2013 Greenlee Glimpse

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The Greenlee Promise 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 become part of a life-enriching community of ISU Greenlee students, staff, alumni, friends and practicing professionals. You will learn how to adapt and thrive as a working professional in the digital networked world. You will be challenged to shape your Greenlee experience to match your individualized, personal aspirations. 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. 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 learn how to shape and lead the future of that society and evolve, with integrity, the future of journalism and communications. You will be expected to work exceptionally hard, as both an individual and a member of a team. You will be called by and held to the highest standards of academic rigor and personal ethics. You will have the opportunity to build cherished relationships that last a lifetime. You will experience the life-changing 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 embark on a personal journey at Greenlee unlike any other found in schools of journalism and communications anywhere in the world. Above all, you will hit the ground running when you complete your graduation requirements and land your first career job.




Read what your former faculty and classmates are up to these days.

82 PASSAGES Obituaries



By all accounts, the Greenlee School’s new PR major validates its decades-long academic campaign to train the profession’s newest practitioners. By Annette (McCuen) Hacker, ‘90


DEPARTMENTS OF THE 06 STATE SCHOOL Success 10 years in the making—read why the Greenlee School continues to thrive in the wake of challenge and opportunity. By Michael Bugeja


A new learning community is but one of the Greenlee School’s accomplishments for 2013—check out another year’s achievements. By students of Deb Gibson’s Jl MC 344 (feature writing) class

FROM 21 POSTS THE INTERIOR See how 2013 treated faculty and staff.


You gotta have friends – especially the fun Greenlee networking kind. Learn more about the School’s Alumni and Friends Society. By Ingrid Tunberg

Greenlee School alumnus Scott Stanzel, ’95, has practiced PR alongside a U.S. President and the top of the Fortune 500 heap. But spend an hour with him, and you’ll glimpse the still-earnest young man whose values are rooted in Sac County soil. By Hannah Gilman, ‘12

38 BEYOND EXPECTATION What? You leave the state’s largest newspaper for county-seat community journalism? Yep, says this former Daily reporter, and he couldn’t be happier. By Jared Strong, ‘05

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Hannah Gilman, ’12, is a Seattle-based freelance writer and graphic designer. While an ISU student, Gilman worked as a Meredith apprentice with Special Interest Media, writing for home design magazines.

Jared Strong, ’05, is a feature writer and investigative reporter for the Daily Times Herald in Carroll. He formerly worked as a general assignment reporter for the Des Moines Register and interned at offenburger.com.


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Sherry Berghefer, ’99, MS ’06, is a lecturer in

Annette (McCuen) Hacker, ’90, MPA ’08, is director of

visual communication at the Greenlee School. Also a freelance graphic designer, she is pursuing a Ph.D. from Iowa State in human computer interaction. She teaches the Jl MC 342 visual communication labs.

ISU News Service. She formerly served as senior vice president of a West Des Moines-based public relations firm. She also has worked for Strategic America, the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives and as a print and broadcast reporter.

Yue Wu is a Greenlee senior majoring in journalism. She was born and raised in Chongqing, China. Her photography has garnered national recognition (see page 19), and she has interned for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Liz Zabel, a senior from Victoria, Minn., is studying journalism and international studies at Iowa State. She is a longtime reporter and photographer for the Iowa State Daily, and serves as photography director for Ethos magazine.

Deb (Solberg) Gibson, ’81, is a Greenlee School senior clinician, Meredith Professional in Residence and editor in chief of the Greenlee Glimpse.

Students in Sherry Berghefer’s 342L (Laboratory in Basic Visual Principles) course contributed to the layout and design for the Glimpse.

Students in Sherry Berghefer’s 342L (Laboratory in Basic Visual Principles) course contributed to the layout and design for the Glimpse.

Front row: Bailey McGrath, Bailey Freestone, Kathryn Emerick, Krista York, Elizabeth Krugler, Bethany Paulson, Alex Smith. Back row: Kyle Folvag, Zachary Bauer, Jenna Kurtz, Bridget Garnica, Scott Strehlow, Olivia Hunt, Christopher Lightfoot, Scott Ismond. Not pictured: Rachel Lake

Front row: Katherine Stallone, Audra Manzer, Morgan Gaynor, Natalie Williams. Middle row: Juliann Finn, Lindsay Kayser, Saige Heyer, Carrie Horman, Sindhuja Ram, Emily Logan, Rachel Vipond Back row: Michael Randleman, John Boland, Abraham Burzette, Levi Castle, Olson Miller, Louis Jordan. Not pictured: Kailey Moon, Jane Morrison

Students in Sherry Berghefer’s 342L (Laboratory in Basic Visual Principles) course contributed to the layout and design for the Glimpse.

Students in Deb Gibson’s Jl MC 344 (Feature Writing) course wrote this magazine’s “Year in Review” and “Catching Up” profiles.

Front row: Allee Wengert, Denisha Mixon, Catherine Schuller, Jeffrey Schmidt, Jamie Lauten. Back row: Mark Specht, Nicholas Andrade, Christopher Cox, Gil Hols, William Dodds, Jake Miller, Austin Evans, Katlego Mogongwa. Not pictured: Miranda Cantrell, Michael Still

Students included (front row, left to right): Anna McConnell, Ingrid Tunberg, Elaine Godfrey, Myra Krieger-Coen, Liz Zabel and Dallas Daws. Back row: Chandler Nisenson, Jared Raney, Kristin Peterson, Tyler Main, Michael Finn, Andrew Hayes, Eleni Upah, Emily Elveru and Tedi Mathis. Not pictured: Thad Mast.

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importantly, students, relied on their zeal, values and work ethic to rise from a program threatened by duplication to one admired by four teams of external reviewers (two ACEJMC, two Regents Program Reviews) from the best universities in the nation. Throughout the years we have dealt with budgetary issues and, indirectly, with the specter of duplication. That caused us to pursue different venues to achieve our vision ensuring another generation of Greenlee alumni. That effort paid off. In 2013 we found ourselves with robust enrollment—662 total majors (an increase of 7 percent) —along with a new public relations degree and emerging national status. Here’s the retrospective citing past State of the School addresses: •2004 Challenge:
 Since FY03, the Greenlee School returned to the College, in one reversion, budget cut or another, almost $200,000— roughly the earnings of a $5 million endowment. In 2003, we had aspired to emerge as a college of communication. When budget cuts resulted in loss of lines across the institution, we had to consolidate rather than expand.
We won unanimous re-accreditation and revived research productivity in the hopes of becoming a comprehensive School with a doctoral degree.
 •2005 Challenge:

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his is my 10th State of the School address. The occasion caused me to review nine previous addresses and chart where our journey began and where it is taking us. I’ll summarize those years in this report and emphasize the common theme in each one—ensuring another generation of professionals and scholars in the Greenlee School. Looking back on the challenges we faced, and the opportunities we made of them, has made me immensely proud to be your colleague and a member of the Greenlee School and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Ours is a splendid story of professors and staff members dealing with change and transition—in the economy, in the budget model, in the industry and in the institution itself—all while serving the needs of our constituents. In sum, in the past decade, faculty, staff, alumni, benefactors and, most

The state of the School was good but in transition within a College and University also in transition. The institution introduced new strategic plans, the LAS Budget Advisory Group disseminated the New Horizons report, new institutional budgeting and accountability policies were mandated, institutional assessment and university reaccreditation procedures were formalized, and the School once again had to navigate budget cuts, reversions and consolidation.
We had a record number of research papers at major conventions (9th in the nation), secured gifts from major corporations and celebrated 100 years of journalism education.
 •2006 Challenge:
 The Regents External Program review occurred at a pivotal time in our history. We had significantly enhanced our research productivity and so formally proposed a doctoral program in Science, Technology and Risk Communication. We were ready to lay the groundwork for a comprehensive school funded by a new budget model.
Benefactors contributed additional funds to enable us to finish the remodeling of Hamilton Hall without a cost to the College or taxpayers.
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STATE OF THE SCHOOL •2007 Challenge:
 Our renewed research productivity—paper presentations by faculty, often in collaboration with graduate students— elevated the School’s profile nationally at annual conferences in our discipline. However, the new budget model postponed plans to become a self-standing comprehensive degree program.
We streamlined curricula, ending emphases and reducing course loads while highlighting convergence in our degree programs, keeping pace with rapidly changing industry standards.
 •2008 Challenge:
 Once more we began preparing for re-accreditation. We worked for more than five years at improving our internship coordination and research. We had one of the largest cohorts of assistant professors in the institution, with several coming up for mandatory promotion and tenure, which presented another challenge, as only one assistant professor had been promoted in the previous 10 years.
We emphasized transparency and collegiality and promoted two assistants to associates with renewed hopes of becoming a comprehensive school with a Ph.D. degree.
 •2009 Challenge:
 We had no time to relish our accomplishments because the economic crisis hit and the School was informed it had to return to the College almost $160,000, a sizeable budget reduction.
Because of increased contributions from lecturers in advising and course loads, we were one of only three academic units in the College to meet our budgetreduction target, and we did it in three months. 
 •2010 Challenge:
 We endured an economy in free fall but predicted that by this time in 2011, the School would be re-accredited and we would “have more senior than junior professors.” We fulfilled both. Little did we know we would have to meet these formidable challenges while taking furloughs and cutting our budget by 14 percent during a recession that effectively ended plans for any new academic degrees, including our Ph.D. proposal.
Several senior professors took early retirement, helping us meet our budget reduction targets. We emphasized diversity in coursework and committees. We were re-accredited unanimously.
 •2011 Challenge:
 We prepared for another round of budget cuts while addressing “Blue Sky” reorganization within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. To make matters worse, nationally we were reading about discontinuation of journalism programs in addition to drops in enrollment in our disciplines and downsizing in our industries.
We were able to support our operations through the entire academic year, thanks to summer school revenue. Foundation accounts grew 17 percent. Endowments totaled $4,707,136, up from $3,950,950. 
 •2012 Challenge:
 We lost our beloved colleague, Barbara Mack, who passed away unexpectedly at the start of the academic term during 8

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which we were scheduled to undergo another Regents Program Review. We were losing several professors to retirement or opportunities at other institutions.
During the worst recession in memory, the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication had its best year—a selling point in the Advisory Council’s “Why Greenlee?” campaign shown to the governor, select regents, university administrators and media outlets and organizations. We raised more than $1 million in gifts and experienced large undergraduate and graduate enrollments, impressive graduation and placement rates, grant acquisition and online course offerings.
 In 2013, we are back on trajectory with a public relations degree and an external site team report noting that the School ‘has the potential to be recognized nationally as a leader in journalism, advertising, public relations and graduate-level education.” We must run one more leg of the relay: re-accreditation in 2015. Our goal is to have no non-compliances and to be re-accredited once more so we remain one of the longest continuously accredited programs in the nation. That is why we must redirect our energies this year to several short-term objectives that will help us achieve the status as one of the top communications programs in the country: •We must prepare early and diligently for re-accreditation. Beginning in fall semester, we asked standing committees to begin collecting data for our self-study due in 2015. Again, we will follow the procedures used in last year’s Regents Program Review, relying on committees to address the nine standards of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. •We must publicize our degree in public relations and recruit at ever greater levels to ensure that enrollment keeps growing and our students continue to graduate in a timely manner with as little debt as possible. We also should pursue accreditation of our PR degree by the Public Relations Society of America. Ideally, we will have that distinction by our next ACEJMC re-accreditation site visit. •We must recruit the very best new hires in our two searches in advertising (data-rich environments) and journalism (media law). We also must work with the College on signature theme and cluster hires which, in effect, can advance the School to comprehensive status, collaborating with units that have doctoral degrees. Moreover, embracing the College’s signature themes can ensure that our research productivity remains high and that the School is viewed as a partner with other academic units, providing mass communication education and participating in grants and other revenue streams, such as online course development. •We must continue to promote our graduate program and recruit master’s degree students able to serve as research and teaching assistants. Faculty should also pursue grants, perhaps in collaboration with other ISU units, to underwrite research assistants. We also should monitor our undergraduate and graduate curricula so that each degree program prepares learners for industry, society and graduate-level research. •We must work closely with the Student Advisory Board, the Greenlee Society of Friends and the Advisory Council—all of which are integrated now with a member from each body serving as a member of the other—to ensure that our pedagogy is meeting industry standards and student and alumni

expectations. Associated with that effort, we should look to alumni for direct measures in assessment and help with benefactor and corporate relations. •We must continue to maintain an inclusive, welcoming climate. Fortunately, we have many professors and staff dedicated to diversity, including our Diversity Committee of Raluca Cozma, Tracy Lucht and Joel Geske. Our search chairs, Jay Newell and Dennis Chamberlin, also are committed to diversity, as is Daniela Dimitrova, in her capacity as director of graduate education. Long-Range Planning Chair Michael Dahlstrom has been a strong advocate of inclusion and also will advance this in our strategic planning. Since 2010, we have endured generational turnover with the loss of several long-time colleagues, including our dear friend and associate director Jane Peterson, MS ’82, PhD ’87, now enjoying retirement with husband Stan, (Ind. Admin. ’71). We wish them well. We also have celebrated success of faculty departing for opportunities at other institutions. However, thanks to the leadership of Beate Schmittmann, we have been able to address salary compression that will go a long way toward retaining

our award-winning teachers and hiring new scholars to enhance our visibility. Our vision—ensuring another generation of professionals and scholars—might sound lackluster to those who do not realize how hard we have worked these past 10 years to realize that goal. We also might remember the wisdom of George Washington Carver, Iowa State’s enduring icon, who helped frame the culture of our university when he observed “there is no shortcut to achievements.” We succeeded during cutbacks to higher education, the Great Recession and loss of senior faculty. And we did it during one of the most dynamic eras of change in journalism and mass communication. That’s a testament to shared values and governance. No one knows the challenges we will face in the future, but you can be certain the Greenlee School will continue to work diligently on behalf of students, each other, the College and its constituents to be recognized nationally as a leader in journalism, advertising, public relations and graduate-level education.

Bugeja’s involvement with students extends to the classroom, where he teaches a 400-level course in media ethics. Iowa State University 2013





GREENLEE SAYS GOODBYE TO “WILD BILL” KUNERTH, A ROUGH-AND-TUMBLE NEWSPAPERMAN WHO SCHOOLED ASPIRING JOURNALISTS FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. Editor’s Note: Emeritus professor Bill Kunerth, a champion of investigative reporting and ISU journalism faculty member for 30 years (19571987), died Dec. 9, 2013, at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Fort Meade, S.D. Kunerth was born Oct. 18, 1924, in Sioux Falls, S.D., and worked as a reporter in South Dakota. He received his MSJ from Northwestern University in 1952. He taught both reporting and advertising courses, and was the journalism department’s placement officer for many years. In 1987, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Iowa Newspaper Association for his contributions. Eric Abbott, who was both Bill’s student and later a faculty colleague, provided his recollections. The Greenlee School has established a memory web page so that the many former students and colleagues of Bill Kunerth can offer their condolences and comments about Bill. You can contribute comments by emailing them to webteam@jlmc.iastate.edu. Or you can send comments to Kim McDonough at the Greenlee School, 101 Hamilton Hall, ISU, Ames IA 50011 and she will see that they are posted.


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remember my first class with Bill Kunerth – intermediate reporting – taught 50 years ago during the winter quarter of 1963-64. The first day of class Kunerth passed out tinfoil ash trays to each student – smoking was what Kunerth and most other journalists did in those days, and he puffed away in class and his office. His immediate task in that class was to prepare us for our quarter’s work writing for the Iowa State Daily. His longer-term goal was to instill in each of us the lifelong ethics and skills needed to be successful journalists – questioning authority, tenacity, fairness and always the goal of getting the complete story. Key topics in the course were usually preceded by Bill saying,“This is Pretty Damned Important.” In fact, years later, I had a notation system that put “PDI” in the margin whenever any professor said something important. That PDI material included how to make sense of a city budget, how to handle crime stories and police blotters, and how to look between the lines of policy statements for the key things they obscured. Bill was fearless in his quest of facts and truth, and he expected the same from us. He was not an easy man to please. There always was something left out, something more that could have been done, another quote or fact that was needed. But his heart was always in the right place – squarely on getting journalism to serve its mission. Bill’s office was cluttered – piles of papers, cigarette butts and reports strewn about. But his mind was clear and focused. He knew how to sift through material and make sense of it. Journalism was in Bill’s bloodstream, and he pursued the story even when it was inconvenient politically. One example

was when Bill was serving as adviser to the Daily, and a student reporter found out that some ISU student athletes were being told final exam test answers prior to the tests. The resulting scandal certainly was not appreciated by the university’s publicists, but it was the right thing to do. Department head Jim Schwartz often was the buffer between Kunerth and deans or presidents, and while Schwartz was more political than Kunerth, Schwartz knew that not only was Bill right, but there was no way he would be dissuaded from doing what was right. When Bill retired in 1987 after 30 years of teaching, colleague Ed Blinn referred to “Wild Bill” as “Iowa State University’s conscience.” When I became editor of the Iowa State Daily in 1966, in the back of my mind was always a concern about what Bill might do or say in a given situation. He gave us plenty of feedback, and not all of it pleasant. Most was well deserved. Near the end of my student journalism days, a radical student named Don Smith decided to run for GSB president. We gave him coverage equal to that of other candidates. That was what Bill would have done. Smith was elected, much to the consternation of university leaders, and proceeded to alienate members of the state legislature and other authorities. But the pivotal moment was when he decided to hold a marijuana party and invite Life magazine to attend. State narcotics agents began showing up on campus. Rumors abounded, but there was nothing definitive in print. I paid a visit to Smith at his apartment, and said I was there to do a story. Did he hold a marijuana party? “Yes,” he responded. I wrote the story and it was published in the Daily and picked up widely by other media. That resulted in my first real threat of serious bodily harm

– a notice nailed to my door. But Smith left Iowa State a week or so later for Berkeley, never to return as president. It was certainly my most famous story. But more important, it was the right thing to do – get the facts out. Bill submitted that story to a student Hearst competition, resulting in the only award of that type I ever got. In addition to his teaching duties, Bill was the face of the journalism department (then it was a department) to employers. For years, he kept track of every single student, and worked to match them with job skills needed by employers. He was honest about what students could do and not do, and his assessments of student capabilities for employers were brutally candid. This was a key in successful placement – when he said a student could do the job, one didn’t doubt it. Years after Bill moved on to other duties, and even after his retirement, employers still wanted to talk to Bill about placement issues. During Bill’s years, the department was different in important ways from the Greenlee School today. Faculty members were in their offices from 8-5 – available almost whenever you needed them. They worked hard, with heavy teaching loads and professional responsibilities. But when summer came, things changed. While some headed north to Minnesota lakes, Bill always headed west. Sometimes it was for professional work at the Sundance Times (Wyo.) newspaper. Later, it was a drive to what he called “the ranch,” the summer home where he and Willie later retired. Summer was a time to recharge and rethink, unlike today when research and continued teaching never really ends. I always felt that summer provided an opportunity for Bill to recover, and kept him from burning out over the years. Being on the ranch, of course, did NOT mean an end to his journalistic concerns. Even when retired, Bill found many ways of staying engaged with issues he cared about, and he frequently offered views concerning how things ought to be done. In 1974, I returned to the department as a greenhorn assistant professor with

only minimal teaching experience. This was the beginning of a new relationship with Bill, this time as a mentor and colleague. In those days, new faculty members were often given the opportunity to team-teach with veterans, an invaluable learning experience. Bill and I taught the advanced print editing course (a sixcredit course that Bill and former faculty member LaRue Pollard developed), and I had a second opportunity to learn from the master. Bill also developed a public records directory for Iowa journalists, a practical tool to help them obtain and utilize information he considered to be essential to telling the story.

Another important reason for Bill’s success over the years has been Willie, his wife of 65 years, who supported him and his journalistic endeavors cheerfully through many difficult times. She also had her own career as an antique appraiser. No one who has known Bill can forget how much he cared about journalism, and how intensely. Those he has inspired, both with his immediate family, and the thousands in his journalism family, will carry on his work. To read Bill Kunerth’s last submission to the Greenlee Glimpse, received in October 2013, see page 81. Iowa State University 2013







DENNIS CHAMBERLIN, Associate Professor

Michael Bugeja, Greenlee director and professor, was awarded the 2013 ISU Administrative Leadership Award Oct. 2. The citation recognizes administrators who demonstrate outstanding leadership and growth in their department. The nomination process, led by Greenlee associate professors Daniela Dimitrova and Dennis Chamberlin, revealed overwhelming support of Bugeja’s passion for improvement. “He embodies what a leader should be – a strong and passionate advocate for his organization at all levels,” said Dimitrova. Following his nomination, letters in support of Bugeja were submitted by Ohio University President Bob Glidden, University of Northern Iowa President Emeritus Ben Allen, former LAS dean Michael Whiteford and Scripps Howard Foundation Vice President Sue Porter. The plaque may have his name on it, but Bugeja firmly believes it is a shared achievement. “It’s an award that documents shared governance, transparency and an incredibly welldeveloped work ethic embraced by all our constituents,” he said. ­–MKC

Greenlee associate professor Dennis Chamberlin is well known for his passion for visual communication and student achievement. In addition to an already impressive list of awards including a Pulitzer Prize, he recently received two more. For six consecutive years, Chamberlin has organized study abroad trips to Poland and Italy, earning him the International Service Award from the ISU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He also was awarded the Harry Heath/Lou Thompson Jr. Advising Award from the Greenlee School based on nominations from students who wrote letters expressing how he’s impacted them. Yue Wu, a current student of his, said he inspired her to be a photojournalist. Kait McKinney, a former student, refocused her career from writing to photojournalism when Chamberlin’s enthusiasm for her work left her awestruck. Chamberlin admitted winning the advising award left him feeling “choked up” and that he feels lucky to get to know students so well every year. ­– LZ





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Buggy about ISU research associate Brendan Dunphy, the Science Channel announced Dunphy would host not one but two of its documentaries about insects in April. Dunphy, who works in Iowa State’s entomology department as a mosquito biologist, starred in both “Planet Ant” and “Inside Out: Bugs” for the network. The ISU alumnus (zoology and animal ecology ’07) is also the “face” of the university’s “Choose Your Adventure” TV commercial campaign. All timeline photos courtesy of ISU News Service.

MICHAEL DAHLSTROM, Assistant Professor

JOEL GESKE, Associate Professor Associate professor Joel Geske received two awards in 2013, both of which honored him for his excellent teaching methods - the Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award, given by ISU’s College of Liberal Arts and Studies, and the Outstanding Teacher Award, presented to him by the ISU Women’s and Gender Studies Program for his development and teaching of a Portrayal of Gender and Sexualities course. Geske, who has served on the Greenlee School faculty since 1988, has taught numerous advertising and media studies courses, and has been closely tied with college-wide diversity programs. Last January, Geske received the university’s highest diversity honor, the Advancing One Community Award. Geske was recognized for his involvement with the LGBTSS Student Services Board and his outstanding efforts to improve the campus climate for underrepresented groups. ­–MF

Forget a journalism course with boring assignments and writer’s block. Assistant professor Michael Dahlstrom takes his classes to another level, which is part of what helped him earn two prestigious awards at the Liberal Arts and Sciences fall 2013 convocation. The college presented Dahlstrom with the Jerry Shakeshaft Master Teaching in Humanities and Social Sciences award and the Early Achievement in Teaching award. The Shakeshaft Award is presented annually to an outstanding teacher, and the Early Achievement award recognizes outstanding teaching performance “unusually early in a faculty member’s professional career.” Dahlstrom, who has been teaching at Iowa State since 2008 and is in the process of applying for tenure, was humbled by the acknowledgement, saying the awards “will legitimize some of the teaching experiments that I’ve tried.” One exercise he does is to select a few students to be “sources” who know facts about a certain topic and station them around Hamilton’s basement. The rest of the class interviews them to uncover a story and write about it. The point is to show students that even using the same group of sources can result in very different stories. “I also hide story lines in the ‘facts’ if the students dig enough,” says Dahlstrom. “Usually students never find out that the mayor is involved with the mafia…” Dahlstrom teaches Communication Theory, Principles of Agricultural Communication, Mass Communication and Society, and Science Communication. His current research involves investigating how narratives influence individual perceptions of science. Recently, Dahlstrom and Greenlee associate professor Joel Geske shared with other ISU scientists a $525,000 grant for this project, titled “Women Caring for the Land: Engaging Midwest Women Farmland Owners in Improving Conservation and Soil Health.” ­– EU




Sarah Rajala took over as ISU’s dean of engineering April 1. Previously, she spent five years as dean of engineering at Mississippi State, where she raised more than $30 million in private gifts. Rajala replaces Jonathan Wickert, now ISU senior vice president and provost.



