ASU Veteran’s Day

ASU New College Celebrates Memorial Day and Honors Student Veterans

Remembering this Memorial Day the sacrifice that was made for our freedom.

In recognition of Memorial Day on Monday, May 26, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is running a two-part series to honor, remember, and celebrate the men and women who have served in the armed forces. We recently interviewed United States Marine Corps Veteran and ASU New College student, Ezekiel (Zeke) Reed, to learn about his experience during his time in the Marines and at New College.

When did you begin school at ASU New College?

Zeke: I started during the fall of 2010.

What are you studying at ASU New College?

Zeke: Political Science, with a minor in Recreation Management.

What are you future career goals?

Zeke: To love what I do. If I do nothing other than enjoy the work that I do each day, I will be a pretty stoked guy.

What branch of the military were you a member of?

Zeke: I was in the United States Marine Corps.

When were you enlisted? 

Zeke: I was enlisted from 2003-2008.

Where did you serve?

Zeke: I was with the 1st Marine Division stationed at beautiful Camp Pendleton in southern California. I was forward deployed to a few places including Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, Bangladesh, and even Gulfport Mississippi, where I helped support the relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina.

What does Memorial Day mean to you?

Zeke: I’m from a very small town in upstate New York that has a large military presence. From World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Siege of Beirut, the first Gulf War, and Somalia conflict, veterans have been a large part of the community, and sadly, our grave yards are filled with military headstones. Memorial Day has always been a very big deal in my town. There is a free pancake breakfast at the local American Legion for the old-timers, a big parade through downtown, and a social at the local VFW. During my childhood I knew that Memorial Day was important because everyone told me it was. I repeated what others would say about the honor and respect of the military, but I didn’t completely understand the meaning until I had my own experience.

By this time I had been in the Marine Corps for a few years, I had dealt with losing folks to the Iraq war, but on May 4, 2006 it hit close to home. I lost one of my best childhood friends, Eli, to an IED. In the weeks following the funeral and all of the sadness that accompanies such somber event, I decided to make a phone call to Eli’s parents on Memorial Day to see how they were coping. During that conversation I was surprised at how happy his father sounded. And, I’ll never forget what he told me they were doing—having a party. For Eli’s family and now for me, Memorial Day is as much about the celebration of our lives as it is about remembering those we have lost and their sacrifice. I believe we need to enjoy each day we are given, as it validates their sacrifice.

Describing what Memorial Day means to me would be like attempting to describe a Picasso in words, and I lack that vocabulary. So, like every other Memorial Day for the last eight years, I will not sadden those around me by talking about the heroic deaths of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Instead, I will talk about the lives of those who have made that sacrifice, and I will definitely tell some hilarious stories to Eli, my youngest son, about his namesake and a hero I wish he could have met.

Is there anything else you would like us to know about your time in the military or your experience at ASU New College?

Zeke: Just that I consider myself lucky. I’m lucky to go to school that is so military and veteran friendly. ASU’s Veteran’s Assistance Office is staffed by some spectacular people who have been extremely helpful. I’m lucky to have come to ASU at a time where I have been a part of the Student Veterans Organization take off at the West Campus. I’m lucky to have met so many wonderful people here at ASU and especially in New College. From the professional staff to professors, my interactions with many of them have enriched my life in ways I had not expected.

Related Stories:  ASU Veteran’s Day – Student Bob Beard and ASU Veteran’s stories on our blog

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Remembering Our Fallen Wall Exhibit to be at ASU West campus

asu-west-campus-remembering-our-fallen“Remembering Our Fallen” was created to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Its legacy will be that these men and women will never be forgotten and that their names will be remembered and spoken.

Visit their website for more information at

asu-veterans-day-events-west-campusThe exhibit will kick-off with a reception at 1:30pm on the ASU West Fletcher Lawn, Sunday, November 24, 2013.  The opening ceremony will take place at 2pm and the the exhibit which is free and open to the public will run through December 2, 2013.  The event is hosted by the Student Veterans Organization of ASU at West.

Download the flyer >>Remembering_Our_Fallen_v05




Faces of Hope Photography Exhibit at ASU West campus

ASU West campus Fletcher Library Hosts Arizona Women’s Partnership Faces of Hope Photography Project.  Head on over to the third floor to view this amazing exhibit.  There’s more than what is seen in the picture below.

Arizona Women’s Partnership Faces of Hope Photography Project
Available: November 1 – January 15th

This exhibit highlights the different grass-roots charities that Arizona Women’s Partnership supports through philanthropy.  One of the photographs that caught my eye

Gabriels’s Angels Pet Therapy serves a foundation for teaching children compassion and to trust once again. Their mission is to end the cycle of violence for these defenseless children who are victims of abuse and neglect.

is Gabriels Angels Pet Therapy.  They help children who have been victims of abuse and neglect through their pet therapy.

Follow their Facebook Arizona Women’s Partnership , Twitter @AZWPartnership and visit their website at

The exhibit can be viewed during normal library hours.  (For Parking information please see


ASU Veteran’s Day – Read About ASU Student Bob Beard

ASU Veteran Bob Beard

ASU New College would like to thank veterans and active military members and their families for their sacrifices and service defending our country and our freedom.

Bob Beard is one of our graduate students who served as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps – 1995 to 1999.

Continuing his family’s military tradition, Bob joined the Marines following high school. During his enlistment, he served with the 1st Force Service Support Group at Camp Pendleton, California and was deployed aboard the USS Boxer as the ammunition NCO for the command element of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable).

Bob was honorably discharged in 1999 and began a career in media while attending ASU as an undergrad. Through the opportunities, resources  and programs at Arizona State,  Bob  has since worked in local radio, print media and television – and is currently employed at Eight, Arizona PBS where he manages promotions, events and outreach for the station’s shared interest communities.

Additionally, Bob is in his final semester of graduate studies in the Communication Studies Master’s degree program at ASU New College on the West campus where he is completing an applied project that examines claims of identity and authenticity within nerd culture.

We are proud of all our ASU Veterans and we hope you will join us in this week’s events in a Salute to Service at the ASU West campus.





ASU Veteran’s Week Events at West campus

asu-veterans-day-events-west-campusThe ASU West campus will be hosting several events Nov 9-16, 2013 in honor of all the veterans and active military members this Veteran Day.  Stay tuned for a story on Bob Beard an ASU Veteran on our blog this Monday!  Please view the event listing below of events to take place at the ASU West campus.

Salute to Service 2013

Saturday, November 9, 11:00AM
Fletcher Library
Tuesday, November 12, 9:00AM
University Center Building
Tuesday, November 12, 11 a.m.
Wednesday, November 13, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, November 13, 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 14, 11 a.m.
Thursday, November 14, 7 p.m.
Friday, November 15, 5:30 p.m.
The Pat Tillman Veterans Center  and ASU are proud to present these free events to the public!