West campus hosts traditional pow-wow, Nov. 13

October 22, 2010

The Fletcher Library Lawn at Arizona State University’s West campus will come alive with the sights and sounds of Native drummers and dancers on Saturday, Nov. 13, during the campus’s annual Veterans Day Weekend Traditional Pow-Wow. The event, from noon to 10 p.m. at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix, is free and open to the public.

In addition to dance and drum performances, the Pow-Wow will feature grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Native arts and crafts, and food booths offering fry bread and more. Download Full Image

“The event’s theme is ‘A Celebration of Native Veterans,’ and American Indian veterans are especially encouraged to attend,” said Karen Ramirez, event chairwoman. “They will be welcomed and thanked for their service to our country.”

The day’s schedule is:

• Noon – Gourd Dancers
• 1 p.m. – Grand Entry
• 5 p.m. – Dinner break
• 6 p.m. – Gourd dancing
• 6:30 p.m. – Welcome and acknowledgement of veterans
• 7 p.m. – Grand entry
• 10 p.m. – Closing

Participants include Announcer Dennis Bowen, Arena Director Donald Sabori, Head Man Dancer Jarod Pidgeon, Head Woman Dancer Sheila McCabe, Head Boy Dancer Joe Cooper,III, Head Girl Dancer Tzenni-Bah Bauer, Northern Drum Saste Takoja, and Southern Drum Chris Dinehdeal.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. (Limited seating will be provided for tribal elders.)

The Pow-Wow is sponsored by the Native American Events Committee, Native American Student Organization, and the Office of Public Affairs at ASU’s West campus.

 For more information, call (602) 543-5300.

Former child slave to share his amazing story at West campus

October 22, 2010

James Kofi Annan, a young man from Ghana who was forced to work on fishing boats from age six until he escaped at 13, and who now runs a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping child slaves, will speak at ASU’s West campus Nov. 3.

The presentation by Annan, at 5 p.m., in the Kiva Lecture Hall in the Sands Classroom Building, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. Visitor parking costs $2 per hour.

“The story Mr. Annan tells is eye-opening because many of us are not aware of just how rampant child slavery and human trafficking are around the world. It’s a serious issue not just in Africa but in places like Mexico, China, and here in Arizona,” said Duku Anokye, associate professor in ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Annan met Anokye and several ASU faculty members and students last summer when the ASU group traveled to Ghana through a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad grant. Annan was one of several non-governmental organization (NGO) directors the ASU group interviewed.

“Our theme for the trip, ‘Stories from the Other Side,’ came out of our intention to introduce teachers and students from ASU and metropolitan Phoenix to historical and contemporary slavery as it has been constructed and practiced in Ghana,” Anokye said. Along with ASU faculty members and students from the New College master’s degree program in social justice and human rights, teachers from K-12 schools in Phoenix joined the 13-member delegation for the monthlong visit to Ghana.

“We also gathered stories from individuals who have been impacted in one way or another by the residual effects of slavery from the 19th century or who have been involved in ending contemporary human trafficking,” she said.

Unfortunately, Annan’s story of being sold into slavery in order to work on a fishing boat is not uncommon in Ghana. After his escape Annan went to school and eventually earned a master’s degree in the United Kingdom. He established an NGO, Challenging Heights, which has rescued many Ghanaian children from slavery and operates an orphanage and school to help prepare the children for a better life.

Annan gave up his career as a manager with Barclays Bank in 2007 to devote himself full-time to Challenging Heights. He received the Frederick Douglass Purpose Award, underwritten by the John Templeton Foundation, in 2008.

“James’ story highlights the significance of the work that he and others around the world do to rescue young people from slavery and educate them so that they can be valuable assets to society,” Anokye said.

Anokye and the other participants in the Fulbright-sponsored trip are now at work developing K-12 curriculum materials, a monograph and a documentary video, to help others learn from their experiences this summer.

