By transforming Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium into ASU 365 Community Union, the campus landmark will become a year-round hub of activity for the entire community: a place for fitness classes, concerts, festivals, farmers markets, dining, movies, meetings and study areas. It will also house the Pat Tillman Veterans Center, Public Service Academy, the Global Sports Institute and a new studio for ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Trailblazing federal judge is first ASU Law alumna to have a professorship in her name

Judge Roslyn Silver’s distinguished career is full of notable firsts. Among her groundbreaking accomplishments, she was the first woman appointed to the Phoenix division of the U.S. District Court and the district’s first female chief judge.

Now, ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is naming a professorship for her, making the 1971 ASU Law graduate the first alumna to earn this recognition. It’s both an honor to the faculty member who will hold the distinction and an enduring tribute to its generous donor.

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A chance meeting a few years after graduation from law school proved inspirational. Roslyn Silver (left) was walking to the courthouse in downtown Phoenix when she crossed paths with a judge of the Maricopa County Court — Sandra Day O’Connor. The two struck up a conversation, became acquainted and later friends. “Just as Justice O’Connor did for me, I have come to realize the power of setting a positive example for all law students, including now the many women attending ASU Law,” Silver says.

$937K grant from Parsons Foundation to support a scholarship program for ‘Dreamers’

“By no fault of their own, ‘Dreamers’ are starting their pursuit of higher education at a great disadvantage,” said businessman Bob Parsons. “America is a nation of immigrants, and it is our duty to step up and support those who are working hard to earn a better life for themselves and their families, no matter how they got here.”

Funding provided to the Parsons Scholars will mitigate the risk of a “Dreamer” leaving school due to financial hardship. Many of the scholars come from low-income households and are first-generation students.

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‘Dreamers’ are young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and are allowed to remain in the country if they meet certain criteria. Because of their circumstances, they are unable to benefit from university or federal aid or work-study programs.

ASU alumni recognized for their vision, gifts to transform Sun Devil Stadium

The vision and gifts of three ASU alumni are coming to fruition after five years. Steve Butterfield, Bill Kent and Jack Furst spearheaded the reinvention of and fundraising for Sun Devil Stadium, transforming it into a year-round, multi-use complex called ASU 365 Community Union. The new union will benefit university groups as well as the surrounding communities.

To honor their vision and commitment, ASU named the student-athlete facility for the donors during a ceremony on Nov. 30, 2019.

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Bill Kent and Jack Furst and their families, along with the family of the late Steve Butterfield, were recognized during a home football game for their contributions to Sun Devil Athletics and ASU 365 Community Union.

In response to public health issue, ASU alumna funds initiative to reduce sugar consumption

ASU Department of Psychology alumna Carol May is working to change how Americans approach sweets to reduce obesity, diabetes and heart disease. May donated $275,000 to fund a research project on how to better reduce the consumption of added sugar among ASU students, faculty and staff.

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Carol May celebrates with Steve Neuberg, chair and Foundation Professor in the ASU Department of Psychology, at the naming of a conference room in her honor in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Armstrong Futures Center.

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