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ASU quarterback on how he used training from Kush on Vietnam battlefields

November 2, 2017

Retired Lt. Gen. John Goodman says playing for the iconic coach was tough but instilled in him crucial lessons he took into war

John Goodman, a three-sport star at Encina High School in Sacramento, California, received full-ride offers from every Pac-10 school — but all it took was one meeting with Frank Kush to seal his fate as a Sun Devil.

The Arizona State University football coach told Goodman's parents that the ASU athletics program was about building men with character and getting an education. That's all his mom needed to hear.

Goodman's first game for the Sun Devils was in 1964, when he connected on a touchdown pass. A year later he was starting quarterback. Two years later he finished off his ASU career with a touchdown pass to beat Arizona 20-17.

Playing for Kush was tough and often not pleasant, but Goodman said it developed his drive to be the best he could be. That would serve him well when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in the spring of 1967. His initial assignment was Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division in III Corps area of operations, north of Siagon. He was then reassigned to India Company, 75th Ranger Regiment as a long-range patrol team leader in support of the 1st Infantry Division.

Here he talks about both experiences — war and football — and how they tied together.

For his service, Goodman received the Bronze Star, the Soldier’s Medal and a Purple Heart. He would return to ASU and receive his bachelor's in business administration and accounting in 1971. He briefly played professional football for the New Orleans Saints before joining the U.S. Marines, becoming a naval aviator. He emerged as an elite TOPGUN pilot in the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School, completing training in F/A-18 Hornets and then serving in Kuwait as the air plans officer during the first Gulf War.

"The greatest achievement and accomplishment during my military career was the honor to serve with and to lead United States Marines, in both peace and war," he said.

Over 37 years of military service, Goodman moved up the ranks, retiring as a lieutenant general in 2008, commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces in the Pacific. Since retirement, he has served as the director of the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, on the ASU President’s General Officer Advisory Council, on the Arizona State University Military Advisory Council and as special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.

Top photo: John Goodman in Vietnam on Christmas 1968. Photo courtesy of John Goodman

Ken Fagan

Videographer , ASU News


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ASU nursing alum creates online community to fight pediatric misinformation

November 2, 2017

Passion for accurate, accessible medical information led alum to create KidNurse

A passion for accurate and accessible medical information led Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation alumna Danielle Stringer to come up with a unique solution.

The pediatric nurse practitioner found that her patients' parents were often turning to the internet in order to get questions answered outside the exam room. The problem was that a lot of what they came across online was inaccurate, contradictory or both.

“I honestly thought the best way to fix the confusion my parents were suffering while reading blogs online was to simply start writing the truth and publishing it myself,” Stringer said.

That’s how was born.

The content on the site, which has had well over 2 million readers, is timely, easy to understand and reliable.

ASU nursing alum Danielle Stringer launched to provide parents with accurate, accessible information outside the exam room.

“It has always been founded with the vision of delivering pediatric, evidence-based medicine to parents in a highly accessible format online,” Stringer said.

The name of her website was inspired by her own journey — Stringer became a nurse when she was still a kid herself.

Stringer started taking college classes when she was only 12 years old, first at community college and later transferring to ASU as a teenager.

In 2009, she graduated from ASU's College of Nursing with her BSN at just 17. A year later, she completed her MSN and became a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner, earning the distinction of youngest nurse practitioner in the country at 18.

“I knew I wanted to be a nurse, and I didn’t see any reason to wait,” said Stringer, who live in metro Phoenix.

One of her nursing professors, Therese Speer, said Stringer was a standout student but it had nothing to do with her age.

“She was an extremely hard worker who challenged herself in everything she did, and she loved every minute of learning. Her patients and families are very blessed to have such a dedicated and caring provider,” Speer said. “I am so proud of her.”

Now, seven years into her career, Stringer is about the same age as most of the parents she works with. She says she can relate to the stage of life the parents are in, adding that it has been an asset in more ways than one in her practice.

“This has allowed me to be highly innovative with my perspective on pediatrics and the development of online pediatric education,” she said.

“She was not one to accept things as they were, but always asked why, what if, could we and how about,” 
— ASU Professor Therese Speer

The success of the website inspired another creation.

This summer, Stringer added to her online repertoire creating the KidNurse community, a private Facebook group specifically for moms and medical professionals.

Stringer said the idea behind the private group is to further community and relationships for readers of KidNurse.

“Members are welcome to ask basic pediatric questions and get feedback and encouragement from moms and nurses that have likely been through the exact same thing,” she said.

Even though she has reached success in launching her health-care solutions, Stringer said that doesn’t mean the process was always easy.

Early-on in her career she encountered some serious pushback. First, to the idea of sharing so much information online, and also to her use of social media to reach parents.

Stringer was not expecting that kind of resistance.

“I was surprised to find the amount of health-care providers that are stuck in their ways," she said. "Sometimes innovation makes people uncomfortable."

Stringer said she is grateful for her foundation at ASU, which prepares students to face these challenges by promoting and encouraging innovation. She said that helped her persevere.

Her advice to others is to be prepared for that struggle and don’t give up.

“Resistance to innovative ideas doesn’t mean that innovation isn’t necessary, it just means you’ll have to passionately advocate for it,” Stringer said. “We are at a time in our nation when cutting-edge health-care solutions are desperately needed. Our patients need it. So just be ready to fight for it.”

Top photo: Danielle Stringer interacts with a patient.

Amanda Goodman

Senior communications specialist , Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation