AACHE NEWSLETTER Summer 2009 — Volume 1
Welcome to the AACHE E-Newsletter
This is the second quarterly AACHE E-newsletter for 2009. The newsletters will be archived in the
AACHE website at www.aache.org. If you have items you’d like to submit for inclusion in future editions
of the newsletter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Content should focus on items of interest to AACHE
members and its supporters, particularly with regards to higher education. Please note that all content will
be subject to editing and space availability.
With this, the second edition, this quarterly newsletter is becoming more established. We invite
submission of news about community, university and college events, faculty and staff, kudos, etc. If you
have any relevant news for the newsletter that you would like to share with the AACHE community state-
wide, please submit the information with the subject heading and author.
Dr. José E. Náñez, Sr.
Senior Consulting Editor;
James E. Garcia
Tina Drury and Carlos Reyes
In this issue:
University and Community College Events
Faculty and Staff News
AACHE & Community Events
Grants and Funding Opportunities
Research and Scholarly Activities
In the News
UPCOMING UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE EVENTS
"Social Science Research on Immigration: The Role of Transnational
Migration, Communities and Policy" international conference to be held in
Submitted by Nancy Newcomer, Coordinator Justice and Social Inquiry
Interdisciplinary Scholars will be holding a workshop on social science research in the Memorial Union, ASU
Tempe campus, the afternoon of September 10 th (opening comments at 1 p.m.) and throughout the day Sept
11th. The workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation and will feature 25 scholars who will focus
on the issue of collateral consequences of immigration policy and other state-created vulnerabilities.
Participants will address historical and contemporary issues within the United States and other countries from
interdisciplinary perspectives and using a variety of methodologies. A plenary session will be open to the
public. The conference is hosted by Charis Kubrin (George Washington University), Ramiro Martinez (Florida
International University) and Marjorie Zatz (ASU). For more information, call 480-965-7038 or visit
Hispanic Honor Society celebrates Mexican Independence Day
The members of the Hispanic Honor Society, along with the help of student government are planning an event
for Mexican Independence Day. The event is scheduled for September 17th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at ASU at
the West Campus. The event will include mariachis, dancers, guest speakers, food, music, lots of vendors,
beautiful decorations and other things that will make this event a great celebration. Since the event is only a
couple of months away, we would appreciate any help and/or ideas you may have. If you have any questions
or suggestions, contact HHS President Alexis Hermosillo at Alexis.Hermosillo@asu.edu.
HPAC Invites Nominations/Applications for Leadership Institute
The Estrella Leadership Institute; Hispanic Professional Action Committee invites nominations for
participation in the Estrella Leadership Institute.
The event will be held Saturday, September 26, 2009, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Pima Community College Desert
Vista Campus-Ocotillo Room in Tucson, Arizona, 85709.
Latinos are the fastest growing minority group, projected to almost triple by 2050 and expected to make up 29% of the
total 440 million projected U.S. population. Arizona’s population is already 30% Hispanic. Yet,Latino representation in
top policy-making leadership positions in government, business, health and education has not grown accordingly.
Modest gains are evident, but substantive growth in representation continues to be elusive. The under representation of
Latinos in key top-level positions must be a call to action.
HPAC is vested in Latino leadership development and to increasing the number of Latinos ready for advancement or
appointment to key leadership positions in the community; professionals able to lead and to provide a voice on issues
related to Latinos. Therefore,HPAC has developed the Estrella Leadership Institute as a first step to develop
participants’ skills, insights and opportunities to become leaders in policy, service, and initiative development.
Estrella Leadership Institute, Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today
The Estrella Leadership Institute will provide workshops and skill development activities drawing from
multidisciplinary positions and leaders. Participants will explore goal setting, self assessment and how to
become a community leader or top level administrator. While a central theme of the institute is service to the
community, participants will develop the following:
a vision of themselves as leaders committed to service
their leadership skill set
insights regarding institutional culture, protocols and expectations
opportunities for mentoring and networking
a plan for advancement to top ranks of health, education, business and government
Please refer to attached brochure or contact Sofia Ramos at email@example.com or call 471-1995 for more
information. Space is limited and will be allocated on first come first serve basis. Ensure your participation
by sending your completed registration or nomination form today to: HPAC P.O. Box 89, Tucson, Az. 85702,
http://hpactucson.org. For more information, call (520) 206-4500.
