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Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism & Communication Alumni Magazine

Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication


We, the faculty and staff of The Greenlee School, will prepare you for a professional life in journalism and communications, in such a manner that...

You will be able to recognize, seize and realize opportunities to grow your career.

You will experience the lifechanging qualities and power of loyalty – loyalty to a high civic calling, to a community of ideals that will elevate your life, expand your worldview and ignite your aspirations.

You will be expected to work exceptionally hard, as both an individual and a member of a team.

You will learn how to adapt and thrive as a working professional in the digital networked world.

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You will become part of a life-enriching community of ISU Greenlee students, staff, alumni, friends and practicing professionals.

You will be called by and held to the highest standards of academic rigor and personal ethics.



FEATURES 24 Why Greenlee?

DEPARTMENTS 06 State of the School

By Hannah Gilman and Toni Mortensen; Photo by Laurel Scott

By Michael Bugeja

You already know the answer to this essay question. Read how faculty, staff, students and alumni are inspiring the rest of the world to head to Hamilton.


Talk about rising to the “experience required” challenge. These Greenlee students run campus clubs, newspapers, magazines and TV broadcasts while juggling work for the likes of CNN and the Huffington Post. By Lauren Frandsen, Hannah Gilman, Kelsey Jacobs, Leslie Marshall and Toni Mortensen; Photos by Patty Trom-Bird

32 You will be challenged to shape your Greenlee experience to match your individualized, personal aspirations.

You will have the opportunity to build cherished relationships that last a lifetime.

Rockin’ the Resumé

In The Market for Media Types

It’s more than a numbers game for one of the nation’s longest continuously accredited journalism programs. Look at how Greenlee is upholding its tradition of excellence by recruiting the next wave of truth-seekers. By Lauren Frandsen, with reporting by Kelsey Jacobs and Leslie Marshall; Photos by Andy Messersmith and Matthew Sorensen

You will become a hands-on practitioner and protector of one of the most vital pillars of service that upholds and empowers a free, civil and just society.

You will embark on a personal journey at Greenlee unlike any other found in schools of journalism and communications anywhere in the world.


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You will learn how to shape and lead the future of that society and evolve, with integrity, the future of journalism and communications.

Above all, you will hit the ground running when you complete your graduation requirements and land your first career job.

You will be astonished and inspired by the access and openness of your advisors and mentors among the Greenlee faculty, staff, alumni and visiting professionals.

Yes, a nationally accredited journalism school can thrive amid financial uncertainty and industry freefall. Greenlee School Director Michael Bugeja shares how your alma mater has accomplished such a feat.


Year in Review

Even summer floodwaters couldn’t halt classes for the Greenlee School in 2010. The tenure gods shone on three more faculty members, while their colleagues took their successful shows around the globe. And we said goodbye to two of the School’s most beloved emeritus professors. By students of Deb Gibson’s Jl MC 344 (feature writing) class


Greenlee School 101

A primer for all that is good about Greenlee, as written by the School’s faculty and staff. Photos by Patty Trom-Bird, Laurel Scott and Matthew Sorensen


The Care and Keeping of Greenlee

The fund-raising fires are being lit once again, with School namesake Diane Greenlee carrying the torch. By Ryne Dittmer; Photo by Dennis Chamberlin


Catching Up

Read what your former faculty and classmates are up to these days. Mini-profiles by students of Erin Wilgenbusch’s Jl MC 321 (pr writing) class




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Contributors Photos by Laurel Scott, Patty Trom-Bird, Dennis Chamberlint and Matthew Sorensen


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DENNIS CHAMBERLIN is an assistant professor in the Greenlee School, specializing in visual communication. Chamberlin has worked as a staff photographer for The Denver Post and as a photographer for such publications as National Geographic, New York Times Magazine, Newsweek and Time.

DEB GIBSON, ’81, is a Greenlee School clinician and coordinator of ISU’s Meredith Apprentice Program. She teaches intermediate reporting and writing, feature writing and fashion writing for the Greenlee School, and serves as adviser to Ethos magazine.

RYNE DITTMER is a junior majoring in journalism. He was born and raised in Liberty, Mo., and is active in the Acacia fraternity. He interned during summer 2010 for suburban Kansas City newspapers.

KYLI HASSEBROCK works as a Meredith graphic design apprentice for Diabetic Living magazine. She is a junior honors student from Story City, majoring in graphic design and minoring in Spanish and journalism. Kyli works as design director for Trend magazine and a designer for Ethos magazine.

LAUREN FRANDSEN is a Roland native and works as a Meredith editorial apprentice for Better Homes and Gardens magazine. She is a senior majoring in journalism and minoring in music and philosophy. She has volunteered extensively for the Student Union Board and the Maintenance Shop.

KELSEY JACOBS hails from Cedar Rapids. She is an ISU senior with a double major in journalism and women’s studies, with a minor in French. She writes for Ethos magazine and is a sportswriter for the Iowa State Daily. She is an editorial apprentice with Meredith Integrated Marketing.


Rapids native, is a junior majoring in journalism and graphic design. She is a Meredith editorial apprentice for Special Interest Media, co-editor in chief for ISU’s Trend magazine and a writer for Ethos magazine and Catalyst.

LESLIE MARSHALL is a graduate of Indianola High School, and now is an ISU junior majoring in journalism with a minor in design studies. She works as a Meredith editorial apprentice in Special Interest Media. She is active in her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta.

TONI MORTENSEN is a Panora native with a double major in journalism and apparel merchandising, design and production. The ISU senior is a Meredith editorial apprentice for Diabetic Living magazine, and she also works as the coeditor for Trend magazine. She writes for Ethos magazine.

JEREMY ORR grew up in Spencer. He is now enrolled as a senior in the College of Design’s graphic design program, with minors in advertising and digital media. He is a Meredith graphic design apprentice for Ready Made magazine.

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LAUREL SCOTT is an Ames native and an ISU senior majoring in journalism with a minor in German. She serves as photography director for Ethos magazine, and also has worked as a photographer for Trend magazine and the Iowa State Daily. MATTHEW SORENSEN

is a Windsor Heights native and an ISU senior majoring in advertising and entrepreneurial studies. He is a veteran campus magazine photographer, and serves as advertising director for Ethos magazine.

Students in Deb Gibson’s Jl MC 344 (Feature Writing) course wrote this magazine’s “Year in Review” section. Students included (front row, left to right): Kelsey Jacobs, Robyn Norris, Allison Suesse, Lauren Frandsen and Dylan Boyle. Second row: Kristin Wheater, Annette Beswick, Julianne Hamil, Chelsea Davis, Sarah Haas and Ryne Dittmer. Back row: Abbey Nekola, Toni Mortensen, Grace Gardner, Sarah Binder and Sarah Tisinger. Not pictured: Leslie Marshall

PATTY TROM-BIRD is a staff attorney for the U.S. District Court in Des Moines when she’s not photographing wildlife, prep basketball or journalism profs. She earned bachelor’s and juris doctorate degrees from the University of Iowa. KELSEY WOLFSWINKEL

is a native of Sibley. She is a senior majoring in the College of Design’s graphic design program, with a minor in journalism. She is a Meredith graphic design apprentice for Special Interest Media.

Students in Erin Wilgenbusch’s Jl MC 321 course (Public Relations Writing) penned the alumni mini-profiles found beginning on page 41. The students include (front row, left to right): Mackenzie Heddens, Brittany Cannon, Shanna Delfs. Middle row: Afton Holte, Tora Crist, Jennifer Stanek, Emily Kathrein, Bobby Sit. Back row: Kelsey Blanshan, Maggie Dennison, Rachel Gerdes, Shavaun Maday, Danny Haugo, Kaitlyn Pennybacker. Not pictured: Katie Sczublewski, Michelle Fredregill, Ashleigh Hester, Beth Barrick, Michael Fox, Reann Jackson

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State of the School What makes all of these remarkable accomplishments noteworthy is the environment in which we achieved them. The faculty and staff had received no raises for three years, including what turned out to be a salary cut in 2009, taking mandatory furloughs. A lesser unit might have become discouraged, but our professors and staff members put students in the undergraduate and graduate programs above their own interests, devoting as much time as needed to ensure good service, advising and instruction. To have done this with little change in daily operations truly is a credit to the loyalty and leadership of faculty and staff. Few programs could have managed to prevail as we did last year. We did it in large part because we knew how many former students, friends and benefactors have supported and were counting on us. In the coming year, the Greenlee School has new priorities, including ones in which benefactors and friends can partake, such as recruiting the next generation of journalists and practitioners and ensuring their success through alumni giving, scholarships and endowments.

Partake in Loyalty and Leadership! By Michael Bugeja, Director

ISU Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication

Each year early in the fall semester, I write a “State of the School” report, putting the past academic year in perspective and anticipating the opportunities and challenges of the next. This August I shared with the faculty and staff my seventh such report, and never have I been as proud as now to be a part of the Greenlee School family which, of course, includes our beloved alumni, students, benefactors and friends.

Consider these successes: 1.

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication unanimously endorsed our undergraduate program, maintaining our status as the oldest continuously accredited journalism program in the nation, with other select schools.


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Advisory Council members Chris and Caralee Adams have revitalized our Society of Friends network with events and a new Web site,


Thanks to the leadership of Schwartz Award winner David Kurns, working with Council member John Arends and alumni, this year we will unveil a recruitment and fund-raising multimedia program, “Why Greenlee?”

Enrollment may be down at other journalism schools, but we remain the largest program in the largest college at Iowa State University.


We endured an economy in freefall but predicted by fall 2010, the School would be re-accredited and we would “have more senior than junior professors.” We fulfilled both, promoting and tenuring three assistant professors to associate rank.

A top priority in the coming year will be student recruitment. Dave Kurns, chair of our Advisory Council, is working with Greenlee administration and alumni to help build enrollment. We hope to increase enrollment in the shortterm to 800 majors from our current 750. President Gregory Geoffroy has encouraged us to enhance our recruitment efforts. “Educating the future leaders of tomorrow is clearly our most important responsibility,” he writes, “and as such it is important that we continue to seek out highly qualified, motivated students who want to work hard to achieve their educational goals. It is also important for Iowa State to maintain our enrollments at levels that make the most effective use of our facilities, faculty and educational resources.”

The Greenlee School has a key role in realizing Dr. Geoffroy’s vision. Iowa State remains one of the world’s premier institutions, enhancing science and technology with cutting-edge ideas in the land-grant tradition. We not only participate in the exchange of those ideas across disciplines, but in the communication of them through various digital, electronic and multimedia platforms. This year the faculty and staff will showcase how we use those media, increasing our service to communities and exposing more high school and prospective students to our expertise. If you are an alumnus or a friend of the Greenlee School we encourage you to help us whenever the occasion arises, recommending advertising and journalism and mass communication at Iowa State. Commitment will be important during the next academic year—a commitment to the profession, to scholarship, to grantsmanship, to industry and yes, to our

We are committed to serving students with zeal and respect, knowing they are the future of our professions.

alma mater. Change is coming. People do not fear change as much as the instability that often accompanies it. That is why we are emphasizing stability. Our School has undergone and will continue to undergo great change. Fewer resources are at our disposal. We have lost personnel. Some professors have taken early retirement. We must cut a large percentage of our budget due to declining state support. Meanwhile we have to maintain research productivity while teaching more within a reorganizedCollege of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In this regard, we have been blessed by the generosity of our benefactors. Other ISU units do not enjoy so many scholarships and endowments. But our needs now are greater than ever, and our professors and students are worth the investment. When you donate to the Greenlee School, you’re underwriting democracy with journalism and mass communication and creativity with advertising. The combination of both— democracy and creativity—has kept us viable and nimble for more than a century, throughout the changing eras of media and technology. In the coming year I will be working closely with the Advisory Council and Iowa State Foundation to ramp up fund-raising activities. Our long-term goal not only is to increase professional development funds but also to attract named professorships and chairs. If you are able, please help us attain such a goal. Since 2003, we have built a culture of loyalty and leadership about which everyone on staff and faculty should be proud. Our alumni, benefactors and friends also should be proud because without them, we would not have accomplished so much. We not only met expectations but exceeded them and will continue to do so in a service culture that sets high goals and attains them, even during the most challenging of times, because we respect the contributions of others in helping us achieve our own.

Bugeja leads the First Amendment Day arch in April.

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2010 Year In Review

Paul Gigot reviews his notes moments before delivering the 2010 Chamberlin lecture, “The Future of Opinion Journalism” Sept. 21. Gigot is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal. Photo by Yue Wu


Notebooks? Check. USBs? Check. Hip boots? Check. By Kelsey Jacobs

It was the middle of fall semester, and the first floor of Hamilton Hall looked and sounded the same as always. Students bustled around. Copies of the Iowa State Daily were scattered everywhere. The sound of associate professor Barbara Mack hassling a student for using his cell phone during class wafted into the student lounge. But after following Kathy Box, Hamilton Hall office manager, downstairs, the atmosphere changed quickly. A tour of the basement revealed a scene more like a war zone. Desks and chairs were stacked in hallways. Walls were torn apart two feet up from the ground. Classrooms that used to hold teachers and students were stripped down to empty skeletons, with only the outlets around the rooms left to indicate where computers once sat. This was Hamilton Hall six weeks after the Great Ames Flood. The city had been deluged with rain throughout the summer, culminating in major flooding on Aug. 10. That evening, Box first got the call saying there was water in the building.

“We were splashing around in it,” Box said. “Several of us came in and unplugged all the computers and carried all of it away.” The computers weren’t ruined, but most everything else in the basement was. Out of seven computer labs, only three were functional by the end of September. The other labs, classrooms and the graduate hub reopened late in the semester. Steve Rentschler, who is a program coordinator for ISU’s Facilities Planning and Management, has yet to put a price tag on the Hamilton damage. “I haven’t heard all the numbers yet,” Rentschler said. “The drywall will be about $15,000, which is pretty cheap. A computer room just for the tile is $1,600. It might be around $7,000 for the graduate hub.”


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As of mid-September, at least 300 staffhours of labor had been committed to the clean-up. Countless hours still lay ahead. And student bonding was inevitable. Those classes scheduled to meet in the basement have been shoe-horned into smaller labs or rooms in other university buildings. “It’s been kind of funny how emotional it’s been for all of us,” Box said. “You know it’s not our house. But we kind of figured out how important it is to students and how hard we’ve all worked on it and you see it like that and it’s like…wow.”

Greenlee School students led the freedom march during the annual First Amendment Week activities in April. Campus speakers that week included former ISU and NBA basketball player Paul Shirley, who joined a panel of professionaljournalists and professors to discuss “The Rules of Engagement: Rights vs.Responsibilities in Civic Dialogue.” Photo by Dennis Chamberlin

ISU in 2010

“When we came in on Wednesday it was way worse than what they had explained,” Box said. “There was water everywhere.” Box, along with Integrated Media Technology Specialist Andy Messersmith, came in the next day and braved walking through the water.

Some reimbursement will come from insurance, but Box said there was a cap on that money, so FEMA is getting involved. According to Box, ISU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences may also help with costs.

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Football frenzy Under the tutelage of new head coach Paul Rhoads, the ISU football team ushered in the New Year with a hard-fought 14-13 victory in the Dec. 31 Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz. (Okay, this was 2009 – but we still have to brag!)

Campus grieves for missing student

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The ISU community was shaken by the disappearance of Jon Lacina, junior in graphic design, who was reported missing in January 2010. His body was found in April inside the ISU Dairy Pavilion boiler room. It was later determined Lacina died of hypothermia.

Study links video game play and aggressiveness ISU Distinguished Professor Craig Anderson published a study in an American Psychological Association documenting that exposure to video games causes increased aggressiveness in children regardless of their age, culture or gender.

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YIR/ Events John D. “Jack” Shelley, 1912-2010

Broadcast Journalism Loses a Legend By Michael Bugeja

In November 2005, one of the greatest broadcasters of all time approached Michael Bugeja, director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, with a special request.

Born in Boone, Iowa, on March 12, 1912, he witnessed the birth of broadcast journalism in its early years, covered World War II with the likes of Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow, and inspired generations of ISU journalism students.

“I think my time is coming,” he observed. “I want you to write my obituary while I am still alive, so I can edit it.” This is that obituary.

On Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, the voice of Iowa and the Midwest, John D. "Jack" Shelley—World War II combat reporter, WHO news director and Iowa State University journalism teacher—passed away at age 98 at Northcrest Retirement Community in Ames. Shelley, a towering figure in real life at six-foot-three, was a journalism legend.

Shelley said the station had a strong presence throughout Iowa and the region, featuring live talent shows, weekly barn dances and news broadcasts in between segments.

Without warning, World War II erupted.

When Pearl Harbor was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941, WHO broadcast a short wire report on the attack at 1 p.m. on that

Shelley remembered the era in an interview with Chris Allen, an ISU alumnus

President Barack Obama recognized ISU alumnus Sarah Brown Wessling for excellence in teaching in April. A language arts teacher at Johnston (Iowa) High School, Wessling earned ISU degrees in 1998 and 2003.

Cyclone legend Fred Hoiberg was named ISU head men’s basketball coach in April. After years working in the NBA, both as a player and an executive, Hoiberg said he was honored to replace outgoing coach Greg McDermott.

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Sunday. Shelley, listening to the radio at his Boone home during a family dinner, called the station and directed the coverage from his kitchen table.

For the next five years, WHO would dedicate much of its coverage to war and its impact on Iowa and the Midwest.

Before the summer of 1944, the military would not allow overseas civilian correspondents from individual stations. As soon as the policy changed, Shelley was accredited by the U.S. Army and shipped out to Spa, Belgium, covering the Battle of the Bulge.

“The Nazis chased us out of Spa and into southern Holland, where we could file our reports,” Shelley said.

In the field, whenever he saw soldiers, he got in the habit of calling out, “Anybody here from Iowa?” He found native Iowans on every battlefront.

As the war in Europe began to wind down, Shelley reported on the final battles in the Pacific. Equipped with a recording device, Shelley taped the voices of Iowa patients in Hawaii hospitals. On Guam, he filed regular reports, including interviews with the B-29 crews bombing Tokyo.

Graduate named National Teacher of the Year

Fred Hoiberg returns

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With radio broadcasting still in its infancy, Gross and Shelley developed their own methods, Allen wrote. They got help from the United Press, which began adapting their reports for broadcast.

After graduation in 1935, Shelley briefly worked at the Iowa Herald in Clinton before taking a job at Des Moines’ WHO radio, a 50,000-watt station. Shelley joined H.R. Gross as a twoman team delivering news live on the air because no recording equipment was available at the time.

David Zimmerman debuted his first fulllength novel, “The Sandbox,” to positive reviews from literary critics including The New York Times Sunday Book Review. The novel depicts the experiences of military personnel serving in Iraq.


Shelley’s remarkably sonorous voice immediately befriended the Midwestern audience.

Shelley’s interest in journalism began when he reported for his high school newspaper in Boone. After graduation, he took jobs at two regional railroads at the beginning of the Depression. In the fall of 1931, with $35 earned from railroad work, he enrolled in the University of Missouri journalism department.

English professor earns accolades

about Shelley’s life for his dissertation. Some of the incidents recounted in this obituary are from Allen’s dissertation.

“You have to remember that in those days, in the 1930s, the vast majority of our audience found radio news something brand-new and very exciting,” Shelley recalled. “All these people who lived in small towns and on the farms in Iowa had never had anything that brought news to them so quickly.”

The broadcaster, retired and in his 90s, sat down across from Bugeja in Hamilton “I’ll always remember listening with Hall where he had taught some of the my dad to Jack Shelley’s crisp, clear finest journalists in the business, includvoice booming over the radio,” Sen. ing Kevin Cooney, KCCI; Jerry Bowen, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, recalled. CBS Evening News; and Terry Anderson, “It was like listening to something the Associated Press. from a higher power.” He had just learned that Iowa State University journalism great, Hugh Sidey, White House bureau chief for Time Magazine, had passed away.

“If you lived in Iowa in the 1950s and 60s and didn’t know who Jack Shelley was, then it’s who earned his Ph.D. at Missouri, writing almost certain you didn’t own a radio or TV”

After the first atomic bombs were dropped on Japan, Shelley had the rare opportunity to record the first interviews with the crews who had bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Looking for the Iowa angle, Shelley learned that Enola Gay pilot Paul W. Tibbets had attended North High School in Des Moines.

After the interviews, Shelley knew he had a great story. Chris Allen quotes Shelley as saying the interviews were “the hottest thing we’ve ever had.”

On Sept. 2, 1945, Shelley was aboard the U.S.S. Missouri to cover the formal Japanese surrender.

Years later, he was invited onboard the Missouri again—this time anchored in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii—to speak at a ceremony commemorating the 56th anniversary of the surrender.

At the end of the war, Shelley returned to Des Moines and his news director’s job at WHO. He also worked with CBS legend Edward R. Murrow in forming what would become the Radio Television News Director’s Association (RTNDA), a professional organization founded to guarantee autonomy for news directors and standards for broadcast journalism. Shelley became the third person to serve as president of the group in 1950.

Campus building boom

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The university added two new buildings in 2010. The Biorenewables Research Laboratory was built in compliance with the highest green building standards, and Hach Hall will serve as a new chemistry facility, complete with two large organic chemistry teaching laboratories.

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“If Jack said it was so, you could go to bed assured it was true.” In 2000, he was awarded the RTNDA’s John S. Hogan award, named after its first president. Other Hogan award recipients include iconic broadcasters Hugh Downs and Walter Cronkite.

In 1953, Shelley was invited to witness the detonation of a nuclear device at the Atomic Energy Commission’s Yucca Flats site in Nevada. The commission had designated “ANNIE” an open shot, which meant that reporters were allowed Throughout the 1950s, Shelley continued to to view the blast from the NewsNob, a serve as the face of news for thousands of location six miles south of ground zero. Iowans. “If you lived in Iowa in the 1950s Shelley was among 20 reporters selected and 60s and didn’t know who Jack Shelley was, then it’s almost certain you didn’t own to accompany about 1,500 soldiers in five-foot trenches just two miles away. a radio or TV,” said Bob Greenlee, ISU alumnus and namesake of the university’s At 4 a.m., an hour and 20 minutes journalism school. “For many people, Jack from blast-time, they were shuttled to Shelley was the news.” the trenches. Shelley carried a battery-

powered tape recorder. It was one of the few devices to survive with a usable recording of sounds from the event. The nuclear device was 16 kilotons and detonated from atop a 300-foot tower.

“With my eyes shut, I can see that tremendous light,” Allen quoted from Shelley’s report. “The earth is shaking under me. … There’s the tremendous sound. This trench is being filled with dust.” In 1954, WHO received a license to begin broadcasting television signals. Shelley anchored the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts and worked 12-hour days.

Jerry Bowen, CBS Evening News correspondent and student of Shelley’s in the 1960s, remembered Shelley’s “warm, commanding style” of delivering news to Iowa homes. “If Jack said it was so, you could go to bed assured it was true. And when he said good night with that twinkle in his eye, you turned off the set feeling even better,” Bowen said. “He was and is our Walter Cronkite.” From 1968 until 1988, Shelley served as the executive director of the Iowa Broadcast News Association. He was awarded the group’s Distinguished Service Award when he retired.

In 1971, the IBNA honored him by establishing the Jack Shelley Award. “Jack Shelley didn’t make broadcast history in Iowa, he lived it,” said Mike

“We thank him for everything he did in the media, at Iowa State, and with the IBNA.” Peterson, news director at KMA/KKBZ in Shenandoah, Iowa and past president of the IBNA.

“We thank him for everything he did in the media, at Iowa State and with the IBNA.”

As an educator, Shelley insisted on putting his students’ needs above anything else. Some students who grew up watching his broadcasts found themselves working with a local hero in their classes. “It was a privilege to have been one of his students,” recalled Bowen. “Jack was actually reading my copy and kindly making suggestions that continue to serve me for four decades.”

Shelley’s reputation won over Kevin Cooney, now Des Moines’ KCCI anchor. “He never made it seem like work,” Cooney said. “I still remember his emphasis on realizing that television, while it reached thousands, was really a personal, one-on-one style of storytelling. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t put into practice something that Jack taught me.” Shelley often said his days at Iowa State’s journalism department were among his happiest. “Then, as now, we had such respect for each other,” he noted. “You had the feeling at Iowa State that when somebody had an accomplishment, that you all shared in it.”

Patricia Dean, a Chicago broadcaster for 18 years, and now associate director of the School of Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication, remembered Shelley as a beloved adviser.

“We should not underestimate how important a strong mentor is to students,” Dean said. “At a time when women were not encouraged to enter some areas of the profession, Jack said ‘nonsense.’ He believed in me and gave me the education to achieve my goals and the courage to pursue my dreams.”

Shelley was a founding member of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, and served as its president in 1981. He retired from teaching at age 70 at the end of the 1982 school year.

In 1983, the Radio-TV Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication made Shelley the first winner of its Distinguished Broadcast Journalism Educator Award.

In retirement, Shelley worked in Boone as president of its historical society, was a

Iowa State sees record flooding

Campustown redevelopment process begins

Enrollment sets records

Budget cuts pervasive

Residential life improves

Parts of campus were inundated with record levels of flooding in August, affecting a total of 17 buildings directly. Flood damages have been estimated between $40 million and $50 million, of which Iowa State expects to pay 25 percent.

Iowa State and Ames hired a development company to revitalize Campustown in order to better accommodate the needs of both students and residents Proposals being discussed include the building of a grocery store, restaurants and entertainment venues other than bars.

Fall 2010 enrollment numbers reached historically high levels at Iowa State, totaling 28,682. The number of international students and number of transfer students from Iowa community colleges were also record highs for the university.

The global recession affected the 2010 ISU budget, which forced each college to hand down cuts to its departments. No area of the university was left untouched, including the athletic department, which faced a $500,000 cut.

University officials worked hard to make living on campus even more enjoyable in 2010. Two new dining centers opened their doors, and residence halls were outfitted with wireless connections. Students and staff also integrated a recycling program into the residence halls.

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member of the board of ISU’s College for Seniors, and an honorary member of the Greenlee School’s Advisory Council. Shelley received the J.W. Schwartz award in 1993, the highest award given by Iowa State University for accomplishments in journalism and mass communication.

Noting the award, The Des Moines Register said Shelley had earned a place in Iowa journalism history for being a pioneer and a risk-taker as a professional, and helping to launch countless careers as an educator.

“If I get really personal, the blessings of my life were that I was married to two lovely women and a father to two wonderful sons and then a grandfather and great-grandfather,” Shelley said in 2005. POSTSCRIPT: On Aug. 25, at Northcrest Retirement Community in Ames, Michael Bugeja used contents of the above obituary as the base for a final interview with Jack Shelley, recounting his amazing life story that spanned a century. Jack’s most vivid memory was sitting at family dinner on Dec. 7, 1941, learning the United States had been attacked.

