Fat Lever to have his No. 12 honored


January 23, 2012

Triple threat: Lever did it all for uptempo Nuggets (by Aaron J. Lopez, Nuggets.com/Aug. 8, 2011)

Lafayette Lever -- better known as Fat -- earned the 2004 Pac-10 Hall of Honor inductee accolades from Arizona State and prior to that he was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1988. In the middle of that he came to school to finish his Bachelor of Arts in 1996. Download Full Image

This Thurday (Jan. 26) he gets another honor...his jersey will hang in the rafters at Wells Fargo Arena, along with Joe Caldwell, Byron Scott and Lionel Hollins, when ASU hosts Washington. The ceremony will take place at halftime of the 6:30 p.m. MT game aired on FOX Sports Net Arizona.

"Fat Lever had a gift of a basketball player to play unselfishly yet rack up every impressive number in the box score you can think of," says Sun Devil head coach Herb Sendek. "He passed, he rebounded, he defended...and he scored. He did it all. And above all he was a winner."

A starter on the ASU squad which posted one of the biggest defeats of an Associated Press top-ranked team when it defeated No. 1 and unbeaten Oregon State 81-61 on March 7, 1981, in Corvallis on the final day of the regular season, Lever was the 11th overall pick in he 1982 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers and played with the Trail Blazers from 1982-84. He was on the Denver Nuggets squad from 1984-90 and finished his career with the Dallas Mavericks from 1990-94.

Lever finished his ASU degree in 1996 with a B.A. in education. He was inducted into the Arizona State Hall of Fame in 1988 after a tremendous career that saw his Sun Devil teams post records of 22-7 in 1979-80 and 24-4 in 1980-81, his sophomore and junior seasons.

A three-year starter and four-year letterman who earned Associated Press second-team All-American honors in 1981-82, he also earned honorable mention All-America honors by Street Smith's that same season.

He earned All-Pac-10 honors in 1980-81 and 1981-82 and was team captain and MVP in 1981-82 and led ASU at the free throw line, making 117-of-143 (.818). He also led the Sun Devils in assists and steals for three straight seasons. In 1980-81 when ASU went 16-2 he averaged 39.2 minutes in Pac-10 games.

He set the school record (since broken) with 38-point effort against Arizona on Feb. 20, 1982. The 38 points is the most scored by a Sun Devil against the Wildcats in the history of the series. Lever made 16-of-18 free throws in the game. He Outstanding Player of the 1981 ASU Holiday Classic, as ASU beat New Mexico State and Vanderbilt for the title.

W. P. Carey School offers free college prep program


January 23, 2012

Business administration is now the No. 1 college major, according to The Princeton Review. The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is offering an opportunity for high school students to experience what it’s really like to attend one of the top business schools in the nation.

The annual Fleischer Scholars Program at the W. P. Carey School is open to economically disadvantaged students from across the state. About 40 will be chosen to participate. They will stay with supervising mentors in Barrett, the Honors College at ASU’s Tempe campus, while learning business skills and preparing for college. Assistant Dean Tim Desch Download Full Image

“We want to help deserving students learn about business careers, how to apply for college and financial aid, and how to get on the road to success,” says Robert Mittelstaedt, dean of the W. P. Carey School, which has an undergraduate business program ranked Top 30 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. “The Fleischer Scholars Program is specifically designed to help those who might not normally be exposed to college visits.”

This is the third year of the program, available only to high school students between their junior and senior years. They will work with current W. P. Carey School students and faculty members, as well as local business leaders. They will learn resume writing, college study skills, university application tips, financial aid advice and other important information.

“These kids are in for a great week and an amazing experience,” says Sebastian Navarro, a student who participated in the program and now attends the W. P. Carey School of Business. “I can’t say enough how valuable this program was. I learned about the business school and did some incredible networking with the college staff. I also got a student mentor who still helps me plan out my classes, and I was able to choose a major based on what I learned. I got a feel for living in a dorm atmosphere and what college life is really like.”

The program will be held from June 10 to 15 this year. High school counselors and teachers are encouraged to identify strong candidates interested in business.

Applications are due March 1. More information can be found at wpcarey.asu.edu/summerscholar or by calling (480) 965-5187 or e-mailing Tim.Desch@asu.edu

All of the program’s scholarships are provided by local entrepreneur Morton Fleischer and his wife, Arizona State University graduate Donna Fleischer. They hope to educate young people about the boundless opportunities and achievements that the United States and freedom provide, so students can add to the impressive legacy of American entrepreneurs.