Native American author Joy Harjo at West campus on Sept. 30 & Oct. 1

Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is hosting three inspiring events Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 by Native American author Joy Harjo and Native American activist Winona LaDuke. Harjo will be giving a keynote presentation on Sept. 30 and participate in a panel discussion with LaDuke on Oct. 1. LaDuke will then conclude the series with a keynote presentation on Oct. 2.

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Joy Harjo will be the keynote speaker on Sept 30th. The public is welcome to come!

Meet Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo is a highly-acclaimed Native American author, musician, and poet. Strongly influenced by her Muskogee Creek heritage, Harjo’s work is greatly autobiographical and incorporates her dedication to feminist and social concerns, her passion for creativity and the arts, and her journey to finding a voice in suppressive world. Harjo had a strong appreciation for the arts growing up and pursued a degree in creative writing at the University of New Mexico, where she was awarded her bachelor’s degree. Continuing with her passion, she went on to earn a master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa. Harjo has published many award-winning poems, CDs of original music, and novels that reflect her love of the natural world, her commitment to standing up for others, and the road to finding herself and reaching freedom. Her novel Crazy Brave, which won the 2013 PEN Center USA literary prize for creative nonfiction, recounts the struggles she faced growing up that forced her to silence her creative voice and the way poetry set her free.

To hear from Joy Harjo herself, make sure to attend these incredible events on Sept. 30- Oct. 2. To RSVP or for questions, contact ncevents@asu.edu. Admission and parking is free. The community is invited to attend all three events.

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New College graduate student battling lymphoma, determined to finish two degrees

Sometimes life throws unexpected curve balls. For Aimee, an Arizona State University graduate student, this curve ball came in the form of cancer. On February 2014, just 6 months before her 40th birthday, Aimee was diagnosed with lymphoma. As a working mom of a college student and a college student herself, Aimee has a lot on her plate, and cancer was not part of the plan. Aimee had one round of tumors removed, but the cancer has returned in the months post-surgery and has spread to her chest, breast, sternum, and heart. She is now pending surgery to remove the largest tumors and determine why the cancer is spreading so quickly. However, Aimee will have to undergo more treatments to combat this new and unexpected development.

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Aimee is an ASU graduate student finishing two masters’ degrees while battling lymphoma.

About Aimee

Aimee is one of our very own ASU graduate students currently finishing two masters’ degrees. She is planning on graduating with her MFA in December 2014 and her MA in May 2015. On top of trying to finish her two graduate degrees and fighting the debilitating effects of cancer, Aimee has been physically unable to work. Aimee is a passionate sheep shearer, and she has dedicated her livelihood and education to working with and learning more about the animal that brings her the greatest joy. As part of her graduate research, Aimee’s passion has taken her around the world to isolated sheep farms to explore rural communities that depend on sheep as a primary resource. Through all of her research, Aimee’s mission is to find a solution to mass waste and educate local communities on the benefits of wool.

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Aimee is a sheep shearer and has traveled to sheep farms around the world as part of research for her graduate programs.

It has been a challenge for Aimee to balance everything life has thrown at her, but she is ready to put up a fight and conquer what she calls her armpit beast! She is eager to start new treatments to get ready for the Ph.D. programs she is applying to for 2015, as well as get back to work with the animals she loves most.

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Aimee has started a blog to share her experiences and provide support to others battling lymphoma. Visit Aimee’s blog site to follow her incredible journey and make a donation to help her in this fight. Spread the word to your family and friends, and together, we can help Aimee conquer this armpit beast.

 

New College to host world-renowned Native American authors Sept. 30 – Oct. 2

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Joy Harjo will be the keynote speaker at ASU West campus on Sept. 30. The public is welcome to come!

Arizona State University’s West campus is hosting three inspiring events by two world-renowned Native American authors, Joy Harjo and Winona LaDuke, in celebration of the First Year Summer Common Read.

The Summer Common Read is an annual program at ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. As part of the 2014 Summer Common Read, over the summer first-year students read Joy Harjo’s novel Crazy Brave and listened to speech entitled “Seeds of Our Ancestors, Seeds of Life” by Winona LaDuke. Students had the opportunity to create a response to the book and speech through writing an essay, making a poster, creating a photo display, recording a song, performing a dance, filming a short scene, painting, or whatever medium they felt could best capture their feelings.

