All in the family at College of Public Programs convocation

June 5, 2013

Dan Zorich couldn't get a better seat at the College of Public Programs spring 2013 convocation, where his wife and son were graduating. As assistant director of online education for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, he sat onstage with other college administrators and faculty. And when it came time for his wife, Antoinette, to receive her Master of Social Work degree and his son, Chaz, to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Zorich was allowed to hand both their degrees.

"It was such a proud moment for me, being on stage witnessing my son and wife receiving their college degrees on the same day," said Zorich. Download Full Image

Zorich has taught at the school since receiving his Master of Public Administration degree from the college in 1999. He oversees ASU's second largest online program. The former Vietnam veteran has more than 30 years experience in corrections. He worked at a maximum security prison in Illinois, serving as clinical director for the Pontiac Correctional Facility southwest of Chicago, and was a probation supervisor for Maricopa County.

His wife had a successful career as a Maricopa County probation officer for more than two decades. But she didn't want to study criminology.  Instead, she enrolled in the School of Social Work in the College of Public Programs. Once she receives her state license, Antoinette wants to work with veterans or children with early childhood development issues.

"I never envisioned my wife going to school after retiring as a probation officer of 22 years," Zorich said. "But she really wanted to go back and pursue a graduate degree."

Zorich said part of her motivation came from seeing Chaz enroll at ASU. A military MP, he took online classes while serving in the Arizona National Guard, but finished his degree in person, and would often commute with his father to school. Now that he's earned his degree, the younger Zorich is exploring career options, which include working in law enforcement or going back to graduate school.

Paul Atkinson

assistant director, College of Public Service and Community Solutions


Chelsea Cassulo wins NCAA hammer throw title

June 5, 2013

Arizona State University track and field senior Chelsea Cassulo won the national title in the hammer throw on June 5 at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Cassulo trailed for the majority of the final round of throws as her day's best of 67.35 m in the opening round was only good enough for third when she came up her sixth and final throw. There, she launched the hammer 69.12 m (226-09) to jump from third to first and win her first NCAA title in the process. Download Full Image

Cassulo had never trailed in any of her primary meets this outdoor season in the hammer throw and, despite being the national leader in the event, needed to dig deep to surpass Illinois State's Brittany Smith's best throw of the day of 68.51m (224-09).  

With the victory, Cassulo became ASU's first-ever NCAA champion in the women's hammer throw. She set the school record earlier this year with a mark of 70.07m (229-11) at the NCAA West Prelims, a throw that ranks Cassulo as the sixth-best collegiate performer of all time.

The Sun Devil track and field team will also have favorites in the women's long jump and men's shot put competition taking place today with Christabel Nettey and Jordan Clarke, respectively.

Lisa Robbins

editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications