MLK March at West 2017

Charles St. Clair, a Technical DirectorMLK Reenactment in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies will be performing the annual speech reenactment of the “I have a dream” speech, Wednesday, January 18 at 11 a.m.  Join local 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and their teachers as they visit the West campus for the traditional “I Have a Dream” speech and historical March on Washington reenactment. Interactive educational presentations before and after the March on West will help students understand the significance of Martin Luther King’s impact on our nation’s history and in our lives. For more information on all the events for the Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017 Celebration visit

Special Lecture hosted by Barrett, The Honors College

Dr. Mari Lee Mifsud to speak at ASU As a historian of ancient Greek rhetorical theory Dr. Mari Lee Mifsud will explore the Greek concepts of nets and networks and link those ideas to today’s networks, which both bring us together and contrain us. Dr. Mifsud’s lecture titled “Catching Insights From the Ancient Greeks: Nets, Networks, and the Gifts of Greek Thought Today” will begin at 5:00 p.m., January 23, in the Barrett Suite (UCB 201).  A reception will follow at 6:00 p.m. with light hors d’oeuvres and dessert.  The event is hosted by Barrett, The Honors College at the West campus.

Art Gallery Installation at the ASU West campus

Explore Voting Issues at the Voters’ Rights Summit

It’s not too late to register for the Voters’ Rights Summit on Saturday, January 7, 2017.  ASU’s West campus, the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and the League of Women Voters of Arizona have partnered to host a statewide Voters’ Rights Summit  from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., in the La Sala Ballroom. The goal of the summit is to bring together citizens, organizations, elected officials, and all parties interested in voting rights to hear from a rich diversity of speakers, and to explore the problems and solutions related to voting issues. Speakers include the following:
  • Sam Kelley, Summit Moderator
  • Mary Fontes, Federal Compliance Officer, Maricopa County Elections
  • Matt Roberts, Secretary of State Communications Director
  • Joe Kanefield, attorney at Ballard Spahr; previously State Elections Dir., AZ Secretary of State’s Office and Asst. Attorney General
  • Gina Roberts, Citizens Clean Elections Commission Voter Education Manager
  • Raquel Teran, Community Organizer
  • Jim Barton, attorney with Torres Consulting and Law Group; previously AZ Asst. Attorney General, representing the Secretary of State and Citizens Clean Elections Commission
  • Barbara Norrander, Political Science professor, U of A.
Everyone is invited, and more than 150 citizens have already made their reservations! 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 Stay tuned to the Peoria Times for updates from the event!

Dr. Sian Mooney Co-Edits Special Issue of Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics

Associate Dean Sian Mooney was co-editor for the December special issue of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics with Dr. Jill Hobbs, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, The special issue focused on Applications of Behavioral and Experimental Economics to Decision Making in the Agricultural, Food, and Resource Sectors and showcases advances in and applications of behavioral and experimental economics to applied research questions important to agriculture, food markets, natural resource management, and related policies. This concludes her position as an editor of the journal since 2013. Within the special issue she published the following introductory paper for the special issue: Hobbs, Jill and Sian Mooney. 2016. Applications of Behavioral and Experimental Economics to Decision Making in the Agricultural, Food, and Resource Sectors: An Introduction. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 64(4):593-597. Doi: 10.1111/cjag.12117.

Dr. Owen Anderson Expertise on the Bill of Rights – Washington Post Article

ASU Professor Owen AndersonDr. Anderson’s extensive knowledge and expertise on Philosophy and Religious Studies is self-evident in the article he wrote for the Washington Times. In his most recent book “The Declaration of Independence and God: Self-Evident Truths in American Law” (Cambridge University Press, 2015) he discusses what ‘Self-Evident truths’ in the American Declaration of Independence meant to the founding fathers. In the Washington Times article, “Why the First Amendment is ‘first in importance’” Dr Anderson explains how connecting the freedom of religion with the freedom of speech, the First Amendment gets to the essence of what it is to be a human.

American Psychology-Law Society Awards Dr. Tess Neal with Grant

Research on Bias in the Courtroom

The American Psychology-Law Society awarded Tess Neal a grant-in-aid for a project titled, “An Experimental Study of Bias in Psychologists’ Diagnostic Reasoning.American Psychology Law Society” New College and the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences provided a partial matching of funds (requested by the sponsor). The project will run from Jan – Nov 2017. ASU Professor PsychologyThis experimental study with randomly-selected licensed psychologist participants across the U.S., randomly assigned to one of four experimental vignettes, will answer for the first time questions about psychologists’ susceptibility to three different types of cognitive bias in their diagnostic reasoning (i.e., context effects, framing effects, and confirmation bias). It will also investigate individual differences in those susceptibilities (i.e., cultural worldviews, cognitive reflection tendencies, susceptibility to the “bias blind spot”). The issue of bias in expert judgment has garnered great interest in recent years, with the National Research Council calling for research on these issues especially in the legal system. Save Save Save Save Save

So You’ve Graduated, Now What’s Next?

