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ASU to celebrate life, legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

November 30, 2012

Arizona State University will host the 28th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration this January across all four campuses. The weeklong events are a tribute to the life and legacy of King, who dedicated his time to civil service and leadership.

This year’s theme of “Preserve and Transcend” will reflect the great leader’s vision for holding fast to justice and equality, while expanding in areas such as sustainability and entrepreneurship. MLK Day of Service Download Full Image

“Celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has always been important to ASU,” said Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, MLK committee chair. “While the ASU MLK committee does a series of activities in January to honor Dr. King, we as a university honor his legacy all year round with our commitment to creating community, sustainability and technologies to make the world a better place.”

The public will get the chance to listen to a recreation of the famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on West at 11 a.m., Jan. 24, at ASU’s West campus. Interactive educational presentations before and after the March on West will help students understand the significance of Martin Luther King's impact on our nation's history and in our lives.

The annual MLK Day of Service is set to take place Jan. 21. Although a university holiday, members of the community are encouraged to volunteer their time to help those in need. Visit for more information.

On Jan. 23 the 2013 MLK Servant Leadership award recipients will be presented with their awards of service at the annual breakfast celebration, scheduled to take place from 7 to 9 a.m., at the Polytechnic campus. This year’s winners are Antonio Bustamante, a local civil rights activist and lawyer, and Megan Salisbury, a student in the School of Social Work, who will be honored for her work with homeless veteran and LGBT populations. Winners of the poster and essay contests also will be recognized at the breakfast.

The MLK Student Rally will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jan. 24, at the Memorial Union North Stage on the Tempe campus. Enjoy a brief talk from Salisbury as well as presentations and cultural performances by other ASU students.

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Article spotlights shortage of males in nursing

November 30, 2012

It was men who attended the world’s first nursing school in India in 250 B.C., yet today, the percentage of practicing male nurses in the United States hovers at a mere six to seven percent. How can that be?

“Men in Nursing” is the featured article in the Fall issue of Innovations in Nursing & Health magazine, published by ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation. The article discusses the gender disparity in the nursing field, why stereotypes endure and what can be done to encourage more men to join the profession to correct the imbalance. "Men in Nursing" is the featured article in the December issue of "Innovations in Nursing & Health" magazine, published by ASU's College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Photo by: ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation Download Full Image

The reasons for the imbalance stems from the simple fact that nursing is traditionally perceived as a “woman’s job.” The nursing profession needs to place greater emphasis on recruiting men for a variety of reasons, particularly the projected shortage of 260,000 nurses in the United States by 2025.

Teri Pipe, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation says, “At ASU we are always looking for more ways to provide an inclusive learning environment. We look for ways to provide positive role models. We need to do a better job of getting the word out about all of the roles in nursing, the variety of things people can do and the flexibility that comes with a nursing degree.”

Pipe said opportunities abound in everything from informatics to working in communities critical-care units and emergency departments, and performing research, as well as administrative roles.

For Joshua Stark, 27, who is in his final year at ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, it’s a way to connect with his fellow man. Stark recently completed an OB/GYN rotation and said the new dads were appreciative of having a male nurse on-hand during labor and delivery. “The dads loved having a male nurse because they weren’t the odd man out,” Stark said. “Nursing is a field for intelligent, passionate people who truly care about others. None of those qualities are specific to either gender.”

The article suggests that nursing’s academic leaders should partner with schools and community-based organizations to reach potential students, offering loans and grants that target students in accelerated-degree nursing programs where the students are more likely to be male. The American Assembly for Men in Nursing recently introduced the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action, pushing for an increase in the percentage of male nursing students from its current 12 percent to 20 percent by 2020.

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Reporter , ASU Now