Lecture series covers political, social, cultural issues


September 23, 2008

Faculty members from ASU’s School of Letters & Sciences will discuss women, war, violence, religion and politics during its first community lecture series at the Downtown Phoenix campus

Karen Shafer’s “Minding the Flock: Obama, McCain, and Religious Voters in 2008” will commence the series, which starts at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 25 at the ASU Mercado, 502 E. Monroe St., Suite C-368. Download Full Image

The lecture series is free and open to the public.

“The Community Lecture Series provides us with opportunities to analyze, discuss and interpret current events. We look forward to public discussions that help us understand and appreciate various points of view on political, social and cultural issues,” said Frederick C. Corey, director of ASU’s School of Letters & Sciences and dean of University College.  

The School of Letters & Sciences in University College is designed to respond to the needs of ASU students, downtown faculty members, the challenges of higher education and constituent communities.

Shafer, a political science instructor at ASU’s School of Letters & Sciences, said the role of religion in the 2008 presidential election will be the focal point of her lecture.

“The discussion will highlight whether or not John McCain can mobilize evangelical voters like George W. Bush did in 2000 and 2004 to win the presidential election,” Shafer said. “I’ll also talk about the Democratic party’s recent efforts to reach out to faith-based voters on behalf of Barack Obama.”

Recent national polls show McCain and Obama in a virtual tie almost six weeks before election day.

The lecture series schedule includes:

• “Women, War, and Violence” presented by Sama Alshaibi, 1 p.m., Oct. 4, University Center, 411 N. Central Ave., Suite 282, Phoenix

• “If I Die in Juarez” presented by Stella Pope Duarte, 5:30 p.m., Nov. 13, El Portal Restaurant, 117 W. Grant St., Phoenix

What: School of Letters & Sciences Community Lecture Series featuring Karen Shafer

Where: ASU Mercado, 502 E. Monroe St., Suite C-368

When: 5:30 p.m.,Thursday, Sept. 25

Admission: Free

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Fall enrollment tops 67,000


September 24, 2008

Enrollment at ASU this fall has reached a record 67,082 students, more than 4 percent higher than last year’s 64,394.

ASU’s enrollment has grown by nearly 12,000 students since 2002, when it adopted the mission of becoming a high-quality, high-access university. All four ASU campuses experienced an increase. Download Full Image

The Downtown Phoenix campus enrolled 8,431 students in its third year, with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication having relocated downtown from the Tempe campus this fall. Last year there were 6,595 enrolled.

At the Tempe campus, 52,734 students are enrolled, increasing more than a thousand over last year’s 51,481.

Enrollment at the Polytechnic campus in Mesa grew to 9,614, a 10 percent increase from last year’s 8,752. Enrollment at the West campus grew to 9,572 from 8,664 last year.

More students are attending ASU full time, almost 6 percent more than last year. Of the total enrollment, 13,784 are graduate students.

ASU enrolled 168 freshman National Merit Scholars this year. The number of freshman National Merit, National Hispanic and National Achievement scholars totals 278, up 25 percent in the past five years.

While overall minority enrollment numbers are not yet available, more than one-third of the 2008 freshmen are ethnic minority students, doubling over the past 10 years.

The number of top scholars from Arizona enrolling at ASU also continues to increase at record pace. ASU welcomed 11 Flinn Scholars, with more than half the state’s 20 Flinn Scholars choosing ASU. President and Provost Scholars, students who perform at the very top of their Arizona high school graduating class, increased 13 percent.

Campus enrollment figures total more than the overall unduplicated count of 67,082, as ASU students take advantage of the courses that are offered by departments throughout the university, not just at the campus that is the academic home of the student.