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New College Dean Tromp named Woman of the Year

The dean of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASU’s West campus has been named the Arizona Women in Higher Education Woman of the Year for 2016.

Marlene Tromp (above right), vice provost of the West campus and professor of English and women and gender studies, has been recognized by leaders in education as improving the climate and professional environment for women in education, identifying and developing leadership for women, and connecting and supporting women in higher education.

An advocate for the displaced

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement. See the rest here .

Bandak Lul came to Arizona in 2006 as an Ethiopian refugee. He was 15 years old. He was lucky enough to be accompanied by his older sister, but the rest of his siblings, his mother and his father all remain in a refugee camp there today after having to leave their home country of South Sudan.

Psyched up

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement. See the rest here .

Sarah Malik had always been a good student, but the Chicago native said it wasn’t always easy for her to recognize her abilities. She went through school, she said, feeling like she had lucked into her successes rather than actually deserved them.

'Hiding' in plain sight

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement. See the rest here .

Michael Montpetit draws strength from what others may see as a challenge. Montpetit self-identifies as having an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, and he is passionate about advocating for others who are going through some of the same struggles he has.