Alumni

ASU's criminal justice online graduate degree program ranks in US News' top 10

The online master’s degree program in criminology and criminal justice at Arizona State University continues for an eighth consecutive year as one of the nation’s top 10 such courses of study, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings announced. The online Master of Arts degree program earned a No. 7 ranking for 2022.

ASU’s No. 7 ranking is higher than those of the University of Cincinnati, the University of Nebraska-Omaha, the University of Central Florida and the University of Oklahoma.

Friendship sees duo through challenging ASU health program into professional life

Not everyone makes a best friend in college who will become a trusted ally and colleague for years to come.

Megan Hiestand and Josie Lamp, two 2018 College of Health Solutions graduates, found that kind of friendship the day before their very first class at Arizona State University, forming a bond that helped them throughout a challenging first-of-its kind degree program, and one that has continued as they’ve moved to the next phase of their careers.

New School of Public Affairs professor of practice served as Afghan ambassador to China

Javid Qaem’s career path has taken him near and far, not merely geographically, but in the many ways that he has served.

A medical doctor from Afghanistan, he came to the United States to study at Arizona State University’s School of Public Affairs. A few years later, he was his country’s ambassador to China. Now he is back at ASU, where he is a School of Public Affairs professor of practice.

In memory of enterprising engineer Géza Kmetty

The dramatic upheaval Géza Kmetty endured in his early years makes his life and career trajectories, professional achievements and contributions to engineering and higher education genuinely remarkable.

As a youngster, he left his homeland and family at the outbreak of the violent Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the revolt of many of Hungary’s citizens against the Communist government and its rule under the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Digital dance: 2 ASU dance alumni publish articles on virtual dance education

Two Arizona State University dance alumni were recently published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Dance Education in Practice. This special edition of the journal by the National Dance Education Organization focused on virtual dance education.

“It is a pleasure to witness our ASU dance alumni contributing such impactful value to the national dance education community,” said Keith Thompson, associate professor and assistant director of dance.

Honeywell Aerospace prepares ASU engineering students for Industry 4.0

Engineering students at The Polytechnic School, one of the seven Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, participate in a culture of experiential learning at the Polytechnic campus — one that isn’t confined to the pages of a textbook or instruction in the classroom. These opportunities are actively encouraged by industry leaders committed to supporting the next generation of engineers.

Ahead of the curve

Editor's note: This story originally appeared in the winter 2022 issue of ASU Thrive magazine.

Written by May Busch, former COO of Morgan Stanley Europe, executive coach, speaker, adviser, author and executive-in-residence in ASU’s Office of the President.

ASU theater alum helps create better work environments for actors

Chelsea Pace is using her expertise in staging sex to create safer spaces for actors.

Pace, who received her MFA in theatre performance from Arizona State University, is an intimacy consultant and choreographer on theater and film projects across the country. Pace’s career path started at ASU with a question: If stage combat scenes are handled so carefully, then why aren’t intimate scenes handled the same way? Faculty and colleagues started referring to her questions as research. 

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