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Archive for September, 2009

September 27th, 2009
Posted by: Samantha Leigh Miller in Reflections / Comments (1)

So the president’s calling for more Americans to obtain a degree in higher education, which is great, fantastic even.  The ‘how’ part though, gets complicated.  ASU has been on board with this mission for many years now—it’s even our tag line.  “Excellence, access, impact;” it’s written on the side of our buses and shuttles, appears [...]

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September 26th, 2009
Posted by: Jacqueline Smith in Reflections / Comments (1)

There’s something contagious at ASU. No, I’m not talking about swine flu.  I’m referring to student engagement. In fact, a recent New York Times article highlighted two social scientists’ theory that good behavior can be just as contagious as a virus (“…if you want to improve the world with your good behavior, math is on [...]

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September 18th, 2009
Posted by: Jacqueline Smith in Reflections / Comments (1)

At 9:30 am on Saturday I sat in a yellow school bus filled with ASU students committed to serving their community. “Flash the pitchfork,” a student shouted before snapping a photo to commemorate the success of this year’s Fall Service Plunge.  As a new Sun Devil myself, I wasn’t quite sure how to flash this [...]

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September 16th, 2009
Posted by: Chris Meierling in Uncategorized / Comments (4)

The fellows had the great honor to speak with Jose Lobo, Associate Professor with the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and collaborator at the Phoenix Innovation Study. The tone of our thought-provoking conversation was set when he introduced himself as an urban economist exploring “why cities are the way they are.” We discussed [...]

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September 11th, 2009
Posted by: Jacqueline Smith in Reflections / Comments (1)

During the fall of my junior year in college my education policy professor (and mentor) handed me a book he wanted me to read: How to Change the World by David Bornstein.  I remember taking the book in my hands and staring at the bold title.  I thought to myself, “Did my professor really think [...]

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September 8th, 2009
Posted by: Chris Meierling in Projects, Reflections / Comments (0)

Over the course of the year I will be coordinating the Fellows Forum, a space where ideas will be shared and conversations constructed around the ASU Foundation‘s “Challenges Before Us.” These ‘challenges’ are in the same family as the global challenges that our society faces, such as climate change or social equity, yet they are [...]

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September 7th, 2009
Posted by: Audrey Iffert in Reflections / Comments (12)

I met my neighbor’s dog while trying to hike over my front yard’s 6-foot high retaining wall. I hadn’t planned on changing my fitness routine that day but had locked myself outside of the gate, and the only option at that point was to scale the cement-block barrier. While walking her dog, my neighbor Irma [...]

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September 6th, 2009
Posted by: Samantha Leigh Miller in Reflections / Comments (0)

I’ve been in love with Africa for as long as I can remember. It started with National Geographic and pictures of women with hoops the size of bicycle rims (as it seemed to me) hanging from their nose and ears—children running naked through patches of mud and chasing after feathered animals I’d never seen before—old [...]

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