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National Merit Scholar excited to learn to thrive at ASU

August 22, 2019

First-year 'green freak' from Hoover, Alabama, looking to combine her passions of engineering and sustainability

Emily Hagood knew she had found her college home as soon as she visited Arizona State University last fall.

"I don’t think I stopped smiling from the moment I set foot on campus," said the National Merit Scholar from Hoover, Alabama. "I was lucky enough to have a personal schedule set up for me through Barrett (The Honors College), so I got to attend a class within my major and meet personally with faculty from both the Fulton Schools of Engineering and the School of Sustainability."

The materials science and engineering major and self-proclaimed "green freak" had already been impressed with ASU's programs, having started her college search her sophomore year in high school, and was struck by the university's mission of inclusion. That campus visit sealed the deal.

"My mom kept commenting on how much my dimples were showing," she said. "I decided on the day of my visit that I was a Sun Devil at heart." 

We spoke with Hagood about what brought her here and where she plans to go with her studies.

ASU honors student Emily Hagood strikes a happy pose next to an Arizona state line sign on the highway

Emily Hagood says she is looking forward to exploring the opportunities offered at ASU.

Question: So you're from Alabama. What made you consider ASU?

Answer: All of the amazing opportunities. I started my college research in sophomore year, and the combination of Barrett, The Honors College, the Fulton Schools of Engineering and the School of Sustainability was completely unrivaled. Here, I get all the perks of a big school and the personal attention I would get at a small school.  

Q: What drew you to your major?

A: I attended a materials science and engineering camp at the University of Alabama at Birmingham the summer before my sophomore year and absolutely fell in love with the field. MSE can be applied to anything, and I want to pair it with sustainability — particularly with carbon sequestration or renewable energy. 

Q: What are you most excited to experience your first semester?

A: Making new friends through clubs, classes and other opportunities on campus. I am excited to learn from and alongside captivating, passionate, driven people with widely varying backgrounds and interests.

Q: What do you like to brag about to friends about ASU?

A: Other than the obvious “No. 1 in innovation” remarks, I tell all of my friends how proud I am of ASU’s charter. I am thankful and honored to attend a university that values inclusion over exclusion and collaboration over competition. My favorite way to say this? Cacti > ivy! 

Q: What talents and skills are you bringing to the ASU community?

A: My sunny personality and my talent for cheering other people on are two assets that I am excited to contribute to the ASU community.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish during your college years?

A: The ASU motto “Learn to thrive” captures my goals perfectly! I intend to live with passion and purpose, to grow lasting friendships and to create a strong foundation for an enriching career. 

Q: What’s one interesting fact about yourself that only your friends know?

A: Thanks to lots and lots and lots of discount tickets, I’ve seen 28 different Broadway shows in New York, and I’ve seen even more touring productions. My top three are currently "Hamilton," "Waitress" and "Come From Away." 

Q: If someone gave you $40 million to solve one problem in our world, what would you choose?

A: I’m a total green freak, so my answer has to be global warming, although it is such a complex, intricate, massive issue to try to solve. 

Q: Predictions on the final score for this year’s Territorial Cup game?

A: We are going to win BIG! Gooooo Devils!

Photos courtesy of Emily Hagood

Penny Walker

Director , Media Relations and Strategic Communications


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Echo From the Buttes: Old tradition, new name

August 22, 2019

‘A’ Mountain signature event gets a makeover and a fresh coat of paint

Each August, Arizona State University's first-year students paint the gold A on “A” Mountain white to signify a fresh start to the school year. It's an activity that has been around longer than the university has been called ASU.

This year, however, the tradition has a new name.

Previously called “Whitewash the A,” the freshman welcome event will now be called “Echo From the Buttes” — wording taken from ASU's fight song.

The name change had been considered for several years, but when the student-led Alliance of Indigenous Peoples (AIP) and the ASU Student Alumni Association met last year with goals for preserving Hayden Butte — considered a sacred place for local tribesThese tribes include the Ak-Chin Indian Community, Tohono O'odham Nation, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Gila River Indian Community. — they came to a mutual agreement that a change was needed. Negative connotations of the term “whitewash” had raised some concerns.

The Tempe campus is located on American Indian ancestral homelands, including the Akimel O'odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) peoples, and the university continuously seeks to connect with tribal communities.

