Veteran credits ASU Online, military-friendly atmosphere for success


December 3, 2012

“It was a boyhood desire of mine to serve in the armed forces based on my love of aviation and the military,” says ASU senior Christopher Guidry.

As a crew chief, Guidry was in charge of inspecting his assigned aircraft for any needed repairs after missions. He also supervised a team of specialists who worked to ensure each plane met expectations and standards for flight. Chris Guidry Download Full Image

One day he was reassigned to a highly coveted position as an Honor Guardsman, a service member who provides funeral honors for fallen comrades. Guidry participated in more than 600 funerals for those who served in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.  

In 2008 after his time with Air National Guard ended, Guidry decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree via an online university. After a year, he decided to transfer to ASU in pursuit of a degree from a school he felt had greater recognition and credibility.

“ASU Online has given me the opportunity to get a degree from a highly accredited university that has world renowned programs," Guidry said. "My diploma will say ASU and I’m proud of that. People will know I earned it and it isn’t commercial.”

The senior enjoys the flexibility online courses provide, as he is balancing his coursework with raising a family and a full-time job.  

“You have to have impeccable time management," he says. "I have a whiteboard that I make sure is constantly updated. I also check My ASU multiple times a day because not everything your professor posts will make it to your inbox. I schedule everything out from the syllabi and my daily life."

His hard work has paid off. Guidry is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies via ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences this December after just three and half years. To do so, he took on a rigorous course load of 15 to 18 credits a semester.  

Looking back, Guidry says the process has made him a stronger person, and credits his wife for her support and motivation during difficult times.

He will soon attend Northern Arizona University to begin working on a master’s degree; however, Guidry says he will always be a proud Sun Devil.

“The veteran-friendly atmosphere coupled with a very effective online program is something that I will cherish and appreciate forever. I’ve already joined the Alumni Association,” he said.

ASU Magazine highlights Mayo Clinic collaborations, power of imagination in latest issue


December 3, 2012

The December 2012 edition of ASU Magazine features a cover story on the collaborations between Arizona State University and the Mayo Clinic, and provides an overview of the university’s efforts to close America’s science and technology education gap.

The cover story, “A Healing Partnership,” provides details on how ASU and Mayo have grown to be trusted collaborative partners in a number of areas, including biomedical research, basic science, technology, business, law, even the arts and humanities. The story describes why leaders at both ASU and Mayo believe that each organization is benefiting from the relationship, and how the partnership may impact health care delivery at the national level. ASU Magazine December 2012 Download Full Image

The second feature section, entitled “STEMming the Tide,” reports on what ASU faculty members are doing to address challenges to American science and technology education. The university is home to many innovative programs aimed at increasing interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects among primary and secondary school students, and it has become a national leader in developing and instituting programs to address this national problem.

A third feature, “Future Forward,” discusses the Emerge initiative at ASU, which earlier this year brought thinkers and dreamers of all stripes – including filmmakers, engineers, science fiction authors, musicians, bioscientists, historians, game designers, computer scientists and students – together to let their imaginations run wild and reflect on the future at a three-day conference. The story recaps conference highlights and discusses ongoing projects, such as the newly formed Center for Science and the Imagination, that will carry forward research on the use of imagination to resolve real-world technological and ethical dilemmas.

In addition to these three features, the December edition includes a sports story on what drives ASU’s passionate “super fans;” an arts story showcasing professor Mark Klett’s use of “rephotography” to explore the intersection of culture, landscape and time; updates on ASU’s sports teams; news and photos from alumni chapters across the country; and a full complement of alumni-focused news reports in the Class Notes section.

To view the latest edition of ASU Magazine online, visit http://magazine.asu.edu. To download a complimentary iPad application to view the magazine, visit http://magazine.asu.edu/ipad-app.