Evolutionary Biologist Dr. Timothy Mousseau visits ASU’s West campus on April 30

Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences hosts Dr. Timothy Alexander Mousseau this week for a discussion on what evolutionary biology can learn from nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl and Fukushima. The talk will take place at ASU’s West campus on Thursday, April 30 at 3:00 p.m. in CLCC 256.


Professor Timothy Mousseau received his doctoral degree in 1988 from McGill University. He is currently a professor at the University of South Carolina in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Mousseau has published over 160 scholarly articles and has edited two books.


Dr. Mousseau’s primary areas of research include the basis of adaptive variation and the evolution of maternal effects. Dr. Mousseau and his colleagues have explored the ecological as well as evolutionary consequences of radioactive contaminants affecting birds, insects and people who inhabit the Chernobyl region of Ukraine; and more recently, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Their research suggests that many species of plants and animals experience direct toxicity and increased mutation loads as a result of exposure to radionuclides in these areas. Data suggests that this mutation load has dramatic consequences for future survival in various species.


Dr. Mousseau’s talk is a great opportunity for New College students to learn and ask questions about environmental influences on evolutionary biology. It is also a great opportunity to network!

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ALL MAJORS ARE WELCOME. So come join us for Dr. Timothy Mousseau’s talk on April 30 at 3:00 p.m. in CLCC 256.

If you would like to read additional information about Dr. Mousseau’s book publications, awards or upcoming seminars, please visit http://cricket.biol.sc.edu/mousseau/mousseau-cv.pdf

Written by Genesis Cisneros and Jessica Billeb

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Senior New College Peer Mentor creates a legacy at the National Collegiate Leadership Conference

The weekend of February 15, 2015 marked the magical ending of a three-year legacy for Lead Peer Mentor Shantel Sanchez-Correa. Correa, a senior at the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, delivered her final presentation as an undergraduate during her trip to the University of Arizona for the National Collegiate Leadership Conference.


The annual National Collegiate Leadership Conference (NCLC) held in Tucson, Arizona is a student-led leadership experience that serves as a cornerstone to educate participants on the elements of leadership. This groundbreaking conference brings together innovative students from universities across the country and creates a melting pot of ideas, growth and learning for students seeking to become a driving force in their programs. Each year speakers register to host workshops to share the knowledge and success of their student organization.

Shantel Sanchez-Correa is a Lead Peer Mentor at ASU New College.


The New College Experience Team has visited this renowned conference each of the four years that Correa has been a part of the Peer Mentor program. Each spring, selected mentors are chosen to speak on behalf of their university in efforts to create student retention and build community at the West Campus. However, this year was something truly special for Correra.


We recently spoke with Correa about her experience as a keynote speaker at her final NCLC. “Overall this year’s trip to Tucson for NCLC was great, but it was a snap shot of my college experience coming to an end.” As the leader of the Peer Mentor Program, Correa takes great pride mentoring the next student leaders. Upon graduation, Correa plans on pursuing her dreams of attending dental school. Her junior successors Kelly Spencer and Paige Herbert plan to carry the torch and continue the legacy that Correa has created at New College.



“My senior year and being the lead of the Peer Mentor program has allowed me to share what I have learned with my team. It was great to see Kelly and Paige present and steal the audience’s attention,” said Correa. The conference truly gave Correa time to reflect on the impact she has made at New College, and she has high hopes for the program in coming years. “What made me really emotional was noticing that Paige and Kelly were now stealing the floor. I can only imagine how great the New College Peer Mentor squad is going to do at NCLC next year.”


The New College Experience Team helps build student relationships and community around the West campus.
The New College Experience Team helps build student relationships and community around the West campus.

The Peer Mentors of New College are the driving force of guidance, student relationships and retention at ASU West. Students just like Correa are making a difference through leadership and are giving back to the communities that have created their identities in the professional world. Find out more about students like Shantel Correa and apply to be a Peer Mentor. Join the legacy and continue its great tradition.