“Indigenous belief systems are holistic and value harmony and balance with everything around us, including animals, plants, water and mountains,” said Jacob Moore, associate vice president for tribal relations at ASU. “Hayden Butte is a place of reverence and respect for our tribal communities.”

Video by Ken Fagan/ASU Now

Hayden Butte — also known as “A” Mountain — is sacred to local tribal communities, including the four southern tribes as the butte is a part of their ancestral homelands, Moore said.

Over the past year, the city of Tempe has removed a 30-foot communications tower, a broadcast house, foundation and a chain link fence from “A” Mountain in an effort to return the butte to a more natural state.

This year’s Echo From the Buttes will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. It will include an opening indigenous blessing, a land acknowledgement and a kiosk of historical information and photos of the butte. Last year's event drew about 4,000 incoming freshmen.

“In collaboration with the Alliance of Indigenous Peoples, we felt that the name ‘Echo From the Buttes’ was a better representation of the evolution of this event, while maintaining this storied tradition,” said Robert Drake, president of the ASU Student Alumni Association, which has historically been in charge of maintaining and preserving the butte. “'Echo From the Buttes' is a tribute to our fight song, and what better way to celebrate joining the Sun Devil family than by putting a fresh coat of white paint on our iconic ‘A’, symbolizing a new beginning.”

The ASU tradition has lasted for more than 80 years and represents the start of the new academic year. It’s one of the first things incoming freshmen do to feel ingrained in the university and into traditions at ASU. The “A” is painted gold again before the first home football game.

The Tempe Normal School class of 1918 was responsible for installing the first letter on the butte. When the school changed its name to Tempe State Teachers College in 1925, students retained one side of the “N” to form the stem of the “T.”

The school later changed its name to Arizona State Teachers College, and in 1938, the letter “A” was installed on the butte. In 1952, a bomb blast destroyed the letter. The present “A” stands 60 feet tall and was built of reinforced steel and concrete in 1955.

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Thousands of first-year students are expected to attend the Echo From the Buttes event on Saturday, Aug. 24.

When the Alumni Association and AIP met, they had a goal to make sure that Sun Devils and the community knew the history, the traditions and the importance of making sure it’s taken care of.

“We didn’t want to take away anyone’s tradition, but Native peoples have had our own traditions way before ASU was ever a campus,” said Savannah Nelson, president of the AIP and a senior nutrition major with the College of Health Solutions. “Putting this into perspective for students is important because the campus and 'A' Mountain sits on ancestral lands. Now we all get to experience a new tradition together.”

Nelson has also drafted a document acknowledging and educating people about the history of the land, which she will read before the event’s kickoff.

AIP member Nazhoona Betsuie, a junior in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, said she was pleasantly surprised when the Student Alumni Association so readily agreed to the name change.

“We weren’t really expecting much and they gave this request great consideration, which really earned our respect,” Betsuie said. “They were willing to do something significant to address our concerns even though this is a signature event for freshmen.” 

If you go

What: Echo From the Buttes.

When: 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.

Where: Corner of College Avenue and Fifth Street in Tempe.

Details: eoss.asu.edu/welcome

Top photo: An Arizona State University freshman flashing an ASU pitcthfork on Tempe's “A” Mountain in August 2018. Previously called “Whitewash the A,” the freshman welcome event will now be called “Echo From the Buttes.” Photo courtesy of the Arizona Board of Regents.

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Record class hits the books as ASU bucks national trend of declining enrollment

August 21, 2019

First-year cohort is the largest, most diverse and most academically prepared to attend university to date

When Tucson native Sadie Azersky started exploring colleges, she set her sights on attending a school that would challenge her.

She found what she was looking for at Arizona State University: the opportunities of a large research university combined with the intimate setting of Barrett, The Honors College. She starts classes Thursday.  

"I'm able to have those big-school-type of experiences ... but also have a smaller-school environment at the same time, a community that's more accessible," said the music theory and composition major and President's Scholar, who said she is also drawn to the interdisciplinary opportunities offered by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Azersky is just one of nearly 14,000 first-year students stepping foot on an Arizona State University campus this fall, the largest, most diverse and most academically prepared class to attend the university to date.

