ASU Polytechnic campus political science major found his passion a few miles from home


May 13, 2019

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2019 commencement.

While some high school students want to get far away from home to find themselves and have a certain college experience, ASU graduate Kyle Hohmann never had that mindset. He has known what he has wanted to do since early on in high school. ASU Polytechnic campus political science graduate Kyle Hohmann processes out of Wells Fargo Arena after CISA Convocation ASU Polytechnic campus political science graduate Kyle Hohmann exits Wells Fargo Arena after participating in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts convocation on May 10, 2019. Photo by Kelley Karnes/ASU Now Download Full Image

“I have been interested in politics and government since a young age,” Hohmann recalled. “I remember tracking polls and following coverage of the 2012 election as a freshman in high school and have followed every election since. What really got me interested in policy, however, was my involvement in speech and debate in high school. I participated in my first debate tournament when I was a sophomore, and while my views have evolved a lot since then, my interest in public policy has remained.”

Hohmann, who grew up in Gilbert, Arizona, knew that he didn’t need to leave home in order to pursue his dreams, and when ASU added the political science major at the Polytechnic campus the fall semester of his freshman year, that was the perfect fit for his situation.

Now, even with graduation in the rearview mirror, Hohmann still has no desire to leave his home state.

“I don’t know where I’ll end up, but hopefully I’ll end up with a job that allows me to stay in Arizona,” said Hohmann, who served a year’s term as senator in ASU Undergraduate Student Government at the Polytechnic campus. “I think local government is an area I’ll want to continue to focus on with whatever career I end up with.”

Hohmann recently shared with ASU Now more about some of his experiences while at the university and his plans for the future.

Question: What’s something you learned while at ASU — in the classroom or otherwise — that surprised you, that changed your perspective?

Answer: My internship at the (Arizona) Capitol taught me a lot about how local governments can solve problems and that a lot of positive change for communities comes through this process, rather than relying on the federal government to make changes.

Q: Which professor taught you the most important lesson while at ASU?

A: My Sociology 101 class with Professor Joshua Kane taught me a lot about the importance of counterintuitive solutions to complex problems and not getting caught up with the assumption that a proposed solution is inherently impractical without actually examining it further. It’s a concept I’ve definitely thought a lot about and make a note of in a lot of conversations I have that deal with complex issues we face.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to those still in school?

A: Some of the most interesting classes you will take with the best lessons can just as easily be electives as classes related to your major. Take electives that sound interesting to you!

Q: What was your favorite spot on campus, whether for studying, meeting friends or just thinking about life?

A: I made a lot of good memories in the Polytechnic USG (Undergraduate Student Government) office. When I had downtime between classes, that’s the spot where I would usually end up.

Q: Did you do an internship related to your major?

A: Two. My first internship was with Gov. (Doug) Ducey’s reelection campaign, and in my last semester I was a legislative intern for the governor’s office. It was an interesting jump from the world of campaigning to the world of governing, especially since I ended up working with some of my bosses from the campaign in the governor’s office.

Q: If someone gave you $40 million to solve one problem on our planet, what would you tackle?

A: Youth homelessness.

Written by Kynan Marlin, student marketing assistant, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, and sports journalism major, ASU Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

ASU Law students successfully endow scholarship, help future Federalist Society students


May 13, 2019

The newly endowed James Madison Scholarship is the first of its kind and will recognize and encourage outstanding ASU Law Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies student leadership.

The scholarship will support a second- or third-year student enrolled full time at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law who is also a member of the Federalist Society. The recipient will also have expressed a financial need and exhibited a desire to promote awareness of the Federalist Society’s founding principles. photo of ASU Law Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies students ASU Law Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies students. Download Full Image

The scholarship was conceived by Grant Frazier, who graduated this past week from ASU Law with a Juris Doctor degree. As a student at ASU Law, Frazier served as president of the Federalist Society ASU Law chapter and as the chair for the 2019 National Federalist Society Student Symposium, which took place in March 2019.

“ASU Law FedSoc programming, as well as the invaluable intellectual forum it facilitates, greatly augments the in-class legal education provided by ASU Law’s renowned faculty. Such efforts require a great deal of time and effort by student leaders,” Frazier said. “The James Madison Scholarship will recognize the work of these student leaders and the critical contributions they make to the ASU Law community, and the greater Phoenix legal community more generally.”

Stacy Skankey, who also graduated this past week from ASU Law with a Juris Doctor degree, has a strong desire to help her fellow students. From her time serving as vice president of the ASU Federalist Society, she learned firsthand the importance of seeking opportunities for professional development. She was also one of the first donors to the James Madison Scholarship.

“I donated because it is important to me to help students with similar fundamental values and ideals find forums for intellectual discussion. The financial aid that the scholarship provides will allow the recipient to worry less about finances and devote more time towards the attainment of his/her academic and professional goals,” Skankey said. “Student members of the Federalist Society tend to be prominent leaders on campus, who are intellectually curious, driven and devoted to the communities for which they serve. It is my hope that my donation supports student leaders who exemplify these qualities and encourage additional, future students to aspire to such leadership."

Staying ahead while giving back

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Grant Frazier, JD '19. As a student at ASU Law, Frazier served as president of the Federalist Society ASU Law chapter and as the chair for the 2019 National Federalist Society Student Symposium.

Currently, of the 42 donors to the James Madison Scholarship, 36 are first-time donors to Arizona State University. Furthermore, approximately half of them are current students.

“Students giving back as students shows just how important a scholarship like ours is to the student community,” said Frazier. “It is an honor to call so many of our new donors my friends, and it is encouraging to see them become philanthropists early in their legal careers.”

The original fundraising goal for the scholarship was $25,000 in order to obtain endowment status. Since the scholarship has met and exceeded that goal, students and alumni wish to see the goal increased to provide additional scholarships to students.

The first James Madison Scholarship will be awarded to a student as they start the fall 2020 semester at ASU Law. At current levels, the scholarship award will be approximately $1,000 to $1,250. The goal for the students who launched the James Madison Scholarship was to reach an endowment level around $750,000 which would provide a full-ride scholarship for a deserving student leader.

“My goal is to fundraise for this scholarship every year to continue to grow the fund and therefore increase the amount awarded every year. While we will set incremental goals, the next big goal is to reach the amount necessary to provide a full scholarship,” Frazier said. “This is going to take some heavy lifting, but I believe over time a significant number of alumni will become donors.”

Assist future law students by donating to the James Madison Scholarship.

If you would like to make a multiyear pledge commitment, please contact Terri Burkel at ASU Law at terri.burkel@asu.edu or 480-965-5329.

Nicole Almond Anderson

Director of Communications, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

480-727-6990