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YIR/ Events Richard L. Disney Jr., 1916-2010

Greenlee Says Goodbye To Gifted Writing Prof By Eric Abbott


ichard Disney’s office was located on the second floor of Hamilton Hall, right where you now find the elevator. All students knew his office, because he taught the required feature writing course, T JL 223, the third course in the basic reporting sequence. As a part of the course, every student had multiple individual conferences to discuss his or her writing. When a student came in, he would then insert a piece of yellow copy paper into his typewriter and begin tapping away. After awhile, he would take out the copy paper and present it to the student. “How about something like this?” That typed version was always so good— almost poetic and certainly motivational. Disney’s leads sang. They were eloquent. They were perspicacious. In the process, Dick never nitpicked. He never belittled. He was never mean. But he was also honest. He was the type of editor that made you want to do better the next time around. When he retired from ISU in 1982, colleague Rod Fox wrote that “[Dick] was at his best, probably, in dealing with advanced writing classes and with individuals, and as an adviser he helped develop and maintain writing standards on student publications.” Prof. Disney came to Iowa State in 1962 after stints at Montana State University and the University of Wisconsin. He moved into teaching feature writing almost immediately, plus depth reporting and occasionally public relations. He came to teaching from a strong professional background working as a reporter for the Muskogee, Okla., Phoenix and Times-Democrat, a news analyst for the National Housing Agency, a reporter for the Washington Star, and an editor and public relations officer for the University of Oklahoma. He spent the 1976-77 year as an editor at the International Rice


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Dick would take a careful look at the copy, and then begin, “Yes, maybe we can do something about this lead.” Research Institute in the Philippines. He also was active in the Association for Education in Journalism (now AEJMC), and was vice-chair of the magazine division for two terms. He retired in 1982 as a full professor (emeritus). Dick was the first professor in the journalism department to adopt a personal computer. In 1975, the Journalism Department had purchased a computer just before accreditation time. It looked modern, and was featured on the cover of that year’s newsletter. Unfortunately, it never worked, a fact that the accreditation team probably never noticed. A few years later, Dick bought his PC, which was proudly displayed in the basement bar area of his home. It could play blackjack, which was a hit at parties, but it couldn’t word process. It wasn’t until about 1980 that professors Cliff Scherer and Paul Yarbrough bought the first real PCs.

One of the most awaited events each year was the annual fall party held by Dick and his wife Jean at their home near the football stadium. After the last game of the year, we all gathered for a huge feast including turkey and a sea of platters that stretched across their dining room table. After getting warmed up, Toni Schwartz, wife of then-chair Jim Schwartz, would sit down and play the piano, and all members of the journalism family would sing. Dick died at Green Hills Health Care Center in Ames, where he had been living in retirement. His wife Jean and a daughter Elizabeth preceded him in death. He is survived by his daughters, Mrs. Terry Arch, of Reno, Nev., and Mrs. Jean Tauber, of Des Moines; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and his sisters, Dawn Yorke, of Bryan, Texas, and Elizabeth Baker, of Friday Harbor, Wash. He was buried in a private ceremony at the Iowa State University cemetery.

Daily Deigned “Best” Once Again By Sarah Tisinger For the fourth time in the past five years, the Iowa State Daily has been named the best all-around daily student newspaper for the Society of Professional Journalists’ region 7 2010 competition. Jessica Opoien, the Daily’s current editor in chief, was an SPJ national finalist for general column writing in 2010, and placed first in that category in region 7. Iowa State also snagged five other regional individual awards. “Iowa State had yet another strong regional showing and Jessica’s award shows that our students can and do compete on

a national level,” said Greenlee associate professor David Bulla, Iowa State’s SPJ adviser. “We really appreciate the support of Alan and Steve Mores of Harlan Newspapers, who provide financial support for our SPJ chapter. All of that money goes to the students to help pay entry fees.” Trend, ISU’s student-run fashion magazine, placed second in the SPJ regional best student magazine category, finishing behind Drake University. This was Trend’s first Mark of Excellence award. SPJ’s region 7 covers colleges and universities in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.

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2010 Year In ReviewField Work

Greenlee Grads Convert Into Career Coaches By Toni Mortensen

More than ever, journalism and advertising students need to be a cut above when competing for that dream internship or job. Kim McDonough, Greenlee School internship coordinator, is making sure those students aren’t left in the dust. McDonough, with help from the Greenlee School’s advisory council, launched the bi-annual Future Forums in 2010, which provided students the opportunity to talk with industry professionals about the “real world.”

Greenlee School outreach continued throughout the year, as faculty, staff, students and alumni worked their media magic around the nation. Once an Ad Man….

“One of the things I’ve noticed is how unprepared some students are to go out into the working world,” says McDonough. “We wanted to come up with things that would be helpful to students that could be done in a semester or two.”

By Annette Beswick

For Greenlee associate professor Jay Newell, it came down to one question: “How can we meet the challenges of the world we’re in?” To pursue the solution, Newell packed up his portfolio and headed to the Big Apple, where he worked this past July for Manhattan media agency Universal-McCann.

Greenlee School is right on target for them to be successful in the real world. “The terminology I use in the classroom is the same at Universal-McCann. Only two terms are not on the final,” said Newell. He also gained a better idea of what agencies are looking for, how

to present materials and most important, attitude in the workplace. And if there is one thing Newell wants his students to know from his experience this summer, it is this: “You can be from a small town in Iowa, but if you have a positive attitude, curiosity and enthusiasm, you can make it anywhere, even New York!”

Veteran Broadcast Prof Reappointed To Regional Board By Kristin Wheater


Newell’s summer adventure was courtesy of the Advertising Education Foundation’s Visiting Professor Program. The program selected 16 U.S. professors to observe the on-the-job workings of advertising, marketing or media companies.

n the world of broadcast news, you’ll find few veterans as experienced as Thomas Beell, so it is no wonder Beell was reappointed this year to the Northwest Broadcast News Association. Beell has served on this board for more than 30 years and is one of two Iowa representatives for the six-state association. Beell is a longtime journalism professor at the Greenlee School, a co-adviser for the ISU Broadcast Club, and a former member of the Iowa Broadcast News Association Board.

Universal-McCann averages $4 billion a year as a media firm placing ads for companies such as the U.S. Army, Microsoft and Chrysler. The company works with its clients to create a product placement plan using different mediums. Newell participated in its executive training program focusing on consumer behavior and media and product consumption research. So what did the professor learn? For one thing, what students are taught in the

Professor Tom Beell Photo by Matthew Sorensen

Associate professor Jay Newell pitches his curriculum to Manhattan ad professionals.

attend workshops, listen to speakers and learn how to enhance their own skills in the field. “People are constantly learning skills and techniques,” says Beell. “The conferences allow people to learn practical skills, meet others, and to get inspired.”

Students are also encouraged to attend these conferences to network and submit their work to the competition held by the Association. “Students can put that they’re an award-winning journalist in a resumé if they win this competition,” says Beell. The Northwest Broadcast News Associa“Classes may give instruction on tion Board organizes and plans conferthe skills needed for a job, but all students ences for those in the broadcast news field. will need experience before entering These conferences take place each spring the profession.” and allow students and professionals to

Both Future Forums, one held in April and the other in October, secured journalism professionals such as KCCI-TV anchor Kevin Cooney of Des Moines, CBS 5 TV anchor Sean McLaughlin of Phoenix, McClatchy investigative reporter Chris Adams of Washington, D.C. and former magazine editor Karol Nickell of Des Moines to critique résumés, cover letters and portfolios and speak about current industry topics. “The experts really explained the nitty-gritty details of what we should know before we leave college,” says Jared Ransom, senior in journalism and mass communication. McDonough hopes to continue these forums by keying in on different topics each semester and keeping attendance high, a benefit for students like Ransom. “The Futures Forum definitely provides a verbal outlet for professionals in the industry to tell us what is going to happen and prepare us for that,” says Ransom. “They are very willing to help. They want us to succeed.”


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Review 2010 Year InClassroom Acomplishments The beauty of journalism? It’s forever evolving. And so, then, is the Greenlee classroom. Check out the newest curriculum choices. By Allison Suesse and Chelsea Davis


ever content to rest on its laurels, the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication continued its pursuit of innovative education in 2010.

Assistant professor Dennis Chamberlin’s Digital Newsroom class, offered spring semester, integrated technological innovations with journalism fundamentals. The course emphasized effective writing with an emphasis on pertinent angles.


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organizations’ productivity and campaign ideas. This past spring, for instance, Haag’s students worked on a campaign against driving distracted, targeted toward high school and college students.

“One of the biggest challenges was that the state legislature was debating the topic the entire semester,” Haag said. Several other Greenlee School courses “We didn’t know if it was going to be immersed students into real-world experiillegal to text and drive or if it was just ences in 2010. Lecturers Beth Haag and going to be a choice.” John Thomas’s public relations courses One group rented a tricycle and set up paired their students with clients such an obstacle course in the Hamilton Hall as the ISU Alumni Association, the back parking lot. Participants were asked Iowa Department of Public Safety and to ride the tricycle while receiving – and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, creatpaying attention – to the text messages. ing proposals on how to improve the

“We looked at representations of each and how they function as communicators,” Bulla said. “We analyzed every day, with the conference realignment, the relationship between athletics and universities and how the president [of the university] makes less than the athletic director.”

Between the two courses, students have had the chance to Skype with Lyn St. James, the second woman to race in the Indy 500, cover the Special Olympics over the summer and debate ethical issues from whether to accept meals at sporting events to the appropriate term to name a Special Olympics athlete.

assistant professor taught students that solid journalism takes precedence.

“People love to listen to other people tell their stories,” Chamberlin said. “I think the students did a great job last spring telling stories through the voices of others.”

For instance, associate professor David Bulla taught two sports-related courses this year: sports communication in society, and sports writing. In the first class, students focused on myriad sports professionals, such as broadcasters, magazine writers and movie makers.

Students looked at what Americans get out of sports and whether the media fosters this image. They also covered the Principal Charity Classic golf tournament in West Des Moines.

“My philosophy is that it’s important that you work on something that’s actually happening”

Elliott Florer, community outreach supervisor for the ISU police, tests out the obstacle course designed by lecturer Beth Haag’s Jl MC 321 (public relations writing) class. The class campaign pointed out the pitfalls of texting while driving. Photo by Beth Haag

From left to right, Kelly Witmer, Laura Eisenman and Wade Juhl (back to camera) of the Sports Communication (Jl MC 497) class cover the PGA Champions Tour Principal Charity Classic at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines. Students were interviewing Ron Keener, who was named volunteer of the year for the Champions Tour in 2009. Photo by David W. Bulla

The goal of the course was to create compelling content for digital media, including the Web and mobile devices. “It’s hard to say what direction it’s [journalism] going to go, but eventually people will be getting their news on things like this,” Chamberlin said while holding up his iPod Touch. The class focused primarily on humaninterest stories, zeroing in on Ames residents as subjects. Students shared

those stories, whose topics ranged from a clairvoyant to a cat that lives in a bike shop, through text, video and sound slide shows.

While the class focused primarily on content, the students recognized keeping up with ever-changing digital media can be daunting.

“It all changes so fast,” Chamberlin said. “It’s not worth obsessing about the technology part.” Instead, the Greenlee

“My philosophy is that it’s important that you work on something that’s actually happening,” Haag said. “Students bring up ideas I never thought about, such as the obstacle course.”

Thomas’ students use focus groups with quantitative and qualitative research to create communication strategies for clients. This fall, they worked with the Alumni Association to persuade graduating seniors to become alumni members. Thomas stressed the importance of creativity and risk-taking in the classroom. “If you don’t like what you’re doing in class, then you should find a new major,” Thomas said. “Creativity is where you get paid.” The problem, Thomas says, is students being lectured to and then regurgitating what they have learned on exams.

“I reward risks more than anything else, even if the student fails,” Thomas said. “If the client doesn’t like the idea but I do, they will still get a good grade.”

Sometimes taking those risks results in gaining new perspectives. The LifeChronicles, a non-profit organization that helps terminally ill patients make videos for their loved ones, contacted Andy Messersmith, Greenlee integrated media technology specialist, for students interested in running cameras for the project. Greenlee students completed two recordings and helped ill patients share their stories. Messersmith said the experience allowed students to use their technical skills for something that involved a human connection – and the students were humbled to embrace the experience.

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Review 2010 Year In Publishing Accomplishments

The presses continue to roll for Greenlee School authors. Read about their 2010 titles.

David Kurns, ‘82 (right), was awarded the James W. Schwartz Award during Homecoming festivities in October, the Greenlee School’s top alumni recognition. Kurns is director of business development for the Meredith Corporation and currently chairman of the Greenlee School Advisory Council. Joining in the celebration were (from left) Steve Kipps; son Dan, an ISU senior; wife Sharon and daughter Anna, an ISU sophomore. Photo by Dennis Chamberlin

By Grace Gardner

2010 has been a prestigious year for Greenlee School publications. Greenlee Director Michael Bugeja wrote new electronic editions for his books, “Guide to Writing Magazine Nonfiction” and “The Art and Craft of Poetry.” Bugeja updated “Guide to Writing Magazine Nonfiction” to center on how to write nonfiction for online magazines. This newly formatted book is integrated with photos taken by Bugeja and his wife, Diane, and can be purchased on the Amazon Kindle store. Along with associate professor Daniela Dimitrova, Bugeja also co-wrote “Vanishing Act: The Erosion of Online Footnotes and Implications for Scholarship in the Digital Age.” Bugeja and Dimitrova, along with the help of Greenlee graduate students, have been researching this topic since 2003.

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences from Louisiana State University. Cozma’s dissertation compares the differences between news coverage of World War II during the Edward R. Murrow era and NPR coverage of the war in Iraq. “I think we need to question history,” Cozma said. “I wanted to test the quality of news during this nostalgic golden age.” Associate professor David Bulla published his second book in August, “Journalism in the Civil War Era,” along with Gregory A. Borchard. This book is the seventh volume in an 11-part series edited by David Copeland. It focuses on the changes made to journalism during the Civil War era that impacted journalism in the 20th century.

“I think our book was very timely because it was the first to address the problem of disappearing footnotes in the area of journalism and communication,” Dimitrova said. “We were one of first research teams to raise a cautionary flag.” Assistant professor Raluca Cozma won national recognition this year for her dissertation, “The Murrow Tradition: What Was It, and Does It Still Live?” Cozma received an honorable mention award in the 2010 AJHA Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize competition and also received the Distinguished Dissertation Award in


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“Up until this point newspapers were synonymous with editors, not reporters.” Bulla said, “After the Civil War, reporting was finally seen as a profession.” Greenlee graduate student Brandie Martin,’08, MS ’10, co-wrote a paper with Professor Eric Abbott on the use of mobile phones by rural Ugandan farmers. Martin traveled to Uganda to learn why these farmers were using mobile phones and how usage was helping business relations in the area. Martin and Abbott’s paper has been published on the UNESCO website, and Iowa State’s Center for Sustainable Rural Living has used this research to benefit its programs in Uganda.

Following the Chamberlin lecture in September, ISU President Gregory Geoffroy unveiled a portrait of the late Robert Bartley, an ISU journalism graduate who went on to become editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal. Bartley received the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 1980 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003. He died in December 2003 at age 66. Admiring the photo, now displayed in Hamilton Hall, are (left) Greenlee School director Michael Bugeja and 2010 Chamberlin Lecturer Paul Gigot. Photo by Dennis Chamberlin

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In Review 2010 YearPromotion/ Tenure/ Recognitions

2010 was another banner year for Greenlee faculty promotion and recognition. Following are the major accomplishments of four of our best.

David Bulla

Barbara Mack

David Bulla remembers thinking 30 years ago about how he wanted eventually to go into academics.

Suman Lee

By Abbey Nekola

Barbara Mack, associate professor and assistant director of the Greenlee School, received two campus recognitions this year. The Greek community awarded her its Faculty Member of the Year, while Student Support Services gave her its annual award.

Faculty member Suman Lee was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor in April. Lee teaches public relations courses for undergraduate and graduate students.

“One student recalled a story in which Barbara actually drove the student to their next class, talking to them about the material she had just taught in order for the student to understand it better. This kind of act stood out,” Ryan Davidson, the vice president of scholarship on Collegiate Panhellenic Council, said.

Lee holds a doctorate in mass communication from Syracuse University. He began at Greenlee in 2004, after finishing his doctorate and master’s in mass communication at San Diego State University in 2001. Before his career in academia, Lee worked as a public relations practitioner at Samsung Life, Co. Ltd., in Seoul, Korea for six years, the largest insurance company in Korea. In his six years at Greenlee, Lee’s research has focused on international public relations and public diplomacy. Lee said he hopes that his promotion will allow him to continue his teaching and research in a meaningful way. “Public relations is applied social science. You have to learn the theories or concepts to rationalize what’s happening in real life,” he said. The next three years are the first of Lee’s steps to meaningful contributions in the scholarly arena. He is beginning to work on a Korean edition of “Effective Public Relations,” a textbook he refers to as the “Bible of P.R.” Lee also will write a book on public diplomacy with a social scientific angle and focus on theory.

Mack received her award at the annual faculty brunch, held in April. Davidson said she and Andrew McPhoto by Laurel Scott Murray, the vice president of scholarship for Inter-Fraternity Council, were looking for professors who pushed the limits of their teaching and engaged students. “Clearly, with five nominations, we couldn’t ignore Barbara’s qualifications to receive the award,” she said. Students also nominated Mack for her “distinguished student support” to win her award from Student Support Services. The program works with students to develop academic skills as well as social skills to help them get a complete experience at Iowa State. Mack, a Des Moines native, has taught at Iowa State for more than 20 years. Previously, she served as legal counsel to the Des Moines Register.


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By Sarah Binder

By Dylan Boyle

By Abbey Nekola

A total of five Greek students nominated Mack for the Faculty Member of the Year Award, citing examples of her going the extra mile to help a student.

Jeff Blevins

After almost 10 years as a sports reporter and editor, a stint as a high school journalism teacher and six years as a journalism professor at Iowa State University, Bulla was granted ISU tenure and promoted to associate professor in May. He also received the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Early Teaching Award.

Any promotion comes with perks. Like working Saturdays. “I spend pretty much all day every day on undergraduate education right now,” said associate professor Jeff Blevins, who was named the Greenlee School’s director of undergraduate education after being promoted to associate professor with tenure last spring.

“I really appreciated that,” Bulla said, adding that it was an honor receiving an award from peers, one that is semi-based off of student evaluations. Bulla’s ISU scholarship has focused mainly on Civil War journalism and how President Abraham Lincoln worked with the press. Bulla’s interest in Lincoln – which he said started after he saw Ken Burn’s “Civil War” – is more than just professional. The North Carolina native said people might think it’s odd that a Southerner like himself would say his favorite president is Lincoln. Yet, he said Lincoln’s leadership during the war makes him the “most important” president in United States history. Bulla’s fascination with Lincoln goes beyond scholarly papers and on panels. For Constitution Day earlier this fall, Bulla even dressed as Honest Abe while discussing the importance of the day with his classes.

Photo by Laurel Scott

The major tasks of this administrative role include working with scholarships and student appeals, but Blevins also has named recruiting and enhancing diversity among his personal goals. Now, he spends his weekends talking to potential students.

Photo by Patty Trom-Bird

The newly appointed associate professor has been speaking on many panels about Civil War journalism recently, including the 2010 Symposium on the 19th Century Press and the Civil War and Freedom of Expression.

Blevins was also named a Fulbright Senior Specialist last year. For five years, he will be listed on an international roster, where any country with a U.S. Embassy will be able to call on him for consulting or research. “It’s a dream come true,” Blevins said, saying that a Fulbright had been one of his personal goals since beginning his doctoral work. He has been contacted by Cairo University, and will travel there for two or more weeks to lecture and research, possibly as soon as spring 2011. “Scholarship is the most essential part of advancement and promotion,” Blevins said, and he continues to be published in journals and hopes to begin focusing on a book soon. “It’s a continuation of all the long hard work that’s been in place since I got here six years ago,” Blevins said.

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2010 Year In Review

Sherry Berghefer

Who’s New at Greenlee?

By Leslie Marshall

Once a student at Iowa State University, Sherry Berghefer is returning to her alma mater as one of the newest lecturers at the Greenlee School. Berghefer received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Iowa State in journalism and mass communication. She has spent her career as a communications specialist and consultant. Most recently she has started her own graphic and web design company. After she received her master’s, Berghefer toyed with the idea of teaching, but it wasn’t until the position at the Greenlee School opened that she jumped at the opportunity to take what she’s learned as a professional and apply it to the classroom. This semester Berghefer is teaching visual principles for mass communicators, a course she is familiar with.

Jill Spiekerman-Carrothers By Leslie Marshall

“Back when I took this class, a lot of it didn’t make sense until I got the actual professional experience with it. Now I try to look back and fill in the gaps of what I thought was missing and try to make it clearer,” said Berghefer.

After spending 20 years managing communication, marketing and public relations programs for both agencies and clients, Jill Spiekerman-Carrothers is slipping into her new role as lecturer.

Since the start of the semester, Berghefer is settling into her new job and is excited to see what the rest of the year brings.

Spiekerman-Carrothers is an accredited public relations professional and is an account director for Martin/ Williams Advertising, working on Pfizer swine and equine accounts. She first became associated with the Greenlee School while working as the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) liaison for the Iowa State chapter.

“I’ve always been the type of person who likes to learn everything. I like that I have the experience, so if students have questions I can relate it to an actual example,” said Berghefer.

“I love working with PRSSA because I’m in the real world, so if they want to know what it’s like they can ask me anytime. I can help them by giving them connections to PRSA people and at least help them get a foot in the door for an interview,” said Spiekerman-Carrothers.

Photo by Laurel Scott

Since beginning her career as a freelance journalist, she has moved on to work in corporate communications and agencies. She is now applying what she’s learned in the real world to the classroom. This semester she is teaching a course on media planning.

So Long To... In 2010, the Greenlee School bid farewell to three valued colleagues:

“I can walk into class and talk about what happens in an agency because I work in an agency every day. I live that professional life. I can give them the information and try to help them figure out what they want to do and find their niche,” said Spiekerman-Carrothers.

By Leslie Marshall Photos by Patty Trom-Bird

Jacob Dekkenga, systems support specialist, now is a systems engineer for Apple Inc. in Sioux Falls, S.D. Chad Harms, assistant professor, moved to the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind., where he works as an associate professional specialist in the Mendoza College of Business. Jacob Groshek, assistant professor, joined the faculty of Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He works as an assistant professor in the media and communication department.

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Greenlee School 101 Their office walls boast international recognitions, book covers and even a Pulitzer Prize. They disburse scholarship money, career advice and communications theories. They edit stories and fine-tune computer systems. They make up Greenlee School’s faculty and staff. And they offer no shortage of opinions on the value of a Hamilton Hall education. If a high school senior from Plymouth, Minn., shows up in your office and wants to know why she should choose ISU, what do you say? Eric Abbott, Professor Iowa State University was established as a “land grant” university, which means an important part of its mission is to train students to meet the current needs of society. That means students who come here get training in practical skills, and often get the chance to work on projects or research focusing on cutting-edge problems of society. Whether it’s a solar car design, biotechnology or new approaches to communication, you can expect to find experts at Iowa State.

Photo taken by Patty Trom-Bird

Sherry Berghefer, Lecturer Because it’s a great place to be. The people are friendly and the coursework challenging, but across the country people still want to hire ISU grads because of the quality of their education and their work ethic. Oh, and the weather’s better here than in Minnesota! Jeff Blevins, Associate Professor/ Director, Undergraduate Education Because the Greenlee School will provide you with a well-rounded education in journalism and communication. By the time you graduate you will possess not only the practical skills for entry into the field, but also the knowledge to fully conceptualize the significance of your role in a civil society.


Kathy Box, Office Manager The Greenlee School gives approximately $100,000 per year in scholarships. Generous alumni and friends provide scholarship funding because they have fond memories of their own experiences at Iowa State. Dennis Chamberlin, Assistant Professor If a student chooses to come to Greenlee we can promise personal attention. Our program is large enough to offer a diversity of experiences and opportunities but still small enough to provide attention and focus for our advisees. We are a group of faculty that care about what we do. Michael Dahlstrom, Assistant Professor First decide what you want out of a degree program. If you want a program that emphasizes student experience, where professors know students by name and welcome them into student communities forged though teamwork and loyalty, consider these schools. If you want a program that emphasizes practical outcomes, where rigorous classwork, integrity and a strong work ethic create professionals ready to

What I Do succeed in the working world, consider these other schools. If you want both, consider Iowa State University. Daniela Dimitrova, Associate Professor The journalism program at ISU is not only one of the oldest in the country, but it offers a perfect blend of theory and practical classes. Students can gain extra-curricular experience through different student-run media organizations, such as the ISU Daily and ISUtv. Dick Doak, Lecturer Employers tell us they prefer to hire Iowa State graduates because students educated here are ready to go to work on Day One. Employability is the bonus that comes with a great Greenlee School education. Joel Geske, Associate Professor Iowa State gives you a great education at one of the most affordable prices in the country. Here in the Greenlee School we really care about teaching AND research so you get cutting edge info from teachers who CARE about teaching. Plus, it’s like living and working in a giant park….it FEELS like a university. Sheng Ly, Media Information Specialist & Systems Analyst Through the Ames 2010 flood, we toiled on making sure everything was ready for you, the student. Like Disney’s Rescue Aid Society, “Through wind and rain and dark of night, we never fail to do what’s right.”

From left: Academic adviser Kalpana Ramgopal, analyst/programmer Sheng Ly, office manager Kathy Box, program assistant Andy Messersmith, account clerk Kim Curell, secretary Becky Irish and internship coordinator Kim McDonough. Inset: academic adviser Lisa Brinkley


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Kim McDonough, Internship Coordinator I think that our reaccreditation is a great selling point for prospective students. It shows that the Greenlee School continues to provide a topnotch, quality education for students in journalism and mass communication. It also shows we prepare them well for their careers. The resources that we offer to students, including

state-of-the- art computer labs and broadcast facilities, set us apart form other universities. I also think we have one of the best journalism and mass communication internship programs in the country. I might be a little biased on that one, though. Andy Messersmith, Integrated Media Technology Specialist Students in our school have exclusive access to a large amount of technology. Through generous donations, sponsorships and grants, we provide a wide variety of cameras, audio recorders and media software for students in seven computer labs and two studio spaces. The equipment is only available to our students in specific Greenlee School courses. Marcia Prior-Miller, Associate Professor Because the Greenlee curriculum is grounded in theory and practice. Faculty are experienced professionals who are also dedicated teachers and scholar-researchers. Students are encouraged throughout their time at the university to gain media experience, both on campus and off. At ISU, students meet many of the media professionals with whom they will work throughout their careers. Kalpana Ramgopal, Academic Adviser Despite budget cuts, students have access to one-on-one advising, small classes and some of the best faculty in the business. Lulu Rodriguez, Professor At a time when format seems to compensate for substance, we still hold content at a premium. Come to the Greenlee School and see how theory is buttressed with practice. Jill Spiekerman-Carrothers, Lecturer I would say that each of the 26 students in my class receives individual attention. I know their

Eric Abbott, Professor

The challenge of my research currently is to understand how new communication technologies, as well as traditional ones, can be used effectively to get communication messages across to intended audiences. In Uganda, with former graduate student Brandie Martin, ‘08, MS ‘10, I am studying how mobile phones can help farmers improve their agricultural production and marketing. In Wisconsin, with graduate student Tammy Enz, I am studying communication channels that help farmers learn about and adopt new soil conservation practices. I also am working with the World Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development on a project in Tajikistan that assesses opportunities and vulnerabilities of farmers due to changes in land laws, agricultural production, environmental change, and climate change. An understanding of how these forces affect farmers is essential if effective communication messages are to be developed to help them. Teaching: the fundamental thing that a journalist does is to identify what an audience might find useful/interesting, get facts and other material needed to report on that useful/interesting topic, organize those facts in an interesting way, and prepare the materials to be delivered in a variety of channels – newspapers, magazines, Web sites, blogs, Facebook, posters, etc. Because of new technologies, the job has gotten more complex, but the fundamentals remain the same. In my classes, students develop their ability to carry out these functions using a variety of media channels.