That’s a 10% increase in the size of ASU’s first-year class compared with last year. And it comes at a time when enrollment in colleges and universities around the country is actually declining, distinguishing ASU as a success story amid an otherwise unfortunate national trend.

“We have put significant effort into improving the college attendance rate in the state of Arizona, and our 2019 enrollment growth is a reflection of that commitment and of our demonstrated high-quality of educational outcomes at an affordable cost,” said Mark Searle, ASU’s executive vice president and university provost.

Arizona residents constitute about 8,600 students in the first-year class, and California students make up an additional 1,400. Those are increases of 7% and 8%, respectively.

The demand for higher education in the state of Arizona and the desire by students from out of state to come to ASU to study has driven the total university enrollment up nearly 8% this fall. There are now nearly 119,000 undergraduate and graduate students attending the university this semester. ASU is serving more nontraditional students, many seeking out ASU Online degrees for the flexibility to meet life and work demands.

The incoming first-year class is the most academically talented to ever be admitted to ASU. The average SAT score for first-year students increased five points over last year, and about 55% of the class earned one of the university's top three academic scholarships, collectively called the New American University Scholarships. Of the Arizona resident first-year students, 58% received a New American University Scholarship, and the majority of students receiving a coveted Flinn Scholarship — a merit-based scholarship for Arizona students to attend an Arizona university — chose to come to ASU.

RELATED: ASU a top producer of students who win Fulbright awards

ASU has also seen an increase in first-year enrollment from families with lower to moderate income levels. A deep and sustained commitment to accessibility and affordability for Arizona resident students, demonstrated by family and student outreach programs and access to financial aid, has led to a 10% increase in enrollment of students from families earning below $40,000 per year.

Once they’re here, the university dedicates vast efforts and resources to ensure students are successful. And it’s having an effect. The number of students returning to ASU this fall for their second year is also higher than at any time in the past. That so-called “one-year retention rate,” which measures students who stay at the university after their first year, is an important predictor of eventually earning a degree. ASU’s retention rate is nearly 86% overall, and nearly 88% for Arizona resident students.

Those resources are what drew Catherine Nunez to ASU. The National Hispanic Scholar from La Grange Park, Illinois, wanted not just a stellar engineering program but a place she felt wanted.

"The school really had the support and attention that I needed," said Nunez, who had looked into a big-name program in a neighboring state but said she hadn't felt welcome there. "I feel like I was wanted (at ASU), like I would be cared for here and have access to the resources I need."

The Barrett honors student will study biomedical engineering with the goal of working in the neuroscience field. And it wasn't just the university's academic prowess that drew her, but its mission of inclusion.

"We are defined by who we include, not who we exclude," said Nunez, echoing the words of the ASU charter, "and given all these choices of elite schools that only accept X percentage of kids, I think it's really important to include everyone. ... Everyone really does offer their own special thing, and recognizing that is something ASU does well."

Video: Where do ASU students come from? Everywhere

By Linda Nguyen

More facts about ASU:

  • The university offers students more than 350 undergraduate majors and 450 graduate degree and certificate programs, including the newly launched disability studies bachelor's degree and the stackable online master's degree in supply chain management in collaboration with MIT.
  • Of full-time first-year students, 162 are veteran or active-duty military, a 14% increase over fall 2018. For all years, there are 9,063 military-affiliated students enrolled at ASU campuses and ASU Online, 9% more than last year.
  • The number of students transferring to the university is up 2.9%
  • Students who are in the first generation in their family to attend college make up 29% of the first-year class
  • Enrollment of international first-year and transfer students is up 19%.

During their first week on campus, Sun Devils are immersed in the philanthropic culture of the university and all the opportunities available to become involved. Passport to ASU, a Welcome Week event, featured more than 500 student clubs and organizations. Sun Devils can get involved with an existing organization or create one of their own. 

New this year is a redesigned Sun Devil Sync where students can find clubs, organizations and student events, and it allows students to track their involvement.

MORE: New students get schooled in spirit at Sun Devil Welcome

Top photo by Marcus Chormicle/ASU Now

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Incoming student duo aim to research mysteries of human body, mind

August 21, 2019

Twins Anton and Sean Sachs beginning biology and psychology degrees this fall

Twins Anton and Sean Sachs are both curious about what makes people tick — Anton from a biological standpoint and Sean psychologically. This fall, they will embark on similar but separate journeys to find out at Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, where Anton will pursue a degree in biology, with a concentration in pharmacology and toxicology, and Sean will pursue a degree in psychology.

