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Few radical changes, quibbles of universities redesign plan
University redesign group meets today (4-14-05)

Editorial: Phoenix rising
Latino conference to focus on power through education
Work on park at ASU West set to begin
Sackton puts perspective on ASU mess

The Arizona Republic (Phoenix)
Opinion: Make minority students work even harder
Pima says thanks to UA's Likins
Bia to head PCC downtown
The Tucson Citizen (Tucson)

Now a Buckeye: Smith begins tenure at Ohio St.
Remembering a fallen friend

ASU - The State Press

UA signs agreement with Kazakh 'sister university'
Provost mum on meal plan

UA - The Arizona Daily Wildcat
Bad Behavior in a Search
Combatants Over Affirmative Action in Admissions Await Law-Review Issue That's Their Next Battleground
Presidential Panel Recommends Steps to Promote Computational Science
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Man and Woman of the Year Luncheon April 21st! Valley Leadership
Nick Lund retires June 30 Inside NAU


Few radical changes, quibbles of universities redesign plan 

Judd Slivka
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 15, 2005 01:50 PM 

After 10½ months, the group redesigning Arizona's universities has come up with a document that's more a road map than a book of directions.

The final document to be presented this month to the state Board of Regents affirms two major tenets of the board's policy: Campuses with have different tuition charges and different missions.

Even those who had shouted the loudest about the redesign - faculty members at Arizona State University West - could only find a few things to quibble with Thursday during a meeting of the Regents Feasibility and Planning Study Work Group. 

"I've had a number of people in the region I live in say, 'But you're not making any real big changes,' " said Nick Lund, executive director of Northern Arizona University-Yuma. "The fact that we're not making any radical changes, with all the feedback we've gotten around the state and in stakeholder groups, says that we're going in the right direction."

The plan will be sent to the regents for their meeting on April 27 and 28. It asserts that there should be three levels of tuition within the state's universities. 

Arizona State University and the University of Arizona would have the highest. Northern Arizona University's Flagstaff campus, the ASU campuses in west Phoenix, downtown Phoenix and Mesa would have the next highest. NAU-Yuma, the UA-South and any of the programs that couple two years of community-college classes with two years of classes from NAU would have the lowest.

The plan also asserts that the universities should have different roles. The main campuses of UA and ASU, where much of the very expensive hard-science research in the state goes on, would continue to be the drivers of intensive research within the system. NAU, ASU West and ASU East would do less intensive research and focus more on undergraduate and master's degrees. NAU-Yuma and UA-South would focus almost entirely on undergraduate and master's education.

The proposal does not address whether community colleges should offer baccalaureate degrees. That goal is being pushed by the community colleges and has been proposed in the Legislature in the last two sessions. 

The university redesign plan retains some of the ideas put forth last May by Chris Herstam, then president of the regents. He proposed creating two new universities and making their tuition levels lower than the large research-heavy schools.

"This work group was supposed to come up with a plan that's feasible," Herstam said after the meeting, "and politically feasible is a part of that. While the other organizational plan was more dynamic and got more headlines, this kept the major ideas."

When Herstam's plan was announced last May, it set off a flurry of debate, particularly in the West Valley, where residents and ASU West faculty didn't want to see the school broken off into a free-standing, undergraduate-focused institution. The final document was much more palatable to those groups.

"We've seen a great deal of progress between May and now," said Bill Simmons, the president of the ASU West Faculty Senate and a constant critic of the entire process. "The work group took seriously the public comments."

A legacy of the redesign process is the move in the Legislature to allow community colleges to offer four-year degrees. Rep. Laura Knaperek, R-Tempe, introduced House Bill 2079, which created rancor between the community colleges that lobbied for the bill and the state university system that opposed it. 
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University redesign group meets today 

By Judd Slivka
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 14, 2005 

Today is a big day in the university redesign process.

The 20-member group that's been working on the redesign will meet today and see a final version of the document that will be sent to the Regents to approve, disapprove or simply ignore.

The plan won't be changing all that much from the last draft. Different tuition at different campuses with different missions, the plan's centerpiece, will remain. Most of the changes will be in wording - refining and tweaking language that was objectionable to parties. The language is expected to be more permissive in this draft of the proposal and some of the more controversial language is expected to be removed. 

Some of the objections that various groups made are predictable, such as ASU-West faculty talking about losing their research missions and a group from Northern Arizona wanting language revised to ensure that Northern Arizona University retains its research mission.

But other objections lend some insight to a process that has not been trouble-free:

• The faculty stakeholder group - which is dominated by ASU-West types, but includes representation from the other schools, alleges that the data the study has been based on is wrong and biased. 

• Faculty from ASU-East have objected to what they deem a total mischaracterization of ASU-East's mission in the redesign, saying the university should not be focused solely on undergraduates and master's degrees.

• While the earlier plan addressed ASU-East, ASU-West and ASU-Tempe, it made scarce mention of ASU's downtown campus, and when it did, it lumped it in with the other ASU branch campuses with regard to tuition. However, at least one of the programs scheduled to move from Tempe to downtown - the College of Nursing - is an expensive program. The core of the different tuition levels was that campuses with lower research and capital costs would have lower tuition; students wouldn't need to subsidize the research and other loss-leaders on a campus.

The committee meets at 1:30 p.m. today at ASU-Tempe. About the same time that the committee is considering whether to approve the proposal or not, the state Senate may be voting on its own version of a higher education system redesign. The bill on the full floor of the Senate would allow community colleges to offer some four-year degrees and would create Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher into a four-year liberal arts college.

