New scholarship honors a commitment to education

March 12, 2015

As an honor to their parents, Carlton and Audrey Yoshioka established the Yoshioka Hossbach Maroon and Gold Scholarship at Arizona State University.

Both first-generation college graduates, the couple says that their parents were always advocates for education. Carl and Audrey Yoshioka with Kathy Andereck and Jonathan Koppell Download Full Image

“Our parents were very hard-working and valued education. Our fathers both went to work immediately, so they didn’t have a chance to finish high school or pursue college themselves,” said Carlton (Carl) Yoshioka. “But they always encouraged us to do so, and this scholarship honors them.”

The Yoshiokas have dedicated themselves to education. Carl is a professor in the School of Community Resources and Development, part of the College of Public Service and Community Solutions, and graduate director for the master of nonprofit studies degree and graduate certificate programs. Audrey is a kindergarten teacher at Kyrene de las Brisas in Chandler, Arizona.

“This scholarship supports students in the nonprofit leadership and management program,” said Carl. “I am passionate about this field – and this is a way to help support someone who will be giving back.”

“Carl has demonstrated his commitment to our students many times over throughout his long career at ASU,” said Kathleen Andereck, director and professor, School of Community Resources and Development. “The scholarship that he and Audrey are endowing is a way to make that commitment endure for years to come.”

“Students come to our college with a vision of the change they would like to see in the world. Professors like Carl Yoshioka have helped them turn those visions into solutions to our shared challenges. Now, through their generosity, Audrey and Carl are doing even more to help our students achieve these dreams and better our communities,” says Jonathan Koppell, dean of the College of Public Service and Community Solutions

“Both of our fathers went to work right away to support our families, and I know every little bit can be helpful for students pursuing a college education,” Carl said.

He says that they had planned to do this after retirement, but the Maroon and Gold Scholars program presented an opportunity – a match from ASU and five years to create the endowment.

Jade Robinson, the first recipient of the Yoshioka Hossbach Maroon and Gold Scholarship, graduated in December with a bachelor’s degree.

“What better way to honor our parents and help students to achieve their goal of a career in community service,” Carl said.

Heather Beshears

director marketing and communications, College of Public Service and Community Solutions


ASU historian tells story of Civil War through those who lived it

March 12, 2015

In his co-edited anthology “The Civil War: Told By Those Who Lived It,” Arizona State University historian Brooks Simpson explores the bloody conflict in detail.

“What we see with hindsight as almost inevitable was seen by those at the time as almost inconceivable,” he said. “What happened was by no means inevitable but a combination of choice and fate.” ASU historian Brooks Simpson Download Full Image

The four-volume collection of letters, diaries, speeches, poems, memoirs and other writings – selectively gathered to capture the thoughts, dreams and apprehensions of people as they were experiencing the war between 1861 and 1865 – “may be the most valuable scholarly work yet to appear during the sesquicentennial” of the U.S. Civil War, according to the New York Review of Books.

“To read through these pages is to experience something like walking through a museum without benefit of text panels or audio tour,” said reviewer Andrew Delbanco, in the March 19, 2015, issue. “Each volume opens with a short introduction summarizing the main events of the year, and concludes with chronologies, biographical, textual and brief explanatory notes – just enough to give some context but barely a hint of interpretation.”

Simpson was approached about the book project in 2009-2010 by the Library of America, the longtime publisher of American literature classics and, more recently, collector of documentary histories of significant events.

He served as supervising editor on the first and third volumes of the four-volume collection. All three editors shared information and insights with each other throughout their collaboration.

Drawing primarily upon documents that were already in printed sources, in order to meet the publisher’s ambitious goal of a new volume for the anthology printed during each year of the war’s sesquicentennial, the co-editors, says Simpson, diligently worked to present a balance of voices: Union and Confederate; male and female; African American, other people of color and white; leaders and others not quite so well known.

In these volumes, eloquent insights from political leaders and private citizens stand side-by-side.

As reviewer Delbanco noted, “The story of Lincoln’s cautious advance toward emancipation, for example, is illuminated in selections from his public writings, as well as in a private letter from Hannah Johnson, the mother of a black Union soldier, who urges the president to stand by the Emancipation Proclamation: ‘When you are dead and in Heaven, in a thousand years that action of yours will make the Angels sing your praises I know it.’”

Simpson said that he and co-editors Stephen Sears and Aaron Sheehan-Dean looked for pieces both representative and unusual.

“We wanted works that would convey a lot about what was going on at the time and might leave a vivid impression on the reader,” he said. “Given our space constraints, we also thought it important to identify pieces that had the ability to represent a particular moment in time.

“We tried to avoid things that were written after the war,” Simpson said. “We wanted people writing who did not know what would happen next, who were looking toward the future with a sense of immediacy and anguish.”

The anthology’s approach – to do history looking forward – also captures the false starts and forlorn hopes, he notes, of people who are anticipating something that doesn’t come to pass.

Based at ASU’s Polytechnic campus, Simpson is a Foundation Professor of History in the College of Letters and Sciences. He also serves on the faculty of Barrett, the Honors College.  

Simpson studies and teaches in the areas of American political and military history, as well as the American presidency, specializing in the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction, and he is the author of “Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph Over Adversity, 1822-1865.” Simpson shares his scholarship widely as a public intellectual, presenting community seminars, narrating battlefield tours and offering expert commentary to media outlets such as C-SPAN and the History Channel.

Maureen Roen

Manager, Creative Services, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts