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Case family members perform at a concert to raise money for the James Case Scholarship.

College of Health Solutions scholarship honors speech and hearing professor

James Case loved teaching. Specifically, he loved helping develop future practitioners and teachers in the field of speech-language pathology as part of ֱ State University’s former Department of Speech and Hearing for 31 years. His son, Jeff Case, said it was appropriate that the James Case…
Portrait of Jemele Hill.

Jemele Hill to deliver lecture on race relations at ASU

Emmy Award-winning journalist Jemele Hill will be the featured speaker at the 2024 A. Wade Smith and Elsie Moore Memorial Lecture on Race Relations, hosted by The College of Liberal ֱ and Sciences at ֱ State University. Hill is the co-founder of Lodge Freeway Media and a contributing…
Portrait of Gaymon Bennett

In memoriam: Associate Professor Gaymon L. Bennett

Gaymon Lamont Bennett Jr. died Feb. 1 at age 52 after a three-year battle with lung cancer. Bennett arrived at ASU in 2014, where he joined the faculty of the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies (SHPRS). As an affiliated faculty member of ASU’s Center for the Study of…
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ASU endowment reaches $1.5B, ranks among top universities for second time

The ֱ State University endowment surpassed $1.5 billion in assets at the end of 2023 and was ranked among the industry’s largest endowments by assets for the second consecutive year. The endowment, which is managed by the ASU Foundation for A New American University, ranked No. 103 during…

In memoriam: Emeritus Professor John 'Jack' Peterson

John "Jack" Peterson, professor emeritus of architecture, died Dec. 31, 2023, at the age of 94. Peterson was a leading architect, devoted educator and talented artist. He joined the ASU faculty in 1963 and taught for 35 years. His legacy lives on in the Master of Architecture program, which he…
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Scholarship preserves legacy of late ASU professor

After building a ֱ and a life at ֱ State University, teaching and mentoring for decades while serving as a respected psychologist and international scholar, the late Professor J. Jeffries McWhirter is being honored by a new ASU scholarship created in his name. Dedicated to the…
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Annual Hearts and Scholars event promotes philanthropy, celebrates students' accomplishments

Each year, alums, community members and other supporters of The College of Liberal ֱ and Sciences at ֱ State University contribute to students' success by investing in their future. On Jan. 18, The College celebrated this connection by bringing together donors and the students they…
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ASU launches cutting-edge chemistry labs

This spring semester, more than 3,500 students now have access to a dozen newly remodeled laboratories outfitted with advanced technology, interactive teaching tools and increased capacity for collaboration.  A ribbon-cutting event on Jan. 11 celebrated the grand opening of ֱ State…
Group of women in prison posing with ASU sign after graduating from program

W. P. Carey School of Business, Televerde Foundation expand prison education program

Since 2020, the ֱ State University W. P. Carey School of Business and Televerde Foundation have worked alongside community partners to offer a unique program for women as they transition out of prison. The PATHS (Prepare, Achieve, and Transform for Healthy Success) program teaches skills in…
Sign on a college campus that reads "Barrett, The Honors College" as students walk by.

Scholarship supports the Theory of Embedded Intelligence in students' honors theses

Electronic engineer Bill Mensch — founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Western Design Center in Mesa, ֱ, a major contributor to the design of the Motorola 6800 8-bit microprocessor and who was part of the team that created the MOS Technology 6502 — believes in the Theory of…
Portrait of ASU grad Kaley Danks.

Dean’s Medalist reflects on her journey from language aficionado to accomplished Spanish graduate

Editor’s note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2023 graduates.The College of Liberal ֱ and Sciences at ֱ State University has selected Kaley Danks, a double major in Spanish and biological sciences (biology and society), as the fall 2023 Dean’s Medalist for the…
Portrait of ASU Professor Patricia Rankin.

ASU, Association for Women in Science partner to advance female representation in STEM

In 1988, when Patricia Rankin accepted her first faculty position as an assistant professor of physics, she was the only woman in the department. She took note of the fact but was undeterred from excelling in the field, going on to work as a program officer for particle physics at the National…
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MFA grad builds community, develops new technique during time at ASU

Editor’s note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2023 graduates. Angelo “Vo Vera” Sapienza wanted to attend graduate school 10 years ago. He applied and got into the master’s program in dance at ֱ State University, but the timing wasn’t quite right. In the meantime,…
Portrait of ASU grad Zach Rufa.

ASU Law grad uses theater background to fuel new legal ֱ

Editor’s note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2023 graduates.The practice of law and the practice of theater have one major thing in common: performance. That’s according to Zach Rufa, who is graduating from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law this fall with his Juris…
Members of ASU's W. P. Carey School leadership pose with members of the Morrison family for a group photo.

ASU Morrison School of Agribusiness celebrates 25 years

Editor’s note: This story is featured in the 2023 year in review. In 1998, Marvin and June Morrison envisioned a groundbreaking school that would recognize the intersection of agriculture and business. Twenty-five years later, the Morrison School of Agribusiness at ֱ State University’s W. P…
Portrait of ASU Assistant Professor Eleni Panagiotou.

Professor receives NIH grant to investigate relationship between protein structure, health issues

Proteins are very large molecules containing many amino acid residues linked together in specific sequence. They live in our bodies, in our cells, and encode function through their chemical composition and sequence. It is now well accepted that structured, governed dynamics modulate function, yet…
Julian Tuan Anh Nguyen playing violin.

Music doctoral student pursues dual ֱ as professional violinist, teaching artist

Editor’s note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2023 graduates.ֱ State University double-alum music student Julian Tuan Anh Nguyen will graduate in December from the School of Music, Dance and Theatre with a Doctor of Musical ֱ in violin performance.Nguyen…
Portrait of ASU grad Azucena Villalobos-Lopez.

ASU honors graduate aspires to attend law school

Editor’s note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2023 graduates. Azucena “Suzie” Villalobos-Lopez doesn’t take her ֱ State University education lightly because she worked so hard for it, inside the classroom and out. “As a first-generation Mexican-American student,…
Headshot of Rachel Einecker

Passion for the environment drives School of Molecular Sciences Dean’s Medalist

Editor’s note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2023 graduates.ֱ State University honors student Rachel Einecker is graduating in December with a Bachelor of Science in environmental chemistry and the prestigious School of Molecular Sciences Dean’s Medal in honor of…
Portrait of Adrian Lerma, senior director of development for Tribal Nations at the ASU Foundation

Shaping the future of Indigenous excellence

When Adrian Lerma’s grandmother passed away in 2011, she reflected on her life and legacy as she grieved. Lerma, senior director of development for tribal nations at the ASU Foundation, was suddenly struck with a sense of responsibility. Who would guide and shape her to become the leader her…
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