Reach the reporter at judd.slivka@arizonarepublic.com or 602-444-8097.
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Editorial: Phoenix rising 

Sheryl Sculley's decision a lift for city

The Arizona Republic
Apr. 15, 2005 

Assistant City Manager Sheryl Sculley isn't leaving for San Antonio, after all.

That's great news for Phoenix, where Sculley has built a stellar reputation - project by project - over the past 15 years. 

Although the job was hers', Sculley withdrew her name Wednesday from consideration as San Antonio's city manager. Her broad range of skills as a project manager and leader are invaluable to Phoenix. 

This is a critical moment for Phoenix. Never before has the city had so many downtown projects with such economic potential. And Sculley is involved in virtually all of the projects, which require strong leadership and vision. 

Arizonans everywhere have a big stake in the success of downtown Phoenix. The planned developments will affect our state's ability to attract talent, generate business and lure visitors.

Here's what's under way: 

• TGen recently had its grand opening, marking the start of the Phoenix Bioscience Center at Copper Square. The 15-acre parcel is the centerpiece for Arizona's push into biosciences.

• A giant pit and massive metal beams mark the initial work on expanding the Civic Plaza, a $600 million project that will more than triple Phoenix's convention space by 2008. Two blocks away, the city will build a hotel to house convention visitors.

• The city and the state Board of Regents are working to establish a branch of the University of Arizona College of Medicine here. Such a medical school would advance several state goals: reduce a grave shortage of physicians, create a magnet for health-related and research industries and attract the highly-trained professionals they employ. 

• Arizona State University is planning a downtown campus that will be home to various programs and thousands of students. Phoenix needs farsighted officials who can work with the university to create the best possible mesh. 

The month-long drama surrounding Sculley's possible departure raises several key issues. They include:

• The salary structure for top administrators. A balance has to be struck. Clearly, City Manager Frank Fairbanks is underpaid compared to many of his peers. His base salary is $204,000, which is less than in Dallas ($263,000), San Antonio ($235,000 to the last city manager), San Diego ($214,000) and San Jose ($209,000). City managers don't enter public service to become wealthy. And the public is suspicious of highly paid government officials. But they do run huge, complex organizations that employ thousands of people. They need to be compensated accordingly.

Valuable staff members like Sculley, who was in line in San Antonio to become the nation's highest-paid city manager at $265,000, also need to be recognized monetarily. 

• The critical load Sculley and her team carry is itself a concern for some City Council members. They may encourage Fairbanks to parcel out a few of the downtown projects to other top managers to lessen the reliance on one individual. In addition, they say, other projects across the city could benefit from Sculley's talents. 

• The city needs to identify and nurture talented young managers who could vie for the city manager's job themselves someday. Not just the current top deputies, but also the younger officials who would keep Phoenix the envy of cities throughout the country. These names are not all well known. But the future of professional management in Phoenix depends on the growth of individuals like Ed Zuercher, Dave Krietor, Tammy Perkins, Rick Naimark, Lisa Takata, Jerome Miller, Danny Murphy, Toni Maccarone and Dee Wheeler Cronin. 

One of the keys to Phoenix's success is rooted in the quality and professionalism of its administrators, and the willingness of its City Council members to respect the divide between policy and management. 

The city and its residents have been well served by professionals like Fairbanks and Sculley, and we should continue to nurture and reward their excellence.
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Latino conference to focus on power through education 

By Yvonne Wingett
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 15, 2005 

Latino students today will learn just how important they are to the future of Arizona. 

Even though they are poised to become an increasingly bigger role in Arizona, they lag in politics, education and community involvement. 

Educators and community leaders will give them nuggets of information to catch up at Phoenix College MEChA's Statewide Student Success Conference called Education: Opening Doors of Opportunity. 

About 500 "MEChistas" from high schools, colleges and universities across the state will learn the importance of higher education, Chicana/Chicano issues, diversity and the history and structure of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanos de Aztlan, or MEChA. 

"We're trying to educate young people and reach them through this conference," said Michael Nuñez, vice president of MEChA at Phoenix College. "As a student, an advocate for student success, it is my opportunity to make sure that others that come behind me reap the benefits of education." 

A sense of brown pride, racial unrest and Chicano nationalism inspired by the teachings of farm worker leader Cesar Chavez fueled the formation of the organization in 1969. It was built largely on a desire that America's "other minority," Latinos, be recognized for its struggles and aspirations, though some MEChistas have been criticized for playing ethnic politics as some members seek to recapture the historic Southwest that was once owned by Mexico.

But today, students will focus on preparing for college, financial-aid opportunities and Arizona politics. Two former MEChA members, former state lawmaker John Loredo and Rep. Steve Gallardo, will talk to students about politics and issues surrounding Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law, Proposition 200. 

"If anything positive came out of Proposition 200, it is that it has motivated and really energized the younger Latinos within our community," said Gallardo, a Phoenix Democrat. "If you look at the rallies, the recent (Dignity Walk) we had at the Capitol, you see Latinos at various ages coming out. MEChA is a perfect example."

Louis Olivas, vice president of academic affairs at Arizona State University, will speak on the state's future demographics.

"Many of them are probably not aware of the important role they will play on our future," said Pete Dimas, Phoenix College liberal arts instructor and MEChA adviser. 
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Work on park at ASU West set to begin 

By Kelly Carr
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 15, 2005 

WEST PHOENIX - Terry Gerber worked to make a community park a reality when he was a student at Arizona State University West in 1995.

And on Thursday, 10 years later, he had a chance to watch his ideas finally come to life. 

Gerber gathered with school officials, politicians and nearby residents for the groundbreaking for the Phoenix Community Park, at 51st and Sweetwater avenues, on ASU West's campus. 