Born one minute apart 18 years ago, the pair were homeschooled their whole lives and learned the importance of good study habits and organizational skills from a young age. Since taking a few college courses at Glendale Community College near their home in Peoria, Anton and Sean are eager to dive into the abundant research opportunities available to them at New College on the West campus.

Anton got a head start with an undergraduate summer research program at the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology, where he got a taste of the supportive culture of ASU.

“There are a lot of caring faculty at ASU who go out of their way to help students, not just in class but also with extracurricular activities, and not just academically but also mentally,” he said.

But even if all else fails, they know they’ve always got each other.

“I have a built-in study partner and resource who I respect and who can help broaden my horizons to learn more about not only what I’m studying but also what he’s studying,” Sean said of his brother.

Ahead of the fall semester, ASU Now asked Anton and Sean to answer some questions about what makes them tick.

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Anton (left) and Sean Sachs

Question: Why did you choose ASU?

Anton: I applied to multiple schools, and the main thing I was looking at was whether they had opportunities for undergraduate research. I chose ASU because it has a wide variety of academic majors, and I chose New College at the West campus because it combines two things that are important to me: It has the smaller college environment where you can have a good connection with your professors and other students, but it’s still part of ASU so you still have access to great research opportunities.

Sean: I chose ASU because when I took a close look at what was going on there, I realized there’s a lot of different research opportunities compared to NAU or UofA. I picked New College at the West campus because I was used to getting more personalized attention taking classes at Glendale Community College, so I wanted to stick with the smaller campus experience. And it’s close to home.

Q: What drew you to your major?

Anton: I’ve taken a bunch of biology classes at Glendale Community College, and I was really interested in learning more about it and the study of life. And since I want to be a physician assistant in the future, it seemed like a good idea.

Sean: A couple years ago I started thinking about my major, and initially, I thought I wanted to study the medical side of things, like my brother. But then I took Psych 101 (at community college), and I had a great professor and I wanted to learn more about why people do the things they do. So when it actually came time to apply for college, I looked back at the classes that were the most fun and the most interesting, and I chose psychology.

Q: What are you most excited to experience your first semester?

Anton: Learning how to refine my study habits. I’m already a pretty good student, but I want to be even more efficient. When I took classes at GCC, I was only taking like two per semester, and now I’m taking, like, five, so I’ll have to make that adjustment. I’m also just excited to adjust to the lifestyle of attending a four-year university. It’s a lot different from a community college. The classes are similar, but there are a lot more research opportunities available to me.

Sean: I’m excited to start getting to know my professors and fellow students, and to also take a look at all the different research opportunities and clubs in my field.

Q: What do you like to brag about to friends about ASU?

Anton: ASU has prestigious schools and faculty, and it’s a big university with lots of opportunities. The Biodesign Institute is doing lots of cutting-edge research that I’m interested in being a part of in the future. I did an undergraduate summer research program at the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology and I loved it, but there are so many other different types of research at Biodesign that I can try out.

Sean: I try not to brag but the small class sizes at West are a big plus, and the faculty I’ve met so far are really involved with their students, and the research being done at ASU is more cutting edge and farther advanced than other universities.

Q: What talents and skills are you bringing to the ASU community?

Anton: I am naturally really curious, and I love learning — not just science and biology but learning in general. And since I did summer research, I already have some experience being a research assistant.

Sean: I’m really good about studying. I was lucky to have been taught to study well, so I’m not afraid of it. And I think I make connections easily, which will be important later on in upper-division courses and when I’m thinking about PhD programs.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish during your college years?

Anton: Obviously I want to get good grades, but that’s not the most important thing to me. The most important thing is to make connections and have good relationships with faculty and students. I also want to do a bunch of extracurricular activities, such as joining clubs or possibly even starting a club. At GCC, I was president of the pre-med club, so I’m interested in starting one at West. I also want to get experience as a medical scribe, and do more research and more volunteering to help prepare for grad school.

Sean: I want to get myself set up and well-prepared to pursue a doctorate or master’s program. I also would like to get more experience doing research and hopefully even publish an article.

