Turner Thorne leads Team USA to gold

July 11, 2009

ASU Women’s Basketball Coach Charli Turner-Thorne has had a golden summer. As coach of the USA Women's World University Games Team, she led her team to an undefeated, gold medal winning performance.

The USA team defeated Russia 83-64 (6-1 in the University Games) to capture the gold medal. The 2009 women's basketball competition took place July 1-11 in Belgrade, Serbia.

"I'm really proud of this team," says Turner Thorne. "They stayed tough, kept working hard. These are some of the best college players in the country, and they showed it.

“For these young ladies to come together in a couple of weeks, be so responsive to what we asked them to do as coaches, to give everything they have for their country, that was awesome."

The World University Games is a multi-sport competition organized by the International University Sports Federation and held every other year. Eligible athletes for the USA team must be currently enrolled in a college or university and have remaining NCAA athletic eligibility.

Trials to select finalists for the 2009 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team were held in May at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The selected team members gathered June 18 for training camp and trained in Colorado until departing for Belgrade June 25.

USA Basketball women's teams have participated in 15 World University Games tournaments and collected a record seven golds, six silvers and one bronze medal. Since 1973, the first year the USA women competed in the WUGs, the United States has compiled an 89-15 record.

The winningest coach in ASU history and No. 4 in the Pacific-10 Conference in career wins, Turner Thorne returned to USA Basketball in her first head coach position. In 2007 she traveled to Moscow, Russia, as an assistant coach with the 2007 USA Women's Under 21 National Team and helped the USA to an 8-0 record and gold medal.

Turner Thorne was assisted on the USA sideline by Suzy Merchant of Michigan State University and Julie Rousseau of Pepperdine University.

New Media Academy teaches skills for today’s world

July 12, 2009

The Cronkite New Media Academy at Arizona State University will teach you the new media skills you need to communicate effectively in today’s world.

In a series of 10 Saturday sessions, you’ll learn how to design and develop a Web site, present and edit photos for the Web, use social networking tools, create Web-based graphics and edit video and sound for the Web. You’ll leave with a multimedia-rich Web site and the tools to keep going. Download Full Image

The fall 2009 academy begins Sept. 12 and ends Nov. 14. All sessions are taught by Cronkite School professionals, with an emphasis on hands-on training in small digital media labs at the school’s state-of-the-art building in downtown Phoenix.

Class size is limited to 20. Cost is $2,000 for 10 full days of training; ASU employees, alumni and students receive a 10 percent discount. Space may be available for those want to attend part, but not all, of the academy.

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