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Batie, ShaneShane Batie (pictured) is one of four ASU recent graduates who were admitted to the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix after conducting undergraduate research projects in the West campus lab of Peter Jurutka.

Jurutka researches a variety of health-related biochemical topics, with a focus on vitamin D, nutrition and cancer.

“Much of the research in my lab is driven by undergraduate students,” Jurutka said. “They value the opportunity to become involved in a meaningful research experience.”

“Dr. Jurutka demands excellence from his students, which drives us to work hard and be productive,” Batie said. “We had weekly meetings to discuss experiments, results, and work on manuscripts to submit for publication. I consider the work I did with Dr. Jurutka the most beneficial piece of my application for medical school. He also reviewed and provided critique for my Personal Statement, a two-page essay that accompanies the medical school application.”

Dozens of students have worked with Jurutka during his decade at ASU. Their work regularly results in their becoming co-authors of papers published in refereed academic journals and presented at national conferences.

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jeff_kunowski_-_photo[1]Congrats to Jeff Kunowski, an ASU New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences alumnus, who recently was named Arizona’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration Arizona District Office.

In 2010, Kunowski founded Illumin8 Media, an LED signage company. He received his bachelor’s degree in integrative studies in 2011 from New College.

ASU played in integral role in the launch of his business. In 2010, with the help of a $10,000 grant from ASU’s Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative, Kunowski was able to begin development and eventually sell his first product to the Phoenix Suns.

Way to go, Jeff! Click here to read more.

Chakwera, Ernest cropErnest Chakwera, a student from Malawi in southeast Africa, has wrapped up his freshman year in New College. He is spending this summer doing an NCUIRE research project with professor Duku Anokye.

Chakwera’s goal is to return to Malawi after graduation and work to advance women’s rights. “That is my passion,” he said. “I want women to have the same opportunities as men, whether it’s access to education or the chance to succeed in the business world.”

Anokye is among the people at the West campus who have helped Chakwera adjust to his new home.

“I first met Ernest a couple weeks after he arrived on campus,” she said. “He was homesick, and Jenna Graham (a New College Student Success staff member) was good enough to put me in touch with him. I brought him home one weekend and gave him some good Ghanaian home cooking.”

Click here to read more about this remarkable young man.

Attention all alumni of ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business – you’re invited to get together with fellow alums on Tuesday, June 24 at Gordon Biersch-Westgate.

The West Valley Alumni Mixer is set for 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. It’s a great opportunity to network with fellow colleagues and friends.

This event is complimentary and an assortment of hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Guests are welcome!

Click here for details and to register.

Mendoza, LouisNew College has landed a talented, experienced professor and administrator to provide leadership to the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies (SHArCS). Louis Mendoza, who most recently has served as a professor and administrator at the University of Minnesota, has accepted the position of director of SHArCS. He begins his new role on July 1.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Mendoza join ASU and know that he will support President Michael Crow’s mission of paired academic excellence and student access,” said Marlene Tromp, dean of New College. SHArCS is one of three schools in New College. “I am confident Dr. Mendoza will be an excellent leader and role model at ASU.”

Mendoza received his Ph.D. in English with a concentration in ethnic and Third World literatures from the University of Texas at Austin. Originally from Houston, he has taught at the University of Minnesota as professor of Chicano and Latino studies for the past decade and served as associate vice provost in the Office for Equity and Diversity from 2008 to 2014.

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The ASU Libraries is excited to announce that online access to The New York Times is now available to the ASU community. The Group Pass effectively provides each ASU student, faculty and staff member an online subscription to the nytimes.com site (no more paywalls!).

This service gives students, faculty and staff full access to NYTimes.com and NYTimes mobile apps, as well as their international editions. Users will find a variety of topics covered with unsurpassed quality and depth through breaking news articles, blogs, videos and interactive features. Convenient section lists and search tools make navigation simple.

In addition, users can discover and share content on social networks, save articles, subscribe to email newsletters of areas of interest and receive news alerts, either on predefined topics or through a keyword search the user designates.

Click here for more information and details on how to register.

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!

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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!

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