ASU ranked among top schools for veterans

October 6, 2014

Arizona State University has been named a “Military Friendly School for 2015” by G.I. Jobs magazine for the sixth consecutive year. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are leaders in providing educational support benefits and paths to success for military veterans.

ASU was also ranked No. 2 as a "Best College For Veterans" by College Factual. The ranking compared the best colleges and universities for veterans nationwide, based on four-year undergraduate programs. Arizona State University Pat Tillman Veterans Center Download Full Image

ASU has made a strong commitment to veteran success in education and has awarded undergraduate and graduate degrees to students using GI Bill benefits since the program's rollout in 2009. ASU opened the Pat Tillman Veterans Center in fall 2011 and has continued to expand services to support a military, veteran and dependent population that has grown to over 4,400 students. In spring 2014, over 250 military and veteran students were approved for graduation and were honored at commencement with stoles that recognized their respective branch of military service.

Additionally, ASU is a partner university with the Pat Tillman Foundation in support of the Tillman Military Scholars program, which provides scholarships for active and veteran service members as well as their spouses. This year, Diana Kramer was selected to represent Sun Devils everywhere in the 2014-2015 cohort.The Tillman Military Scholars program covers not only direct study-related expenses such as tuition and fees, but also other needs, including housing and childcare.

ASU’s veteran center is also home to VetSuccess on Campus, one of the original eight institutions selected to pilot this joint program with the VA. The program provides a VA vocational rehabilitation counselor on campus to assist students with transition from military to university life, as well as providing academic, career and adjustment counseling. The center also offers peer mentoring and assistance with benefits and registration.

For more information on ASU's programs and services for veteran students, visit or call Christian Rauschenbach, program manager for ASU Veterans Services, at 480-965-3115.

Lisa Robbins

editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications


Robin Roberts accepts ASU Cronkite Award

October 6, 2014

Award-winning journalist Robin Roberts of ABC’s “Good Morning America” extolled the importance of living life with optimism and faith as she accepted the 2014 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, Oct. 6, from Arizona State University.

ASU Provost Robert E. Page, Jr. presented Roberts with the 31st annual award, given by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication to recognize a distinguished journalist who embodies the values of the school’s namesake. Robin Roberts interviewed on stage by two ASU journalism students Download Full Image

Roberts was honored at a luncheon attended by 1,100 students, media leaders, business executives, civic leaders and Cronkite School supporters at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

In lieu of a traditional acceptance speech, Roberts was interviewed on stage by Cronkite students Analise Ortiz of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Megan Thompson of Gilbert, Arizona, both reporters at Cronkite News, the school’s award-winning newscast that reaches 1.9 million households on Eight, Arizona PBS.

During the luncheon, Roberts discussed her career path from local television news to ESPN and “Good Morning America.” She touched on her coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the emotional struggle to cover a story that hit so close to home. She also talked about her personal battles with breast cancer and the rare bone marrow disorder myelodysplastic syndrome, saying faith can help during adverse times.

“There is a very slight difference between fear and faith. They both are unseen, unknown. We’re fearful of things that may never happen,” Roberts said. “... I’m just so grateful that I’ve been taught to have faith and to know that when fear knocks to let faith answer the door.”

During her two-day visit, Roberts toured the Cronkite School and talked with more than 200 students during a special Q&A session hosted by Mark Lodato, Cronkite School assistant dean and news director. She fielded questions on women in sports journalism and the current state of the news industry.

Roberts also offered career advice to students, encouraging them to be fearless and optimistic in the pursuit of their dreams. She praised the Cronkite School’s state-of-the-art facility as well as the professional journalism training experiences available to students.

“I had a quick tour of the facility – wow – you are so blessed, so fortunate,” Roberts said during her Oct. 5 talk with students. “I hope you know that. It’s incredible, the opportunities. I saw a little bit of your newscast, and to have the hands-on experience that you are receiving is paramount.”

Roberts was named co-anchor of “Good Morning America” in 2005, leading the broadcast to three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program. A 30-year veteran of television news, Roberts has covered major breaking stories and interviewed prominent newsmakers, including President Barack Obama. Prior to joining “GMA,” she was a longtime commentator at ESPN, contributing to the network’s “SportsCenter” and “NFL Primetime” programs.

Walter Cronkite presented the first award bearing his name in 1984 to CBS leaders William Paley and Frank Stanton. Cronkite was a fixture at the luncheons until his death in 2009. Previous Cronkite Award recipients include television journalists Tom Brokaw, Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams; newspaper journalists Ben Bradlee and Bob Woodward; television executives Frank Stanton and Ted Turner; and newspaper publishers Katharine Graham and Otis Chandler. Last year’s winner was CBS newscaster Bob Schieffer.

“The Cronkite School is designed around the journalistic standards that people such as Robin and Walter have embodied for so many years – coupled with a deep focus on the digital media future,” said Christopher Callahan, dean of the Cronkite School. “And today, nearly a decade after President (Michael M.) Crow made Cronkite an independent college, (we believe) that the Cronkite School is the very best and most innovative professional program in the country.”

Reporter , ASU Now