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dive into springWest campus Sun Devils have the chance to get cool…really cool…on Thursday, Jan. 15 from 9 to 11 a.m.

The good folks at the Sun Devil Fitness Complex are turning off the heaters to the outdoor swimming pool just in time for their Dive Into Spring event. What better way to jump-start the new semester than with a chilly dip in the pool!

The first 50 brave souls who take the plunge will receive a prize, and refreshments (yes, including hot chocolate) will be served.

This is one cool event you won’t want to miss! If you’d like more info, call 602-543-3488.

Charles St. ClairIt’s one of the signature events at ASU’s West campus – the annual March on West event that brings hundreds of local school children to campus to hear a stirring reenactment of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech by New College faculty member Charles St. Clair.

This year’s event is set for Wednesday, Jan. 21. Visiting middle-school students will be on campus during the morning and early afternoon, with the reenactment of a 1960s civil rights march and King’s speech starting at 11 a.m.

Numerous volunteers are needed to help stage the event and ensure its success. If you’re able to assist, send a note to MLKVolunteersWest@asu.edu.

You can also get more information by calling Janene Werner at 602-543-6108 or Lyn Duron at 602-543-5718.

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.

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