Sherry Berghefer, Lecturer

As a first-time instructor, I’m bringing years of industry experience to the classroom, presenting textbook information via real-

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Faculty/Staff world experience. When I describe my course as the psychology and application of visual communication theory, it sounds a little dry. When we’re in class watching a YouTube clip (often a clip the students already are familiar with) that demonstrates what I’m talking about, it suddenly becomes much more interesting. For me, it’s not just that the students are exposed to the material, but that they know what the material means to them and how to use it in the future.

Dennis Chamberlin, Assistant Professor, Photo taken by Patty Trom-Bird

My effort is aimed at creating opportunities for students to build a portfolio of work that is focused toward today’s job market. I want them to leave here with a solid foundation in core journalistic skills and values in an up-to-date form of online presentation.

Photo taken by Patty Trom-Bird

Michael Dahlstrom, Assistant Professor

I teach “Science Communication,” where we both practice the writing of science topics for the general public and examine the importance of science communication within American society. My current research continues along these lines as I examine the effects of entertainment media on the perceptions and acceptance of science information.

Jeff Blevins, Associate Professor/ Director of Undergraduate Education

We strive to be state-of-the-art in both theory and practice. For instance, in the media law class I understand that over the past two decades the Internet has arguably redefined public communication, as well as many aspects of society and private life. With its vast number of widely dispersed vendors, viewers, up-loaders, down-loaders, criminals, children, thugs and miscreants, the new territory of the Internet has created heretofore unconsidered legal difficulties. New methods of enforcing copyright and criminal laws, of protecting privacy, First Amendment rights and children, and of preventing harassment and defamation continually are being reshaped. The class provides the necessary background so that students can anticipate where different areas of cyber law are going and the legal challenges they may encounter as communication practitioners. The class also provides a forum for them to explore their rights and responsibilities as communication practitioners in the Internet age.

Michael Bugeja, Director/Professor

I analyze how consumer technology undermines a sense of place. It’s a distracted world. But at Greenlee, students focus, mainly because our teachers hold their attention.


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From left: Associate professor Gang Han, associate professor Marcia Prior-Miller, lecturer Lauren Monahan, professor Lulu Rodriguez and lecturer John Thomas

names. I know where they want to be when they graduate and I’m helping them get there. I take time outside of class to get to know each of my students as individuals. I know the ones who want to be graphic artists, account executives, media buyers and public relations professionals. I work for an advertising/public relations agency everyday so my classroom examples are real life. I’m teaching them about the world I live in. John Thomas, Lecturer Have you ever seen the “great seal” of Iowa State University? It carries the university’s motto: SCIENCE WITH PRACTICE. That is what you can expect here at Iowa State. In the classroom we provide the science, technology and theory along with assignments and internships that make you a more valuable person. There are two benefits of “science with practice”: You get the opportunity to practice your career choice and gain real experience for that first day on the job. Erin Wilgenbusch, Senior Lecturer Ames, Iowa, is a great place to be a college student. As a small city, it’s got all the safety and comfort of home

with all the fun you’d expect from a college town. The Greenlee School, specifically, invites students to think critically and to become a part of the media world that engages them all day every day. Whether you post photos on Flickr, Tweet about what you just saw on campus, or capture and upload video to YouTube, all the world is becoming journalists. Learning to harness the power of those global communication media and use them strategically and ethically is what we’re all about. Every field needs someone who can communicate its message effectively — learn to be that person at Greenlee.

I knew I’d made a difference when… Eric Abbott I believe in transformative learning. At some moments in life, students have transformative moments. Perhaps it’s time to decide on a career direction. Perhaps it’s a special learning moment when suddenly everything becomes clear. Most often, the reason for the moment lies with the student, not the professor. But the professor can realize that this is the moment when

From left: Assistant professor Gang Han, assistant professor Raluca Cozma, assistant professor Michael Dahlstrom and lecturer Jeff Ames

this student can really benefit from advice given, caring and support. What students remember is the hand that helped them when they were down and discouraged. Sherry Berghefer I had a student come up to me after class to tell me that because of the lecture we’d just had, she now knew exactly what she wanted to study in grad school. Jeff Blevins “. . . the first time a student told me that taking my media law course encouraged him to pursue a J.D. Now, I’ve lost count of how many former media law students I have who are now in law school.”

Kathy Box There is nothing better than reading a great thank-you note. I believe that all of us make a difference when an award eases the burden on families and students. It really makes me feel personally connected to the student who puts a little piece of themselves into their thank-you. Diane Bugeja A student contacted me after graduation to say the Greenlee class I taught mattered, and that writing, visual and interpersonal skills honed in the class are used daily in the workspace. Michael Bugeja She received a grant to allow her to spend the summer interning at the Iowa Supreme Court. Dennis Chamberlin When he told me I was a good listener.

Assistant professor Sela Sar and lecturer Sherry Berghefer Photo taken by Laurel Scott

Michael Dahlstrom I knew I’d made a difference in a student’s life when a different student told me she had read about how much I had helped another student on her Facebook.

Daniela Dimitrova, Associate Professor

My research examines how the news media cover conflict events such as wars and executions through the lens of framing theory. I have been particularly interested in investigating what factors lead to different media framing across countries. This cross-cultural research is directly applicable to the courses I offer, especially “World Communication Systems” and “Political Communication.” More recently, I have studied whether digital media such as blogs, online video and social networking sites have an effect on audience cognitions and political engagement.

Dick Doak, Lecturer

As someone who joined the Greenlee faculty after a long career as a professional reporter, writer and editor, I try to re-create the atmosphere of a real, working newsroom in my classes. Students know they are expected to measure up to professional standards, and know they are being coached by someone who has been there, done that. Their “editor” in the classroom (me) probably thinks a lot like the

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Lulu Rodriguez, Professor

My engagement with the development of communication strategies meant to enhance public participation in debates concerning controversial innovations, especially those considered particularly risky, continues this year. In particular, my research efforts seek to assist risk management policies as they relate to the deployment of genetically modified organisms for food, feed and fuel. I also aim to provide communication support to the university’s effort to harness wind energy with the goal of diversifying the country’s energy portfolio and reducing our dependence on nonrenewable sources of power.

editor who will hire them for their first jobs.

Joel Geske, Associate Professor

For the next year or so I will be focusing on diversity issues in my creative activities. I am currently working on a book “Portrayals of Gender and Sexualities in the Media.” It will be a teaching text that stresses theory and shows how the theory is applied with media examples. As I have been teaching many diversity courses over the past few years and am highly involved in diversity issues on the college, university and national levels, this is a natural outgrowth of my teaching and service. I also work with visual information and how people process visual information; this fits well with visual images of diversity that will be in the book. For now, the Physiomedia Lab is down due to the flooding problems.

Marcia Prior-Miller, Associate Professor

First research: Over the years, I have been working to unravel the magazine-types conundrum, both through my research and in the classroom. In 2010, I am moving into the next phase of the research, designed to test a theoretically based typology of magazines. The typology is highly practical in application for students interested in careers in the magazine industry. It is also a tool that will enable students to move forward the frontiers of magazine research. As adviser for Kappa Tau Alpha, the national journalism and mass communication honor society, I have been working with Michael Dahlstrom and Raluca Cozma to bring the society into compliance with Iowa State’s new guidelines for campus organizations. One benefit of this work is access to an interactive database that will better enable us to stay in touch with our KTA alumni. For that we will be requesting alumni KTA members’ current e-mail addresses in the near future.


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Jill Spiekerman-Carrothers, Lecturer From left: Associate professor Joel Geske, professor and associate director Jane Peterson and assistant professor Dennis Chamberlin

Daniela Dimitrova I know I have made a difference in a student’s life when I get an honest “Thank you!” It fills my heart with joy when I get an unexpected e-mail or call thanking me for being tough in the classroom and for teaching skills that really helped them get a job or be successful at their job. Dick Doak I know I might have made a difference in a student’s life when he or she asks for a letter of recommendation.

servers, computer labs, databases and web services kept running behind the scenes. Kim McDonough I knew I’d made a difference in a student’s life when she came into my office jumping up and down because she’d been offered her dream internship. In a lot of cases, students actually tell me about their internships before they call their parents. I love Photo taken by Matthew Sorensen

Joel Geske I saw the proverbial light bulb come on while I was helping them re-arrange items for better eye-flow on an ad. Those are the day-to-day moments that make teaching so wonderful. When you see the student “gets” the concept, you know they will own that knowledge for life. I also get the comment after diversity classes that “I’ll never watch TV or a movie the same way again!”

From left: Associate professor David Bulla, senior lecturer Diane Bugeja, lecturer Richard Doak, lecturer Beth Haag, professor Tom Beell and senior lecturer Erin Wilgenbusch

being able to share that experience with them. Lulu Rodriguez Students show evidence and learn to appreciate that they have somehow contributed to the development of the human potential. Andy Messersmith I know I’m making a difference when I see students I help at Greenlee succeed in a job or internship. I’m fortunate to work hands on with a large number of students, and get to watch them progress and fine-tune

skills with technology in the media. It is gratifying to go online or turn on the TV and see people I know doing quality work both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. That, and the fact I occasionally have delicious cakes, cookies and other unhealthy treats delivered to my office as a thank you! Kalpana Ramgopal What I teach or do stays with them beyond the classroom. John Thomas They graduate and then add me to LinkedIn.

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John Thomas, Lecturer

I try to weave the values of creativity into all of my courses. It is my desire to “reawaken creativity” in every single student and advisee. The most powerful gift I can give a student is awareness of his or her creative responsibility.

Erin Wilgenbusch, Senior Lecturer

Becky Irish When they stay in touch with me after graduation. Sheng Ly Stuff just worked. Like a stealthy cyber-ninja hiding in the trees, the

I’ve been the professional liaison to the ISU PRSSA chapter for 13 years. I am their connection to the Central Iowa PRSA (professional chapter). I help students find internships, jobs, make connections for job shadows, get meeting speakers, attend seminars, arrange agency tours, get informational interviews and network with professionals. I am always there to critique their resumés, review cover letters or help them make connections to professionals or companies.

Professor Eric Abbott and lecturer Jill Spiekerman-Carrothers

From left: Associate professor Barbara Mack, lecturer Angela Hunt, Meredith professional-in-residence Deb Gibson and associate professor Jeff Blevins

In the classroom, and as an adviser to PRSSA here at the Greenlee School, I try to provide students opportunities to interact with professionals and to develop “real world” projects to build a solid portfolio of material. PRSSA also offers numerous networking and skill development opportunities on local, state and national levels through workshops, websites and conferences. 2010 • Greenlee Glimpse


WHY GREENLEE? By Hannnah Gilman and Toni Mortensen Photo by Laurel Scott

Current and former Greenlee School students counsel prospective young journalists on what they have known for some time: Hamilton is where fledgling media professionals discover intellectual awakening, an in-the-trenches work ethic and a passion for delivering the truth.


n times of a shifting industry, members of the Greenlee Advisory Council recently said it has never been more important to realize journalism is very much alive -- not dying, but adapting. “Somebody decided that journalism is dead and there’s no more journalism,” Bill Monroe, ’69, said. “That’s absurd, but nevertheless that’s becoming a reality out there.” Johns Arends, ’77, agreed. “Across the profession of journalism, the whole media landscape is changing incredibly because of the birth of the digital and network worlds,” he said. “How is the profession of journalism affected by this and how is the Greenlee experience meeting the challenge of delivering on that promise?” At the beginning of the 2009-10 school year, the Greenlee Advisory Council met and discussed how to help the school face the challenges all departments are facing in higher education due to budget cuts and economic downturn. “There were questions about who gets what resources all across the board, and there seemed to be a consensus on the Council that if people were more aware of the depth of value the Greenlee experience imparts on their students and the impacts those students have as they go out into the world as journalists, it would heighten the perceived value of the school itself,” Arends said. The Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication ranks among the longest continuously accredited program in the nation. The first agricultural journalism course was taought in 1905, making ISU one of the first programs in the country to offer this specialization. “‘Why Greenlee?’ became the rallying cry [of the “Why Greenlee?” campaign],”


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Arends said. “Why, if I’m a parent, should I be happy that my child has chosen to go to Iowa State and enroll in the Greenlee School? If I were a talented professor, why would I choose to pick an assignment at Greenlee? Why is a prospective hire from Greenlee superior to other graduates from other schools? The purpose for the initiative is to answer that question.” The Greenlee Advisory Council formed the “Why Greenlee?” campaign in an attempt to create an identity for the Greenlee School. By answering the question “Why should you choose Greenlee?” the following were created:

Greenlee’s purpose: “We create people who ensure our civil society is grounded in and guided by the truth.” Greenlee’s mission: “We’re on a mission to equip tomorrow’s journalists, communicators and scholars with the knowledge, skills, values and ideals they need to elevate the profession, defend the First Amendment, and serve communities in Iowa, the nation and world.” Greenlee’s vision: “We have a vision of a world where civil societies are strengthened and guided by the veracity and integrity of news, stories and content created by professional journalists of the highest caliber.”

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According to Arends, the quality that sets Greenlee students apart from other students is their ability to hit the ground running when starting their careers. “They have a deep understanding of the craft of journalism or [how to be] a public relations professional or how to slide into and function as a member of a team at an advertising agency or an editorial staff. The deep understanding of how it works in the real world is a real differentiator,” Arends said. “One remark we heard was other schools talked about why to write and why to communicate. Iowa State seems to deliver how to write and how to communicate.”

“This initiative is not about making up a new slogan, it’s not trying to be creative or clever about what Greenlee is,” Arends said. “It’s really listening to the reality of the experience from a host of alumni and graduates who are hiring and what their impression is of the students.” “Over the last few years we’ve been blown away by the leaps and bounds of progress at Greenlee,” Monroe said. “There’s this fork in the road where it’s never been more important to grow.” Exploring what makes growth among students, faculty and staff possible began by gaining deeper insight into what differentiates the Greenlee School. “Former Greenlee students say they’re glad they chose Iowa State because it gave them a leg up in the workplace,” Monroe said. “They say ‘I’m so much further down the road in terms of experience and knowledge of what needs to be done in my profession and that has really sped up my career path,’ and ‘Iowa State doesn’t just turn you out and forget about you; they are always there if you need them for advice, help, assistance and counseling.’” Sharon Evans Kibiloski, ’98, said Greenlee provided her the perfect educational mix. “It was small enough to where you could get really personalized help and develop relationships with the faculty, yet large enough to give you the types of opportunities you needed to build a résumé.” Lisa Kingsley, ’89, agreed. “The staff had a personal interest in every student,” she said. “I think the intimate way of


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The Greenlee Manifesto promises that the faculty and staff of the Greenlee School will prepare students for a professional life in journalism and communications.

educating and personal attention you got from the staff showed their passion for the craft and journalism in general.” “I really felt like they were pushing us to take what we had and take us to the best we could be,” Michaela Saunders, ’03, said. The type of relationships between faculty and students was an overarching value mentioned by current students and alumni. By setting a goal to align teaching standards and bonds with students among faculty and staff, a platform has been built to spread the strength and the story of the Greenlee School.

“What we are trying to reinforce is this is who we are, this is what we stand for and this is what you’re going to get when you come here. We have a very proud and successful history and we are getting better and stronger,” Dave Kurns, ’82, advisory council chairman, said. “If we don’t have an aggressive, sophisticated, comprehensive strategy to tell our story and our story doesn’t get told, what’s going to happen to our future?” Monroe said. “No stone will be left unturned with getting the word out about Greenlee. We want people to know about us more than they already do.”

ROCKIN’ THE RESUMÉ Like their J-school predecessors, today’s Greenlee students appreciate the value of the E-word. Take a look at how six young Hamilton Hall journalists and advertising professionals are earning that vaunted “experience” one impressive assignment at a time.

JENNIE BUNKOFSKE By Hannah Gilman Jennie Bunkofske said she would live in a box in Queens, N.Y. for the rest of her life if it meant she could work for the artists and repertoire (A&R) division at her dream record label, Fueled by Ramen. “When I was 13, I was on vacation with this girl who was four years older than me and I thought she was super cool,” Bunkofske recalled. “We ran to Target and she said, ‘You need to check out this CD’ and it was Something Corporate’s ‘Leaving Through the Window.’ From the time I heard their first song, I knew music was what I wanted to do.” That album created her passion for music and became her life-support system. “Andrew McMahon is my biggest music inspiration, especially his story with cancer,” Bunkofske said. McMahon, the front man for Something Corporate, survived leukemia. “I lost my dad to cancer when I was 19 and last year my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I wouldn’t be sane if it weren’t for music.” Fast-forward eight years and 21-year-old Bunkofske, a senior in advertising and marketing, has built quite the résumé. She launched her music blog, Too Fine To Be Unsigned, in May 2009. “I was interested in unsigned bands and I had a good ear for music,” Bunkofske said.

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“He mentioned all the companies he had worked for. The one that stuck out was MTV and that’s when it hit me that I could do music. From there, I started talking to people and everything fell into place.” Bunkofske’s ear has taken her far, from booking at Zeke’s, an Ames venue, to working at record labels such as Authentic Records in Des Moines and Doghouse Records in New York City. Bunkofske never thought her dreams were attainable, however, until she sat in on an advertising class with Greenlee associate professor Jay Newell.

“Music is who she is,” Bunkofske’s best friend Eva Morales said. “It’s what she wants to do and I have no doubt she’ll make it.” Bunkofske is due to graduate in May 2012; she plans to pursue a career in A&R, scouting new talent and overseeing the direction of up-and-coming bands.

“He mentioned all the companies he had worked for,” Bunkofske said. “The one that stuck out was MTV and that’s when it hit me that I could do music. From there, I started talking to people and everything fell into place.” For Bunkofske, everything “falling into place” meant using every resource she could find. “Everything I’ve done has been me asking if I can do it. Nothing has been asked of me.” “Jennie’s doing things a one-woman record company would do and she’s doing it with the tools around her,” Newell said. “She’s not waiting to get to the big city. She’s working with what she has right here in Ames, Iowa.”

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JESSIE OPOIEN By Kelsey Jacobs

With Jessie Opoien’s long dark hair and flair for fashion, one wouldn’t think she could be described as duck-like. But that’s how Barbara Mack, associate professor at the Greenlee School, depicts the ISU junior. “Jessie is duck-like in that everything is smooth on the surface,” said Mack, “but everything is always working really hard underneath [the water].”

The calm-factor comes in handy, as Opoien constantly deals with stressful situations as editor in chief of the Iowa State Daily. Situations like this summer’s floods in Ames, or the discovery of a missing student’s body last spring when she was news editor. Mark Witherspoon, Daily adviser, described the day the body was found. “When you have that excitement going on of covering a huge story, you need somebody there who’s going to be calm and cool in the eye of the storm, and that’s what Jessie is.”

“You need somebody there who’s going to be calm and cool in the eye of the storm, and that’s what Jessie is.” Opoien, who hails from Wisconsin, hates bad grammar and improper word usage. She likes to dress up when she has time and she’s a total news junkie. She loves the “Colbert Report” and CNN. Besides landing the Daily helm a year ahead of when she’d planned, Opoien met another goal when she interned for CNN’s money unit in New York City this summer. She said her experiences from the Daily put her ahead at CNN. “The other girl who was interning with me really had no journalism experience,” said Opoien. “She got stuck doing the grunt work, whereas they started to trust me to call up sources and interview them.” Opoien thinks her experiences at the Greenlee School (like being named the recipient of both the 2010 Hugh Sidey Scholarship and the Scripps-Howard Fellowship) have given her opportunity to succeed. With her professionalism, sense of humor and unique “duck-like” capabilities, others think she is destined for success as well. “There is no doubt that she has done everything you hope a student will do in order to maximize the benefit of a college education,” Mack said. “I love working with students who are equally focused on professional development and scholarly development, and Jessie does both of those.”


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TYLER KINGKADE By Lauren Frandsen

The green slip of paper Tyler Kingkade pulled from his pocket was crumpled and wearing thin. Although it was only 11 a.m, the list clearly had been referred to numerous times since being snatched up from its “do-not-forget” spot alongside Kingkade’s keys and Blackberry on Kingkade’s way out the door this morning. Although he estimates he’s landed a “couple hundred” published pieces in sources ranging from the Iowa State Daily and Ethos Magazine to KCCI and The Huffington Post, the little crumpled “to-do” list in Tyler Kingkade’s pocket is always growing. At Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Kingkade (voted most opinionated by his peers) served as editor in chief for the school’s newspaper. Copies of ISU’s Ethos magazine were sent to the school and caught Kingkade’s attention. “I loved it, there was a lot of goofy stuff,” Kingkade said. “I was always more into magazines than newspapers.” But there was a still a rival for his focus on school -- his band, Finding the Warren, in which Kingkade played lead guitar. “In Jl MC 110,” Kingkade recalls, “when they were talking about internships, and how you had to get one, I just kept thinking ‘I want my band to take off so I never have to do this.’” But eventually, he left the band. And that’s when journalism finally gained all his attention. “I signed up for everything I could,” Kingkade said. “I figured I just got out of a band, I know everything there is to know about music, so I went to The Daily and got hired there to cover music.” He continued writing entertainment pieces for Ethos and eventually moved up to manag-

ing editor—a position that prepared him to take over as the magazine’s editor-inchief this year. When the Huffington Post advertised for contributions from college reporters, Kingkade eagerly applied. On a conference call later with the rest of the selected team, “It was so cool,” Kingkade recalled. “Everyone was chiming in where they’re from: so-and-so from Yale, so-and-so from Harvard, so-and-so from UCLA. And I’m like, ‘I’m from Iowa State, have you heard of us?’”

“It was so cool. Everyone was chiming in where they’re from: so-and-so from Yale, so-and-so from Harvard, so-and-so from UCLA. And I’m like, ‘I’m from Iowa State, have you heard of us?’” An internship at KCCI-TV in Des Moines this past summer put Kingkade in front of the camera and gave him an opportunity to report on politics and interact with politicians in Des Moines. “I’m

obsessed with politics,” Kingkade said. “It was such a great experience.” Kingkade hopes to find a job that will pay enough to get rid of his student loan debt. But more importantly, he wants to keep writing. “I’m not someone who buys into the whole ‘print is dead’ blanket statement,” Kingkade said. “But I never really want to work for a newspaper. I’d rather work for a large website like the Huffington Post or someplace like the Des Moines Register that has an online component.” The NPR-obsessed Kingkade loves “This American Life” and also admits to a “secret aspiration to do radio.” On another list, one for long-term goals, Kingkade has written: contribute to “a few” magazines, namely, Esquire, Rolling Stone and Time. Contribute to “This American Life.” Write a book. Make a documentary. So how does he manage all these lists? “I don’t know how I have time to sleep,” Kingkade laughs. “And I’m living off student loans because I don’t have time for a job. I get $8 an article from the Daily and that pays maybe for a tank of gas every other week. I’m just rolling with whatever’s out there. I don’t really have a set path.” But he does have a list. And it seems to have gotten him pretty far.

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By Toni Mortensen

Josh Larson’s craving for involvement was jump-started when he joined the ISU marching band his freshman year. “You have four years to go do as much as you can,” the Webster City, Iowa, native said. “You’ll never be here in the same situation around 26,000 other people your own age. I mean, it’s just an amazing opportunity.”

every day,” Larson admitted. “… if I have a huge four- hour chunk of time, I feel lazy.”

Focused on producing, Larson worked the studio’s late shift—1 a.m to 7 a.m.—“just for fun.”

If he isn’t conducting Iowa State’s marching band (Larson was one of three drum majors this fall), he can be found producing for ISUtv, volunteering with Kappa Kappa Psi (a music fraternity) or helping fellow fraternity brothers of Beta Theta Pi. Ultimately, his days are packed. “I basically have every single hour filled up with stuff

Larson’s involvement includes leadership roles producing and managing at ISUtv, experience that helped him land an internship at KCCI-TV this summer. “He had a lot of experience walking in the door, and I think that showed. He wasn’t intimidated by anything at all,” said Kevin Cooney, KCCI news anchor.

“It takes a special person to stay up that late, and even if he was tired you could tell he was really excited to learn and be here. He always has a smile and is always ready to jump in and do whatever is asked of him,” said Hillari Duthoo, KCCI producer. After graduation, Larson plans to work at a television station in the Midwest.


talked to people who had lost everything within a day,” said Speck. “It’s hard to interview people on the worst day of their lives. When they are nice enough to talk to you and let you in, that’s what makes this job enjoyable. It was an experience that reassured me why I wanted to do this.”

By Leslie Marshall

As a Des Moines native, Addison Speck grew up watching Cynthia Fodor, Steve Karlin and Kevin Cooney on KCCI-TV. Today, a senior double majoring in journalism and mass communication and speech communications, Speck is working alongside those same veteran reporters. Speck joined the news team as an intern in June, participating in a three-part program designed to give students an overview of the broadcast industry and assist them in honing in on a particular interest. By the end of her internship Speck had secured a part-time position as an on-air general assignment reporter. “We’ve been able to watch her grow and develop as a journalist. We can send her out on any assignment and trust that she will have a solid story put together,” said Kevin Cooney, ‘74, KCCI news anchor and internship supervisor. “I can only


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think of one other intern in the past five years that has been given an on-air paid position. You don’t make it on air unless you’ve earned it.” Speck entered the field not knowing what to expect. She first began covering light, human-interest pieces, but was soon thrust into the realm of hard news. “The most touching story I covered was when Des Moines flooded this summer. I

Alongside with her position at KCCI, Speck remains active in campus organizations. She can be seen cheering on the sidelines at football, volleyball and basketball games. This will be her third year as a member of the all-girl cheer squad at Iowa State. Speck is also involved in ISUtv as the recruitment manager, and she is the president of the ISU Broadcast Club. “It definitely gets stressful -- there are nights when I don’t get as much sleep as I would like and some days when I run off caffeine, but I wouldn’t change it for anything,” said Speck. “I enjoy everything I’m involved in and I wouldn’t want to cut one thing or miss out on an opportunity just for an [extra] hour or two of sleep.”

“I am not a quitter,” Kristin Merchant reminded herself as she took a deep breath and stared at the seemingly neverending Excel document that contained 15,000 names. It was the first day of her internship at ISU Extension Conference Planning and Management, and she already felt overwhelmed. “I can never say no to anything I know is going to provide me with a valuable experience,” Merchant said, and she started to tackle the list. After more than a year and a half, what was once intimidating for Merchant is now “second nature.”

experience many different cultures in Ames without ever going abroad. “I’ve met people from all over the world,” Merchant said. “If I go down to the airport to pick up someone that’s traveling to Ames, I have a 45-minute car ride where I can pick their brain.” It’s even provided her with learning opportunities in different fields. “I’ve gotten exposed to a lot of engineering stuff that I never thought I’d know about,” she said. “It’s been a really cool experience.” Along with her dedicated work for ISU Extension, Merchant also has worked with Trend magazine as its director of events. In that position she planned and executed new events for the magazine including a runway show during the intermission of a Cyclone hockey game. She also sits as

secretary on the Daily publication board where she’s “hit the business aspect” of public relations and is an active member of her sorority, Chi Omega. “It’s been a whirlwind,” Merchant said. “I have dipped my toes into so many different things because public relations is vast—there are so many different things involved with it, so I’ve tried to get each side.” She will be graduating in December (a semester early) and hopes to put her PR skills to use outside of Iowa for a while. “Greenlee has given me the tools and the building blocks that I can apply to the real world,” Merchant said. “I am confident I can go into the business world in December and do a job correctly.”