FACULTY AND STAFF NEWS
Hispanic Honor Society Club Updates
Hortencia Gutierrez will be the new staff advisor for the ASU Hispanic Honors Society at ASU at the
West campus. She is taking over the position previously held by Becca Garcia Blanks. Dr. José E. Náñez,
Sr. continues in the role of HHS faculty advisor. Becca Garcia Blanks will be moving the ASU downtown
campus and HHS wishes her the very best. She can be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hortencia can be reached at (602)543-8194 or Osuna2@asu.edu.
Research Publications and Scholarly Activities
Garcia, E.E., (2009). Enough is enough! Collaboration between ASU, Phoenix Elementary School District
will serve to eliminate learning gaps among underachieving students. Article in Latino Perspectives
Magazine. Retrieved August 10, 2009, 12:35pm. http://www.latinopm.com/Latino-Perspectives-
Magazine/August-2009/Enough-is-enough/. Garcia’s article focuses on K-12 minority student
underachievement in Arizona and the collaborative efforts of Arizona State University’s Education
Partnerships with the University Public School Initiatives (UPSI) to address the issue through the
establishment of a new school to provide “innovative, research-based education models”. For more
information, go to http://upsi.asu.edu.
Náñez, J.E., Sr. (in press). Bilingualism and Cognitive Processes in Young Children. In Garcia E. E. and
Frede E., (Eds.), Enhancing the Knowledge Base for Serving Young English Language Learners.
Columbia University Press.
Náñez, J.E., Sr. and Garcia, E.E. (in progress). Cognition and Bilingualism: Joining Cognitive
Psychology, Neuroscience and Education to Enhance Bilingual Research, Pedagogy, and Policy. Under
contract with the American Psychological Association Press.
Náñez collaborated on the following article published in Current Biology: Location-Specific Cortical
Activation Changes during Sleep after Training for Perceptual Learning. Yuko Yotsumoto, Yuka Sasaki,
Patrick Chan, Christos E. Vasios, Giorgio Bonmassar, Nozomi Ito, José E. Náñez, Shinsuke Shimojo, and
Takeo Watanabe, (2009). 10.1016/j.cub.2009.06.011.
Summary | Full Text Full Text | PDF (290 kb); PDF (290 kb) | Supplemental Data
Náñez has also collaborated on the following article (under review). New perspectives on perceptual
learning and sensory plasticity. Nature Reviews Neuroscience.
Náñez sponsored 5 students through funds from his Cognitive and Vision Science Laboratory to present
the following bioscience research poster at the Western Psychological Association’s conference held in
Portland, Oregon, April 22 – 24, 2009. Reyes, C., Whiting, C., Ceric, B., Ceric, S., Fabian, K., Ojeda, I.,
Drury, T., and J.E. Náñez, Sr. (faculty advisor). Relationship between Macular Pigment Density,
Ethnicity and Gender.
Researchers from the ASU Office of the Vice President for Education Partnerships (VPEP) presented at
the Annual Meeting of AERA. Learn more at http://educationpartnerships.asu.edu/files/AERA09.pdf.
VPEP has developed a new white paper that highlights critical conditions for Hispanic youth in Arizona.
Learn more: http://educationpartnerships.asu.edu/files/HispanicCondition09.pdf.
For further information contact Dr. Mahmet “Dali” Ozturk; Ozturk@asu.edu; (602)496-1151.
Mary Bjork presented a paper titled “Sonnet 73 and the Myth of the Phoenix” at the Mediterranean
Studies Association meeting in Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy) on May 28th. Mary has been invited by
Kaohsiung University in Taiwan to give a talk on November 3.
