ASU retiree becomes ASU graduate

November 23, 2020

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2020 graduates.

Gina Deane celebrated her retirement in an unconventional way — by pursuing a college degree.  Gina Deane Gina Deane in one of the school’s labs, holding up a School of Human Evolution and Social Change T-shirt she won. Download Full Image

Deane held an incredible variety of roles during her career. The former clinical psychotherapist, IT manager and soon-to-be archaeologist advocates “just exploring.” After her most recent position at Arizona State University’s Business Technology Services, where she worked for 21 years, she decided it was time to pursue a passion she’s always had — archaeology. 

The Phoenix native is graduating in December with a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the School of Human Evolution and Social Change

She didn’t want the transition from work to retirement to feel too abrupt, so she worked part time as a grocery store bookkeeper while taking archaeology classes.

Having worked two decades at ASU, Deane said, “it’s a good place to work, and an even better place to get an education.” She frequently encouraged her staff to continue their education and personal development at the university.  

As an anthropology student, Deane was involved in several of the school’s Undergraduate Research Apprenticeships. In fact, she’s spent so much time in the Teotihuacan Research Lab that she calls it her home away from home. 

Now, she eagerly awaits planned trips to Mexico. After assisting with projects in the lab on campus for two years, Deane is looking forward to visiting the Teotihuacan site. She also is planning to help with an archaeological survey in Mexico with a postdoctoral scholar.

A positive attitude is apparent in this life-long learner, complementing her mantra, “life is what you make of it, friend.”

She shared more about her research and studies at ASU.

Answers have been edited for length and clarity.

Question: What was your “aha” moment, when you realized you wanted to study the field you majored in?

Answer: I had my “aha” moment when I was just a girl. I watched a documentary on Louis Leakey and his discoveries in Olduvai Gorge, Ethiopia. I was hooked. Even though my career paths took different directions, I never lost my passion for archaeology. As retirement approached, I decided I was going to go for my degree and devote the next chapter of my life to my passion.

Q: What’s something you learned while at ASU — in the classroom or otherwise — that surprised you or changed your perspective?

A: I didn’t think returning to school at my age would be easy, but I found there were several classes I took that really surprised me. I was required to take English, algebra and a language. But, it was part of my curriculum and I persevered. Also, the young students were very accepting of me which was a bit of a surprise. I figured they’d probably have some fun at my expense, but they didn’t. In fact, I made quite a few friends with the younger students.

Q: Why did you choose ASU?

A: I chose ASU for its outstanding reputation as a Research 1 institution and for its stance on issues of inclusion and acceptance. Also, having worked for ASU, I knew the curriculum would be first class all the way.

Q: Which professor taught you the most important lesson while at ASU?

A: Many professors have given me great advice and assistance, and taught me what it means to be an archaeologist: Professor Michael E. Smith, Postdoctoral Research Associate Angela Huster, who is also my mentor, Assistant Research Professor Melissa Powell and Associate Professor Christopher Morehart. I’ve worked as an intern for both Smith and Huster for two years in the Teotihuacan Research Lab at SHESC. I’ve learned so much about “Teo,” as we call it, by updating databases, digitizing discovered artifacts and listening to the researchers' adventures.

While spending two semesters interning with Powell, I learned about curatorship of the artifacts, cataloging and sorting, and general museum ethics and practices. 

Morehart has given me the opportunity to view an excavation through the lens of his camera by organizing his excavation photos from his North Mexico Basin site. These experiences have made my education well-rounded and now I feel I can be an asset on any excavation site — surveying, excavating, cleaning, cataloging or sorting.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to those still in school?

A: If you’re passionate about something, go after that degree! If I can do it at my age, you can do it at your age.

Taylor Woods

Communications program coordinator, School of Human Evolution and Social Change


ASU Law recognizes Professor Bob Dauber for years of service

November 23, 2020

Bob Dauber, clinical professor of law and Brewer Professor of Trial Advocacy for the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, is retiring after 30 years with ASU Law.

Dauber devoted most of his career to instructing and supervising students representing clients of ASU Law’s Civil Litigation Clinic. He also regularly taught courses in civil procedure, evidence, professionalism and dispute-resolution processes. Dauber helped establish the Lodestar Mediation Clinic, a course that offers students intensive skills training and practical experience in the mediation process. Dauber is a former director of the Mediation Clinic and the college’s Trial Advocacy Program. He also served as the interim director of the college’s Clinical Program. Before joining the clinical faculty in 1990, he practiced for seven years as a trial attorney with the Phoenix office of Winston & Strawn. photo of Bob Dauber Bob Dauber, clinical professor of law and Brewer Professor of Trial Advocacy, is retiring after 30 years of teaching at ASU Law. Download Full Image

“Bob’s expertise in civil litigation and dispute resolution, combined with his many years of dedication to our students, have made a big impact for ASU Law,” Dean Douglas Sylvester said. “We will miss him at the law school and wish him wonderful days ahead in his retirement.”

Dauber has served on the boards of directors for Community Legal Services, the Arizona Dispute Resolution Association, the Homeless Legal Assistance Project and the Capital Representation Project, and on the ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) advisory board to the Supreme Court of Arizona. His research interests include court-connected mediation and other forms of dispute resolution, as well as the future of litigation.

In an earlier ASU Law article, Dauber’s provided some advice to students: “Enjoying life is more important than getting a good grade. Keep things in perspective. Your reputation and the relationships you build are so much more important than what your GPA was in law school.”

His teaching has made a lasting impact with many of his students and continues to resonate with alumni, including Ben Herbert, a 2010 ASU Law JD grad and an Intellectual Property Group partner with Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Herbert was recently part of the Kirkland & Ellis team that won a significant trade secret and copyright infringement case.

Herbert, who was a student of Dauber’s civil procedure and Civil Litigation Clinic coursework, wrote to Dauber after winning the case: “When good things happen, it is always important to reach out and let the people who helped you in the very beginning know that you have not forgotten. My 1L year was a long time ago, but I’ll never forget your class and the civil justice clinic two years later. I owe you a lot.”

Students interested in applying for ASU Law’s clinical programs can find out more here.

Julie Tenney

Director of Communications, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law