A car crash on the way back to campus left ISU junior Nicole Donato with a severe concussion and lacerations. And yet, thanks to her ROTC training, she still raced to the other crashed car, pulled out the unconscious driver and performed CPR on him until medics arrived. For her bravery, Donato received the ROTC Medal for Heroism, the Department of the Army’s highest ROTC medal.

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Of course ISU’s student chapter of the Public Relations Society of America throws a swell party. This past year, Greenlee’s public relations students brought the National Organ Donor Awareness Competition to Iowa State by hosting a “birthday party” for receiving organs. The club members created games, set up a photo booth and hosted a guest speaker. PRSSA students also offered food and games to prospective public relations majors during the sign-up activity in September (see page 32). Greenlee enrollment continues to increase with the help of the seven friendly and eager Greenlee Student Ambassadors. Starting this year, each prospective student visit includes two ambassadors—one journalism student and one advertising or public relations student. Ambassadors share their leadership and internship experiences, give building tours and assist with the major fair, a university event for students to explore the many majors and minors ISU offers. The Greenlee School’s Cardinal & Gold club members swept the American Advertising Awards in their region this past year, winning one gold and two silver awards. “We’re focusing on getting more creative work into portfolios,” said adviser Jay Newell. “Students have to put in more than just their classwork.” The club also created a multi-language poster advertising translated syllabi available to Chinese students, which hangs in the halls of Greenlee. The Advertising Club’s enrollment spiked 400 percent this semester to a total of 90 members. Last year, the club visited 15 different advertising agencies throughout Des Moines and raised $1,500 for its spring agency tour in Chicago. Ad Club offers freshmen and sophomores a way to explore their major, connects students with professionals and helps upperclassmen land internships and jobs. ISUtv landed new digs in Greenlee in 2013, when Hamilton Hall’s first-floor reading room was transformed into a news studio, a welcome home to the program after working several years across campus in the Communications Building. The club wanted to increase its visibility, and it has paid off. Adviser Raluca Cozma said freshmen wanted to “hit the ground running” and eager students arrived for anchor tryouts. Two former reporters won photography and spot news coverage awards for covering a gas leak story this past year. ISUtv broadcasts live shows twice a week, and converts its shows to high-definition and streams content online. GREEN WITH ENVY


The SportsTurf Managers Association has named ISU’s Jack Trice Stadium the College Football Field of the Year. The natural green grass field was featured on the cover of the July 2013 issue of SportsTurf magazine.



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For some students, dealing with an emergency situation can be a nightmare. For eight Greenlee students, it was homework. Lecturer and former KCCI-TV reporter Angie Hunt taught Jl MC 206, “Reporting and Writing for the Electronic Media,” during the spring 2013 semester. The students utilized various programs and equipment throughout the semester, including EZ News, digital audio recorders and Vixia video cameras. The course’s final project required students to create four newscasts for the city of Urbandale, a Des Moines suburb. The four newscasts depicted the evolution of a severe storm and tornado. Michael Morlan, emergency preparedness specialist for the Urbandale Fire Department, requested the videos to train city employees to prepare for severe weather. The FEMA organization uses similar videos to prepare citizens for hurricanes. The newscasts were created to air at four different times throughout the day. The 6 a.m. newscast showed a tornado striking Colorado and reported the possible effects the storm would have on Iowa. The noon broadcast described the carnage in Colorado and showed two tornados landing in Nebraska. A breaking news segment was then designed for the mid-afternoon for when a tornado touched down in Urbandale. The final evening newscast covered the devastation left in Urbandale. Greenlee faculty members Jeff Ames and Raluca Cozma helped turn the students’ projects into clean and professional newscasts. Students in their broadcast classes handled the production and technical aspects of the newscasts. “Without the help of students in Jeff ’s and Raluca’s classes we wouldn’t have pulled this off,” said Hunt. The partnership among all the classes provided every student with real-world experience, and met Hunt’s goal for her students to better understand the real- life challenges reporters and producers handle every day.




David Spalding assumed his new role as dean of ISU’s College of Business Aug. 1. He came to Iowa State from Dartmouth College, where he had served as senior vice president and senior adviser to the interim president as well as vice president for alumni relations.

DIAL M FOR MILLET Laura Funk is bringing technology to Uganda. At least that’s her goal. Last summer the Greenlee graduate student spent several weeks talking to native villagers for her thesis about potential smart phone use. “Every single one of them—I’d ask them about smart phones and they would just start glowing, they’d get so excited,” Funk said. “It was really cool, because a lot of these people had never seen a smart phone in their life, but some of the really neat ideas they came up with was just kind of astounding.” Some of the ideas they came up with included geo-tagging— taking a photo and marking it with GPS information—which Funk said was amazing because most of the villagers had never taken a picture before. Funk, who also works at ISU’s Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods, hopes to return next summer after the smart phone program has been implemented to discuss further usage ideas. “I think they’re going to apply it in ways we haven’t even thought of yet,” said Funk, who received an ISU bachelor’s degree in agricultural biochemistry in 2011. by JARED RANEY

Barbara Mack, ’74, was posthumously awarded the James W. Schwartz Award, the Greenlee School’s premier alumni recognition, during Homecoming festivities Nov. 8. Her sister, Anne Mack, accepted the award on her behalf. Barbara Mack also was inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame in August, one year after her death. She served on the Greenlee School faculty for 26 years.





Ames native Genna Tesdall, a junior majoring in global resource systems and agricultural biology, was elected president of the International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences (IAAS). She oversees more than 100,00 students from 40 countries. And thanks to her campaigning, ISU will host the group’s 2014 World Congress in July.

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Iowa State introduced its most powerful computer ever – dubbed “Cyence” – capable of 183.043 trillion calculations per second with total memory of 38.4 trillion bytes. The computer currently calculates data for nearly 20 campus research projects.

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JESSICA HANSEN, Academic Adviser

JASON WIEGAND, Academic Adviser

Jessica Hansen became an academic adviser to keep students on track through their collegiate journeys. She once worked with one student for three years, helping him while he struggled with academic probation and faced expulsion, then cheered him on as he began tutoring and earned straight A’s. Hansen joined the Greenlee School as an academic adviser in August. Inspired by her own academic adviser as an undergraduate, Hansen has been preparing for this career ever since. With a 2007 ISU bachelor’s degree in psychology and a 2010 master’s degree in education leadership and policy studies, as well as internships with the ISU Registrar and Financial Aid offices, Hansen received well-rounded training at Iowa State. Hansen worked as an academic adviser at AIB in Des Moines for one year before she jumped up to that school’s director of academic advising. It is Hansen’s joy for working one-on-one with students that made her the right candidate for the position. “Really, when you can see that you have actually helped a student—that’s my favorite part,” said Hansen. –­ DD

Nothing worse than when a student teacher, that diploma within reach, stands in front of his classroom and realizes, “This is SO not for me.” Luckily for the Greenlee School, Jason Wiegand’s adviser stepped in and offered him counsel on that day of reckoning. Wiegand deep-sixed the English teacher scenario and instead pursued a degree in English and creative writing from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire. Which he then followed up with graduate work at the University of Iowa and subsequently earned a master’s degree in education from Iowa State in 2013. And this past August, he assumed duties as a full-time Greenlee School academic adviser. Wiegand said he owes his new career choice and success to his advisor who helped him to get onto a new career path. His goal is to “help students connect and succeed” much like his adviser did for him. Prior to joining the Greenlee staff, Wiegand worked for Iowa State in the Hixson Student Success Center as an academic coach. ­–KP



AMES LAB TAPPED FOR RESEARCH INSTITUTE President Steven Leath presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Critical Materials Institute. It has kicked off a five-year, $120 million research effort involving three other national laboratories, seven research universities and seven industrial corporations. The institute, a part of the Ames Laboratory, will be under the direction of Alex King, previously Ames Lab director.

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Once again, Iowa State makes the top 50 public national universities in the 2014 U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” rankings. ISU is in a six-way tie for 47th place among 173 national public universities. In its best individual program rankings, Iowa State ranks 4th in biological/agricultural engineering, and 9th in materials engineering.


SHANE SCHERSCHEL, Integrated Media Technology Specialist Beer brought Shane Scherschel to Iowa in 2012. His girlfriend, Allison Higi, was hired as a brewer at Granite City Brewery in Ellsworth. Scherschel came along and worked at Kate Mitchell Elementary in Ames as a media technologist before joining the Greenlee staff in February. As a program assistant, the Indiana native spends most of his time helping students and faculty with technology, his favorite part of the job. He goes into classes and shows students how to use video cameras and editing programs, for instance. He also leads the lab monitors and acts a liaison between the faculty and tech support. Scherschel played a major role in renovating Greenlee’s former reading room into an electronic newsroom, something he says was more like playing with new toys than working. (Check out its live broadcasts at jlmc.iastate.edu/ greenlee-tv.) Scherschel earned a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications with a minor in film from Ball State University in 2007. He writes screenplays in his free time, and dreams of one day working as a film director. –TM



33,241 – it’s the largest school enrollment ever in Iowa State’s history. It’s also the university’s fifth consecutive year of record enrollment, and the seventh consecutive year of growth at Iowa State. According to ISU News Service, the student body represents every Iowa county, all 50 states and 106 countries.

The Greenlee School and ISU’s Department of Computer Science have been granted the opportunity to hire a new faculty member to teach about and conduct research on security and privacy in today’s digital age. President Steven Leath’s Presidential HighImpact Hires Initiative was created to hire 29 new faculty members in areas that would benefit both the university and the state of Iowa. The Greenlee School and Computer Science teamed up to propose a hire under one of the program’s categories called “big data.” “This new focus on security and privacy will help students and professors understand technology’s nature and its power,” said Michael Bugeja, Greenlee School director. Greenlee assistant professor Michael Dahlstrom chaired the committee formed by faculty members from Computer Science and the Greenlee School that created the initial proposal submitted to President Leath. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to work with a department as illustrious as computer science, one of the top departments in the country if not the world, and to bring our knowledge about content and news,” said Bugeja. The new faculty member, slated to begin work in fall 2014, will be based out of the Greenlee School for his or her tenure-eligible contract, and will work diligently to educate others on the powerful combination of technology and content, said Bugeja. “The combination of an empowered programmer and an empowered message is going to resonate through this institution and give us grant opportunities that we haven’t yet dreamed of,” Bugeja said.




Former NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson, MS ’83, joined the ISU aerospace engineering department in October as its astronaut in residence. He will work with freshmen aerospace engineering students and help design cutting-edge research projects for the department’s students and faculty.

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Elaine Godfrey, a junior from Burlington double majoring in journalism and global resource systems, was awarded the Hugh Sidey Scholarship in Print Journalism in the spring. Godfrey received the $5,000 scholarship based on her essay on presidential reporting. Sidey, a 1950 Greenlee journalism graduate, wrote for Time magazine for many years as its White House reporter. Godfrey traveled to Washington, D.C., in November to receive the award.

“Sylvia Porter: America’s Original Personal Finance Columnist,” written by Greenlee assistant professor Tracy Lucht, was published in November. The book focuses on Sylvia Porter, the first newspaper writer— and woman—to cover personal finance. 18

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Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer-Prize winning Washington Post columnist and MSNBC political analyst, delivered the 2013 Chamberlin Lecture Sept. 18. More than 800 attendees heard Robinson speak on “Who’s Up, Who’s Down and What’s Really Going On.”






Katlego Mogongwa remembers the exact moment he found out about his win. He was back-to-school shopping with his parents at Jordan Creek Mall in West Des Moines when he received a call from an unknown number. “It was an awesome day,” Mogongwa smiled as he recounted his conversation with the president of the national Media Fellows Scholarship, awarding him the $1,000 scholarship. The Greenlee School of Journalism boasts two new award winners in Mogongwa and Yue Wu. Mogongwa, a junior in advertising from Chicago, Ill., won a national Media Fellows Scholarship for his work with media planning. Wu, a senior in journalism and mass communication from Chongqing, China, placed third nationally in the Hearst Photojournalism Competition. For Mogongwa, “it all started in Cardinal & Gold Advertising,” the student advertising agency on campus, where Mogongwa competed in the Media Fellows program, making it through the first round but not all the way to finals. Both the Media Fellows Program and The Media Fellows Scholarship are based out of the Washington Media Scholars Foundation, awarding scholarships to students through essays and team competitions. His experience in the Media Fellows Program inspired him to continue on to the Media Fellow Scholarship program. Mogongwa said he was competing against approximately 1,000 students nationwide for the scholarship. Similar to Mogongwa, Wu remembers when she got the call, finding out she made it to the final round in the Hearst Photojournalism Competition. “I was excited, of course,” Wu explained, saying

she was at her friend’s house and ran into the bathroom screaming with glee. The journey began when Wu submitted her portfolio, including 10 single photos and one picture story. She was one of 12 students who became semi-finalists in her category for picture stories, where the students then competed in two different areas of photojournalism. Wu said their first assignment was to take between 12 and 20 photos of immigrants in San Francisco, and then one photo of breaking news. She won a $3,000 scholarship with her third-place award and plans to enter photos again this year into the competition. Wu has landed a photo editing internship with Sports Illustrated in New York for spring semester, and then will intern for the Washington Post in the summer. “You can do whatever you want, there are so many opportunities out there,” Mogongwa said. “If you want something, go get it.”

•Iowa State Daily: Gold Crown Award for Hybrid News Source -First-Place in Editorial Writing -Third-Place, News Writing: Katelynn McCollough -Third-Place, Sports Features: Dean Berhow -First-Place, News Feature: Ryan Anderson -Second-Place, Personality Profile: Myra Krieger-Coen -Second-Place, Single Spot News Photograph: Kelsey Kremer ASSOCIATED COLLEGIATE PRESS •Iowa State Daily: 2013 Newspaper Pacemaker Finalist •Ethos: 2013 Magazine Pacemaker Finalist SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS (REGIONAL): •Iowa State Daily: Best AllAround Daily Student Newspaper •First-Place Awards: Elizabeth Zabel (online feature reporting) HEARST NATIONAL PHOTOJOURNALISM COMPETITION •Yue Wu, third place NATIONAL COLLEGIATE EFFIE AWARD •First Place: Brianna Schwind, Jonathan Kormann and Megan Eischeid STUDENT ADDY AWARDS (MID-IOWA) •Students won one gold medal and two silver medal awards for their work in advertising

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FRESHMEN JUMP-START THEIR MEDIA CAREERS BY JOINING GREENLEE’S NEW LEARNING COMMUNITY In fall 2012, faculty members Dennis Chamberlin, Jeff Ames and Jane Fritsch began searching for a way to get students writing earlier and to excite them about journalism as a future career. After receiving input from the English department and other faculty members, the trio created a learning community. The 41-member group of freshmen journalism students enjoy more writing opportunities during their first year at Iowa State. According to Greenlee School director Michael Bugeja, creating the new learning community means building a foundation for better journalism. “Our industry is changing,”

The Meredith Corporation, headquartered in Des Moines and a longtime supporter of the Greenlee School, received ISU’s prestigious “Order of the Knoll Corporation Award” given by the Iowa State Foundation this spring. The Meredith Foundation established the Meredith Apprentice in Service Journalism Program in the Greenlee School nearly 10 years ago, allowing eight students each academic year to work alongside and benefit from valuable hands-on experience and guidance from top editors and designers. The organization also funds the Meredith Professional in Residence position to serve as coordinator for this program on campus, as well as contributions to other areas on campus. Art Slusark, (center) Meredith vice president and Greenlee Advisory Council member, accepted the award during an April ceremony. Shown with Slusark are (left) ISU President Steven Leath and (right) ISU Foundation president Roger Neuhaus. 20

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Bugeja says. The learning community will be a way to “focus on industry standards, like accuracy, timeliness and fairness.” The group meets every other Thursday evening in Hamilton Hall for about 90 minutes. Every student in the learning community has received a subscription to the New York Times online, and the group’s bi-weekly discussions “IT’S JUST A REALLY are based on specific assigned articles. GREAT FEELING “Every student TO KNOW YOU’RE is required to weigh in online,” says GOING IN THE Chamberlin, “Then RIGHT DIRECTION.“ we usually spend a few minutes in the classroom discussing, before we move on to our main topic.” And regardless of whether students are interested in strictly journalism, or other majors like advertising and public relations, the learning community will offer them an array of opportunities to explore their options. “Two of the advisers are Pulitzer Prize winners, and they all want you to succeed.” says Caitlin Deaver, a member of the new learning community. “It’s just a really great feeling to know you’re going in the right direction.” Deaver says her favorite discussion so far was when the advisers talked about where they were on Sept. 11, and how the media covered the tragedy. “Getting their insight gave such an interesting perspective,” Deaver says. For one of its future meetings, the group will watch “All the President’s Men,” and attend a panel discussion on Watergate. Other plans include taking field trips to various media outlets in Des Moines, and participating in regular Skype discussions with Greenlee graduates to offer students different perspectives on the field of journalism and mass media. “We have such an engaged group of zealous students,” says Bugeja, whose ideal outcome for the learning community is to “retain students at ISU and graduate them in four years, with a good job prospect ahead of them.”




Interesting and productive year! In the teaching arena, received teaching awards from the Women and Gender Studies Program and Outstanding Teaching award (sort of lifetime achievement) from the Liberal Arts and Sciences College. Continue to teach JlMC 477 Ethnicity, Gender, Class and the Media which I love. Unfortunately there are still too many examples of problems in the media! Doing a similar class this fall at the graduate level which allows us to look in more depth and with more theory. Students continue to tell me they will never attend to media the same after taking this course…. they are constantly analyzing. Mission accomplished! In research and grants, I presented at AEJMC (our major international teaching conference) on how to teach diversity in on-line classes. Focused on assessment practices as my part of the invited presentation. Plus Michael Dahlstrom and I received word that a $500,000+ grant we are part of has been accepted! We are working with older women who own farmland (over 50 percent of the total ownership in the state) and are creating learning circles for conservation education and related topics. We’ve had a VERY high success rate. In service, I continue to serve as the Diversity Committee Co-chair for the college and serve on a number of university committees relating to diversity. I have been appointed Associate Director for the upcoming year and serve as curriculum chair. Important year coming up as we prepare for accreditation. On a personal level, keeping busy with Gene maintaining two acreages and doing house improvements. My woods are full of honeysuckle (invasive shrub/undergrowth) and hired a herd of GOATS to clear them out. Worked like a charm. They eat EVERYTHING. After that I have spent probably 30-40 hours down there with clippers getting rid of the remains. Looking good…. thanks to the goats. All three kids are thriving. Life is good.


GRADUATE SECRETARY Another year is quickly drawing to a close. There isn’t much to report. As for my time away from work, it has been a fun year. I did two things I’ve never done before. I went parasailing off the coast of South Carolina in March. It was absolutely beautiful and peaceful, and I think it was because I was so close to heaven! The people in the boat that I was sailing from were dots! I also went canoeing for the first time this summer. I was a bit apprehensive as I had never been on the Des Moines River, but as soon as the canoe set out into the water, I knew it was going to be a great experience. Again the scenery was beautiful and peaceful. Our family is doing well and we are fortunate to have good health. Our adorable granddaughter, Josie, is 3 and the joy of our hearts. Life is good.

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KATHY BOX Whew! As you can tell by the stories in the Glimpse we have had a very busy year at Greenlee again. We have hired new staff members, built a newsroom, organized the multimedia space, purchased new equipment, implemented a new accounting system and installed a bank of television monitors. As the building supervisor and fiscal officer I have been involved in some aspect of each of those projects. We have so many ideas and so little time! I hope you stop in to visit us at the Greenlee School if you are in town. I am excited about the direction of the Greenlee School and I hope you will be, too.


Michael Dahlstrom studies the effects of narratives on perceptions of science and the biases inherent when attempting to perceive topics beyond the realm of human scale. He is also part of an NSF grant to explore the ethical issues surrounding communicating science to non-experts and a USDA grant to explore what women landowners across the Midwest want to know about soil health. Michael also enjoys hiking, biking and marshmallows.


For Greenlee, I am a lecturer for the online section of JLMC 477 Ethnicity, Gender, & Class in the Media. Online education is my passion. I have been developing and instructing online courses for the past four years. In those four years the tools available to enhance the online learning experience have both increased and improved. The ISU online hosting system Blackboard Learn holds all of the course materials, with all of the course materials organized into units for the students. One of the most important tools I use in the online classroom is the video streaming feature. I am able to secure educational videos and other media clips such as newscasts, along with the licensing copyrights, with the assistance of the staff at Parks Library. One of the newer features I use in the Blackboard system is the ability for students to rate each other’s discussion posts. This rating system allows for a peer grading to be incorporated into each student’s evaluation. My favorite feature, though, is the exams, which draw from a pool of questions to ensure that no two exams are alike and detract from academic dishonesty. The best part, though, is that the exams are automatically graded, giving me more time to devote to student communication and feedback on their written assignments. Professionally, I also teach International Perspectives on Women and Gender and Portrayals of Gender and Sexualities in the Media for the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at ISU. I am completing my second year of doctoral studies in Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University. Currently, I am conducting a research project using the new content analysis software Leximancer, a program that processes a body of text to identify patterns of language and frequency of concepts and themes, to analyze fan blogs on the popular television shows Mad Men, Friday Night Lights and Desperate Housewives. My focus is on blog entries and comments that are specific to the images of motherhood on these programs. In my personal life, my husband and I celebrated the birth of our second child in August. Baby Brynn joins her big brother Shaw, 18 months. We recently moved to eastern Iowa and are nearing completion on the total renovation of the home we purchased in March. I am excited to see what the next year brings. 22

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This is my last year at the Greenlee School, so it’s time to say thanks to the administration and faculty who let me teach for a few years and to the students who made it such a joy. After a long professional career, coming back to teach at my alma mater was the perfect way to ease into retirement while maybe giving something back. I hope students gained some small benefit from my experience. I know I gained from realizing what a bright future journalism will have in their hands.


PROGRAM AND INTERNSHIP COORDINATOR It’s been another busy year at the Greenlee School. I’ve spent much of this year working with the Greenlee Alumni & Friends organization, the Greenlee School Student Advisory Board and the Greenlee School Advisory Council. It has been fun and very rewarding to work with the members of these groups on plans to engage current and prospective students, alumni and constituents in School activities. I’m proud to see how much they’ve accomplished, and I am very excited to see where their efforts will help take the School in the coming years. Another highlight this year has been coordinating the Chamberlin Lecture and Chamberlin Fellow programs. It was great to have Jared Strong, ‘05, from the Daily Times Herald back on campus to work with our students as this year’s Fellow, and the crowd for Eugene Robinson’s lecture was amazing. I am looking forward to coordinating many more of the School’s events this fall and spring. I continue to make progress on finishing my Ph.D. in Higher Education. I will finish my last course this fall, and I plan to begin work on my capstone project and dissertation proposal this spring and summer. I hope to finish by the fall of 2014 (Ok...maybe the spring of 2015).


This year, I am busy with service duties, as outgoing research chair and incoming vice chair of the Newspaper and Online News Division of AEJMC. In addition to advising a growing cohort of ISUtv students (membership has neared 100 this year), I have become the adviser of ISU’s chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, a college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication. This summer, I spent a few weeks as an extern at City of Ames’ Channel 12, which prepared me for the transition into our brand-new TV studio in Hamilton Hall. Our broadcast students really enjoy the new space in the heart of the journalism school. I’ll be teaching my first online class in spring 2014, thanks to a course development grant from Engineering-LAS Online Learning. The class is titled Social Media and Public Affairs and will explore the rise to power, strategic uses, and impact of social media. In the meantime, I continue my research in political and international communication, the Syrian conflict being the focus of my latest study.

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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR This has been a very pleasant year. I finished my term as head of the AEJMC Advertising Division, and began my year as the advisory committee chair for ISU’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. So far both institutions have survived my involvement. Speaking of involvement, my crusade to get ad students being more involved in the making of ad campaigns continues. The student-led ad agency, Cardinal & Gold, has grown to about 40 students, with ISU ad students sweeping this year’s Addy Competition in Des Moines. The getting-involved process starts in the Ad Principles class, where each week a recent advertising graduate visits with the students. We call the program the “Wednesday Wake Up Call,” and so far we’ve had visits from recent grads who are now working at Wieden & Kennedy, Leo Burnett, Colle + McVoy, Meredith and Integer. The recent grads all tell the new students a similar story: taking classes is good, but taking classes and getting involved in clubs and the Daily is even better. The evolution of the advertising business—especially the push toward a greater use of data— is reflected in what we’re teaching here at Greenlee. Some of the changes are subtle—for example, students in the media planning class learn how to do higher-level data manipulations in Excel. Some of them are major—with the enthusiastic support of LAS, we’re on the hunt for a data-driven advertising scholar to join our faculty. I hope that our alums will provide input to our faculty and students on new challenges in advertising.


Jessica Hansen joined the Greenlee School this year as an academic adviser. However, she is not new to Iowa State University. She attended ISU for both her undergraduate degree and her master’s program. Jessica is excited to be back in Ames to work at Iowa State once again. Her favorite aspect of advising is helping students be successful. Jessica’s hobbies include playing volleyball, reading, playing card games and attending ISU sporting events.


A banner year for the public relations program at Greenlee! I’m so excited to be a part of our newest major: public relations. After two long years, our dream is a reality. I’m looking forward to all of the developments a new major brings: enhanced recruiting options, the potential for new course offerings, a more active PRSSA chapter... the list is endless. The years ahead look bright. It’s hard to believe that I’m beginning my 12th year on the faculty at Greenlee. It’s been great to see our faculty grow and course offerings evolve. My own family has grown, too. I’ll be sending my oldest off to college next year and my youngest becomes a teenager this year. My blessings are many and my troubles are few.


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Kris Angaran has been with the Greenlee School for more than two years. She is the undergraduate secretary and also assists the School administration with day-to-day tasks. Kris is an avid reader and spends her summers watching her husband coach softball. Her and her husband Daryl also have two grandchildren and a very spoiled Sheltie named Diamond.


I’m always impressed with the work that comes from our Greenlee students! Last year my Creative Advertising students won gold and silver Addys, sweeping the Des Moines student AAF competition category. Also, agency teams in my Public Relations Campaigns class did some great work for local clients The M-Shop, The Grove Apartments and ISU Student Rec services. Much of their work could be seen around campus last semester. This semester, Shane Scherschel and I have been on the road creating a video series for the orientation class JLMC 110. This project will culminate into a video library of professionals speaking about their careers in advertising, PR, magazine, newspaper and other important positions in the journalism field. We will have spoken to more than 30 people when this project is complete. Their experiences are invaluable learning for students who are just starting out in their media major, but may not yet know what career path they want to take. We asked these professionals about their own journey, things they wish they’d known back in college and other advice for these young people. It’s been a great experience meeting all these past ISU graduates. In other news, I’m still married to my first wife and we’ve had no new children over the last year. Three is enough and keeps us very busy with a schedule that would challenge Franklin Covey. Looking forward to another great year at Greenlee.


SENIOR CLINICIAN AND MEREDITH PROFESSIONAL IN RESIDENCE Gibson reports that in her 10th year at the Greenlee School, her passion hasn’t waned for nudging students to fall in love with magazine journalism. A true highlight for fall ’13 was assuming the teaching of Jl MC 341 – Contemporary Magazine Publishing. What a great opportunity to share the profession with students from all over campus. Gibson also reports her 10th team of Meredith apprentices now dazzle in Des Moines – the program’s decade landmark will be celebrated on campus this spring. Daughter Kate became the third Greenlee alum in the family upon her December ’13 graduation, and son Sam continues to pursue his dream of becoming the next Jim Henson. Never a dull moment, for which Gibson and husband Kerry, ’79, are eternally grateful.

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This year is something of a pioneering one for me, as I’m teaching all sections of Greenlee’s revamped orientation course. Besides giving students a chance to meet and hear from faculty members and professionals in the areas of news, public relations, advertising, broadcast and multimedia, the course now includes basic English usage teaching and assessment. It has been expanded from a half-semester offering to a fullsemester course, and more than 200 students are enrolled in the fall. Shaping the course and interacting with so many students who have chosen the Greenlee School has kept me busy and invigorated.


The past year has been about new experiences for me. This summer, I conducted my first webinar for the Iowa Newspaper Association. Standing at the front of a classroom filled with 120 students doesn’t really faze me, but sitting behind a computer to pass on tips, tricks and timesavers to industry professionals was rather nerve-wracking! In the end, I enjoyed it and am looking forward to doing more of them. After seeing the types of skills employers are looking for in recent graduates, I offered to completely redevelop one of our older courses. Formerly intended to provide more in-depth print publishing skills, the new and improved Jl MC 343L will be offered during the spring 2014 semester for the very first time and will teach students how to adapt their print skills into publishing for mobile devices. I hope this helps to give our students a leg up when it comes to securing competitive internships and jobs.This was also the year that I decided to finally pursue my Ph.D. With my research idea already fairly well formed, the interdisciplinary program of Human Computer Interaction seemed to be the best fit for me. Although I expect it to be a bit of a juggling act playing the dual roles of instructor and student, right now I can honestly say that I’m looking forward to the journey.


I am excited to serve as an academic adviser at the Greenlee School. Prior to advising, I spent the past couple of years working as an academic coach with the Academic Success Center. My experience in academic coaching and intervention prepared me well to work individually with students to establish and execute an academic plan. The best aspect of working for Iowa State University has been the opportunity to help guide, influence and empower students, especially those who are academically at-risk. I want all of my students to put forth their best effort. I send the message that the effort we put forth is more meaningful than the outcome. As an adviser at the Greenlee school, I was especially grateful to learn I would be leading recruitment efforts, the student ambassador program and serving as a diversity liaison. I have been immediately challenged and supported in my new role. I have already learned a great deal from our faculty and staff, as well as from the academic advising community as a whole at ISU. I absolutely love what I do. It was strong leadership and advising that influenced me to become an academic adviser. I am paying it forward, so to speak. I most enjoy getting to know my students because the more I know about them, the better I will be able to guide them. When I am not busy advising students, I enjoy running. I am proud to report that I recently completed the IMT Des Moines Marathon (26.2 miles)! What I enjoy most, however, is spending quality time with my wife and three children. No one inspires me more than my three shorties: Cierra, Julius and Ivy. 26

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Finished my first marathon, the 2013 St. Louis Rock and Roll Marathon, in 03:39:18, an 8:22 pace. More importantly, I beat George W. Bush’s best marathon time by 5 minutes. Hell Yeah!


I began working at ISU at the College of Veterinary Medicine the end of March 1981. My mother began working at the old quad building in 1964; her first supervisor was Margaret Sloss! My sister took over her job when our grandfather was ill and many years later when she moved to Texas, I transferred from Physiology and Pharmacology to Field Services (Ambulatory) and worked for the same doctors I had known as a high school girl. I first appeared in the 1996 Greenlee School Newsletter and now I find myself counting the days to my retirement. Hamilton Hall has changed so much over the years; I’ll never forget when the reading room was orange and just across from the administrative offices... or my 10 or more moves to different offices! I am looking forward to attending more school functions my grandchildren are in and I recently joined the Heart of Iowa Senior Band and plan to play my flute in nursing homes. I have met a lot many interesting people in my years at Iowa State and am looking forward to the years ahead! I can be reached at my home e-mail address: nanabeckyirish@msn.com


Greetings! The past year has been a happy—and busy—one. Paul and I have settled into our home in Des Moines with our sons, Quentin, 6, and T.J., 3. As if two spirited boys weren’t enough, we added a puppy to the family: Sam, an Aussie-husky mix (we think), whom we adopted from AHeinz57 Pet Rescue. Fortunately, we live in a neighborhood well-suited to an energetic pup, who seems to enjoy our proximity to Gray’s Lake, Water Works Park and the Sculpture Garden. Professionally, this has been a year of milestones. The same month I finished my first year on the Greenlee faculty, I also finished my first book, Sylvia Porter: America’s Original Personal Finance Columnist, which was recently published by Syracuse University Press. I spent the summer finishing another book, my first scholarly collaboration, and this year I am continuing to work on two other projects: a study of job satisfaction among Iowa newspaper employees and a history of Midwestern women journalists. Supportive alumni and Advisory Council members—not to mention the Iowa Newspaper Association—have been a huge help on these projects, and I want to thank everyone who helped publicize a survey I conducted earlier this year. In addition, alumni and friends have drawn my attention to many historically important (but largely unknown) women journalists in their communities. Please—keep those tips coming! I am grateful for the spirit of cooperation that defines the Greenlee family, and I am so pleased to be part of it. Best wishes to all. P.S. My email address is tlucht@iastate.edu. Iowa State University 2013




Eric Abbott hit the international trail again this year, but for the first time, it wasn’t for business. Instead, it was a family vacation through Italy, Switzerland, France and Britain. Eric will be back to business travel in 2014 as a part of a USAID project in Uganda and Mozambique. Another thing new in 2013 was not teaching during the spring semester. This year marks the first year of a three-year phased retirement in which he will teach full time during the fall semesters, and will do only advising and committee work during the spring semesters. That will leave more time for RAGBRAI, and perhaps even for some office cleaning.


ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR, GRADUATE EDUCATION It’s hard to believe that exactly 10 years ago I joined the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. Time flies when you are having fun! I am used to Iowa winters by now and – dare I say this – even enjoy scraping ice off my car windows. This year also marks my second year as Director of Graduate Education. Believe me, I have learned a lot about graduate college requirements, mentorship and recruiting since last fall. Along with graduate student Sarah Wiley and our graduate steering committee consisting of me, Dr. Eric Abbott and Dr. Michael Dahlstrom, we continue to develop new avenues for promotion of the master’s program. If you know of anyone who might be interested in grad school, please send them my way! In the age of MOOCs and social media, Iowa State is encouraging departments to offer more courses online. Taking advantage of these online possibilities, I taught our Communication Technology and Society (JLMC/ TSC 574) class at a distance over the summer. Most of the students were employed full time and joined the course from places such as Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Nebraska and South Carolina, illustrating the broader reach of online course delivery. Student backgrounds ranged as well—from an assignment editor at a San Diego TV station to a sales manager at Cox Communications in Phoenix to a USSTRATCOM human factors engineer. I am sure it comes as no surprise that I continue to be engaged in research as well. According to Google Scholar indexes, my articles have been cited close to a 1,000 times over the past 10 years. The two most popular ones are titled “An exploratory model of inter-country Internet diffusion” and “Mission accomplished? Framing of the Iraq War in the elite newspapers in Sweden and the United States.”


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It’s an exciting time to be teaching in the Greenlee School with the addition of our public relations major. @IowaStateBeth has had another rewarding year helping students develop their PR skills through service-learning projects. Jl MC 424 (PR Campaigns) students worked with Kids Living Brave and ISU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s CyCans Food Drive. Students in Jl MC 321 (PR Writing and Techniques) shared their expertise with Kids Living Brave founders; helped the Johnston Community School District win its bond election and created stories about how ISU Student-Athlete Services is developing leaders for life. I’m enjoying teaching Jl MC 305 (Publicity Methods for Non-Majors) this semester for the first time. It’s always fun to hear former Jl MC 342L students (Visual Principles Lab) share how they’re using their InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator skills outside the classroom. As one of Barbara Mack’s former students, I was proud to represent the Greenlee School when she received the Norm Boyles Outstanding Service Award from Iowa State Athletics in April 2013. Tom Beell and I honored Barbara with tributes at ISU’s 2013 Memorial Day celebration. Lilly, my wire-hair fox terrier teaching assistant, does her best to help manage my “work-life” balance. Her less-than-subtle hints urge me to take time each day to play. This former night owl has transformed into a morning person thanks to my 5 a.m. weekday workouts at the Walnut Creek YMCA. In September I checked a big item off my bucket list when I ran (and finished) my first 5k race! #CyclONENation


Life has its cycles, although sometimes in higher education we lose track of them, replacing the seasons with semesters. This year I have taken more time to enjoy the seasons on our acreage. In winter, our woods glistened like jewels. And even though it snowed clear into spring, I was able to photograph some magnificent scenes. I didn’t garden to the extent that I had in past springs, but did manage lettuce, broccoli, basil, tomatoes, garlic and cabbage. This summer my daughter Erin married her childhood sweetheart Jahiah, and both moved with my grandchildren Angelina and Jordan to Ames. So we got to celebrate family. My son Shane is with us as he prepares for graduate school in agronomy. My little guy, Mikayle, now 11, is as active as ever. They spent lazy summer days in the pool. Everyone, including husband Michael, helped harvest our biggest bounty yet from our orchard—bushels of apples, peaches, apricots, cherries, pears and berries. We will taste the seasons again this winter with canned fruit, jellies, pies and more. Finally, Michael and I get to take walks with our big white German shepherd dog, Ellie, who loves the outdoors as much as we do. There’s something about nature that helps us as teachers, giving us periods of relaxation so that we can expend more energy in the classroom!

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THE GREENLEE SCHOOL STAKED ITS REPUTATION ON THE INTRODUCTION OF A NEW PUBLIC RELATIONS MAJOR. THE TACTICS WORKED, AND BY ALL MEASURES, THE NEW DEGREE LEAVES THE BEST OF IMPRESSIONS. Twenty-two years. That’s how long it’s been since Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication launched a new academic degree program (advertising, back in 1991). So you can understand a“ bit of excitement and pride at the announcement of another milestone: the school’s new Bachelor of Science in public relations. Students began to enroll in the new major during the fall 2013 semester. Seventy signed up immediately. Conservatively, Greenlee School administrators expect 76 to 86-plus PR majors to be enrolled during each of the first seven years of the program. The Iowa Board of Regents approved the new degree program in August 2013 after nearly two years of thoughtful planning and discussion among Greenlee School faculty, its curriculum committee, ISU’s Faculty Senate, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Office

of the Senior Vice President and Provost, among others. Associate Professor Suman Lee led the five-member ad hoc committee (including recently retired Professor and GSJC Associate Director Jane Peterson) that authored the degree proposal and shepherded it through the approval process. “This was a strong case,” Lee said. “It’s hard to generalize—but this proposal was about formalizing an existing program. We have the curricular resources, we have the faculty, we have the core courses, we have the students. So this was really about how to package the existing successful program and then get the right name.” ISU Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert agreed. “Iowa State has been offering a critical mass of coursework in public relations for decades. Formalizing these courses into a degree program more accurately reflects students’ career choices, and helps build Photo by YUE WU

relationships between the Greenlee School and other academic programs such as event management, agriculture, marketing and political science,” Wickert said.

A TIME-TESTED TRADITION In fact, Iowa State’s journalism school has been educating public relations professionals for at least 40 years. Thousands of students have enrolled in public relations courses. Thousands have participated in PR internships. And until 2004, students could declare PR as an official emphasis within their journalism and mass communication major. After that ended, students still emotionally and academically aligned themselves with the public relations curriculum, even though they’d never been able to major in PR, (go to page 32)

WHAT GREENLEE PR MAJORS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE NEW DEGREE PROGRAM AUSTIN RINKER, SENIOR: “The Greenlee School has a very good reputation as a journalism school and as an advertising school. That carries a lot of weight. But adding a specific public relations major makes it more official. There’s absolutely no question that when I go in for an interview, I learned at a great school with great professors, with a curriculum that applied specifically to PR and not just journalism in general.” HAYLEY SITZ, SENIOR AND PRSSA PRESIDENT:

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Dean Beate Schmittmann is the newest honorary member of the Greenlee School’s PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) chapter. Chapter president Hayley Sitz (left) presented the dean with her membership during a September celebration of the new major.

Rob Schweers, program director for ISU’s senior vice president and provost office, provides career guidance to Iowa State PRSSA chapter members in his role as central Iowa PRSA chapter liaison.

have to second-guess my area of expertise. Furthermore, I love PR and want to show this on my resumé and my diploma. I think this new major means a lot of things for me, as well as for the Greenlee School. When I’m applying for PR positions, employers will know I’m qualified thanks to my specific area of study, in addition to the wonderful education I’ve received at Iowa State. I know of a handful of students who chose other universities simply because public relations wasn’t offered as a major at ISU. The fact that it is now available means more PR students will be able to include Iowa State in their potential college search, and they won’t need to rule it out because it doesn’t offer what they would like to study. I also really love the fact that I can proudly tell people I’m receiving my public relations degree from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University. I am a proud Cyclone, and employers across the country know that Greenlee and ISU produce

exceptional employees, which can only profession are so expansive that it benefit me when I enter the working really gives you the freedom of never world full time.” being stuck in something monotonous. If you don’t like one aspect of PR, PAYTON ARNOLD, JUNIOR: there are many others you can dive into. I originally began my time at “When I first came to Iowa State, the Greenlee School hoping to be a I was a criminal justice major. I foreign correspondent. However, after quickly figured out that major was taking the introductory PR course, I not for me. After looking into some decided it was something that held different majors, I found that public greater possibilities for me. Before I relations seemed to fit most of my graduate, I hope to learn more about interests, and that I could turn my managing PR campaigns and to gain love for sports into a job working the critical writing skills needed for the in communications for an athletics profession. Effective communication department. I’d originally wanted to is paramount and I want to make sure I be a PR major, but Iowa State didn’t can succeed at that. offer that so I chose journalism and “PR is one of the fastest-growing mass communication. When they fields. In addition to expanded job announced that we were getting a PR prospects, the average starting wage major, it was a no-brainer for me to is also quite attractive. Being able make the switch. I really think that this to pursue something with passion major will help attract students.” AND be financially secure are two of the greatest things to guarantee CHRIS COX, JUNIOR: happiness in my mind. PR looks to be “My decision to choose public able to deliver on those.” relations was the easiest one I’ve ever made. The possibilities for the

FEATURES and even though their diplomas never recognized the formal training they’d received in the field. Since 1996, an average of 140 students annually—about one-third of undergraduates in the Greenlee School— have taken core courses in public relations. The demand for a PR degree was, and now more than ever, is there. Emphases were phased out in a streamlining and cost-saving move toward journalism convergence. It was the right decision, said Greenlee School Director and Professor Michael Bugeja, because it remains critical that students learn how to write, create and distribute content across multiple platforms. Those skill sets will only be amplified with the new PR degree program, Bugeja predicts. “When done well, a PR major is more rigorous than any other. You have to know how to write and shoot across a plethora of media. The world of PR is growing because reputation management is one of the most important things in the marketplace right now,” he said. “Reputation management is going to grow exponentially. PR is intricately involved in that new dynamic.”

IT PAYS TO PLAY Academics and industry increasingly recognize public relations’ unique and evolving body of knowledge, said Wilgenbusch, a senior lecturer who teaches PR and integrated communication courses in the Greenlee School. Public relations is about building relationships and spanning boundaries between an organization and its publics. “It’s not an adjunct to marketing. It’s not an adjunct to advertising,” she said. Some of that recognition has come with the wax and wane of the economy, Wilgenbusch said. Some of it’s because CEOs have realized they need expert help communicating with financial analysts, mommy bloggers, the media and myriad other key audiences, she added. Wilgenbusch compares a public relations practitioner to someone carrying a toolbox loaded with research and best practices. Each day’s work may require a different tool, but at the end of the day, “You have to manage reputation through all of it. That really is a function that falls squarely on the shoulders of public relations professionals,” she said. “PR is being recognized as a critical 32

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business function.” The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks public relations among the highest paying communication careers, with a mean annual salary of $61,980 nationwide ($55,800 in Iowa) for public relations specialists in 2012. The job outlook for public relations specialists and managers is expected to grow 21 percent by 2020, faster than the average growth rate for all occupations at 14 percent. Greenlee alumni have gone on to hold public relations positions in agencies, government, nonprofits, Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. Now, Bugeja said, the new major will build on Greenlee’s solid foundation of media ethics and reporting with more concentrated training in public relations theory, research and strategy for those seeking a PR degree. “We’ll prepare our PR majors for the

ISU PRSSA chapter members (from left) Kalli Levasseur, Austin Rinker and Chris Cox advised students considering the PR major during an open house in the fall.

rigorous and diverse world for which they will be advocating,” he said. Will the new degree program require additional budget for the Greenlee School? Not initially, Bugeja said, because the infrastructure and faculty are already in place. But, he said wryly, “A journalism school emerging from a recession can always use additional resources.” Touché. In his annual “State of the School” address, Bugeja noted, “We must publicize our degree in public relations and

recruit at ever greater levels to ensure that enrollment keeps growing and our students continue to graduate in a timely manner with as little debt as possible. We also should pursue accreditation of our PR degree by the Public Relations Society of America. Ideally, we will have that distinction by our next ACEJMC (Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication) reaccreditation site visit [in 2015-16].”

IT’S ALL ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS Alumna Barb (Riedesel) Iverson, a 1976 ISU journalism graduate and president of Weber Shandwick’s financial services industry practice group, is leading the charge to communicate information about the new PR degree to key audiences. Iverson, who also serves as vice chairwoman of the Greenlee School Advisory Council, has drafted a communications plan that faculty, staff, students and alumni are helping to execute. As a PR veteran, Iverson encounters many young professionals looking to break into a competitive field. Earning a PR degree — versus holding a certificate, declaring an emphasis or taking a few classes — is as much (or more) about the value of that degree to the graduate as it is to an employer.

WHAT ALUMNI ARE SAYING ABOUT THE NEW DEGREE PROGRAM LINDSEY BORG, ’89, DIRECTOR OF INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS, LOCKHEED MARTIN CORP. “The Greenlee School’s new public relations degree aligns it with the growing demand for communicators who can plan and develop a campaign approach that uses different communications tools and mediums. I also believe the new degree is a great benefit to students—they will leave Greenlee as top-notch, multi-faceted communicators. “I highly value a communicator who is able to deliver an integrated approach to communication challenges. My focus was in print journalism, and I believe writing is the cornerstone for success in this

“It’s more from the students’ perspective than it is necessarily from the employers’,” she said. “They say, ‘I want a career in PR. I want to major in PR.’ And they’re going to look to schools that offer that. They want the degree. (From an employer perspective) we’ll definitely look at strong PR graduates, but also graduates in journalism, health, business, financial services. The best PR people in my view are not just generalists – they are specialists…You can get generalists pretty easily. Increasingly, we’re looking for specialists, and most people don’t start out that way. The way Iowa State requires internships – that’s a real plus, too.”

Sharing Central Iowa PRSA chapter liaison duties with Schweers (right) is Shawne (Donahue) Ungs, ’95, communications manager for the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau.

field. However, I was only exposed in a limited way to other mediums and focuses, like broadcasting or advertising, through one or two classes. I developed a deeper understanding of these other areas through internships and professional experiences, but the new PR degree’s students will graduate ready for what many employers need today. “It’s impressive to see the forwardthinking and deliberate action by the Greenlee School’s administrators and faculty. This new degree and other changes they’re making shows an understanding of the environment their students will enter and a deep interest in ensuring those students are best prepared to succeed.”


The time is right, Iverson said. It was worth the wait. “I love it that this PR major is in the journalism school,” Iverson said. “It’s grounded in a really good program, and that’s a draw for students. I think it will increase enrollment. It will help the journalism school continue to grow.”

“Public relations is one of the most rapidly changing communication disciplines. Having a focused effort around strategy and recognizing that PR can be a critical business driver is incredibly important today. “Looking at a resumé that has a PR degree anchored under the larger journalism umbrella would be impressive in that you know it’s still grounded in the core foundation of journalism, but focused on many of the new skills necessary to be a strong practitioner today. “I think it’s a great statement that the Greenlee School has established this degree program. And it’s a really good step toward maintaining its foothold as one of the most established, connected journalism schools in the country.”





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grande soy chai latte, extra hot, light water, with five pumps of chai. In a city like Seattle, where coffee is king and there are 23 Starbucks and counting for every 100,000 residents, it’s hard to find a Seattleite who isn’t particular about his order, and Scott Stanzel—laid-back as he may be—is no exception. “There’s very little in life he’s highmaintenance about, but I’d say his only thing is his soy chai latte order and he gets that once a day,” says his wife Priscilla, laughing. Fittingly, Scott Stanzel and I decide to meet one drizzly September afternoon at the Starbucks on Terry Avenue, which is rumored to be the third busiest ‘bucks in town. It comes as no surprise that the Terry Avenue location, which takes residence on the first floor of one of Amazon’s new South Lake Union building complexes, is known for its constant stream of business—the place is packed with employees (and their dogs) donning blue name tags, skipping out for an afternoon pick-me-up. I arrived early to stake out a seat, and Stanzel walked in right on time. I recognized him from my research, but had I not done my homework, it would have been hard to miss that “Iowa Nice” smile, especially against a sea of people who contribute to the opposing “Seattle Freeze” stigma. Stanzel, who originally hails from Sac City, Iowa, graduated from Iowa State University in 1995 with a degree in journalism and a minor in political science. These days, he heads up Amazon’s consumer communications “two pizza” team, which means that “the teams really never get any bigger than what can be fed with two pizzas,” he explains. Before that? Twelve years in highprofile roles in the political arena, a gig as a senior product manager at Microsoft, launching a successful communications company, completing not one but two Ironman races, and marrying the love of his life, with whom he shares a beautiful baby girl—not a bad resumé for a guy who’s just 40.

How the bug began Stanzel went into college thinking he’d wind up overseeing public relations for a sports team, but that all changed after his junior year at Iowa State, when he scored an internship in the press office for Sen. Charles Grassley in Washington, D.C. “I went out there, loved the experience and decided when I came back for my senior year that I would pursue politics in some respect,” says Stanzel. “It was fascinating for me to see how Capitol Hill worked and sort of feel like you were in the thick of where things happened.” Stanzel graduated in 1995 and went to work for Bob Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign. “Because of the Iowa caucuses, it’s pretty easy to get involved in presidential politics if you’re an Iowan,” explains Stanzel. “I volunteered down at the [Iowa State] fairgrounds in Des Moines in the spring of ’95 to try and make some connections, and they gave me a towel and said ‘Wipe down the bleacher seats.’ That’s how I initially met the people who were managing the campaign in Iowa.” Never one to shy away from a challenge, Stanzel sent his resumé to the campaign manager through his fairground connections, asking to work on the campaign. It worked, and he wound up in a field representative role. “That’s how I got my foot in the door,” Stanzel says of his 10-month stint, which ended with the

“I WENT OUT THERE, LOVED THE EXPERIENCE AND DECIDED WHEN I CAME BACK FOR MY SENIOR YEAR THAT I WOULD PURSUE POLITICS IN SOME RESPECT.” Iowa caucuses. Stanzel then tried his hand in fundraising as the deputy finance director for Rep. Jim Ross Lightfoot’s 1996 U.S. Senate campaign. “It was a fascinating experience, but one I knew I didn’t want to do again,” says Stanzel. “That’s when I sort of shifted gears and considered going back to Washington.” And back to Washington he went, picking up where he left off as an intern at Grassley’s office. He was hired as an assistant press secretary for Grassley, handling all things media—including building a then-state-of-the-art website. “I taught myself HTML coding and actually bought a coding book from Amazon, ‘Teaching Yourself HTML 3.2 in a Week,’ and it took me a lot longer than a week,”

Stanzel at work in the James Brady Press Briefing Room, 2009. Photos courtesy of Scott Stanzel

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Part of Stanzel’s work in the White House included prepping President George W. Bush for media interviews.

recalls Stanzel, laughing. Still infected with the presidential bug, Stanzel started exploring ways to work on then-Gov. George W. Bush’s presidential campaign. “When I was in school, I had a class where we had to follow three candidate races, and one was George W. Bush’s run for governor of Texas—his first run—so I had this familiarity with his campaign and decided I’d love to work it.” Stanzel sent Bush’s chief political adviser Karl Rove his resumé. A few months later, he was asked to join the team. Stanzel’s dream was to work in communications, but says he found it was easier given his background to go back into organizing for the Iowa caucuses. “It was my way to sort of make my case that I should be kept on the campaign after the Iowa caucuses, so it was functionally like a job interview.” Stanzel aced the interview, and once the caucuses were over, moved forward in the campaign, helping out in a number of Midwestern states during the general election as the western region media coordinator. He was then asked to be a spokesman at the White House in the office of media affairs when President George W. Bush was sworn into office in January 2001. As spokesman in the office of media 36

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affairs, Stanzel handled all media inquiries from outlets in the Midwest and the Industrial Belt, fielding questions from up to 50 reporters a day on behalf of the president. Every morning started with reading the news in each state, trying to figure out what issues might bubble up so he could best inform the press staff as well as the press secretary. That led to his next job on the Bush-Cheney ‘04 re-election campaign, where Stanzel acted as national press secretary and traveled with Bush to all of his political events across the country, serving as a resource to traveling and local reporters alike before deciding to leave the White House upon winning the election. “I thought being press secretary for a winning presidential campaign might be the most fun you could ever have in politics, and I thought maybe I should go out on top so to speak,” remembers Stanzel. “In a political communicator role, that is about as fun as it could get.”

You really can go home again So he tried his hand in the private sector once the campaign was over, accepting a communications job as senior product manager at Microsoft. Stanzel loved his new life in Seattle and had no intention

of leaving -- until then-presidential press secretary Tony Snow asked him to come back to the White House as deputy press secretary. “I decided it may be the last time that I’ll ever have an opportunity to work at the White House, and it was kind of an opportunity I didn’t think I could pass it up,” Stanzel recalls. Responsible for managing communications on domestic policy, Stanzel briefed Snow on topics including agriculture, education, homeland security, the environment and energy, and it was his job to track what was happening in the news, answer calls from reporters, write talking points for senior White House officials—including the president—and on occasion stand in for the press secretary. “It was a trip to walk up to the White House and go through the security gate and understand that a kid from small-town Iowa could end up working at the White House for the most powerful person in the world, and I found every day fascinating,” says Stanzel. “The things that I take away from working at the White House are certainly the opportunities that it presented to be involved with important public policy discussions, but what I really am thankful for are the relationships and friendships that I made. I got to work with people

from all over the country that were immensely talented, passionate about what they did, and dedicated to trying to make our country a better place,” says Stanzel. One of his closest colleagues, co-host of Fox News’ “The Five” and former Bush press secretary Dana Perino, says she and Stanzel are “in the mutual admiration society.” “We had very stressful situations to manage, as any White House does, but Scott was always somebody you could turn to and say ‘Well, what do you think?’ and whatever he said, you could take it to the bank that that was probably the right answer,” says Perino. Scott and Perino were there for each other. When Stanzel wanted to train for a triathlon, Perino said, “We’ll make sure you can check that box in your life.” Stanzel completed the 2008 Ironman Wisconsin triathlon in less than 13 hours, a feat that Perino says impressed the president. Six months after leaving the White House, Stanzel went on to complete the 2009 Ironman Switzerland in just more than 11 hours.

The PR man meets the prosecutor Around the time he completed his second Ironman, Stanzel moved back to Seattle and started Stanzel Communications, a media training, crisis communications and public affairs firm. He worked for a handful of clients, including a six-month job at the tail-end of 2010 managing the Defeat 1098 Campaign, which successfully shot down the proposed Washington state income tax. It was around then that Stanzel met his future wife Priscilla, who also worked in the White House in the office of presidential personnel before leaving for law school in 2001. Stanzel says he was always aware of Priscilla, though they had never met. “She says she was aware of me but I think she was just being kind,” says Stanzel with a grin. Thanks to the magic of Facebook, Scott and Priscilla connected during the holidays in 2010, when Scott was visiting his mother Chelon (Pottenger) Stanzel, ’61, in Priscilla’s hometown of Hilton Head, S.C., where Chelon vacationed every winter. “I suggested we go grab a drink and chat in person and one thing lead to another and we were engaged six months later, married 11 weeks after that, and now have a baby who is 9 months

old,” Scott said. The couple was married Sept. 10, 2011, at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, S.C. Three weeks later, Priscilla, who worked as a prosecutor in the South Carolina attorney general’s office, wrapped up her court cases and moved to her new Seattle home, which is situated near Amazon on the west side of Lake Union. It boasts views of the water and

“I HAVE A HARD TIME UNDERSTANDING HOW LIFE WAS BEFORE, AND PRISCILLA AND I HAVE JUST BEEN SO BLESSED TO HAVE MILLIE COME INTO OUR LIVES … EVERY DAY IS A NEW JOY.” access to trails, where she now spends her days on walks with their daughter Millie, who was born Dec. 27, 2012. “It’s really been just kind of blissful,” says Priscilla. “Every single day, literally, every single day that I have known Scott, he texts me and says, ‘Have I told you today, have I told you how happy I am to be with you?’ Every day that I have known him, he has said that, beginning with the next day after we reunited in South Carolina, and that says everything. He’s just amazingly loving.” As a new husband, Stanzel was itching for a more predictable schedule. With his expertise in political fights involving taxes, he reached out to Amazon about doing some work involving sales tax policy, and the rest was history—Amazon was in the process of putting together an in-house role to deal with policy communications, and Stanzel was the perfect fit. He started at Amazon in the corporate communications shop, handling public policy relations before making the switch to head of consumer public relations and now director of consumer communications. “There are a lot of opportunities to try something out, and if it doesn’t work, no

harm no foul—we can just go back to the way we used to do it. It’s very much a culture where you can grow and take on big challenges because good ideas and initiative are rewarded,” he says. These days, like most days, Scott’s mother, Chelon Stanzel, says he’s happy. “He loved life from the time he was little,” she says. “I think he’s enjoying what he’s doing. He’s so fortunate he found somebody so perfect for him, and baby Millie is the icing on the cake.” Millie, whose full name is Margaret Chelon after Priscilla and Scott’s mothers, respectively, “looks exactly like her dad— exactly,” proclaims Priscilla. “She’s got this beautiful strawberry blonde hair and really pale skin and she’s vivacious and fun and curious. She’s gonna give us a run for our money.” Scott says Millie has changed his entire outlook on life and is his greatest accomplishment “easily.” “I have a hard time understanding how life was before, and Priscilla and I have just been so blessed to have Millie come into our lives … Every day is a new joy.” What’s next? “Going home and changing Millie’s diaper, giving her a bath and putting her to bed,” quips Stanzel. “But after that, seeing where this path takes me and where it takes Priscilla and I. The opportunities have presented themselves over the years—I’m very excited about things here at Amazon, and first and foremost it’s continuing to try and thrive in this role and provide a happy and healthy home for Millie and continuing the journey with Priscilla.”

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Reporter Jared Strong interviews Mel Alcox, the Lake City fire chief in western Iowa, about an overnight November 2012 house fire that killed three children and their adult sister. Strong’s story won first place for breaking news in the National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2013.



y former editor and mentor at the Des Moines Register grimly warned me about small-town journalism: “People have different expectations of their hometown newspaper.” Wise words from a fellow Iowa State alumnus, Larry Ballard, ’89, to whom I reported for most of my five years at the Register. What a guy. He was usually the first person in the newsroom each morning, with his dry-cleaned buttondowns and black slacks with white socks. He strummed a ukulele and tossed foam footballs to his reporters. He was smooth and irreverent. And he was the master of quirky stories. My first assignment as an intern was to report about the stinky grass at Drake University in Des Moines that school officials removed after everyone complained. Weeks later, Larry yelled at me when I pushed off a story about a northwest Iowa farmer who found a boa constrictor in his cornfield. “Why isn’t that snake in my newspaper?” he barked. The story ran on the front page the next day. “Give the readers what they want,” he preached to me, again and again. And when the top bosses left him in charge of the paper for the day while most of us attended a company-wide training session, Larry put a story on the front page about a woman glued to a toilet seat — a publicrestroom prank. Iowa State University 2013



Carroll Daily Times Herald reporter Jared Strong and owners Tom Burns and Ann Wilson talk to Jon Benedict, an elite newspaper designer, via Skype about the Time Herald’s redesign that launched in March. Benedict, a former Des Moines Register colleague of Strong, worked for about a year on the project.

I cherished those days at the Register, before the economy collapsed and major newspapers wrestled with the digital age. The Register responded with quota systems. The bosses told us to post stories to the website and blogs so many times each day. I’m not sure whether the quotas were (or are) successful, but I know this: I hated them. My young career stalled as the newsroom endured a handful of mass layoffs and early retirement buyouts. Despite the tough times at big newspapers, Larry warned me about a job offer I later accepted in western Iowa at the Carroll Daily Times Herald. Different expectations. I ignored him. (He taught me that, too.) But he was right. Some of my new readers in Carroll, a town of 10,000, were not ready for big-paper-style coverage of crime and courts — my new primary beat.

“PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERENT EXPECTATIONS OF THEIR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER.” “Think with your heart before you print another tabloid-like story,” one woman wrote me in my first year in Carroll. We had published an article about her track-star son who got busted for shoplifting 40

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amid the state high school track championships and was yanked from his races. “The DTH is heading into some sickening territory,” she wrote. Police officers and the county sheriff and attorney were also miffed by the extra attention. They didn’t want anyone to know that they dig through people’s trashcans to get evidence of drugs for search warrants, or that they use GPS tracking devices to bust drug rings. The county attorney — who would float me story tips that made him look good — has refused to talk to me since we filed a complaint with the state ombudsman’s office when he refused to release information about his employee whose handgun accidentally fired inside the courthouse last year. “I will not answer your questions,” he wrote to me at the time. “I am not going to assist you in trashing a good man in order to sell a few newspapers.” Different expectations, indeed. When I called potential sources with the Register’s name behind me, people quivered. In Carroll, I have to recite Iowa law sometimes to get them to listen.The battles we wage here with public officials range from the city clerk who refused to send us city council agendas to the county recorder who overcharged for documents to the judge who barred us from taking notes with pen and paper during a trial. The judge eventually relented when we threatened a lawsuit. This is newspapering at its best. No quotas.

The Times Herald has a modest Internet presence compared with major metro dailies because there’s little need to compete online when we own the news in town. We’re the only news outlet with photos from the Band Day parade. We unraveled the convoluted blackmail scheme in which a newlywed woman who had an affair with her father-in-law demanded more than $50,000 from him. We publish the names of the women who attend local club meetings each month, and that “a good time was had by all.” We traveled twice to Denver to see a local teen — a beautiful cheerleader captain — who struggles to walk again after a devastating crash. We wrote about the mayor in a neighboring town who chased rabbits with a golf cart, dogs and fireworks. Some of the stories are mundane, and some are exceptional. Our readers expect us to report all of it because their newspaper is the final, trusted word on what happened. If we don’t report it, there’s a good chance no one will, which gives a sense of ownership of my work that was absent at the Register. That is among the reasons I cherish my life as a community journalist. However, not all small newspapers can do what we do. Much of the Daily Times Herald’s success stems from its family

“OUT HERE IN WESTERN IOWA, MY WIFE JESSE, A TEACHER, AND I CAN GIVE OUR YOUNG DAUGHTERS THE SMALL-TOWN UPBRINGING WE ENJOYED AS KIDS.” ownership. Ann Wilson and her two sons, Douglas and Tom Burns, care more about publishing a great product than making gobs of money. They push ahead — adding staff and redesigning the newspaper — while other papers across the country cut back. Forty-hour workweeks are a rarity, but the job is flexible. It doesn’t interfere much with my family. Out here in western Iowa, my wife Jesse, a teacher, and I can give our young daughters the small-town upbringing we enjoyed as kids. We have five gorgeous acres that overlook a river valley and plan to build a house soon. This town and job met my expectations, so now it’s my duty to give the readers what they want: good, old-fashioned newspapering.

The girls rule the Strong house. After a day of play, Jaia, 3, and Jini, 10 months, have completely cluttered the living room.

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GREENLEE’S REVAMPED ALUMNI AND FRIENDS SOCIETY WANTS YOU TO GET INVOLVED To support and strengthen networking and relationships among Greenlee School graduates, the Greenlee Alumni and Friends Society selected a new leadership board in 2013 to relaunch the society, incorporating a new communication plan, new objectives and new bylaws for the organization. According to Greenlee liaison Kim McDonough, Greenlee Alumni and Friends hopes to better connect the Greenlee School with alumni through activities and events. The leadership board wants to generate interest among potential organization members to increase attendance at Greenlee School events. The society is reaching out to its members through its new website, biannual newsletters, email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the Greenlee Glimpse. As the society is open to all Greenlee alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students, the group aims to link Greenlee students with journalism and mass communication professionals to make connections and network with each other about industry trends. Students are recommended to like, follow and join the Society’s website to


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better connect with alumni. The group was originally founded in 2005 but was not as proactive as initially hoped. In December 2012 Greenlee director Michael Bugeja and McDonough reworked the group’s objectives, and it was soon decided that connecting three different groups within the Greenlee School would fully capitalize the society’s new direction. The student advisory board (four students from the journalism, advertising, public relations and graduate programs) and the Greenlee School Advisory Council now join together to assist the society in strengthening its goals. According to the bylaws, the Society’s core group only needs to meet once a quarter via conference call, but considering the changes and the group’s motivation and determination, it has gone above and beyond expectations to meet once a month in person to ensure the group’s success. Greenlee Alumni and Friends help coordinate and execute various Iowa State University events throughout the school year. The society officially relaunched the

group at the Schwartz Award ceremony on Nov. 8 at Reiman Gardens. Its leadership assisted in planning this year’s event and provided guests with material regarding the group’s new objective and goals. The society also will work with the Greenlee School on career preparation events for students, the Futures Forum each semester and the spring graduation brunch held in May, where alumni and friends will come to network and provide advice to students and parents. The society also is looking forward to planning Greenlee alumni gatherings in cities throughout the country once it has built support and maintains a larger alumni base. “It is really cool to be involved with the organization to see so many things come together that I wanted to see come together,” McDonough said. “Greenlee Alumni and Friends give the notion to alumni that ‘you have graduated but you never really leave the school.’ ”

FOUR GREENLEE FANS JOIN ADVISORY COUNCIL THE GREENLEE SCHOOL WELCOMES THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS TO ITS ADVISORY COUNCIL, CHAIRED BY KAROL DEWULF NICKELL, ’79, MBA ’08: Dan Winters, ‘03, co-anchors Des Moines’ Channel 13 News at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. He is an award-winning investigative reporter who came to WHO-HD nine years ago as a weekend morning anchor/reporter. Winters began his broadcasting career at age 16 at KMA Radio in Shenandoah. After finishing high school in Clarinda, he worked full time as a news anchor/editor for KPRC, the CBS Radio affiliate in Houston. While in college, he worked as a reporter for KCCI-TV, and went on to cover the 2004 VEISHEA riot. Later that year, Winters was awarded “First Place TV Reporting” at the 2004 Hearst Journalism Awards Championship in San Francisco. Winters interviewed President Barack Obama during the 2008 Iowa caucuses. His award-winning investigations have resulted in public policy changes. He volunteers with Youth Emergency Services and Shelter (YESS) and hosts fundraisers for various charities. Dan lives in Urbandale.

Emily (Oliver) Caropreso, ‘05, is the director of communications and marketing for the Iowa Credit Union League (ICUL), the trade association for Iowa’s credit unions. In this role, Caropreso manages strategy and leadership communications, media relations, legislative and grassroots advocacy, social media and marketing efforts. In addition, she provides marketing, employee communications and strategy support to the Iowa Credit Union Foundation and ICUL’s holding company, Affiliates Management Company. She has served in a variety of board positions for the Central Iowa Chapter of Public Relations Society of America, including president. She was recognized by the Central Iowa Chapter of PRSA as the 2007 Outstanding New Member and the 2012 Outstanding Chapter Member. Caropreso is a member of the Iowa Society of Association Executives and the World Council of Credit Unions’ Global Women’s Leadership Network. She currently serves as the chair of the Greenlee Alumni and Friends committee. She currently resides in West Des Moines.

Donna Ramaeker Zahn, ‘87, brings more than 20 years’ international experience in science communications, management, public relations and strategic planning. She works globally with in-country teams to develop outreach strategies and implementation plans related to biosafety and biotechnology. She currently works as a consultant on biosafety and biotechnology projects in Africa and Asia for PBS and the Biosafety Resource Network, located at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Most recently she was a research director for a private company. In this role, she oversaw genetic and societal research programs, designed and implemented science communications and led dialogue with external critics to assure successful product launches. Previously, she spent time working for public and nonprofit entities. She is a certified NetMap facilitator, a certified sustainability assessor and a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals. Zahn lives in Johnston.

Rick Green has been president and publisher of The Des Moines Register and a regional president of U.S. Community Publishing (USCP) Central Group since August 2013. He is responsible for the operations of the Register, as well as Gannett media sites in Iowa City, Sioux Falls, S.D., and St. Cloud, Minn. Prior to arriving in Des Moines in 2011 as the Register’s editor and vice president for content, Green, 48, was executive editor at The Desert Sun (CA) in Palm Springs. Green has also worked 16 years at The Cincinnati Enquirer as assistant managing editor, business editor, suburban bureau chief and reporter. Green has been with Gannett for more than 25 years and has twice been named a Gannett Newsroom Supervisor of the Year and twice earned Gannett’s President’s Ring honors acknowledging the performance of top editors. An Ohio native, Green studied at the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He lives in West Des Moines. Iowa State University 2013




Now in my 66th year at the Winters Express. “World’s oldest newspaperboy,” New York Times, March 3, 2013. 427 Main St., Winters, CA 95694

VIRGINIA (KIRKPATRICK) RATHMELL, ‘43 660 N. Broad St. Ste. PC307, Lansdale, PA 19446


We’re older but other than repair and maintenance of people our age, we do OK. A.J. graduated in mechanical engineering in 1943. He has NO gray hair at 93, and I got ALL the grays or whites! Still active with the help of walkers, still able to drive—not bad for 93 and 89. 17800 E. Bolger Road Apt. 246A, Independence, MO 64055


No real news. Still living in my brownstone in evermore fashionable Park Slope, Brooklyn. Still healthy and active, particularly when entertaining visitors like daughter Ann (from Asheville, N.C.) and cousin Angela Comfort (from Birmingham, Ala.). My chief sparetime activities are Scrabble and the writing group at my neighborhood senior center, of which I am about to become secretary. 508 7th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215


Continue to enjoy life in color-ish small-town Iowa. 209 Elm St., P.O. Box 24, Correctionville, IA 51016


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We moved! to a retirement home about eight miles from our house in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. We are healthy enough to enjoy the friendly residents, the gourmet food and the endless activities—one could be out of one’s apartment 24/7. We may be here for a long time; the oldest resident just died yesterday at age 108. Friendship Village South Hills, 1290 Boyce Road, Apt. C202, Pittsburgh, PA 15241 edandrene@fvsh.net; 724-969-0539


I do hope someone else from my long-ago era (’46, ‘47, ‘48) will contribute a line or two for the Glimpse. (I’m realizing, finally, how long ago that was!) News of myself, as a retired widow, is not earth-shaking. Moved to retirement complex in the heart of Madison, Wis., within earshot of Badger Stadium, walking distance to Capital Square. It can’t match the beauty of the Iowa State campus, but I do have a magnificent view of Lake Monona and rooftops! I enrolled in a reminiscence writing class to make me creative again. Wish I knew more of you to say greetings to. Eric Abbott (husband Lee’s nephew) is my one personal contact. Keep achieving! 110 S. Henry St., Madison, WI 53703


Note our second year at Edgewater Retirement Community after 44 years in Storm Lake. Many ISU grads here. 9225 Cascade Ave., West Des Moines, IA 50266 dankel1978@msn.com.


