Lexie Kruse

January 19, 2016

Lexie Kruse, a Master of Trumpet Performance student in the School of Music, recently received first place in the brass soloist division of the Music Teachers National Association Southwest Division competition.

"“I am honored to have advanced to the final level of the solo competition,”" says Kruse. “"I feel a step closer to being a professional trumpet soloist, which is one of my long-term goals as a musician. Also, I am so fortunate to study with Professor David Hickman, who continues to be such an inspiration to so many students.”" Download Full Image

Kruse will head to the national finals, which will take place in San Antonio during the MTNA National Conference in April 2016.

"“I am most looking forward to performing my competition pieces, the "Telemann Trumpet Concerto in D Major" and the "Trumpet Concerto" by Robert Planel. I have been giving master classes at schools around the Phoenix area, and performing the pieces at least twice a week helps me learn how to handle my nerves, play on various levels of sleep and stress, and best perform the compositions back to back.”"

Political science graduate uses PhD with Auditor General office

January 19, 2016

Scott Swagerty, who recently graduated ASU with a PhD in Comparative Politics, Methodology, has taken a position with the office of the Arizona Auditor General.  Swagerty, who has three degrees from the School of Politics and Global Studies, says the graduate program at SPGS helped him be qualified for his position as a methodologist.

“My position requires a PhD, so without SPGS and its rigorous methods sequence, I wouldn't have been qualified to apply,” he said. “Additionally, since the PhD program is small, faculty devote a lot of time to individual students, which helped me persevere, even though there were certainly times I wasn't sure I'd make it to the finish line.” Download Full Image

Swagerty is the in-office research design and statistics expert with the office of the Arizona Auditor General. He provides guidance on measuring and evaluating the performances of state programs and agencies.

Staying local to Arizona was also key in Swagerty’s decision to pursue a non-academic career path.

“I was equally interested in academic and non-academic positions,” he said. “One of the difficulties with pursuing academic careers is that you don't typically have a lot of say in where you end up. I'm pleased to have ended up remaining a Phoenician.”

Looking back at his academic experience at the School of Politics and Global Studies, Swagerty said it was, “strong all around.”

“The faculty, the small class sizes, the course offerings, the opportunities to teach, the department's commitment to funding students for conferences and research. … I will say I'm very proud to be a product of SPGS.”

Matt Oxford

Manager of marketing and communications, School of Politics and Global Studies