Walking in each morning with her Starbucks in hand, Merchant reports to her boss never knowing what her tasks for that day will include. One day could involve coordinating transportation for 200 people visiting Ames; the next could be creating signage or handouts for the event. “I’ve never had a day that was the same,” she recalls. Merchant thrives on the stress that comes with planning large-scale events, so it’s no surprise that the Odyssey of the Mind world finals, which brought thousands of people to Ames, was one of her favorite events to plan. “Stressful situations are my thing,” Merchant said. “Put me in them and I’ll succeed.” Last summer, the Ames Town and Gown event, which showcases the relationship between ISU and Ames, provided Merchant with the opportunity to meet people from different universities all over the country. Her time spent working with ISU Extension Conference Planning and Management has allowed her to

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In The Market for Media Types The Greenlee School is scouting out the next Hugh Sidey. Or maybe the next Tom Knudson, or Don Arends, or Christine Romans. See how Hamilton Hall is recruiting its newest inhabitants. Written by Lauren Frandsen with reporting from Kelsey Jacobs and Leslie Marshall

Iowa State Daily adviser Mark Witherspoon (third from right) conducts a tour of the Daily newsroom for prospective Greenlee School students and their parents in November. Photo by Andy Messersmith


n the Greenlee School, “We make you wear two hats,” said Dr. Jeffrey Blevins, “a hard hat and a thinking hat.” Blevins, a Greenlee associate professor and director of undergraduate education, believes these two hats equip Greenlee students with not only the skill set required for success, but also an understanding of “the institutional role of journalism and media in a civil society.”

With an overall 2.1 percent increase in the retention rate of Iowa State students this fall, it seems the dual-hat trend is a fashion statement that’s catching on. But any fad must prove itself timeless, and Blevins understands that to keep the Greenlee School in style, more people must adopt it.

Another trend sparking an interest in the Greenlee School is the emphasis on athletics. “Sports media is a very big business right now,” Blevins said. But he worries that by being so narrow in focus, some may overlook what Greenlee can offer them. Blevins conducts an in-class survey to gauge students’ interests before assigning groups for projects. “Most people put down sports broadcast, sports journalism, sports marketing, sports promotions, sports information. We have courses here that would definitely apply to someone who wants to work in that area. It just makes me wonder how aware are they? We might have more students who would be majors if that were made a little clearer to them.”

After realizing this tendency, Blevins started working closely A major Greenlee School goal in 2011 is to increase undergradwith the athletics department on campus and forming a relationuate enrollment from the current 750 students to 800. “My part ship so that when athletic recruits are shown around Iowa State, in the recruiting puzzle is to focus on those students who are “the Greenlee School is a natural, inevitable stop on their visit so here and get a little more promotion about what they do here and that they are aware of our courses and curriculum,” Blevins said. how that can help them get where they need to go,” Blevins said. “It’s important for those students to be aware of the resources Now more than ever, it’s clear what Greenlee classes have to that we have here and how our curriculum can take them where offer students in other majors across campus. Blevins cites they want to go,” Blevins said. Media Law, for example, “would classes such as Media Law and Media Ethics as valuable for any be a great benefit to any of those who want to do sports broadstudent. “Mass communication and electronic media are big casting or sports journalism. Libel, copyright, those things don’t business now and everyone, I think, is just interested in media,” go away. And you don’t need a separate course that is ‘Copyhe said. “Whether or not they want to be practitioners is beside right Law for Sports Journalists;’ you know its basic principles the point. Even if someone doesn’t go on to be a practitioner, that can be applied across platforms and that’s a harder message we’re all going to be consumers of mediated products, whether to get out.” it’s social networking sites, television, journalism. We all consume those things, so why not be an educated and media-literate, Marc Harding, ISU director of admissions, is also looking for more ways to direct students to the area that best suits them and media-savvy consumer?”


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increase recruitment. “Bottom line is if we misrepresent the university on a pretense that didn’t exist, then they leave. Fit is very important,” he said. “We take it seriously and want to retain our students.”

most effective means to attracting new students. “People are getting more used to doing their own information fact checking,” he said. But he also reiterates the importance of that good oldfashioned technique of spreading Greenlee’s goodness by word of mouth. “The best kind of recommendation you can get from anything is from a friend or acquaintance whom you admire and respect who says, ‘Hey, I’m taking this class and we talked about this today’ or ‘Hey, have you considered this?’” There’s plenty of evidence to support this theory. Madison Mayberry, who graduated from the Greenlee School in December 2009, works for Meredith Integrated Marketing in Des Moines. Mayberry’s sorority friend introduced her to the Greenlee School. “She was in public relations and she loved her major. She couldn’t speak highly enough about it,” Mayberry said. “So I was a little naïve and said, ‘Heck, that sounds good to me, I’ll do it, too,” and switched her major from business to journalism. As the oldest continuously accredited journalism program in the state and one of the top U.S. research programs, Greenlee has the reputation to back up its name. But its greatest selling point for students is the numerous publications that offer real-world experience right on campus. “I think what really helped me at the Greenlee School is that they give you lots of opportunities to get work published quickly,” Mayberry said. “The Daily allows you to write a whole bunch of stories. Then publications like Ethos and Trend give you beautiful, glossy copies that look awesome in your portfolio and allow you to manage editorial staff if that’s what you want to do to move your way up through the publications.”

One of the greatest resources available to help recruitment, Harding believes, is technology. “We’re using social media— Facebook and Twitter accounts,” Harding said. “It is a big change to the admissions world. Technology will play an increasing role in our ability to build and engage in relationships with students.” But while technology is certainly an asset, learning how to convert the recruitment process to a digital world creates new challenges. “We need to figure out the benefits of social media and how much resources to put in it,” Harding said. “When you’re trying to reach out to students, you want to be where they are and they’re now all over the place.” Blevins is all about harnessing the benefits of technology. He said he thinks the use of a well-designed website that allows people to explore the Greenlee program for themselves is one of the simplest and

Madison Mayberry, ‘09

Abby Gilman, a freshman in pre-journalism, is already involved with Trend magazine as its photo assistant and also shoots photos for the Daily. “I kind of wanted to be involved in different things,” she said. “I’m doing newspaper and magazine because I don’t really know what I want to do yet.” Getting experience in student media is something Gilman highly values. “You take classes but it’s more just learning about it, it’s not actually doing it,” she said. “It’s a lot different to be involved. It helps you figure out what you’re good at and what you should be doing.”

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Assisting in the Greenlee School’s recruitment mission is Iowa State’s new approach to university acceptance. High school seniors applying online to Iowa State who meet freshmen admissions requirements can learn in 48 hours if they’ve been accepted. Photos by Matthew Sorensen

resume; obviously [future employers] will want you to be from a stronger school.”

Blevins emphasizes that students both want and need these experiences. “If you didn’t have those kinds of resources available, you’re going to have a very difficult time attracting students,” he said. With all of the Greenlee publications and clubs—the Daily, Ethos, Trent, Uhuru, I-State news, ISUtv -- “it’s all students and production. You see that students are involved, they’re the writers, they’re the editors,” Blevins said. Students can see ‘I’m not going to have to wait in line, I’m going to hit the ground running.’ And I think that’s the best way to learn.”

And keeping the school’s prestige depends on finding new students to fill the classrooms and soak up the knowledge of Greenlee’s experienced professors. One way to accomplish that is through the university’s legacy program, aimed at recruiting descendants of alumni. “There is a group of alumni that have a role in helping with the recruitment process,” Harding said. “They are really important when it comes to going out and spreading the word about Iowa State.”

With all it has to offer its students, the Greenlee School remains the largest program in the largest college at Iowa State, despite the fact that many other journalism programs across the nation are struggling with both enrollment and curriculum issues.

The Greenlee School is depending on its graduates to do the same. Alumni should be invested in recruiting students back into the Greenlee School, according to Blevins. “If you get your degree from the University of Missouri or the University of Colorado and that journalism school goes away, your degree is worth a lot less now,” he said. “People are going to think ‘Gee, that must have been a pretty shaky program.’ They’re going to question your skills, whereas if you come from a strong, nationally reputed program, that’s going to give you a leg up in the entry level and bolster your credentials as well.” So for alumni, ”there is very much a personal interest.”

“Students obviously realize they’re getting something valuable in their coursework and their interaction here, and the success that our alumni have had has been outstanding,” Blevins said. “We have very nationally and internationally visible graduates and that speaks volumes about what we do here.” “I felt really great [graduating from the Greenlee School.] There were many things I could put on my resumé, like the fact the Iowa State Daily got a number of accolades while I was working on it and the fact that the Greenlee School is accredited and has such a history behind it,” Mayberry said. She credits her success at obtaining a job right out of school to the opportunities she had while in it. “One might not think Iowa State and immediately think journalism, but people within the industry are very familiar with the Greenlee School and know its history,” she said. The professional credentials and acumen of Greenlee alumni make them the best ambassadors for the program. “When they do speaking engagements or just when they interact with folks in the course of their profession, that’s the greatest endorsement of all,” Blevins said. “I think it’s important to have a good college that is strong and well-known,” Mayberry said. “It will help if you have it on your


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Greenlee freshman Abby Gilman of Cedar Rapids

With support from alumni, the Greenlee School can continue to make sure students are dressed for success—with two hats. With one, “you’re going to be a good practitioner,” Blevins said. “You’re going to have those things to get that entry level job and be well-prepared in that regard.” And with the second, students will understand the significance of journalism within the larger framework of society. “You’ll go down and get the police report yourself rather than relying on a secondary source,” Blevins said. “Not because you think it’s not beneath you, but because you know that it might mean the difference between the truth and a lie, between the justice and the miscarriage of justice.” Leaving the Greenlee School, “you’re going to be versed in both theory and practice. And that is significant. I don’t think every program offers that.”

Beyond the Books

Outside the classroom, Greenlee School students pursue the profession through a bevy of organizations. Take a look at their 2010 itineraries. Broadcast Club -Visited KCCI News Channel 8 in Des Moines -Hosted guest speakers such as Caitlin Coyner, former KCCI-TV morning anchor and Dan Winters, ’03, a reporter/anchor for WHO-TV, both in Des Moines Public Relations Student Society of America -Visited two Chicago public relations agencies and an event-planning firm -Participated in the National Organ Donor Awareness Competition, whose goal is to raise awareness for organ donation -Hosted guest speaker Katie Charter, who belonged to PRSSA at the University of Northern Iowa when UNI won chapter of the year Society of Professional Journalists -Attended Society of Professional Journalists regional convention in Omaha for professional and college journalists that included workshops, guest speakers and social events that facilitated networking -Helped organize and sponsor First Amendment Day in April Ad Club -Fifteen members traveled to Chicago to visit advertising agencies EWS Partners, Digitas, Laughlin Constable and Cramer-Krassel. -Former ISU Ad Club president Kathleen Finnerty Riessen, ’04, was president of the Des Moines Ad Cub when it was named the 2009-10 American Advertising Federation’s Division Three Riessen Chapter of the Year. Riessen is the director for partner/client services at Measured Intentions in Des Moines.

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Care and Keeping of Greenlee

Tough economic times + digital deluge = the need for new dollars By Ryne Dittmer As Iowa State University continues to feel the strains of a challenging economic climate, the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication has seen its own share of budgetary constraints.

In order to make sure that pinch does not become a punch, the Greenlee School is organizing a new fundraising push for the school’s programs and students.

“This program has proven its success and now needs to be bumped up to the next level,” Greenlee said. “This newest journalism wave is all about technology, and that costs money. Today, our students need training in both journalism practices and utilizing the technology.” Although the school has remained one of the region’s best, Greenlee students and professors have felt the strains of the recent economic crunch. For the past three years professors have had no raises while raising the bar on achievements. On a positive note, this past year the school increased professional development to


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Relying on alumni donations has not been a problem for the Greenlee School in the past. Nearly 60 percent of the program’s alumni donate to the school. In comparison, only 40 percent of all Iowa State graduates donate to their respective departments. “There’s always been a terrific legacy of the alumni supporting the school, and the gifts that have come in have always played a vital role in supplementing what the school can do for the journalism and mass communication majors,” said Arends. “They in turn, because of the quality of that experience, are some of the most loyal and dependable donors in the university.”

“Over the past three to four years, we’ve seen a 25 percent budget cut,” Michael Bugeja, director of the Greenlee School, said. “The school has been able to adjust for that cut. Essentially, this year, despite the budget cuts, we are operating fairly normally, but next year we will start to feel the pinch.”

Diane (Gawne) Greenlee, ‘66, once again is playing a key role in leading the School’s fund-raising efforts. Like other key alumni, Greenlee wants to reinvigorate graduates and friends to give.

“There is not a specific target. We will find out what donors are interested in supporting and match that with our needs,” said Bugeja.

ISU alumna and Coloradoan Diane Greenlee (foreground, left) hosted a “thank you” reception for Greenlee faculty and staff in October. Greenlee spoke to attendees about the need for continued j-school fund raising. Those in attendance included senior lecturer Diane Bugeja (back to camera) and (in background) Jane Peterson, Kathy Box and Greenlee Advisory Council president Dave Kurns. Photo by Dennis Chamberlin

each faculty member to $1,700, up from as low as $1,000 in 2009. Facing these new budgetary challenges has required the Greenlee School to take a unique and proactive approach to finding solutions. Answering the initial question of “Why Greenlee?” has developed into a three-step initiative that seeks to explore the identity of the Greenlee School and the Greenlee experience; align the school’s mission, vision and purpose; and finally, engage the school’s stakeholders as part of a unified program. A majority of the preliminary work focused on telling the story of the Greenlee School, spearheaded by Greenlee Advisory Council member John Arends, ’77.

“I’ve been part of the Advisory Council for the department, under the leadership of Dave Kurns,” Arends said. “Dave has asked several of us to help unify the telling of the Greenlee [School] story and in one accurate voice, just how special Greenlee is.” Still in its early stages, the fund-raising effort is developing its identity. “We’re working towards a comprehensive, well-thought-out fundraising effort. I’m not going to call it a campaign yet, because we aren’t there yet. It’s basement level,” Diane Greenlee said. A secondary part of the new push is defining the targeted audience of donors and supporters and how to channel their support to address the school.

Currently, the strategic plan is finalizing input from the school’s stakeholders and preparing to tell the story across a number of platforms. According to Arends, the first visible signs of the fundraising effort will begin to appear on the Web and in print materials this coming spring and summer. Once initiated, the push will seek to share the story of the Greenlee School and its importance with alumni and friends across the country. “A journalism program is so critically important [to a university],” Greenlee said, “because that’s how its stories get told.”

Two of the industry’s most creative have joined the Greenlee School Advisory Council. By Julianne Hamil Multi-tasking is an art for Lynn Manternach, the president of MindFire Communications in Cedar Rapids and columnist for the Corridor Business Journal. Alongside her daily work of building brand loyalty through creatively connecting consumers to products, she also is a member of the Professional Advisory Board for Journalism at the University of Iowa, and recently joined the Greenlee School’s Advisory Council. “I wanted to be a part of the Advisory Council to influence students and to provide a voice to best prepare them for life in the real world,” Manternach said. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and American studies from the University of Iowa. She also holds a journalism master’s and doctoral degrees from Iowa State. Manternach gained professional experience in advertising, market research, broadcast journalism and teaching. Today, she is the “brand arsonist” at MindFire Communications where daily she “sparks the fire” of brand loyalty. Based on her background in research, Manternach counsels clients about their constituents’ attitudes and behaviors. “Do what you are passionate about and you will be successful,” said Manternach. Manternach is married to Tim Wigans and has a son, Conner, who is a freshman in high school. With more than 30 years experience in communications management, business, government and education, Barbara Riedesel Iverson, ’76, today serves as the president of Weber Shandwick’s financial services industry practice group in Minneapolis. This financial whiz was the architect of the “Go Direct” campaign, used by the U.S. Treasury to encourage direct deposit for Social Security checks. For projects such as this, Iverson was named a “trailblazer in financial services” by PRWeek, the public relations industry’s primary trade journal. Iverson joins the Advisory Council because “I’d love nothing more than to give back, to help support the future of journalism education,” she said. Iverson is married and the mother of two, a daughter who also works in journalism and marketing and a son who is a commercial photographer in New York City.

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Class Notes Former Faculty J. W. Schwartz, ‘40, MS ‘60 Our extended family grew by one great-grandson this May when Cooper J. Napier was born to our granddaughter, Jaclyn, and her husband, Chris. That brings to six the number of great-grandchildren in a clan that also includes five grandchildren, a granddaughter-in-law and grandson-in-law, our two sons and two daughters-inlaw. It’s a remarkable collection of personalities (all way above average!), and we enjoy them all. Latest in the group to clear an academic hurdle was grandson Colin, who was graduated from Temple Law School and at this writing is testing the job market. Toni and I made a quick three-day trip to the lake last spring, a visit that validated our belief that we’d be wiser to spend the summer season at our Edina apartment, closer to any needed services and much less challenging to our personal energy supply. So that’s what we did. I grieve over the loss of two great friends and colleagues: Jack Shelley and Dick Disney. Each in his own way contributed mightily to our journalism program and inspired hundreds of loyal supporters who continue to practice the high level of professionalism they were taught by these two exceptional individuals. It’s hard to let such fine people go, and especially when personal ties were as close as these. One final thought: Congratulations to Michael Bugeja, the school faculty and the students for their many professional and scholarly accomplishments this past year. Well done! Jim Schwartz, professor emeritus. 7500 York Ave. So., #437, Edina, MN 55435 Steve, MS ‘70, and Elizabeth (Strand) Coon, ‘67 We begin with news of family, which we realize as we grow older really is our more important and cherished experience. Our son, Scot, and his wife, Gina, continue to do well in Oakland, Calif. They bought their first house and are enjoying all the adventures that accompany home ownership. Scott is a mathematical analyst for a hedge fund and Gina teaches middle school and is adviser to the school’s Shakespeare Club. Daughter Stephanie and her spouse Chris (see Chris Bunce, ‘92) still live and work in Lenexa, Kan. Stephanie has finished her second young adult novel, “Starcrossed,”


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that is scheduled for release in October ‘10. Her pen name is Elizabeth C. Bunce. Chris continues as vice president for a telecommunications company. And the two of them are still keeping loving eyes on their nine dogs. We divided our time between long-postponed home improvement projects and traveling. It’s time to upgrade some appliances and -- thanks to Uncle Sam’s tax credits -- we’re replacing the furnace and air conditioner. Not exactly how we’d like spending some of our retirement funds. Meanwhile, one of Steve’s workshops allowed both of us to return to Ecuador where we spent the summer of ‘84 on a Fulbright lectureship. It was a wonderful time renewing friendships as well as seeing new and familiar sights. Steve’s workshops also took him to Venezuela, Guatemala, Jordan and Kosovo. He’s now ready for a long stay at home. Beth returned to some furniture refinishing projects. She says she doesn’t want to do anything as challenging as when she worked full time in her shop, The Finishing Touch. But our garage has taken on a suspiciously workshop-like atmosphere. Robert Crom, ‘50 Still living on Ten Mile Lake where we see a fair number of Iowa Staters, especially during the summer. 5195 Chokecherry Trl NW, Hackensack, MN 56542. Wayne P. Davis, MS ‘88, former faculty 1988-98 I became a great-grandfather in June, so I can claim four generations of Davis males. Wanna see a photo? William Thomas (Will) is a charmer! 1003 Kennedy St., Ames, IA 50010 Tom Emmerson Linda and I managed to return to Iowa in December, just after a horrible snow storm --- and it stayed that way for almost two months. It was truly treacherous –bad enough to persuade us to delay our London trip in 2010 until mid-October, so we wouldn’t have to return to Iowa until Jan. 31, 2011. Meanwhile, we had another happy time in London with side trips to Greece, Spain and Switzerland. Back home, Linda took a major spill off a bicycle going down a hill in San Francisco on 25 April while riding with two old college chums. (At least she was wearing a helmet.) But she is on the mend and can resume her paper cutting (but playing tennis and golf are still dodgy). Meanwhile, the August floods in Ames left us with 4 inches of water in parts of our basement. What a bother. Let’s hope Iowa State decides

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Jack, ‘70, and Liz Brimeyer catch up with Willie and Bill Kunerth in June.

to relocate Hilton to Mortensen Road or, better yet, contributes to construction of a series of dams north of town. I manage to exercise fairly regularly and haven’t lost too much control of the appetite. Ditto for Linda, so we don’t have any real complaints. We love hearing from/see old friends and former students (who are also friends). As for offspring: Dan and three sons are still in Eureka, Mo., Hilary and spouse Marcus are in New Zealand, while our youngest, Jonathan, is bar manager of the Hard Rock Café in Denver. 630 Ridgewood Ave., Ames, Iowa 50010. Karl Friederich After living in Ames since 1967 when Karl joined the department, Teresa and Karl Friederich decided to call it quits and find a more appropriate climate in a southern state. We moved into our 2-bedroom apartment Dec.1, 2009, and have enjoyed living in a retirement community that caters to all our needs. It’s really nice not to have to shovel snow, mow the grass, etc. We both miss our friends in Ames and are in the process of making new ones. One of our daughters, Barbara, lives with her family in Columbus. We get lots of visits from her and her husband along with grandchildren and even greatgrands. Most of our kids have visited us in our new digs and have approved of our choice. Karl would love to hear from former students and faculty. Our new address is: 100 Spring Harbor Dr., Apt. 245, Columbus GA 31904. (706) 507-3998 (home); (515) 520-2450 (cell) M. La Rue Pollard, former faculty 1966-86 Retirement continues. Still healthy, active, arguing as usual. 1875 Mission Hills Dr, Las Cruces, NM 88005

Willie and I were delighted to briefly host several ISU journalism grads who found themselves in the vicinity of the Black Hills this summer—Bob and Mary Ann LeMay, Jack and Liz Brimeyer, Warren and Mary Riedesel, and Chris and Caralee Adams and their family. It was most refreshing to reminisce with them about the days in the Press Building and their impressive accomplishments since then. Also heard from a bunch of old grads and compadres after writing an obit-feature piece for the Des Moines Register on Don Smith, controversial hippie student president of ISU, back in the activist days. My entrée to the Register was achieved through Rox Laird, ISU grad who is on the editorial staff. And was surprised and pleased to hear from Vicki Shannon, onetime editor of the Daily, after a couple of decades. Willie and I are hanging in there, reasonably well, for a couple of octogenarians. I’ve been selected to participate in an honor flight of South Dakota WWII vets to Washington, D.C., to visit the WWII memorial. May be able to see and trade lies with some j-grads in the D.C. area during my stay. Had a great family reunion at Lake Okoboji to celebrate son Jeff ’s receiving a master’s degree from Goucher College in Baltimore. Son John came along to the ranch to fix a few miles of fence. Bill is still publishing an excellent community daily, the Idaho State Journal, in Pocatello. And our daughter, Myla, and her husband have moved to Riverton, Wyo., where he is principal in a Catholic high school. Appreciate Michael Bugeja’s efforts to maintain top-quality journalism education at ISU and to publicly monitor and critique the impacts of the cyber world. Dick Disney’s death really hurt. He was the most competent writing instructor I knew in my 30 years of teaching and was a dear friend. John Dodds, ‘39 Ag Econ, MS ‘40, PhD ‘51 Former faculty, 1949-52 My Ph.D. was under faculty member Ken Marvin. Was on WOI Radio’s “Market News” in ‘52. 5515 N. Fresno St. Apt. 117, Fresno, CA 93710 Thomas Groth, ‘65; former faculty 1975-88 Well, I’ve been at the University of West Florida for 22 years! Still teaching advertising -- we’ve won three national NSAC championships and a runner-up. I’m doing quite a bit of fine art (google Thomas Groth Artist) and have had two solo shows. Married 38 years to LaRue! Son, Dr. Paul, got married this Aug. 14 in Amsterdam where he lives. Old students and friends e-mail me: Cheers! 329 Deer Point Dr., Gulf Breeze, FL 32561

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Alumni J. Newton Wallace, ‘41 Now in my 64th year with the Winters (Calif.) Express as publisher emeritus and president of the Winters Printing Co., Inc. Same wife, Ida Bock (‘42 home ec.). Honored by the National Weather Service in April for 50 years as local weather observer. 427 Main St., Winters, CA 95694 M. Keith Molsberry, ‘42 Of the class of ‘42, or earlier, few of us have escaped extinction. Jim Schwartz and Newt Wallace are two I think of at present. Since February 2010, I’ve been occupied caring for wife Frances since she broke her hip with complications. Supervising the apartments and writing “My 90 Years and What an Iowa Boy Learned” are on the back burner. 8144 Maddingley Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89117 Mary Elizabeth (Lush) Hausrath, ‘46 Husband Al and I celebrated 61 years together Sept. 3, 2010. He edits TRW’s retiree newsletter and was BOMB photographer 1946-47. Each enjoy tennis (doubles, of course). At 85 and 86 with three employed children and four grandkids (all in California colleges), we are very grateful. 2741 Palos Verdes Dr. N, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. 90274 Lois Wolman, ‘46 Spent last Thanksgiving in Asheville with daughter, Ann, and nearly froze to death. Iowa State engineers could teach North Carolina builders a lot about heating systems. They put air


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vents near the ceiling. Basically, no news. Still brownstone Brooklynite eating at senior center, volunteering for HHO and Huguenots Heritage, aging gracefully (I hope). Still have one freelance editing client who is writing a book. 508 7th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215 Margaret (Buswell) Fuhrwerk, attended graduate school 1946-47 Still living in Celina, Ohio, and doing a little writing (and waiting for the mail!). Four children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 1018 Willow St., Celina, OH 45822 H. Lee, ‘47, and Kathleen (Boland) Schwanz, ‘48 Highlight of the year was developing a Powerpoint presentation, “A Salute to the Greatest Generation.” It tells the story of the men and women who came of age during the Great Depression and went on to win WWII. I relate my own Army experience as an infantry commander in Germany. Good reaction from senior groups. Kathy and I have slowed down and have cut back on church and other activities. Health issues loom. Our journalism friends are thinning out. Three passed on this year, including my brother-inlaw, Lyle Abbott. W233N3044 B Oakmont Court, Pewaukee, WI 53072 Dorothy (Buchheit) Clark, ‘48 Charley died Dec. 5, 2009. I moved in July and August from our house into a two-bedroom apartment at Carriage Hill. Filled three Dumpsters of memories -- don’t miss the yard work and upkeep. 320 S. 9th St., #21, Fort Dodge, IA 50501

John Anderson, ‘49 Jo and I have finally visited all 50 states with a 10-day cruise and land tour of Alaska in August in celebration of our 58th anniversary. Eldest granddaughter started at ISU this fall and a grandson enrolled at DMACC. Oldest grandson is now soph in engineering at Michigan. Golf, family visits and travels consumed the summer after six months in Arizona to miss the worst winter since ‘35-36. 605 Chautauqua Park Dr., Storm Lake, Iowa 50588 John Doran, ‘49 Retired several years ago. Still in Lake Forest, Ill. Still run farms in Iowa. Get back to Ames area often. Keep up the good work. 1098 Forest Hill Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045 Eldon Drake, MS ‘49, Ph.D. ‘51 No Ph.D. program in technical journalism, but my strong minor there resulted in a dissertation in an extensive readability study of Iowa’s farm families, in cooperation with Iowa Farm Science magazine (1951). Great profs Ken Marvin, Rod Fox, Katie Goeppinger, Harry Heath and Gwen Haws prepared me for a 35year career in media and instruction, Utah State University, 1951-86. Very proud of the growth of the Greenlee School of Journalism! 330 N. 300 E Apt. 11, Logan, UT 84321

Elizabeth (Fox) Hall, ‘50 South Carolina is now the home of Boeing Aircraft, BMW and their affiliates. It still remains low in education, health and weight stats in southern counties. It’s rather schizophrenic living in the upper Piedmont area, though. Here we have terrific schools and medical facilities. While miserably hot and humid in summer, the other eight to nine months are beautiful. I’m looking for a buyer for our country home on 7-plus acres in a game portion filled with white-tailed deer, doves and few snakes. Come visit the Piedmont area 75 miles south of beautiful Asheville, N.C., and the Biltmore Estates. 5594 Highway 56, Pauline, S.C. 29734; (864) 582-5325 Oliver Nelson, ‘50 I continue to be impressed by the news from the Greenlee School. Keep up the good work! No great news here. Family is doing well, and I continue to enjoy retirement in New England. 600 Canton Ave Bldg 4, Unit 414, Milton MA 02186

George Getschow, ‘72

George Getschow never imagined his days spent playing for the ISU football team’s “hamburger squad” would lead him to an adventurous career in journalism. Getschow’s original plan to become a football coach changed when he began writing ISU Daily stories that shed light on the darker aspects of 1970s college sports. He attributes being able to write these stories to the integrity of Greenlee’s faculty, including Bill Kunerth, who “would bark and yell at you if you made a mistake,” but who also took the heat for Getschow and encouraged him to keep writing and get the story right no matter the consequences. Following a stint at the Mason City Globe-Gazette newspaper, Getschow joined the Wall Street Journal in 1974, where he worked for 16 years that included stints as bureau chief in Houston and Dallas. He credits those years directing news coverage of the Southwest for “open[ing] my eyes to global issues affecting the world.” Much of his WSJ work covered the Mexican migrant stream; Getschow was a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in 1984. He joined the University of North Texas faculty in 2002 as principal lecturer in the Mayborn School of Journalism, and as writerin-residence for the annual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. His literary nonfiction book, “Walled Kingdom,” is in the works, based on a story he wrote for the Wall Street Journal. Earlier this year, Getschow was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters.