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Winona LaDuke will be part of the Conversation with Joy Harjo on October 1, 2014. The public is welcome to come!

On September 30 through Oct 2, Harjo and LaDuke will be visiting ASU’s West campus to view the students’ original displays and share their own experiences with the ASU students.  Here is a sneak preview of the events that will take place on the West campus.

Sept. 30, students, faculty, staff, and the community are invited to attend a keynote presentation by highly-acclaimed Native American author, musician, and poet, Joy Harjo at the La Sala Ballroom. Doors and the student art gallery open at 6:00 p.m. Keynote presentation to begin at 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 1, gather for a panel discussion with both Harjo and LaDuke at the Kiva Lecture Hall. The panel discussion begins at 4:00 p.m.

Oct. 2, hear from Winona LaDuke, a well-known Native American activist and author, as she gives her own inspiring keynote presentation at the La Sala Ballroom. Doors and the student art gallery open at 6:00 p.m. Keynote presentation to begin at 7:00 p.m.

The student art gallery will feature original water color paintings, mobiles, musical submissions, video responses, and much more. New College has some incredible creative talent!

The West campus is honored to host Harjo and LaDuke. Make sure to check out the New College blog this week to learn more about Joy Harjo and Winona LaDuke before the events. For RSVP and questions, contact ncevents@asu.edu. Admission and parking are free. The community is invited to attend all three events. We hope to see you there!

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Learn about New College research opportunities at the Pre-Health Conference on Sept. 25

Do want to be a part of a valuable research experience with some of the best scholars in the field? Come to the 7th Annual Pre-Health Conference on Sept. 25 to learn more about New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences’s incredible pre-med program that allows students to take an active part in a real research lab.

In honor of the Pre-Health Conference, here is faculty spotlight on Dr. Carl Wagner, Assistant Professor at New College’s School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. As an organic chemist, Dr. Wagner values students taking part in hands-on research and has several undergraduate students who actively participate in research projects alongside him each semester. In one of his recent research projects, Dr. Wagner has developed a laboratory experiment to introduce undergraduates to the nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, a vital instrument for organic chemists. In the Nuclear Magnetic Residence (NMR) Facility, Dr. Wagner and his students conduct hands-on research in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Check out this video to get a behind-the-scenes look into the valuable research that goes on in Dr. Wagner’s lab.

If you are eager to participate in medical discovery and learn more about the Life Sciences degree program, register for the 7th Annual Pre-Health Conference at NCevents@asu.edu to kick off your career!

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Learn about New College’s life science and pre-med degrees at the Pre-Health Conference on Sept. 25th

Are you interested in making life-changing medical discoveries? At the 7th Annual Pre-Health Conference on Sept. 25, students will learn more about the amazing research opportunities they can participate in as part of the Life Sciences degree program at Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

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Dr. Peter Jurutka research focuses on topics as the fight against cancer.

At the head of one of these research opportunities is Dr. Peter Jurutka, an associate professor of New College’s School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at ASU’s West campus. Dr. Jurutka is well-known in the ASU community and is highly sought after as a mentor for aspiring health professionals. In his research lab, undergraduate students have the stimulating opportunity to work alongside him in hands-on research projects that focus on topics such as fighting cancer and osteoporosis. Dr. Jurutka has published for the American Association for Cancer Research, and his undergraduate research opportunities have led to students becoming co-authors of scholarly papers published in distinguished academic journals and presented at national conferences. Check out this video to get a sneak peek at a real research lab and hear from a current student about her experience as a Life Science major.

To learn more about how to advance your medical career and dive into valuable research opportunities, register today for the 7th Annual Pre-Health Conference at NCevents@asu.edu.

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Dr. Grace Caputo from Phoenix Children’s Hospital to present at the Pre-Health Conference on Sept. 25th

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Dr. Grace Caputo the Director of Education at Phoenix Children’s Hospital will be the keynote speaker.

Are you interested in the medical field and eager to rub elbows with some of the best? Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is hosting its 7th Annual Pre-Health Conference on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the West campus in La Sala Ballroom. With the event fast approaching, here is a sneak peek of our distinguished keynote speaker: Dr. Grace Caputo, Director of Medical Education, Designated Institutional Official, & General Pediatrics from Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She is an inspiration to the medical community, and we are honored to welcome her to ASU’s West campus to share her wisdom with the future leaders of the medical field.

