Mike Nixon awarded postgraduate scholarship

January 19, 2010

Mike Nixon, a linebacker on the 2009 Arizona State University football team, is the 2010 recipient of a postgraduate scholarship presented annually by the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Chapter Executive Director Dan Manucci announced Tuesday.
Nixon, 40 other Scholar-Athletes, coaches, referees, chapter leaders and a distinguished Arizonan, will be honored at the Chapter's annual Scholarship Banquet on Saturday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Plaza, 7200 North Scottsdale Road.  For more information regarding the banquet, contact Dan Manucci at 480-516-6002.
Nixon is one of the most decorated academic student-athletes in ASU history.
Nixon was a highly productive linebacker who began his ASU career in 2006 after playing minor league baseball for four years.  He played in all 50 games over the last four years, starting 31.  Nixon totaled 253 tackles (169 solo), 25.0 tackles for loss (minus 93 yards), 5.5 sacks (minus 33 yards), 16 pass break-ups, eight interceptions, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his career.  He emerged as one of ASU's top defensive players over the last two seasons, leading the team in tackles in both 2008 and 2009.  His five interceptions as a junior in 2008 tied for the most in the Pac-10 that season.  Accomplished in the classroom, he was a three-time First Team Academic All-Pac-10 and First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII honoree.  He was a Wuerffel Trophy Finalist and was a Lott Trophy Quarterfinalist.  

In 2009, Nixon started all 12 games at weak side linebacker and led the Sun Devils in tackles for the second straight year, totaling 73 tackles (52 solo) on the season, and tied for the team lead in interceptions with three.  He also had six tackles for loss (minus 21 yards), 0.5 sacks (minus six yards), four pass break-ups and three forced fumbles on the season.  Nixon was an Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection, a First Team Academic All-Pac-10 and First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII selection for the third straight year.  He served as a team captain, along with defensive end Dexter">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/davis_dexter00.html">De... Davis and offensive lineman Shawn">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/lauvao_shawn00.html">Shawn Lauvao.  Nixon had four or more tackles in every game in 2009 with six or more in nine of the team's 12 games.  He  collected three interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown, and blocked a punt in ASU's season-opening victory over Idaho State on Sept. 5.  For that performance he was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week and Lott Trophy IMPACT Player of the Week.  Nixon collected seven tackles (six solo) and forced a fumble that led to an ASU touchdown at No. 21 Georgia on Sept. 26.
Nixon played in all 12 games in 2008, making 11 starts (10 at weak side linebacker and one at middle linebacker).  He led the team and tied for the Pac-10 lead with five interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.  He also led the Sun Devils with 90 tackles (60 solo), which ranked sixth in the Pac-10, and had 8.0 tackles for loss (minus 36 yards), one sack, five pass break-ups and one forced fumble on the season.  Following the campaign he was an Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection, and earned First-Team all-conference honors from PhilSteele.com.  He was a Pac-10 All-Academic First-Team selection and an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII honoree.  Nixon had seven tackles (four solo) and a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of victory over UCLA on Nov. 28.  His interception for a score was one of an NCAA record-tying four defensive touchdowns the Sun Devils scored in that game.  He shared the team's Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Year award with senior safety Troy">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/nolan_troy00.html">Troy Nolan and also was a co-winner of the Clyde B. Smith Award for academic achievement, along with senior linebacker Anthony">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/reyes_anthony00.html">A... Reyes, at the team's year-end banquet.
Nixon played in all 13 games in 2007, making four starts at middle linebacker and finished fourth on the team with 58 tackles (37 solo).  He totaled three tackles for loss (minus 12 yards), including one sack (minus nine yards), and four pass break-ups on the season with two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
In 2006 Nixon played in all 13 games, starting four at strong side linebacker and totaled 32 tackles (20 solo), 8.0 tackles for loss (-24 yards), 3.0 sacks (-10 yards), three pass deflections and one forced fumble.
A 2002 graduate of Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix, Nixon was also an outstanding baseball player (catcher) who signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers out of high school and played in their farm system until the end of 2005.  His parents are Jim (CFO of Marco Crane) and Debbie (health care consultant) Nixon of Phoenix, Ariz.
ASU's National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar-Athletes
2010    Mike Nixon
2009    Troy Nolan
2008    Michael Marquardt
2007    Jason Burke
2006    Chad Christensen
2005    Grayling Love
2004    Skyler Fulton
2003    Mike Barth
2002    Nick Murphy
2001    Mike Aguirre
1997    Damien Richardson
1996    Kirk Robertson
1995    Justin Dragoo
1993    Toby Mills
1992    Adam Brass
1990    Drew Metcalfe
1989    Mark Tingstad
1978    Chris Mott
1966    Ken Dyer Download Full Image

ASU serves veterans with 'Rucksacks to Backpacks'

January 19, 2010

Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and its Veterans Affairs Committee will conduct a  “Rucksacks to Backpacks” event March 4, at the West campus, for prospective students who have served in the U.S. military.

The event will take place in the campus from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the University Center Building (UCB), La Sala Ballroom. Download Full Image

“This is being hosted to assist prospective student veterans gather important information regarding the admission process for veterans, the post-9/11 G.I. Bill, West campus resources and the variety of majors available to them in New College,” said Jenna Graham, New College student support coordinator.

The event is the brainchild of the New College Veterans Affairs Committee, established last April by Elizabeth Langland, dean of the New College, and chaired by Monica Casper, director of the college’s Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies. The committee includes faculty, staff and student members, including veterans.

“With literally thousands of veterans returning home from active duty and potentially leaving the military, we are facing an increased demand for flexible, affordable, marketable and rigorous degree programs that will help these veterans transition from military to civilian life,” said Casper, who came to ASU in 2008 after serving four years as the director of the women’s and gender studies department at Vanderbilt University. “We are doing our best to improve educational options for veterans on the G.I. Bill, and this is a small but important part of the process – reaching out to veterans and letting them know about the many resources available to them as they consider a return to or an entry into higher education.”

Casper, who received her doctorate in sociology from the University of California, San Francisco, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in biomedical ethics at Stanford University, has long been interested in military issues, specifically trauma, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and gender dynamics. At ASU’s West campus she teaches trauma studies and has been using war-related injuries as a case study in her courses since the advent of the war in Iraq. In September of 2007 her brother-in-law was killed in Helmand Province in southwest Afghanistan.

“Veterans are a unique population with specific histories and needs,” she said. “Many will enter college older than the typical first-year student, and they will do so with a variety of credit hours for courses taken during military service that don’t necessarily match standard collegiate offerings. Veterans also have higher rates of disability than the general population and thus require a unique set of support services.

“The degree program offerings and university services available to veterans will be discussed in detail at Rucksacks to Backpacks, and we’re looking forward to answering whatever questions these new and prospective students may have.”

Graham notes there are a number of services offered through ASU’s Veterans">http://students.asu.edu/veterans-services">Veterans Services Office and the Veterans Upward Bound/TRiO program.

“We want these students to know what resources are available to them before they start at ASU, and this event is the best way for them to find out what those resources are, and to talk with and visit with fellow students and New College faculty and staff.

For additional information, contact Jenna Graham at 602-543-6097.  To RSVP to Rucksacks to Backpacks, visit https://newcollege.asu.edu/rsvp/"> style="color: #0000ff;">https://newcollege.asu.edu/rsvp/.

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