Q: What’s one interesting fact about yourself that only your friends know?

Anton: I like to be organized. Since childhood, I was always naturally organized.

Sean: I’m one minute younger than my brother.

Q: If someone gave you $40 million to solve one problem in our world, what would you choose?

Anton: Most world problems can’t be solved with $40 million, so I would probably invest it somehow. But it would probably be something medically related, like preventing a major disease, like heart disease or cancer.

Sean: I’d try to use the money to make psychological and medical research have more of an impact for the average person, more affordably. I’d also use some of that money to fund more research that looks at the areas between medical and social science research because that’s not explored very much.

Q: Predictions on the final score for this year’s Territorial Cup game?

Anton: I’d say it’ll probably be close, with ASU winning.

Sean: From what I’ve seen, those games are usually pretty close. The football teams seem to be pretty evenly matched. So I’m going to say 12-10, ASU.

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ASU: Then and now

August 21, 2019

You've come a long way, SparkySparky was not the university's original mascot. Former mascots include an owl and a bulldog — in case you're wondering where the building name "Bulldog Hall" came from. Sparky was created in 1948 by alumnus and Disney illustrator Bert Anthony, who was rumored to have based Sparky's facial features on those of his former boss, Walt Disney..

Arizona State University is quite different from the four-classroom school that began in 1886 with 33 students (and a different name — Territorial Normal School).

Today, the university's locations span the globe. Its student body has passed 100,000, hailing from more than 130 nations. Its research has gone into space, beneath the sea and deep into the human psyche.

But some things don't change. Families still unload piles of dorm supplies, first-year students still make a year-launching trek up "A" Mountain and students still take photos on the steps of Old Main on the Tempe campus.

Here we've rounded up a few photos from the archives and compared them with modern images.

Top photo: The 1919 freshman class (a total of 40 students), from The Sahuaro yearbook. Photo courtesy of ASU Library

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ASU professors share their advice for your best school year yet

August 21, 2019

ASU faculty members are pretty smart — and we don't just mean being experts on carbon capture, space exploration or Shakespeare and race.

Here, they share their advice for students on making the most of the new school year. Students, feel free to take notes — this may or may not be on the final.

Video by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

• Need to find your professor? Search ASU's iSearch directory

Top image: Clinical Associate Professor Dawn Augusta of ASU's Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

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New students get schooled in spirit at Sun Devil Welcome

August 20, 2019

Thousands of members of the Class of 2023 get loud at the fall 2019 kickoff event

Thousands of freshmen from Arizona State University’s Class of 2023 gathered on Tuesday to learn about serving their new community — and how to sing the fight song.

Clad in gold T-shirts for the traditional Sun Devil Welcome event, the freshmen poured in from the Polytechnic, Downtown Phoenix and West campuses to Wells Fargo Arena on the Tempe campus, where Sparky made a dramatic entrance dropping from the ceiling.

The pep rally combined dancers, the Sun Devil Marching Band and lots of spirit with lessons about ASU traditions, like wearing gold on Fridays, and a plea to get involved.

Yasmin Alvarado, student body president of the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, told more than 13,000 first-year students that they should say “yes” to every opportunity — even if it’s scary.

“As a first-generation college student, I was scared of not knowing my future. As a Mexican American student, no one really looked like me and I was scared of not making any friends,” she said.

“I was scared because as a commuter student, I thought I was going to lose out on the college experience. But I knew that the only way I was going to overcome those fears was by stepping out of my comfort zone — so I did.”

As each college was called out, the new Sun Devils screamed and waved props including glow sticks, banners, light-up devil ears and giant foam hands. 

They also heard messages about giving back.

Aiden McGirr, a senior majoring in astrophysics, is a founder of REACT, the Refugee Education and Clinic Team that partners ASU with Mayo Clinic and has served more than 450 refugees. He described how ASU has supported his goals.

“I’ve had the opportunity to lead an international research team for a company in India. I worked in Japan,” he said. “I studied abroad in Scandinavia and I just got back from my thesis research project looking at aiding refugees.

“I was in your seat four years ago and ASU has allowed me to grow my idea to its maximum,” he said.

“You’ve heard the word ‘innovation’ a few times but it’s truly at the heart of what it means to be a Sun Devil. It means we can take a critical look at the world around us and create novel solutions.”