Working alongside professionals in the medical field is an important component of the Life Sciences degree program at New College, and Dr. Caputo is surely a health professional who has motivated learners around her. Dr. Caputo is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Child Health at University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, AZ. In addition to her experience as a university educator, Dr. Caputo has served as the Director of Graduate Education and the Pediatric Residency Program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital since 1996. She has made a lasting impact on her fellow colleagues in the community and was honored as Top Doctor in 2013 by the US News and World Report based on peer-nominations.

asu-new-college-pre-healthDr. Caputo is not only highly regarded in her practice, but she is admired by others for her passion in mentoring the health residents in her community. This past April 2014, the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) chose Dr. Caputo for the Robert S. Holm Leadership Award, which recognized her for her outstanding contribution as a leader in the pediatric program and her continued support as a mentor and role model. Dr. Caputo is also part of APPD’s Leadership in Educational Academic Development (LEAD), a nationally recognized program that teaches medical residents and educators the tools to become exceptional leaders in graduate medical education. She is an advocate for change management in medical education and is committed to developing the best possible programs for future healthcare professionals like our current and prospective pre-med students at ASU.

Dr. Caputo’s dedication to improving graduate medical programs and cultivating the future of the medical field has earned her a positive rapport with those she has mentored. “She is a superb leader, teacher, mentor, advisor, counselor, listener and friend. She fosters self-assessment, self-directed learning, goal setting and reflection,” says Dr. Dana Ursea, associate program director of the pediatric residency program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “Her reputation as a teacher and leader is legendary in our community.”

If you are a future health professional and leader of tomorrow, come to the 7th Annual Pre-Health Conference on Sept. 25 to hear from Dr. Caputo, a truly remarkable asset to the medical community.

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What’s LEGIT at New College – Written by students, for students

Advice from New College LEGIT student ambassador, Lyndsey Morgan 

LEGIT-asu-new-collegeHave you struggled with the transition to college writing courses? If so, I encourage all students to stop by the Writing Center in Fletcher Library to learn more about how they can assist you in becoming a successful college-level writer.

Proven track record: The writing center helped improve my writing skills and my self-presentation when writing a paper. The first time I wrote a paper for my IAS class without the help of the writing center I received the grade of 72%. This upset me because I thought that I did extremely well. When I received the next assignment I knew that I had to do something different. I asked my friends around campus and they suggested I stop by the writing center.

Writing center success: The staff at the writing center were very helpful and they guided me to the path of success through helping me with grammar, punctuation, and flow. I contribute my success of the second assignment of 97% to the writing center for their patience and dedication. After only a couple of visits I am more confident in my writing skills and prepared to take on the school year!

I encourage everyone to go to the writing center. They are here to help you become successful! #NewCollegeLife #ASUWestCampus

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What’s LEGIT at New College – Written by students, for students

The New College blog is happy to announce a partnership with the LEGIT ambassadors (leaders encouraging graduation in interdisciplinary thought). Each week this semester a member from the LEGIT team will write a blog post. It will be a special interest piece written in the eyes of a New College student. Check out today’s post from our first LEGIT ambassador, TJ!

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LEGIT Ambassador TJ with Charles St. Clair

It is my pleasure to bring you the first entry of the LEGIT weekly blog post. The goal of LEGIT is to inform students about all of the cool ways to get involved with New College student life. Let’s take a look at what’s going on around the West campus this week!

The Football season is underway. The Sun Devils kick-off the regular season against Colorado on Sat. Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. Watch the game on ESPU. Go Devils!
ASU West campus events is showcasing the first art gallery installation of the season. AlterNative by Jacob Meders is available for viewing at ArtSpace West through Oct. 2. The Phoenix-based artist explores the cultural “other” (alternative) as well as the western social alteration of North American Indigenous identity through commodification and historical documentation (alter-native).
By The Way, Meet Vera Stark just finished its run at the Herberger Theatre and is opening at the West campus on Fri. Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The new comedy from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage draws on the screwball films of the 1930s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. The show will run at Second Stage West. Student tickets are $5, and IAP majors get in for FREE! Don’t miss out on this fantastic comedy!
In the spirit of getting more students involved here at West, here is a list of upcoming events that we would love to have you at: https://campus.asu.edu/west/events.
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