Family's health journey led ASU grad on path to becoming a medical doctor

Lexi Brown received the ASU Alumni Association Medallion Scholarship all four years

November 30, 2021

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2021 graduates.

Medallion Scholar and fall 2021 graduate Lexi Brown decided to pursue a career as a doctor after witnessing her own family face medical-related issues.  Lexi Brown Fall 2021 graduate and ASU Alumni Medallion Scholar Lexi Brown. Download Full Image

“Over the course of more than five years, my stepmom struggled with fertility and went through multiple rounds of in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments,” Brown said. “Watching a family member undergo these series of procedures was my deciding factor to ultimately major in medical studies at the ASU College of Health Solutions.”  

Before starting at ASU and to further explore her interest of working in the medical field, Brown attended a medical camp at Johns Hopkins University and served as a hospice volunteer during her high school years. Her combined experiences allowed her to see different aspects of a career in her chosen field. 

Growing up in Glendale, Arizona, it was important for Brown that she stay close to home for college. She particularly loved the frequent activities and smaller size of ASU’s West campus, where she spent a lot of time at Fletcher Library and Starbucks studying and hanging out with her friends.   

Brown was amazed at how helpful her professors were at ASU. 

“In high school, the teachers often tried to prepare us for college by saying we would be ‘on our own’ at college and that we wouldn’t receive help or guidance in classes, but that wasn’t true in my experience,” Brown said. 

She found that her professors were more than willing to help her and were rooting for her success.

One professor that Brown especially appreciated was Jack Gilbert, who she says taught her a valuable lesson that can be applied outside the classroom. 

“He showed me the value in asking for help and checking on others when things get complicated,” she said.  

She believes that Gilbert’s message is something other students should take with them throughout their education. Brown encourages others to ask for help when they need it and to try to do their best. 

“The mountains of homework and studying can seem never ending, but if you manage your time and do your best, you will get through it,” she said.

Graduation from ASU is soon approaching for Brown and she is looking forward to continuing her education at Midwestern University where she will work toward her master’s degree, and she plans to attend medical school shortly thereafter.  

When asked what she would do with $40 million to solve one problem on our planet, she said: “I would attempt to cure cancer or at least move us in the right direction towards a cure."

Perhaps one day, the future Dr. Brown will find a cure. 

Macey Sierka

Student assistant, ASU Alumni Association

PRISMS contemporary music festival features works with multiplicity in new music

November 30, 2021

“Multiplicity,” the School of Music, Dance and Theatre’s 11th annual PRISMS Festival at Arizona State University, features engaging works with a wealth of diversity in contemporary music. The 2021 festival runs Dec. 1–3 on the Tempe campus.

“Multiplicity may take many forms — plurality or hybridity of genre and style, disparate compositional approaches and works by composers and sound artists from various communities, traditions and creative practices,” said Simone Mancuso, faculty associate and coordinator of the festival. “We are particularly interested in works that push boundaries, experiment or expand on contemporary practices from different social, cultural and intellectual perspectives.” PRISMS Festival "Multiplicity." Download Full Image

The festival will showcase 11 world and Arizona premieres. Eighteen ASU faculty members and seven ASU music ensembles will participate, along with the community ensemble Crossing 32nd Street.

The opening concert features works by ASU composition faculty Gabriel Bolaños, Fernanda Navarro, Christopher Norby, Garth Paine and Jody Rockmaker, and it will include two world premieres and two Arizona premieres. The second half of the concert will feature multimedia works by music composition students Laura Brackney, Anastacia Meconiates, Jason Phillips, Deanna Rusnock and Ziyu Wang.

The second concert features performances by the Crossing 32nd Street Ensemble, the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Contemporary Percussion Ensemble and ASU faculty. Six world premieres by ASU composition students Phoebe Leong, Addison Hill, Meconiates, Sarah Core, Alicia Castillo and Carlos Zárate will also be featured.

The third and final concert features performances by the Crossing 32nd Street Ensemble, the ASU Saxophone Choir and the ASU Jazz faculty. The concert includes works by György Ligeti, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman and a world premiere by music composition student Tanner Bayles.

Hosted by the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, the festival’s artistic committee includes Mancuso and music professors Navarro, Bolaños and Rockmaker.

Mancuso said this year the festival includes works by music composition students to provide the opportunity for students to be featured in a festival specializing in contemporary music.

In total, eight students have composed a new work that will be premiered during one of the three days of the festival.

PRISMS festival was founded in 2009 by Mancuso and Glenn Hackbarth. Since then, every edition has featured a topic centered on either a genre or a composer.

“This year we feel that diversity is a very appropriate topic to celebrate,” Mancuso said. “The programs feature composers of different backgrounds, nationality, age and gender.”

Tickets to the concerts can be purchased online at the Herberger Institute Box Office. Prices for each concert are $10 for the general public and $5 for students with a valid ID.

2021 PRISMS Festival 'Multiplicity'

Concert 1
7:30 p.m. Dec. 1
Katzin Concert Hall
Concert program

Concert 2
7:30 p.m. Dec. 2
Katzin Concert Hall
Concert program

Concert 3
7:30 p.m. Dec. 3
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre
Concert program

Lynne MacDonald

communications specialist, School of Music