AWSM will feature a Q&A with one of our student chapter presidents and a chapter spotlight. For March, we are featuring Arizona State University’s student chapter and Indiana student chapter president Hailey Hernandez.
Year founded: 2012
President: Madeline Rae Witt / Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Samantha Pell / Woodinville, Wash.
Bailey O’Carroll / San Marcos, Calif.
Taylor Sedona Clark / Scottsdale, Ariz.
Goal for this year: Our main goal for this year is to boost chapter participation and grow our chapter as a whole. With all new officers this past semester, this has been a transition year. We are looking at things with a new perspective and hoping to continue to make changes to better our chapter. The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication has an entire major dedicated to sports journalism, filled with students who are excited by sports media. I have no doubt that we will be able to achieve and surpass our goals.
Favorite event last year: Last year, Jess Kraus, from NFL at ESPN, showed our members around the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., before a Monday Night Football game. Our members got to see all of the behind-the-scenes production that goes into Monday Night Football.
Dream speaker and why: ESPN anchor Suzy Kolber was the opening night speaker at the AWSM Miami conference. It was a group consensus between fellow members and I that she was one of the major highlights of the conference. Kolber was inspiring, as it was surreal to hear someone we watch on TV all of the time speak directly to us. I would love to have her speak at one of our meetings so the rest of our chapter could have the opportunity to hear her story.
President’s comment: I am really proud of how far AWSM ASU has come since Spring 2015. This past semester was my first semester as president, and it was definitely a challenge for me. There were many unforeseen obstacles, but this position has helped me grow professionally and form bonds that I will cherish forever. We recently brought on Paola Boivin as our new faculty advisor, and I am really excited to see the future of this chapter with her help.