Michele Tellez is engaged in the following scholarly activities:
April 11, 2009. Chicana Trajectories: Teaching and Learning to Negotiate Borderlands
National Association for Chicana/Chicano Studies. New Brunswick, NJ.
March 13, 2009. Working at the Border: Bi-national Activism and Community Based Change. Low-Wage
Work, Migration and Gender Conference, University of Illinois, Chicago. Chicago, ILL.
July 25, 2009. Giving Wings to Our Dreams: Bi-national Activism and Worker's Rights Struggles at the
U.S./Mexico Border. Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) Conference, New Mexico
State Univ. Las Cruces, NM
May 16, 2009. Keynote Address; 39th Annual Chicano Latina Graduation, San Diego City College. San
March 11, 2009. Guest Speaker, Developing Academic Leadership through Engagement Program
(DALE); Northeastern Illinois University. Chicago, Ill.
Journal Article: (October 2008). Community of Struggle: Gender, Violence and Resistance on the U.S.-
Mexico Border. Gender & Society Special Issue: Gendered Borderlands; Volume 22, No. 5.
For further information, regarding Mary and Michele’s work contact Lucy Berchini at 602-543-6091,
AACHE & COMMUNITY EVENTS
AACHE 09 Conference Planning Underway
The AACHE 2009 Conference is scheduled to be held in November at NAU Yuma/Arizona Western
College (note change from University of Arizona in Tucson). Planning is underway. Visit the AACHE
website: www.aache.org for details as they develop. The website also features dates and location of the
monthly AACHE Board meetings, a list of upcoming events, and other important information.
A World Premiere, "Tears of Lives", a new play, Aug. 14-16, fund-raiser
for the Macehualli Capital Campaign
A new play written by James E. Garcia and directed by Luis Avila.
The play: Regino Ortega, an undocumented immigrant, has been living in the United States for 21 years
when he's arrested by ICE agents and Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputies. His three young children are
left behind and forced to fend for themselves. "The Tears of Lives" is a drama torn from today's headlines
that recounts the tragedy of families ripped apart as a consequence of the nation's latest, wide-scale
crackdown on immigrants.
This show is produced by New Carpa Theater Co. (newcarpa.org) as a special fund-raiser for the
Macehualli Capital Campaign organized by the Tonatierra Community Development Institute to preserve
and develop the Macehualli Community Campus Facility in Phoenix.
When: Aug. 14-16, 2009 (Evening performances at 7:30. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.)
Where: Playhouse on the Park, 1850 N. Central Ave. (In the Viad Bldg. at Palm and Central Ave.) Free
parking. This show is appropriate for general audiences.
Cost: Tickets $20 general admission and $10 for students. (You also may donate as much as you wish.)
To buy tickets for these performances or to contribute to the Macehualli Capital Campaign, visit
centromacehualli.org. Information at 602-460-1374 or by emailing email@example.com.
Fiesta for Scholarships
Submitted by Rosemary Ybarra-Hernandez, MPA, CEO/Founder; AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute
We need your support! Come meet our incredible Aguila Youth Leadership Institute 2009 graduates and
wish them well as they become the success we need in our communities. This year, Aguila graduates are
headed to numerous universities including: ASU, UofA, NAU, Grand Canyon University, MCCCD
schools, St. Mary's College (Notre Dame), St. Mary's University/San Antonio, Brown, Boston College,
Bowdoin, Gonzaga, Loras College, New Mexico Highlands, MIT, Connecticut College, College of
Wooster, and University of New Mexico. All are in need of additional funding.
Support our special fund-raiser dinner & dance, Friday, August 14, 2009, 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.,
American Legion, Post 41, 715 S. 2nd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003. Tickets are $30 per person/$50 per
couple. (Cheaper than a movie and dinner and a much greater cause.) Music generously provided by Party
For more information contact Vincent Salazar, program coordinator, at (623) 451-8700 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Spread the word - let's show our children our support.
