Top 2011 graduates from ASU named

May 4, 2011

At least 3,000 undergraduates getting degrees from ASU on May 12 have distinguished themselves academically, often while working and juggling family obligations.

Among the most prestigious awards are the Outstanding Graduate Awards given by the ASU Alumni Association to those who have achieved both inside and outside the classroom. One student per college is chosen, although this year three were selected from the largest college, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The following is a list of the 2011 Outstanding Graduates: Download Full Image

• Barrett, the Honors College – Mara Steinhaus of Parker, Colo.
• College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, humanities – Samuel Philbrick of Rochester, Minn.
• College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, natural sciences – Heather Koch of Phoenix
• College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, social sciences – Martha Wetzel of Phoenix
• College of Nursing & Health Innovation – Meghan Mills of Baroda, Mich.
• College of Public Programs – Danielle Barragan of Phoenix
• College of Technology & Innovation – Radoslaw Wendzich of Surprise
• Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts – Evan Sorosky of Agoura Hills, Calif.
• Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering – Joy Marsalla of Tucson
• Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College –  Jennifer Falk of Tempe
• New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences – Dhannia Torres of Phoenix
• Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law – Heather Horrocks of Gilbert
• School of Letters & Sciences – Osmara Altenhof of Alachua, Fla.
• School of Sustainability – Hannah Wells of Shutesbury, Mass.
• W. P. Carey School of Business – Isaiah McCoy of Tempe
• Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication – Kylee Gauna of Yuma

Some 1,097 students are graduating with summa cum laude honors, with a GPA of 3.8 or higher. Another 932 are graduating magna cum laude, with a 3.6 to 3.79 GPA, and 965 will graduate cum laude, with a GPA of 3.4 – 3.59.

Barrett, the Honors College, boasts 410 graduates. These students have completed at least 30 honors credits and have written a comprehensive honors thesis or creative project and have defended it before a committee.

Another 129 students are receiving the Moeur Award from the ASU Alumni Association, for having a 4.0 GPA with all their coursework completed at ASU.

ASU Bookstores grants student scholarships to ASU departments

May 4, 2011

ASU Bookstores’ partnership with Hewlett-Packard brought the Sun Devil Digital print-on-demand pilot program to the university last year. A component of the partnership with HP was an agreement to grant student scholarships to academic departments that have supported Sun Devil Digital in its first year on campus. 

Student scholarships in the amount of $500 were granted to each selected academic department. The department can now determine how the scholarships will be allocated to deserving students. Download Full Image

Academic departments receiving scholarships include:

• College of Nursing and Health Innovation
• Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
• School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
• School of Social Transformation
• School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
• W.P. Carey School of Business Accountancy
• W.P. Carey School of Business Finance
• W.P. Carey School of Business Marketing

In August 2010, Sun Devil Digital began printing textbooks and personally published books at the ASU Bookstore on the Tempe campus.  Currently one of only three sites piloting with HP to put high-speed printing and binding technology in retail locations, the ASU Bookstore has printed hundreds of textbooks and other course materials. The three primary goals of Sun Devil Digital are:

• Lower the cost of course materials to the students of ASU
• Reduce the carbon footprint at ASU for course materials
• Make personal publishing easy

By adopting course materials that can be printed on-demand, instructors can ensure that students are never without the textbooks and manuals they need to succeed. Arrangements have been made with several publishers for rights to print the textbooks on campus using Sun Devil Digital at the ASU Bookstore on the Tempe campus.

Beginning May 25, Follett Higher Education Group will assume management of ASU Bookstores. While the name will change to Sun Devil Bookstores, print-on-demand through Sun Devil Digital will remain available to the ASU community.

For more information about these scholarships and the print-on-demand partnership with HP, please contact ASU Bookstores associate director Dennis Mekelburg at 480.965.7960.

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