"I'm in awe," Gerber said. "I can always come back to this park and think as a student I made a difference."

The event kicked off the development of the 40-acre park, which will cost $3 million. 

The project is a joint effort of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, the Local, Regional, and State Parks Heritage Fund and the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority. 

"Just showing that the university and the community can work together is positive and will hopefully lead to more projects," said Wendy Hultsman, director of ASU West's recreation and tourism management.

Work will begin soon on Phase I, the first of three phases. It calls for the construction of two irrigated sports fields and the basic infrastructure for the park and will cost about $1.6 million. That phase should be completed in November. 

The next two phases will add a second soccer field, two softball fields, playground, picnic areas, amphitheater, recreation center, walking/jogging paths and basketball, tennis and volleyball courts.
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Sackton puts perspective on ASU mess 

By Paola Boivin
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 15, 2005 

No shortage of voices, ranging from thoughtful to irrational, calm to bombastic, have chimed in on the health of Arizona State's football program.

Another has spoken, one with 92 years of life experience and first-hand knowledge of an ASU athletic department in a chaotic state.

Twenty-one years ago, ASU President J. Russell Nelson lured former business affairs vice president Frank Sackton out of retirement and named him deputy athletic director. Nine months later, he made him athletic director until a replacement could be found for Dick Tamburo, whose five-year reign saw five sports hit with Pac-10 sanctions and a swell of bad publicity. 

Today, Sackton is a professor emeritus at ASU and teaches a course on ethics. He keeps an office at the university, says he is privy to the inner workings of the athletic department and feels qualified to comment on a football program that has come under national scrutiny following tailback Loren Wade's arrest for the murder of former player Brandon Falkner. 

"I am convinced this is a case of a personal vendetta, not a systematic problem," Sackton said. "I've looked closely at this operation, and it's nothing like it was before. (Twenty years ago) they weren't adhering to NCAA regulations. This is one guy getting mad at another."

Before coming to ASU, Sackton served 40 years in the military, rising to the ranks of lieutenant general. His no-nonsense style appealed to Nelson, who saw a department spinning out of control. It was so bad that a United Press International story from 1985 said ASU's multiple transgressions should be titled "How to Ruin an Athletic Department in Nine Easy Steps."

The two years that preceded Tamburo's resignation included the basketball program losing a scholarship because of recruiting violations by assistant coach Henry Bibby, the track program being placed on two years' probation because coach Len Miller awarded too many scholarships, the baseball program being placed on two years' probation for work-study program violations, and the wrestling and men's gymnastics teams being hit with less severe sanctions.

Sackton said he had a hand in the departure of four coaches and that he was handpicked for the short-term job because of a decision-making style based on fact, not emotion or prejudice.

"My gut feeling is the program today is fundamentally healthy," he said. "Time will tell."

Some answers should come soon. ASU officials will attend a hearing in San Francisco next week related to alleged Pac-10 violations within the athletic department. Meanwhile, ASU law professor Myles Lynk is heading a committee of inquiry to study how ASU handled events leading up to the shooting.

The nation will be watching. Last week, Florida coach Urban Meyer met with Athletic Director Jeremy Foley to discuss the Wade situation and how to avoid a similar fate at their university. 

Let's hope ASU uses the information that comes out of these investigations to improve the way the department is run. The sweeping changes instituted by President Michael Crow to crack down on campus violence were an acknowledgement that the current system didn't work.

It's a start as we await the truth about how much ASU knew of Wade's off-the-field troubles before his arrest. Allowing a troubled athlete to go to class is one thing. Allowing him the privilege of representing the university is another.

It's time for ASU to look forward. Let's hope it continues to listen to all the voices and makes decisions that are best for the integrity of the university.

Reach Boivin at paola.boivin@arizonarepublic.com or (602) 444-8956.
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Opinion: Make minority students work even harder

By Ruben Navarrette Jr.
The San Diego Union Tribune 
The Tucson Citizen
Apr. 15, 2005

Latino and African-American professionals can get pretty worked up defending affirmative action. I know this firsthand. Whenever I mention that I oppose racial preferences in college admissions, I get a tongue-lashing. 

Not that I buy the argument that giving minority students a boost in admissions amounts to reverse discrimination against whites. I don't. But I am convinced that preferences hurt intended beneficiaries by lowering academic standards and masking deficiencies in the K-12 education given to Latinos and African-Americans. 

I usually have trouble selling that reasoning to well-educated and well-off affirmative action beneficiaries, many of whom are loyal to the program and grateful for all it has done for them. 

But defending affirmative action is the wrong fight. Latino and African-Americans should worry less about the admissions policies of college X or university Y and more about the everyday practices at elementary and secondary schools. What should concern them is that so many public schools fail at educating minority students. 

Just look at the depressing situation in California where, a recent Harvard study concluded, many of the schools that service primarily black and Latino students have become little more than "dropout factories." Statewide, just 57 percent of African-Americans and 60 percent of Latinos graduated on time, compared with 78 percent of whites and 84 percent of Asians. 

This is everyone's problem. With demographics changing rapidly and the student bodies of our nation's grade schools and high schools becoming more nonwhite, we can't go on under-educating the very people who, a decade or two from now, will make up the majority of our work force, tax base and leadership class. The whole country would suffer. 

So what are we to do? Well, for starters, we have to expect more from our students and demand more from our schools. 

School districts complain about the accountability demanded by the No Child Left Behind law. It is in response to those complaints that Education Secretary Margaret Spellings recently announced that states would have more flexibility in meeting the law's requirements if they could show that they are raising student achievement. 

