and his protégé “Sam” seek to beat a band of mercenary fortune seekers looting an ancient lost (fictional) Arizonan temple. There will be a special kid’s check-in where each child is outfitted with a brown fedora and mission assignment to find The Lost Temple, along with a meet and greet with Smith and other characters. To fit the theme, the Trailblazer’s Kid’s Club will become Destination Dig, where children 5 to 12 can hunt for dinosaur excavations, mummy wrapping and ancient relics. That is just the tip of the iceberg as there will also be weekly firework shows, dive-in movies, welcome gifts, laser tag, zip line, rock wall and much more. For those looking to experience it all, book the Summer Adventure Package, which comes with a $150 daily resort credit, preferred restaurant reservations and a donation benefitting the local Boys & Girls Clubs.


By now, many residents know about the $180 million expansion unveiled in January with new live table games, an 11-story tower with 205 new guest rooms, two new pools and a new rooftop restaurant in Prime, a Shula’s Steak House. But did you know the resort also now has a first-ever athlete partnership deal with Jae Crowder? The Phoenix Suns fan favorite is now the brand’s ambassador! Among his duties: hosting summer pool parties as soon as the NBA Playoffs are complete. Each pool party will be on the last Saturday of the month at the new Oasis Pool. Additionally, on Memorial Day Weekend, the resort will open its Top Golf Swing Suite, the first-ever swing suite in a casino with bays, table-top games, a bar and full view of the casino floor.


Talking Stick Resort’s wildly popular Playcation package returns for the summer. Now through Sept. 11, the package includes rates beginning at $139 Sunday through Thursday and $159 on Fridays and Saturdays as well as a $25 food and beverage credit. The resort fee is waived with an Arizona ID. Above and beyond this, guests get a discount at surrounding entertainment venues in the surrounding Talking Stick Entertainment District. Among the deals include discounts at Octane Raceway, Butterfly Wonderland, Velocity VR, Medieval Times, Ripley’s Believe It or Not and more. Fun fact: all of the executive king rooms are strategically positioned on the north and south ends of the hotel with an oversized private balcony with views of either Camelback Mountain or Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountains. Stepping it up a notch, there are also 1,500-square-foot that boasts an integrated television in the footboard in addition to living room, wet bar and two bathrooms.


The resort is offering a Hot Dates, Cool Rates deal now through September 1 offering as much as 15% off. But, outside of any deal, locals know how to do it right when booking The Sanctuary during summertime. How? By getting friends and booking one of the seven Villas at Sanctuary. Each an architectural wonder, the bucket list accommodations occupy more than an acre of land each and feature amenities ranging from private pools and Jacuzzis to wrap-around terraces and home theaters. Insiders also know to visit celebrity mixologist Christiaan Röllich – one-time a body double for Brad Pitt – no matter the room they are in for a spirited adventure in the heart of Paradise Valley.

If you have never done a downtown Phoenix staycation, what are you waiting for? Outside of the deals offered, including the whopper that includes everything from welcome cocktails at the hotel’s lauded Blue Hound Kitchen to rates under $200 per night, Palomar is an urban oasis just steps from some of the hottest cultural tickets in town. Don’t want to leave the property? Thanks to an insane rooftop pool (hello, cabanas), Palomar hosts a complimentary organic tea and coffee service daily, social hour with wine at 5 p.m. nightly, free bikes and even in-room yoga mats.


Scottsdale’s newest boutique hotel – the first in downtown Scottsdale in 13 years – made headlines as much for its culinary offerings, which include celebrity chef Beau MacMillan’s Cala, as for its historic opening in recent months. And the restaurant is fabulous. But, if not taking advantage of everything the hotel has to offer, then you are doing it wrong. Right now, the hotel offers a Sip & Splash Package that includes a Sonora Swim Club view room, a sweet and salty snack amenity, a bottle of wine and poolside cocktails for four starting at $230 per night through Sept. 1. For those who love local history, there are also the Winfield Suites, which overlook the Entertainment District and are named in honor of Winfield Scott aka the “Scott” in Scottsdale, as well as a full homage to Don & Charlie’s, which used to sit where the hotel now does, complete with authentic memorabilia for a walk down memory lane.


This boutique hideaway set across six lushly landscaped acres is awash in magical moments. You just must know where to find them. To take advantage of them this summer, book a Summer in Paradise package online through September 1, which will get you 15% off plus a $25 food and beverage credit each night, welcome cocktails, poolside treats and one of just 43 luxury casitas on property. Then, let the exploration begin. Do not miss the return of dining in the hotel’s underground wine cellar, where temperatures are about 50 degrees cooler than outside. Also, be sure to take advantage of the new executive chef’s soon-to-be announced enhancements to the menu and ask the concierge about the secret tunnels that used to exist…and why (we won’t spoil the “why” for you).

Both The Phoenician and The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician will be offering their best rates of the year through Labor Day, most stay including with a nightly $50 resort credit. But most folks can figure that out with a quick Google search. Here is where you make it special. First, you ask for bartender Robert Porter while at Kalio Kabobery, which is the under-the-radar-awesome bar at the pool. A former winner of the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition, Porter a true artist behind the bar, eager to blow your mind. Next, visit Mowry & Cotton for a meal or snack and order the Buttermilk Buns. Seems simple, right? The meal will take on new life when you hear the family story behind them from executive sous chef Rebecca Tillman. (There is also a craft beer tasting daily on property starting at 11 a.m. you should sneak in.) Oh, we are not done! Then, you must book a private dining experience at The Praying Monk, which is the semi-secret wine cellar on property that only seats up to 12 guests. It is so chilly, they have blankets on hand for guests despite the heat outside. Another way to “chill” is at The Marketplace in property, which offers a house-made gelato called the Phoenician Crunch with chocolate, Heath Toffee Bar chips and Grape-Nuts cereal, combined and folded into a vanilla gelato base. Finally, do not sleep on the Canyon Suites. The resort-inside-the-resort has one of the most epic Presidential Suite experiences in Arizona, an almost endlessly elegant and massive palace that overlooks the Valley in all of its majesty.

Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock.

Of course, there is also Northern Arizona to enjoy all summer long as well. As this suite-focused resort at the southern tip of Sedona, all summer long there is live music outside as well star gazing and ample yard games morning to night. New this year, the resort is also offering “poppy hour” in addition to its lowest rates of the year, which features poolside daily popsicle treats. There are also family movie nights, s’mores and fire pits you can actually use given the moderate summer nights.


Just a touch father north than Sedona, Flagstaff is also pulling out all the stops this summer. Notably, the newly opened High Country Motor Lodge has debuted. This will be the first summer guests can enjoy the hotly anticipated 123-room boutique hotel. It features a retro 1960s aesthetic yet has contemporary amenities as well as a decked-out game room, an expansive pool, a hot tub with two private saunas and The General Store, a grab-and-go eatery with craft beer and cocktails, artisan coffee and espresso and personal Pinsa-style pizza. Insider tip: book a cosmic cottage, a rustic-yet-elegant room category with mixtapes, nearby fire pit and ample access to the Dark Sky certified starry nights.



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