I was honored to receive the American Agricultural Editors’ Association Lifetime Achievement Award, presented at its annual meeting in Buffalo, N.Y., in August. I guess it was a reward for a wonderful career. After graduating from Iowa State and spending three years on the extension editorial staff, my career began by serving 21 delightful years on the editorial staff of Successful Farming magazine, ending as managing editor. There followed a couple of years as assistant to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Earl L. Butz and director of public affairs; president of a trade association in Washington; consultant with The Ford Foundation documenting its work in preventing starvation in Pakistan during the Green Revolution; working with assorted International Agricultural Development Centers; and retiring as director of public affairs at Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development on Petit Jean Mountain in Arkansas. Winrock since moved its headquarters to Little Rock and I moved to Maumelle across the Arkansas River, on the banks of which I enjoy retirement to the full. 2 Crystal Mountain Lane, Maumelle, AR 72113

WILLIAM FLEMING, ‘50 3810 Alder Lane Apt. 410, St. Paul, MN 55122


Thirty years now in one place is remarkable. Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C. and nearby communities provide an outstanding locale in almost every employment area. A newly completed rail line from the ocean ports to an inland port keeps truck traffic down and speeds merchandise to manufacturers in our upstate area. Milliken (fabrics) Industries has been a leader for over 50 years, spearheading a beautiful airport that handles transports from overseas! (It is much larger and more efficient than the Des Moines airport.) Spartanburg has a local community college graduating many in service fields and automotive skills. Wofford College (coed) and Converse College (women), a new fantastic osteopathic hospital and college, Sherman Chiropractic College and a beautiful highlyrated four-year branch of the state university help students earn their college degrees in a wide diversity of occupations without leaving home! This caused all elementary and secondary school districts to upgrade their academic programs. Our Clemson University and USC sports teams are now top-ranked in the football, basketball, soccer and other sports areas. I love Iowa State with all my heart, but am comfortable here yearround. 5594 Highway 56, Pauline, SC 29374


Still living happily in New England. No professional ties to journalism now, but a variety of volunteer ties. Still happily married to Marion DeBois, H.Ec.Ed ‘49. Five grandkids. Thanks for keeping us informed about the Greenlee School’s doings and progress. 600 Canton Ave., Bldg. 4, No. 414, Milton, MA 02186

STACY (NICKS) LOYAL, 2001 Dig this: Stacy (Nicks) Loyal may well be the first Greenlee School grad to have played professional volleyball. The former ISU volleyball captain (and Ethos magazine managing editor) played on the European volleyball circuit for two years after her 2001 ISU graduation. Ten years ago, she aced a spot on the professional beach volleyball circuit based in California. On the side, she modeled, coached and wrote for volleyball magazines. Now a marketing executive for W.W. Norton Publishing in Los Angeles, Loyal says she loved her earlier immersion into international sports and her exposure to new people and a different lifestyle. She enjoyed getting to play at the next level and using her journalism training to write and publish magazine features, including an interview with three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh. Although Loyal said leaving volleyball was hard, she loves the creative freedom her job offers, writing marking content and communicating with e-media professionals and her editors. Loyal’s favorite part of the job is being able to work from her home in Santa Monica, Calif., and the freedom of the job. She recently was able to take a trip back to Ames to support the Cyclones and was thrilled to see the volleyball team still playing strong. By Kristin Peterson

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2013 has been a year of changes for me. Just before Christmas I fell off a step-stool and broke a vertebrae in my back, spending three months in a brace. No surgery needed. Then in July, my husband, Ron Aronson, died suddenly (cardiac arrest). Our family came together for a celebration of life service in Leesburg and brought him home to Iowa at an October graveside service near Honey Creek, Iowa, in the Loess Hills at Branson Cemetery. We had 62 years together, so many good memories. I’m still living at and enjoying Ashby Ponds in northern Virginia. Happily quilting and enjoying our twin granddaughters, both in colleges now. I hope to hear from more of the 1951 alumni this year. 21085 Cardinal Pond Terrace, Apt. 104, Ashburn, VA 20147


Stan was stricken with a massive stroke and died soon after, Feb. 19, 2013. We had a wonderfully fulfilling marriage for 60 years that began in the Iowa State journalism library over a “Green Gander.” Both of our careers relied on creating, telling and writing, learned at Iowa State. Lots to be thankful for! Rusty has moved permanently to our Florida home where many friends in church, my residential golf community and son and family keep me busy. On Oct. 10, No. 4 great-grandson was born and is named Andrew Doyle Stanley -- nice tribute to Stanley. 9269 Garden Pointe, Fort Myers, FL 33908

WALTER WHITLATCH, ‘52 400 McKissick Spring Rd., Centerton, AR 72719


I was surprised and honored in September when I was one of 50 selected by an independent panel of judges to be formally recognized as one of the 50 industry leaders who had been instrumental in the direction and development of the U.S. beef industry in the 50th anniversary issue of BEEF magazine. However, I give greater weight to the accomplishments of my three grandchildren. Anthony and Jennifer are top students in their high school classes and stars on their cross country teams. Tony led his team to the school’s first district cross country championship this fall and Jennifer was a top performer on her team. Kaitlynn, a third grader, says she can’t have too many books and reads a on fifth to sixth-grade level. All this leads me to conclude they are an awesome trio. 833 Alysheba Road, Shakopee, MN 55379


Agency reached 55th year. CEO John is doing a fine job of meeting major business changes of past eight years. We are both grateful for our ISU journalism roots. Also very proud of director Michael Bugeja’s leadership in building Greenlee into a high-ranking national powerhouse. Still enjoying writing children’s books and reporting on WWII history, anniversary books on clients and social clubs. Every day is velvet!


Always makes me proud to hear about the great things happening at Iowa State. PO Box 202, Beverly, WV 26253 mkbid@frontier.com.


After 27 years atop Petit Jean Mountain, Arkansas, we moved back to Iowa, to Green Hills Retirement Community near ISU in Ames. We celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary in June, along with our 60th anniversary of graduating from Iowa State. 2216 Hamilton Dr., Ames, IA 50014


Mostly a quiet year. Did manage to visit son in Kentucky (Bagdad, no less) and two granddaughters in Atlanta graduating from Emory and Georgia Tech. Dismayed by the journalistic swing to the left, but maybe it’s always been that way and I failed to notice. Things remain interesting. 3619 Royal Fern Circle, Deland, FL 32724


On Aug. 31, 60 years, two months and 19 days after graduating from Iowa State, I closed my PR consulting business and went on a long driving trip through the West, passing through Ames on Oct. 3. Having grown up there, I was destined to attend Iowa State, where the tech journalism degree provided the foundation for a successful and lengthy career. 919 Aspen Road, Kohler, WI 53044 lthorpe@charter.net.


Greetings and best wishes to all. 1074 County Road 1500 E, Philo, IL 61864 46

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Doris and I enjoy still enjoy reasonably good health and celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary in June. Retired for 19 years and still motor homing and spending winters in Florida. Suches, GA


We moved in April to a smaller house a bit farther from the Bay. We look at the salt water with one eye and the Canadian mountains with the other. Dee tutors slow readers at a neighborhood school and I write land use, environment and politics for Cascadia Weekly (ink on newsprint, imagine that) and a Seattle online news service called Crosscut. Call when you’re in the upper left-hand corner. We’re in the phone book. 1124 Toledo St .,Bellingham, WA 98229 simmonsrc@comcast.net.


Retired. 708 Camelia Trail St., Augustine, FL 32086 poodyken@bellsouth.net.


A busy year for me. In March, April and May, I worked as Comfort Food Ambassador for Creamette Pasta as it celebrated its 100th anniversary with a comfort food recipe/essay contest. Traveled to six cities to appear on TV promoting the contest, preparing a comfort food pasta dish I created. In June, my daughter and I spent a lovely week in Charleston, S.C., enjoying the historic sites and wonderful restaurants. And we two got back last week from two weeks in England, visiting London, Winchester and Cornwall. Saw homes of Dickens, Jane Austen and Daphne DuMaurier, and also locations of Rosamonde Pilcher’s delicious novels. Enjoyed “Ladykillers” and “Curious Incident of Dog in the Night-time” on London stage. Continue writing for Edible Twin Cities magazine devoted to organic, sustainable food; contributed to its new cookbook. Greetings to all my former classmates. 7500 York Ave. So., Apt. 423, Edina, MN 55435 ann.burckhardt@gmail.com.

HENA CUEVAS, 1991 years old, she started as manager at a Panamanian TV station and then became an executive producer. Though she faced hard times throughout those first two years, Cuevas knew she just needed to pay her dues to get to her dream job. “I told people that nothing scares me … Anything that I say now and after does not compare to the ethical challenges and personnel challenges that I faced during those two years working in my country,” Cuevas says. Sexism, slashed tires and suspected voodoo are only part of the harassment Hena Cuevas faced when she began her first job as a manager at a TV station in Panama. She attended Iowa State on a Fulbright scholarship that required her to work for two years in her home country after college, forcing her to turn down “killer” offers all over the country. Cuevas, a 1991 graduate, completed an ISU double major in broadcast journalism and telecommunication arts in just two and a half years. Only 23

When she finally returned to the U.S. in 1994, she had to start from square one and climb her way back to the top. Cuevas always wanted to be a reporter, so after working for NBC she went to CNN en Español. “I always made it known that I wanted to be a correspondent,” she says. During a breaking news event one day when no one else was around, Cuevas was sent to do the live shots. She ended up anchoring the early morning show and eventually became the first person to cross over to CNN English on air, working as a producer and correspondent.

Cuevas also worked at ABC News, Yahoo! International and PBS, but her favorite story was with CNN when she covered Hurricane Mitch in 1998. There were no flights going into Central America, but she hitched a ride in the cockpit of a release airplane and was able to talk to the pilots. After living in Los Angeles for 10 years, Cuevas went to work in Peru for two and a half years on a project with the International Center for Journalists, creating the nation’s first broadcast journalism training system. She trained more than 200 journalists with 10 TV stations. Cuevas returned to Los Angeles in February 2013 to produce news features for Univision. She enjoys longer pieces because she can explore the stories and show the big picture. Cuevas won two regional Emmys in 2008 as a reporter for KCET in Los Angeles, among many other awards. Her goal now is to win a national Emmy. By Eleni Upah

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JUSTINE (FRITZE) IRWIN, ‘55 The family is fine. We enjoy our full retirement now. We are grateful that both our Nederland home and our winter home escaped the Colorado floods on Sept. 11, 2013. Damage to both communities was extensive, as was damage to major local highways, trails and community structures. This was indeed a flood of Biblical proportions along all Platte River tributaries! Recovery will be many years and our winter has already begun with snow last weekend. Our ski resorts are open! Come visit! P.O. Box 446, Nederland, CO 80466


My 15th book since my retirement, Myron Holley: Canal Builder/Abolitionist/Unsung Hero, was published October 2013. One review article was titled, “New Biography Reveals Inspiring Character and Extraordinary Achievements of Forgotten Rochesterian Myron Holley (1779-1841).” Retirement is not only productive but satisfying. 560 Mt. Hope Ave., Rochester, NY 14620. rreisem@rochester.rr.com


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A. JAMES MATSON, ‘56 5200 France Ave. S., Unit 16, Edina, MN 55410

RICHARD SEIM, ‘56 2228 Clark Ave., Ames, IA 50010


Things at 844 Hillcrest Drive are on a steady course. Bought the last new car we ever expect to own. (Before we go into the “Home.”) Will head to Naples Nov. 21 for one more winter. Interested to see the PR major up and running. Heaven knows there is a crying need for some common sense PR in this country—especially in the political field, from the White House down! 844 Hillcrest Dr., Ashland, OH 44805


Retirement remains a treat. There’s leisure to dawdle over morning coffee while gazing over the bay and reading several newspapers (someone has to support those journalists). I enjoy the Food Bank and the family: eight kids, including steps, and 14 grandchildren. It’s a delight to have the youngest—14-month-old grandson Harrison Lee—near in Concord, Mass. My son and his wife (born in Harbin, China) took him to China to celebrate his first birthday and meet his grandfather. I’m off to Germany, Poland and Prague in November with some retired food writer friends. 44 Seaview Ave., Cranston, RI 02905 d@donnaslee.com


Still enjoying retirement and grandchildren in Florida during the winter, and golf, gardening and entertaining friends from May through November in Wellsville. Travels this year included brief visits to North Dakota, Oregon, Iowa and Australia (on the Bucket List). Writing is minimal—minutes for meetings and personal letters. 195 E. Pearl, Wellsville, NY 14895 DDMacFar@aol.com


1958-65: ISU film production writer-director 1965-92: Management—Thompson Hatchery, Louis Rich, Oscar Mayer, General Food, Phillip Morris, Kraft Foods (all one company) 1992-Present: In retirement. My wife Lodean and I enjoy active farming and farm management, as well as traveling and many interests in the arts.


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Marty and I continue to enjoy retirement...a little teaching, some consulting, volunteer activities, time with grandchildren, travel and tennis. We’re pleased to return to ISU once or twice each year. 99 Cambridge St., St. Paul, MN 55105


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Same husband, same son, older and creakier to be sure; increasingly concerned about a government that spies on its citizens and lies to them. Greenlee graduates, you have your work cut out for you! 1040 East Osborn Road #1402, Phoenix, AZ 85014 bvsphoenix@gmail.com.


We had a wonderful trip to Germany to visit our youngest son and his family, who are stationed there with the U.S. Army. They were in Heidelberg then, and have just moved to Ansbach. Last November I went to L.A. to watch a grandson compete in the World Junior Racquetball Championship, where he won several gold medals and a world title. This year’s championships are in Bolivia and we’ll be watching via the Internet. I am helping organize the ISU Class of 1959’s 55th reunion during 2014 Alumni Days in May. Hope to see many journalism classmates there!


Continuing with political journalism and reporting for Iowa Public Radio, NPR and Iowa Public Television. IPTV’s Iowa Press program is now in its 42nd year. Looking forward to mini-reunion with ISC Class of ‘59 in May 2014. 722 College Blvd. SW, Mount Vernon, IA 52314

BETSY (HOFFMAN) CHAPMAN, ‘59 10 Speyside Cir., Pittsboro, NC 27312


I just returned from a challenging, but fascinating, trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. The country is much more vast and complex than I had imagined. Prior to my trip and since, I’ve been immersed in its history and how it relates to today’s issues. Its winters remind me of Iowa, but much more severe—six months of frozen rivers and lakes. No wonder Russian novels are depressing. 5551 E. La Pasada St., Long Beach, CA 90815 j.furman1@verizon.net.


Finally decided to bring another era to a close. I’m retiring from that “part-time” job as event planner I’ve enjoyed the last 12 years. How does one decompress? 6202 Pioneer Road, Madison, WI 53711


At my age, no news is good news. Same house, same everything. Mostly neighborhood-oriented life—tennis, bridge, exercise, old-house maintenance, church. Some travel, am on board of small Congregational apolitical denomination to which my church belongs. A second grandbaby due in November. 253 Hicks St.,Brooklyn, NY 11201 edith.bartley@att.net.


Aloha, classmates. Stlll enjoying our tropical retirement in Hawaii, the state of paradise. Family continuing to expand to six children, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Life is good in my 76th year. Thank God for the blessing of a great education in ISU technical journalism. vxbradley@live.com

FRANK REMDE, ‘61 69 Cutter Dr., Watsonville, CA 95076


My major role in life at this time is serving as president of the Iowa Barn Foundation, an all-state, all-volunteer, nonprofit dedicated to saving Iowa’s barns. Iowa has changed. There are fewer farmsteads and certainly fewer barns. But, there is still interest in saving these symbols of hard work, the American dream and our agricultural heritage. Our all-state barn tour in September featured barns that have been restored with our matching grants. There were almost 100 barns on tour; a few of the barns had 200 visitors from Iowa and beyond. Both the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune covered the tour with major photo galleries. We publish the semi-annual Iowa Barn Foundation Magazine and would value having you as a member of this group.

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Am sure Glimpse updates of all of you will be more fun reading than any of today’s national/global stories. The “fun” and challenging freelance project for 2013 was the writing—and completing—of “Pigs”! Lifting mortgages, people and communities, a history book for pork producers in Lyon, Sioux and Plymouth Counties here in northwest Iowa. It was a chance to network with some longtime friends as well as to meet others new to the industry. The “fun and challenging” can apply as well to being a correspondent of the Fort Dodge Messenger. The Messenger, ironically, was my first full-time employer, yes, “back then” in 1961. Talk about the possibilities of today’s recycling! Visit occasionally with our honorable Bill Kunerth, who continues being patient (and candid as necessary) when his former students request his ear for guidance along the way. Think we in his era of journalism continue to value his wisdom along with that of others in the then ‘journalism building’. I keep finding the “lessons learned” and ISU expertise ever-present in the work of those of you within today’s daily news world. Do keep it up. I end with a sad note for those of you who may not have heard that one of 1961 ag journalism family, Diane Roberson Burch, died in late October 2013 following a massive stroke. She was also my freshman roommate, and we had kept in touch often through the years. On a personal level, the same brother, Jim, working in St. Joe, MO; same cats (plus several harlot’s kittens outside) and same garden, a bit tattered at the moment. To each of you, may we all hope for a gentler (and less volatile) 2014. 2622 Ridge Ave., Sioux City, IA 51106 grovecorner@aol.com.


I have been retired from the daily newspaper business for the past several years. I keep active with gardening, swimming, hobbies, Lions Club, Grayslake Historical Society and visiting my family and grandchildren in Texas, Idaho and here in Illinois. 105 S. Seymour Ave., Grayslake, IL 60030


Retirement is definitely an open door—mainly, to every volunteer job imaginable. Homeowners’ associations, Big Brothers Big Sisters, church outreach programs and I’m still providing the wheels for my two youngest grandchildren, 15 and 12. I wish Iowa State would do some recruiting in Wichita; I see too many promising students going off to schools which offer few challenges... A family trip to Italy was phenomenal 50

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this summer. Later, a service trip with Global Volunteers to the Crow Reservation in southern Montana was outstanding. Now it’s back to monthly newsletters and meeting minutes, and my second year in a bell choir. That’s the biggest challenge right now! 6500 E. 21st St. N. Unit 25, Wichita KS 67206


Duane and I both are retired now as we sold our acreage, rented out our land and moved in to town last fall. Whew! I still do occasional writing as I’m working on the history of our Beecher farm in Hardin County. It will soon have been in the family 150 years. Since our workload has changed tremendously, we like to travel the Midwest in our Stallion motorcycle 3-wheeler and attend bluegrass festivals. 218 1st St. NE, P.O. Box 4, Buffalo Center, IA 50424-0004


Retired living in Lexington, VA. I remain grateful for the education I received and the opportunities I was given. Professors Kunerth, Fox and others were among the best. Thank you for continuing to make a difference. 30 Haven Oak Court, Lexington, VA 24450 tomgoodale@earthlink.net.


Retirement and health going well. 15143 215th Ave. #2, Spirit Lake, IA 51360 dlhasenwinkel@yahoo.com.

LAVEDA (JANSONIUS) HINTON, ‘62 h.laveda@yahoo.com.


My husband, Jerry, and I are selling our home and have moved into a two-bedroom apartment. My Parkinson’s just made it imperative to get into a smaller place where they provide two meals daily plus all maintenance/ laundry. I highly recommend the change - it has brought some peace of mind. 6300 E. Speedway Blvd., Apt 1212, Tucson, AZ 85712 annnward1@aol.com.


We are now living in northern Minnesota, on the lake, full time! Our family, including 15 grandchildren, love spending summer vacations on Long Lake. I’m still using my journalism skills, thanks to Iowa State!

MIYOKO HIKIJI, 2004 “Adventurous” is an understatement when describing 2004 Greenlee graduate Miyoko Hikiji. While her friends were leaving for college, she enlisted in the military after high school and served three years of active duty at Fort Polk, La., and Fort Bliss, Texas, before starting her ISU education. Hikiji began her double degree in journalism and psychology in 1998 and did two military mobilizations during her time in college, delaying her graduation by two years. After Sept. 11, 2001, she served a six-month mobilization at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, and a deployment to Iraq in 2003. At Camp Dodge, Hikiji was on Force Protection Duty guarding post gates, and in Iraq, she faced more danger as the enemies shot at her vehicle and attacked the operating base where she was stationed. As she was constantly surrounded by the threat of death, Hikiji learned to be prepared, adaptable and extremely grateful for every new day.

Upon returning to the U.S. Hikiji began modeling in 2005, following in her sister’s footsteps, and has been modeling and acting for the Peak Agency in Des Moines, where she lives, ever since. People might think modeling is a world away from being in the military, but she disagrees. “It’s the same kind of competitive, detail-oriented thing,” she says. “It’s just you get to wear prettier clothes!”

her comic relief. “[Being with them] just completely changes my focus about what the whole world’s all about, or what’s really important,” she says. “So I think that helps balance me out—at least mentally.” By Eleni Upah

Acting and modeling have improved her public speaking skills and helped her in promoting her new book, a memoir from her time in the military called All I Could Be: My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq, which was published in May. Motivated to share about relevant topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide and family problems, Hikiji is also working on a sequel. She says it’s a reintegration story about leaving the military and returning to civilian ranks. Through all the chaos of modeling, acting and writing, Hikiji says her two daughters—ages 2 and 4—are


Now in my eighth year of retirement from the University of Maryland. Lauri and I divide our time between our home in Maryland and vacation home on the Oregon Coast. A festschrift book was published in honor of Lauri and me this year: Public Relations and Communication Management, edited by Krishnamurthy Sriramesh, Ansgar Zerfass and JeongNam Kim, and published by Routledge. 41 Brinkwood Road, Brookeville, MD 20833 jgrunig@umd.edu.


Susan and I moved into our 25-foot, Iowa-built Itasca (Winnebago) Reyo motor home in late May. We spent the next 116 days driving and camping in Wyoming, Montana, Alberta, Northwest Territories, Yukon

Territory, Alaska (50 days), Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Utah. Then we moved back into our stick house here in Colorado. What a great trip, experience and continent! While I’m getting ready for ski season, I’m also looking forward to our 50th ISU reunion in May. And we’ll be in Iowa in July for a Winnebago rally in Forest City on our way back East to visit friends and relatives. Besides managing our corn and bean farm in Minnesota, watching the markets and working out most days, I’m having fun posting comments on articles at wsj.com, politico.com, nationaljournal.com, dailycaller.com, bigjournalism. com and biggovernment.com under my real byline (Donald E.L. Johnson). Life is good. Every day is a bonus. P.O. Box 23159, Silverthorne, CO 80498. oldedit@ me.com; Twitter and Facebook: RealDonJohnson.

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My biggest news: my third book, a memoir, The Days of Song and Lilacs, North Star Press, has a new silver seal on the cover! It was a 2012 Midwest Book Award finalist, one of three, representing 12 states. Set in 1954 in my hometown, Mason City, Iowa—I was 12 when Meredith Willson was composing his “The Music Man” for Broadway, right down the street—well, we had the same accompanist. Pre-television, I got to “dance-out” every night—Vivian’s Bridal Shower, Farmers’ Roundup, Stunt Night in the Park… The heart and soul of the story: music stays in a body to the last, even when much else is gone. So YAY! And it has been a busy year since it came out May 2012. Next June I will be at the Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island, a fine place to work, right? Another treat: we finally got back to Mykonos and Santorini after staying home May 2011 and May 2012 because books came out in May both of those years. My fourth book is finished for now, am deciding if I should adjust it, for the publisher who asked me to “The Days of Song and Lilacs,” by Mary Beth Sartor Obermeyer, write it—or—how do I want it North Star Press; 2012 Midwest to go? I found my grandfather’s Book Award Finalist, one of three, medical journal of the winter representing 12 states, Memoir of 1918, the flu pandemic. He begins life in my manuscript as a 10-year-old boy on a flower farm in Luxembourg, 1881, suffering from a chronic ear infection, at which point his mother dies. He spends a year with his brother in a boarding house in a big city, near a doctor, then—the frailest in the family, the one to educate, he goes to a boarding school for years, then on to a French tramp steamer for America, to find a medical school. And on to Chicago, The World’s Fair—the Columbian Exposition, falls in love with the Wild West, and—Annie Oakley. At which point he marries the daughter of the richest greenhouse builder in Chicago and—the flu pandemic hits. He makes his way from a practice in Chicago to Titonka in Iowa, population 320, because he is needed—they have no doctor. Consider: in 1918 his only weapons are isolation, fresh air and love—he sits by the bedsides, around the clock. His 12-year-old son, my father, drives the horse and buggy across the prairie, in blizzards; sometimes they pump the lorry on the railroad track to outlying farms. In the end Dr. Pierre Sartor is credited with saving more than 1,000 lives and is named Iowa’s Doctor of the Year, 1953, by the Iowa Medical Association, at age 83. So—how much flu pandemic—


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the publisher wants more—or how much story of what motivated my grandfather to do what he did, bizarre even given the time— the publisher wants less of the latter. But the details are so rich! Consider: his wife, my grandmother, Mary Magdalene, packed a pistol in her petticoats aboard the train to Iowa, a gun given to her by her father—who feared the Indians! I have been given a cyclone of drama! I do have a true creative nonfiction manuscript in hand, now what to do, what to do. At least it is my fourth book; l am stoked! Our daughter Kristin (PR, Pepperdine) has gone from Ogilvy Mather and Princess Cruises, LA, to Target, Super Valu and now an agency in Minneapolis, her family nearby. So YAY! For grandsons, too! Husband Tom is now semi-retired, an architect, so…the house is in order. 2405 Russell Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55405 mbsartor@hotmail.com.


I remain a retiree, living on the farm and forest land of northeastern Pennsylvania. My wife, Elisabet, who was also an ex-newspaper person, died recently. She had been, among other things, the editorial page editor of the Vancouver, Wash., Columbian, an editorial writer for Newsday in New York and a professional journalism fellow at Stanford University. 1614 Lucy Daly Road, Montrose, PA 18801


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During a January vacation to Korea and Southeast Asia, my son Curtis and I toured Korea’s demilitarized zone. Before North Korea escalated aggression toward the U.S. last spring, the DMZ was snowy and cold with palpable tension. We stepped over the border into North Korea, then quickly stepped back while soldiers carrying assault rifles scrutinized our every breath. We rode an underground train through a four-mile tunnel that edged toward Seoul. Once back in South Korea, even the polluted air felt free. 414 E. Mandalay Dr., San Antonio, TX 78212 marigold414@gmail.com


Enjoying retirement greatly. Stay in close touch with my former PR colleagues at Southwestern Bell (now AT&T) and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Wife Diane (El. Ed. ‘72) and I stay active in volunteering, church and musical activities. I remain the oldest rocker in West St. Louis County, still playing keyboards for a classic rock band, The Decades (go to thedecades.wordpress.com). Glad to see a PR major added to the school’s lineup. Hello to all my J-compadres in the mid-1960s! 618 Forest Leaf Drive, Ballwin, MO 63011 joeelstner@aol.com.