That was the wrong thing to do. Spellings should demand that states follow the law as written. 

It is astounding that at the very moment when society demands more from those who come through our educational system, the trend among educators and public officials is to demand less from students. 

And the way public education works, the less you ask for, the less you get. 

Now that's an argument that should resonate with Latinos and African-Americans. Who knows? It might even convince them that the time has come to shift their concern away from defending affirmative action and toward fighting a battle that's really worth fighting - one to improve the entire educational system. 

Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a columnist and editorial board member of The San Diego Union Tribune. E-mail: ruben.navarrette@uniontrib.com 
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Pima says thanks to UA's Likins

By La Monica Everett-Haynes
The Tucson Citizen
Apr. 15, 2005

The Pima Community College Foundation has honored University of Arizona President Peter Likins for the links he forged with the college. 

"It sounds unusual at first - the college honoring the university president," said Cheryl House, the foundation's executive director. "But he has done so much to advance students in terms of higher education." 

During Wednesday's dinner at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, the foundation showcased several recruitment, leadership and job placement programs PCC and UA developed to aid college-bound and college students. 

They include the PCC-UA Business Development Connection, Project Reach and Raytheon Scholars. 

Johnson Bia, who this week was named PCC's Downtown Campus president, said the partnerships allow UA and PCC to "strengthen the bridge to help students transfer and to get a bachelor's degree." 

House said PCC is transferring more students to UA. 

Likins said he was humbled by the honor. 

"There are people who have given their life's work to PCC, but they don't have the visibility that I have or the symbolic value that my presence brings," Likins said. 

The foundation is not the only organization to honor Likins. 

Last week, the UA Center for Judaic Studies and the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona honored him during a dinner. Next month, the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Tucson will honor Likins and his wife, Pat. 

"I lend my name to their causes because they are worthy causes," Likins said. "What I'm really doing is helping them raise some money." 
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Bia to head PCC downtown

By La Monica Everett-Haynes
The Tucson Citizen
Apr. 15, 2005

One of Pima Community College's own employees beat out national contenders to become president of the Downtown Campus. 

Johnson Bia, who has been the acting president of the campus since last year, beat out three other candidates and was promoted at Wednesday night's board meeting. 

His experience includes service on the Pima County Workforce Investment Board, membership with the National Council for Workforce Education and a former deanship of the Center for Training and Development at PCC's Desert Vista Campus. 

Bia has worked with PCC for 12 years in various positions. 

He retains his $126,073 salary. 

Bia's promotion takes effect July 1. 

He said his appointment comes at an appropriate time. 

"The campus is in an excellent position for future strength and growth," said Bia, 49. "We want to improve upon the foundation that already exists and have a more efficient utilization of what we're doing." 

His priorities include an emphasis on partnerships with the University of Arizona and business and community organizations. "They can tap into our resources, and we can tap into theirs," he said. 

Such partnerships will help PCC students have an easy transition to UA, create growth for the campus and allow administrators to offer more services for students, Bia said. 

PCC Chancellor Roy Flores said that compared with other candidates, Bia was the obvious choice. 

"He is the consummate professional," Flores said Wednesday. "He's been very successful, he's very bright, and he's always dedicated." 

The campus serves more than 10,000 students annually. 
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Now a Buckeye: Smith begins tenure at Ohio St.

Former ASU AD will meet staff, attend 2 games

By Mark Saxon
ASU - The State Press
Apr. 15, 2005

On the eve of his first official day as Ohio State's athletic director, Gene Smith said it has been difficult letting go of his ties to ASU. 

"I have so many good friends inside the department," Smith said. "It's really hard to be around packing my office and saying goodbye to everyone."

Since arriving in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday, Smith has not had much of a chance to catch his breath.

"This week has been a whirlwind," Smith said. "Sheila [Smith's wife] and I spent Wednesday and [Thursday] unpacking and trying to get a lay of the land geographically so we can know where to park."

Sheila Smith has been named Ohio State's associate vice president in university development. She'll assist with the school's fundraising efforts. Ohio State's board of trustees is expected to approve her hire next month.

Smith said his final week at ASU was emotional. Smith's staff presented him with a Sparky Award for his service to the University. Such awards are typically reserved for student-athletes.

Senior Associate AD Tom Collins, who interviewed Thursday for the AD job at Illinois State, said ASU's athletic department was too busy to give Smith much of a send off over the weekend.

"I thought the send off was fine," Smith said. "I guess we didn't have a chance to have a party. We did have one planned, and we canceled it. Everybody likes to have a party, but I liked the staff meeting."

Even at Ohio State, Smith said he'll be thinking about Pat's Run, a 4.2-mile race that's being held Saturday morning in honor of Pat Tillman.

"Those things kind of pop up in your mind," Smith said. "You're away, but you're not away."

Smith insists that Pat's Run should become an annual event to serve as a constant reminder of the good qualities Tillman brought to the table.

"He was an outstanding athlete," Smith said. "He had a loyalty and commitment to his family and our country, and it's hard to find heroes with those values. When you find one, you have to perpetuate what his life was and what he was all about."

Smith leaves behind a couple things he wishes he could have seen through, such as the ASU football team's rise and anticipated renovations to Sun Devil Stadium.

"I would love to be there this fall," Smith said. "I think the football team has a chance to do something great. I am going to miss being there on Saturdays."

Collins said the athletic department has run smoothly since Senior Vice President Christine Wilkinson began her third term as interim AD. President Michael Crow is expected to name a permanent replacement for Smith. 

"She has been in the seat," Smith said of Wilkinson. "The team there is solid. My biggest advice was to let the team function and provide guidance and allow Michael the chance to take the time he needs to get the new leader in."

