Apr 21st, 2014 by Matt Crum
ASU’s New College can be called the home of award-winning teachers. Over the past year five faculty members from the college have received awards, both local and national, for their dedication to excellence in teaching and mentoring ASU students.
These outstanding educators include Breanne Fahs, Douglas Kelley, Bertha Alvarez Manninen (pictured receiving her award), Bonnie Wentzel and Stephen Wirkus.
“These honors speak to the outstanding student experience New College offers, with our combination of a small college atmosphere and the resources of a major research university,” said Marlene Tromp, the college’s dean. “Some professors are content to ‘hide out’ in their labs or offices. New College specifically recruits faculty members who are committed not only to exploring the boundaries of scholarship in their fields, but also to reaching out to students as teachers and mentors.”
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Apr 15th, 2014 by Matt Crum
Starting this fall, ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is offering elementary education majors a new accelerated program enabling them to complete a bachelor’s degree and achieve teacher certification in just three years.
The accelerated elementary education option, which also includes classes for working with gifted students, will be offered on ASU’s West and Polytechnic campuses.
According to Hilary Pierce, Teachers College senior assistant dean, the three-year model is designed for incoming freshmen who want to become classroom-ready faster. The added benefits of studying how to evaluate research data and also teach gifted learners – both skills that Arizona school districts are asking for – will make these education graduates more marketable, she said.
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Apr 14th, 2014 by Matt Crum
It was a simple one-page bill signed by Gov. Bruce Babbitt on April 18, 1984. Senate Bill 1245 directed the Arizona Board of Regents to “maintain an Arizona State University campus in Western Maricopa County designated as Arizona State University West campus.”
Four years later, Fletcher Library (pictured under construction) was the first building to open on the permanent campus site.
So wherever you are this Friday, have a piece of birthday cake and wish West a happy 30th!
Click here for info about the history of the campus, housed in ASU’s Digital Repository.
Apr 9th, 2014 by Matt Crum
New College is offering a wide range of interesting courses this summer, including one that enables students to follow the blood spatters from 19th century Scotland to Phoenix in 2008 to understand how historical practices of forensic science have brought us to the CSI practices of today.
The course Murder Most Foul: Blood Evidence, Forensics, and Critical Analysis will be co-taught by New College Dean Marlene Tromp and Kim Kobojek, a practicing forensic scientist turned New College faculty member (pictured).
Also on the summer schedule are classes covering topics ranging from the music of Michael Jackson to the American West in popular culture to media and politics.
Taking summer classes is a great way to get closer to graduation, or to lighten your course load during the fall and spring semesters.
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Apr 2nd, 2014 by Matt Crum
The clock is ticking…The deadline is midnight today (Wednesday, April 2) for students to vote in the Undergraduate Student Government election.
You can vote at a polling station on the West campus, or online at asu.edu/votenow. More info is available at asuelections.com.
Make your voice heard!
Mar 26th, 2014 by Matt Crum
Don’t miss “Women of Ciudad Juárez,” playing Saturday, March 29 and Monday, March 31 in Second Stage West, lower level of the University Center Building. Show time is 7:30 p.m.
The play uses the theater as a space to examine, reflect on and speak about the femicides taking place in Juárez, Mexico. This production by Troublemaker Theatre/Teatro Travieso is the English-language debut of the text. The play’s author, Cristina Michaus, has written a new introduction in the program for this production.
Also scheduled on March 31 are an opportunity to meet the director and cast, as well as a brown bag discussion on the topic of theater and agency.
Tickets are $5. Click here for more information and details on purchasing tickets.
Mar 25th, 2014 by Matt Crum
Adrian Escobedo and Lisa Tsosie are ASU students who are pursuing their passions and finding new experiences, thanks to the offerings of ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.
The two are featured in an ASU News story that highlights the benefits of choosing New College for one’s undergrad experience.
“What I like the most about being a student here is the interaction with peers of different backgrounds, the extracurricular activities West provides, and the professors,” said Escobedo, a freshman majoring in psychology with a minor in communication who also is active as a volunteer on campus.
“I like how the classes, even the ones that are relatively large for the West campus, are still small enough for me to feel comfortable asking questions, or approaching the professor for clarification after the class,” said Tsosie, who graduates in December with a degree in applied computing and a writing certificate. “I think my success as a student is due in part to the fact that professors take time to know their students as individuals.”
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Mar 19th, 2014 by Matt Crum
Heads up if you’re around the West campus this Saturday, March 22 and are wondering why it sounds like someone is testing a rocket engine…It’s because someone will be doing exactly that.
ASU’s Daedalus Astronautics Club will be conducting small and large scale rocket engine tests in the northeast area of the West campus (toward the intersection of Thunderbird Road and 43rd Avenue) on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
This activity will follow all safety requirements and will involve static test firings, with nothing being launched into the air. The activity will be supervised by university officials as to minimize any risk associated with the testing; however, the activity and noise may cause curiosity in the community.
So now you know!
Mar 18th, 2014 by Matt Crum
CALL mentors will help run the speech competition.
Attention high school students – here’s your chance to show off your public speaking skills in a fun competition, and just maybe come out $150 richer.
New College’s Communication Assessment and Learning Lab (CALL) is looking for “Sparky’s Next Great Public Speakers” and is hosting a competition to focus on the importance of public speaking, April 25 and 26.
Unlike traditional “speech and debate” tournaments, this event will focus on helping high school juniors and seniors become familiar and comfortable with the speaking standards as outlined in Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards.
Using the framework of competition reality shows (like Food Network’s “Chopped” and “American Idol”), three-person teams from area high schools will compete at ASU’s West campus on April 25, with finalists competing the next day.
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Mar 11th, 2014 by Matt Crum
Members of the West campus community – now’s the time to get creative and make art with sustainable materials.
The West campus Earth Month Planning Committee is holding its inaugural Sustainable Art Contest. You can work by yourself or with a few friends to create a unique sculpture or art project using only recycled plastic bottles and other recycled materials.
Prizes will be awarded!
To participate, you need to register by March 19 and submit your creation by April 3. Entries will be displayed during the Open Door @ ASU West event on April 5.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 602-408-9175.