Still living on my little place near Paralta (39 years), keeping ahead of rheumatoid arthritis (29 years) and reveling in retirement (10-plus years). Many interests -- never enough time. Have been using investigative reporting skills for local history sleuthing -- thank you, Bill Kunerth! 2318 Springville Road, Springville, IA 52336


I moved into Northcrest Retirement Community in December 2012. I started in an apartment, but within months had the opportunity to move into my current townhouse. I love it here! Goal is still to write the great American novel (or short story). But the BIC (butt in chair) factor is elusive. It’s too much like work. When I moved, I sold my house to my son and his family. Since I bought it from my dad, it’s our Tara. Having two grandchildren in Ames is wonderful. I miss seeing my daughter’s four, who now live in Georgia, although that does make a nice February getaway. Survived my high school 50th reunion this September. Quite a trip down memory lane for three days. 1821 Northcrest Court, Ames, IA 50010

ALFRED BESSESEN, MS ‘67 1065 Kumquat Court, Orange City, FL 32763


750 240th Pl., Pella, IA 50219 lmborg@windstream.net.


In May this year, Dee and I took three of our grandsons to Norway and England to show them where their great grandfather, Chris Brandsberg, and his siblings grew up in the late 1800s. We enjoyed “the old country,” London and Stonehenge. I’m still working on a couple of books. May even finish one this year! 3004 Pawnee Circle, Manhattan, KS 66502 george@ksu.edu.


Retired, except for filing weekly traffic column for Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise... and high school sports season previews for San Diego Union-Tribune (for which I was a staffer 1969-97). 925 Resaca Cibolo, TX 78108 rickdavis31945@gmail.com.


Retirement still enjoyable and ownership of two FM-radio stations in Kansas still keeps me in the in touch with the business and many friends. I was recognized for 45 years as a member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters. Grandkids continue to be a highlight of our lives. A granddaughter is a freshman at Purdue University and her brother is one of the top cross country runners in Indiana. 25025 South Lakeway Dr., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248 rich@ hullbroadcasting.com.


I am so lucky to still be freelancing regularly. I continue to write home-related, food and landscaping features for Welcome Home magazine, a central Iowa lifestyle magazine that comes out eight times a year. I also write regularly for an online publication, The Creating Together Journal, a resource for activity directors of retirement facilities. Plus, I have written for a Meredith publication and for the new Iowa magazine this year, among other projects. As always, I love meeting the people and telling their stories. Tom and I are blessed with three great kids, their spouses and seven super grandkids. My best to all. 5717 Kingman Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311; 515-279-2203; tcmcgarvey@aol.com

GARRETT O’KEEFE, MS ‘67 2912 Garrett Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80526

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642 Stoneridge Dr., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 jrutterslo@gmail.com.


Doug and I continue to enjoy retirement. Winters find us at our home in Mesa, AZ, and the rest of the year we base in Lincoln. We celebrated our only grandchild’s 3rd birthday in September. Cannon Walter Anderson and his dad Curt live on 20 acres near Laurel, MT. Son Scott lives in Omaha and youngest son Ross in Tucson, AZ. Greetings to all. 4210 Colfax Ave., Lincoln, NE 68504 phlls.ndrsn@gmail.com.

WAYNE ANDERSON, MS ‘68 4820 Salem Lane, Loretto, MN 55357


Retired! 107 Inwood Dr., Aiken, S.C. 29803-5613


We began the year with travels to Palestine, Israel and Greece, then to Bermuda in April. The month of October was spent working at the Heritage and Research Center of Yellowstone National Park (and our furlough in Salt Lake City, Jackson Hole and beyond). Wil directed “You Can’t Take It With You” for the Iowa River Players. Marjorie completed a church mission trip in St. Louis, seven years on the Mayflower Homes (Grinnell) board of trustees and another year with the Region 7 Horticulture Council. 2995 Neely Ave., Jewell, IA 50130


Vice president, Keogh & Keogh Inc., Chicago, IL


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The skills I learned in ISU journalism classes were used every single day of my 30-year marketing and writing career. Thank you. 822 Buckhill Dr., McKinney, TX 75070 janeamack@gmail.com.


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Retired from The Pueblo Chieftain newspaper. I will always love flipping through the pages of a newspaper on newsprint! 34 Country Club Village, Pueblo, CO 81008 ssimons77@hotmail.com.


Self-employed, working in marketing, promotion and grant writing and doing some freelance writing and photography. Won the Rotary District 5580 Distinguished Rotarian Award in April for volunteer work in Rotary and other community organizations and projects in Park Rapids, MN. 33040 State 34, Akeley, MN 56433 luann47@gmail.com.


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Hard to believe I have been enjoying retirement for 10 years. Larry and I split residential time between Iowa and Arizona—you can guess which season we are where. Just got a positive one-year report following surgery for a benign brain tumor, so life is good, and we are actively working on our travel bucket list. 13746 500th Ave., Story City, IA 50248 phyllislepke@hughes.net.


Another busy year in retirement as I served as Gov. (Terry) Branstad’s transparency adviser and as chair of the new Iowa Public Information Board. Both of our kids are at ISU. 6917 Northglenn Way, Johnston, IA 50131

share the best practices I have acquired. Funny thing, the tools from my undergraduate years are a big part of these best practices still. All my best to all the faculty and students, and my instructors. This is still a great profession! 14910 Seward Plz., Omaha, NE 68154 cmcgavren@sprynet.com.


Working freelance and spending the winter in Arizona. Life is good! 1270 South 4th St., Carlisle, IA 50047 grvincent@q.com.



Brainstorming. Writing. Designing. Engineering? As an editor at Hallmark Cards, Anne Cuddy’s days differ more than the birthday and get-well-soon sections. The 2010 graduate worked her way from intern to editor in just three years and now oversees the Amplified Experience and Signature card lines for the master greeting card company.


Cuddy’s love of cards began in high school when she worked at a stationery store. Now, the 25-year-old collaborates with designers and engineers to create intricate and detailed greeting cards with lights, sounds and attachments. Her favorite creations range from greetings with a detachable chalkboard to cards with functioning pinball, golf and beer pong games.

Retired from Alpena Community College where I was the controller for 23 years. Keeping active in recreational and volunteer activities. 419 S 1st Ave., Alpena, MI 49707 bindletom@hotmail.com.

1913 NW 10th St., Ankeny, IA 50023


Entering 36th year of teaching and advising broadcast students at Drake University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Recognized with the 2013 Madelyn Levitt “Mentor of the Year Award” during Drake’s spring commencement. Everything’s good! National Newspaper Association President Merle Baranczyk of Colorado (l) presents the award to William (Bill) Tubbs (Ag. Jlsm. ‘71) for First Place for Best Editorial in the NNA Better Newspaper Contests at the 2013 NNA Convention, Sept. 12-15 in Phoenix.


One can’t really appreciate all the potential in a career until science reveals the best practices. Now the Association of Proposal Management Professionals emphasizes measured results in its journal. We point to more solid science now when training our cowriters. This reminds me of the great journalism background I had at Iowa State with all the emphasis on proven technique driving better communication models. APMP awarded me certification at the foundation level earlier this fall and now there is opportunity to

Her inspiration emanates from all aspects of her life—people she knows, 18th- century literature and sometimes a beautiful sandwich. She captions her own life experiences to connect with her consumers through touching or humorous words. But Cuddy isn’t limited to cards. She recently worked with a team to create an advice book for college freshmen called “Countdown to College.” Using her own Cyclone experiences, she helped compile tips every freshman should know, like how to talk to professors and use dining hall trays as sleds. Little did Cuddy know her high school hobby of perusing the racks of thoughtful messages would ever lead to a successful and rewarding career as an editor of Hallmark Cards. She loves the company and its products and says it feels like a dream come true to work in a place she adores so much. By Emily Elveru Iowa State University 2013




Continuing to find my work as nutrition and health program specialist for ISU Extension & Outreach – interesting and always changing. In 2014, we’ll celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act which paved the way for county extension offices across the land. Still traveling here and abroad! 1410 N. Seventh St., Burlington, IA 52601 psteiner@iastate.edu.



Linda and I are in our 42nd year of community journalism at the Eldridge (IA) North Scott Press and Wilton-Durant (IA) Advocate News. Still active in Rotary locally and internationally. Daughters Anne (Matt) Olson in Urbandale, Alisa (Joe) Sleep in Madison, WI, and Aimee in Seattle. 302 S. 8th St., Eldridge, IA 52748 btubbs@northscottpress.com.

city, and Griffin is now the director of creative services at Harper’s Bazaar magazine. In this role, Griffin oversees all creative content for the business side of the magazine - designing custom content for advertisers, for the marketing and sales team, and working on photo shoots and video productions. “I have a lot on my plate, but it’s very fun. I’m very lucky,” Griffin said. But the road to Harpers Bazaar wasn’t easy. Griffin’s first job in New York was a freelance designing gig for Country Home magazine.

Right after graduating from Iowa State in 2003, Sam Griffin took a huge leap of faith and moved to New York City with no job and no plans to get one. With a little luck, everything would work out. And everything did work out. It’s been 10 years since he arrived in the


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He worked only a few days a week, trying to put away enough money to be able to fully support himself one day. Three months at Country Home never paid well, however. He even worked at TGI Friday’s for one week just to pay the bills. His first lucky break came when he joined Traditional Home magazine as senior designer, where he worked for one year. He went on to work short-lived stints at House & Garden magazine and Self Magazine, and as art director at Bon Appetit

magazine for two and a half years. Griffin’s life in New York City has been a crazy ride. He’s survived hurricanes and earthquakes. He’s seen the New York City night sky in its rarest form, suddenly lit up with stars during the 2003 blackout. And he couldn’t be happier. “It’s the best place to be if you’re a hard worker and want to be inspired everyday,” Griffin said. He added that his time at ISU had an enormous impact on who he is today. When he came out as gay in 2000, he said ISU’s warm and supportive environment made it a beautiful and liberating experience. “At the time it was kind of a big deal -- there weren’t that many ‘out’ people,” Griffin said. “I remember walking into the LGSB Club and seeing like 12 people. I thought I was walking into a very small world and was doomed to be lonely. I was very lucky to have friends and faculty that supported me.” By Michael Finn


Continue to offer writing, editing and public relations services on the Big Island of Hawaii. Wish we’d had a public relations major when I was at Iowa State. jbselland@yahoo.com.


I retired from the University of Minnesota last year. Now I am enjoying a fun mix of travel, babysitting, goofing off and a few freelance chores for ag clients. 10705 34th Ave. N., Plymouth, MN 55441 johnbyrnesmn@gmail.com.

RUTH JOHNSON, ‘72, MS ‘73 700 S. 9th St., Herrin, IL 62948


Another year rushed by with only one foreign business trip to Iceland at the request of the Iceland business promotion association. There are agricultural investment options on the volcanic-formed island. Another year as editor of AgProfessional Communications meant attending and reporting at agricultural conventions and trade shows from coast to coast. 10100 NE 98th St., Kansas City, MO 64157 rkeller@vancepublishing.com.


6119 Pedernal, Goleta, CA 93117 rjleu@aol.com.


Finally giving thought to retirement, targeting December 2015. We may return to Iowa but definitely won’t be wintering there. Maybe in 2016 I’ll have season football tickets. No doubt by then Rhoads will have us competing for the Big 12 championship!! 205 Pilgrim Rd., Abilene, TX 79602 dennis.miller@abilenetx.com.


It’s been another banner year for freelancing and covering the ever-changing world of agriculture. I’ve always had the global travel bug and the past few months offered the opportunity to add three more countries to my bucket list. First, I attended the International Federated Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Congress in Rosario, Argentina. After the meeting I was able to traverse a vast section of the Corn Belt visiting unique operations. Those tasty barbecues, pitch-dark bus rides, photographing the Santa Cecilia cattle sale, rubbing shoulders with producers at the Liners Livestock and Central Fruit and Vegetable Markets, meeting noteworthy families and exploring the back streets of Buenos Aires were truly memorable. In November, there was the 10th International 4-H Youth (IFYE) Conference in Chonburi Province, Thailand, crossing the border into Cambodia to visit Siem Reap and take in the Ankor Wat Temples (UNESCO World Heritage site) and staying with a former colleague in Phnom Penh. The final leg was returning to the village of Duc Pho and the surrounding area where I served with the U.S. Army American Division during 1968-69. My guide from Da Nang, who I learned was with the Giavic Special Forces camp (Ba To District) at the same time in nearly the same location, proved to be a noteworthy link that helped recreate some emotional flashbacks and tense times that forever impacted my life. It was astonishing to see the changes that transpired across that region over so many years. On a lighter note, I was honored to have a photo taken in the Czech Republic which appeared in the 2013 International Peace Corps calendar. For 2014, it’s on to Scotland for sure with other fields just around the corner.


I’ve completed my first year of retirement after 29 years in the marketing communications area of DuPont Pioneer. My wife Mary (UNI 1973) retired this past summer from a teaching career. We’re enjoying newfound freedom to travel, including a 15-day sojourn in Italy in November. I enjoy maintaining contact with fellow J-school grads and I’m noticing more and more of you are also retired. That means more time to travel. Come and see us in the historic Sherman Hill neighborhood of Des Moines. 701 16th St., Des Moines, IA 50314 mrsrhts@ mchsi.com.

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I just completed my 30th year at Vanderbilt University. I still enjoy working in collegiate athletics and at Vanderbilt I’ve had a chance to work with topnotch student-athletes at the “Harvard of the South.” I follow Iowa State news as close as possible and have been able to get back on campus at least once a year, even if it’s been for an hour. Fond memories indeed. 1208 Old Spring Trail, Arrington, TN 37014 rod. williamson@vanderbilt.edu.


Colleen Bradford Krantz, ’95, is using her years of journalism experience from all different mediums to launch an app that is the newest addition to her Skewed News Tutor project. Inspired by the public’s misunderstanding of media, her programming is intended to help those consuming media to become more discerning. The new app is built mainly for classroom use. “You can think of it as a news literacy app,” said Krantz. “It can be for journalism students, but we built it for the general public to understand the difference between careful and careless journalism.” When Krantz left Iowa State, she was heavily trained in print writing between her multiple summer work opportunities and years as a writer for the Daily. She confidently set out to report for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, then found her way to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and later wrote for the Des Moines Register. Today, Krantz spends her days much differently, working hard as both a mother and an “independent journalist” from her home in Adel, Iowa. She is working on her second documentary titled, “West by Orphan Train,” and is constantly inspired by historical events and stories that inspire questions for her. She is the author of “Train to Nowhere: Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation,” and also co-produced a documentary of the same title, which can be found on Krantz’s website. “I think of myself as being kind of a multimedia journalist,” said Krantz, who while at Greenlee believed she would spend her days happily in a newsroom. “I was never one of those people who said, ‘I want to write a book someday.’” By Anna McConnell


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This year I moved my weekday home from the USC campus to downtown Los Angeles, as it is now possible to take light rail to work. After a half-century of neglect, downtown L.A. is a boomtown, and it’s an exciting place to be. At USC, I’m writing about the arts and producing videos, and also covering our extraordinary classical music stations, KUSC in Los Angeles and KDFC in San Francisco. Anyone can listen online to both! On the play front, the script of our one-woman show on Erma Bombeck is just about finished. My twin and I hope to have a workshop in early 2014. 45850 Vista Dorado Dr., Indian Wells, CA 92210 allison.engel@usc.edu.


I currently reside in Boise, Idaho, with Dennis Habeck. I am an English instructor at the College of Western Idaho and teach ESL to adult immigrants. Additionally, I teach academic writing to international students at a local private college, NNU. I can be contacted through Facebook.


Serving as the 2013-14 District 6000 Governor for Rotary International is an amazing experience visiting all 64 clubs in our southern half of Iowa district. Rotary clubs are “doing good” in the world and in their communities by living the Rotary motto of “service above self.” It is an honor to serve in this role Rotary International District and meet thousands of wonderful 6000 Governor 2013-14 Rotarians! In my “spare” time, Jacque (Eilbert) Andrew of Jefferson, Iowa. I’m having tons of fun with our four grandkids. Look out world, Jim and I are both retired now! 1227 Rushridge Road, Jefferson, IA 50129 Jeandrew@netins.net.

MARGARET (ASKEW) AND GREGORY JOHNSON, ‘74 Moved to Des Moines in July 2013 for a position as deputy director of the Iowa Public Information Board. Check us out at www.ipib.iowa.gov. 909 Maple St., West Des Moines , IA 50265 meg_colaw@hotmail.com.

DONNA PROUDFIT, ‘74 4021 Cliffside Dr., La Crosse WI 54601-8393


Still in global HR, working at Danfoss, new name of our merged company. Mergers are interesting— trips to Europe and new people to meet. Always a challenge. Evan is still with McCormick, all three of our children are doing well. Life is good. Stop by when you are in the area! bstadlman@mchsi.com

JULIE (NIELSEN) WOLF, ‘74 Senior project manager in the Office of Marketing Communications at the University of Kansas. 4211 Wimbledon Dr., Lawrence, KS 66047 jwolf@ku.edu.


The big event of our year was that our youngest daughter was married Labor Day weekend in Davenport. Otherwise, I continue teaching journalism at Wartburg College and Cindy continues teaching fourth grade in Waverly. 3605 Monaghan Dr., Waverly, IA 50677 cliff.brockman@wartburg.edu.



Had a great year with our network and radio stations in Minnesota. Mary and I continue to run the Linder Farm Network and a three-station radio group based in Owatonna, MN. Have new twin grandsons from our son Matt and his wife Krista. Daughter Sarah is teaching in the Twin Cities and LeAnn is a bank manager in Seattle. We now have season tickets for both football and basketball. Would certainly connect with friends at any game; just drop us a note. We are enjoying life in the northland! 520 West McKinley St., Owatonna, MN 55060 lynn@lindernetwork.com.


Forty years on TV and still going strong. Senior anchor at Bay News 9 in the Tampa Bay market. Love all the new media. I host the Bay Area’s No. 1 political show, just finished my 950th web review, and do all the longform interviews for our TV station, which, by the way, is 24 Class of 75. Bay News 9 hours! Glad to hear ISU offering Senior Anchor Al Ruechel a PR major. Journalists need a plan B in this day and age. I’ve been very fortunate to have anchored my entire career starting at WOI when it used to be on campus. If you are ever in the Tampa Bay area, let’s connect. Jenny, (Gamm, Zool. ‘76), and I would love to see you. Quick advice: We all need to be guardians of the direction TV and web journalism is heading. Lots of misinformation passed off as fact when it is not. Go Cyclones!!! bigaltv@yahoo.com.


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Martha has been an instructor at NIACC and director of education at Trinity Lutheran Church, both for 13.5 years. 362 Lakeview Dr., Mason City, IA 50401

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I am the publisher of AVweb.com and two related e-newsletters, AVwebFlash and AVwebBiz, serving pilots, OEM’s, suppliers, flight schools and charter operators in the general aviation industry. With about 200,000 subscribers, AVweb distributes about 500,000 emails weekly. I joined AVweb in late 2011. As a 2,100-hour commercial licensed pilot, I have returned to the business I am most passionate about. My duties are strategic planning and national sales management. In my spare time, I am leading an industry-wide effort to restore, rebuild and re-equip existing aircraft called The Three R’s Affordable Aircraft Initiative. Wife Michelle (Wickersham, Math/Comp Sci ‘76) Bliss and I ran an integrated marcom agency, Bliss Marketing Multimedia, from 1983 to 2005, serving more than 300 clients, including all divisions of Motorola and Honeywell in the Phoenix market. Between agency days and AVweb, we became real estate developers and now also manage commercial and residential properties in Phoenix. We are now grandparents. Our daughter, Laura (Bliss) Jansen, husband JJ Jansen (NFL long snapper for the Carolina Panthers) and grandson Luke Jansen, 8 months, live in Charlotte, NC. Our daughter, Carolyn Bliss, is a commercial furniture and interior design rep in Phoenix. I fly to Ames yearly on my way to the EAA Air Venture fly-in, the world’s biggest air show held in Oshkosh, WI. Have also ridden three or four days of RAGBRAI numerous times. I continue to participate in masters swimming, far slower than the glory days as a Cyclone swimmer. Last spring we enjoyed seeing Chet and Joy (Wigman) Boruff in Phoenix. We miss Ames this time of year. Tom@AVweb.com 1421 W. Royal Palm Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85021


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Enjoying another year at Ford Motor Company in corporate communications. The global nature of the automotive business sharpens the competition for us all. My youngest daughter did not make it as far west as ISU for J-school, but she is blossoming into a strong journalist at Michigan State, where she is the managing editor of the State News. If you are looking for a young, aggressive reporter, drop me a note – she will be available in the spring ’14. mmoran@ford.com


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EVELYN (DONKERSLOOT) BOSWELL, ‘77 5871 Sypes Canyon Road, Bozeman, MT 59715


Manager of communications and media relations, Jo-Carroll Energy, 302 N. Ash, PO Box 165, Elizabeth, IL 61028 pfrancomb@jocarroll.com.


Broadening my freelance offerings to include not only writing and editing, but speech presentation coaching. Giving more speeches, too. I love Minneapolis. Truly home sweet home. Mary@marygunderson.com

RAEANNE HYTONE, ‘77 3841 Garfield Street NW, Washington, DC 20007 raetone1@earthlink.net.

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It’s amazing how far you have to scroll down to click on 1977. 4121 E. Windsor, Phoenix, AZ 85008 algona81@yahoo.com.


Lewis Public Relations is in its 14th year. In recent years, our client base has been growing far beyond the industry average. Beyond providing strategic communications counsel and program implementation, several of us in the firm have been serving in a variety of leadership posts with the Public Relations Society of America. I’m finishing out my term as national treasurer of the Society, with two colleagues serving as officers in two different local PRSA chapters. Having the opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ to the next generation is an important recognition of what was provided to me following my graduation from ISU. 7616 LBJ Freeway Suite 800, Dallas, TX 75251 blewis@lewispublicrelations.com.


Banner year at Waukee High School! In my sixth year of teaching journalism, we took the yearbook to the largest size possible and launch the online Arrowhead in just a few weeks. Always a challenge teaching students the need for accuracy and integrity as drilled into me by Jack Shelley and Tom Beell nearly 40 years ago. Daughter Alyssa now wears the cardinal and gold and son Nathan hopes to head to Ames in two years. Life is good with my ISU coed of 31 years, Jenee! Go Cyclones! 5851 Coachlight Court, West Des Moines, IA 50266 kpeterson@waukeeschools.org.


Now in my 22nd year running Marla Shaw Graphic Design and still loving it! Just for kicks I took a face reading class, and then another. I am now teaching it from two workbooks I’ve written, Beginning and Advanced, and a Pocket Assistant. Face Reading for Medical Issues is coming early next year! Also co-founded Spiritual ePub, which is a publishing

company to help people in the metaphysical world publish and market their books, CDs, audios, set up their websites, etc. economically. Tustin, CA 92782 marlashawstudios@gmail.com.

WAYNE SVOBODA, ‘77 57 Montague St., Apt. 41, Brooklyn, NY 11201


I have a new passion in my life...urging everyone to become an organ donor. This comes following my lifesaving liver transplant in 2012. I have lived in Sioux City, Iowa, since 1991, and am now anchoring at KMEG-KPTH-TV. This is my second stint at KMEG and have anchored at every newsroom in town during my time here. Feel fortunate I’ve been able to stay in one community so long and continue the work I love. Lola and I have been married nine years. I have two sons, two stepsons and two grandchildren. Oh my God, I can see retirement down the road! Seems like yesterday when Tom Beell and Jack Shelley were standing at the front of the classroom. I was honored to receive the Jack Shelley Award last year. Words cannot express how much it meant to me—the highlight of my career. 4112 Saxony Circle, Sioux City, IA 51103-3197

than 1,000 different companies across the country. Almost all the voice videos are used on companies’ websites. “It’s a fun way to spend 40 hours a week,” he said. Though the commercials he reads are usually standard, he occasionally receives a request for unusual statements in his commercials. One of his favorites includes, “This car handles curves better than Tiger Woods. Not to mention it’s better at a getaway than Charlie Sheen!”