During Annan’s November visit to the Valley, he also will speak in classes on ASU’s West campus and during an assembly at Betty H. Fairfax High School in Phoenix. Four teachers from Fairfax High School were among the ASU delegation that visited Ghana in July.

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Mercury GM and ASU guard team up for all-star lecture

October 22, 2010

A basketball pioneer and an ASU star athlete will join forces to close out an all-star lecture series which examines human issues as it relates to sports.

Phoenix Mercury President and General Manager Ann Meyers Drysdale and Sun Devil point guard Dymond Simon are teaming up to present “Gender, Race, Sports, and Equality.” The evening will conclude the fall 2010 Humanities Lecture Series. It all starts 6:30 p.m., Nov. 4, at the Nursing and Health Innovation Building II, 550 N. Third St., Innovation Auditorium, room 110, Phoenix. Download Full Image

Admission is free and the lecture is open to the public.

Keynote speaker Meyers Drysdale was ranked by Time magazine as one of the “Top 10 Female Sports Pioneers” when she was the first player drafted into the now-defunct Women’s Professional Basketball League in 1978. A year later she was the first woman ever to sign a contract with the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association. Though Meyers Drysdale failed to make the 1979 team, she ended up making sports history.

“Sports are a mirror reflection of society and a great teacher of life,” said Meyers Drysdale. “At some point in time, we are all going to experience success as well as failure. Sports can teach you how to learn the fundamentals, how to learn your craft, how to handle a situation and how to deal with other people.”

Her pro career was preceded by stellar high school, college and amateur campaigns. The 5-foot-9 guard was the first high school player to play on the U.S. National Team; the first woman ever awarded a full athletic scholarship at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), where she became a four-time All-American and led the Bruins to a national championship; represented the U.S. in the 1976 Olympics and earned a silver medal; and was the first player drafted in the now-defunct Women’s Professional Basketball Association in 1978. Her hardwood feats were recognized when Meyers Drysdale was enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. in 1993.

In the late 1970s, Meyers Drysdale provided color commentary for the Pacers at a time when female personalities in sports were a rarity. She became an award-winning broadcaster for ESPN, NBC and CBS. In addition to men and women’s basketball, Meyers Drysdale lent her broadcasting skills to softball, tennis, volleyball and soccer.

In September 2006, Meyers Drysdale was named general manager of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and vice president with the Phoenix Suns. She has helped guide the Mercury to two world titles in 2007 and 2009.

Simon is a new crop of female athletes; a senior guard with the Sun Devils, second-team All-Pac-10 member in 2009, and 2010-11 All-American candidate who has helped Arizona State to its two highest win totals (31 in 2006-07 and 26 in 2008-09) in program history. She will discuss her life as a student-athlete, and how basketball has shaped her life and her future.

“Basketball has definitely given women a chance to continue participating in a sport that was once considered a game for men only. The WNBA has opened doors for women that might have otherwise been closed,” Simon said. “As an African-American woman, I am thankful for such an opportunity; this allows me to continue doing what I love, which is playing the game of basketball.”

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Math-Science Honors Program changes young students' lives

October 14, 2010

The high school students call it a boot camp. In the middle of summer they’re in an ASU classroom by 8 a.m., grinding out 12 hours of college algebra, pre-calculus and calculus with analytic geometry.

No cell phones, video games or iPods. Quizzes and problem sessions every afternoon. Tutoring every night. No walking around on campus. Bed check at 10:30 p.m. Download Full Image

Sound like a teenage nightmare? Actually, it’s one of the most competitive and successful summer programs on campus.

The ASU Math-Science Honors Program celebrates 25 years of changing young students’ lives this year, having channeled more than 2,300 first-generation and underrepresented minority students through the program. Virtually all participants go on to graduate from high school, and about 95 percent enroll in college, many earning degrees in math, science and engineering.

Trachette “Tracé” Jackson, a program alumna from 20 years ago, was the first in her family to attend college after graduating from Mesa High School. Now, she’s a professor of mathematics at the University of Michigan, using mathematical models and model-driven experiments to advance cancer research.