Louise (Brooks) Swegle, ‘49 Enjoyed a quick visit with family members in Iowa last June, but didn’t make it to the ISU campus. Hope to see the new alumni building on my next trip back. 2357 Woodmont Dr., Richmond, VA 23235; (804) 323-6677 (home); (804) 767-7800 (cell)

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JoAnn (Breckinridge) Wright, ‘50 2909 Woodland Ave. Apt. 612, Des Moines, IA 50312 Janet (Sutherland) Aronson, ‘51 Another good year for Ron and me. We’re glad we moved to Virginia and now we can enjoy being with two of our three children and two granddaughters. I’m back in the news business, editing a quarterly here at our retirement community, plus a weekly news sheet. We continue to be in Vermont about two months/year. 21085 Cardinal Pond Terr. #104, Ashburn, VA 20147-6139 Paul Andre, ‘52 Another slow news year -- Minnesota in the summer and Arizona in the winter -- about sums it up. Do a little scenic photography which our daughter uses as subject matter for some of her paintings. Enjoy the newsletter. 833 Alysheba Road Shakopee, MN 55379 Mary Kay (Pitzer) Bidlack, ‘52 Visited Northern Michigan (Mackinac Island, Grand Hotel, Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes) on a fine vacation -- lots of history plus plenty of beaches. Welcomed second greatgrandson. Helped host more and more visitors to Beverly, our 19thcentury village. Always enjoy reading the Greenlee Glimpse. P O Box 202, Beverly, WV 26253 D. Stanley, MS ‘52, and Floramae Gates Geiser, ‘52 This year we purchased a house in the some golf community in Ft. Myers. We have a beautiful condo

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for sale there -- Lexington Country Club! Still volunteering, traveling, golfing, playing tennis. Winter address is new: 9269 Garden Pointe, Ft. Myers, FL 33908 Lloyd Kline, ‘52 My wife, “The Human Jewel,” is still involved in Eastern Star and church, and volunteers for the local hospital and community chorus. My hobbies: 365 oil paintings since 1981, writing seven books, vice president of the Carroll County Historical Society and regional art shows are coming up in 2011 and 2012. It’s a great life! 1200 N. Carroll St., Carroll, IA 51401 Walter Whitlatch, ‘52 400 McKissick Spring Road, Centerton, AR 72719

Theodore (Ted) Hutchcroft, ‘53 Plenty of tasks to keep an ISU ag journalist busy, though am trying to slow down. Finished tours on the boards of the local chamber of commerce and the community foundation. Will soon complete my term as chairman of the board of the Arkansas State Library. The quarterly community association newsletter is my major journalistic effort. Community journalism is what we learned at ISU. Arkansas is going through an exciting political period that may be a complete metamorphosis from blue to red, breaking through the one-party blockade. 1237 Winrock Drive, Morrilton, Ark. 72110-9393. Nancy (Voss) Woodburn, ‘53 My husband Sam died Nov. 25, 2009. We still own the farm but I have moved to a townhouse in Moline. 1024 Arbor Dr., Moline, IL 61265

Allison Engel, ‘73

Life is good when your first play lands Kathleen Turner as the lead and nets a feature in the New York Times. Such was the experience in March for Allison Engel when her oneEngel

woman show, “Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins,” opened in Philadelphia. Co-written with Engel’s twin sister, Margaret, the play pays tribute to the humor, wisdom and courage of the late Ivins, a longtime Texas columnist. The Engel sisters also have coauthored food books, and Allison is a veteran freelance magazine writer and newspaper reporter. Her work ethic and intellectual curiosity were instilled early in life (Engel’s father is the late Jack Engel, a former Greenlee School advertising professor). “Growing up, I never watched the shows the other kids did; in fact, I thought every family subscribed to the Congressional Record,” said Engel. Now director of communications at the University of Southern California, the Ohio native

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Jerry Davis, ‘54 Hanging in there. Visits to kids in Salt Lake, New York, Tucson, Chicago. Easier for us to go there rather than they to come here. 3200 Cody Ct., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Jim Evans, ‘54 Greetings and best wishes to all. 1074 County Road 1500 E, Philo, IL 61864 Ann (Lindemeyer) Burckhardt, ‘55 Continue active in my church, Minneapolis AAUW and Twin City Home Economists in Home and Community. No freelance. Volunteering as writer/editor for 360 Communities, an agency to aid families with education support, food shelf, etc. A great trip to Alaska with significant other in June. 77 Birnamwood Dr., Burnsville, MN 55337 oversees freelance photographers, serves as the senior editor of a quarterly alumni magazine and writes a weekly faculty newsletter. Engel remains an ardent champion for journalism, a profession that allows her to “be a generalist, a mile wide and an inch deep.” Her newest freelance project is another play, this time about the late humorist Erma Bombeck. Engel recalls her mom “shaking from laughing so hard at the newspaper; the only words she could squeeze out were ‘Erma Bombeck.’” Paying homage to the most popular syndicated columnist (at one time, Bombeck’s columns were featured in more than 900 newspapers) excites Engel, in part because of the “‘gun-to-your-head’ pressure to meet deadlines.” ---Rachel Gerdes

Burton, ‘55, and Barbara (Reddington) Gleason, ‘54 Our oldest grandson, Alec Gleason from Naperville, Ill., is a freshman in computer engineering at Iowa State this year. 384 Marsh Creek Road, Venice, FL 34292 Justine (Fritze) Irwin, ‘55 All is well here, though we are a year older. I do historical research and writing, some children’s stories and work on a novel as time permits. P.O. Box 446, Nederland, CO 80466 Dorothy (Will) Marston, ‘55 13036 Holmes Point Dr. NE, Kirkland, WA 98034 Richard Reisem, ‘55 My 13th book since retiring from Kodak will be published this fall. It’s titled, “Frederick Douglass and the ‘Underground Railroad,’ a fascinating story of the first civil rights movement in America. 560 Mount Hope Ave, Rochester, NY 14620. Maryann (Meldrum) Reynolds, ‘55 Can’t believe it has been 55 years since I graduated and that I’m still doing journalism articles, announcements, etc. Once in your system, always there, I guess. No new news. Still LOTS of doctor’s appointments, etc. But we’re still ‘on top of the ground’ and very grateful. God bless all. 10019 Eagle Bend Dr., Hudson, FL 34667

A. James Matson, ‘56 5200 France Ave. S. Unit 16, Edina, MN 55410 Stanley, ‘56, and R. Jane (Hammerly) Meyer, ‘55 Fifty-four years of marriage, 53 years in Great Falls. How lucky we have been. Grateful for each day. Would love to see you -- please stop by. Great Falls, MT; Richard Seim, ‘56 2228 Clark Ave., Ames, IA 50010 D. Keith Ballantyne, ‘57 Not much new here. Travel is less appealing as the economy continues to tank. Makes one wonder when the “State-Run Media” will ever recognize its cause and reveal the true facts of the mess we are in. Anxious to see how the ‘Clones do this year in both football and basketball. Hello to classmates of ‘57. 844 Hillcrest Dr., Ashland, OH 44805 Edith (Lillie) Bartley, ‘57 Highlight of the year will happen after the deadline for this contribution. On Sept. 21, Greenlee will unveil a portrait of my late husband, Bob Bartley, ’55. My sincere thanks to all involved. Other news isn’t really news: oldest daughter Beth still works on the Fox News website as a techie, her baby Robert will have learned to walk by the time you are reading this; middle daughter Susan and husband have bought a house in Los Angeles--I knew they would stay out there!--and youngest daughter Katherine still lives with me, works for the NYC Dept. of Health, and anticipates moving out

when her job moves from Lower Manhattan to Queens. I’m still in the house we bought in 1973 and still busy with daily life. 253 Hicks St., Brooklyn, NY 11201-4029. Nancy (Fox) Judd, ‘57 119 Ten Acre Road, New Britain, CT 06052 James Judge, ‘57 923 W. Irving Park Road #1-E, Chicago, IL 60613 Donna (Schneider) Lee, ‘57 Retired food editor, Providence Journal. Happily retired, traveling (Belgium, Germany, France), volunteering at the Food Bank. 44 Seaview Ave., Cranston, RI 02905 Sue (Blunt) Mullins, ‘57, ‘67 The move to Loveland, Colo., has reached ‘Anniversary One.’ Adjustment to single life continues. Easier because of family proximity which involves high school spectatorship. Seems I’m all ready tagged as an ‘activist’ within the various communities. Keeps life interesting -- specifically with church/state and purely political issues. 4785 Hahns Peak Dr Unit 203, Loveland, CO 80538 Marcia (Neil) Myers, ‘57 Florida’s west coast has survived the BP oil spill, but who knows when or where the residue will appear. These are exciting environmental times! Our travel this year was all in one month. May found us in Pittsburgh for my mother’s 101st birthday; in

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Boston for our middle granddaughter’s graduation from Boston College, and out West for a 10-day trip to Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons and Mt. Rushmore. I saw this statement in a newspaper: ‘Your Facebook friends may not mind if you misspell, abbreviate and use all caps or all lower case, but to a recruiter, this appears unprofessional and not very intelligent.’ Also an appropriate reminder to reporters and writers. 5408 Eagles Point Cir Apt. 303, Sarasota, FL 34231 Corinne (Allbee) Scott, ‘57 Graduated in home ec technical journalism. Married in 1958 to Ron Scott, ‘58 Ind.Engr. We have three daughters (one daughter ‘92 ind. engr.), and our son is ‘91 ind. engr. We have two sons-in-law from Iowa State, ‘91 and ‘94. We have 10 grandsons and two granddaughters, ages 1 month to 19 years. We visit Iowa State periodically and attend reunions. Retired RE/MAX real estate broker-owner. Ron is retired from Motorola. 1128 E Pintail Ct., Palatine, IL 60067. G. Truman Draper, ‘58 Retired marketing director, Trane Residential. 1419 Hollytree Place, Tyler, Texas 75703. Alan Oppedal, ‘58 The state of Iowa can have an exciting future, but so far, our legislature and leaders seem to be betting on the wrong horses. A good start would be for the legislature to provide greater support for Iowa State University so our state can start to accelerate development of new and rewarding technologies. P.O. Box 28, Ruthven, IA 51358


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Jack Rossmann, ‘58 Retired from Macalester College (professor of psychology) in 2007. Continue to do some work in the accreditation of colleges and universities. Am a volunteer radio broadcaster at Minnesota Services for the Blind. 99 Cambridge St., St. Paul, MN 55105 Donald Somers, ‘58 Still enjoying retirement. Days filled with travel, banjo picking, tutoring kids in an inner city grade school, family, even writing as the opportunity permits. 5227 Brendon Park Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46226. John Taylor, ‘58 Still alive -- pleased to have been invited to the Bob Bartley memorial. Still do some PR and news releases. Working on writing a book. 2709 1st Ave. E., Newton, IA 50208 Barbara (Culver) Van Sittert, ‘58 We’ve moved to a high-rise condominium in central Phoenix. Logan is still designing and building commercial projects. I’m investing full time, trying to cope with the disaster that is Obama-nomics. Joining Jack and Nancy (Spikings) Dee, 1958 Iowa State graduates, in Istanbul in October. 1040 E. Osborn Road Unit 1402, Phoenix, AZ 85014; (602) 795-5008 Neala (Lawrence) Benson, ‘59 Frequent travels take us away from Ames, but we always return to enjoy all that the city and ISU have to

offer. Our daughter, Jenny, is one of “The Girls From Ames,” and we have enjoyed the fun and excitement of the book world. 614 Hodge Ave., Ames, IA 50010 Eldean Borg, ‘59 I retired from the University of Iowa at mid-year, 2010, but continue public affairs work for Iowa Public Radio and Iowa Public Television. 722 College Boulevard, Mount Vernon, Iowa 52314. Frank Buckingham, ‘59 I was born tired. Now, after almost 40 years of technical writing, I am retired. My degree in agricultural engineering, and courses in journalism, taught me how to translate engineering jargon into everyday language, which common people could read and understand. I really enjoyed it. 4114 Rabbit Run, Nixa, MO 65714 Betsy (Hoffman) Chapman, ‘59 We continue to enjoy retirement in N.C. High spot of 2010 was a trip to Australia with a brief stay in Singapore. 202 Windstream Way, Cary, N.C. 27518 Sonia (Shubert) Porter, ‘60 Still working part time. Family well, just older. 6202 Pioneer Rd, Madison, W 53711 James Roberts, ‘60 It was great to see old friends at the Chamberlin lecture honoring Bob Bartley. It was well worth the 8-hour drive from Tulsa. 2608 E. 26th St., Tulsa, OK 74114

Stephen Wells, ‘60 Another year of retirement. We spent Christmas with our daughter and her family in south Florida. Kathy returned there for a week last month while I took my 30-foot sailboat on my annual three-week Great Lakes sailing cruise to Lake Huron’s North Channel. We’ll return to Florida for Thanksgiving and again in March for a week on the beach. Christmas will be here with our son and his wife. I’ve kept busy editing essays written by my former Peace Corps colleagues in preparation for publication of a 50th anniversary book of first-person recollections and thoughts. 6135 Forest Trail Way, Brighton, MI 48116. Diane (Roberson) Burch, ‘61 We’re older, basically healthy. Driving trip to Arizona in September and October to meet daughter Sarah and son-in-law Marty Gordon from Seattle. Grand time had by all. Still don’t haven an e-mail address!! 732 S. Market St. Unit 9, Solon, IA 52333. Beth (Lambeth) DiBono, ‘61 Retired since May 2000, living summers in N. Georgia mountains and winters in SW Florida. Husband Paul is recent recipient of a pacemaker, feels great, and is back at tennis and golf. Daughter Ellen is on a two-year assignment in London with IBM. Hmmm, seems like a good place to visit! Two grandsons -- one a rock star hopeful and the younger a junior at U. of Oregon. We are staff to two rescue cats, who keep us smiling and happy. 10165 Big Canoe, Big Canoe, GA 30143-5118.

John Arends, ‘77

In an effort to bring the legacy of Jack Trice to life, John Arends, ’77, put his all into writing a screenplay. “When I was in school, the new [ISU] stadium was proposed. The idea to name it after Jack arose and it was a big issue,” Arends said. “I was a gymnast, and as an athlete I thought it was a terrific idea, but a lot of folks were slow to embrace it.” Arends said he was gripped by the story from that point. “Jack stood his ground for an ideal and died while wearing [Iowa State’s] colors. It’s one of the ultimate underdog stories.” Telling Trice’s story has been a work in progress for Arends since just after he graduated. “After I got my degree in journalism, I worked for the state of Iowa for a couple of years. Then I came back and did two years of post-grad in the English department and wrote my master’s thesis about Jack Trice,” Arends said. “On the 60th anniversary of Jack’s death, I sent a guest editorial to the Des Moines Register and they ran it. John McCormick of Newsweek saw it, got in touch with me and said ‘This is a great story.’ We talked about ways to get it out to a wider audience. He wanted to read the play and said it could be a good movie. I said the play was awful; let me try to write a screenplay. I wrote a couple drafts but we weren’t able to get it going.” Fast-forward 30-some years later, and Arends has a completed screenplay about Trice. “About four years ago, I decided to get serious and study the craft. I wrote a couple of screenplays and they did well in


contests and with each one you get a little better,” said Arends, owner and chief engagement officer of ARENDS, a Chicago marketing and advertising agency. “Early last year I said ‘I think I’ve got this down’ and wrote the movie I’d like to see.” Arends stressed the screenplay is a work of fiction. “It’s a piece of entertainment. I used archives and public records, but we don’t know what anybody said. You have to create those conversations by necessity and imagine what was said. I tried to be as accurate and faithful as I could.” Chicago ScriptWorks, a nonprofit organization that produces staged screenplay readings, picked up Arends’ screenplay and performed it in September. “It was a fearless experiment and we pumped it up quite a bit, like a stage reading on steroids. It’s a story unique to us and we should honor it,” Arends said. ---By Hannah Gilman

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Jane Robbins Adams, ‘75

Jane Robbins Adams has gotten major mileage out of her ISU journalism degree – literally.

Russell Kaniuka, MS ‘61 40 Lucy Knowles Road, P.O. Box 100, Farmington Falls, ME 04940

Now vice president for university relations at the University of Florida, the 1975 Greenlee graduate: Planted stakes in Alaska as press secretary for Senators Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski for nearly a decade (“a career highlight”)

Bob LeMay, ‘61 Mary Ann and I missed the Gigot-Bartley gathering because of our travels this year and other commitments. The invitation from Tom Emmerson and the names he mentioned brought back many memories of the Daily, Ken Marvin, Silver Spur, etc. On our way to Yellowstone in late June, we spent half a day with and took Bill and Willie Kunerth to dinner in Belle Fourche, S.D. They remain vibrant and go-getters. We attended two family reunions at Yellowstone and did a lot of travel in this first national park of ours. We handled 5,826 miles in our minivan pretty well; pants became well-pressed. I have a first cousin who has lived in Las Vegas for 30-plus years. MA and I took him up on a long-standing invitation to fly there in late September and then all of us headed for the Grand Canyon, which has danger signs aplenty. We remain retired but have a lot of community and church commitments. I was glad to end my term of three years as president of our community

Landed in Washington, D.C. and worked as vice president of media relations for Burson-Marsteller Headed south to Florida and a decade-plus with Disney, where she found “a commitment to quality and high level of detail.” Adams showed her spark while at Iowa State, where she began as a physics major before rerouting to journalism and political science. Showing interest in government affairs early in her college career, Adams served as president of her sorority and interned with the Iowa House of Representatives, an experience she credits with opening doors for her after graduation. Her keys to success? Leadership skills, maintaining relationships and an open-mindedness towards fresh opportunities. “I stopped doing long-term career planning a long time ago,” Adams said. Adams also believes in giving back. She serves on many boards, including the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and she was appointed by former Gov. Jeb Bush to the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Service. “It’s important to get to know your community, feel a part of it,” she emphasized. Outside the office, Adams enjoys spending time with her family, staying politically active and supporting UF’s Gator Nation. ---Michele Fredregill


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association. Had shoulder repair surgery back in March; still healing and lots of therapy. Reading about ISU journalism provides a lot of joy for me; Michael Bugeja and colleagues provide great education and leadership. 14006 Sea Captain Road, Ocean City, MD 21842 Christopher Brenner, ‘62 I retired in 2006 after 44 years in the newspaper business -- 18 years with weeklies and 26 with dailies. I now travel, garden, collect, read and volunteer. 105 S. Seymour Ave., Grayslake, IL 60030 Tom Goodale, ‘62 I accepted the position of executive director of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national honor society, founded at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA in 1914. There are 319 Circles on campuses throughout the United States. We have about 8,000 annual initiates and 300,000 alumni. The organization’s mission is to honor leadership and character development and recognizes men and women who excel in scholarship, the creative and performing arts, community service, athletics and student government. In August of this year we moved our headquarters from Lexington, Ky., to the founding site. We have a staff of 12. Sons Todd and Scott and my three grandchildren reside in Charlottesville, Va. and Boulder, Colo. Should your travels take you to this beautiful part of the country please stop by. 224 McLauglin St., Lexington, VA 24450 Laveda ( Jansonius) Hinton, ‘62 Retired for 11 years. Enjoying traveling, reading, grandchildren and

volunteer work. Travels in 2010 were an extensive land and cruise tour of Alaska and an awesome trip to the British Isles. 1101 1st Ave., Ackley, IA 50601 Dennis Eilers, ‘63 Freelance writer, author, photojournalist. Was fortunate to get a five-page story on my photography published in the 2010 issue of “Photographer’s Market,” a Writer’s Digest annual publication with more than 900,000 copies sold. A story by Kim Andersen also included three of our photos (pp. 29-33). We recently expanded our website to better market photography: On commercial shoots, my son David has been joining me as assistant, firing up the lighting generator, getting the lift boom in position and doing most of the “heavy lifting” of equipment. Had a commercial shot in Idaho on the back side of the Grand Tetons last summer, and Dave drove the equipment van all the way out and back. Will be wrapping up a fiveyear term as a director on the Froelich Foundation, birthplace of the first tractor powered with a gasoline engine that led to the Waterloo Boy and then the John Deere tractor. On the writing side, we’re doing more regional and national “lifestyle” features, where the article often depends more on photos than words, which is a lot of fun. Magazines are becoming much more creative in the use of photography...probably to compete graphically with the Internet, which suits me to a T. 18025 Eagle Ave., Luana, IA 52156; (563) 783-2660;;

Greg Michel, ‘63 Marianne and I are loving our retirement on Chicago’s North Shore. All three of our kids -- and seven grandkids (ages 2 -15) -- are within five minutes of us. Wilmette is a wonderful suburb about 30 minutes by train from downtown. We can walk to nearly everything we need in the village, so we fill the tank on the car only once a month. I’m a “kinda-journalist” writing e-newsletters for Rotary and advising the district on communications. Most interesting professional work is with the Taproot Foundation, doing pro bono branding and identity work for non-profits around the metro area. Big travel year for us: January in Antarctica, and we’ll be in Australia/ New Zealand for most of September. 1424 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, IL. 60091-2527; (847) 728-0051 (home); (847) 714-4900 (cell); Michel

Jim Stephens, ‘63 Finished up a great ride in the ag advertising/PR agency business in 2006. Now retired in Washington, Iowa, not far from the little towns where my wife, Peg, and I grew up so long ago--and only yesterday. Four grandchildren now; the smartest one may be our adopted granddaughter in Tokyo who was born in South Korea. Hmmmmm.

Am working on the prototype of a new concept in solar grain drying and also on non-lethal self -defense weapons---good market potential for both. Thinking of renewing my commercial pilot certification, or maybe just do the new sport pilot thing. Either way, it costs a lot to bore holes in the sky these days. Lots of guest space here if you are coming through SE Iowa. 1438 Ridgeview Ct., Washington, IA; 52353-9390; Rita (Gianotti) Vance, MS ‘63 Same ole, same ole. Still semi retired...keeping busy doing math consulting and enjoying my 4 1/2 grandkids. The older I get the more I enjoy reminiscing...especially time spent as a young and energetic grad student at ISU. If any of you are in the San Antonio area, I live 40 miles west...come see me! P.O. Box 627, 1710 21st St., Hondo, Texas 78861. Donald E. L. Johnson, ‘64 I’m blogging on Colorado and national politics, investing and health policy at This hobby takes 3 hours to 10 hours a day, and it’s great fun. Susan and I are in our first year with our Class “B” Roadtrek RV van, and we’ll probably do about 16,000 miles in it this year. We’re thinking about an Alaska adventure for next year. Still hiking, biking and skiing in Colorado. RealDonJohnson on Twitter and under my full name, Donald E. L. Johnson, on Facebook. 120 Silver Fox Drive, Greenwood Village, CO 80121.

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Paul Barton, ‘82

“It’s one of the few jobs I actually applied for,” Paul Barton says of his current work as director of employee communication at Hawaiian Airlines. While previous employers (including America West Airlines and PetSmart) pursued Barton, he applied at Hawaiian Airlines hoping to move. “Every day it’s beautiful,” Barton said of his new home. Barton is very passionate about his work and stays up to date with technology changes. “I’m an eternal student,” he said. An expert in social media, Barton utilizes many platforms, both personally and professionally. His YouTube channel features a video of his acoustic guitar performance of “Hotel California” on “Hawaiian’s Got Talent” ( Barton enjoys flamenco music, a genre he discovered “late in life.” Barton had many reasons for choosing Iowa State University, but he seemed most enthusiastic when he said “because the Cyclones rock!” He hasn’t missed a football game since his sophomore year of high school and his Twitter messages stream ongoing Cyclone game updates. Barton’s oldest son is interested in attending his father’s alma mater, despite never having lived with snow. ---Ashleigh Hester Mary Beth (Sartor) Obermeyer, ‘64 I’ve been talking about my book for too long, I realize, but soon it will be published: North Star Press, June 2011. Publishers are hard to get these days and I am happy. It is not the book I’ve been writing for 10 years, though. That one will come out after this one; a third is in the works, have the publisher. So suddenly it is This Book, That Book and The Other Book. It went like this: I met a local playwright at The Loft Literary Center who then started a musical on an event I did in 1979, the uprising of 1,801 tap dancers on a downtown street to open an arts center. Three months later I have my book written, same topic. The publisher is award-winning, regional, 40th year, a good fit, I think. The


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working title: “The Biggest Dance: A Miracle on Concrete.” The play is finished, progressing through the system. The 1,801 are a visual bunch -- dance schools, of course, but also church ladies, ladies of the street, arts boards, downtown workers, ex-vaudevillians, all reserved in rows of 15, Rows A-QQQQQ-1. The book also includes my other largescale public events that took over our streets. And the soloing with Gregory Hines, Christopher Plummer, Garrison Keillor on “Prairie Home Companion,” Eleanor Powell (‘30s tap film star) and touring “The Tap Concerto” with the Minnesota Orchestra. It ends with outtakes -- the best part when I do seminars -- and a finale of Tips (events/ publicity) and Taps (rhythms for

solo to troupe to multitudes). Can’t wait to glimpse the Greenlee. And I so miss my bud, Lynda Anderson Hoffmann, ‘64, who died last June in Winnetka, Ill., at 67. 2405 Russell Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55405. Marilyn (Freeman) Wessel, ‘64 A good year in Montana for me and my family. I continue to do some consulting and remain politically active as well as travel-oriented. Attended my 50th high school class reunion in Nebraska and am pleased to report that my classmates were, for the most part, upbeat and optimistic about the future. In that regard we appear to be at odds with a considerable portion of America. Perhaps it’s because we still read newspapers and are not captives of social media hijinks!! Sorry, that just slipped out. Best wishes to everyone. 714 N 17th Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715.

