4 Days Until New College Convocation | Got Your Regalia, Right?

The New College of ASU's West campus focuses on liberal arts and science college degree programs.
The New College of ASU’s West campus focuses on liberal arts and science college degree programs.
Hopefully you’ve already been fitted for and purchased your cap and gown for convocation. If not, you better get a move on! Head down to your nearest ASU Bookstore ASAP and get one for yourself. If you want to know more about all of your options for cap, gown, stoles, class rings, etc., go to the Herff Jones site and order your accessories today! For up-to-date information about ASU New College, like us on Facebook at the New College Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter @ASUNewCollege, and Instagram @asunewcollege.

5 Days Until New College Convocation | You Did It!

The New College of ASU's West campus focuses on liberal arts and science college degree programs.
The New College of ASU’s West campus focuses on liberal arts and science college degree programs.
We are so proud of all the ASU New College graduates at ASU’s West campus! They overcame every obstacle in their way to pursue their dreams of possessing a college education. They have grown so much and we know they are fully ready for what lies ahead.  All of their hard work and perseverance will finally come to fruition at our New College convocation next Tuesday (get the details here). We can’t wait to celebrate this special day with our New College graduates! For up-to-date information about ASU New College, like us on Facebook at the New College Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter @ASUNewCollegeInstagram @asunewcollege, and Snapchat @ASUNewCollege.

Voters’ Rights Summit

ASU West campus, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and the League of Women Voters of Arizona have partnered to host a statewide Voters’ Rights Summit on Saturday, January 7, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., in La Sala Ballroom.  The theme of the event is  Removing Barriers to the Ballot Box.
Many facetslwvaz-voters-rights-flyer-4 of elections and voters’ rights will be covered by ten experts in the field, plus there will be small-group breakout sessions, each with a different topic. The Summit will not only highlight the critical voting rights issues in Arizona but will hopefully result in positive, ongoing, productive advocacy activities.  Educators, students, organizations, elected officials, and anyone interested in voters’ rights are invited to attend. Attendees will explore issues related to protecting the right to vote, exchange ideas, brainstorm strategies and identify solutions to remove barriers to registration and voting.  The goal is to expand, protect, and promote a positive voting experience for all Arizonans, making elections more open, fair, efficient, and easily accessible to all citizens.
Everyone is invited to attend this very important, educational, stimulating, and timely Summit.  Sessions are free to ASU Faculty and Students.  To purchase food and drink, click here.   For more information, contact Carol Mattoon, Summit Chair, at 623-815-1019 or suncityarizona@yahoo.com.

Teach-In on West Campus This Thursday

ASU West Campus faculty are offering a teach-in this Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in front of the Fletcher Library. Brief presentations will be presented by faculty covering a range of topics of public concern, including the following: climate change, Islamophobia, abortion access and the law, the Dakota Access Pipeline and Standing Rock, immigration, fake news and social media, and sexual harassment and Title IX.

Students are encouraged to attend the event and bring their own questions. This teach-in event is to educate and share the knowledge with the audience on these topics.

For more information please contact Associate Professor Chris Hanlon at christopher.hanlon@asu.edu.  

Dr. Waldron’s Expert Advice on the Election

vince-waldronDr. Waldron, an expert in conflict management and family communication studies was asked by Univision Arizona to speak to the wave of racism after this year’s presidential election.  The report by Univision Arizona states that the complaints of discrimination in the nation have not ended after the presidential election.  Dr. Waldron states that it’s important to respond to those fears by supporting those vulnerable communities and to not generalize all of Donald Trump’s supporters as racist.  View the story online (in spanish) on Univision Arizona.

White Paper – The Future of Cybersecurity

Jim RouthJim Routh’s white paper on The Future of Cybersecurity is out.  He is the chief security officer and leads the Global Security function for Aetna. He is the chairman of the National Health ISAC and a former board member of the FS-ISAC. Prior to joining Aetna in May 2013, Jim was global head of Application & Mobile Security for JP Morgan Chase. Additionally, he is the former CISO for KPMG, DTCC and American Express, and has over 30 years of experience in information technology and information security with global financial service firms. Jim was the Information Security Executive of the Year winner for the Northeast in 2007, and in 2014 was named the Information Security Executive of the Year in North America for Health Care, 2016 Security Alliance Innovation award winner and ISE Luminary Leadership award winner in 2016. Excerpt:
“The key to providing consumers with a safe digital experience is to design and imbed security into resilient software when the software is written. As the number of devices within the Internet of Things (IOT) grows, the reliance on resilient software also grows. This means software development practices need to emphasize resiliency and security features need to be part of the end product recognizable by the consumer.”