She attributes her success to the program, and to the late Joaquin Bustoz, an ASU math professor who founded the program in 1985.

“The Math-Science Honors Program and Dr. Bustoz are the reasons I have made it as far as I have today,” she says. “The program gave me every type of support, financial and emotional, and enabled me to complete my bachelor’s from ASU and my doctorate (in applied mathematics from University of Washington).

“Every experience in the program taught me things that I still use in my everyday life as a teacher, researcher, mentor and educator.”

Michael Garcia, an ASU mechanical engineering graduate student, had planned to make a career in the military before he was accepted to the summer program in 2003 as a student at Westview High School in Avondale. Until then most of his teachers had written him off as a slacker, though one teacher saw enough potential to recommend him for the program.

He was shocked by the rigor of the pre-calculus classes, and by the intense schedule. The “boot camp” attitude is passed down from one year’s participants to the next, he says, since ASU students from the program are tutors for the high school students.

”It was the most rigorous, academically-challenging and stimulating environment I’ve ever been in, before or since,” says Garcia, who was head calculus tutor during the summers while earning his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering.

“The program shaped my academic discipline, in terms of homework and time management. It shaped my work ethic, that’s for sure. Out of my high school graduating class of about 565 students, I’m one of only a handful who got a college degree.”

Garcia graduated summa cum laude and won a prestigious National Science Foundation fellowship for graduate study, one of the most competitive awards in the nation. He plans to become a university professor and to help develop emerging technologies.

About 350 Arizona high school students apply for 100 spaces in the summer program each year, bolstered by letters of recommendation from their teachers, test scores and grades. ASU coordinators travel all over the state to recruit applicants, especially from rural areas, outlying communities and urban schools where many students meet the criteria.

Professor Bustoz wanted to increase the number of underrepresented minority students who enter college and major in science and math when he founded the program. In 1993 just three percent of degrees in both fields went to Hispanic and Native American students, for instance.

In 1996 the program broadened its focus to include students who meet the program’s academic and socio-economic criteria and are first-generation college bound. Since its inception participants have earned more than 900 ASU degrees, with hundreds of other students attending such universities as Yale, Princeton, Stanford and MIT.

Entering as high school sophomores and juniors, they earn college credit during the five- and eight-week summer sessions, over two successive years. Living in ASU residence halls, taught by university professors and mentored by current ASU students, they learn confidence, discipline and hard work.

Senior program coordinators Cindy Barragan Romero and Rebeca Ronstadt-Contreras continue to mentor them once they enter ASU, reminding them of financial aid deadlines, tutoring opportunities and resume workshops.

The program has produced dozens of local high school math teachers, who continue the chain by mentoring young students and recommending promising applicants.

“Five of us teachers at Carl Hayden High School are from the ASU Math-Science Honors Program, including our department chair,” says Eira Rodriguez, math teacher who was in the program 1988-1989. “It’s an amazing program. You meet other motivated students like yourself, which isn’t true in high school. You realize how much hard work is necessary.

“All the little things Dr. Bustoz used to tell us, I use them with my kids, like ‘If you get a low score, work harder. If you don’t work for it, you won’t get it.’ In the program I learned to persevere, to keep working at something until I got it.”

Dang Phan met his future wife when he entered the program 13 years ago, as a first-generation student from a single parent home. Now he’s a math teacher at Westwood High School in Mesa, and she teaches biology in Gilbert.

“I can’t say enough about how the program affects kids,” says Phan, who recruits young people to apply. “I see kids in my situation get this opportunity, and it’s a good feeling.”

University draws diverse group of faculty

October 5, 2010

Joining the faculty at ASU is not an option for professors who enjoy the status quo. The university draws academics who want to challenge convention, breaking through old boundaries to help develop new courses and new ways of thinking.

That sense of enterprise is a common thread among the 106 new faculty who have been hired at ASU, 98 of them joining the university this fall and the other eight next year.