Today, Smith will be given an hour to get acquainted with his new staff at Ohio State. He's booked from morning to night with operational meetings.

"I have a 9:30 [a.m. meeting] with our business manager to get a good grip on our budget," said Smith, adding that he'll meet members of his senior staff at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time. "We'll spend two hours getting to know each other and talking about hot issues."

After meeting with an Ohio State AD who oversees academics, Smith will field questions from the media for about an hour. He'll also attend a baseball game and a men's volleyball match.

"It will be a track meet," Smith said.

Smith said he and Sheila are slowly getting used to the transition.

"Mentally, we're here," Smith said. "We're Buck-eyes, and it's a weird feeling."

Reach the reporter at mark.saxon@asu.edu.
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Remembering a fallen friend

By Brian Gomez
ASU - The State Press
Apr. 15, 2005

Editor's note: This is the final piece in a series of stories previewing Pat's Run, which will be held Saturday morning in honor of Pat Tillman. Pick up Monday's paper for race coverage.

If former ASU graduate assistant Vince D'Aliesio had $1 for every story he has told about Pat Tillman, he could afford to retire from the insurance industry.

D'Aliesio, 33, worked with former ASU offensive coordinator Dan Cozzetto and coached the defensive scout team during the 1995 and '96 seasons, when Tillman started gaining recognition more for his thundering hits than for his shoulder-length hair.

He remembers when Tillman was asked to meet a recruit and some coaches for dinner. D'Aliesio figured he would drop by the restaurant ahead of time to make sure everything was in order. He found Tillman drinking beers with former Sun Devil B.J. Alford.

"He said, 'You wanted me to host a recruit, this is what you're getting,' " D'Aliesio said. "We had to clean that up before the recruit got there. We never asked him to host recruits after that."

On the field, Tillman took pride in protecting his teammates. Before games, he tried to loosen them up.

A couple hours before the 1996 regular-season finale against UA, Tillman was humming a familiar tune as players prepared to board the team bus.

"What's he whistling?" D'Aliesio asked one of ASU's coaches.

"It's the Michigan fight song," the coach responded.

The morning of the ASU-UA game, Michigan upset Ohio State, spoiling the Buckeyes' perfect season. Tillman wanted to make sure ASU, which entered the game unbeaten, didn't take UA lightly.

"He was just kind of sending a message," said D'Aliesio, noting that ASU made a "statement" in a 56-14 trouncing of UA that set the table for the Rose Bowl.

D'Aliesio insists that Tillman, who shied away from publicity during his two-year stint in the Army, wouldn't have objected to Pat's Run, scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday.

"If it's bringing everybody together for a just cause, I think he gladly would have lent his name to it," D'Aliesio said.

Reach the reporter at brian.gomez@asu.edu.
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UA signs agreement with Kazakh 'sister university'

By Natasha Bhuyan 
UA - Arizona Daily Wildcat
Apr. 15, 2005 

The UA entered a partnership with a university in Tucson's "Sister City" Almaty yesterday, further solidifying the relationship between the two cities established in 1989. 

President Peter Likins signed an International Memorandum of Agreement with Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan, a move that will promote an exchange of faculty, students and research collaborations. 

Al-Farabi, located in central Asia, will join the list of more than 260 universities worldwide that the UA has partnerships with, including institutions in countries such as Italy, China, Argentina, Tanzania and Egypt. 

Kirk Simmons, executive director of UA International Affairs, said while some of the partnerships place an emphasis on an area of study, the partnership with Al-Farabi will encompass multidisciplinary studies. 

This will allow students from a range of interests to study abroad, in what Simmons referred to as a "body swap." 

A unique aspect of the memorandum of agreement is students can study at partner universities and pay the tuition of their home institution, a clause which is particularly advantageous to UA students since many schools have higher tuition, Simmons said. 

While students can still study abroad at institutions without UA sponsorships, Simmons said student exchanges through IMOA institutions are half the price of traditional study abroad programs. 

Jerry M. Gary, chairman of Tucson-Almaty Sister Cities Committee, said Al-Farabi excels in the fields of mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, economics, history, philosophy, philology and juridical sciences. 

Although research is competitive, Simmons said collaborations have not been a problem with partnerships in the past since the research became faculty-driven. 

"Relationships are not imposed by faculty, they are initiated by faculty," Simmons said. "So (faculty) pursue relationships which are mutually beneficial." 

The only time intellectual property has been an issue is when dealing with politically sensitive countries. The UA is in negotiations with universities in Iran and Syria because there are restrictions on intellectual property, Simmons said. 

Barbara Chinworth, vice chairwoman of Tucson-Almaty Sister Cities Committee, said Tucson already has strong ties to Almaty, Kazakhstan, the ninth largest country in the world. 

Already four students from Kazakhstan are studying at the UA. 

Bakhyt Baikenova, a non-degree seeking graduate student and visiting scholar for linguistics, said she was surprised at the wealth of information at the UA and has met friendly students as well as faculty members who have positive attitudes. 

Akmaral Mukanova, a graduate student in English and linguistics, said UA students who study at Al-Farabi can expect a lush, green campus situated in a cosmopolitan city draped with a backdrop of snowcapped mountains. 

Kazakh cuisine is heavy on meat and dairy, with camel meat and horse milk staples in their diets, Mukanova said. 

The only advice Ali Yuldashev, a computer science sophomore from Almaty, has for UA students who want to participate in an exchange is "don't show off." 

Likins, who signed the IMOA both in English and Russian, said international exchanges are less about research and more about the people. 

