ASU West kicked off Night of the Open Door with activities for families

Come on in! Arizona State University campuses have opened their doors to families all month long. ASU West campus kicked off the first of five Night of the Open Door events on Feb. 6, 2016 with over 1,000 guests eager to peek inside what’s going on at our campus. This event engaged learners of all ages with exciting interactive and educational activities across multiple disciplines such as mathematical and natural sciences, humanities, arts and cultural studies, social and behavioral sciences, and education and business. From testing strength in an Army ROTC pull-up challenge, building towers with Minecraft blocks, observing black widow spiders, or participating in the Rubix cube competition, Night of the Open Door at ASU West had something for everyone. Kimberly Kobojek, Clinical Associate Professor in the New College School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, caught up with FOX10 Phoenix the morning of the event to give the community a taste of what they could expect at Night of the Open Door. Kobojek said, “People are to going to see the experience, what they can do as an undergraduate student here, and then what they can give back to the community.” Check out the links below to hear the rest of Kobojek’s interview with FOX10 Phoenix. Don’t worry if you missed out on the fun! There are still four more Night of the Open Door events to attend.
  • Downtown Phoenix campus: 4:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12
  • Polytechnic campus: 5:00-9:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19
  • Thunderbird campus: 4:00-8:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20
  • Tempe campus: 4:00-9:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27

West campus 30th anniversary profile: Stephen Pyne

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the groundbreaking of ASU’s West campus, New College will profile one influential person from the campus’ rich history throughout the month of February.
PYNE 2010 ASU 4Stephen Pyne
  • Regents Professor.
  • Taught at ASU West from 1986-1996
  • Was one of the charter faculty at West.
  • Has written over two dozen books, mostly on the history and management of fire around the globe.

“I remember most fondly the pandemonium of the physical campus. Then we were in modular units on site with only the elaborate entry way and library standing amid 300 acres of blowing dirt. It was like a scene out of ‘Beau Geste.’  We were there before there was a there to be at.”  

Dr. Tess Neal, Saleem Shah Award winner, conducts research to improve our legal system

Dr.Tess NealNew College assistant professor Tess Neal recently won the Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Excellence in Psychology and Law. Neal constructed interdisciplinary research to educate the people about how decisions are influenced in the legal system. Integrating psychology, ethics and law allowed her to analyze the bigotry of forensic experts shaping legal decisions. Neal has the drive to endure her research broadly and improve the justice system by showing legal experts how to reduce the effects of these biases. For more on Dr. Neal’s incredible honor, please click here.

Canyon Voices Literary Magazine Fall 2015 issue released

canyonvoices-fall-2015 (1)Do you want to share your voice with the public? Then take a look at Canyon Voices! The online literary magazine founded by New College professor Julie Amparano gives students, faculty, and the community the opportunity to share their thought-provoking writing and artwork skills through the magazine. Contributors are encouraged to signify the language, style, culture and gender of oneself with the readers. The artistic magazine publishes twice a year; you can read the most recent issue here. For more information on Canyon Voices, and to read archived issues, please click here. Share your voice or ask questions via email at

West campus 30th anniversary profile: Duke Anokye

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the groundbreaking of ASU’s West campus, New College will profile one influential person from the campus’ rich history throughout the month of February.
duku_3223_0Duku Anoyke
  • Associate Professor, School of Humanities, Arts & Cultural Studies.
  • Director of Interdisciplinary Global Learning and Engagement (IGLE).
  • Has taught at ASU West from 1999-present.

“My students still astound me with their profound sense of social justice and their willingness to experience the unknown and to give back, even as students. I’ve had immense opportunities at West, as family that supports and encourages us to spread our wings.”