The Second Annual Aguila Youth Leadership Symposium
declared a success
We did it! June 25th thru the 27th AGUILA served over 130 students during our 2nd annual Leadership
Symposium. For three days and two nights our students were introduced to valuable information that will
help them with the college process. The students were able to speak with more than 45 leaders of the
community about their professions, setting the groundwork for future mentors. They also visited with
more than 20 colleges from across the country, and were introduced to mock college courses taught by 12
University professors. "The Symposium was nothing like I have ever experienced and it has changed my
views on the Hispanic culture, and I now understand how big of a problem it is to not get a good
education." Hugo Organista, a sophomore from North High School wrote "Mrs. H" after the symposium.
There were many more that were deeply impacted by this event, and we hope they continue with the
AGUILA program, because this was just the beginning and there is much more in store for them.
We would like to thank all of our sponsors. Without their support this would not have been possible.
Robert Hernandez President/AGUILA, Rosemary Ybarra- Hernandez CEO/ AGUILA, Juliet Hernandez,
and Vincent Salazar Program Coordinator/ AGUILA with the Nina Pulliam Board of Trustees.
Muchas Gracias Nina Pulliam!
AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute is proud to announce that we have received a $ 70,000 dollar grant
from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. We are humbled by the generosity of the Foundation, and
look forward to the upcoming school year and the success of our students made possible thru the
commitment of organizations such as Nina Mason. The funds will benefit our youth in many ways and we
cannot wait to start a new year. The possibilities are endless.
Once again thank you Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust! We encourage our subscribers and students
to visit the foundations website, and get to know this generous organization.
AGUILITA of the Month: Pablo Sandoval
Pablo Sandoval Jr. is a Junior at Arizona State University. He is majoring in Construction Management
with an emphasis in commercial and residential construction. Pablo has been an outstanding student
earning a spot on the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering's Dean List, and is an inducted member of
Sigma Lambda Chi's International Honor Society of Construction. Pablo has also served his community;
by volunteering at St. Vincent De Paul's, Phoenix Children's Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, and many
more organizations throughout the valley.
After graduation Pablo would like to work for a public or commercial contractor, and return to school
seeking a Masters Degree in Business Administration or Real Estate. Pablo is currently attending a
Leadership Internship with Shea Holmes, where he is learning valuable information and tricks of the
trade. Pablo is grateful for everything he has and AGUILA is proud to be represented by this bright and
inspired leader of the community.
Community Learning Center
Submitted by Rosa I. Molinar MSW – Event Coordinator CLC
Students from the Community Learning Center at the Downtown Phoenix campus graduated from the
center in July after mastering a variety of new skills.
Courses in basic computer skills, Web design, starting a business, and basic English for daily life were
taught to the 73 graduates during the past six months at the center. Classes that are taught at the center are
offered online through the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (el Tec) de
Telemundo reporter Laura Maldonado was master of ceremonies for the event that also included Mexican
Consul Carlos Flores Vizcarra and other representatives from the community.
Classes offered through el Tec cover topics such as statistics, math, business, science and health. Classes
are taught in Spanish and indigenous languages.
“Students who graduated from El Tec benefited from some of the more than 80 course offerings that are
available for free to the community,” says Rosa Molinar, Executive Coordinator for the Community
Learning Center. A few classes such as a basic computer skills course carry a small fee.
More than 1200 people utilize the courses offered through El Tec by taking classes at University Center,
Washington Elementary School, The Salvation Army, Tolleson District, or at home on their personal
ASU students also earn credit hours through different internships programs such as the School of Social
Work, the College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation, the School of International Letters and Cultures
(SILC), and the College of Education in Tempe. Interns help the participants with subjects such as basic
computer skills, learning English and HTML Web design, and health.
High school students get a taste of university life through ASU-SEP
Photo Taken by Matt Crum
Tina Drury and ASU-SEP student Ariena Baca
On July 14-16, ASU offered the ASU Student Enrichment Program (ASU-SEP) to high school students
from the Phoenix metropolitan areas who are interested in attending ASU. The participating students were
selected from ASU’s new Collegiate Scholars Program in which students take university courses while
simultaneously enrolled in high school. The summer enrichment learning community was hosted at ASU
at the West campus.