Robert Krotz, ‘66 Enjoying retirement! 2521 48th Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 Ron Schara, ‘66 Still fishing for television shows. I’d be happy to teach a course on the subject. Actually sold my television production business last year, but am on a 5-year contract to stay involved and to catch bigger fish. Our show lineup keeps increasing: Minnesota Bound on NBC in Mpls., DueNorth Outdoors on Fox Sports North and on the Outdoor Channel...Pheasants Forever TV, Destination Polaris, Backroads with Ron and Raven. Contino

Frederick Anderson, ‘67, MS ‘73, APR Three freelance projects stood out from the crowd this year. I wrote and photo-edited the centennial history of a Quad-City business; nothing unusual, except that it was a collaboration with my sons: John did the graphic design, and Matt executed the unusual printing and binding specs. I wrote the seventh in a series of TV documentary-type scripts on medical specialties for a health system; this program was actually a series of three interrelated pieces on orthopedics and sports medicine—all delivered on YouTube, rather than as broad- and cableWhile enrolled at Iowa State, Contino competed in a national advertising competition he likens to the NCAA basketball tournament. He credits this competition for providing him valuable experience beneficial to his career.

James Eberle, ‘65 Retired at 67 after 13 years in journalism and 32 years in trade associations. I plan to make up for lost time by traveling and spending more time with mother, sisters, daughter and grandkids. 1105 Wimbledon Dr., McLean, VA 22101 Rodger Overholser, ‘65 Currently judge of the municipal court. 30 Windmill Road, Sedona, AZ 86336 Mamie (Zillman) Carter, ‘66 My son Curtis and I traveled to India and Nepal...our own version of “Eat Pray Love.” 414 E. Mandalay Dr., San Antonio, Texas 78212.

Also produced many of the Monster Quest series for History Channel. Health is good; life is good and fish bite most of the time. 15711 Juniper Ridge, Ramsey, MN 55303.

Chris Contino, ‘86

For Chris Contino, advertising is in his DNA. “I grew up in an advertising family,” Contino said recently. “I had a taste for it -- growing up as a kid, having Tony the Tiger [as] one of my first pets.”

That career includes gigs with Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonalds and Culver’s. He is currently the vice president of marketing for Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc., headquartered in Milwaukee. Conveniently, “I do have a passion for food,” said Contino, “in the job and at home in cooking and entertaining.” While working for Culvers, Contino relished the challenge of building a brand and creating a brand essence that “did not exist before for Culver’s.” He considers this accomplishment the favorite of his career. ---Michael Fox

casts. And I researched and wrote a case history for NOAA to tell the story of how that agency created a high-performance computing network to link all the Office of Atmospheric Research super computers and research sites. A & A communications, inc., 2208 Lincoln Road, Bettendorf, IA 527223856; (563) 355-5001; (phone/fax/voicemail): Richard (Rick) Davis, ‘67 Relocated back to San Diego in December 2009 after 10-year absence (stops in Palm Springs, Temecula,Calif.; San Antonio). Filing one story weekly for former longtime employer Union-Tribune here. Meaningful part-time duty as docent on USS Midway (CBA-41) Museum in San Diego Bay. 10714 Loire Ave., San Diego, CA 92131. Janice Hille, ‘67 Lee and I moved back to San Jose to an active senior community a year ago and are both still playing golf and singing with the Village Voices. I have been removed from eligibility for a kidney transplant due to calcified arteries and am now on hemodialysis three days a week. I’m also active in PEO, a women’s philanthropic organization. We are also enjoying our church, the San Jose Center for Spiritual Living. We aren’t traveling as much--just short weekend trips. But life is good! 8791 Grape Wagon Circle, San Jose, CA 85135. Richard Hull, ‘67 Sharon and I continue to enjoy retirement and grandchildren. This year we spent a great deal of time traveling by motor home to see

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Joan Doll, ‘89 family and get out of Arizona heat. Our two radio stations continue to do well in spite of tough economic times. We find it increasingly difficult to hire young people with a good knowledge of small market radio. 25025 S. Lakeway Drive, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248. Carol (Marlow) McGarvey, ‘67 Freelancing is going well. I continue writing home, garden, food and people features for Welcome Home magazine and much of the text for “Creating Together Journal,” a resource guide for activity directors of retirement communities. Plus, I’m editing a cat book and a dog book for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, being published by Landauer Books. Tom and I have six fabulous grandchildren. 5717 Kingman Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311. Judy (Gardner) Rutter, ‘67 Retired from newspapers, magazines and radio. My children carry on the media tradition. Son Greg is a copywriter at Wieden-Kennedy in Portland, Ore.,with national ad campaigns you may have seen. Daughter Sarah works in marketing/ promotions for Fox Searchlight Pictures and has been involved behind the scenes in the Oscars and other awards, as well as film festivals. 642 Stoneridge Dr., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. Phyllis (Bowen) Anderson, ‘68 Doug and I continue to enjoy retirement. We’ve purchased a modest winter home in Mesa, Ariz., and will be spending the cold months there. Our oldest son and his wife are expecting their first child, a boy, and our first grandchild in September.


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Which job would you prefer? That of a high-powered ad executive for NBC in downtown Chicago? Or working as a mother of two in the suburbs? If you are Joan Doll, you do it all – even if this life isn’t remotely what you had planned when you graduated from ISU 21 years ago.


During her college years, Doll interned for a political campaign in Washington, D.C., and fully intended to follow that career path after graduation. But plans change; instead, armed with a degree in journalism and political science, she moved to Chicago to stay with friends and ended up at an advertising agency. “It was a totally ground-level, pay-your-dues kind of job,” Doll said. “That is how I learned about this whole television area, because I wasn’t in advertising at school.” Eventually she landed her current job as an account manager for NBC local media division, where she sells spot advertising for the company’s 10 owned and operated stations. With this job comes many perks. Doll has met with numerous celebrities, such as Ellen DeGeneres, Mario Lopez, Bonnie Hunt, and Nate Berkus. “This part of the industry can be a lot of fun,” she said. Another perk to her job is that she is able to split her accounts with a partner. This allows her to work in the city only three days a week. “It’s a great feature as a working mom to have a company that embraces it,” she said. When she’s not working, she’s spending time with her daughter Keely, son Brogan and husband Gerry. Things may not have ended up the way she had imagined while at Iowa State, but according to Doll, “I have the best of both worlds. I do. I really do.” ---Afton Holte

If anyone is going through Lincoln or Mesa, please let me know. 4210 Colfax Ave, Lincoln, NE 68504-1622. Judy (Aves) Clements, ‘68 Retired! I write grants and a quarterly newsletter for a local charity. We’re planning a trip to Peru in the spring and are expecting a new grandson any day! 107 Inwood Dr., Aiken, SC 29803 Gary Fisher, ‘68 Still on the faculty of Angelo State University as a professor of management information systems. P.O. Box 60468, San Angelo, TX 76906-0468 Lawn Griffiths, ‘68

After the East Valley Tribune laid off most of us in January 2009 and now survives as a free, three-issuesa-week paper, I have been freelancing for it and writing religion

articles weekly for the Arizona Republic. I have a wide variety of freelancing writing gigs, including rural Iowa nostalgic commentaries for Roy Reiman’s former string of Country magazines in Wisconsin. I am trying to finish a book on the 60-year history of the Kiwanis Club of Tempe. I am winding up a year as a Kiwanis lieutenant governor, and the weekly Kiwanis club newsletter I have produced since 1990 was chosen the top newsletter in our southwest (Arizona/New Mexico) Kiwanis district for the 18th time in 20 years. I was chosen Kiwanian of the Year for the fourth time. I’ve started Social Security, hold numerous church and community roles, enjoy our four grandchildren and try to keep my two blogs lively and relevant. I am saddened to learn of the deaths of two of my great ISU journalism profs, Jack Shelley and Dick Disney. Giants in my formative years. 1952 E El Parque Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282 Marjorie (Pfister) Groves, ‘68 Husband is Wil, Jl MC grad 1968. We worked in Yellowstone National Park, traveled in Belize and camped for a month in western Canada this year. Wil directed “Everybody Loves Opal” and “Oklahoma!” for community theater. Can’t tell if Wil is retired. He’s out harvesting corn or soybeans again today. 2995 Neely Ave, Jewell, Iowa 50130. Carolyn (Riley) Homan, ‘68 610 Sunset Ave. N, Keizer, OR 97303 Jeanette ( Johnson) Keogh, ‘68 Vice president, Keogh & Keogh Inc., a marketing communications company in Chicago. 5510 N. Sheridan Rd. Apt. 4B, Chicago, IL 60640-1631

Ann Lowry, ‘68 1022 W. Daniel St., Champaign, IL 61821 Patricia (Pat) Badtke, ‘69 Retirement is a beautiful word -- I don’t have it nailed yet, but I think practice will take care of the loose ends. I left UI Hospitals and Clinics marketing and communications department and have not looked back. There are too many things to look forward to -- I have a granddaughter, Nola, and have learned that grandparenting is a wonderful doover. I have no real retirement plans yet but enjoy not having an “alarming” morning each day. Who knows what my second career will be? 1317 Parkwood Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. Harold Henry, ‘69 News chief, NASA Langley Research Center. Looking forward to retirement Dec. 31 after 37 years of federal civil service as a public affairs officer, first for the U.S. Army, then NASA. Mary’s and my first trip after retirement will be to Iowa for Mary’s 45-year high school class reunion and my 50th. Wow, how did that happen? 107 Osprey Pt. Yorktown, VA 23692 Phyllis (McElheney) Lepke, ‘69, MS ‘74 13746 500th Ave., Story City, IA 50248

Michael Turley, ‘86

Michael Turley is fired up for fledgling journalism and advertising students. “Someday you’ll wake up and have a great career,” said Turley, CEO of Osborn & Barr, a St. Louis-based media agency focused primarily on agriculture. “Communication is hot again!” Born and raised on a southern Illinois dairy farm, Turley was active in many ISU campus organizations and interned with the university’s athletic department. He started his post-ISU career as a junior editor for Hoard’s Dairyman magazine in Wisconsin. He joined Osborn & Barr 18 years ago as an account manager; still, the favorite part of his career involves building relationships with clients and taking care of people. His job isn’t always a piece of cake, though. Technological changes make keeping up with competitors a challenge, Turley said. “These days, anyone can make an advertisement.” Nonetheless, “ISU prepared us for the professional world,” he said. He added he believes Osborn and Barr will continue to prosper and will be able to grow throughout the next 10 to 20 years. “I’m one of the fortunate people that looks forward to my work -- and it doesn’t feel like work,” Turley said. “It’s a blessing.” ---Makenzie Heddens Turley

Bill Monroe, ‘69 I’m in my first year of retirement after 29 years as executive director of the Iowa Newspaper Association. I’m finding retirement to be even better than I thought it would be. 6917 NorthGlenn Way, Johnston, IA 50131.

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Danielle Taylor Devine ‘90

Leaving behind small-town Iowa life, Danielle Taylor Devine, ’90, sought big-city dreams. “I wanted to be Diane Sawyer -- I loved watching her on TV,” she said. Devine’s ISU involvement in GSB, the campus radio station and her hard-hitting Daily story on irradiated meat kicked off her career in communications. While Devine emulated Sawyer on a smaller scale at ISU, it was public relations professionals who intrigued her when they booked people on her radio show. After honing her skills in the agency world in Minneapolis and New York, Devine moved to the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Group Inc. 15 years ago, where she now works as worldwide vice president of public relations. During her tenure at the New Jersey-based corporation, Devine has earned myriad awards, including the YMCA Tribute to Women in Industry Award, Silver Anvil for marketing communications, PRSA Big Apple Award, PR Week Platinum Award and the Johnson & Johnson James E. Burke Award, the company’s highest honor for marketing and advertising innovation. And yet it’s ISU’s Greenlee School Devine credits for developing both an expertise and a work ethic. “I think it has been invaluable to me,” she said. “I was ready to do anything I had to do.” ---Shanna Delfs Devine


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Gary Speicher, ‘69 Moved our office March 2009 and affiliated with a larger firm, Premier Investments of Iowa. Sue and Diana continue to work with me after all these years. Kids are OK. Matt is working now at ISU Admissions Office in Alumni Hall, where I lived when I was a student! Will turn “pro” in 2011 for the walleye fishing tournaments -- wish me luck! Check out for the latest fishing news! 3813 Tahoe Lane SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 Gary Vincent, ‘69 McCormick Company was good enough to allow me a 20-hour work schedule this past summer. Unfortunately, this didn’t result in as much additional golf time as hoped due to a medical situation which kept me off the course for six weeks. The healing process goes well, though, and I’m back both at the office and on the golf course. If all goes well, I’ll revert to freelance and full retirement next spring. Rosie and I continue to enjoy our grandchildren, golf and ISU athletics. 1270 South 4th Street, Carlisle, Iowa 50047. Richard Volkmer, ‘69 It’s always good to hear from Iowa State and take fresh confidence that its brand of quality journalism is alive and well. Learning of the passing of two giants like Jack Shelley and Dick Disney is remarkably sad and joyous at the same time. Sad, in the sense of losing two such fine gentlemen, who accomplished so much in their long and productive careers...yet joyous in the sense of how many lives they touched positively and how many budding journalists can trace their own career

successes directly to their mentoring. Dick Disney was, simply put, the finest writing coach that a fortunate student could ever encounter. Sitting in his cluttered office (did he really read all those books?), it was always an amazing experience to have him review your work, then turn to his old Underwood, dash off the most scintillating bit of prose you could imagine to suggest an alternative approach, then crumple it up and toss it in the wastebasket before sending you on your way to try again. On the job, seldom a day passes by that one doesn’t recall that tutoring fondly or appreciate its lifelong value. The social encounters were equally memorable, as Dick and Jean drew legions of his students and fellow educators into their orbit to enjoy their mildly chaotic home atmosphere. There was always a twinkle in Richard Disney’s eye, a store of substantial patience for struggling students in his soul, and a wry sense of humor governing his views on the human condition. Who else would proudly sport a “Vote for Dewey” bumper sticker on his old blue ‘52 Cadillac as a counterpoint to the trendy 1960s? 3S530 Mignin Dr., Warrenville, IL 60555 Jack Brimeyer, ‘70 Retirement continues to be a joy; using “free” time to continue some small writing projects, serve on board of Illinois First Amendment Center, help friends and relatives remodel their homes and travel. Best of the latter was a western trip this June highlighted by two-plus days with Bill and Willie Kunerth in Belle Fourche (see photo page 39). It was like 1970 all over again. Bill remains funny, connected and crotchety; Willie remains the reason people tolerate Bill. They showed us the geographical hub of the

universe plus the ranch (from afar) and Devil’s Tower (from close up.) Bottom line: We remain healthy and happy, though chagrined at the slow death of the journalism that our corrupt Illinois now needs most. 1383 Fandel Road, Germantown Hills, IL 61548. Keith Greiner, ‘70 This year I retired from Iowa State government as a research director, policy analyst, administrator and legislative liaison. I am enjoying my continued work on the adjunct faculties of Simpson College and Drake University. Between these two great institutions, I teach research, management, education research and higher education. Daniel Skelton, ‘70 We own and operate a corn and soybean farm in northwest Iowa. I am also in my 14th year as director of farm and market information for KICD Radio in Spencer. Broadcast?? Who’d have thunk it? 4940 200th Ave., Sioux Rapids, IA 50585 John Lytle, MS ‘71 You wouldn’t want a photo. Way too scary! The Iowa Broadcast News Association honored me with their 2010 Jack Shelley Award. What wonderful memories I possess of Mr. Shelley presenting the news for the WHO stations and then teaching at Iowa State. Later, Jack served as my most important employment reference. I continue advising Drake University’s 80-watt FM station, teach a variety of reporting and broadcast production classes, and occasionally play organ for St. Paul’s Episcopal and Plymouth UCC in Des Moines.

Patricia Steiner, ‘71, MS ‘91 ag studies I continue to be challenged and enthused in my career as a nutrition/ food safety specialist in southeastern Iowa for ISU Extension. Trips to Costa Rica, Panama and Belize were highlights in 2010 -- especially seeing former Extension colleague Bonnie Birker in Panama! It’s been fun to reconnect with fellow ISU alums Jerry and Paula (Mueller) Wiebel via Our Iowa magazine. 1410 N. 7th St., Burlington, IA 52601 Gary (Merritt) Suwannarat, ‘71 Semi-retired, but a busy year on the consulting side. Post-Cyclone Nargis reviews in Burma and an evaluation of a USAID-funded project along the Thai-Burma border. Enjoy annual visits to California to see the grandson. 84/320 Chotana Rd ,Chiangmai 50300, THAILAND. Harlan Brown, ‘72 I’m employed by Systems Documentation, Inc., where I’ve been since November 2004, writing software documentation for IBM. My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in March in Washington, D.C. Our daughter is married. Our son is in the Navy. My personal website is at 2324 Rolling Pines Ave., Durham, NC 27703-5924 John Byrnes, ‘72 Still having fun doing ag PR for University of Minnesota. Started running again to achieve goal of outliving my spouse’s cats.

Sharon (Copeland) Dowell, ‘72 2828 NW 168th St., Edmond, OK 73012 Richard Keller, ‘72 Hard to believe I’ve been the editor of AgProfessional magazine and the brand’s digital communication products for more than four years. The brand was the most profitable for Vance Publishing in fiscal 2010 because of all the crop production advances being advertised to thirdparty influencers of farmers. All three of our children are on their own now as our youngest found a quality job after earning her college degree. 10100 NE 98th Street, Kansas City, MO 64157. Gene Meyer, ‘72 The good times still roll. Following a year of freelancing and book editing in ‘09, I signed on last December with a new online news service, We’re one of several dozen similar organizations around the country, filling in (we hope) gaps left by downsizing at traditional news outlets. After 40-plus years working in traditional dead-tree papers, it’s exciting to help even in a small way to reinvent our craft online. 6105 Mission Rd, Fairway, KS 66205. Harlen Persinger, ‘72 Freelancing and maintaining the family farm, which involve a wide variety of challenges, comprise the majority of my time. I’m fortunate to be associated with two productive enterprises. In April, I attended the 54th International Federated Agricultural Journalists Congress in Ostend, Belgium. Fortunately I made it to Europe before the Icelandic

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volcano curbed airline travel. Visiting Bastogne and the WWII Battle of the Bulge Museum plus interacting with farmers in Luxembourg and Holland spotlighted a different world of agriculture that varies greatly between regions. A side trip to Reading, England, an hour west of London, allowed the opportunity to visit the family and farm where my father (‘39 Animal Husbandry) spent several months prior to the launch of D-Day in 1944. This is truly a continued warm relationship that has resulted in previous visits and provided cherished memories for 67 years. 207 N. 123rd St., Milwaukee, WI 53226; (414) 771-5828; Persinger

Warren Riedesel, ‘72 I continue as marketing communications manager for the corn seed product line at Pioneer Hi-Bred while my wife is still teaching kindergarten in Des Moines. A highlight this past year was a reunion with former journalism professor Bill Kunerth. Bill’s guest column in the Des Moines Register upon the death of former ISU student body president Don Smith was the impetus. It provided an e-mail ad-


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dress and stirred me to contact him. In August, we visited Bill and his wife Willie at their home in Belle Fourche, S.D. I’m pleased to report we found the professor in good health and still “fighting the fight to make things right.” His office looks just the same as I remember it 40 years ago in Hamilton Hall: an incredible collection of books, papers, plaques, editorial cartoons and other memorabilia -- with just barely enough room for Bill! Allison Engel, ‘73 The play my twin sister Peggy and I wrote, “Red Hot Patriot: The KickAss Wit of Molly Ivins” had its world premiere at the Philadelphia Theatre Company in March, starring Kathleen Turner. I’m pleased to report that it broke all box office records for the theater’s 35-year history. The play is being published by Samuel French and future productions are planned. We just finished our second play -- about Erma Bombeck -- and look forward to a staged reading of it this winter. 45850 Vista Dorado Drive, Indian Wells, CA 92210 Roger Green, ‘73 My professional life continues in health care...more than 36 years in health administration (strategic planning, public policy, marketing and organizational communications) with HealthEast Care System. Both state and federal health reform make life very interesting now, especially when tied to financial challenges created by the general enconomy, state budget shortfalls and a private sector that is reluctant to assume the cost shift from government programs that don’t cover their

costs. Our daughter, Megan, is now a junior at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, studying dietetics. She became very inspired by dietetics this summer as she shadowed and interned with the nutrition programs at our Woodwinds hospital. News on the home front isn’t quite as good - my wife, Nancy, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. By the time this is published, we’ll have gone through surgery and be well into the chemotherapy regimen. There’s every reason to be optimistic, but it is a difficult journey. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. I carry fond memories of Iowa State journalism and the many classmates and professors. If you’re in the area, don’t hesitate to call on me (651.735.5299). 1254 Donegal Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125. Constance (Connie) Groth, ‘73 Cell: 305-394-4128, P.O. Box 1266, Key West, FL 33041 William Bray, ‘74 4501 47th St. NW Washington, D.C. 20016 Lynn Henderson, ‘74 Owner of Henderson Communications and publisher of Agri Marketing magazine and its related electronic communications media. Located in the St. Louis area. Wife Judy, daughter Ellyn, who is a junior at Missouri State University, and Eric, who is a junior in high school. Go Cyclones! 16100 Elkton Ct., Wildwood, MO 63005

Barbara Mack, ‘74 I’m now teaching only in fall semester and I’ll retire in 2012. We’ll keep Des Moines as home base, but spend more time out of the snow in winter and in France in summers. 2843 S.W. 30th Street, Des Moines, IA 50321. Larry Miller, MS ‘74 On hearing about the deaths of Jack Shelley and Dick Disney, I was reminded of what great journalism faculty Iowa State has had over the years. Both of these men contributed so much in their own way. I knew Jack better, since he was my major prof while I was trying to finish up my master’s degree in the early 70s. He also steered me (along with many others) to a job at a critical time in my career. Alas, Jack and I seldom visited -- the last time was via phone about seven years ago. What a joy and inspiration he was. I feel blessed to frequently cross paths with Bill Kunerth -- another of those great faculty members from an earlier era. I continue to be active with local history groups, genealogy and photography, and I help Karen with her food pantry projects. We enjoy bicycling, playing a bit of golf and visiting our kids and their families in Colorado and California. Life is good. 309 Yellowstone Place, Spearfish, S.D. 57783; (605) 722-6018 Rebecca (Murphy) Stadlman, ‘74 107 NW Rock Creek Circle, Ankeny, IA 50023; Gary Wall, ‘74

I’ve worked the past 14 years for Conover Auction Service in management in the purebred beef industry. Utilizing my double major at Iowa State in animal science and ag

James Bachtell, ’90, MS ‘99

James Bachtell started out as a newspaperman in Boone, Iowa, most likely not assuming that 20 years later, he’d be at work in the nation’s Capitol as a legal eagle for the Federal Communications Commission. Yet it was that Boone NewsRepublican experience that motivated Bachtell to write a master’s thesis on law enforcement’s noncompliance of the state open records law. The research whetted his appetite for media law, motivating him move on to law school at the University of Iowa. A two-year fellowship at Georgetown Law brought Bachtell to Washington, D.C. The experience gained advocating on behalf of clients at the FCC and working on issues related to the Universal Service Fund gave him the experience needed to qualify for his current position as an FCC attorney.

In that role, Bachtell works on policy issues related to the federal E-rate program for the FCC. “The E-rate program provides subsidies for schools and libraries to purchase telecommunications and Internet access, along with internal wiring,” he said. “My position requires a lot of writing, editing and legal analysis.” Bachtell said his degrees have helped immensely, and that a journalism degree is an excellent preparatory tool for any number of careers. According to Bachtell, “Creating good journalistic writing requires an analysis of facts, proper organization and an eye for detecting important issues for your audience.” ---Kelsey Blanshan Bachtell

journalism has been very helpful, as both disciplines work together in this business. We publish about 100 sales catalogs every year with extensive footnotes and research on purebred livestock pedigrees, performance data and phenotype all included. 102 W. Station St., P.O. Box 261, Baxter, IA 50028 Julie (Nielsen) Wolf, ‘74 Project manager for the University of Kansas Office of University Relations. 4211 Wimbledon Drive, Lawrence, KS 66047.

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Troy McCullough, ‘96 Jacqui Jeras, ‘92

Jacqui Jeras spent 84 long hours on the air keeping viewers informed during 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. She may not have set a world record, but she did help her employer, CNN, earn a Peabody Award for the coverage. “It was an experience of a lifetime,” said Jeras, who considers that reporting among her proudest accomplishments as a CNN meteorologist. “It was the most devastating storm I’ve ever covered.” When Jeras left the Greenlee School in 1992, she was planning for a life as a news anchor. But journalism had its own ideas. “I got thrown into the weather chair,” Jeras said, who worked for television stations in Des Moines and Evansville, Ind. Jeras

Along the way, she earned a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State. “It’s been a huge advantage having both degrees,” she said. Jeras landed a job the CNN meteorologist gig in 1999. “The cool thing about CNN is that I have the whole country, and then some, to forecast for. There is always extreme weather going on,” she said. Career isn’t her only love (“My family is everything to me”). She met her husband, Mike Ellis, at Iowa State, where he earned an aerospace engineering degree. They have two young daughters and a new puppy. “It is very difficult raising a family and having a career,” Jeras said “I balance it the best that I can.” After spending almost 20 years broadcasting the weather, Jeras hasn’t tired of it yet. “It’s always fresh and new and different. I still love what I do every day.” ---Jenn Stanek Bill Collison, ‘75 Completing my 31st year in the Detroit Free Press sports department. We’re running out of ways to say “Lions lose.” Daughter, Maggie, ran track for Wisconsin but had an affinity for the central Iowa vicinity. She ran her fastest 5,000 meters at the 2007 Drake Relays and her fastest mile at the 2009 Iowa State Classic in the Lied Center. Maggie graduated in 2009 and is on a two-year research fellowship at the Food and Drug Administration in Washington. Son Robert is a junior at the University of Michigan. See also Catherine (Wilde) Collison, ‘76. 249 Kenwood Court, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.


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Martha (Mueller) Greder, ‘75 Eleven years as a NIACC instructor and director of education at Trinity Lutheran Church. 362 Lakeview Dr., Mason City, IA 50401.

Terri (Marshburn) Jones, ‘76 Manager, solar and wind communications at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Golden, CO 80401

Catherine (Wilde) Collison, ‘76 After semi-retiring from the Detroit Free Press two years ago, and spending a year in academics at Detroit’s Marygrove College, I’m back to writing and editing a classroom version of the news magazine for children, Yak’s Corner, which I helped found more than 15 years ago. This time, our team works independently as the magazine is circulated to schools as part of a nonprofit arm of the newspapers. It’s fun to be back covering news and events for young readers, and with technology, our entire team works out of our respective home offices. Never could have pictured this in my Iowa State Daily days. I also do freelance work, including stories for the Iowan magazine, one on the Lincoln Highway in Iowa, another on a vineyard in Willey. I’ll be looking out for an excuse to write about ISU and Ames during my next trip to Iowa. I also hope to continue my children’s book publishing, which includes “G is for Galaxy,” updated since Pluto was demoted to planetoid. See Bill Collison, ‘75, for more family news. 249 Kenwood Court, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Bill Kunerth, Jr., ‘76 Although this recession has not been easy on newspapers, I’m fortunate to be buoyed by an understanding wife and a blue ribbon trout stream 20 minutes from home. Both provide the needed balance during these challenging times.Fortunately, as publisher of the Idaho State Journal (Pocatello, Idaho), I have a talented and dedicated staff who make my job much easier. I’m also proud to say that we’ve won a number of editorial awards this year and have even increased our core circulation by more than 3 percent. But it’s not all work, as my wife Jeri and I enjoyed a family reunion in Okoboji, Iowa, in August. Joining us at the reunion was daughter Kellie, who is a senior at Hollins University in Roanoke, Va. Our other daughter, Allison, graduated from the University of Oregon last year and was recently accepted into the Army’s officer training program. We wish everyone well and invite you to stop by if you’re ever passing through. 12901 Triple Crown, Pocatello, Idaho 83202.