For more information on becoming a New College Peer Mentor email Drew Koch at Drew.Koch@asu.edu. To learn how you can attend the next National Collegiate Leadership Conference visit http://leadership.arizona.edu/org/nclc

Written by Paige Herbert


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ASU New College Professor Dr. Nadesan talks about Fukushima nuclear disaster

Dr. Majia Nadesan is a professor of communication in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Located at ASU’s West campus, she teaches courses that look at economic and corporate communication, propaganda and social advocacy, and interpretive and critical methods, and her interdisciplinary research examines the ethical implications of societal governing logics and risk-management strategies.


Most recently, Dr. Nadesan has authored and co-authored, respectively, two books on the Fukushima nuclear disaster: ‘Fukushima and the Privatization of Risk,’ and ‘Fukushima: Dispossession or Denuclearization?’ The Ecological Options Network recently interviewed Dr. Nadesan about the genetic consequences of Fukushima. Check out the video below to hear Dr. Nadesan talk about the long-term impact on the planetary gene pool of the on-going radioactive emissions from the continuing Fukushima nuclear disaster.


Congrats Dr. Nadesan!

For more info visit Dr. Nadesan’s blog at http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/.

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Outstanding Alumni Wall at ASU West honors exceptional New College alumni

Although our New College alumni have moved on from life at ASU West, they will always remain an important part of the Sun Devil community. ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is proud to honor exceptional alumni through the unveiling of the Outstanding Alumni Wall. The ceremony took place on April 9, 2015 at ASU’s West campus in Fletcher Library.

“In my travels I have often seen walls where the institution was recognizing their successful alumni, and I thought that it was time that New College did the same,” says Dr. Akua Duku Anokye, Associate Director of New College’s School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies (SHArCS) at ASU West. “The wall gives us an opportunity to celebrate our successful alumni while encouraging them to remember us.”

ASU New College has a community of excellent alumni who have left their mark on our campus. Four honorees were chosen for recognition on the Outstanding Alumni Wall based on the following judging criteria:

  • the quality of contributions the nominee had made to the mission of New College, West Campus, and/or ASU.
  • how the nominee had distinguished her or himself.
  • how the nominee had demonstrated her or himself in distinguished leadership and service to the greater community.

“Each nominee was selected based on his or her specific commitment and dedication to the values of New College,” says Dr. Anokye. “Each honoree has kept contact with New College and consistently made connections for other students or the community.”

Congratulations to the following New College alumni for their outstanding contributions to ASU West. We are so proud of you!


Judith A. Lynn received her B.A. degree in 2000 and M.A. degree in 2008 both in Communication Studies.  Even as a student she was instrumental in assisting faculty in creating partnerships between ASU and local community constituencies and organizations. Lynn has deftly woven connections between her ASU education and leadership of impactful charitable groups and is an exemplary community activist working with such groups as Friends of the Arizona Cancer Center and the Assistance League of Phoenix.  Currently Director at RepublicBank AZ, she actively engages in establishing scholarships for New College students who plan to pursue their MA’s in Communication Studies.


Judith A. Lynn
Judith A. Lynn

Edward L. Vasko received his B.A. degree in History in 1995. As an Information Technology executive, he has worked in diverse management and technical industries.  A founding member of the Information Systems & Security Association, Phoenix Chapter, he provides entrepreneurship advisory services to small businesses embodying ASU’s principles of entrepreneurship and community embeddedness.  CEO of Terra Verde, a provider of cybersecurity services and solutions, Vasko serves as a member of the New College Dean’s Advisory Board and continues to be a constant supporter of the West campus.


Edward L. Vasko Jr.
Edward L. Vasko Jr.

Martin J. Quezada is a native of Phoenix who received a B.S. in Administration of Justice and Ethnic Studies from ASU West in 2001. He received his law degree from Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in 2008, and he has always pursued a life of public service and community activism, serving such diverse organizations as ASU’s Los Diablos Latino Alumni Association, the Maryvale Village Planning Committee, the West Phoenix Revitalization Community Advisory Board and the Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association.


