President's Club scholar overcomes obstacles created by hearing challenge


September 9, 2013

President’s Club Scholar Chelsea Medbury has tackled a lot of obstacles in her life.

Medbury was left with a profound hearing impediment after injuring her head as an infant, and was one of the first children in the Midwest to receive bilateral cochlear implants in 2001. In addition to her hearing impediment, her mother struggled with an autoimmune illness causing her to tire easily and have difficulty maintaining a job. Download Full Image

With the expense of cochlear implants, audiology services, speech pathology, batteries and replacements for parts building up, it was difficult for Medbury to imagine how she would afford college. However, because of her determination and help from the President’s Club scholarship, Medbury is now a senior in the W. P. Carey School of Business.

­“I like being busy and maximizing my potential,” says Medbury, who is pursuing a degree in supply chain management, a minor in nonprofit management and a certificate in international business. “I want to start a nonprofit one day and become a part of its board of directors.”

This past summer she worked as a supply chain intern at ViaSat in California. She also participated in unpaid research the previous summer with the Community Action Research Experiences (CARE) in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. CARE focuses on improving the organization of a nonprofit and teaching participants to be leaders in social change. She was one of 12 accepted into the program.

She is also an active member of the ASU business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi and was on the executive board as vice president of service last spring. In that position she created annual events and helped make partnerships with Best Buddies, a nonprofit that aids in developing opportunities for those with disabilities.

She is especially grateful to the President’s Club for its inspiration and help to fund her school expenses. She uses the President’s Club scholarship for books, supplies, housing and health expenses. This allows her to focus on future career goals.

“I’ve enjoyed ... attending the events and hearing President Crow speak,” Medbury says. “It made me proud to be a Sun Devil. It is awesome to hear so many different members speak and be able to apply it toward my knowledge.”

While the President’s Club’s primary focus is transforming education by supporting ASU President Michael M. Crow through intellectual and financial resources, the group recently recommitted to supporting ASU students who embody its ideals of excellence and service.

“It was great listening to Crow speak about all the ASU initiatives. I have become a lot more informed about ASU,” Medbury says. “It is impressive to know what he has done with the university. As an alumna, I plan to be part of this club.”

Lecture series features top journalist, media professionals


September 9, 2013

The president of the world’s largest public relations firm, a staff writer for The New Yorker and three Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists will be part of a public lecture series this fall at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The “Must See Mondays” speaker series  kicks off Sept. 9 with a panel discussion featuring the women anchors of Arizona TV news: Catherine Anaya, CBS 5; Lin Sue Cooney, 12 News; Carey Pena, 3TV; and Linda Williams, Fox 10. The series ends on Dec. 2 with a session featuring Kelley Benham, staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tom French. Other featured speakers include Mark Hass, president of Edelman USA; Nicholas Schmidle, staff writer for The New Yorker; and a panel of journalists from Turkey and Pakistan. Download Full Image

All sessions, unless otherwise noted below, are in the Cronkite School First Amendment Forum at 7 p.m.

Must See Mondays’ schedule

Sept. 9: Catherine Anaya, CBS 5; Lin Sue Cooney, 12 News; Carey Pena, 3TV; and Linda Williams, Fox 10, will take part in “Meet the Women of Arizona TV News” at 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 16: Hina Ali, TV producer for Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Films, Pakistan; Derya Kaya, Women for Women’s Human Rights-New Ways, Turkey; and Javaria Tareen, reporter for the Balochistan Times, Pakistan, will present “Media Images of Unrest in Turkey and Pakistan.”

Sept. 23: Leonard Downie Jr., Weil Family Professor of Journalism and former executive editor of The Washington Post, along with Carnegie-Knight News21 students will present “Back Home: A News21 Investigation of the Challenges Facing Post-9/11 Veterans.”

Sept. 30: Kenny Irby, senior faculty for visual journalism and diversity and director of community relations, Poynter Institute, will discuss “Working with Hybrid Cameras: The Real Deal.”

Oct. 7: Sasha Barab and Adam Ingram-Goble of the ASU Center for Games and Impact will present “News + Play: The Power of Games and the Future of Interactive Storytelling.”

Oct. 21: Nicholas Schmidle, staff writer of The New Yorker and Cronkite Fellow at the New America Foundation, will present “Pursuing Bin Laden.”

Oct. 28: Bob Schieffer, correspondent and anchor, CBS News “Face the Nation,” will take part in a special presentation, “Bob Schieffer Speaks to Cronkite Students,” at 6 p.m.

Nov. 4: Mark Hass, president of Edelman USA, will present “The Digital Context, Storytelling and Implications for PR and Journalism.”

Nov. 18: Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporters and contributing editors for Vanity Fair, will present “The Best in Business Investigations.”

Nov. 25: The winner of the inaugural Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability will take part in “Beyond the Ordinary: Improving Coverage of Disability.”

Dec. 2: Kelley Benham, staff writer, Tampa Bay Times, and Tom French, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, will present “Never Let Go: Reporting and Writing on the Frontier between Life and Death.”

The series, which is held every week during the semester, brings prominent media and communication professionals to the Cronkite School. It is free and open to the public. 

In addition to the fall speaker series, the Cronkite School hosts “Cronkite Night at the Movies,” a journalism-themed film series, each Wednesday of the semester in the First Amendment Forum on the second floor of the Cronkite School, 555 N. Central Ave. Cronkite faculty and staff introduce the movies and lead discussions following the showings.

Fall 2013 “Cronkite Night at the Movies” schedule:

Sept. 11: “Carbon Nation,” introduction by Peter Byck, the film’s director and producer and a professor of practice at the Cronkite School and the School of Sustainability

Sept. 18: “Shattered Glass,” introduction by Andrew Leckey, Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism and president, Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, Cronkite School

Sept. 25: “In the Loop,” introduction by Marianne Barrett, senior associate dean and Solheim Professor, Cronkite School

Oct. 2: “The Startup Kids,” introduction by Retha Hill, director, Cronkite New Media Innovation Lab

Oct. 9: “State of Play,” introduction by B. William Silcock, Cronkite associate professor and director of Cronkite Global Initiatives

Oct. 16: Fall break

Oct. 23: “All the President’s Men,” introduction by Joe Russomanno, associate professor, Cronkite School

Oct. 30: “All the President’s Men Revisited,” introduction by Leonard Downie Jr., Weil Family Professor of Journalism at Cronkite and former editor, The Washington Post

Nov. 6: “Nothing but the Truth,” introduction by Susan Green, assistant news director and broadcast director, Cronkite News Service

Nov. 13 (special 9 p.m. start time): “One P.M. Central Standard Time,” introduction by Aaron Brown, Walter Cronkite Professor of Journalism

Nov. 20: “Capote,” introduction by Steve Elliott, director of digital news, Cronkite News Service

Nov. 27: Thanksgiving break

Dec. 4: "Anchorman," introduction by Mark Lodato, assistant dean and broadcast news director, Cronkite NewsWatch

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