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It was a perfect day and an ideal setting for a graduation ceremony this morning, as New College celebrated the accomplishments of its Fall 2014 graduates at its convocation ceremony. Here are some photos from the festive celebration.

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You can enjoy free food and snag a free recycling shirt tomorrow (Wednesday, Dec. 3) at 2:30 p.m. in the Kiva Lecture Hall. You’ll also learn all sorts of useful information provided by the ASU Outreach Recycling Sustainability Group.

Presentations will include Recycling Myths, USG on Water Stations, Grounds for Grounds, and Aramark Weigh the Waste.

The event is sponsored by ASU Sustainability. For more information, contact JoEllen Alberhasky at joellen.alberhasky@asu.edu or 602-908-9175.

See you tomorrow in the Kiva!

Manuel, Juan & Elizalde, DianaThe first cohort of more than 300 university students from across Mexico just wrapped up a four-week stay at the West campus designed to improve their English language skills. Another group is set to arrive this week.

The students enrolled in the course offered by ASU’s American English and Culture Program. It’s part of an effort by the U.S. and Mexico to encourage students to engage in study abroad programs.

The United States and Mexico established the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education Innovation and Research in 2013. The two governments identified limited English proficiency among Mexican students as a main barrier to increasing academic exchanges. As a response, the Mexican government adopted the Proyecta 100,000 program, which supports Mexican students going to the U.S. to learn English.

Additional students from Mexico are completing English immersion programs at other U.S. universities as part of Proyecta 100,000, with ASU hosting by far the largest contingent.

Click here to read a State Press article about the celebratory dinner for the first cohort of students, held Nov. 26.

Click here to read an ASU News story about the program.

Two new master’s degrees – one in a traditional field, and another that reflects changes to social interaction brought about by new technologies – have joined the academic programs offered by New College.

The master’s degrees are in social technologies and English. Both offer evening classes and may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. Students may begin either program in the fall or spring semester.

The Master of Arts in Social Technologies (MAST) is designed for students who wish to understand how new technologies relate to social and organizational change, and to apply that understanding to help organizations and communities advance their interests.

The master’s in English is a comprehensive degree program for students who desire a multifaceted understanding of the English language, including its literatures; linguistic, social and cultural histories; and capacities for persuasion, exposition and elucidation.

Click here to read more.

Behl, Natasha 8-14It is known as the world’s most populous democracy. And India can point to a record of women in leadership roles. But a closer examination reveals Indian democracy to be at risk because of the gendered nature of citizenship, according to New College faculty member Natasha Behl.

Behl’s article “Situated citizenship: understanding Sikh citizenship through women’s exclusion” was published in the journal Politics, Groups, and Identities.

“We often think of citizenship rights as determined by the constitution, which in the Indian case guarantees gender equality. However, even when formal institutions and documents guarantee equality, citizenship rights are interpreted, experienced and enforced by individuals at the local level,” Behl says.

Click here to read more.

It’s this Saturday, Nov. 8 – one of the great traditions at ASU’s West campus. The annual Veterans Day Weekend Pow Wow will be held on Fletcher Lawn throughout the day and evening. It runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., so even if you’re going to the Sun Devils football game, you can still make it to the Pow Wow after the game.

In addition to dance and drumming/singing performances, the pow wow will feature grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Native arts and crafts, and food booths offering fry bread and more.

Click here for more information and the day’s schedule of events.

Are you a veteran or the family member of a veteran? Interested in attending ASU? The Veterans Open House is designed just for you!

The event takes place Thursday, Nov. 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. in Delph Courtyard, in the University Center Building. You’ll be able to speak with representatives from enrollment, admissions, financial aid and career services, and explore a variety of ASU degree options.

The open house also gives you the chance to mingle with students, alumni and faculty members who are veterans. Refreshments will be served.

Best of all, if you apply to ASU within 24 hours of attending the event, your application fee will be waived!

Click here for more information and to R.S.V.P.

If you’re a student at the West campus, the staff of Fletcher Library would like to hear your opinions about the Library’s programs and services. And they’re willing to give you lunch in the process!

Students are invited to join Fletcher Library Director Dennis Isbell for lunch on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from noon to 1 p.m. to offer insights on library-related issues, share suggestions about programs and services, and express any concerns they might have.

To sign up for the Nov. 5 lunch, email janice.kasperski@asu.edu or call 602-543-8518.

Be sure to stop by the Sun Devil Fitness Complex on ASU’s West campus today (Monday, Oct 27) from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. and watch the Sun Devils women’s basketball team practice as they get ready for the upcoming season.

In addition to watching the team practice, you can get autographs signed by your favorite players.

The season kicks off Nov. 14 in Tempe as the Sun Devils take on Middle Tennessee.

If you’d like more info about today’s open practice and autograph-signing session, call the SDFC-West at 602-543-3488.

Who wants a good job that pays well? If you’re among the vast majority of people who would answer yes to that question, you should check out degree offerings from ASU’s New College.

A recent Wall Street Journal article pointed to mathematician, statistician, actuary, software engineer and computer systems analyst as among the “best jobs of 2014.” All of these professions may be pursued by graduates of New College’s degrees in applied math, applied computing and statistics.

“Not many people can say that they jump out of bed to begin their workday, but I can,” says Jessica Grado, a recent New College graduate, who is putting her applied mathematics degree to work as an actuarial analyst at a Scottsdale actuarial consulting firm.

Click here to read more.

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