New College hosted the Election Night Party

With the support of the Undergraduate Student Government and the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, New College hosted the Election Night Party at ASU’s West campus on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, with over 200 enthusiastic students in attendance. The night consisted of students participating in a panel discussion on numerous topics regarding the national and local elections, with a live stream of CNN providing updates of the presidential election. The topics discussed by the panel ranged from how the voting system works to questions on the democracy of our country featuring in-depth insight from the panelist.
The panel consisted of five experts, including Eduardo Pagan, event moderator and historian; Sam Coppersmith, a former U.S. House representative; Brooks Simpson, a prolific historian of the American presidency; Carol Muller, a political sociologist who placed an emphasis on women in politics and author of “The Politics of Gender Gap;” and Deborah Hall, a social psychologist with expertise in political psychology. img_2483
During the live stream, attendees participated in election Bingo, marking their cards when certain words or phrases were said, such as “Arizona” and “glass ceiling”. Additionally, attendees used noisemakers when their preferred candidate was declared a state winner.
Despite the variety of opinions in the room, everyone was very cordial to each other.
Check out the events coming to ASU’s West campus on our social media channels @ASUNewCollege.

Successful screening of “Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice”

The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) showed two screenings of the film “Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice” on October 21, 2016. The screenings took place at ASU’s West campus and was hosted by one of the co-directors, Holly Yasui, who is extremely passionate about having her father’s story told.
The film, “Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice” is based on the life of an American hero and first Japanese American attorney, Minoru (Min) Yasui. The film follows his life, particularly during World War II and the U.S. War Relocation Authority concentration camps. Yasui played a key role in winning reparations and an apology from the government for the injustices faced by Japanese-Americans for the incarceration of more than 120,000 individuals. The film features the injustices Yasui faced including his own arrest, where he spent nine months screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-10-00-24-amin solitary confinement. However, this did not stop him as Yasui continued to fight hard to defend the human and civil rights of for all ethnic minorities as well, including religious minorities, children and the elderly, among other minority groups. Yasui went on to implement and oversee numerous programs and organizations to serve their communities.
However, the film is not over yet. Those who were in attendance were able to view the first cut of this heroic documentary that was co-directed by Minoru Yasui’s youngest daughter, Holly Yasui and Will Doolittle, who has had numerous experience in honoring cultural diversity and tributes like Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez. The narrator of the film was none other than George Takei, who is best known for his role of Mr. Sulu in Star Trek. Currently, the second cut of the film production is on hold due to budget shortfalls. As of now, a donation account has been set up in order to give this documentary of Minoru Yasui the ending it deserves.
For more information on the film and information on how to help, click here.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant to Fund Research of Urban Waterways

asu-beth-polidoroBeth Polidoro has received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to help monitor, restore and promote community stewardship from more than 85 acres of urban ponds / lakes, 3 canals and 2 river systems in the Phoenix metro area.  Beth and her students will develop educational materials for students and the general public. Surveying and removal of invasive crayfish and mussels from 8 aquatic lakes and ponds will be part of the team’s efforts to help provide hand-on experience in conservation to students.

Department of State Helps Fund American Experience to Chinese

asu-william-brashearsWilliam Brashears, Director of Global Education Services at New College has been awarded this grant as part of a group of grants through which the U.S. Mission to China (Embassy Beijing and Consulates General Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenyang, and Wuhan) seeks to build a network of programs, located in dedicated American Centers through existing partnerships between eligible U.S. institutions and their Chinese counterparts. This network of American Centers and program partnerships will seek to help promote greater understanding of the United States among the Chinese public and youth by providing access to a broad variety of Americans who can introduce the American experience and provide popular and academic background for public perceptions. Such programming will enhance and broaden the cultural and academic outreach of the U.S. Mission in China. All of the American Centers and program partnerships will work closely with the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and/or the relevant consulates, as appropriate, to ensure that programming is representative of the depth and breadth of U.S. culture, values, polices, and history.