ASU Fall Convocation 2016
The New College of ASU’s West campus focuses on liberal arts and science college degree programs.
Here are some tips and a list of ASU resources that will come in handy when conducting your career search and/or contemplating a master’s degree.

Remember, searching for a job is a full-time job in itself!  Use all the tools and resources you have as ASU Alumni and happy hunting!

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1 Day Until New College Convocation | Touch of University tradition – Paley Gates

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.
Only ONE more day until our New College graduates say farewell to ASU West. On Convocation day, take the time to reflect on all you have learned and the memories you have made. But most importantly, DON’T FORGET TO TOUCH THE PALEY GATES AT CONVOCATION! Here’s why!

TOUCH OF UNIVERSITY A TRADITION CONTINUES As you walk through the Paley Gates at Convocation, it is tradition to reach out and touch the gates, placing your hand on them as a catalyst for reflection. By reaching out you are asked to reflect on how ASU has touched you during your studies here. No doubt university work demanded much of you, touching your heart and mind in many powerful ways, in many unexpected ways, perhaps. Regardless of your area of study, your experience at ASU made demands that you be rigorous, that you be insightful, and that you be perceptive.

Indeed, as Socrates says at the end of Plato’s famous allegory of the cave, education is the “art of orientation.” ASU has equipped you with the means by which you now know how to turn your critical attention, that is, how to orient yourselves, toward what is most pressing in our world today and which calls for our being responsible for and responsive to it. And this is as it should be. Universities are meant to touch you in these ways so that your having been here makes a promise to the larger culture concerning your participation in the life of our city, the enterprise of our state, and the hopes for our cosmopolitan future. You are now in a position to understand better that you can be in your own activities and excellence become co-creators of what is to come next.

Here at ASU you have been a part of a community of scholars and you have engaged in the conversations, studies, and activities of research that are becoming such a community. We are hopeful that your time here has left you with the three qualifications for public life that the Czech philosopher Vaclav Havel deems necessary viz., tact, good taste, and the proper instincts. Education habituates us to these three traits. It allows us to read situations in which we find ourselves, develop the proper tests and programs fitting to our collective circumstances, and allows us to investigate with care and understanding the world around us. Today you leave the university and the community of scholars who have touched you and you do so that you may enter community of critical citizenship. Your responsibility, in turn, is to touch with your education everything with which you come into contact.

You must leave a mark of excellence on the larger cultural matrix of which universities are but one, albeit vital, part. Leave a touch of your education with each person with whom you encounter in the following years. Education is not a finite quantity; sharing it does not and cannot diminish it, rather the opposite is true: each sharing with another adds to what you already have. From among the many, two examples show what you must do: Invent new and progressive ways to touch others and imagine the ways you can cultivate the relations necessary to improve yourself and all those around you. The Paley Gates at ASU’s West campus will continue to be here, standing as a symbol for the next generation of students. As well, the faculty will be here making certain that the community of scholars is vibrant, welcoming, and awaiting all those who will wish, as you did, to be touched by education. provided by Barrett, The Honors College

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2 Days Until Convocation | Don’t forget to stay in touch

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.
Just because you graduate doesn’t mean you’re not a Sun Devil anymore! ASU Alumni Association creates opportunities to stay connected with your alma mater and show your Sun Devil pride for years to come. With only three more days until the New College Convocation, check out some of the many perks of being a member of the ASU Alumni Association:
  1. Stay connected: ASU Alumni Association keeps you in the loop on the latest ASU activities and programs through ASU Magazine and various e-newsletters.
  2. Mingle with fellow Sun Devils: The association loves to recognize its members through Homecoming, networking mixers and Members Day at athletic events.
  3. Enjoy exclusive benefits:Receive complimentary tickets to designated athletic events, free entrance to member appreciation events, discounts at campus bookstores and much more.
  4. Advance your career:Members are invited to expand their professional connections at networking events and career coaching sessions.
  5. Build a network of Sun Devils:ASU alumni is a strong network involved in nearly 80 chapters, clubs, and connections across the nation and the globe. Whether you are watching games with fellow Sun Devils, networking, or doing community service, you will remain a part of the ASU community.
Don’t say goodbye just yet! Join the ASU Alumni Association 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 @ASUNewCollegeInstagram @asunewcollege and Snapchat @ASUNewCollege.