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Kyl to receive honorary degree from Thunderbird

Thunderbird President Larry Edward Penley, Ph.D. will award former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl with a doctorate of international law honoris causa on Friday, Dec. 13 during Thunderbird’s fall commencement ceremony, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Thunderbird Event Center.

Kyl has been a friend to Thunderbird over the years, most notably serving as a special adviser to former Thunderbird President Barbara Barrett during a period of leadership transition in 2012. Last year, he also took time to speak with 27 Haitian businesswomen who were receiving training at Thunderbird through a partnership with the U.S. Department of State and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative.

Kyl has shown a long commitment to his country, serving 18 years in the U.S. Senate after serving for eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected unanimously by his colleagues in 2008 to serve as Republican Whip, the second-highest position in the Senate Republican leadership. He held this position until his retirement from the Senate in 2013.

TIME magazine recognized Kyl as one of the “World’s 100 Most Influential People” in 2010, and as one of the 10 best senators in 2006. Capitol Hill’s newspaper, The Hill, identified him as one of the “25 hardest working lawmakers.”

“For his extraordinary accomplishments in the area of public service and his commitment to the ideals for which Thunderbird stands, we are proud to recognize Senator Kyl with an honorary degree from Thunderbird,” Dr. Penley said.

In its nearly 70 year history, Thunderbird previously has bestowed just 40 honorary degrees. This rare acknowledgement has been awarded to such international figures as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; Douglas Daft, the former chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola; the late U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater; Vaclav Havel, the first president of the Czech Republic; former U.S. Ambassador to Finland and Thunderbird President Barbara Barrett; Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes magazine, and Álvaro Uribe, former president of Colombia.

Kyl also will deliver the keynote address during Thunderbird’s fall commencement this Friday, when the No.1-ranked international business school will graduate 197 students from 14 programs and 26 countries.

Kyl currently serves as Senior Advisor at Covington and Burling, LLP and is a Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He received both his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Arizona.

Commencement will be held on Thunderbird’s campus at 59th Avenue and Greenway Road in Glendale in the Thunderbird Event Center. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Commencement is a ticketed event to ensure seating for families of the graduates.

 

 

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Helios Founding Chair Named 2013 Afterschool Champion

Education advocate and founding chairman of the Helios Education Foundation, Vince Roig, has been named the 2013 Afterschool Champion by the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE).

Roig will receive the award on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the 12th Annual Arizona Statewide Afterschool Conference & Awards of Excellence Luncheon at the Phoenix Convention Center, North Building Ballroom, in downtown Phoenix.  Also at the luncheon, innovative afterschool programs and staff from around the state will be recognized for their exemplary work in delivering quality youth development programs.

Roig joins an impressive list of past honorees that includes former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Lattie Coor, Eddie Basha and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

“Vince Roig’s entire career has been focused on and dedicated to education,” said Melanie McClintock, executive director, Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence.  “His efforts have touched the lives of students at every level of the educational spectrum.”

Roig holds both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in secondary education.  He founded Helios Education Foundation, the largest nonprofit organization serving Arizona and Florida focused solely on education, in 2004.  The Foundation has invested millions of dollars in education-related programs and initiatives in three impact areas:  Early Childhood Education, the Transition Years  and Postsecondary Scholarships.

Before founding Helios, Roig was president and chief executive officer of Southwest Student Services Corporation, a full-service provider of student loan products and services. He serves or has served on the boards of numerous organizations including: Teach for America National, Stand for Children National, Take Stock in Children, Greater Phoenix Leadership, Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board, Stand for Children Arizona Advisory Committee, Valley of the Sun United Way and the Phoenix Art Museum.  He also currently serves as chair of the board for the Arizona College Scholarship Foundation.

For information about the Statewide Afterschool Conference & Awards of Excellence Luncheon, including sponsorships opportunities, registration and individual tickets, visit http://azafterschool.org/Events/Awards-of-Excellence-Luncheon.aspx.

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Charter 100 Arizona announces new board

Charter 100 Arizona, a nonpartisan, networking association for accomplished women leaders from diverse fields, has announced its new board of directors. The purpose of The CHARTER 100 is to recognize outstanding women in the community and to provide a forum for their interaction. Founding board members include Sandra Day O’Connor, Hattie Babbitt and Margaret Hance.

The new Charter 100 AZ board is comprised of:

Officers
President, Donna Davis
Vice President, Susan Shultz
Treasurer, Sandra Ferniza
Secretary, Marcia Busching

Directors

Maryglenn Boals
Sheila Grinell
Janet Holston
Yvonne Hunter
Beth McRae
Layla Ressler
Jane Rosenbaum
Felecia Rotellini
Lois Savage
Lois Zachary

The organization is run by an active Executive Board which is responsible for providing programming content and overseeing other aspects of the organization’s operations.

Programming consists of monthly meetings and salons, and several special events throughout the year, designed to enlighten and inform members by providing continuing education and opportunities to engage on a variety of topics relevant to their lives.  Speakers of national prominence address the group regarding the latest trends of thought in their respective fields.