The 3-day learning community titled Psychology, Music, and the Brain was developed by Dr. José E.
Náñez Sr. Náñez, a President’s Professor and Executive Director for Community Outreach in ASU’s
Office of the Sr. V.P., Student Initiatives, presented a lecture on the effects of music on the brain. Dr.
Darryl Hattenhauer, two-time Fulbright Scholar, presented a lecture on writing for the university.
The students received a tutorial by graduate student Tina Drury on conducting electronic library searches
and a second tutorial by undergraduate Jana Sirotnik on conducting a PowerPoint presentation. The
students were divided into small groups of 4-5 students each and were assisted in the process of
developing PowerPoint presentations by graduate teaching assistants Tina Drury and Carlos Reyes and
undergraduate teaching assistants Cedric Phillips and Jana Sirotnik. The participants also learned about
student life and financial aid. SEP is designed to introduce high school students to the academic and
student life side of the university and to smooth the transition from high school into the University
atmosphere. Eighteen students participated in the inaugural SEP.
For information regarding the ASU-SEP contact Dr. José E. Náñez, Sr. email@example.com. For information
regarding the Collegiate Scholars Program, visit the program Web site at http://promise.asu.edu/csp.
A full length article featured in ASU news and in the Insight Newsletter by Matt Crum can be found by
GRANTS AND FUNDING
Grants and Funding Opportunities
Hispanic Scholarship Fund - College scholarships and grants for Latino students Founded in 1975
as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, HSF's vision is to strengthen the country by advancing
college education among Hispanic Americans. In support of its mission to double the rate of
Hispanics earning college degrees, HSF provides the Latino community more college scholarships
and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country. During the 2006-
2007 academic year, HSF awarded nearly 4,200 scholarships exceeding $26.5 million. In its 32-
year history, HSF has awarded more than 82,000 scholarships worth more than $221 million to
Latinos from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands attending nearly 2,000
colleges and universities. Learn more about this at http://www.hsf.net/Scholarships.aspx?id=72
IN THE NEWS
On PBS: ASU grad's foundation for health care in Mexico
Laura Libman, ASU graduate and President/founder of Arizona based Tia Foundation, wasa featured
guest in Horizonte a PBS program dedicated to informing and educating their viewers about pressing
issues that concern all Arizonans. Laura Libman talked about Tia’s mission in the rural villages of
Mexico, that seeks to provide health development strategies as a means to help themselves. In addition
Laura Libman commented on the impact of the H1V1 swine flu has had on the program. To view the full
interview of Laura Libman click http://www.azpbs.org/horizonte/detailvid.php?id=577
Fewer Mexican Immigrants Coming to U.S.,
No Evidence That More Are Heading Home
Submitted by, Mary Seaborn, firstname.lastname@example.org
In a recent article titled, “Mexican Immigrants: How Many Come? How Many Leave?” submitted to the
Pew Hispanic Center Jeffrey Passel and D'Vera Cohn, address the flow of immigration from Mexico to
the United States and vice versa. In their article Passel and D’Vera state that according to data from
population surveys taken in the U.S. and Mexico, “the annual return flow appears to be stable since
2006”. Furthermore, Passel and D’Vera report that “Mexico's National Survey of Employment and
Occupation estimates that 433,000 Mexican migrants returned home from February 2008 to February
2009. For the same period in 2007-2008, 440,000 did, compared with an estimated 479,000 from
February 2006 to February 2007”.
In addition, they state “As for immigration to the U.S. from Mexico, data from several sources attest to
recent substantial decreases in the number of new arrivals”. Moreover, Passel and D’Vera affirm that
“The inflow began to diminish in mid-decade, and has continued to do so through early 2009, according
to an analysis of the latest available population surveys from both countries. This finding is reinforced by
data from the U.S. Border Patrol showing that apprehensions of Mexicans attempting to cross illegally
into the United States decreased by a third between 2006 and 2008”.
You can find the full article and a list of additional sources at by clicking