"I hope we've enriched your education, but I know you've enriched our experience," Likins said to the international students.
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Provost mum on meal plan

By Natasha Bhuyan 
UA - Arizona Daily Wildcat
Apr. 15, 2005 

Undecided Davis talks issues over breakfast 

Administrators are not voicing their support for a mandatory meal plan until more discussions take place, Provost George Davis said yesterday during a breakfast with 10 students. 

Davis said most administrators are not taking a stance on the issue because they have only received one presentation on the possibility of a meal plan. 

While administrators understand the Student Union Memorial Center's financial situation, Davis said they are also interested in what the students have to say. 

"I respect Dan Adams a lot. ... I don't think he's just out there trying to make a buck," Davis said. "But I don't think (the meal plan) should be rushed." 

Earlier this month, President Peter Likins also said he will not send "just anything that comes to my desk" to the Arizona Board of Regents for approval unless it has been thoroughly dissected among students and student union administrators. 

Both Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University passed mandatory meals plans earlier this year. Davis said ASU administrators defended their meal plan by saying it would increase retention. 

Davis said although a meal plan at the UA could affect retention by creating a sense of community, the dialogue has not occurred yet. 

Matt Loehman, Associated Students of the University of Arizona senator-elect who plans to work on the meal plan issue, said he was glad to hear Davis' perspective because mostly Residence Hall Association and ASUA have weighed in on the matter. 

During the hour-long breakfast, organized by ASUA, Davis fielded other questions from students ranging from budget cuts to program fees to playing his harmonica. 

Davis reaffirmed the UA's goal to become a Hispanic serving institution in 10 years while also tightening admissions standards. 

Although the two goals may seem paradoxical, Davis said the Hispanic population is already growing at a rate that will result in a higher attendance; the UA is simply trying to advance that curve. 

At the same time, administrators will not use quotas to achieve diversity because such a move would set the university back, Davis said. 

When asked about UA lobbying efforts, Davis said the UA is continuing to lobby the Legislature, asking for $7 million for the expansion of the College of Medicine to Phoenix on top of other decision packages. 

However, with shrinking state appropriations, Davis pointed out administrators have accepted the fact that they cannot rely solely on state funding, hence the recent budget cuts in an attempt to reallocate money at the UA. 

"The state of Arizona is satisfied with good universities," Davis said. "We want beyond good." 

Davis also touched on the contentious topic of the value of researched-based subjects versus areas like history and psychology. 

Because research fields have the potential for outside funding, administrators have hinted at the possibility of reallocating central funds to support "social and behavioral" subjects, which are facing dwindling operating budgets. 

Cade Bernsen, student body president-elect, said he was impressed with Davis' candidness and has been pleasantly surprised in meeting with UA administrators and appreciates their hospitality and access. 

"We are fortunate to have a provost who will take the time out of his busy schedule to come have breakfast with students and answer questions so openly," Bernsen said. 

Davis was so talkative he hardly touched his bacon and eggs.
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Bad Behavior in a Search

By Jean Dowdall
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Apr. 15, 2005

Tips about advancing your career in campus administration 

This is a what-not-to-do column for committees in administrative-job searches. 

In my last column, I reviewed all of the good things that committees can do to ensure a successful search. This time, I'd like to take the opposite tack, and talk about the bad things committees do that can derail a search. 

Sometimes search committees are unaware of "best practices" and make innocent mistakes in the recruiting of candidates, and sometimes they break their own rules. Let's look at some of the problems: 

Breaching confidentiality. Most search committees, except those in extreme "sunshine" states like Florida, promise candidates confidentiality at least in the early stages of the hiring process. 

When a committee member breaches a candidate's confidentiality, serious harm can be done. The candidate's position in his or her current institution can be severely damaged with constituents, with a supervisor, or with a major donor, and the candidate may withdraw from the search. 

Committee chairs must be vigilant. Some committees ask all members to sign a pledge of confidentiality. Others take time at the start of every meeting to ask members, one by one, to report all conversations they have had about the search with non-committee members since the last meeting. That moment in the spotlight heightens a committee member's sense of responsibility and commitment to silence. 

Failing to communicate. Keeping all candidates informed of the progress of the search is very difficult. As hard as consultants try to do this, I know that we disappoint candidates from time to time. But the effort is essential. 

At a minimum, committees should acknowledge all applicants and let them know as soon as they are clearly no longer under consideration. I also like to inform them about the outcome of the search soon after its completion. 

Failing to disclose significant information about the job. Once hired, job candidates always discover a few surprises about their new campus, but they should be little surprises, not big ones. 

In some cases, the omission of crucial information during the search is accidental -- no one knew about the problem. For example, I've spoken to newly hired presidents who uncovered structural deficits of which their governing boards were unaware. I know of instances where a database that included fundamental inaccuracies led to misleading enrollment projections. 

But if the search committee and the trustees do know about the bad news ahead of time, it is unacceptable to withhold such information from candidates, even if the truth may cause some to pull out. You shouldn't withhold information from presidential candidates about problems on the governing board -- for example, trustees who don't get along. Applicants for provost positions should be told if the board has expectations of substantial academic restructuring. Candidates for development positions should be told about a move to make the alumni association independent of the university. 

If candidates have built a relationship with the search committee, it should be possible to deal with such difficult issues without losing the candidates. Some may withdraw, but think how much worse it would be if they took the job and then discovered a reality with which they were unprepared to deal. 

Conflicting expectations about what the job involves. A well-led search process can bridge the divide among constituencies. But some differences are too substantial to be smoothed over, even with the best process. 