COREY ALDRITT, 2009 When Corey Aldritt graduated, he had no idea voiceover talent was even a job. He just knew he liked the sound of his own voice. The fall after he graduated in 2009, Aldritt landed the job as voice-over talent at UnityWorks! Media in Minneapolis. Aldritt records an average of 180 30-second voice videos daily. Most are for car dealerships at more

Aldritt found that training his voice was a necessary aspect of the job. During the first few months, his voice would not hold up by Friday. “When this was the case, or when I do have a cold, I just sit out the day and write copy,” he said. Now, he is able to push his voice without going too far—drinking lots of water is key. When Aldritt is not recording his own voice, he works for Minnesota News Network. He is a board operator for the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Timberwolves and the University of Minnesota. He operates the audio board behind the scenes to keep the radio program running smoothly. As a student, Aldritt found his home at ISUtv, working there all four years. “It helped me create my voice and made me comfortable speaking in public,” he says. By Dallas Daws

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Assistant director, communications and science delivery, Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service. 587 Shryer Ave. W., Roseville, MN 55113 ddietzman@visi.com.


Last year Dave and I moved to a new home in a neighborhood that connects to the same paths and parks we’ve so enjoyed the last five-plus years in the East Lansing area. Daughter, Katherine, and son, Curt, live and work nearby, which makes our location even better. I’m grateful to be part of a terrific creative team as director of marketing communications in communications and brand strategy at Michigan State. It’s been fun to share favorite Michigan spots— Traverse City and Mackinac Island—with visiting family and friends. We’ve also enjoyed time in Iowa with my parents and for Dave and friends’ RAGBRAI adventure in July. 5684 Bayonne Ave., Haslett, MI 48840 holloway.susank@gmail.com.


Social media/public information, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Boston. klark.jessen@ gmail.com.

PATRICIA MORGAN, ‘78 445 Carmel Peak Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89145


Director of communications, Johnson County Wastewater, 11811 South Sunset Dr., Suite 2500, Olathe, KS 66061


Hard to believe it’s been 35 years since Iowa State. Named senior editor, markets at Sosland Publishing Co. earlier in 2013. First grandbaby, Harper Isaac Sterk, arrived in July 2013. That’s the greatest feeling ever! My wife, Kay, and I moved into the city (Kansas City) from the suburbs in 2011, and we are loving it. 7240 Madison Ave., Kansas City, MO 64114


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I’m still surprising myself that old magazine editors can learn new tricks in the online era. Besides managing farm business coverage for Omaha-based agricultural news service DTN (it’s like Bloomberg News for farmers and commodity traders), I still contribute a monthly column to The Progressive Farmer magazine. After 35 years, I have to say thanks Iowa State for such a rewarding career. 483 Loucroft Road, Haddonfield, NJ 08033 marcia.taylor@dtn.com.

DIRK VAN DER LINDEN, ‘78, AND LEE (HORN) VAN DER LINDEN, ‘80 Publishers, Belmond Independent. Our son is a sophomore at ISU and our daughter plans to be married in June. 119 Fairway Dr., P.O. Box 81, Belmond, IA 50421


Greetings Greenlee Family. Entering my eighth year at Risdall. My new business machine keeps purring—we jumped in revenue ranking ($35 mil) from 7th to 6th among Twin Cities agencies. Family-owned business certainly presents interesting dynamics. Our leadership meetings can be downright entertaining! All is good on the home front. Susan and I have enjoyed “mini vacations” throughout the year, including week-long golf trip in NC. How I love my wife who loves to golf ! My best to everyone—and especially Michael, who does a wonderful job of keeping alumni informed. The School rocks in every way. 4519 Casco Ave., Edina, MN 55424 Tom.wilson55@gmail.com.


Greetings from the Washington, D.C., area! Congratulations to Greenlee on the new PR degree! I have a niche recruiting firm, Mile 20 Recruiting, LLC, which combines my technology, PR and recruiting expertise. I place people both domestically and internationally. Each summer I spend a few weeks in Ames, continuing my lifelong love of ISU. 5800 Ashfield Road, Hayfield Farm, Alexandria, VA 22315 nancy@mile20recruiting.com.


Director of communications, Kentucky Department of Education. Rebecca.blessing@education.ky.gov.


Annette: Marketing communications director, CHS Inc., P.O. Box 64089, St. Paul, MN 55164-0089; 651355-5126; annette.degnan@chsinc.com; 4612 Cambridge Dr., Eagan, MN 55122


Back in the Midwest! 6365 Gabrielle Dr., Lincoln, NE 68526 KLYF@AOL.COM.


Last year difficult as I have been primary caretaker for mother-in-law with Alzheimers. Did enjoy activities and writing projects related to centennial of Delta Upsilon at ISU,; big celebration weekend was Sept. 21. Great to see Al Mores there and to correspond with Doug Spong. Also keeping track of Daily types from 1970s on Facebook or otherwise. Have also enjoyed earning ham radio license and spending a little time on HF bands in contact with hams all over the world. 410 W US Hwy 40, Clayton, IN 46118 wa9yi@arrl.net.


Great news! Our documentary film, “The Devil’s Box,” will be aired on PBS in early 2014. If you don’t see it on the schedule in your viewing area, please send the station a request for it. Set amidst the Texas State Championship fiddle contest, “The Devil’s Box” weaves together the story of five passionate contestants and the lively characters that inhabit the world of Texas-style fiddling. This style is played all over the world and is lots of fun to watch. The film is entertaining, upbeat and suitable for the entire family. More info: www.devilsboxmovie.com. I also programmed two film festivals this year, Dallas VideoFest and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, and did post-production supervision on a new doc, “Jose Canseco: The Truth Hurts.” Give a shout if you’re ever in central Texas. 1506 Grace St.,Taylor, TX 76574 meandnancydrew@gmail.com.


Johnston Human Resources Consulting has entered its 10th enjoyable year. In the past year I’ve been back to Iowa several times for family business, but with only one brief stop on campus. Christmas this year will be at Disney World with all three kids and four grandsons. 5435 Hedgewick Way, Cumming, GA 30040 dave@johnstonhr.com.


I waited until the last moment, expecting to be inspired. Alas, nothing happened. My life continues to be good. It is one of those “no news is good news” kind of situations. We enjoy periodic vacations and trips to Chicago to visit our daughter and her husband. My recent pet peeve is the declining quality of newspaper headlines. This comment shows I am old and I still read physical newspapers! Ron and I are definitely technology users, but nothing beats a little ink on the fingers! 1937 15th Ave., North Fort Dodge, IA 50501 advantage@advantageag.com.


What’s new in this neck of the woods? I’m busy with workforce development issues in west central Minnesota, I continue to be involved in theatre and music, and count me in as part of a community group that promotes Fergus Falls as the Telework Capital of Minnesota and was recently named one of 7 national “Smart Communities” by the Rural Telephone Association. Just finished fishing with brother Ron (Raven’s owner) and Steve Herth, both Iowa State graduates who ventured north. So what do you call three ISU grads in a walleye fishing boat on a warm fall October weekday? Smart! 516 South Oak, Fergus Falls, MN 56537 schara@integra.net.

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Mass communications professor, Butler Community College, El Dorado, Kan. One of our students at Butler Community College won a first-place award for TV play-by-play this year (basketball), a big boon to our student sports media program. That was from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. Our print media area also did very well this year. For over a decade now, we’ve broadcast all women’s and men’s basketball games and football contests, home and away, on radio (including streaming) and select dates on television. I’m in year 15 here and have been our student magazine’s adviser for that entire period as well. On the family front, wife Linda works harder than anyone as a high school family and consumer sciences teacher (that includes a lot of concession stand duty). Son William is now a sophomore psychology major, living in the dorms at Wichita State. Daughter Katy, a high school junior, has been flooded with college mail. On the athletic front, she was part of a 4x400 relay team that placed at state. I’ve also enjoyed communicating with Daily alumni recently. What an amazing group! mlsclone@hotmail.com


After working as a reporter and editor covering the health care industry beginning in 1985, then as director of public relations for a children’s hospital, my husband and I teamed to open a public relations firm in Phoenix. We’ve married our respective strengths and experience—his nearly 25 years of news management for local TV stations and my print journalism, PR and social marketing background—to serve primarily small, nonprofit clients. Our goal is to help them build visibility through positive, proactive news coverage as well as social media, thus increasing donations and other sources of revenue. Our experience covering news and the connections we’ve maintained with our media colleagues have been keys to obtaining coverage and helping our clients achieve significant growth. By chance, we have developed a niche as the “critter PR agency,” serving the Arizona Animal Welfare League, the state’s largest no-kill shelter, Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center and the Phoenix Herpetological Society, along with other clients. I also continue to work in the health care field, specializing in patient engagement and quality improvement. 10621 S 46th St., Phoenix, AZ 85044 rtigner@q.com.


13309 SE 183rd St., Renton, WA 98058 whalena@q.com


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ELIZABETH WRAY, ‘79 4243 Scott Ter., Edina, MN 55416


I’m now on the “shadow” side of some very, very difficult news assignments: Covering the Affordable Care Act in a very fair manner was mind-numbing. There were many people aching to talk publicly about how horrible the law is, while those who signed up for it were treating their health insurance status as a national secret. Believe me, it’s easier to ask a person his yearly salary than to discuss his insurance situation. I finally corralled two folks who are in a profession that does not include health benefits. These days, I’m working on stories of a more pedestrian nature of the ACA, so the stress level is way, way down. Husband Steve is retired and the care (but not the worry) for his elderly parents is less, as they now live in a nice nursing facility. Daughter Kirstin is a first-year teacher in the Council Bluffs School District. She teaches third grade and is getting a taste of how it is to deal with the parents of elementary schoolchildren. Electronically, I’m doing a lot of daily reporting on my iPhone, and it’s not all that hard. 27012 208th Ave., Eldridge, IA 52748 dbaker@qctimes.com.


Still serving with the Institute for the Education of Students Abroad as EVP of marketing and institutional relations. Living in Evanston, Ill., near the campus of Northwestern University. Life is good! 909 Colfax St., Evanston, IL 60201 noiamboat@hotmail.com.


Communications specialist, Rockwell Collins, Hiawatha, IA Ajbusbee@mchsi.com.


I continue as administrative assistant for Peace Church in Cedar Rapids and am in the midst of a new website rollout. Dan travels the country as a senior associate with Advancement Resources. Our son Tristan started his freshman year at the University of Iowa this fall. 2013 has been a good year--looking forward to 2014! 108 Brentwood Dr. NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 dgeiser@ infionline.net.

BRENT JENSEN, ‘80 10468 N. 98th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85258

RONDA WILLSHER, ‘80 16777 Jaguar Pl., Lakeville, MN 55044


Greetings from Picket Fence Creamery! We just celebrated 10 years in business with the bottling plant and what a ride it’s been! Our dairy products are in 60 locations now, and we recently introduced our 34th ice cream flavor—maple bacon. Daughter Jenna is in her fourth year of teaching middle school science at North Cedar Middle School in Clarence, Iowa, and son James is 13 years old and a seventh grader at Dallas Center-Grimes. ISU alumni are always welcome to stop by our farm store...there will be an ice cream sample and a glass of chocolate milk waiting! 14583 S. Ave., Woodward, IA 50276


Another year has flown by! I left “cubeville” last year to start my own photography business, The Right Pixels, but got sidelined by the allure of retiring. Retirement is great! But I *am* going to get the business going this winter. I specialize in real estate photography and I can see the need for quality images still exists. After decades away from the field of journalism, however, I have returned to it as a member of the board of directors of a small local newspaper. It’s a new perspective on the field for me, and all the more challenging in light of the incursion of the Internet on the print journalism world. I’m glad for the opportunity. When I stop wanting to learn more, I’ll know I’m an old man. :-) 489 Michigan St., Saint Paul, MN 55102 steve@dropkin.net.


108 Brentwood Dr. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 dgeiser@ infionline.net.


My novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, won the 2013 John Esten Cooke Fiction Award. It also won the 2012 B.R.A.G. Medallion, and received honorable mention at the L.A. Book Festival. 2970 Mountain Lion Drive #304, Loveland, CO 80537 jdrhawkins@gmail.com.

SARAH (PETERS) BUCKLEY, 1994 With great marketing and communication opportunities in the insurance industry, Des Moines, Iowa is the perfect place for Sarah (Peters) Buckley to showcase her undeniable work ethic and ambition, raise a family and become a prominent figure in her community. Coming into college with an open mind, Buckley recalls the extracurriculars through the Greenlee School played an important role in her current success. With an interest in print journalism, broadcast journalism and public relations, Buckley joined the Iowa State Daily as a beat reporter and was a member of the PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America). This involvement led to her first internship and job at Thomas C. Porter and Associates, a public relations and advertising firm in Des Moines. It was there Buckley first emerged onto the insurance scene through her job at Thomas C. Porter, where she handled a wide variety of accounts including insurance. After two additional jobs working on external communications and investor relations at MidAmerican Energy, and media relations and international operations at the Principal Financial Group, Buckley established herself at Guide One insurance as the manager of corporate communications. Fifteen years later, Buckley now oversees the marketing, website and public relations teams within the organization as the vice president of corporate communications and marketing. As a person who is truly motivated by her work, Buckley receives satisfaction in knowing the work produced is quality and makes a difference for the organization. “Whether it be improving communication or generating leads, I like to know what I do creates results,” she said. Aside from caring for her two children, Liam, 11, and Lucy, 9, Buckley stays an important asset to the Des Moines community, with her husband Brennan Buckley, also a Greenlee School graduate. They are both involved with The Greater Des Moines Partnership, the Des Moines Arts Festival and the I Have A Dream Foundation. By Ingrid Tunberg

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ROSE (KING) DONOVAN, 1980 In the spring of 1978, when she sat down at her manual typewriter to write her first story for the Iowa State Daily (an investigation into a curious ring of bike thefts), Rose King knew she was hooked. By her senior year she had worked as an editor for almost every section, developed an addiction to breaking news and met her would-be husband Dave Donovan – all inside the Daily newsroom. Her career began after her graduation in 1980, with a fellowship in newspaper management in Florida. Several years later, after working various reporting jobs and experiencing a few life changes, from getting married to relocating to an apartment on Capitol Hill, Donovan began working as a copy editor for the Washington Post. Then, her youngest son, Reilly, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and suddenly, the biggest issue in her life became her special needs son. Donovan decided it was time to take her writing skills and put them to work. So she started writing a column called “Life of Reilly” for the website Autism after 16, in an attempt to provide perspective on how families deal with autism, from their worries and fears to their joys and successes. (Her column can be found at: http://www.autismafter16. com/users/rose-donovan). But “Life of Reilly” isn’t her only advocacy project. Currently Donovan belongs to the Philanthropic Educational Organization, which provides educational scholarships for women of all ages. She also volunteers several days a week in the campaign office of her local gubernatorial candidate, simply because she wants to make her state a better place to live. These days, Donovan is continuing to write and campaign – and is considering pursing a master’s degree in creative nonfiction, her favorite form of writing. Because “that’s what journalism is,” Donovan says, “You write what you know, for other people.” By Elaine Godfrey


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Just read about the most recent “study abroad.” Anyone remember the 1980 European Study Tour?! I remain a “communication specialist” at Woodward, Inc.--a lot of social media (“like” us please!) and video production. As of this moment Tom is still “exploring options” after 25 years with Gannett/ Gatehouse. 1166 Roxbury Close, Rockford, IL 61107 beaner1959@aol.com.


Another fun and challenging year organizing trade shows for Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids. I was able to work at the airshow in Bangalore, India again. Ken Clayton, ‘82, with Cy And I just got home from a (Gangnam Style), in Seoul, defense exhibition in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea, where “Cy went Gangnam Style.” But home is still the best destination. clonedogg2@mchsi.com.


I’ve been working at all-news WWJ Newsradio 950 in Detroit since 1997 as a reporter, writer and editor. This year, I’ve also picked up some anchoring duties, which has been challenging and fun! It’s been an interesting time to cover news in Detroit— an emergency manager, a bankruptcy filing, the conviction of former Mayor Kilpatrick and the Detroit Tigers playoff run. My husband, Ed Coury, continues to do business reports for the Wall Street Journal Radio network, and our kids are growing up. I look back fondly on my years at Iowa State! 41951 Park Ridge Road, Novi, MI 48375


Spent several years as a member of the Greenlee School Advisory Council, and have completed my term as chair. Now still connected to the council, and the School. Took over in August 2012 as the head of the editorial staff of Successful Farming, the brand that launched Meredith Corporation in 1902. An exciting time to join agriculture and an established and senior staff in ag. So much opportunity and a staff that is highly creative and highly productive. I am blessed, to be sure. 6920 Northglenn Way, Johnston, IA 50131 dkurns@gmail.com.

GARY MCCOY, ‘82 2160 Niagara Court, Elgin, IL 60123


Not much has changed for me since last I reported. I continue as assistant managing editor/copy chief for Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Media, where I get to work with a lot of fabulous ISU journalism grads. Randy and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary in 2013 and our son, Will, graduated with degrees in archaeology and history from the University of Oklahoma. Our daughter, Sarah, is a sophomore in the Greenlee School at ISU! 211 38th Place, Des Moines, IA 50312 jsramundt@dwx.com.


Editor, Ida County Courier, Ida Grove, IA 51445


This year marks a decade for me in New York and at NYU, where I am now associate professor of media studies and sociology. My book with Cambridge University Press, Shaping Immigration News: A French-American Comparison, was published in August. Bill Kunerth generously provided sage advice on some early chapter drafts. Kelly and I have two boys, Thomas, 13, and Peter, 6, both thriving in the city. New York University, MCC 239 Greene Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10003 rdb6@nyu.edu.

HAROLD COLEMAN, ‘83 4208 Thompson Ave., Des Moines, IA 50317


Communications coordinator, Holy Family Church, Kansas City, MO 64118 hillsuzanne@hotmail.com.


Still practicing First Amendment and media law in Salt Lake City, and fly fishing and road cycling when I can. Wife, Cindy, teaches English and literature at Catholic middle school. Daughter Madison graduated from college and is working in Los Angeles. Son Christopher is a junior in college, and youngest, Tess, is in eighth grade. Happy to see that Iowa State and the Greenlee School are going strong. 787 17th Ave., Salt Lake City, UT 84103 jhunt@ parrbrown.com.

NANCY HYTONE LEB, ‘83 nancyhytoneleb@yahoo.com .


This marks my third year as communications director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa. Advocating for the First Amendment and other civil liberties feels very natural after my newspaper career. The lessons of Ed Blinn’s journalism law class are used daily! I’m also continuing to freelance, working on various books, magazine articles and electronic media. Reluctantly, I’ve become a nimble Facebook ninja! I’d love to hear from you anytime! veronicalorsonfowler@gmail.com


Executive vice president, Cox Media Group. 6205 Peachtree, Dunwoody Atlanta, GA kim.guthrie@coxinc.com.


“Bill” Williams says his master’s degree opened doors to supervisory positions in television news. His latest accomplishment is writing a true crime novel, “Murder by Guile.” Based on a homicide investigation, it is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and authorhouse.com. 471 E. 55th St., Kansas City, MO 64110

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Greetings once again, ISU JlMC alums. The big news for Laurie and me is that Laurie retired from teaching this year and we moved. After 28 years in Cedar Falls, in August we moved to Lake Panorama, Iowa, to be closer to family and old friends. I’m still going full-throttle with my markets-based newsletter and reporting, but am now thinking about slowing down just a bit. However, it’s unlikely I will ever retire completely because the skills I acquired in the ISU Press Building have served me very well and I love my work—especially since I don’t have to leave home to go to an office. For fun, I’m enjoying my two grandchildren, and still get right after it when it comes to outdoor activities and physical fitness. 6716 Nicholl Drive, Panora, IA 50216 jim@jimwyckoff.com.


Still doing freelance writing, particularly grants, book and music reviews. Excited to have legs to a motivational speaking business. I have a heart to reach high school and college students with the message of not giving in to their challenges. I base my talk on my challenges of living with cerebral palsy. PO Box 175, Kanawha, IA 50447 speakerpaul@ comm1net.net.

DEBORAH GILBERT, ‘85 130 Jane St. #2E, New York, NY 10014 dsgilbert@me.com.


I am happy to be working as communication specialist for Cambrex, Charles City, Inc. - an innovative life sciences company that manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredients for branded and generic pharmaceuticals. My husband, Dave Tibbitts, a former ISU ag student, and I just put a new house on our Nashua farm. After 14 years in Chicago, farm living is a new escapade. 1211 230th St., Nashua, IA 50658 wild1flower12222@msn.com.


After 27 years of teaching technical writing at Central College in Pella, I transitioned into the role of the college’s grant proposal writer. I’ve enjoyed the change as well as the challenge of this very meticulous writing. I am proud to have been part

DEWAYNE HANKINS, 2002 From Ames to Minneapolis to Miami to Los Angeles to Portland. A 5,700mile journey has transported Dewayne Hankins’ from an enthusiastic Cyclone to a top sports PR executive. In April, Hankins became vice president of marketing for the Portland Trail Blazers professional basketball team. Hankins deals with the team’s digital, creative, general marketing, retail and game operations. That can mean anything from pitching new ideas for merchandise to creating “hot dog night” at the arena. After earning his journalism degree from Iowa State, Hankins went on to work for the Minnesota Wild professional hockey team, the Miami Marlins (formally the Florida Marlins), the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer and the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings.


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While working for the Kings, Hankins ran the team’s Twitter account and garnered a strong following. Those tweets, known for an occasional biting wit, helped him land the Portland gig – but not until he’d hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup when the Kings won the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Hankins, who grew up in suburban Chicago, initially enrolled at Iowa State to study computer engineering. A foray into writing for the Iowa State Daily and Ethos magazine, combined with his passion for sports, led him to his notable career. He lives in Portland with his wife, Gloria, and their 18-month-old son Hudson. By Andrew Hayes

of the team that secured a $2.75 million grant from the Fred Maytag Family Foundation to renovate the student union at Central. In personal news, our chicks are flying the nest with one married and on his own; one who just moved to Columbus, Ohio and a last one who is a junior at Central. Kent and I do lots of traveling and are enjoying our acreage, along with our beehives! Hello to all my Daily friends! 812 University, Pella, IA 50219 vankootenv@central.edu.


Livin’ the dream @ Cue²Media LLC. www. cue2media.com. 14403 Bryn Mawr Dr., Urbandale, IA 50323 jeff_cue@q.com.


I work at Meredith Corporation in Des Moines and have been the writer of a national radio program called “Living the Country Life” since the show’s very beginning in 2007. About a year ago, I also became the voice of the program! The LCL program airs twice daily on 300-plus radio stations in 37 states. It’s also airing on Sirius XM, channel 80 (Rural Radio). If you can’t hear it on a station near you, check it out on our website, www.livingthecountrylife. com. You’ll also find lots of other great tips for living life in the country! I feel honored and blessed to be a part of it. 1422 Avery Ct., Norwalk, IA 50211 jodi. henke@meredith.com.


With fingers crossed, it appears that I may have transitioned to the real world after a lengthy advertising agency career, having left my partner role with TracyLocke several years ago. I’ve been able to put my copywriting and creative direction skills to work on the “client side” and am now director of marketing for a kitchen tools, gadgets and cutting board manufacturer in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. If you have ever stepped into a Bed Bath & Beyond store, then you have seen Dexas cutting boards, most of which are made in the USA. If you are into social media, Dexas and your fellow alum would appreciate your like/follow! 585 S. Royal Lane, Suite 200, Coppell, TX 75019 jlogan@dexas.com.


June 2013 accepted position as deputy executive director for Solid Waste Association of North America and moved to Maryland. 1605 Featherwood St., Silver Spring, MD 20904


Any book agents out there? CONTACT ME! I continue to do public relations for Yom haShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) in PEI which is year 14 for the memorial in PEI. Additionally, I volunteer expertise and time in promoting book launches for authors who write about their Holocaust survival experiences, or the experiences relayed to them by family members. It is a remarkable and emotionally rewarding experience to work with these authors who have taught me a lot. Am presently involved in my own project, so am looking for an agent to shop a book manuscript. Details are available only upon request, and only if serious. It is more fun to keep the subject a mystery going until publication as it may tip my idea too early. Best wishes to all the folks who graduated in May 1987. I’m now a dual citizen, so I can and do call Canada and the United States home! I am very fortunate, and have lived in Canada longer than I lived in the U.S. Indeed love hockey, Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, poutine, and living in Maritime Canada which have all helped give me a wonderful world perspective...it sure took me long enough! 24 Hutchinson Court, Charlottetown, PEI CANADA C1A 8H7 C1A 8H7 slireland@eastlink.ca.

NICHOLAS LOOS, ‘87 1003 Prairie Lane, McGregor, TX 76657


Army Capt. Christopher Larsen, ‘87, married Amy Swadener on Sept. 1, 2012, at Naval Station Everett, Wash.