Martin J. Quezada
Martin J. Quezada

Abu K. Mboka is a native of the Sudan and received both a B.A. degree in Communication Studies and a B.S. degree in Administration of Justice in 2000.  Further he received his M.A. in 2003 in Interdisciplinary Studies and a PhD in 2007.  An expert in Human Rights, International Conflicts, Government response to juvenile delinquency and Social Justice, he overcame significant personal obstacles as a political refugee to achieve professional recognition as a tenured professor at Cal State Stanislaus. Through his pedagogy, he continues to enrich the lives of young people.


Abu K. Mboka
Abu K. Mboka

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ASU West celebrates Earth Week on April 20 – 24 with campus events

It’s time to go green! Join Arizona State University’s West campus in celebrating Earth Week April 20 – 24 with a series of great campus events to increase environmental awareness in our community.


Monday, April 20: Meatless Monday, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Verde Dining Pavilion,

Set aside that hamburger and pick up a salad! Take the pledge to eat less meat one day a week to help reduce your own personal footprint. Head on over to Verde Dining Pavilion for a variety of meatless lunch options to satisfy your appetite.


Tuesday, April 21: Blackout, 7:00 p.m., UCB Courtyard

Unplug and enjoy the great outdoors! Blackout is a chance for you to power down and take a break from everyday stressors, so turn off all of your electronics, leave your dorm room and spend some time with friends and family. Join us for an Earth Day arts and crafts project using recycled mason jars, and make your own dirt and worms snack with Oreos, chocolate pudding and gummy worms.



Wednesday, April 22: Upcycle Garden, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., UCB Courtyard

Discover your green thumb! Get your hands dirty by creating your own hanging garden out of recycled materials. It’s fun, environmentally friendly and beautiful!



Thursday, April 23: Swap Shop, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Verde Dining Pavilion

Out with the old and in with the used! Swap your gently used items with other students on campus, helping us reuse and recycle in our community. To shop, stop by and pick up some gently used items that catch your eye. No need to bring cash; take what you want and donate what you don’t!

To donate, pre-register at http://goo.gl/forms/V0xpAO5hvZ and you will automatically be entered into a raffle drawing! Can’t make it to the event? After registering online, drop off your donations at Changemaker Central Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. through April 22. There will be other drop-off locations in Casa de Oro, Las Casas and the FAB Building front desks.



Friday, April 24: Las Casas Grows, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Las Casas

Clean up our campus! Help us beautify Las Casas by replanting and tidying up the space. If it’s at ASU West, we want it to look the best! Participants can stop by anytime or register on Volunteer match.



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Looking to transfer? Interview with New College transfer students who made the switch

Jonel Kejee and Troy Lyons are new transfer students here at ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Both students were prior Maricopa County Community College graduates and are attaining communications degrees through ASU New College. Thanks to the MAAP program, they were able to take the classes needed at their community colleges and transfer to New College with ease. Jonel and Troy have been attending ASU West for the past year after graduating from community college, and we wanted to learn more about their transition to New College.


How do you feel the transition was from your community college to ASU New College?


Jonel Kejee

-I felt that it was an easy transition. The class sizes added a personal connection to my classmates and my professors. My advisors were very informative on what classes I needed to take to graduate on time. They answered all my questions and recommended teachers they felt I would enjoy taking courses from.

Troy Lyons

-Going from community college to a university is a huge step. I was originally worried about the large class sizes until I found out that they aren’t much different from Paradise Valley Community College. The advisors created this sense of comfort for me knowing that I will be able to get to know my teacher on a personal level verses being in a massive classroom.


Troy, you mentioned smaller class sizes. Jonel, do you feel that smaller class sizes impacted your college experience?



– To be honest, I thought I would be missing out on the whole college experience and I would not be meeting the same amount of people, but I love it! I can ask questions in class and get to know my instructors. Nothing feels rushed, and if there is a concept in class that’s a little fuzzy, the professors have no problem going over the material again. It makes me feel like what I am learning is not just for a test, but life application.