The list includes the highest percentage of minority hires since 2006, and the highest proportion of women in three years. Forty-one are female, and 37 are ethnic minorities.

“I have a passion for creating novel programs that fall outside the norm and challenge us to think in new ways,” says Ann McKenna, who joined the College of Technology and Innovation this fall as an associate professor of engineering. “Here there is a palpable sense of challenging the education status quo, and a desire to not follow the crowd or worry about what ‘XYZ’ top peer institution does.

“My impression about the atmosphere took shape during the interview process. It just seemed like everyone enjoyed their jobs, and felt valued by the institution. The combination of people, atmosphere and intellectual activity was a perfect fit for me, so my decision to join ASU was an easy one.”

McKenna was a program officer for the National Science Foundation in the division of undergraduate education before coming to ASU. Her research focuses on understanding the cognitive and social processes of design, as well as curricular innovations and teaching engineering.

Yasmin Saikia will have the chance to shape a new program in peace studies, as the first Hardt-Nickachos Chair in Peace Studies at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict. Also a professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, she was attracted to ASU from the faculty at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Saikia already has developed several new classes that have never before been offered at ASU, covering topics ranging from Gandhi and the politics of non-violence to Muslim women’s peace movements. She is developing a new course on the history of Pakistan, a rare offering in an American university.

“I wasn’t looking to leave UNC, but I saw this brand new position as a philosophical window to think about the purpose of what I was doing on a broader level,” she says. “Peace has always been studied through political science, in a practical way. My work is interdisciplinary, history with a question of ethics. We can talk about war in a way that humanizes us.”

Matthew Scotch, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics, came to ASU this year after completing his post-doctoral work and two years as an associate research scientist at Yale. He was drawn by the university’s commitment to a formal program in biomedical informatics, and by its encouragement of collaboration across disciplines.

“I’ve already started collaborating with the Biodesign Institute, where I have a secondary appointment as a key faculty member in the Center for Evolutionary Medicine and Informatics,” he says. “They’ve been very welcoming. It’s been really great, something I wasn’t expecting.

“As for faculty advancement, it seems there’s more of a potential to go all the way to the top. You’re expected to pull in grants and to get published, but there’s also the expectation that you’ll do well and succeed.”

Scotch’s research interest is in public health, linking health data on animals and humans to support surveillance of diseases that are transmittable between the two. He received a five-year career development award in 2008 from the National Institutes of Health.

Cesar Torres, assistant professor of chemical engineering in the Fulton Schools of Engineering who earned his doctorate at ASU last year, balked at the custom for doctoral students to move to other institutions once they graduated. The chance to continue interdisciplinary research with excellent professors in bioenergy was too attractive to leave behind.

“While other universities encourage collaborations, I think ASU is leading these efforts to be the main way we perform research,” says Torres. “The outcome of these efforts is a more comprehensive and valuable research in which many people are involved. This way, we can tackle big problems, like finding renewable energy sources, from many angles and at different levels of expertise.”

Torres, who already is a leader in microbial electrochemical cell research, collaborates with research groups in the School of Life Sciences, chemical engineering, environmental engineering and the Biodesign Institute.

Becky Ball, assistant professor of ecology in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, was drawn by ASU’s highly regarded research program in ecology and sustainability, and by the chance to develop new courses. She also is excited by the chance for collaboration.

Ball comes to ASU from Dartmouth, where she did post-doctoral research for three years and was a visiting assistant professor of environmental studies.

“At the West campus I have the opportunity to be a part of the development of a new environmental science concentration, which gives me the freedom to teach and develop courses closely aligned with my research interests,” she says.

“There are many opportunities for exciting collaborations here at ASU, both within my field of biogeochemistry, as well as across disciplines. Researchers across the campuses have been very welcoming and open to these possibilities.” Download Full Image

Former NFL player, gay advocate commences lecture series

October 5, 2010

David Kopay, one of the first openly gay American professional athletes in team sports, is coming to ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus to discuss sports and homosexuality.

The former running back played 10 seasons in the National Football League and shook the sports world in 1975 when he publicly announced to a national newspaper that he was gay.  Download Full Image

Kopay’s “Sports and Homosexuality” is the subject of the second fall 2010 Humanities Lecture Series, co-sponsored by ASU’s School of Letters and Sciences and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association (NLGJA) student chapter at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Communications. His lecture takes place at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 21, at the  Cronkite School, 555 N. Central Ave., First Amendment Forum, Phoenix.

This year’s lecture series examines human issues related to sports, and is free and open to the public.

“When I came out as a gay man, I was confronting bigotry, the silence, and the hatred directed towards gay men and women," Kopay said in a 2009 speech. "Gay men had always been considered weak and silly and equated with women as being something less. Sure, hatred still exists, but there is a huge difference now. Hatred, dominance and brutality are no longer considered fashionable, celebrated or tolerated. Hopefully more people will continue to embrace change and diversity.”

Kopay grew up in Southern California and entered the University of Washington from 1961 to 1964; he completed his degree in history in 1966. Kopay was named All-American his senior year as well as Rose Bowl co-captain. He was signed by the San Francisco 49ers in 1964, and eventually played for Detroit, New Orleans, Green Bay and Washington, where he played under coaching legend Vince Lombardi.

After Kopay retired from football, he wanted to coach professionally, but said he believes his sexual orientation might have prevented him from getting a job in the NFL. Kopay eventually went to work for his uncle’s business, Linoleum City, a leading supplier of flooring to the motion picture and television industries in Hollywood.

His 1977 autobiography, "The David Kopay Story," stayed on the New York Times’ best-seller list for 10 weeks, and for the first time let readers into the world of professional football athletes, their sexual exploits, and the homophobia that forced Kopay to stay in the closet during his playing days in the NFL. That same year Kopay championed rights for gays in front of Congress, the National Bar Association in 1979, and the American Association of Pediatrics in 1980.

Since Kopay retired, only two other former NFL Players have come out: Roy Simmons in 1992 and Esera Tuaolo in 2002. Kopay has been credited with inspiring these athletes to be more open about their sexual orientation.

Kopay became a Gay Games Ambassador for the Federation of Gay Games in July 2006 and a year later announced a testamentary pledge of $1 million – nearly half of his estate – to the University of Washington’s Q Center, a resource for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students. The Q Center’s mission is to create an inclusive and celebratory environment for people of all sexual orientations.

“David Kopay’s story is important for students to hear because it builds awareness for those not familiar with gay issues,” said Anthony Dewitt, NGLJA student chapter president. “By hearing Kopay’s story, my hope is that students can make informed judgments about LGBT citizens and realize we are just like anyone else. We feel this is a wonderful opportunity for all students, especially those in journalism, to be exposed to other voices they might not otherwise get a chance to listen to.”

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$1.9M grant helps address needs of urban American Indians

October 5, 2010

Researchers at the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Institute (SIRC) have received a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to advance the partnership with urban American Indian communities in Arizona.

SIRC, in collaboration with its community partners, developed the competitive application to decrease and eventually eliminate health disparities associated with substance use and risky sexual behavior among urban American Indian youth of Arizona. Currently, few evidence-based prevention approaches exist to reduce and eliminate disparities among this rapidly growing population. Download Full Image

Using the social and cultural determinants of health perspective, SIRC is launching a research program that aims to develop and test the efficacy of a parenting intervention designed to prevent behaviors that put youth at risk. 

“Most American Indian families live in cities," said Flavio Marsiglia, director of the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center and Distinguished Foundation Professor of Cultural Diversity and Health in the School of Social Work. "This new award is a very strong step forward in our ongoing research partnership with the urban American Indian communities of Arizona. Until recently, our efforts were limited to the metropolitan Phoenix area.

"This award will allow us to solidify our intervention research program at a statewide level. The award is also important because it validates the research needs identified by our community partners while significantly advancing the mission of SIRC.”