Genevieve McKenzie, a senior majoring in criminology and psychology, described how she created a community service project in which people who are incarcerated created art that was sold for charity. She helped raised more than $5,000 for a nonprofit group that provides art therapy for traumatized children.

“When I think back to why I got involved in service, it came from the realization that not everybody gets the opportunity to come to college and use these resources,” she told the freshmen.

“We have a responsibility as Sun Devils to enhance our communities. If we want to live and work in healthy, vibrant communities, we need to support those communities through service.”

Video by Dana Lewandowski/ASU

ASU President Michael Crow told the first-year students that 30,000 employees at the university stood ready to support them.

“We have one goal — for you to have the most successful year of your life,” he said.

“It’s the time in your life when you’re taking that step away from home, to find your way, to find the subjects you’re interested in, to find the people you want to hang out with.”

He told students to not hesitate to ask for help and to never think of quitting, even if their circumstances change.

“You are going to experience every possible emotion you can imagine, highs and lows,” he said.

“That’s the realm of human experience.”

Top photo: The annual Sun Devil Welcome celebration for freshmen comes to a close on Aug. 20, 2019, at Wells Fargo Arena. More than 13,000 first-year students from the 15 schools and colleges experienced high-energy Sun Devil spirit, pride and tradition during the official welcome for the incoming Class of 2023. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

Mary Beth Faller

Reporter , ASU Now


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Freshman education major brings compassion and hard work to ASU

August 20, 2019

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College student says volunteerism is her guiding force in life

Nothing gives Arizona State University freshman Larissa Lopez greater satisfaction than giving back to society.

That’s why the 18-year-old wants to teach elementary school students when she graduates from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College in four years.

“I knew whatever field I chose, I wanted to give back because volunteering was something I loved to do in high school,” said Lopez, who graduated from Chandler High School with a 3.4 GPA. “I can’t think of a better profession to give back to society than education or the military.”

In the last few years, Lopez has volunteered for food banks, community festivals and sporting events at Chandler High. However, it’s her 1-year-old son, Lucas, who specifically inspired her to get into teaching.

“I want to make sure my son’s education is solid,” Lopez said. “My being a teacher, I can ensure other children will have the same quality education as my son’s.”

Lopez will attend the university thanks to the ASU College Grant Attainment Program, a scholarship from Tempe Diablos Charities, Inc. as well as a few other academic grants.

ASU Now spoke to Lopez, who will be spending a majority of her academic career at ASU’s West campus.

Question: Why did you choose ASU?

Answer: Being a fourth generation Arizonan, it was a no-brainer to choose Arizona State University. I chose ASU to allow me to be home and have support while being a mom to a handsome 1-year-old boy while attending college.

Q: What drew you to your major?

A: Giving back to my community is something that has always been important to me since I was little kid. After my junior year at Chandler High School, I decided there’s no better way to give back than to help educate kids.

Q: What are you most excited to experience your first semester?

A: I’m most excited to start a new chapter at ASU. I’m so excited to learn and start my path to becoming a teacher.

Q: What do you like to brag about to friends about ASU?

A: What’s better than being a student at ASU? Duh!

Q: What talents and skills are you bringing to the ASU community? 

A: The talents I’m bringing to ASU are compassion and hard work.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish during your college years?

A: My hopes are to learn as much as possible about my career field. My hopes are to make mistakes and learn from my mistakes, to allow me to become a better student and a future educator.

Q: What’s one interesting fact about yourself that only your friends know?

A: That I’m very passionate about being a good mother to my son.

Q: If someone gave you $40 million to solve one problem in our world, what would you choose?

A: I would want kids not to worry how they’re going to get school supplies for the new school year, and that’s how I’d spend the $40 million.

Q: Predictions on the final score for this year’s Territorial Cup game?

A: Well, being originally from Tucson and living in a house that’s divided, it’s hard to say what the score is going to be. This year I am hoping the game will be a close one and that ASU kicks some butt! 