What are some ways that advisors can find the proper professors to recommend here at New College?



– Since I have been here at New College, all the professors I have had have helped me not only transform as a student, but also an individual. My advisor sat me down and got to know me to get a better sense of what teachers would fit my learning style. Seeing that many of the advisors took classes here, they have tremendous insight first-hand.



– Yeah, I totally agree! I remember my advisor recommending a class because she took it and loved it! The advising staff is very intuitive on students’ needs and will recommend professors based on that.


So overall, did you think the transition here to ASU New College was difficult?



-No, it’s New College. They are there to help you. You’re going to love it here!



-Couldn’t think of getting my degree anywhere else!


These are just a few examples of students who made the switch from community college to ASU New College and enjoyed every moment of it! With intimate class sizes, helpful advisors and a personal atmosphere, ASU New College could be the right choice for you.

For more information, contact New College Advising at 602-543-4444.

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Written by Jonel Kejee and Troy Lyons

Learn more about studying abroad at Farewell Event on April 23

It’s that time again for the Study Abroad Farewell event! Every year Study Abroad puts on an event to
give our international exchange students a warm send off and hear about their time here at Arizona
State University. This is an excellent opportunity to hear about their unique stories. This event also
gives outbound students a chance to connect with international exchange students who are from their
study abroad destinations.

What’s really awesome is that this event is open to everyone! From those who are from other
countries to those already set to study abroad and even those who are just interested in hearing what
study abroad is all about. Come DISCOVER how affordable and rewarding Study Abroad really is.

The farewell event will take place on ASU’s Tempe campus in Sparky’s Den at the Memorial Union from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm on
April 23.
Remember there will be free food, drinks and fun!
Everyone is welcomed but RSVP is required.

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Written by Rebeka Kokora

Students solve real world problems at ASU West Cyber Security Challenge

The Arizona State University Cyber Security Challenge, co-organized by ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and Terra Verde, a provider of information technology services and solutions, was one of the many exciting events during ASU’s West campus Open Door Event on Saturday, March 28, 2015. This event brought talented minds from middle school, high school and college throughout Arizona to solve real world problems that challenge today’s cyber security professionals, digital forensic scientists and network/security/system engineers.

This is the second year the Cyber Security Challenge has taken place. The purpose is to show students before graduation possible real world problems that Terra Verde’s customers face every day. ASU’s West campus wants to make sure their classes reflect everyday occurrences.

All students who were currently enrolled in middle school, high school, community college or university were welcomed to participate. There were 11 teams, made up of 26 participants. The event was four hours long, comprised of four separate challenges.

The tasks included i) performing digital forensic analysis to detect and analyze cyber-attacks; ii) identifying and patching a series of cross-layer vulnerabilities in networking devices (routers, switches, firewalls, etc.) or end systems (Windows, Linux, etc.); iii) analyzing the structure, content, behaviors and potential damage of mysterious executables and virus/worm packets; and iv) developing strategies for protecting assets in enterprise networks.

The winning team of the Cyber Security Challenge  as part of ASU's West campus Open Door event.
The winning team of the Cyber Security Challenge as part of ASU’s West campus Open Door event.

The winning team received 220 points out of a possible 300. The top three teams all received gift cards, and everyone who participated received a certificate. Daniel Giebink, Terra Verde Security Engineer and ASU West campus alumni, architected the Cyber Security Challenge and walked everyone through the tasks, explaining different ways of solving the problems. This was a great learning experience for all the teams, especially with the demonstration of the different ways to approach these challenges. In addition, security defense and countermeasures were explained for each one of the tasks in order to teach defensive techniques for the weaknesses that could be potentially exploited in the systems.

Together, ASU and Terra Verde are training the next generation of good guys, and good guys have to know the methods and tactics of the bad guys. ASU and Terra Verde are committed to providing trained and talented employees to the work force, ready to hit the ground running.