If the provost wants the university to move up in the academic hierarchy and the faculty members are quite comfortable where they are, a new dean can be caught in the middle, especially if he or she is unaware of the competing aspirations. If the president has asked for significant entrepreneurial efforts and the curriculum committee appears sworn to oppose all innovations or delay them inordinately, a new provost will be faced with contradictory and probably unachievable expectations. 

Resolve such disputes before the search begins, or agree to air them with candidates during the search process, seeking candidates who are ready to walk into the particular controversy you are facing. 

Jumping to conclusions. Committee members who base their candidate appraisals on partial information are picking favorites too soon. After reading the application materials, such members decide which candidates they prefer and which they oppose, and it's difficult for them to change their minds in the face of additional information from references or interviews. In some cases their enthusiasm gets so far ahead of the data that they want to skip over the reference checks -- very high-risk behavior. 

In my next column, I'll talk about the bad things that candidates do that can reduce their chances of getting an offer. 

Jean Dowdall is a vice president of Witt/Kieffer, a search firm serving higher-education, health-care, and other nonprofit organizations. She specializes in searches for presidents, vice presidents, and deans in colleges, universities, and foundations. 
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Combatants Over Affirmative Action in Admissions Await Law-Review Issue That's Their Next Battleground

By Katherine S. Mangan
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Apr. 15, 2005

Rarely does a student-run journal generate the sort of nervous anticipation and borderline paranoia created by the May issue of the Stanford Law Review. 

Manuscripts for the forthcoming issue are flying back and forth among legal scholars, many of whom are rebutting a salvo launched at affirmative action in the November 2004 issue of the journal. 

In that issue, Richard H. Sander, a law professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, published a study of law students concluding that affirmative-action beneficiaries are more likely than their peers to receive poor grades, flunk out, and fail the bar (The Chronicle, November 12, 2004). He argued that such students are being "mismatched" with top law schools, where they are in over their heads. 

Critics of that premise will get their turn in the new issue, along with a response from Mr. Sander. He has tried, unsuccessfully, to squelch public discussion about the occasionally testy exchanges until next month, when the articles are published. He has asked his critics not to provide advance copies of their articles to The Chronicle, explaining to a Chronicle reporter that there's "an emerging meeting of minds" on several issues, and that a public airing of their views could lock people into adversarial positions. 

But given the tenor of the 200-plus pages of commentary obtained by The Chronicle, sparks will continue to fly both in private and in public. Anticipating such a reaction, the law-review editors have posted a question-and-answer section on the review's Web site about the study and the critiques of it, saying they hope the articles will "inspire dialogue rather than division." 

The arguments against Mr. Sander's paper range broadly. David B. Wilkins, a professor at Harvard Law School, writes that affirmative action has helped transform "a once exclusionary and insular profession into one that is at least tolerably diverse," and that the use of affirmative action in admissions has helped overcome disadvantages that black lawyers face in the job market. He argues that Mr. Sander has ignored factors that might help explain racial achievement gaps, including the possibility that some law professors expect less of black students. 

"By focusing only on the most negative aspects of the current reality -- i.e., that many black students receive low grades and have difficulty passing the bar -- without giving at least equal time to the positive news that most black lawyers are leading successful and productive careers," Mr. Wilkins writes, "Sander's proposed disclosure is destined to exacerbate the extent to which black law students currently feel alienated and disengaged." 

Michele Landis Dauber, an associate professor at Stanford Law School, argues that the staff of her law school's student-run law review does not have the expertise to realize that Mr. Sander's study was filled with errors and unsubstantiated conclusions. 

"Stanford's name is being tied up with a piece of crap that never should have been published and has no merit of any sort," she said in an interview. "The publication of this article is a clarion call for law professors to get their houses in order and institute a system of peer review" in legal publishing, she said. 

In her article, Ms. Dauber observes that Mr. Sander's article "created unjustified doubt in the minds of black law students about their abilities" and "doubt in the minds of politicians about whether what they are doing is really harming those they wanted to help." The November article also raised doubts, she adds, among legal educators about whether they should support affirmative action. 

Another critique is offered by a four-person team: William C. Kidder, a researcher at the Equal Justice Society, an advocacy group based in San Francisco; David L. Chambers, an emeritus professor of law at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; Richard O. Lempert, a law professor at Michigan; and Timothy T. Clydesdale, an associate professor of sociology at the College of New Jersey. 

Ending affirmative action, they say, would cut the number of black law students -- especially at the most prestigious schools -- and those who remained would feel conspicuous and isolated. It would also reduce the number of black lawyers produced annually by 30 percent to 40 percent, rather than increasing the number, as Mr. Sander argued. The critique further predicts that with fewer black students attending the most prestigious schools, there would be fewer black lawyers to become law professors, law-firm partners, and judges. 

The May law review's final article, written by Ian Ayres, a professor at Yale Law School, and Richard Brooks, an associate professor of law at Yale, does agree with Mr. Sander that "the average black law student's grades are jaw-droppingly low." They acknowledge that "attending law school is a very risky proposition for many black law students" and that educators cannot afford to ignore the problem. 

If Mr. Sander had simply pointed out those disparities, Mr. Ayres and Mr. Brooks argue, his study never would have created a furor. What they vigorously dispute is his assertion that affirmative action is largely to blame for the problems, and that ending the practice would increase the number of black lawyers. Their study tentatively concludes that the opposite would occur: Ending affirmative action would result in fewer black lawyers. 

