Hispanic Convocation taps humorist for keynote address


December 10, 2013

Gustavo Arellano, a popular Mexican-American humorist, will don a cap, gown and serape-style sash, and deliver some laughs – as well as impart a few nuggets of wisdom – as keynote speaker for the fall 2013 Hispanic Convocation at Arizona State University.

The ASU Office of Public Affairs is inviting the media and members of the public to attend the ceremony at 11:30 a.m., Dec. 18, at ASU Gammage, 1151 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. Download Full Image

“This convocation is especially significant because it celebrates academic achievements in a festive, cultural environment shared with family and friends,” said Rhonda Carrillo, assistant director in the Office of Community Relations.

Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, Calif., a best-selling author and a lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at California State University, Fullerton. He writes “¡Ask a Mexican!,” a nationally syndicated column that has a weekly circulation of more than two million people in 39 states, and has won several awards for his column about America’s largest minority.

"I'm honored to speak at ASU, even though they thrashed my UCLA Bruins in football recently,” Arellano said. “No college rivalry will ever get in the way of me being able to celebrate the graduation of Latinos from college and reminding them this is the first step in a long march toward success."

Arellano will be sharing the spotlight with two exceptional ASU students:

• Yonathan Vivas, a double business major in the W.P. Carey School of Business, will be honored with the 2013 Jose Ronstadt Undergraduate Award.

• Natali Segovia, a Juris Doctor in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, will accept this year’s Ed Pastor Outstanding Graduate Award.

The Hispanic Convocation is a tradition established by ASU Hispanic students in 1984 that celebrates the accomplishments of ASU’s Hispanic graduates. This year’s event will include approximately 110 graduates.

ASU enrolled just over 76,000 students across its four campuses at the beginning of the fall 2013 semester. Of that total, more than 13,892 were Hispanic undergraduate and graduate students. Their academic achievements are supported by more than 1,300 Hispanic faculty and staff at the university.

For more information about ASU’s Hispanic Convocation, visit http://outreach.asu.edu

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ASU Magazine highlights simulation, modeling technology in latest issue


December 10, 2013

The December 2013 edition of ASU Magazine features a cover story that discusses how the university is a leader in the world of modeling and simulations, which help professionals in a broad range of fields accomplish tasks that are too difficult, expensive or dangerous to perform without adequate rehearsal or testing.

The cover story, “This is only a test,” reports on the doctoral program on simulation and modeling within ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation, a first-in-the-nation degree program that focuses on the science behind creating effective simulations. ASU Magazine December 2013 Download Full Image

It also discusses similar efforts to improve the science of simulation and modeling being performed by the Arizona Center for Integrative Modeling and Simulation, which is situated within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. It also provides details on efforts within the College of Nursing and Health Innovation to use patient-care simulations to improve the skills of student nurses and the work of the university’s Partnership for Research in Spatial Modeling, a cross-disciplinary project that focuses on improving the state of 3-D modeling for applications in medicine, art, engineering and many other fields.

The issue also includes two other feature sections. One feature, titled “Getting to zero,” shares information about ASU’s efforts to reach carbon neutrality as an institution by 2025, and to offset all emissions of university-generated transportation by 2035. The other feature, “We the people,” reports on the many university programs that encourage a vigorous civic life among students and alumni, and promote participation at all levels of public service and government.

In addition to these feature stories, the September edition includes a sports story on ASU’s long history of supporting women’s athletics, including the period before the landmark 1972 Title IX federal legislation; an arts story on the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, which is headquartered at ASU; updates on ASU’s sports teams; news and photos from alumni chapters across the country; and a full complement of alumni-focused news reports in the Class Notes section.

To view the latest edition of ASU Magazine online, visit http://magazine.asu.edu. To download a complimentary iPad application to view the magazine, visit http://magazine.asu.edu/ipad-app.