New College student organization raises awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Arizona State University’s West campus is home to more than 60 student clubs, providing great opportunities for students to get involved and stay engaged outside of the classroom. One of ASU’s newest additions is Innocence Reclaimed, an organization dedicated to raising awareness for children who are disadvantaged in the Phoenix area.

Innocence Reclaimed’s current project involves recognizing April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Members of the organization will have tables set-up at ASU West the week of April 6 – April 10 to educate the community on child abuse and neglect and make pinwheels to promote awareness.

Members of Innocence Reclaimed made pinwheels in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Members of Innocence Reclaimed made pinwheels in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

We talked with Jamie Parker, one of the students behind Innocence Reclaimed, to learn all about this inspiring student organization.

The idea for Innocence Reclaimed began as freshmen class assignment in Fall 2014. Students participated in the ASU Innovation Challenge to develop an understanding for service learning and create a project from start to finish, which included identifying an issue, coming up with a solution, making a budget and involving the ASU community. Groups presented their projects to a committee of ASU faculty, students and community members. Jamie, co-winner of one of the spots in the Innovation Challenge contest in Fall 2014, was eager to make the group’s ideas a reality. “The idea was driven by the need to get more ASU members involved and to show our dedication to our cause,” says Jamie. “Forming an organization showed our desire to see change in the community and gave us more access to resources that could enhance our outreach to ASU and the surrounding community.”

Innocence Reclaimed currently has four cofounders: Jamie Parker, Diana Sharaf, Xavier Sandoval and Adrian Escobedo, with club faculty advisor Dr. Karla Murphy and support from Dr. Anne Suzuki. The organization hopes to meet new students and gather more members as the week goes on during the Child Abuse Prevention tabling event this week. “We ask that ASU joins us in raising awareness so that we may help reduce the number of children who are suffering,” says Jamie.

Students can learn more about Innocence Reclaimed and make their own pinwheel to spread awareness for child abuse prevention on Friday, April 10 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the UCB/SANDS hallway.
Students can make their own pinwheel to spread awareness for child abuse prevention on Friday, April 10 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the UCB/SANDS hallway.

In addition to spreading the word about child abuse during the month of April, Innocence Reclaimed advocates for several different issues facing disadvantaged youth in the Phoenix area and hopes to promote more awareness in the future. “This upcoming Fall of 2015, we are planning to have the incoming freshmen make pinwheels for different causes and help at a nearby Boys and Girls Club in Glendale,” says Jamie. “We are making blue pinwheels in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, and we plan to make green, orange, purple, silver and teal pinwheels to hopefully spread awareness for child depression, ADD/ADHD, anti-bullying, mental & physical disabilities and self-injury,” says Jamie.

Innocence Reclaimed is a wonderful example of how innovative ideas can make a powerful difference in the community. Make sure you stop by the UCB/SANDS walkway Friday, April 10 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. to learn more about the organization and ways you can get involved.

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Find the hero in you – ASU West blood drive on April 14

It’s that time of year where United Blood Services visits ASU’s West campus for their spring blood drive. United Blood Services and ASU Health Services team up every year to give students a chance to donate.

The blood drive will be held on April 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. by the South Walkway between CLCC and Fletcher Library. The event is free and open to the public.

United Blood Services comes to campus twice a year to give students and faculty the chance to donate blood for those in need. Donating blood helps the anemic, trauma patients, people experiencing kidney failures, etc.

ASU’s West campus has had incredible turnout in past years and has even received the 2014 Power O Award for a 300% increase in type O blood donations.

“It gives me the opportunity to do something anonymously and it gives people in the hospital a fighting chance,” said Tim, a current New College student. “As I walk down the street, through the airport, in the park or at work, I wonder if someone I walk past has received my donation.”

Some patients would consider Tim to be a hero, and now you have a chance to be a hero too.

All blood donors at this drive will receive a voucher for a free Whataburger, courtesy of Whataburger.

If you would like more information about the event, stop by the Health Office or visit www.unitedbloodservices.org.

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Written by Jessica Ortega