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.

Canby Lecture to explore 'Tribal National Security Strategy for the 21st Century'


January 23, 2012

Robert Odawi Porter, President of the Seneca Nation of Indians, will explore “Tribal National Security Strategy for the 21st Century,” at the Fifth Annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture.

The lecture, presented by the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Jan. 24, in the Great Hall of Armstrong Hall on the Tempe Campus. Download Full Image

“I will discuss the history of American Indian advocacy in defense of tribal sovereignty, the historic threats that we have faced in our struggle for survival, and how contemporary threats require new tactics and strategies to ensure the existence of tribal peoples and governments,” Porter said.

Porter said he will strive to provide tangible recommendations and strategies for those concerned about the future of indigenous nations and the preservation of tribal sovereignty.

Porter said some casual observers have a rather placid view of  tribal sovereignty.

“Here in the Seneca Nation, the battles we face are on par with life and death geo-political conflicts,” Porter said. “Because of that, I believe that all Indian nations and tribes must have a ‘national security strategy’ to survive.”

Ann Marie Downes, Interim Executive Director of the Indian Legal Program, said Porter’s research and experience make him an expert on the topic.

“We are fortunate to have President Porter continue the tradition started by our first Canby lecturer of discussing important and unique issues affecting tribal governments,” Downes said. “His background as an attorney and legal scholar combined with his current experience working for and within tribal governments is sure to provide an insightful and thorough look at this topic.”

The lecture is named in honor of Judge William C. Canby Jr. of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, who is a founding faculty member of the College of Law. He taught the first classes in Indian law and was instrumental in creation of the Indian Law Program.

During his 20-year legal career, Porter has been one of the most energetic and provocative scholars and tribal leaders promoting tribal autonomy and sovereignty in order to revitalize indigenous nations and peoples. He is a professor of law and the dean’s research scholar of Indigenous Nations Law at Syracuse University, where he founded and directs the Center for Indigenous Law, Governance & Citizenship. He formerly served as the Senior Associate Dean for Research at the Syracuse University College of Law. 

Porter graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics, and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1989. He has authored many widely respected articles and books on tribal sovereignty, served the Seneca Nation repeatedly in various government capacities, and worked at two international law firms. He has also authored the book, "Sovereignty, Colonialism and the Indigenous Nations." He is a Heron Clan Seneca and was raised on its Allegany Territory, where he resides with his wife, Odie, and their children.

Porter was appointed the first Attorney General for the Seneca Nation of Indians in 1991, developing an in-house legal department, and later served as Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel, overseeing the Nation’s legal affairs and relations with foreign governments. He is also the Chairman of the Management Committee of Seneca Holdings, LLC, the Nation’s wholly owned venture capital firm. 

Porter has served on the law faculty at the University of Kansas, where he was the founding director of the Tribal Law and Government Center, and the University of Iowa. He also has been an adjunct professor at the University of Buffalo, the University of Tulsa, and Haskell Indian Nations University. He also has served as a consultant or counsel to a variety of American Indian nations and tribes, Indian-owned businesses, federal, state, and local governments, and Fortune 500 corporations.