The program will be developed and tested in partnership with urban American Indian communities in Phoenix, Flagstaff and Tucson.

“This grant addresses the critical needs of Arizona’s urban American Indian communities, which include the second largest population of urban Indians in the United States," said Stephen Kulis, principal investigator of the grant, director of research at the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, and Cowden Distinguished Professor of Sociology in the School of Social and Family Dynamics.

"This collaborative effort deepens the partnership that our ASU research team has developed with Arizona’s three urban Indian centers – Phoenix Indian Center, Tucson Indian Center, and Native Americans for Community Action (NACA) in Flagstaff – and expands their capacity for sustaining the development and delivery of effective parenting interventions."

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Fall season of signature lectures spotlights explorers, authors, trailblazers

October 4, 2010

Autumn traditionally marks the new lineup for TV shows, theatrical offerings, movies and football matchups. At Arizona State University, the fall season signals a time for signature lectures, which are open to the public and often free. 

This fall, ASU’s College">http://clas.asu.edu/fallseason">College of Liberal Arts and Sciences brings to campus an array of authors, explorers, trailblazers, scholars and big thinkers, covering topics across the humanities and sciences. Many are internationally known, some are prominent local figures, and quite a few names will be recognizable to the public: Kerry Kennedy, Steven Pinker, Lonnie Bunch, Peter Singer, Eliza Griswold.  Download Full Image

Among the distinguished speakers coming to Tempe this fall are an internationally known human rights activist, the scientific principal investigator for the Mars Exploration Rovers mission, the first Latina to head the Arizona ACLU, and the founding director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. 

“The caliber and variety of lecturers who come to ASU provide an enriching experience for our students and an opportunity for the community at large to enjoy informative, inspirational or thought-provoking presentations,” said Quentin Wheeler, ASU vice president and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

Most lectures take place on ASU’s Tempe campus, though some are at community venues. Many are free and all are open to the public. 

“There’s practically something for everyone. And, since nearly all the lectures are free, it’s an especially good bargain in these economic times,” said Rebecca Albrecht, director of special events for the college. 

Certain signature lecture series, such as the Jonathan">http://clas.asu.edu/MarshallLecture">Jonathan and Maxine Marshall Distinguished Lecture, have been around for years. Since its establishment in 1993, the popular Marshall lectures have featured renowned journalists, producers, scientists, authors and historians, including Robin Wright, Jon Meacham, Seymour Hersh, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and Robert Kennedy Jr. This month, eight years after her brother took the stage, human- and women’s-rights advocate and author Kerry">http://asunews.asu.edu/20100914_kerrykennedy">Kerry Kennedy will deliver her lecture, titled “Speak Truth to Power.” The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 in Katzin Music Hall on ASU’s Tempe campus. 

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">http://jewishstudies.clas.asu.edu/masters_lectures">“From Mendelssohn to the Holocaust” on Oct. 7, featuring Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, the Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism and director of the Center for Jewish Studies at ASU. 

">http://beyond.asu.edu/includes/_notes/Beyond%20shoemakers%20flyer.pdf">“Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity and the Exploration of the Red Planet” on Oct. 7, featuring Steve Squyres, the scientific principal investigator for the NASA Mars Exploration Rovers mission and a participant in numerous other planetary spaceflight missions. 

">http://asunews.asu.edu/20100930_seekingjustice">“Seeking Justice in Arizona: The (ill) State of Civil Liberties in Arizona” on Oct. 7, featuring Alessandra Soler Meetze, executive director and the first Latina to lead the ACLU of Arizona. 

">http://english.clas.asu.edu/indigenous">“Mapping Indigenous Futures: Creating a Native Voice in Higher Education” on Oct. 7 by Kathryn Shanley, Native American studies expert and professor of indigenous literature at the University of Montana. 

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ASU leaders honored at '40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40' ceremony

October 4, 2010

Four leaders at Arizona State University are being recognized as recipients of the "40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40" awards of 2010.