Top photo: ASU freshman Larissa Lopez sporting her Sun Devil pride in May at Chandler's Desert Oasis Park. Photo courtesy of Antoine Evans

Reporter , ASU Now


Legacy scholars follow in family footsteps

August 20, 2019

On Monday, Sun Devils of all ages streamed into Old Main to celebrate the Legacy Scholarship recipients — the next generation of ASU students. This year, the ASU Alumni Association awarded 54 Legacy Scholarships to incoming and continuing undergraduate students.

The Legacy scholar breakfast attracted more than 100 students, parents and grandparents from cities across the United States including Spokane, Washington; San Francisco; Dallas; Chicago; New York and Phoenix; and representing a wide range of degree programs including health care delivery, landscape architecture, molecular biology, material science engineering and sports business. alumni legacy breakfast Brennan Wales (center) is flanked by his ASU alumni parents, Brian and Anna, at the ASU Alumni Association's Legacy Scholar Celebratory Breakfast in Old Main on Monday. Brennan is a freshman in Barrett, The Honors College and W. P. Carey School of Business and will be studying sports business. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now Download Full Image

“The Legacy Scholarship enables the Alumni Association to pass on the values and traditions of ASU to future generations,” said ASU Alumni Association President and CEO Christine Wilkinson. “The Legacy Scholarship advances the university by investing in our future.”

ASU alum Eddie Lopez, ’98 BS and ’06 MBA, is proud his son Aaron choose to attend ASU. Aaron Lopez is a sophomore studying human resources in the W. P. Carey School of Business and is part of Changemaker Central.

Ciera Babbrah, a second-generation Sun Devil, will be a junior this year in biology and society in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and is in Barrett, The Honors College. She works in the Culture, Health and Environment Laboratory and the Global Impact Collaboratory, both part of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change.

Thomas Demassa attended the breakfast with his mother and grandmother. Demassa, who will enter his sophomore year, is studying biological sciences and will serve as a community assistant at Vista del Sol this year.  

Relatives of ASU Alumni Association contributing members are eligible for the Legacy Scholarship. Legacy Scholarship recipients demonstrate evidence of academic success, a strong commitment to community service and/or university involvement and dedication to the achievement of their personal and educational goals.

Acclaimed musicians to rock Sun Devil Stadium during the 2019 Fall Concert Series

August 20, 2019

After a wildly successful pilot year, the ASU 365 Community Union is officially open, bringing more live music to the Valley with the fall concert series on the Coca-Cola Sun Deck. Four critically acclaimed music acts will soon draw excited crowds into Sun Devil Stadium: Cherry Glazerr, SWMRS, Pink Sweat$ and Soccer Mommy.

“The 365 Community Union is ASU’s growing vision for turning Sun Devil Stadium into a vibrant cultural hub and we’re excited for a second year of concerts where you can imagine Sun Devils of all ages coming together,” said ASU Vice President for Cultural Affairs Colleen Jennings-Roggensack. Concert-goers pack the Coca-Cola Sun Deck at a 2018 concert. Download Full Image

Kicking off the fall concert series on Friday, Oct. 25, is Cherry Glazerr, joined by special guest Illuminati Hotties. Guitarist and lead vocalist Clementine Creevy is joined by bassist Devin O’Brien and drummer Tabor Allen to form the American rock band Cherry Glazerr, whose sound incorporates garage-rock, grunge, punk and new wave.

The series continues Thursday, Nov. 14, with a performance by SWMRS, joined by special guest Tillie. SWMRS hails from Oakland, California, where they drew on influences ranging from the Beach Boys to the Ramones to create their own brand of punk rock.

Headlining the following day is Pink Sweat$, an artist, songwriter and producer from Philadelphia with music rooted in R&B and soul. Pink Sweat$'s melodic intricacy and lyrical prowess earned him recognition from the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Billboard and Fader.

Closing out the fall concert series on Nov. 16 is Soccer Mommy, joined by special guest Caroline Rose. Soccer Mommy is the project of 22-year-old Nashville native Sophie Allison, whose vocal abilities created massive internet buzz before her studio album debut "Clean" landed on top album of 2018 lists in publications like Paste, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and Billboard. 

All concerts at the Coca-Cola Sun Deck are general admission, standing room only and adhere to the ASU clear bag policy. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the shows begin at 8 p.m. Free parking will be available in Lot 59 and tickets are available now at Ticketmaster.com. A limited number of free and discounted ASU student tickets will be available for all events exclusively on the ASU Mobile App.

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