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    Greenlee School of Journalism & CommunicationIowa State University

    2015 Alumni Magazine

    Covering the 2016 Caucuses

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    Directors LetterLast year we let you know that the Greenlee

    Schoolamong the longest, continuously-accredited journalism and mass communication programs in the countrywas preparing for re-accreditation. Re-accreditation gives us national status. About 450 colleges and universities offer formal programs in journalism and mass communications and about 1,000 institutions offer some training in these fields. But only 115 enjoy full accreditation.

    We were among the first to be accredited in 1948 and have maintained that status continuously to this day.

    We undergo re-accreditation every six years. For the past two years the Greenlee School prepared for our Oct. 2528 site visit by a prestigious team of academics and practitioners. Peter Bhatia, editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer, was chair.

    In the summer of 2015, we sent the team our self-study, assembled by the Greenlee Schools standing committees. We sought compliance in each of the nine standards that ensure our advertising, journalism and mass communication, and public relations majors are receiving a quality education.

    The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication evaluates programs to affirm that its values and competencies are addressed. Those values and competencies include understanding media law, history and ethics; appreciating inclusivity and other forms of diversity; demonstrating and applying theoretical principles; thinking critically; writing correctly and clearly across media platforms; mastering basic numerical and statistical concepts; and using tools and technologies in the communication industries.

    The site team had a busy schedule, meeting with faculty, students, staff, and college and university administrators. It investigated our

    GovernanceThe Greenlee School is a model for effective leadership, shared governance and smart planning. It is led by an outstanding director who has taken the school to new heights.

    CurriculumThe Greenlee School has been meticulous in ensuring that students receive a strong liberal arts and sciences education. Students receive a balance of theoretical and skills class within the school.

    DiversityIts student body has a higher percentage of ethnic minorities than the university or the state of Iowa. The curriculum and culture are inclusive of minority issues, events and discussion.

    FacultyThe faculty members are dedicated, hard-working and respected by their colleagues across campus. They are committed to enhancing the program and preparing the students to become successful professionals upon graduation.

    ScholarshipFaculty scholarship is plentiful and regular at Greenlee. Junior faculty report a supporting environment with clarity as to the path they should pursue to eventually gain tenure. Student ServicesThe site team found the academic and career advising systems, extracurricular activities and online presentation of data meet accreditation standards. Upon graduation, students are prepared for diverse careers in a rapidly evolving profession.

    ResourcesIn fact, creative use of space is the norm at Greenlee. Two years ago, the school converted an open lab and reading room into a digital newsroom.

    Public ServiceThe school regularly consults and communicates with alumni. It serves the professions and the public by reinforcing the principles of journalism and mass communication education. The school manages public events, community service projects and various scholastic journalism activities.

    Assessment[The Greenlee School] has embraced assessment including the crucial use of feedback to close the loop, thus improving, changing and evolving instruction.

    ACEJMC site teams accreditation report excerpts:

    claims in the self-study and then used its final day at Greenlee to write its draft report.

    Among the strengths of the school, the site team praised the leadership, the support of junior faculty, a demanding internship program, off-the-chart placement rates (almost 100 percent), faculty known for collegiality and quality instruction, and motivated students who represent the school well across the campus and in the professions.

    The site team also said this about our self-study: The self-study was outstanding, the result of a collaborative process that involved significant work in advance by faculty committees. It was printed and bound, making the site teams work much easier. In addition, graphics and charts used extensive color. This was a model for doing it right.

    In sum, the Greenlee School was found in compliance on all nine standards. But our re-accreditation is not yet official. Well report on that in the next edition of the Glimpse.

    For the moment, we are awaiting two more important meetings. One is scheduled March 19-20 in Chicago and another in early May. The Accrediting Committee reviews the self-study and site team report and makes a recommendation to the Accrediting Council. Then our status will be affirmed or modified.

    Because we are going into these meetings with no non-compliances, we are optimistic about the rest of the process.

    We are also optimistic about the future of the Greenlee School, whose enrollment has grown from about 600 students five years ago to 870 todayan increase of about 45 percent. We take pride in the accomplishments of our students, alumni, faculty and staff. Reading the pages that follow, youll be inspired by our students and your fellow alumni whose successes demonstrate the value of a Greenlee degree.

    Greenlee School Director Michael Bugeja delivers the opening remarks at the 2016 Iowa Newspaper Association Convention awards banquet on Friday, Feb. 5. Photo by Matt Wettengel

    To read Bugejas full State of the School, visit:www.greenlee.iastate.edu/DirectorsLetter15

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    Student Media ExpansionThough the Iowa State Daily moved out of Hamilton Hall, students filled the void with two new magazines and a new club.

    Year in Review


    EDITOR IN CHIEF & DESIGNMatt Wettengel

    Communication Specialist

    PHOTOGRAPHERSThomas Huhnkesenior in JL MC

    Dennis Chamberlinassociate professor

    WRITERSNicole Onken

    senior in public relationsKelsey Batscheletmasters student

    JL MC 344 STUDENTSFront row: Viera Nguyen, Emily Eppens, Cassidy Fischer, Kate Kruse and Lauren

    Grant; Back row: Jake Miller, Kaili Meyer, Haley Banwart, Whitney Pittman, Lauren

    Vigar and Stephen Ortiz

    Front row: Noelina Rissman, Makayla Tendall, Michaela Ramm, Jessi Wilson,

    Bri Levandowski, Denisha Mixon, Ellery Lowry, Taylor Ward and Danielle

    Ferguson; Middle row: Caitlin Deaver, Kyle Heim, Will Dodds, Rachel Vipond, Lindsay Hostert, John Kruse and Shawn Johnson; Top row: Hannah Marsh and Jeff Lechner

    Glimpse Contributors








    A Picture Perfect 2015Looking back on a year of achievements, celebrations and new adventures.

    Covering their Communities In small towns across the U.S., alumni are using their reporting skills to inform locals and facilitate public discussion.

    A Political TraditionAlumni and students have a prominent place in coverage of presidential election with Iowas first-in-the-nation caucuses.

    End of a Greenlee EraA 33-year fixture in Hamilton Hall, Eric Abbott transitions out of the classroom.

    Class NotesCatch up with your fellow alumni, former classmates and faculty.

    RemembrancesWe remember those we lost in 2015, including the pioneer of Greenlees PR degree, Karl Friederich.

    Awaiting ReviewFollowing a successful accreditation site team visit, the school is on track to maintain its 68-year accredited status.

    Chamberlin LectureABCs Juju Chang shared her experiences as a reporter, political correspondent, news anchor, and advocate for women and equality.

    Catching up with Faculty & StaffRead the latest from the award-winning Greenlee team and meet our newest faculty members.

    18 Off the Air Former KCCI anchor Kevin Cooney reflects on his life as a storyteller. Features


    Alyssa Ruttprogram coordinatorSPECIAL THANKS TO

    Deb Gibsonsenior lecturer

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    Year in Review A Picture Perfect 2015

    2015New funding

    fuels FAD

    Petersons inspiration honored

    Ad class taps big data

    Last minute funding from the Koch Foundation allowed the continuation of Iowa States nationally-recognized First Amendment Day celebration last spring. The event included a Feast on the First, featuring Fighting Burrito, and Gene Policinski, COO of the Newseum Institute and its First Amendment Center, delivered the keynote address on the First Amendment in the 21st Century.

    Emeritus faculty member Dr. Jane Peterson received one of six 2015 Faculty/Staff Inspiration Awards from the ISU Alumni Association. The awards are nomination-based and designated for current or former faculty or staff who had a significant influence in students lives.

    Greenlee faculty Jay Newell and Sherry Berghefer created a new Computational Communication advertising course, where students learn how to use live, changing data to drive ad content. We are helping students get ahead of the competition so when they get their first job, theyll know how to create an ad that uses data, Newell said. The course returned and is being offered this spring.

    Alumni pen book of musts for ISU fansAlex Halsted, 14, who covers ISU athletics for the Scout Media Network, and Dylan Montz, 14, sports reporter for the Ceda