Ariz Court of Appeals judge, ASU law alum Randall Howe to have investiture

September 24, 2012

Judge Randall M. Howe, who sits on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division 1, and is a 1988 graduate of the Sandra Day O’Connor of Law at Arizona State University, will have his investiture on Sept. 27. He was appointed to the Court by Gov. Jan Brewer in May.

Howe’s investiture will be at the Disability Empowerment Center, at 5025 E. Washington St. in Phoenix, at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27. Download Full Image

Dean Douglas Sylvester of the College of Law said Howe’s background and experience make him ideal for the court.

“Randy has had a distinguished career in government service and was a logical choice for this key judicial position,” Sylvester said. “I have no doubt that he will continue to serve with the same degree of honor and integrity that has made him such a well-respected figure in Arizona.”

Howe joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2008, and became the Deputy Appellate Chief the following year. He represents the federal government in the U.S. Court of Appeals and supervises criminal and civil appellate matters handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Phoenix and Flagstaff offices.

Howe was with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office from 1988 to 2008, where he served as Chief Counsel of the Criminal Appeals Section, Appellate Supervisor of the Liability Management Section, and Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Appeals Section. Throughout his tenure in the Attorney General’s Office, Howe represented the State of Arizona in courts on multiple levels – and successfully argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1998, he served as Judge Pro Tem for the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division 1. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Howe was an associate with the law firm of Storey & Ross, P.C.

Other notable accomplishments include serving on the Board of Directors for both the Arizona Center for Disability Law and the Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (2005-present), being named a Distinguished Public Lawyer by the State Bar of Arizona (2007), and serving on the Attorney General Opinion Review Committee (1989-1999).

Howe graduated summa cum laude from the ASU College of Business in 1985, and received his law degree from the College of Law in 1988.

For new students, Camp SESE opens doors

September 24, 2012

For the second time, new students to ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) traveled to the Retreat at Tontozona for Camp SESE Sept. 7-9 as part of the school’s growing effort to build an open network among new students and upperclassmen and faculty.

The Retreat at Tontozona, formerly known as Camp Tontozona, is located in the Tonto National forest near Payson, Ariz. Camp SESE became part of the Exploring SESE (SES 191) course this year that new students are required to take. The camp included a schedule of events designed to be fun and informative and to begin establishing connections between the 50 campers and 28 mentors and faculty who accompanied them. Orienteering Download Full Image

Arjun Heimsath, SESE professor and this year’s camp director, said that the opportunity Camp SESE offers the students cannot be replaced by classroom learning.

“It’s all about engagement of the students. Camp SESE broadens horizons by getting people off of campus and into a real environment,” Heimsath said. “Students have fun and realize that we love what we do.”

Staying 5,600 feet above sea level under towering Ponderosa Pines, the campers explored SESE’s three main areas of research – geology, engineering and astronomy / astrophysics – through a variety of team-building activities.

Campers went on hikes to learn about geological features and the environment, practiced orienteering skills through a scavenger hunt, viewed the night sky and constellations, and interacted with rovers and remote-controlled helicopters.

Benjamin Stinnett, a systems design sophomore and camp mentor, was a camper last year and said he decided to come back as a mentor because of the positive way his own camp mentors impacted his experience with SESE.

“The most important thing about camp is the ability to make connections with leaders of student organizations and researchers,” Stinnett said. “I want to be the catalyst.”

Stinnett added that as a first-semester sophomore he now has a research position and is president of the ASU Robotics Club, opportunities that would not have come up without Camp SESE.

Another mentor, Andrew Bochko, is a geology sophomore who designed the camp’s t-shirts.

“Without Camp SESE, students are not put into an environment where they can meet people with the same major and have fun,” Bochko said, adding that his own mentors and peers are people whom he is still good friends with.

Chloe Antilla, a freshman earth and environmental studies major, was a camper this year. She said that being able to talk with professors and to see them outside of the classroom in the field gave her an appreciation for what they do.

“They care about what we learn, and when we asked questions they would get excited,” she said. “Their passion reinforces what I want to do.”

The experience for the campers, mentors and faculty was rewarding, Heimsath said.

“It’s fundamental to build a community. Nothing is more important than giving new students a sense of SESE, their peers, mentors and face time with faculty,” Heimsath said. “Many of the potential barriers to their academic career are dramatically lowered.”

The School of Earth and Space Exploration is an academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Written by Kristen Hwang

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