For the fourth year in a row, the "40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40" Recognition Luncheon paid tribute to 40 Hispanic business and community leaders who are paving the way for future generations through their contributions to communities across Arizona. Univision Radio partnered with Chicanos Por La Causa to celebrate the 40 recipients at a luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore on Sept. 22. Download Full Image

The honorees represent corporate, government, nonprofit, arts and cultural sectors across Arizona and are “working toward building upon the greater good of the community.”

Felipe Ruiz is the Director of Strategic Marketing and Design for the College of Public Programs at ASU. He has created recruitment and development campaigns and is charged with supporting the marketing activities of four academic units and 12 research centers.

Ruiz is also an active volunteer for various organizations and projects around the valley including the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  He is currently serving his second term as the Communications Chair for the ASU Chicano/Latino Faculty & Staff Association. He says it’s an honor to be recognized by his community.

“We live in a state where the Hispanic community struggles to show that there are a lot of honorable, educated people that come to this country to work and offer something good to the American people. This recognition makes us all realize that there are a lot of people doing great things and who represent the high standards of our people,” Ruiz said.

Daniel Rodriguez and Joaquin Rios are students at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, where each is active in Hispanic issues and social justice.

Rios, a third-year law student, is a co-founder of the law school’s new Law Journal for Social Justice, and former Vice Chair for Internal Relations for the Chicano/Latino Law Students’ Association. He has externed for both the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest and for Community Legal Services of Arizona.

Rios also has been active in numerous local campaigns for city council, legislative and congressional races, and is interested in working in public interest or employment law, or Alternative Dispute Resolution following his graduation this May.

“It’s a great honor to receive this award,” said Rios, whose undergraduate degree from ASU is in political science. “Being involved in the community is very important to me, and the idea that somebody actually notices is kind of surprising, and very nice.”

Rodriguez, a second-year law student, took a leave from school this year to work as a policy adviser to the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, and will return to the College of Law next fall. The Act, which was tacked onto the Defense Department Authorization bill and recently defeated by Congress, would make immigrants who came to the United States as children eligible for temporary legal status under certain conditions.

Rodriguez, a liaison to the Chicano/Latino Law Student Association, has undergraduate degrees in English literature and political science from ASU, and is thinking about working in small business or nonprofit fields, where he can use his law-school degree to affect change.

Like Rios, Rodriguez is 24 and pleased to be in the company of strong Hispanic leaders. “They asked me to name what my favorite song was when I was 25,” Rodriguez laughed. “Since I’m not there yet, I just told them what my favorite song is so far, “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson.”

Lydia Perez is the Project Director for the Upward Bound Program at ASU. Upward Bound is a federally funded college preparatory program for low-income, first-generation college-bound high school students.

“It is an honor to be acknowledged with such a vibrant, committed group of leaders. I am proud to represent Upward Bound, Arizona State University and my community in this honor. I am happy to continue to work to ensure opportunity and empowerment to students who desire an education,” Perez said.

“We are excited to partner with Univision Radio for the fourth annual recognition luncheon that will honor our young, up-and-coming Hispanic professionals. These exceptional individuals will build upon the next generation of talented Latinos. The honorees have undoubtedly demonstrated their commitment to serve and natural born leadership,” said Edmundo Hidalgo, President and CEO of Chicanos Por La Causa.
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Woman to woman: Constructing careers

<p>Female students in Arizona State University’s Del E. Webb School of Construction are preparing to face the challenges of a building a career in a traditionally male-dominated field.<br /><br />They’re getting some help with that preparation from women already working in the industry through a mentorship program called Advancing Women in Construction.<br /><br />The Cronkite News recently reported on how the mentorships are giving students an inside, hands-on look at the construction world.<br /><br />The construction school is a part of the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment in ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.<br /><br /><a href="http://engineering.asu.edu/news/2898">Read more</a> about Advancing Women in Construction.</p>

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