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The Maricopa Community Colleges (MCC) are looking for a new governing board member to fill the seat vacated when Ben Miranda suddenly passed away in November. This seat will represent District 5, which comprises parts of Avondale, Buckeye, Glendale, Goodyear and Phoenix, as well as the Gila River Indian Community, Guadalupe, the Tohono O’Odham Nation and Tolleson.
Ahwatukee resident Patrick Lombardi is a member of the Denison University men’s swimming and diving team. He is a graduate of Desert Vista High School.
Faye McGechie of Ahwatukee is one of many Arizona State University undergraduate students engaged in research projects under the direct guidance of top-level faculty. In this case, she has Institute of Human Origins director and paleoanthropologist William Kimbel showing her the ropes.
Ahwatukee resident and author, Alex Hermosillo, will be donating all the proceeds from his book, “Hope, Healing and Miracles,” to the Society St. Vincent DePaul of Phoenix this week.
Matthew Kovarik of Ahwatukee was selected as a resident assistant for the 2013-14 academic year at Northern Arizona University’s residential campus. Resident assistants (RAs) are students who live and work as peers and resources for residential students at NAU. RAs are carefully chosen each year to help other students foster academic success, connect to the NAU community, create welcoming living communities, ensure health and safety, and encourage involvement on campus.
GateWay Community College in Phoenix recently opened its new Healthcare United at GateWay (HUG) Clinic to the community. Services are currently being offered pro bono to the community.
Thirty-year Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board member Dr. Don Campbell and Creative Writing faculty Dr. Lois Roma-Deeley have been named recipients of regional awards by the Pacific Region of the Association of Community College Trustees ACCT. Campbell was honored for trustee leadership, while Deeley received outstanding faculty recognition.
Arizona State University will not increase tuition for Arizona undergraduate students for the academic year that begins in fall 2014. This applies to both current students and those entering that year. No determination has been made yet regarding tuition levels for out-of-state students or for graduate students, whether in-state or out-of-state.
The Edge Leadership Experience is a unique opportunity for first-year incoming students to learn and practice leadership skills. One hundred and fifty first-year students from all backgrounds were selected for the experience. Upper-division students who are current student leaders serve as facilitators for the program.
Each year the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce honors local business women through the Palo Verde Women in Business Award.
Arizona State Gammage will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in September 2014.
Arizona Christian University (ACU) President Len Munsil announced that the accredited, private, nonprofit, Christian university at Cactus Road and 24th Street will begin its NAIA intercollegiate football program in 2013. ACU will immediately start its national search for the program’s first coach. Firestorm football will debut in the fall of 2014.
Brenna McElenney of Ahwatukee is attending Creighton University this fall along with more than 960 other freshmen. McElenney, a graduate of Xavier College Prep, will be entering into the College of Arts and Sciences, is part of a freshmen class that is academically strong, diverse and engaged in community and service activities. The academic profile of the 2013 freshmen class places Creighton among the top 10 private universities in the Midwest with more than 4,000 undergraduates and among the top 50 national private Catholic universities.
OYO Sportstoys announces the launch of building block mini figures (LEGO compatible) wearing the full uniform of the Arizona State Sun Devils.
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).
Bethany Christian School (BCS) in Tempe recently enrolled the first international student through its International Student Program. The new student arrived from Thailand and is now enrolled in fifth grade.
Thousands of students are descending on the Arizona State University campus for the new school year. Those coming to the highly ranked W. P. Carey School of Business will have several new degree options available to them.
The teachers have set up their classrooms and the campus has been tidied up to welcome in students for the 2013-2014 school year at Bethany Christian School, an accredited, private K-8 Christian school.
Erin Andrews-Sharer, a graduate of Desert Vista High School, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at The College of Wooster.
Ahwatukee resident Sara Elizabeth Matsumoto was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Matsumoto is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences. To qualify, students must earn a semester GPA of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units. Washington University is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching and research, and it draws students and faculty to St. Louis from all 50 states and more than 120 nations. The total student body is more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
Anthony Quatela of Ahwatukee has graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. Quatela earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. Quatela was one of nearly 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students who participated in the May 19 graduation ceremony at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university.
Grant Goodman of Ahwatukee was named to the spring 2013 dean’s list at Creighton University. Full-time students who rank in the top 10 percent of their class for the semester and earn a 3.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale are eligible for the dean’s list.
Andrew Hamburg, son of Donna and Rob Hamburg of Ahwatukee, graduated with a degree in economics from Colorado College on May 20.
Jayne Cole, a Luther College senior from Ahwatukee, was named to the 2013 spring semester dean’s list. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale and must complete at least 12 credit hours with 10 hours of conventional grades (A, B, C, D). Luther is a selective four-year college located in northeast Iowa.
A new course that will be offered this fall will mesh American Indian views and values with tools to succeed academically at Arizona State University.