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Pagan, EduardoThe Chronicle of Higher Education is featuring an article spotlighting Eduardo Pagán, New College’s Bob Stump Endowed Professor of History. Pagán recently was named to the position of ASU’s vice provost for academic excellence and inclusion.

Pagán’s duties in his new position include facilitating excellence in all areas of the academic enterprise. This includes ensuring members of the faculty are recognized for their achievements both internally and externally, assisting deans in recruiting an excellent faculty, developing faculty development programs, and developing programs for administrators to ensure excellence in support for faculty and students.

Having become well-known nationally as a co-host of the PBS program “The History Detectives,” Pagán told the Chronicle that it’s important for members of the academic community to share their knowledge with the larger community. “We’ve really missed key opportunities to take what’s fascinating about what we know and share it with the public,” he said.

Click here to read the Chronicle of Higher Education story.

Click here to read the ASU News story that announced Pagán’s new responsibilities.

JanySantinoJulieYou can experience some of the most compelling stories of the 20th century. The videotaped stories of several Lost Boys of Sudan are now available on ASU’s Digital Repository, thanks to the efforts of New College faculty member Julie Amparano.

Amparano’s “Lost Boys Found” project is preserving stories from the young men and women who endured unbelievable hardships during a bloody, generation-long civil war in Sudan.

Arizona is the largest relocation center for Lost Boys. One of them, Santino Chol, enrolled in a class taught by Amparano some five years ago. Chol’s arrival on the West campus was the spark that led to the creation of Amparano’s project.

More than a dozen videotaped oral histories of Lost Boys have now been recorded, along with a compilation of approximately 40 short written biographies from Lost Boys and Girls in Arizona, and the numbers continue to grow.

Click here to read more and get a link to the videos on ASU’s Digital Repository.

Manninen, BerthaNew College faculty member Bertha Alvarez Manninen is the 2014 recipient of the Faculty Achievement Teaching Award, as part of the ASU Alumni Association’s annual Founders’ Day awards.

The award ceremony, held last Thursday, has been a signature event for the university for decades, and honors individuals who exemplify the spirit of the founders of the Territorial Normal School of Arizona, ASU’s predecessor institution.

As a teacher, Manninen is known for modeling the things she teaches her students: a passionate, but deeply rational, commitment to a full discussion of important ethical issues. Her goal is not to push one particular philosophy over another, but rather give students the tools they need to come to their own conclusions. She consistently receives strong student evaluations for her courses, with learners praising her feedback, her outstanding course materials, the organization of her courses, and her lectures.

Click here to read more and see a video about Manninen and the award.

SubmissionSparks will fly in Second Stage West this Thursday through Sunday as New College’s Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance (IAP) program presents “The Submission.”

This comic drama explores the consequences when a white playwright uses the name of an African American woman when submitting a play about an African American family to a theater festival.

A co-production with iTheatre Collaborative, “The Submission” is directed by Charles St. Clair, an IAP faculty member.

“This is a searing, no-holds-barred, controversial and intelligent new comic drama about the words we use to describe each other and the things we’ll do to get what we want,” St. Clair said.

“The Submission” received the New York Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award and the 2011 Laurents/Hatcher Award for best new play.

The play is recommended for mature audiences only.

Click here for more information.

Lacrosse FirstGame3The top-rated Sun Devil men’s lacrosse team kicks off its home season this Friday night, Feb. 21 at its new home field on ASU’s West campus.

Don’t miss all the action, kicking off at 7 p.m. on the multipurpose field on the south side of campus. Admission is free, and the community is invited to attend.

Friday’s game is the first of six home games to be held this spring at West.

Click here for more info and the full schedule.

ASU lacrosseTo celebrate its new home at ASU’s West campus, the Sun Devil men’s lacrosse team is hosting a free youth clinic Sunday, Feb. 9 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

If your child is in the K-8 age range and would like to learn about the game of lacrosse, click here to register him or her for the clinic.

The lacrosse team also is gearing up for its first home game, Feb. 21 at West. Click here for the full season schedule of home games.

Joey Hudy, a student at ASU’s Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy, will be in elite company tonight as he attends the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. Hudy will be sitting with First Lady Michelle Obama as her husband gives the annual address.

Hudy first came to the President’s attention two years ago at the White House Science Fair, where he demonstrated his “extreme marshmallow cannon.”

More recently, the 16-year-old made news by becoming Intel Corporation’s youngest employee.

Click here to read the White House bio about Hudy.

Click here to read more about his internship with Intel.

Some 900 Valley middle school students visited ASU’s West campus today for the annual March on West event. Students learned about the 1960s civil rights movement and then reenacted a civil rights march. The celebration concluded with New College’s Charles St. Clair reenacting Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

The drum corps from Independence High School led the marchers through campus.

The drum corps from Independence High School led the marchers through campus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students made their own signs for the reenactment of a civil rights march.

Students made their own signs for the reenactment of a civil rights march.

 

 

 

 

The crowd gathered on Fletcher Lawn to hear Dr. King's most famous speech.

The crowd gathered on Fletcher Lawn to hear Dr. King’s most famous speech.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles St. Clair has been delivering the speech annually since 1991.

Charles St. Clair has been delivering the speech annually since 1991.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The vocal ensemble from Moon Valley High School performed during the celebration.

The vocal ensemble from Moon Valley High School performed during the celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The event attracted TV news crews, including one from Channel 3 in Phoenix.

The event attracted TV news crews, including one from Channel 3 in Phoenix.

 

 

 

 

It’s one of ASU’s first crowdfunding projects – the BullyBlocker app being designed by New College professor Yasin Silva and his students. It will be the subject of a news story during Channel 10′s newscast tonight at 9 p.m.

BullyBlocker is designed to monitor a youngster’s Facebook account and alert parents to potential bullying issues.

Click here to read more about Silva’s project, and be sure to tune in to Channel 10 in Phoenix tonight at 9:00!

ASU’s first-ever fan convention is coming up this weekend, Jan. 11 and 12 on the West campus.

DevCon features a 10,000-square-foot vendor hall, costume contests, panels hosted by ASU professors and students, Pokemon geocaching, Nerd Prom, video and table-top game tournaments, an art show, kids’ zone, and much more.

Most importantly, it’s completely free!

DevCon is the brainchild of New College master’s student Tauri Icenogle, who is staging the event (with plenty of help) as part of her capstone project in the master of arts in interdisciplinary studies (MAIS) program.

Event hours are 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Click here for more information and the full schedule of DevCon events and attractions.

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