Alumni Association welcomes new students with Sun Devil Send-Offs series

June 25, 2012

The ASU Alumni Association will partner with Sun Devil alumni and families to welcome Arizona State University’s incoming freshmen and transfer students at a series of Sun Devil Send-Offs, to be held at locations across the United States this summer.

Send-Offs offer a casual, relaxed setting for new and returning members of the ASU community to meet each other. They provide a personal welcome to ASU for students and their families, as well as opportunities to connect with ASU alumni and continuing students. New students are encouraged to ask questions about life at ASU, share their concerns and excitement, and socialize with other students from their home area. San Diego Sun Devil Send-Off 2011 Download Full Image

ASU students who have attended previous Send-Offs give them high marks for helping them prepare for their time at the university.

"I really liked getting to meet other new students who live in the same state and area that I do,” said Cami Samuels, a broadcast journalism major who attended a Send-Off in Portland, Ore. “I think it is really helpful to know them going into the school year, and we all exchanged phone numbers and info so we can stay in contact.”

Jaime Watson, a political science major from Tucson, said, “I loved meeting the alumni and hearing about their experiences at ASU and gaining advice from them."

More than 30 Sun Devil Send-Offs are planned for 2012.

2012 Sun Devil Send-Offs Dates and Locations:
• June 23 – Denver
• June 24 – Atlanta
• June 24 – Indianapolis
• July 7 – Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
• July 12 – Yuma, Ariz.
• July 14 – Las Vegas
• July 14 – Orange County/Newport Beach, Calif.
• July 14 – New York
• July 14 – Pinetop/Lakeside, Ariz.
• July 15 – Washington, D.C.
• July 21 – Boise, Idaho
• July 21 – Chicago
• July 21 – Idaho Falls, Idaho
• July 21 – Orange County/Ladera Ranch, Calif.
• July 21 – San Diego
• July 22 – Houston
• July 22 – Madison, Wisc.
• July 24 – Los Angeles/Westlake Village
• July 24 – Philadelphia
• July 26 – Los Angeles/El Segundo
• July 28 – Albuquerque, N.M.
• July 28 – Austin, Texas
• July 28 – Charlotte, N.C.
• July 28 – Columbus, Ohio
• July 28 – Portland, Ore.
• July 29 – Los Angeles/Arcadia
• July 29 – Pittsburgh
• July 29 – St. Louis
• July 29 – Tucson, Ariz.
• Aug. 4 – Salt Lake City, Utah
• Aug. 4 – Bend, Ore.
• Aug. 5 – New England/Cambridge, Mass.

To learn more, or to register a student for a Sun Devil Send-Off, visit

College of Law, legal community mourn passing of Charles A. Pulaski Jr.

June 25, 2012

Charles A. Pulaski Jr., a former faculty member at the College of Law and senior tax partner at Snell & Wilmer in Phoenix, died on June 21, following a lengthy illness. He was 70.

Pulaski had a distinguished career from 1980 to 1986 at ASU and, before that, as a law professor at the University of Iowa. ASU law professor Robert Bartels taught with Pulaski at Iowa, where each taught large sections of first-year students in two classrooms connected by a door. The pair often competed for laughs from students, door open. Download Full Image

“He did disgustingly well,” recalled Bartels, the Charles M. Brewer Professor of Trial Advocacy at the College of Law.

When Pulaski interviewed at Iowa, Bartels remembered one of his colleagues remarking, “He was great, but we are going to have to rough off some of the smooth edges.” Reflecting on his longtime friend’s life, Bartels noted: “The smooth edges never got roughed off.”

In addition to being a fine teacher, Pulaski was a dedicated scholar. In 1983, he co-authored a study examining the presence of racial discrimination in death penalty sentencing. Bartels called it “one of those truly seminal pieces, the first really good study of its kind, which is still an influential model for how people study these kinds of issues.”

Dean Douglas Sylvester said he hadn’t had the pleasure of meeting Pulaski, “but he was obviously beloved by many, and his passing is a tremendous loss for his family, friends and the legal community. We are developing an appropriate way to honor him here at the College of Law, and details are forthcoming.”

Robert Clinton, the Foundation Professor of Law at the College of Law, also taught alongside Pulaski at Iowa in the 1970s.

“He was a superb professor, absolutely dedicated to students, teaching and scholarship,” Clinton said. “He was well-liked by everyone, and he had a very analytical mind. He gravitated from teaching criminal procedure at Iowa to tax at ASU, I think, because he liked the complexity of the tax code.”

Pulaski left academia in1986 to join Snell & Wilmer, where he was senior partner in the tax group at the time of his death. A substantial part of his practice was representing corporations, businesses and individuals in controversies with the IRS or state tax authorities.

But he continued on as an adjunct professor at the College of Law for many years.

John Bouma, chairman of Snell & Wilmer, said in an announcement, “Charlie led our tax group with acute intelligence, humor and sage counsel. He will be greatly missed by those of us fortunate to know him.”

Pulaski is survived by his wife, Linda, a daughter and son-in-law, and a grandson, Charlie. Details about memorial services are forthcoming.