James Jones, ‘76 What a huge year! Finally made the move west to Arizona and won’t have a snow shovel in my hands this winter. Even bigger news...our first grandchild, Emily Ann Turngren, arrived May 1! 21910 N. Pedregosa Court, Sun City West, AZ 85375

Patricia Miller, ‘76 Twenty years ago, I took the plunge, hung out my consultant shingle and launched Laughing Cat Communications. I’m delighted to say the cats are still laughing (although not quite so heartily as before the Great Recession.) Since 1990, I have had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s best clients. They’ve provided me

with challenging, exciting, engaging projects that have kept me on my communications toes. So on this 20th anniverary, I would like to thank all my current and past clients, and the friends and colleagues who supported me and sent me those great word-of-mouth referrals. I’d also like to thank the Greenlee School of Journalism for providing me with the tools and confidence to tackle any communications project. A special thanks goes to the late Dick Disney, who taught me the importance of proofreading and getting it right. 4919 11th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417 Mike Moran, ‘76 With more than 25 years at Ford Motor Co., I continue as dIrector of communications in Washington, D.C., responsible for public policy, brand and corporate reputation communications. Working at Ford has been a tremendous experience. Our products are getting positive recognition, along with our communications department. Look forward to hearing from friends and colleagues. 8042 Rising Ridge Road, Bethesda, MD 20817; (202) 962-5416 (office); (202) 250-1868 (cell); Evelyn (Donkersloot) Boswell, ‘77 5871 Sypes Canyon Road, Bozeman, MT 59715. Raeanne Hytone, ‘77 These are crazy times. In a good way. My personal life is definitely on the upswing and it seems that my professional life is following suit. Freelance art directing is picking up and keeping me out of (or in?) trouble. I still love DC -- even with

Troy McCullough “saw the writing on the wall a long time ago” and worked to broaden his journalistic skill set beyond print newspapers, usually by making himself available for multimedia opportunities and picking up knowledge on the job. Now as a news editor on the Wall Street Journal’s international news desk, he uses this knowledge as he helps to get stories onto the Journal’s website. “People who want to work at a newspaper these days need to be fluent in blogging and social media at the very least,” said McCullough, who worked in editorial positions for the Ames Tribune and the Baltimore Sun prior to joining the Journal. At its core, “journalism is still journalism no matter how many technological bells and whistles people come up with, McCullough continued. “Reporters still need to be able to reliably gather facts and write articles. Editors still need to be able to clean up copy and write headlines. If aspiring journalists can’t do these basic things, they’re going to have serious trouble at a newspaper, no matter how adept they are at using Twitter or Facebook.” In spite of what changes may be taking place, a newsroom is still McCullough a newsroom and to McCullough, “the hum and chatter of the newsroom” and the “adrenaline rush to working in a newsroom on deadline” is part of what makes his work fun. ---Shavaun Maday

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Iowa-like weather. Love the fact that Facebook can connect me with old friends and hate that they actually expect me to “be there” every day. I will certainly miss Jack Shelley and Dick Disney -- I learned so much from them. 3841 Garfield Street NW, Washington, DC 20007.

John ( J.C.) Kain, ‘77 As I write this, we’re about to send our daughter and our money to Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. It has strong engineering and agriculture programs and is located in a small city in a major farming region. Why does that sound familiar? 4121 E. Windsor, Phoenix, AZ 85008. Blake Lewis, ‘77 Principal and senior counsel, Lewis Public Relations, Dallas, Texas. Since my last update, we’ve shot airto-air HD video of aviation assets for a client from a JetRanger flying above mountain tops in Asia, leased new penthouse offices in north Dal-


las, dealt with several major client crises and watched our first child graduate with an undergraduate degree in public relations from the target of our other Big-12 scholastic investments -- Baylor. She now is pursuing an executive MBA at the University of Texas, her first personal college “purchase.” One more to go: our son is in the EE/computer engineering program, also at Baylor, with graduation in or about 2013. Kathy is teaching in the magnet program at Richardson High School. Lewis

Cindi Dammann, MS ‘97

What does a football-obsessed college professor do with her diary of following the Chicago Bears to every game for a year? It’s ready for your bookshelf: “Tailgating Tales: Diary of a Female Football Fan,” by Cindi Dammann. After earning a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Iowa State in 1997 and teaching at a small college, Dammann wanted to share her nearly lifelong passion for the sport. So she journaled, wrote her story and self- published. During the next year, Dammann worked with her best friend, a graphic designer, to create a webzine, “Audible: Football Fan Magazine for Women” ( Their goal was to write more about football, educate more women on the sport and unite football fans. When the webzine was first launched, Dammann sent a few writing samples to both male and female friends. The women loved the female-oriented way to learn more about the sport, and what guy wouldn’t be enthusiastic about his wife or girlfriend becoming more educated about his beloved football? Dammann, who lives in Joliet, Ill., says she doesn’t foresee “Audible” going to print, but she does see it expanding its reader base and becoming an even more active website. ---Maggie Denison


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Tia (Slater) Watson, ‘77 Communications manager, John Deere. Still very much enjoying the corporate communications life at Deere headquarters in Moline, Ill. In addition to speechwriting and video production, I now manage translation services for corporate. Husband Jim, ‘73, and I love getting back to campus when visiting our daughter Katie, a junior marketing major, and a 4th-generation Cyclone! 2895 West Court, Bettendorf, IA 52722. Lori (Hoberg) Adams, ‘78 Same job with new challenges after our department lost over 100 staff to early retirement. Division administrator, Workforce Center

Administration, Iowa Workforce Development, Des Moines.

Patricia Morgan, ‘78 445 Carmel Peak Ln Las Vegas, NV 89145

Joseph, ‘78, and Annette (DeLanoit) Degnan, ‘79 Joe: 4612 Cambridge Dr., Eagan, MN 55122; (651) 452-7259 Annette: marketing communications director, CHS Inc., (651) 355-5126;

Rick Phillips, ‘78 Not a lot of change since last year. Two kids in college (including my youngest at ISU), long hours in the office and increased business travel. I also realize that social media is taking up much bigger chunks of my time and I fear I may need to go to “Social Media Anonymous.” :) My best to all my friends and colleagues at Greenlee.

Debra (Squire) Dietzman, ‘78 587 Shryer Ave. W. Roseville, MN 55113 Martha Helgerson, ‘78 It was in the mid-70s and I was taking one of Jack Shelley’s courses -- likely a radio writing class. My great-aunt had died in Des Moines, and I asked Mr. Shelley for leave to attend her funeral. Probably having heard this type of excuse before, he looked at me suspiciously and asked me firmly, “Well, what’s her name?” I replied, “Ruby Holton.” His face softened. “Oh, Ruby Holton,” he said, “I knew her well from the (Des Moines) city council.” We then chatted about Ruby, who broke the sex barriers in the 1950s to become the first elected female council “woman” in Des Moines, while he was a WHO reporter there; then, Mr. Shelley granted me an excused absence from the pending class. I should have told him at the time that I wouldn’t have missed his classes for anything. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Klark Jessen, ‘78

Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Boston. Communications manager, social media very big at MassDOT. 30 White Head Road, Cohasset, MA 02025.

Dirk, ‘78, and Lee (Horn) van der Linden, ‘80 Despite what you hear about daily newspapers, the weekly business in Iowa is holding up pretty well. Our daughter found a full-time job and didn’t have to move home after college. Our son is looking forward to enrolling at Iowa State in less than two years. Our family is mourning the loss of parents Marge and John, ‘40, just weeks apart in the fall of 2009. 119 Fairway Drive, P.O. Box 81, Belmond, IA 50421 Randall Wreghitt, ‘78 I am always surprised when it is time to send off an update for our newsletter, but here we are again! The year was a busy and full one. I joined the producing team for the revival of “The Miracle Worker” starring Abigail Breslin on Broadway. What can I say? We deserved a better fate! I am in pre-production for several shows. Most immediate are “Talley’s Folly,” “The Great Game”and “Pure Country.” The past year brought a lot of travel for both work and fun. Most of it was in the U.S, but I was in France in August

in the Loire Valley. I did get home a couple of times which is always great. I guess the biggest realization is that I have been living here for 20 years... and that really seems impossible! Randall L. Wreghitt Productions, 410 West 42nd Street - Suite 4E2, New York, NY 10036 James, ‘79 and Debra (Grundman) Blume, ‘77 9300 Carmel Dr., Johnston, IA 50131 Carol (Thompson) Bork, ‘79 Also received a B.A. degree in 1988 in English with secondary education from Buena Vista University. Later became registered nurse in 1995. Still working as an RN now. 826 Duff Ave., Ames, IA 50010 Carol Carey-Odekirk, ‘79 I continue working for State Farm Insurance companies in the media relations division. I handle media calls and PR surrounding life insurance. 13710 Burr Oak Road, Bloomington, IL 61705. Karla (Funk) Cook, ‘79 Freelance writer/reporter/photographer working for two local newspapers, as a side business, as well as editing church newsletter. Also work full time as a secretary for a Kingston, N.Y., nonprofit organization. 15 Cambridge Dr., Red Hook, NY 12571. David Dawson, ‘79 Thirty-one years in the news business and still kicking. It’s gratifying to know a few of us stuck it out and that there are still others interested in newspapers and providing information. I could talk about how things have changed over the years, but that

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would take a book. Just passed 14 years at the Herald & Review in Decatur, Ill. Working as managing editor with fellow ISU alum Gary Sawyer as editor. It’s been great catching up with a lot of you via Facebook. If you ever find yourself near Decatur, we’d love to see you. 305 S. Westdale Ave., Decatur, IL 62522. Rebecca (Haughton) Hixon, ‘79 Stan and I have moved to Buffalo where he is now coaching for the Buffalo Bills. This will be our northernmost stop. Since we’ve had a granddaughter added to our interests, life is even more amusing. I’ll likely find some volunteer activities to get involved. 9 Hidden Creek Ct., Williamsville, NY 14221. Beth Jasper, ‘79 Hello all. Well, now I know why documentary films take so long to make! So much time and energy to get one right. It’s been a great two years though; we’ve met so many unbelievably talented people and learned so much. Our film, “The Devil’s Box: The Rise of Texas-Style Fiddling,” should be completed in the fall/winter. And we WILL get the website up and rolling soon: Look forward to having the DVD for sale and for some kind of public exhibition. 1118 Davis Street, Taylor, TX 76574 Dave Johnston, ‘79 In my sixth year of self-employment (, communicating HR topics, and still loving the commute down the stairs instead of Atlanta freeways. Sue works with me part-time. Son Brian has moved


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to Houston to work in marketing communication—we sure miss having the grandsons nearby. Daughters are both at Brenau University in Gainesville, GA: Annie in PR, Hope in education. 5435 Hedgewick Way, Cumming, Ga. 30040. Susan (Suter) Mortensen, ‘79 While much in our professional lives continues unchanged, our family life status has now officially changed to empty nester. Our daughter Karen graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and is now employed in the Chicago area. She is living in the Lincoln Park area— our new favorite place to visit! Still working at Advantage Ag Strategies (our farmer marketing/ consulting firm). 1937 15th Avenue N, Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Richard Schara, ‘79 Fish are biting, kids are healthy, life is good. 516 S. Oak St. Fergus Falls, MN 56537. Julia (Meylor) Simpson, ‘79 I am now managing communications and public relations at Amica Mutual Insurance Company in Lincoln, R.I. In the past year we have sloshed both feet in the murky waters of social media and public relations. So, believe it or not, life at this reserved little insurance company has changed drastically -- always crazy busy. My oldest daughter is getting married on July 4, 2011, so we’re also learning about another way for Americans to obsess and go overboard. At least she’ll have free fireworks at her reception! 10 Manning Drive, East Providence, RI 02915.

Deirdre (Cox) Baker, ‘80 We caught the home opener Cyclone football game on Sept. 2 and truly enjoyed the atmosphere! The student section was a hoot to watch, and the team played really well. Sadly, ISU lost to Iowa the following week, but I remain very proud of the university. Still reporting on health issues for the Times. 27012 208th Ave., Eldridge, IA 52748; (563) 383-2492 (office) Sarah (Garner) Barker, ‘80 I’m still writing freelance for Iconoculture and for local and national magazines. Naturally, I have a sugar daddy to support me in this lavish lifestyle, same one for 30 years. As far as I know, I’m very happy. 1129 Palace Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105. Richard Bartecki, ‘80 Greetings! Serving as executive vice president, marketing and institutional relations, at the Institute for the Education of Students Abroad. Doing lots of travel across U.S. and around the world. Hopefully a trip will bring me soon to Iowa State. 8630 Ferris Ave. Unit 308, Morton Grove, IL 60053 Annette ( Juergens) Busbee, ‘80 Beginning my fourth year as editor/ writer in The Gazette’s niche products department. Fortunately, still plenty of sections to keep us busy. This is a year of “last go-arounds” for the family. It’s the final soccer season and last semester for our oldest son at Wartburg College. Our younger son is a senior at Kennedy High School. He’s editor of the school newspaper and considering pursuing a communications degree at ISU! 1325 Rainbow Blvd., Hiawatha, IA 52233.

Debra (Bell) Geiser, ‘80 Administrative assistant, Peace Christian Reformed Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 108 Brentwood Dr. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402. Judith Phalen-Delperdang, ‘80 Still at the Globe Gazette newspaper in Mason City, Iowa, serving in various capacities: coordinating the entertainment section (interviews, stories, calendars, etc.), helping with the library and celebrations section, and wherever they need me. Son Geoff is a junior at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., majoring in physics and math. Husband Dave is communications director at Zion Lutheran Church in Clear Lake. 612 7th Ave N, Clear Lake, Iowa 50428. Ronda Willsher, ‘80 I’m in my 15th year of self-employment and so thankful I have the skills to make a living this way. Thank you, ISU! Mayo Clinic continues to be my main client. I edit a patient newsletter and an alumni magazine and write/research for several other projects. This fall, both daughters will be in high school. The college search is underway but it doesn’t appear that there are budding journalists in the family. 16777 Jaguar Place, Lakeville, MN 55044. Jill (Schlichter) Burkhart, ‘81 Hello, fellow Iowa Staters, from Picket Fence Creamery! We’re in our sixth year with our on-farm bottling plant and are selling products as fast as our cows can give us the milk! Our ISU interns this summer developed our newest ice cream flavor -- banana split! Our daugh-

Jeff Lantz, ‘98

Baseball was in Jeff Lantz’s blood long before it paid his bills. Growing up in Iowa City, Lantz worked as a batboy for the University of Iowa baseball team. Those long spring and summer nights inspired Lantz, culminating in his current job as manager of media relations for the Baltimore Orioles. “Every day I come to work and I have to ask myself, ‘Do I really get paid for this?’” he said. “You step out onto the field [Camden Yards] and ‘Oh, hey, there’s Eddie Murray,’ or ‘Hey, there’s Cal Ripken.’” Even after 13 years of hanging around major leaguers, Lantz remains in awe. Lantz’s career began at Iowa State as a walk-on to the ISU baseball Lantz

team. He played shortstop, majored in journalism and piled on the sports management electives. He intentionally chose a fall graduation so he could intern with the Iowa Cubs in the spring – which led to a 10-year media job with that organization. Two years ago, Lantz moved to the Orioles. He received his “welcome to the big league” moment on his first day, when a three-hour rain delay against the Chicago White Sox turned to postponement. “A bizarre beginning” was how Lantz described it. On a daily basis, Lantz prepares game notes for the team and the media. He monitors everything from interviews to what players post on their Twitter pages. Writing press releases about trades, signings and special events is routine. Aspiring to be the director of public relations for an MLB team down the road, Lantz still makes time for traveling and college football, and never misses his annual appearance at the Iowa/Iowa State gridiron game. ---Danny Haugo

‘Clones!) Stop by our farm anytime you’re in the area -- we’ll have an ice cream sample waiting for you! 14583 S. Ave., Woodward, IA 50276; Jennifer (Gilman) Frappier, ‘81 314A West Lennon Dr., #1805, Emory, TX 75440 ter Jenna graduated in May with an education degree and promptly landed a 5th-6th grade science job at North Cedar Schools in Clarence, Iowa. (Our Cyclone landed right in the heart of Hawkeye territory. Go

Sherilyn (Templeton) Hoyer, ‘81 In a budget-related action, my job at ISU changed effective July 1. In addition to increasing from threefourths time to full time, my respon

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sibilities shifted. Formerly a communication specialist for the Iowa Pork Industry Center, I’m now serving in that role for both IPIC and the Iowa Beef Center. Change continues for all of us. Jack Shelley taught my first class at ISU -- Jl MC 101 fall quarter 1977. I was so excited I had to call home to tell my parents! 1324 Kentucky Ave., Ames, IA 50014 Jan Jorgensen, ‘81 Almost three decades (ouch!) since getting my ag journalism degree at ISU, which I continue to put to use as editor of the Pork Checkoff Report magazine for the National Pork Board in Des Moines. My husband, Mike, my daughter, Jenna and I live in Johnston, while my son, John, is at ISU. As a JlMC major, he is giving me the chance to vicariously relive my days in Hamilton Hall. Ken Clayton, ‘82 We’ve survived another good year in Cedar Rapids. I’ve been managing the trade show department at Rockwell Collins for three years, and learning a lot along the way. Travel has been less fun and less frequent, but I was still able to get to Paris, London and New Delhi this year. Sue keeps busy helping everyone in her large family. Most live within 30 miles, and we’re blessed to be able to see them often. Josh works at Sam’s Club in Cedar Rapids, and enjoys road trips to see Cyclones football and basketball. 6000 Wayside Circle, Cedar Rapids, IA 52411-7906.


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Cynthia (Oppedal) Paschen, ‘82 I’ve been with Homeward Hospice as a volunteer for 12 years and still enjoy it. My interview skills stay sharp with my hospice clients and families. Both girls are in college this year! Hooray! 2117 Graeber St., Ames, IA 50014 Jennifer (Speer) Ramundt, ‘82 I’m still at Meredith Corp., where I’m copy chief of Special Interest Media and On the home front, this fall Randy and I sent Will off to his sophomore year at the University of Oklahoma. Sarah is a junior at Des Moines Roosevelt. We also added an exchange student to the family--Ella Sopanen from Finland is spending the school year with us and greatly expanding our horizons. 211 38th Place, Des Moines, IA 50312 Andrea (Raber) Wagenaar, ‘82 Continuing to work part time in marketing. My kids are starting high school (Brian, age 15) and middle school (Sarah, age 11) this fall. A fun and busy time of life! 6526 Scandia Road Edina, MN 55439 Beth (Bentsen) Wolterman, ‘82 Editor, Ida County Courier. 1010 Twin Pines Dr. Ida Grove, IA 51445 Rodney Benson, ‘83 Associate professor and director of graduate studies, department of media, culture, and communication, New York University. News: My research focuses on comparative news media systems (building on my ISU West European media study tour many years ago!). The Colum-

bia Journalism Review (“Research Report: French Connections,” May/ June 2010) discussed one of my recently published comparisons of French and U.S. news coverage of immigration. 39 Greene St., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10003-6674


Jennifer Dostal, ‘99

More than a decade ago, Jennifer Dostal enrolled in the first html course offered at Iowa State. Fortunately, she determined that this Internet business might be the next new thing. Today, Dostal works as an information technology specialist for the Centers for Disease Control in Washington, D.C., after contracting with the agency for more than two years. In her position, Dostal maintains and designs various websites, creates tutorials for projects like the National Health and Nutrition Examination and oversees public information dissemination. Following ISU internships with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and the Iowa Historical Society, Dostal moved to D.C. with a degree in journalism and environmental science. She worked for an environmental law firm, developing its website and online database. Her first assignment was to add all the firm’s journals to its website, with an 18-month deadline for the project. As would any Greenlee grad, she had the job whipped in less than six. ---Beth Barrick

Philip Blobaum, ‘83 Greetings to all alums! I’ve reached a few milestones this year as I turned 50 in September. I don’t feel like I’m 50, but I guess that’s because I have four kids all ages 13 or under. Also, I will have been at Iowa Public TV for 20 years! Sometimes seems like a long time to work in one place, but I still enjoy it! 1210 37th St., Des Moines, IA 50311 Harold Coleman, ‘83 In November 2009, accepted position as vice provost for enrollment management at Arizona State University. From 1999-2009, worked for the enrollment consulting and services firm Noel-Levitz. 4208 Thompson Ave. Des Moines, IA 50317 4830 E. Orchid Ln, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 Jeffrey Hunt, ‘83 Still practicing First Amendment and media law, raising kids and fly fishing whenever I can. Our oldest, Madison, is starting her sophomore year at the University of Pennsylvania. Son Christopher is a high school senior and Tess, 10, in fifth grade. Wife, Cindy, (‘82 ISU grad) is teaching English and literature to seventh- and eighth-graders. Challenging times for news organizations as they transform their business models. Please give us a call if your travels take you to Utah. 787 17th Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103.

Nancy (Hytone) Leb, ‘83 Has it really been a year? I’ve formalized my consulting business, Hytone Arts Management, and am grateful that my business continues to keep pace and even manage a small increase in this challenging environment. The good news is that arts non profits are experts at squeaking by, so for most it’s not a huge reboot. I was part of the National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) training in the Twin Cities last spring which was as close as I’ve gotten to Iowa for a couple of years.

Corey Moss, ‘99

Nothing like landing a front-page, top-of-the-fold Daily story to inspire you to switch your major from architecture to journalism. Today, wordsmith Corey Moss is AMC’s head of news in Los Angeles. In addition to overseeing the channel’s news bureau, Moss also produces 30-minute specials for AMC. “Most people are surprised to know about AMC News,” he said. He recently represented the channel at the Toronto International Film Festival. Prior to joining AMC in early 2010, Moss worked for Yahoo! Originals, where he created multiple Web programs. And for seven years before that, Moss was a senior writer for MTV News. “When I was working at MTV, I met [singer] Andrew McMahon, and he asked me if I would look over some of his video, “ said Moss. That request resulted in “Dear Jack,” a documentary about McMahon’s bout with leukemia that Moss wrote, co-directed and produced.

Personally, life is good and snow-free (if not smog- and traffic-free) in Southern California. 1946 Pasadena Glen Road, Pasadena, CA 91007; (626) 791-8722 (office) Brian Meyer, ‘83 Observed 20th year in communications service office of ISU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Mourned the passing of Dick Disney, a great writing teacher; in college, some of us used to wear t-shirts with his face on it with title, “The Wonderful World of Disney.” 2316 McKinley Circle, Ames, IA 50010. Always the entrepreneur, Moss coowns a disc jockey business, Moss Mobile Music, with his brother. As a freelancer, he has produced and directed music videos and DVD bonus material for Linkin Park, and written band bios for the likes of New Found Glory and Katharine McPhee. His stories have been published in Rolling Stone, Spin and the Chicago Tribune, among other periodicals. Over the years, Moss has worked closely with celebrities such as Ali Landry, Joey Lawrence, Robert Redford and Snoop Dogg. As for down the road? “I’m doing a lot of things toward my own production company and I’m more interested in the corporate side,” Moss said. —Bobby Sit Moss

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Callough’s talent through freelance design work. After building an impressive portfolio, she was hired onto its design team for running footwear.

might just have some more play time. Can’t wait. But alas, still have bills to pay and clients to service, so back to hammering on that keyboard. Until next year... 3221 Cobblestone Court, Cedar Falls, IA 50613.

Today, Callough’s job consists of executing color strategies for running footwear, conducting color trend research and assisting with apparel color strategies. With more than 100 people from across the U.S. and around the world on her design team, she describes her job as being “all about the teamwork.”

Karol Crosbie, ‘85 Karol edits “Wooster,” an awardwinning alumni magazine for The College of Wooster, a liberal arts school in N.E. Ohio. 1782 E. Tolbert, Wooster, OH 44691


Winnie Callough, ‘00

When Winnie Callough decided to move to Portland, Ore., upon her ISU graduation 10 years ago, she left campus with a close friend, a bachelor’s degree and no specific game plan. Today the Waterloo native is a color designer for Nike Inc., the world’s leading provider of athletic footwear, apparel and equipment. It’s been a good decade. Prior to landing her job at Nike, Inc., Callough briefly worked for a nonprofit before pursuing extra classes at a local art school. Nike, Inc., headquartered in a suburb of Portland, originally utilized Michelle (Brown) Waggoner, ‘83 Still living near Donnellson, Iowa. Second son, Michael, is working in movies doing special effects. Third son, Paderic, is editing video and wants to get into animation. First son, Kevin C., is working with his dad, Kevin M., and me in the family business, Waggoner Solutions Co. (water and waste water treatment engineering). Only daughter Sarah just started high school. Time is flying. 2638 148th Ave., Donnellson, IA 52625 Bret Gilliland, ‘84 Entering year 12 at the Mountain West Conference. Busy as ever with professional and family schedules/


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“Sometimes we go around giving each other high-fives because we just love what we do,” she says with a laugh. And Callough loves her new life at home, as well. In June, she and her husband became first-time parents. According to Callough, she “can only imagine it getting better.” ---Katie Sczublewski challenges. Life is good. 8975 Melbourne Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. Marilyn Vaughan, ‘84 3320 Kingman Road, Ames, IA 50014. James Wyckoff, ‘84 Hello, JLMC alumni. Still banging away on the keyboard and running my operation from home here in Cedar Falls. Job’s still going well, but as I grow older (wiser?), my attention is turning more to doing fun things and less on busting my rump on the job. My daughter, Katie, is now interested in taking over my business in a few years--so ol’ dad

Paul Delger, MS ‘85 Continue my freelance writing business. My blog is I spent part of August with an Athletes in Action basketball project in Kenya and Rwanda. I served as a blogger and media relations representative. P.O. Box 175, Kanawha, IA 50447 Kim (Groe) Emery, ‘85 I’m having fun with my start-up Firefly Publicity. We handle public relations, social media and SEO content for a variety of clients, but specialize in the outdoor industry - hunting, fishing, camping and boating. I also work as an integrative healing arts volunteer at our local hospital. 1860 Woodland Drive, Red Wing, MN 55066. Deborah Gilbert, ‘85 New York City; (917) 509-0093;,

Mary Hartnett, ‘85, MS ‘87 News director at WFYI public radio, Indianapolis. Daughter Katie born April 16, 2009. 4422 Abby Creek Lane, Indianapolis, IN 46205 Lisa (Springer) Van Genderen 104 St. Brides Court, Cary, NC 27518 Garet Wyatt, ‘85 Wow, it’s been 25 years since graduating from Iowa State! I continue working as a human resources manager at a cabinet manufacturer in southeast South Dakota: Showplace Wood Products. I live with my wife and eight children in quiet Beresford, SD. My oldest is a senior in high school. You can look me up on Facebook! 701 W. Hemlock St., Beresford, SD 57004-1621. Jeff Cue, ‘86 New challenges at the Cue house this year: Jorjie starting preschool, Zach starting 2nd grade & Alice and I now both being self-employed. Not both freelancing by choice, but hopefully a new opportunity is out there for at least one of us! 14403 Bryn Mawr Drive, Urbandale, Iowa 50323. Eileen Gannon, ‘86 Currently vice president, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Des Moines, Iowa. 2923 SW 30th St., Des Moines, IA 50321 Kevin Byall, ‘87 My biggest news as an artist has been the honor of working on some very large-scale installations conceptualized by Dan Das Mann and

Karen Cusolito. As the lead artist on one of the works in the Infinitarium series, I designed and led a team of metal workers and fire fx plumbers in what would be displayed at some of the largest art and music events in the U.S. in 2010. My contribution was a nearly 2-ton steel dandelion sculpture, a metal piece more than 20 feet tall with multiple flame FX. It was first displayed at EDC, the Electric Daisy Carnival, in Los Angeles. Later it would be seen at the Sand By the Ton event in Oakland at American Steel, one of the largest collectives of artists under one roof in the world, and then onto the Outside Lands Festival in San Franciso. It’s ultimate display would be the 2010 Burning Man festival. Pictures can be seen online tagged to my name on Facebook, or within the image section of (For example: b=true&year=2010#pastheader) 6001 Ocean View Dr, Oakland, Ca 94618. Reid Hamre, MS ‘87 Brand marketing manager, AGCO Your Agriculture Company, Duluth, Ga. (770) 813-6067; Nicholas Joos, ‘87 1003 Prairie Ln, McGregor, TX 76657 Since I was 42 years old at graduation time, I’m enjoying retirement now! We live in Williamsburg and my husband is an engineer at Kinze Manufacturing. I’ve spent the past year working to become a Master Gardener. 121 Willis Blvd, Williamsburg, IA 52361

Tom Owens, ‘87 My passion is writing a blog to capture the first-person memories of the men (and women) from major league baseball’s past: www.BaseballByTheLetters. Thanks to Barbara Mack for her encouragement and insights! Stephanie (Quinn) Fitzsimmons, ‘88 I reached my 11-year anniversary at Jackson Spalding in May 2010 and continue to work as a senior counselor to our top clients, including Delta Air Lines and Chick-Fil-A. I pursued my accreditation in public relations and successfully completed the process in February 2010. On the home front, my husband and three kids keep me very busy. Thanks for the opportunity to stay connected to my fellow alums and ISU! 643 Norfleet Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 Sylvia Hauser, ‘88 We’re not in Kansas anymore. In December 2009, after my husband returned from his fabulous allexpenses-paid trip to Afghanistan, we packed up the household and two angry cats and hied to Germany. I hauled my financial editing gig along, too. Morningstar’s been very patient with my Army-dictated wandering. Our part of Bavaria reminds me of rural Iowa, except with bigger hills and better beer. Still lots of tractors, though. I’m mangling German, driving really fast (except behind the tractors), and seeing as much of Europe as I can before we pull up stakes again. No weltschmerz here!

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Craig Olson, ‘88 I recently began a new position selling retail printed packaging films for Accredo Pkg. (www.accredopkg. com) based in Sugar Land, Texas. Lisa and I have been busy with projects around the home this year. Rachel is now 17 and a senior at Norwalk High School. Katie is 14 and a freshman. As always, a special “hello” to my friends from KUSR! 8884 42nd Lane, Cumming, Iowa 50061. Julie Radford, ‘88 New career started last year. Great decision. Lil’ Drug Store Products, Inc. is where I am currently working as the quality assurance manager. Responsible for all three divisions. The international division allows me to travel to great countries like Israel, Italy and Canada. It has been a great year. Contact me if you are in eastern Iowa. 344 W Main St, West Branch, IA 52538 (319) 330-4729; Joy (Zimmerman) Wilhelm, ‘88 404 47th St., West Des Moines, IA 50265 Suzanne (Weuve) Schwartze, ‘89 Our big news is that we are now parents! Charles Henry Schwartze was born on Oct. 24, 2009 --- the same day that Iowa State beat Nebraska in Lincoln. And yes, we did check in on the game between contractions. Schwartze Needless to say, we’re raising him as a proud Cyclone!


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Bruce Blythe, ‘90 Since January 2010 I’ve been business editor for Vance Publishing Corp.’s agricultural division, covering about all things ag from the storied pits of the Chicago Board of Trade. This includes daily futures market action, major agribusiness companies, the farm economy and the food industry in general. If you eat and want to find out more about where your dinner comes from, check me out on Twitter: @BruceBlythe. In other news, last November wife Kate and I welcomed our first future Cyclone, Paige Carolyn. She’s doing great. Soon after she learns her ABCs, we’ll be working on the ISU fight song. I also continue to help organize ISU game watches in Chicago, so be sure to stop by one of our Cyclone bars the next time you’re in town. Hey to all my old ISU Daily friends! 3507 N. Reta Ave., #4, Chicago, IL 60657. Teri (Manley) Ford, ‘90 I am now in my 15th year as a stay-at-home mom. While I had always assumed I would re-enter the “real world” once my boys were in school, I guess I have just been kept busy enough managing our home and keeping up with the schedules of my boys and husband that it has just never quite seemed like the right time to go back. We live in Geneseo, Ill., where my husband is an attorney. Our boys are now 15 and 12 and are both avid golfers. A lot of my time is spent running them between home, school and the golf course. With our oldest on the verge

of a driver’s license, however, I may be losing that position soon. Maybe by the next newsletter, I will have figured out what I want to be when I grow up. 733 Hickory Dr., Geneseo, IL 61254. Joan (May) Bundy, ‘91 Paul (‘82, MS ‘90) and I have been busy getting my law firm, Joan Bundy Law PLC, off the ground. It officially started in July 2009 and is still going strong despite still being a one-woman operation out of my home, with plenty of assistance and encouragement from Paul as the unpaid non-employee in charge of accounting, taxes, marketing, public relations and business development. I recently had a logo designed with a new slogan we came up with (“Helping you through life’s transitions”), which I am in the process of trademarking, and a blue-andgreen color scheme reminiscent of Norwest Bank (remember them?). I am also looking at office space. Otherwise keeping busy serving on the board of local humane society, playing piano and singing in church, and giving piano lessons, while Paul mixes custom CDs and perfects his Pandora stations. Take care, everyone, and write some time! 1387 E. Palo Verde St., Casa Grande, AZ 85122. Brien Murphy, ‘91 Professionally: I continue as features editor at The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill. (you may have seen our former governor on “The Apprentice”), where the biggest thing I did this past year was launch a website about our local music scene with recordings by local songwriters. Personally, you know you’ve had an uneventful year when

the only news is I joined a bocce ball league and played bass in front of an audience for the first time (not on the same day, of course). Springfield, IL. Ann (Foster) Thelen, ‘91 Director, communications and media relations; MidAmerican Energy Company; Des Moines, Iowa; www. Mona (Farr) Bond, ‘92 In January 2010, I took a position as vice president of public affairs with the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa after 15 years with agribusiness. It is a new adventure and one that offers new challenges and opportunities. I have five grandchildren now that are the most exciting and wonderful thing that can happen to a person. We continue to live in Ankeny and I am beginning to look toward retirement! 2818 W. First St, Ankeny, Ia 50023. Jennifer (Holm) Dunlay, ‘92 I am a busy wife and mom of 9-year-old twins. I do freelance writing for and former marketing communications colleagues in Olathe, Kan. Holli Hartman, ‘92 I am still in Denver and counsel at Baker and Hostetter LLP specializing in employment law. I have only sad news to report: I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April. I am finishing chemotherapy and radiation this fall. The progress is good, however, and I hope to be around many more years. 2322 Magnolia St., Denver, CO 80207

Melissa Idso Berg, ‘03

An internship with Drum Corps International led to a full-time job for 2003 Greenlee graduate Melissa Idso Berg – what intern doesn’t wish for that ending? “I wrote articles about the performing groups and took photos at the competition,” Berg Berg said recently. “I really enjoyed the activity, and found myself gravitating toward the event management and operations side of the organization. “ Her internship exit interview resulted in her hiring as an event operations coordinator, then a promotion to manager of event operations in 2005. Berg planned more than 100 Drum Corps events in 35 states, in such venues as the Rose Bowl Stadium, the Citrus Bowl and INVESCO Field at Mile-High Stadium. This May, Berg left Drum Corps International to work as an independent event producer. Based in Indianapolis, Berg also works as house manager for the Hilbert Circle Theatre, coordinating events for organizations like the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. A former Daily staffer (Berg worked as a writer, photographer and online photo editor), she remains grateful for her Greenlee School photojournalism courses. “Every event manager has to have a camera at all times to study the event,” Berg said. “I can’t rely on staff photographers to catch the areas or ideas I need to capture. That training is huge.” ---ReAnn Jackson

Peter Tubbs, ‘92 Producer/editor, Meredith Video Studios, Des Moines. Busy creating video content for nationally syndicated Better and MVS clients. Will finish an ISU MBA in December. Looking forward to walking through the doors the MBA is opening. 642 39th, Des Moines, IA 50312. Christopher Bunce, ‘93 Greetings from Kansas City! I started my 15th year as telecommunications attorney this year and completed my tenth year with Birch Communications where I serve as vice president, legal, and general counsel. It’s a good time to thank the best college adviser ever, Prof. Tom Emmerson, as well as Prof. Jeff Stein, who got me interested in the study of law in his media law course. Stephanie and I focused our time between our love for our dogs and all things Renaissance with Stephanie stitching us “Much Ado About Nothing” garb for attending Midwest Renaissance faires. We celebrated publication of her second historical fantasy novel, “StarCrossed,” (penned under her middle name, Elizabeth) in 2010, which debuted with great literary journal reviews, the audiobook release of her first novel, “A Curse Dark as Gold,”and the final revisions on her

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third novel, “Liar’s Moon.” Phew! A busy year. Best to all who have kept Hamilton Hall busy and relevant, past and present! Lauri (Dumstorff ) Freking, ‘93 I’m beginning my sixth year as a consultant at Wixted Pope Nora Thompson & Associates. We do a lot of work in health care and energy, which makes for some interesting issues to discuss and prepare for during our training programs. My husband, Steve, and I have a 4th grader, a 2nd grader and a preschooler. All of them are Cyclone fans! 916 Prairie View Dr., West Des Moines, IA 50266. William Hein, ‘94 I’m currently working in international affairs for the U.S. Treasury. I manage tax administration reform projects dealing with a number of countries in Africa. I’m still able to put my journalism skills to use in writing position papers as well as a departmental newsletter. The ability to write concisely and connect with the audience is a valuable trait in any business. Jodi (Nelsen) Osborn, ‘94 I’m beginning my fifth year as workplace campaign manager for Feed The Children, an international hunger relief organization based in Oklahoma City. My husband, Dave, and I have been married for seven years and have three dogs who keep us on our toes! 15814 Franklin St., Omaha, NE 68118.


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Dr. Leigh Wolfe-Dawson, ‘94 I teach community college courses in interpersonal communication and public speaking. I have a master’s degree in language and communication from Regis University; I have a master’s certificate in adult learning, training, and development also from Regis University; and I have a Ph.D. in higher education with an emphasis on the community college from Colorado State University. My master’s certificate examined tactile, auditory and visual learning styles. My master’s thesis explored commonalities in award-winning community newspapers, and my doctoral dissertation centered on symbolic speech and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. My employment experience has been as an editor, writer and reporter at community newspapers in Iowa, Arizona and Colorado. My educational objective is to share my enthusiasm for communication and journalism. In my spare time, I am working on turning Tinker vs. Des Moines into a play for high school students. I reside in Denver, Colo. Geoffrey Johnson, ‘95 Still at General Mills, leading relationship marketing group. 6470 Cedar Ct., Minnetrista, MN 55364 Jennifer (Dukes) Lee, ‘95 Adjunct journalism prof at Dordt College; contributing editor for; raising kids and crops in northwest Iowa. 1574 210th St., Inwood, IA 51240.

Larry Vavroch, ‘95 There were no major events in the Vavroch household this past year. With all the cutbacks in media, I am grateful for my job as operations manager of KDFR, 91.3 FM in Des Moines (89.1 in Ames). My duties include hosting and producing a daily public affairs program that covers a wide range of community issues in central Iowa. I also host and produce weekly public affairs interviews for Family Radio’s FM stations in Fort Dodge, Emporia, Kan. and Bismarck, N.D. Although I enjoy broadcasting, writing has always been my true love and I continue to seek out any freelance writing opportunities which includes a couple of personal stories that I plan on submitting to “Guideposts.” After a two-year stint of being unemployed, Linda is taking a medical unit clerk course at DMACC so that is encouraging and has given her the opportunity to broaden her horizons in the medical field. Our daughter, Lisa Marie, turned 19 this past July and is now in her second year at the University of Iowa, majoring in business. It was such a joy having her home for the summer. For this loyal Cyclone fan, it has been difficult realizing that her loyalties are with the Hawkeyes, especially on the day of the big game. We enjoy going back to Greenlee at least a couple times a year and especially appreciate returning to campus for First Amendment Day and at Homecoming. It renews my journalistic fervor and makes me realize that we all have talents that have been nurtured and refined through the caring faculty of the Greenlee School. I commend Barbara Mack, her staff and students who put together this year’s First Amendment panel and lectures. As a guy who manages a Christian radio station in central Iowa, I want to conclude by sharing that our faith

is our source of strength and prayer is vital in these challenging times. Each day is a gift from God as we strive to live today to its fullest. 2021 53rd St., Des Moines, Iowa 50310; Tad Davis, ‘96 Year 8 at KCCI-TV 8 in Des Moines as managing editor of We continue to set new readership records for Hearst TV and Internet broadcasting. It’s amazing to see how quickly interactive news is moving and growing online. 1719 Grand Avenue #207, Des Moines, Iowa 50309; Amanda (Svec) Grask, ‘96 January 2011 will mark my 8th anniversary with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage as a communications consultant. I still enjoy my work on our team member recognition program and community support and United Way campaign, as well as other charitable giving efforts. My daughter turned one in July 2010 and my husband and I are enjoying every moment with her! West Des Moines, IA Troy McCullough, ‘96 I just started my fourth year at The Wall Street Journal where I’m a news editor on the international news desk. I work with reporters and editors from all over the world, though I myself usually don’t venture too far from The Journal’s newsroom, which these days is located much closer to Times Square than Wall Street. Drop me a line if you’re ever in New York!

Rob Daniel, ‘98 Since last fall, our family has grown again, with the birth of my wife Angie’s (‘99 child services) and my second son, Joel. He joins his big brother, Ben, who turned 3 in September. Professionally, I remain the K-12 education reporter for the Iowa City Press-Citizen (cheering on the Cyclones in the heart of Hawkeye country). In the last year, I received a third-place award from the Associated Press of Managing

Editors for my report on the August 2009 arrest of former Iowa basketball star Roy Marble. Iowa City, IA.

Anna Holland , ‘04

been an extreme adjustment, Holland loves living in Asia. “I have the opportunity to travel all the time,” she said. “There are so many things happening here.” Holland even got the chance to travel to Beijing for the 2008 Olympics.

“I love it -- it’s the best job ever,” says Anna Holland, copy editor at the Asia edition of the International Herald Tribune - Hong Kong. Holland is one of 10 copy editors in the Hong Kong bureau, typically working the 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. shift. “Copy editors are underrated,” Holland said. “They don’t get a lot of attention.” Holland writes the headlines for the paper, “the part of the job I love the most.” The Clovis, N.M., native also enjoys discovering what happened in the U.S. overnight. At 28, she is the youngest employee by at least 10 years at the bureau.

Jennifer ( Johannsen) Mehl, ‘98 Martin and I are keeping busy with our 3-year-old twin boys, Alexander and Carsten, and loving life on the central coast of California. Find us on Facebook if you’d like to reconnect. 2411 Darbeton Ave, Santa Maria, CA 93458.

It’s been hard living on the opposite side of the world from her family and friends, but as a journalist, Holland understands the importance of communication. From using Internet programs such as Skype and Facebook to waking up at odd hours to make calls, Holland works hard to keep in touch. ---Emily Kathrein Holland

Before joining the IHT, Holland worked as a copy editor at The Dallas Morning News. While working there, Holland’s boss was offered the copy chief position at the IHT. In March 2008 he called Holland to offer her a position to join him in Hong Kong. So how are the Chinese language lessons going? “It’s been a disaster so far,” Holland said. Although it’s

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Zach Johnson, ‘09

Everyone has a dream job growing up. But in time, the wannabe veterinarian turns into the accountant, the doctor to the schoolteacher, the fire fighter to the stay-at-home dad. Unless you’re Zach Johnson, who picked up his mom’s People one day during his preteen years and decided then and there he’d work for that type of magazine some day. Johnson, who graduated from Iowa State in December 2009, now lives the

April Samp, ‘98 I recently moved to Virginia to be the news director at WAVY TV 10 and WVBT Fox 43 in Portsmouth. I spent more than five years in Iowa running newsrooms at KGAN and KWQC. I miss the “Iowa Nice,” but love the beach! Go State! Michael Swan, ‘79, MS’98 It’s now been 12 years for the family in El Dorado, Kan., where I’m an instructor and adviser in the mass comm department at Butler CC. That’s a pretty good stint for a former vagabond journalist. We’re thrilled with how the kids (Will, 16, Katy, 13) are doing in school and with all their activities. Wife


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dream as an assistant Web editor for US Weekly magazine. During his family’s many moves growing up, Johnson stayed strong to his passions for celebrity and fashion journalism. Though he chose a university “not especially known for its glitz and glam,” Johnson quickly became recognized as an ISU campus mover and shaker. He was active in his fraternity, wrote for Ethos magazine, and then tackled the editor-in-chief responsibilities for Trend, ISU’s campus fashion magazine, for two years. A Meredith apprenticeship at WOOD magazine led to a summer internship with his current employer. The New York City magazine staff was enamored enough with Johnson’s work that it invited him to return following his ISU graduation. “Internships are so important, paving a path to that dream job,” Johnson said. ---Tora Crist Linda will be practice teaching next semester (what we used to call home ec)after commuting to and living in Manhattan, Kan. for some time. She will be a good teacher, just like she was a talented journalist. I’m also proud of some of my students breaking into the sports journalism field. All you need to know about being an Iowa State fan was Iowa State 9, Nebraska 7, and the subsequent locker room celebration. As the late, great Pete Taylor would say, “Un-believable!” 1403 Park Ave., El Dorado, Kan. 67042.

Jennifer Young, ‘98 I’m still at KARE-TV in the Twin Cities. This October marks seven years here. I’m the 10 p.m. producer. 3549 Emerson Ave. S., #102, Minneapolis, MN 55408. Jen (Plueger) Harken, ‘99 I’ve been at the Meredith Corporation in Des Moines for four years. One of the best parts of my job is working with ISU Greenlee School students through the Meredith Apprentice Program. I’m married to Scott Harken (an Iowa fan!), and have two children, Joe, 5, and Rori, 1. 5027 68th St., Urbandale, IA 50322 Martin Mehl, ‘97, MS’99 Jennifer and I are keeping busy with our 3-year-old twin boys Alexander and Carsten, and loving life on the central coast of California. Find us on Facebook if you’d like to reconnect. 2411 Darbeton Ave, Santa Maria, CA 93458. Cynthia Miller, MS ‘99 I teach writing, public speaking and critical thinking courses part-time for Cardinal Stritch University’s satellite campus in the Twin Cities. I freelance as a writer, newsletter editor and public speaker, specializing in memoir writing, family history and heritage art. My main job is caring for my 4-year-old son Gus and my 2-year-old daughter Susanna while my husband works in IT. Inver Grove Heights, MN.

Dave Gugliotta, ‘00 Things are not much different from last year. I’m currently general manager of the Advance Auto Parts store in Seabrook, N.H. I still get to do some voiceover work from time to time, but not much writing these days. I was able to visit Iowa last summer, and it was great to walk around the campus again! 31 Hollingsworth St., Lynn, MA 01902 Jayne Sykora, ‘00 I graduated from law school in 2009, returned to the Twin Cities and started my own law firm, Sykora and Santini, PLLP. Check it out at 19385 Azure Road, Wayzata, MN 55391 Kati ( Jividen) Bernard, ‘01 It’s been another big year! After nearly four years with the city of Overland Park (Kan.), I found myself in the unemployment line in January, just five days after returning from maternity leave (we welcomed daughter Ashlee in Nov. ‘09). Four months later - after thoroughly enjoying my time as a SAHM of two - I found a new job with Garmin International as a Web content writer for Just a few months in, and I’m loving it. I look forward to all of the challenges this new job will bring me in the coming years... and hopefully no more pink slips! Tera Lawson, ‘02 2103 Jensen Ave., Ames, IA 50010. Megan (Hinds) Myers, ‘03 Director of communications for the South Dakota State Medical

Association in Sioux Falls and staff editor of South Dakota Medicine, the SDSMA’s peer-reviewed medical journal. 1900 S Lake Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57105. Valerie Passonno, ‘03 Living and working in warm south Florida as an IA designer at the Palm Beach Post. 5821 Town Bay Dr Apt. 532, Boca Raton, FL 33486 Jennifer (Hoyer) Alexander, ‘04 After three years working as ag experiment station editor at Kansas State University, I accepted a position as a publishing manager in Oregon State’s department of extension and experiment station communications. My husband and I are excited about the opportunity to live and work in the state where we spent our honeymoon, but Iowa will always be home. Sarah (Fackrell) Burstein, ‘04 2117 Ridgeview Circle, Clive, IA 50325 Jami (Sonney) Graves, ‘04 Jami is a senior account executive with The Integer Group in Des Moines. In August 2009, Jami and her husband Aaron (‘03 design) gave birth to their son, Finnian Scout. 4623 Ovid Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310. Alicia McGhee, ‘06 Currently serving as the assistant press secretary for the office of Illinois secretary of state Jesse White. 9539 South Peoria St., Chicago, IL 60643.

Lindsay (Bromley) Cunningham, ‘07 After graduating in December 2007, I accepted a job doing PR for NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, and I’ve been there ever since. My husband and I got married in October 2009 (he proposed underneath the Campanile and we had our reception at the MU!). He is currently a robotics engineer at JSC. I’d have to say I definitely didn’t think I’d be working where I am. I’ve had some great experiences... traveling with astronauts, doing outreach for nationwide events and meeting some amazing people. We plan on staying in Houston for a while longer; eventually we’d like to make our way back to the Midwest to be closer to family. 15906 Seahorse Dr., Houston, TX 77062. Jenny Herring, MS ‘07 I am so glad to hear the Greenlee School is thriving, especially at a time when my undergrad alma mater, the University of Colorado School of Journalism, is exploring possible discontinuance (or at least probable reorganization). 4103 Hawthorne Pl. Longmont, CO 80503 Nathan Russell, ‘07 Currently a third-year law student at University of Dayton. Married Lindsay Cirkl on July 31, 2010. Laura Carson, ‘09 504 S. White St., Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641

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Karla Walsh, ‘10 Cayla Westergard, ‘09 Cayla works for the Iowa Egg Council and Iowa Poultry Association as the director of consumer affairs. Check out Cayla’s egg cooking videos on YouTube by searching “Iowa Egg Council.” 4427 86th St. Apt. 9, Urbandale, IA 50322 Jennifer Dryden, ‘10 After graduating from the New York University Summer Publishing Institute in July 2010, I have started an internship with Sterling Publishing in New York City. I’m an editorial intern for the educational children’s imprint called Flash Kids Books. They write and produce flash cards, workbooks and other learning tools. Loving my job, the city and the possibilities that seem endless. New York, NY. Samantha (Carlson) Gratton, ‘10 Employed at Strategic America in West Des Moines as a PR coordinator. 6300 Colby Ave., Windsor Heights, IA 50324 Karen (Risch) Hieb, ‘10 I am continually blessed by my work at Children Desiring God, a small non-profit ministry that publishes God-centered educational resources. My work as resource development manager gives me the opportunity to work on meaningful publishing projects with gifted people who share a common passion. I’m also very thankful for my amazing husband, Tim, who is understanding, supportive and always eager to make our home more comfortable


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and pleasant. Though he stays busy as a professional handyman and piano teacher, he continues to make time to complete a number of really thoughtful home improvement projects. Please look us up if you’re ever in the Twin Cities. I love to connect with old classmates. 6745 West 192nd Avenue, Eden Prairie, MN 55346 Kimberly Norvell, ‘10 Accepted a full-time reporter position at the St. Joseph News-Press. 508 N 5th St, #202, St. Joseph, MO 64501 Rachel Trampel, ‘10 4320 Minnetonka Blvd., #203, St. Louis Park, MN 55416 Walsh

On this day, she casually discusses with the People Magazine editor in chief -- what makes covers sell. Each day, she wakes up in New York City. This is all so different from 200 days ago when Karla Walsh still navigated the ISU campus toting a backpack and textbooks. The Bettendorf native, who doublemajored in journalism and kinesiology, quickly found employment in June as an editorial assistant at Fitness Magazine after interning for the publication in 2009. She juggles an assortment of assignments for Fitness; for this issue, Walsh is creating its table of contents. “It’s a treat and I feel really blessed to even have found a job right out of school in this economy,” Walsh said. Walsh chose her kinesiology major for additional specialization in journalism. The combination evolved in part due to her battle with anorexia in her teens. “That experience made me realize the importance of sharing solid health information with the masses,” she said. Walsh also is an on-air reporter for the Dr. Fitness and the Fat Guy radio show. The show’s hosts loved her blog (http://healthfulbitesblog. com/) and asked her to join their team. She now creates the show’s Facebook communication, scouts guests and presents a monthly on-air segment. In the future Walsh hopes to establish a career as a multimedia health freelancer, creating magazine articles, blogs and TV reports. ---Kaitlyn Pennybacker

We Remember Lyle C. Abbott, 1943

David Juon, 1972

Lyle “Flash” Abbott died July 24 in Columbia, Mo. He was 92. He earned the nickname “Flash” from legendary journalism professor Rod Fox after speedily completing a journalism story requiring him to ride his bike out to the ISU dairy farm and back. At Iowa State, he was editor of the Iowa State Student—now the Daily—in 1942. (Later, his son, ISU journalism professor Eric Abbott, also was editor of the Iowa State student newspaper, probably the only father/son team to accomplish that feat). Lyle also served on the Agriculturist and the Green Gander. In 1943, he joined the Army Air Corps, where he piloted the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter in Italy. Following the war, he returned to Iowa State and worked as an agricultural extension editor in Morrill Hall, where he helped found the Flying Farmers of Iowa. In 1947, he left Iowa State to become editor of the Osceola Sentinel-Tribune. In 1952, he moved to Milwaukee and joined the Klau-Van Pietersom-Dunlap Advertising Agency, first as a copywriter, and later as an account executive. In 1959, he joined Gardner Advertising in St. Louis, where he supervised the John Deere account that launched that company’s “New Generation of Power” campaign of the early 1960s. During his career, he served on the University of Illinois agricultural communications advisory board at the invitation of ISU grad Jim Evans. He and his wife Margaret (Schwanz) Abbott (Dietetics ’46) retired in 1977 and spent many winters in Tucson. Survivors include his wife and three children, Linda Allen of Churchville, N.Y.; Eric Abbott of Ames and David Abbott of Boulder, Colo.

David Juon died Jan. 8 at his home in Waterloo. He was 62. Following a stint as public affairs director at WHBF-TV in Rock Island, Ill., he joined the John Deere Company in human resources. At the time of his death, Juon was supervisor of the John Deere Regional Training Center in Waterloo. He was an active volunteer in the Waterloo community. His survivors include his wife, Sharon, and two daughters.

Brandy Hirsch Shearer, 2001 Brandy Hirsch Shearer died Feb. 15 at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City. She was 30. A resident of Boone, she was employed as an Internet and marketing manager for the Van Wall Group. Among her survivors are her husband, Joe, and two sons.

Susan Nissen Lerdal Susan Nissen Lerdal of Des Moines died March 20. She was 63. A Montana native, she received bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Montana. From 1998 to 2001, she worked as the library associate for the ISU Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. Her survivors include her husband, Jim.

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