Mr. Sander's response to his critics is that their complaints are "surprisingly toothless." Furthermore, he says, none of the authors have offered a better explanation for the achievement gaps, and none have offered a solution. To judge by the arguments to be published next month, a meeting of the minds on affirmative action in America's law schools is a long way off.
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Presidential Panel Recommends Steps to Promote Computational Science

By Vincent Kiernan
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Apr. 15, 2005
Washington

A federal advisory committee called on universities and federal agencies on Thursday to reorganize themselves to promote multidisciplinary research using computers. 

According to the committee, the President's Information Technology Advisory Panel, such a reorganization is essential to encourage the growth of "computational science," or the use of computers to complement experiments and theoretical research. Also essential, the panel said, is more-extensive planning by the government, and additional spending. Computational science runs the gamut from supercomputers to desktop computing. 

The recommendations are contained in the draft version of a report that the committee unanimously endorsed on Thursday. The draft was not released, but committee members described it in a public meeting. The final version of the report, "Computational Science: America's Competitive Challenge," may be completed and released within several weeks. 

"Universities and federal R&D agencies must make coordinated, fundamental, and structural changes that affirm the integral role of computational science," said a summary of the draft that was distributed at the meeting. 

"We have to think more strategically," said Daniel A. Reed, the chairman of the subcommittee of the panel that wrote the draft. "We have to work in a more-coordinated way," said Mr. Reed, who also is the vice chancellor for information technology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Computational science -- for example, the use of a supercomputer to simulate processes in biology or chemistry -- crosses boundaries of traditional scholarly fields and often requires researchers from various disciplines to work together, Mr. Reed told the panel. But universities generally reward a scholar for work within one specific discipline, discouraging multidisciplinary teamwork, he said. 

Mr. Reed offered no specifics on how universities could be prodded to reorganize themselves as the panel envisions. "The reality is, I think there will have to be some financial incentives," he said. 

Edward D. Lazowska, a computer-science professor at the University of Washington who is one of the panel's two co-chairs, said he thought that universities would expand their multidisciplinary capabilities if their officials believed that doing so would increase their chances of securing federal grants. 

"Fundamentally, universities are competitive organizations," he told the panel. 

Federal agencies also have to reorganize themselves, said the report summary, which called on the government to commission a study by the National Academies on reorganizing federal agencies' research responsibilities "to support revolutionary advances in computational science." 

The academies also should create a road map for computational science that extends decades into the future, the panel said. Currently, little federal planning in the area extends beyond a few years, which is problematic because some technical challenges can take a decade or more to solve, said Mr. Reed. 

The panel called for more federal spending on computational science, although no specific figure was discussed in Thursday's meeting. But specific uses of the funds were identified: For example, the report called on the federal government to provide long-term financial support for repositories of masses of data being accumulated by sophisticated digital instruments. 

The government should require researchers with federal grants to deposit their software and data in the repositories, the report summary said. Also, the report called on the federal government to underwrite the development of new software and hardware for computational science and to provide "long-term funding" for supercomputer centers for researchers.
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Man and Woman of the Year Luncheon April 21st!

Valley Leadership
Apr. 15, 2005

The 56th Annual Man and Woman of the Year are Nadine Mathis Basha and Ernest "Ernie" Calderon. 

The Man & Woman of the Year luncheon sponsored by APS, The Arizona Republic, KPHO-TV Channel 5, Wells Fargo, Blue Cross Blue Shield and The Stardust Foundation is scheduled for Thursday, April 21, 2005 at the Arizona Biltmore, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are $65 each; $650/table of 10 or $1,000/premium table of 10 with program recognition.

You can help support this inspiring community event by:
-Reserving April 21st on your calendar and planning to attend,
-organizing a table of ten from your class, and
-selling a corporate table. Please note the Save the Date Card on this web page.

Contact Lindsay Moore, Administrative Assistant at 602-952-6760 ext. 3 or lindsay@valleyleadership.org to reserve your spot today! 

Nick Lund retires June 30

Inside NAU
Apr. 13, 2005

Nick Lund, executive director of NAU-Yuma since 1994, will retire June 30. 

In addition to numerous professional publications and presentations at national conferences, Lund helped secure more than $4 million in grants at NAU-Yuma.

Lund served on the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce board of directors for eight years and was chairman for three terms. He also served on the Arizona Board of Regents University Restructure Task Force, the Arizona Humanities Council Board, the Arizona Area Health Education Commission, the Hospice of Yuma Board, the Coordinating Council for the Yuma Educational Consortium, the Education Foundation of Yuma County Board, the Arizona Partnership for the New Economy Commerce and Creative Communities Hot Team, the Yuma Board for the American Heart Association, and the Health Assessment Steering Committee and the Operating Board Selection Committee for Yuma Regional Medical Center. 

He is a life member of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society; a member of the NAU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and a member of Caballeros de Yuma. In 2003 he received the Outstanding Leader Award and a Heart of Yuma Award from the Yuma Community Foundation.

Lund said he is proud of NAU's partnership with Arizona Western College, which was established in 1988 and has since resulted in more than 3,200 NAU degrees earned in Yuma. "Most of those graduates remain in this area as leaders in education, business, health professions, criminal justice, social services, government and many other professions. Thus, the NAU/AWC partnership has specifically helped improve the quality of life in southwest Arizona," he said.

"In addition, the NAU/AWC model was used as the basis for forming the Yuma Educational Consortium, which is a partnership between NAU, AWC, Yuma Union High School District, and Yuma Elementary School District #1 to work together and accomplish more than single entities could alone."

Lund earned his doctoral and master's degrees in psychology from Tulane University and a bachelor's degree in mathematics and psychology from Austin College in Texas. He attended Florida State University for graduate work in statistics and the University of California at Los Angeles for coursework in management, finance and accounting.

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