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2016

May

What do a powerlifting champion, an inspirational thought leader, a legendary football coach and two professional football hall of famers have in common? A connection to Arizona State University alumnus Larry Hendershot. From weightlifting with Jon Cole, to following Stephen Covey’s universal principles of life, to tackling Leroy Kelly of the Cleveland Browns in 1976, Hendershot has lived a full...
Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement. See the rest here . When Beth Bockes takes the stage to accept her diploma this spring, it will be the culmination of a long journey with many detours. The online English major is completing the education that she put on hold for almost 40 years...
Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement. See the rest here . Nathan Shelley likes to imagine the first people who came to the Americas looking at the Grand Canyon. “Can you imagine that?” said the soon-to-be-minted baccalaureate in archaeology. “All the beautiful things that are in this country, in the Americas, period...
For those with walking difficulties, getting to a clinic for rehabilitation can be challenging — doubly so for Arizona’s aging and rural populations. An Arizona State University engineer’s work could help bring the physical therapy to them. The research of Wenlong Zhang, an assistant professor of engineering in the Polytechnic School, focuses on cyber-physical systems that can have applications in,...
ASU's three members are the most in the Pac-12, 8th nationally
Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement. See the rest here . Nine years ago, Christine Besaw found herself the sole provider for her two young children, working for minimum wage and scraping by with help from state assistance. Then, one day, she had a realization. “I didn’t want to be there anymore,”...
Ulises Aragon feels a kinship with the students he has been teaching at Central High School in Phoenix for the past year. Aragon is a pre-service teacher — a student at Arizona State University who is student-teaching before he graduates in May. Aragon, a native Spanish speaker, learned to speak English while he was in elementary school, and now he’s...
Science Foundation Arizona established its Bisgrove Scholar program to attract and keep researchers whose work promises to produce advances in areas that will have far-ranging positive impacts. One of two 2016 Bisgrove Scholar awards has gone to Wenlong Zhang, an assistant professor of engineering in the Polytechnic School, one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State...
Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement. See the rest here . Sarah Moser is a Barrett, the Honors College student who is graduating with bachelor of science degrees in justice studies and sociology from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She was selected as a Bidstrup Undergraduate Fellow for the 2015-2016...
The Devils host Oregon Friday-Sunday
Not only is Arizona State University the first institution in higher education to create a School of Sustainability that educates students, but also extends sustainability education to all of its employees through its new interactive online Sustainability Literacy Education program . The electronic platform informs ASU employees of sustainable practices currently under way at ASU, the university’s sustainability goals, ways...
Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement. See the rest here . Growing up in Buckeye, Arizona, Anique Brito dreamed of the glamour and glitz of Hollywood. Life took her to Tempe, but she didn’t have to give up those dreams. While an Arizona State University student, she double-majored in film and media...
Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement. See the rest here . Andres “Andy” Meza’s goal in life is lofty but achievable: to leave a mark on the Hispanic community. If the 22-year-old Yuma native continues to follow his educational path, that goal will be attainable in just a few short years. Meza,...
Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement. See the rest here . If the Marx brothers were alive today — and if they met Arizona State University’s Michael Longfellow — they might consider adding another “brother” to the act. Longfellow, who is graduating this spring with a bachelor of arts in English literature,...
Approximately 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students will have degrees conferred during Arizona State University's spring commencement on May 9. Some of them have escaped war-torn countries, some are using their research to change the world, and others have waited 40 years to finally pursue their dreams. Here's a look at just a few of the outstanding students coming out of...
The Arizona State University water polo program has advanced to the NCAA Championships for the second time in program history, as announced by the NCAA Women's Water Polo Committee on Monday evening.
Read a statement from Ray Anderson, Vice President for University Athletics, regarding the future of the Sun Devil Gymnastics program.
Jaime Lara, research professor at Arizona State University’s Hispanic Research Center and the Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, has published the first volume in the innovative “Medieval and Renaissance Latin America” (MARLA) series. ASU takes seriously the study of Latin America within the rubric of “the Middle Ages and the Renaissance,” for which it is gaining international fame. Lara’s...
Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement. See the rest here . Carl Fields, who will graduate this spring with dual bachelor’s degrees in physics and astrophysics, has recently been awarded both a Ford Foundation pre-doctoral fellowship and a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research fellowship. “I’ve been interested in the stars as...
Herberger student Marieke Davis doesn’t wear a cape or possess any special powers, but to visually impaired fans of the comic book genre, she could be their next superhero. Davis, who calls herself a “visually impaired visual artist,” was recently crowned the Audience Choice Award winner at the IDEA Showcase — an arts incubator hosted by the Herberger Institute Office...
Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement. See the rest here . Erica Lang will have the final word as student speaker at the convocation ceremony at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on May 10. It wasn’t long ago that she had a similar task, speaking at...
Waste 360 assessed sustainable practices at Arizona State University in its How Sustainable Practices at Three U.S. Universities are Reducing Waste write-up last week. The piece included sustainability practices at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and University of Colorado Boulder but led with ASU’s Ditch the Dumpster landfill diversion efforts. The annual recycling and donation period kicks off every...
Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement. See the rest here . Kristen Brown is among Arizona State University’s 2016 spring graduates to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering for her contributions to the university community. Brown helped to lead a growing and very active student...

2016

April

The ASU Law Case File looks at the accomplishments of students, faculty and alumni of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and Arizona State University. Student Laila Ikram-Alkahlout traveled to Jordan to interview Syrian refugees, professors Rhett Larson and Erik Luna were named Fulbright Scholars, and the moving story of U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s journey from homelessness to Capitol...

2016

April

Former Ambassador on War Crimes Issues Clint Williamson, now a professor of practice at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, explains the challenges in bringing Syria’s Assad regime to justice but also that there is hope for international courts’ ability to prosecute war criminals in the future. Question: There is clear evidence of war crimes...

2016

April

Ballard Spahr’s Phoenix office is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a $125,000 gift to the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. The first scholarship from the Ballard Spahr Diversity Scholarship — $25,000 for one year of tuition — will be awarded for the 2016-2017 academic year, and the recipient will be known as the Ballard Spahr...

2016

March

For the first time in its history, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is among the top 25 law schools in the nation. According to U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of graduate schools, ASU Law is No. 25, up one spot from last year. For the seventh consecutive year, ASU Law is the...

2016

March

Arizona State University’s education and public affairs graduate programs broke into the top 15 and joined the university’s law school and fine arts program in jumping to higher spots in the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report, which were released Tuesday. All four of those graduate schools ranked within the top 25 in the nation and were the...