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Congratulations to the more than 500 ASU students who just completed their bachelor’s and master’s degrees through the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences!

Convocation on the Quad May 13 was a huge success, as thousands of friends and family members gathered to celebrate the achievements of their loved ones.

Good luck to our graduates!

NC convoc May 14 (2)







NC convoc May 14 (1)







Students in grades 7-12 can participate this summer in an ASU Summer Collegiate Experience at the West campus.

The summer program offers students the opportunity to preview university life, learn how to prepare for college, explore career majors, conduct research on various topics, and visit the Sun Devil Fitness Complex and more.

Among the course titles are Biology Meets CSI, Law and Leadership Skills, and Psychology and the Effects of Music on the Brain.

Classes will be offered in June and July. Click here for more information.

Polakoff, Ben & Flores, Melissa 2 cropCongratulations go out to Ben Polakoff and Melissa Flores, who were selected as New College’s Outstanding Graduates for spring 2014. Both are psychology majors. Polakoff is receiving his bachelor’s degree and Flores her master’s.

Both Polakoff and Flores have been accepted to doctoral programs. In fact, Flores was able to choose from five offers from doctoral programs around the country.

Polakoff is headed to the University of Utah to attend its doctoral program in school psychology.

Flores will head to Tucson and the University of Arizona for her doctorate. She chose that program after also being accepted at the University of California-Merced, Utah State University, Clemson University and University of North Texas.

“New College’s M.S. program in psychology helped me solidify my interests in research while helping me build my resume to become a competitive applicant to doctoral programs,” she said.

Flores and Polakoff will be recognized during New College’s convocation ceremony at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, on the Quad at ASU’s West campus.

Click here to read more.

soccerArizona has a brand-new professional soccer team, Arizona United, which is playing its 14-game home schedule at the Peoria Sports Complex. The team is looking to pack the stadium for its game this Saturday (May 3) at 7 p.m. against the Charlotte Eagles, and is offering ASU students, employees and families free tickets.

Arizona United is on a roll, coming fresh off of a huge win over the Sacramento Republic FC last week and a tie vs. LA Galaxy II this past weekend.

To get your free tickets, email Ron Gilmore at rgilmore@arizonaunited.com.  Just let him know how many tickets you want and whose name you would like them left under at Will Call.

The deadline to request tickets is noon on Saturday. Go United!

You’re invited to an evening with the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU’s West campus on Wednesday, April 30. The event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. gives you the chance to learn about the many business degrees the Carey School offers at West.

Among those degree offerings are new bachelor’s and master’s degrees in global logistics. These new degrees join offerings in fields including accountancy, statistics, communication, management, and sustainability.

At the event you’ll hear from faculty and alumni, and network with local professionals to hear why business students at the West campus are so vital to the future of their industries.

Click here to get more information and to RSVP.

Manninen award 3 cropASU’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.”

Click here to read more.

TC student & kidsStarting 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.

Click here for more information.

FletcherConstIt 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.

Tromp, Marlene & Kobojek, Kim cropNew 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.

Click here for more information.

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!

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