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O’Connor House names new CEO

The O’Connor House (OCH) Board of Directors appointed Sarah Suggs Cheek as president and CEO. The nonprofit organization supports the legacy and vision of retired United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to promote civil dialogue leading to civic action.

“Sarah’s extensive experience in marketing and fundraising will benefit the organization tremendously and allow us to build on successful programs such as our Distinguished Speaker Series and Issues & Answers Forums,” said Steve Savage, chairman of the OCH Board. “Over the last year we have laid the foundation for our organization and Sarah’s leadership will take us to the next level.”

Sarah helped to establish the O’Connor House Distinguished Speakers Series and Patrons Circle hosting notable speakers such as former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev and Pulitzer-prize winning author David McCullough. “We look forward to an equally significant line up of speakers in 2013,” added Savage.

Sarah Suggs Cheek is a third generation Arizonan whose 25-year career in both the private and public sectors has taken her to the east and west coasts. Sarah previously served as senior vice president of marketing for Phoenix-based Pivotal Group and as national executive director for The National Women’s Hall of Fame in New York.

O’Connor House began as an effort to preserve the historic and longtime home of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and her late husband John O’Connor.  Prior to being appointed the first woman to the United States Supreme Court and during her years in Arizona a member of the State Legislature, Superior Court and Court of Appeals Judge, she hosted countless local, state, national and international leaders in the historic adobe home.  The O’Connor hospitality served to build consensus and collaboration among the diverse guests to explore, discuss and solve problems for the state and beyond.  In 2008, the O’Connor home was successfully relocated to the grounds of the Arizona Historical Society in Papago Park.

With this legacy of civility and dialogue, the organization’s mission evolved to embrace a renewed purpose, “Where Civil Talk Leads to Civic Action.” Today, the work of O’Connor House includes leading efforts to advance balanced, fact-based information and dissemination of key issues impacting Arizona and the nation. 

In addition, O’Connor House has elected six new members to its Board of Directors and appointed its Officers: the Board elected Steve Savage of Ballard Spahr as chairman; Rich Boals of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona as vice chairman; SRP Accountant John Evancevich as treasurer; and Peter Hayes vice president of public affairs of SRP as secretary.  New Board members include Deborah Bateman, executive vice president, National Bank of Arizona; Dr. Rufus Glasper, chancellor, Maricopa Community Colleges; Michael Rooney, Sacks Tierney Attorney; Lisa Urias, president, Urias Communications; Kari Yatkowski, founder of Haven Charitable Foundation; and Kathleen Zeider, community volunteer.

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ASU Students: Large Enrollment, Campuses And Dreams

Attending a school with four campuses, 250 undergraduate programs and nearly 72,000 students enrolled, Arizona State University students aren’t finding it difficult to stick out from the crowd. In fact, they are proving countless ways to be innovative, distinct and professionally developed.

ASU has provided its student body with opportunities to take their education to a different level: to their careers, bringing their future dream jobs to the present.

Take ASU student Frank Kyle Robertson, for example. He’s a third-year law student, looking to graduate with a Juris Doctorate (J.D). Earlier this year, however, on January 24, he went from being a student of law to arguing a case before Arizona’s highest court.

He represented the Homeowner Advocacy Unit at ASU’s law school, Southern Arizona Legal Aid and Jean Braucher, a law professor at the University of Arizona.

Robertson was extremely interested in this case and spent much time and effort during winter break towards research of the case. And his professors appreciated his interest and, in turn, invested in him and his professional development.

Robert says that the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law “offers a large number of real-world opportunities that are very helpful in preparing to practice law.” The law school also offers 10 clinical programs, moot court competitions and litigation-focused classes.

The Biomedical Engineering Department also offers opportunities for ASU students. Through its undergraduate program, students must undergo the design process of medical technologies in its entirety: designing, testing, customer research, FDA regulations and, finally, production.

In fact, the current undergraduate senior class is working on projects that have great potential. Edgar Sanchez, a senior graduating in May of this year, is working on an electrode-based device that he will code to make readings of antibodies and antigens. This device is innovative in its portability and size. Currently, electrodes are used to input to a much larger reading device; however, Sanchez’s project will allow for the electrodes to do the readings themselves.

His colleague, Madeline Grade, has also been recognized by Mayo Clinic and other research centers for her work on epilepsy. She, along with her professor Leon Jassemidis, has worked on the development of seizure predictions. Eventually, a device will be created that will warn an epileptic of a seizure hours before it actually occurs.

Dr. Vincent Pizziconi, the instructor of the senior capstone design course, says that ASU students at the biomedical engineering department are pushed to “realize their potential in the world of global health. Students are being trained to develop medical devices…” and provide them to those who live in places lacking resources.

As he works with students at the multimillion-dollar design facility at the Tempe campus, journalism professors and professionals at the Downtown Phoenix campus are working with their students to produce news pieces of national and international impact.

ASU student journalists have been awarded some of the nation’s most prestigious awards and recognized by the Associated Press TV-Radio Association, the Broadcast Education Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Be it in the fields of law, biotechnologies, journalism or otherwise, ASU students are finding it accessible to further both their education and their careers.

For more information about ASU and ASU students, visit asu.edu.