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In the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, we think big about our community and the challenges ahead. As a part of our family, your continuous commitment to connect, engage and support our college is crucial. Our network of appreciated alumni and generous donors enable our students to find endless opportunities to achieve their dreams, solve prominent issues and make the world a better place. Join us as we strive for greatness.
Thanks to the generosity of two major donors, Boeing and Salt River project, high school teachers can receive partial tuition scholarships and programmatic support to advance their education in physics and improve their teaching capabilities. The ASU modeling instruction program addresses physics-teacher shortage and strengthens STEM pathway, directly benefiting 100,000 students annually in school districts across Arizona.
Arizona State University alumna Allison DuBois, the inspiration behind the television show “Medium,” sends her current fourth-generation junior Aurora and her youngest daughter Sophia to the rivalry game against the Arizona Wildcats in hopes of extending the family tradition to another DuBois woman. Allison hopes the territorial cup game will move ASU to the top of her daughter’s list; after all, Sparky was Sophia’s third word.
After graduating from the microbiology program in Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences in 1970, alumnus Michael Peddecord decided to start contributing to the program’s scholarship fund to help alleviate students’ financial struggles. Blessed with a stable, well-paying job, Peddecord believes it’s only fair to give something back. And, there’s a long list of scholars who have been impacted by his generosity.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invited four exceptional alumni back for the revival of the CLAS Leaders program during the university’s homecoming festivities, Nov. 12-14. These leaders – Peter Charron, James Hutcheson, Karrin Kunasek Taylor and Richard Sher – have gone above and beyond in their professional careers to create positive change and develop transformative innovations locally, nationally and internationally.
Peter Buseck, a professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, received a $1.5 million award from the W.M. Keck Foundation’s Science and Engineering Research Grant Program to find an answer to the fundamental question of where the water on Earth originally came from.
Vada Manager, a political science alumnus from the class of ’83, believes the university experience has been instrumental in forging a successful career. He understands how finances can create hurdles at college so he’s joined forces with a colleague, his former financial aid officer at ASU, to fully fund two students in the Capital Scholars Program – an internship for students who want to experience Washington D.C.
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Early Start is a two-week immersion program held before the start of the fall semester to help freshmen succeed in college. The discipline-specific program provides a positive launch for first-time freshmen identified as having risk factors that could impede their success in college.
Students participate in a variety of workshops as well as academic and social activities. The focus is on providing students with a sense of purpose and passion for their major and career path so they can recognize the meaning behind what they are doing – for themselves, their families and their communities.
Critically, a network of support is established for each student. This network includes faculty members, academic advisors, tutors, academic coaches, and writing and math support staff who are focused on enhancing the students’ academic and social success at ASU.
Since beginning in 2014, 90 percent of the program participants have returned for their sophomore year.
The College funds Early Start through limited operational investments and private donations, which covers program fees such as room, board, and instruction. There is no charge for the student participants but the cost to run the program is $1,000 per participant.
The program goal is to expand so that students from all majors at The College can participate.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences includes three departments which offer four ROTC programs to aspiring cadets in the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy. These students receive leadership and officer training while they are enrolled at ASU in any academic major.
The Master of Natural Science degree and the Modeling Instruction program are helping science teachers become more effective in the classroom. The innovative programs help current teachers change the way they teach physics by introducing a hands-on approach to instruction. Both programs have a measurable impact across Arizona and the U.S.—well over 100,000 students have benefitted so far. Your support ensures teachers have the tools to provide exemplary education to a new generation driving scientific and mathematical discoveries forward.