Added to my deployment count after a posting to Kuwait, returning in July 2012. My section’s command magazine hauled in some nice recognition in the Army-wide journalism competition. After coming home, ended the single life, marrying Amy Swadener on Sept. 1, 2012. Life’s good - and busy! 1121 117th Drive S.E., Lake Stevens, WA 98258 writerguy10@yahoo.com.

CLARE LESCHIN-HOAR, ‘87 1243 Via Barranca, La Jolla, CA 92037

Iowa State University 2013




I’m still living in Williamsburg and enjoying retirement. I keep busy being a Master Gardener, doing a lot of volunteer things at my church Coleen Myers with her granddaughter, and am now in training Hannah DeVries, attending the Troxel Hall to be an AARP dedication on the ISU campus. Safe Driver course instructor. I was just on the Iowa State campus when Troxel Hall was dedicated on August 30. The main donor for the lecture hall, Douglas Troxel, was my high school classmate, and I was very proud that someone from my little high school class in Lake City, IA, has been so successful, and now so generous to give the money needed to build this lecture hall for ISU. My granddaughter, Hannah DeVries, is an Iowa State sophomore this year and she attended the dedication service with me. 121 Willis Blvd., Williamsburg, IA 52361 coleenmike@msn.com.

COLEEN (HILDRETH) MYERS, ‘87 121 Willis Blvd., Williamsburg, IA 52361


I’m looking forward teaching JLMC 201 again this spring while continuing on the Advisory Council. I’m in my fourth year as political columnist for the Des Moines Register. 2418 35th St., Des Moines, IA 50310 kobradov@dmreg.com.


Executive director of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association. Earned Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential in January 2013. Urbandale, IA 50323 cyclonesuz@gmail.com.


You are invited to visit our family corn maze and pumpkin patch in the fall. www.growingfamilyfun.com info@growingfamilyfun.com


I celebrated 25 years with the Des Moines Register in 2013. Technology continues to change in the business—I’m likely to spend as much time blogging and shooting video as I am writing a story. The Register moved from its building at 715 Locust Street

HEATHER SINCLAIR, 2011 Heather Sinclair. She’s passionate, dedicated, driven and some might even call her crazy. As a third-generation Iowa Stater, Sinclair juggled several leadership positions on top of a double degree in journalism and apparel merchandising, as well as a minor in event management. Her leadership and positivity shined as vice president of SALC, student director of the Textiles and Clothing Fashion Show, and as a member of the Cyclone Alley Central Committee. While interning, she’d relentlessly ask for more, always searching for what else could be done. Not long after landing her first job at Land’s End, her boss requested she follow her to a company in its infancy, Burt’s Bees Baby. Now she “lives the dream” on the East Coast as manager of sales, marketing and merchandising at the fast-paced start-up, where there’s no such thing as a “typical day.” Some days she’ll communicate with partners and travel for sales. Others, she’ll plan marketing strategies or manage the current season’s merchandise while preparing for the next. Regardless of day-to-day randomness, she relishes the opportunity to have her 24-year-old voice heard and respected in a quickly-growing company. Although this isn’t the fashion magazine Sinclair had envisioned herself working for, she lives, breathes and sleeps Burt’s Bees Baby. “I want to be successful and I want everywhere I go to be successful,” she explained. “When I leave work, I go home and work again. Work is No. 1 to me in my life and there’s always more to be done.” No wonder her boss calls her a “force of nature.” By Liz Zabel


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to new quarters at 500 Walnut in Capital Square. I have a nice view of the State Capitol Building. I met with several Daily alumni in Chicago last month to see one of our favorite college bands, The Replacements. Good times. 2923 Country Side Dr., West Des Moines, IA 50265 littlejon3@aol.com.


Employer: Media buyer, Iowa Newspaper Assn., Des Moines, IA 404 47th St., West Des Moines, IA 50265


Hi everyone, my news this year is a change in employer. After seven years leading the global marketing analytics function for Avon, I am now VP, CRM and corporate marketing analytics for The Estee Lauder Companies. CRM is new for me and a growth opportunity and I’ll be building the analytics function from the ground up. Estee Lauder is a great company with brands like Clinique, Origins, MAC, Bobbi Brown, La Mer, Aveda, Jo Malone, Tom Ford, etc. 144 W 18th St., New York, NY 10011 dougjensen@nyc.rr.com.


2013 marked five years of ownership of The Meyocks Group. It has been a remarkable gift to work with our extraordinary team and a fantastic group of clients, including the ISU Athletics Department. It’s great to remain part of CyclONE NATION. The Meyocks Group, 6800 Lake Drive, Suite 150, West Des Moines, IA 50266 dougjeske@meyocks.com.


Still loving life in the shadow of Pikes Peak. Our son, Charles, is turning 4 this fall and already knows the ISU Fight Song! 14645 Air Garden Lane, Colorado Springs, CO 80921 sweuve@aol.com.


After 20 years as founding editor of Bovine Veterinarian magazine, I have taken a newly created position as communications specialist with the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, a national organization representing beef and dairy veterinarians. 14944 Riggs, Overland Park, KS 66223 gwren@aabp.org.


Hello, Cyclones! By the time you read this I will have launched Blythe Communications, a content creation and management service with specialties in financial services, agriculture and energy. The business model is similar to my recent project at CME Group (a big futures exchange) in Chicago: Help a non-media business establish a homegrown editorial operation that spotlights internal experts and propriatary research and data and produces sophisticated content with a “news” veneer. “King content” is all the rage these days among marketing and communications folks who are finding their traditional means aren’t as effective these days, with so much competing for the audience’s attention. The basic idea behind this trend is to employ storytelling techniques, narrative structures, punchy headlines and other tools of fundamental journalism to try to establish a credible voice and engage the target audience. You know, the kinds of things Greenlee School alums and other journos have been doing for centuries. It’s enouraging that after so many tough years for our profession, there seems to be a new appreciation for what journalists do. Come visit blythecommunications.com and let me know your thoughts. @BruceBlythe 3507 N. Reta Ave. #4, Chicago, IL 60657 bruceblythe7@gmail.com.


What do traveling, horse showing and surfing have in common? They were all items on my bucket list, until I crossed them off this year. My husband, Anthony, was asked to fly to London for meetings in July. We were both able to see the sights, such as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. Afterward we took the train to Paris and visited the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triumph and Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum. Next, our horse show career hit big in Las Vegas. My horse and I were among the Top 10 at the American Quarter Horse Association Novice Championship Show, from October 2-6. We won 6th place in Western Riding, among 1,450 total entries. We had the most fun on our family vacation to Hawaii, where our 7-year old son and I learned to surf. The sapphire blue Pacific Ocean near Maui was ideal for boating, surfing and snorkeling with sea turtles. It has taken a long time for this Iowa farm girl, ISU grad, PR director and now stay-at-home mom to achieve these dreams, but this year it was all worth it. 12758 S. Robinson Ranch Court, Parker, CO 80134 mlgsundance@aol.com.

Iowa State University 2013



JACLYN HANSEL, 2010 What started as a passion project for Jaclyn Hansel to increase her portfolio has blossomed into a growing online publication. Hansel and three of her friends created the fashion magazine Bow and Arrow in December 2012; after four issues, the reader interest for Bow and Arrow continues to grow. “The initial interest was almost overwhelming,” said Hansel. The founders of the quarterly magazine expected support from their family and friends, but members of the fashion industry also took notice of the publication. The growth in popularity has allowed Hansel and friends to expand the magazine and focus its content. With that has come exciting opportunities for Hansel, including an invitation to Macy’s Glamorama event in Minneapolis where premier American designers and celebrities raised money for numerous charities. While there, she met and interviewed singer Sheryl Crow. Hansel has to be a jack of all trades for the magazine. “We all do everything,” said Hansel. The four founders each dabble in every aspect of the publication from photography, writing and design to planning the theme and ideas of each issue. The collaboration among the women provides the magazine with depth and balance. When Hansel isn’t mingling with fashion icons, she works in strategic marketing for Wold Architects and Engineers. She creates interesting and professional proposals used to persuade a company to hire the firm. The architecture industry is extremely competitive and it is Hansel’s responsibility to make sure her clients stand out. The Greenlee School prepared Hansel for the ever-moving magazine industry. She shot photos for numerous campus publications including Trend and Ethos. The way her professors embraced the shift in media from print to online definitely equipped Hansel with the skills she would later apply to Bow & Arrow. Hansel said the greatest skill she received from the Greenlee School is the ability to adapt to a changing industry. By Tyler Main


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345 Alexander Circle, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327 annette@iastate.edu.


This year marks our 10th wedding anniversary and my 9th anniversary at Children Desiring God (CDG). I am richly blessed by God in so many ways. Our production team at CDG has been working for some time to enhance our existing Sunday school curriculum, and we’ve been able to release We try to spend some time along the North Shore every fall. This is two of them this year. With Split Rock Lighthouse. a gifted photographer and two gifted illustrators, the new materials look amazing, in addition to having many new features that should be helpful to teachers and students. It’s been fun to hear feedback from churches excited about using what we’ve published. At home, we had an eventful summer with two bathroom renovations, new carpeting and a dog with major medical issues. Our schnauzer, Charlie, is totally blind now, but he’s such a little trooper. He finds his way around the house and yard through touch, smell and hearing, and he even navigates our two stairways on his own. He moves slowly, but he still loves to play, go for walks and snuggle. My sweet husband Tim continues to stay busy doing handyman work and piano lessons, and he continues to spoil me with thoughtful projects around our home. If you’re ever in the Twin Cities area, please drop me a line. karenmarie@usfamily.net.

STEPHANIE (SHARRATT) HORAK, ‘91 14104 Briarwood Lane, Urbandale, IA 50323


Julianne Johnston, AGJL ‘91, on the far left, was part of the first all-female panel of commodity analysts on the U.S. Farm Report in December 2012.

I was honored last year to be part of the first all-female panel of commodity analysts on U.S. Farm Report as part of the Executive Women in Agriculture conference. Since

then I’ve been busy working on a redesign of profarmer.com that will incorporate a multimedia presentation. I’m also excited to have an Iowa Stater of my own now. My daughter Mackenzie is a freshman studying food science. It’s fun to make my way to Ames on a more regular basis. 27554 120th St., Parkersburg, IA 50665 jjohnston@profarmer.com.


This year’s top story is the sentence no one thought would ever be written: Brien Murphy is engaged (to the lovely Sarah). Our other top story: Brien Murphy is in graduate school. It’s a crazy, topsy-turvy world with the definite end to my bachelorhood and probable end of my newspaper career over the next year or so. Maybe once school is over, I can return to boring you about my vastly minor league music career (currently on hiatus as I spend Friday nights doing homework). Springfield, IL

ANN (FOSTER) THELEN, ‘91 Owner/president, Thelen Public Relations, www.thelenpr.com; Twitter: @AnnThelen, LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/ annfosterthelen, Mailing Address: 9312 Huntington Circle, Johnston, IA 50131 ann@thelenpr.com.


Producer/videographer/editor at Meredith, Des Moines. I create how-to videos for BHG.com and other Meredith websites. It’s all the cooking, gardening and decorating I can shake a camera at. I’m now fully versed in the nuances of quinoa, the color ocher and the proper use of finials. It is always odd to see my name listed as a Jl MC alumni, yet I never took a journalism class. Viva la TCA! 642 39th Des Moines, IA 50312 peter@finomediagroup.com.


This year marks the beginning of our third year back in the Southeast, enjoying the fabulous cuisine, amazing beaches and incredible history of Charleston, S.C. Other than our state electing Mark Sanford to Congress, life here is grand. I’m teaching social media and news (believe it or not, that works well together) at the College of Charleston, running the social media/ PR department for my husband’s startup and raising our boys to be fans of the Cyclones and the Denver Broncos (one is occasionally easier than the other!) 837

Tupelo Bay Dr., Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 docllv@gmail.com.

C.J. BUNCE, ‘93

Stephanie and I had another busy year, she with writing (on her fourth novel writing as Elizabeth C. Bunce) and historical costuming, and me as SVP and general counsel of a national telecommunications carrier. In my 17th year as a telecom lawyer. In my spare time as a credentialed member of the press, I continue to expand the reach of borg.com, seeing ad revenues steadily growing and many new regular readers from across the globe. We both enjoy our dogs and attended Renaissance Faire again this year. Best to our Hamilton Hall friends. editor@borg.com.


1050 68th St., Unit 7, West Des Moines, IA 50266


It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since I graduated from Iowa State! I have spent nearly half that time with Wixted & Company in West Des Moines. I work closely with clients to train and prep them for media interviews, presentations and crisis communication. We work primarily in financial services, health care, energy and agribusiness. I love what I do and value my Iowa State experience more with each passing year. My husband and I have three children: Ben (13), Maya (11) and Jack (7) - all Iowa State fans! 4401 Westown Parkway Suite 116 ,West Des Moines, IA 50266 lfreking@thinkwixted.com.


I’m an instructional designer at the North Carolina Justice Center for the Administrative Office of the Courts. I have a 5-year-old son and we now live in Cary, N.C.


As the studio operations supervisor for CNN, HLN and CNN International, it has been another busy year for me. This year was marked by another successful rebuild and launch of a studio and two more control rooms here in Atlanta for our international networks. Even after 16 years here, I am still surprised how much fun it can be to actually go to work everyday. Hopefully 2014 will be more of the same. Acworth, GA knode89@hotmail.com.

Iowa State University 2013




I just marked my seven-year anniversary as workplace campaign manager with Feed The Children, an international nonprofit headquartered in Oklahoma City. 15814 Franklin St., Omaha, NE 68118 jodi.osborn@cox.net.


National sales and marketing director, Stine Seed Company. Dallas Center, IA 50063 dpthompson@stineseed.com.


Dream job alert! I am now working as a principal consultant at SeriesC (www.SeriesC.net), a Silicon Valley start-up management consultancy that helps start-ups and large companies bring new products and new ideas to market. Every day I rely on my ISUborn skills as a journalist and story teller, helping tech entrepreneurs and leaders put their positioning and value propositions into words for investors and their target markets. Belmont, CA bwbausman@gmail.com.


After more than 17 years as a newspaper reporter, I made the switch to public relations and started as an associate with Two Rivers Marketing in Des Moines in August. Heldtda@yahoo.com.


In the past year, I created a startup called Skewed News Tutor. We released our first app, News Tutor (for iPad and iPhone), this fall. It’s designed to help students and others become more discerning consumers of news and information, catching when political agendas enter a report unnecessarily or noticing other flaws. It would be a huge help to us if you would consider trying it out and sharing it with teachers and others. I have also continued my recent work as a documentary filmmaker and am hoping to release in 2014 a film about the orphan train era. Links to information on both projects can be found at my website, www.ColleenBradfordKrantz. com. 33197 Timber Hills Dr., Adel, IA 50003 colleen@bradfordkrantz.com.


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Jennifer and her husband, Scott, live on the Lee family farm in northwest Iowa. Jennifer is a contributing editor for TheHighCalling. org. Her debut nonfiction book, Love Idol, releases with Tyndale in April 2014. She writes faith stories three times a week at www.JenniferDukesLee.com. 1574 210th St., Inwood, IA 51240 dukeslee@hotmail.com.


Working at Alliant Energy in Cedar Rapids as senior manager of corporate communications. Overseeing a team of about 20 communications professionals including several other great ISU JlMC and TCA grads! When I miss TV, I work freelance for KCRG’s 9.2 local sports/fine arts broadcasts, mostly behind the audio board. 200 First Street SE, 9th Floor, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 scott@iowadski.com.


January 2014 marks 11 years with Wells Fargo. My work is focused on charitable giving, volunteerism and employee recognition. I also am a consultant with Rodan + Fields Dermatologists. Check out my website at amandagrask.myrandf.com. I recently completed my 200-hour yoga teacher certification and teach yoga at a local studio a few times a week. My 4-year-old daughter and husband keep me busy otherwise! West Des Moines, IA alsvec@yahoo.com.


Greetings! I’m the business development coordinator at Whitfield & Eddy, L.L.P., a 52-attorney law firm in downtown Des Moines. Mandy and I had a great summer with the kids visiting 100 different playgrounds in five states across the midwest. Mandy and Marc Hollander They were featured in The overlooking the lighthouse at Des Moines Register, too! South Haven, Michigan. Now recovered, Madeline (9) and Malcolm (6) are enjoying school and a little R&R. You can find me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Go Clones! 4306 Aspen Drive West, Des Moines, IA 50265 marcthollander@gmail.com.


It was so wonderful coming back to visit last spring and speaking with several of the journalism classes– Hamilton Hall looks fantastic! In addition to working as the editor in chief for children’s publisher Knowonder, I recently started as the Nebraska travel writer for Midwest Living magazine. And while I’m not working and raising my two sons, I’m continuing to write children’s books. Visit me at www.ksrwriter.com. kathyrygg@hotmail.com.


I am in my eighth year as editor of the Albert Lea Tribune, but this year I have a new publisher, Crystal Miller, and we make a great team. I have a wonderful wife, Lisa, and we have two sons, Forrest, 6, and Jasper, 1. We enjoy Albert Lea for its people, lakes, schools and, for me, disc golf courses. Look for me once or twice a year in Ames at Carroll Marty Disc Golf Course or Stables Run Disc Golf Course. 1210 W. Fountain St., Albert Lea, MN 56007 engstromcampout@gmail.com.


I’m still working in IT, as an all-around technician for a Dallas County community college. I have completed all my coursework for a master’s in professional and technical communication from the University of North Texas. That’s in Denton, and commuting 70 miles roundtrip in DFW traffic just about Last winter’s mountain man look. did me in. I need to get a job The beard is long gone, thanks to or internship in the field to the Dallas summer heat, which is complete the practicum, and I downright Venusian. am taking the comprehensive exam in the spring. I am furiously searching for a full-time job in the business, and have been doing some freelance and contract work on the side to build my resumé. Other than that, things are quiet. It’s me and my dog in a small condo. My folks moved to Frisco, Texas, in ‘08; it’s nice to finally have some family nearby. Feel free to contact me by email or on Facebook. I use my full name, “Kevin Scott Kirby,” on FB. 2710 Douglas Ave. #142, Dallas, TX 75219 kevin@kskirby.net.

MARTIN MEHL, ‘97, MS ‘98

Lecturer, communication studies, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA. 1291 Hollysprings Ln., Santa Maria, CA 93455 mehl.martin@gmail.com.


8 Ocean Way, Camden, ME 04843


Information security analyst, University of California, Santa Barbara.1291 Hollysprings Ln., Santa Maria, CA 93455 jennifer.mehl@gmail.com.


FALL 2013—15 years since graduation from ISU with an MS in JLMC—now Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication! What I’ve learned in those years? Things do evolve with time. Study skills from the academy were quickly applied to the ISU Master Gardener curriculum. With a discovery in 2010 of new interests in family history, academy skills evolved once again for researching our ancestors. These past 15 years have brought personal satisfaction and growth in both gardening and genealogy. And those old academy research skills are truly life-long skills. They lead us throughout our lives because an ISU education is an education for life! 811 N 14th St. #3, Indianola, IA 50125 northstar50036@hotmail.com.


I celebrated my fifth year in business in 2013 as a photographer, which I continue to enjoy. Yet, I find I still write more, mainly on my blog - www. shuvarahim.com - and that’s fun for me. I also continue to teach continuing education courses at Kirkwood in Iowa City/Cedar Rapids/Marion, which I enjoy immensely. My favorite is a digital photography class for retirees. On the personal front, we celebrated our first wedding anniversary in September. I also took up running in the spring, and did a few 5Ks and a 10K this year. Hoping I can keep this up in 2014. Hope all is well with everyone, and all the best! 1310 Yewell St. Iowa City, IA 52240 srahimphoto@gmail.com.

Iowa State University 2013




At the Indian Creek Nature Center, we have accepted the Living Building Challenge to create a sustainable learning center. I’m also looking forward to my first children’s book, Hunting Red, coming out in 2014. It focuses on exploring nature through color. Indian Creek Nature Center, 6665 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 itsabeeslifeforme@gmail.com.


I am enjoying my time at home with my son, Archer Owen. He turned 1 on Aug. 24 and is a lot of fun to be around, just like his mom! I have started to miss working outside the home and am currently looking for some freelance and part-time marketing/PR opportunities (if Archer Owen Hersch, you know of any, please send them Iowa State University along!) But I do have a creative outlet class of ‘35! (If my math with my improvisational comedy is right) troupe, ImprovCity. We perform clean, family-friendly improv in Irvine, CA. If you live around southern California come check us out: www.improvcityonline.com Long Beach, CA 90807 leanahersch@yahoo.com.


106 California Ct., Murfreesboro, TN 37129


For the past seven years I’ve been living in Costa Rica, and for the past three years I’ve been working with a regional bilingual newspaper (Spanish-English), currently as print editor. www.voiceofguanacaste.com. Samara, Nicoya, Costa Rica. ariannashareen@hotmail.com. Arianna on the beach in Costa Rica.


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4624 Blossom View Ct. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52411 cheryl_oldenburg@msn.com.

DAVID GUGLIOTTA, ‘00 31 Hollingsworth St., Lynn, MA 01902


Go Cyclones! My husband, Jonathan, and I are enjoying seeing our little Abigail grow up. She’ll be 2 in January 2014. As for me, I left The Principal in January (worked there 10 years) and am now Kort family raising Abigail at home. I’m also working for my own freelance writing business, Kort Communications. And, I’m working part-time as a marketing assistant for the ISU Extension & Outreach office in Altoona. We continue to run our baking business, Muffins ‘n Such, from our home. 1903 SW 19th St., Ankeny, IA 50023 amykort@live.com.


Last year, I published my first memoir, We Hope You Like This Song: an overly honest story about friendship, death, and mixtapes. The book is a tribute to my best friend, and former ISU roommate, who passed away from complications due to preeclampsia at the young age of 25. I’ve been an advertising copywriter in Chicago for almost a decade. Loving every minute of my writing life. 618 N. May St., #1, Chicago, IL 60642-5829 briannehousley@yahoo.com.


For the past 10 years, I have been working in the servicing department at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. My work involves reviewing and writing correspondence to customers in all areas of the mortgage business, including the housing crisis, that for the most part is now behind us. 4507 160th St., Urbandale, IA 50323 brent.west@wellsfargo.com.


Completing a masters of communication leadership degree at Drake University - will graduate in May 2014. Des Moines, IA nicole_peckumn@hotmail.com.


I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since my graduation from Iowa State, and that I’ve spent almost all that time on the East Coast. Discovery Communications, the world’s #1 nonfiction media content company, keeps me plenty busy. I’m a supervisor in the corporate marketing division, overseeing the planning and execution of on-air and digital promo strategies. The biggest change I’ve seen in recent years is the amazing social media revolution that is now almost consistently present both on and off the air. Media planning has really changed because of that, along with the now common digital media sharing and various postanalysis tactics that can be utilized. On another note, I have taken up some serious bicycle riding in the past few years, starting with RAGBRAI in 2010. I now tour around various states on my bicycle. This year’s trip was across Utah. It took me one week to travel nearly 500 miles through some incredible national parks. Although I return to Iowa a couple times a year to visit with family and friends, I know I’ll be returning for another RAGBRAI ride, and for another Iowa State visit sooner than later. 12215 Fuller St., Silver Spring, MD 20902 bern_sa@yahoo.com.


Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, I currently live in Dallas, Texas, where I have been since March 2008. I am an account supervisor at Zimmerman Advertising, a subsidiary of The Omnicom Group, in downtown Dallas. I supervise the regional advertising efforts for Nissan North America’s central region, which include TV, radio and digital tactics for event and product months. I also served on the board of directors for AAF Dallas as the education chair from 2011-13. Outside of work, I play rec sports, hang out with friends and enjoy watching Cyclone games away from home. Go State! Email: pete_iacovazzi@hotmail.com. LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/peteiacovazzi.


In November 2012, I left the newspaper industry. I now work in the communications department at an insurance and business consulting firm in Omaha. I still do a lot of editing but have learned a lot of new skills, as well. Among other things, I like the regular weekday hours. I’m also enjoying being a newlywed. In August, I married the love of my life, Steve.


Government relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). Honored to work with our grassroots volunteers across South Dakota who are dedicated to holding our elected officials accountable and making cancer a national priority. Life is good! 1900 S. Lake Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57105 Megan.myers@mac.com.


2017 Marymount Road, Norman, OK 73071


After several years of working in higher education communications and in the magazine industry, I became a full-time freelance writer and editor this year. My freelance work includes writing and editing magazine articles. I also write and edit newsletter copy, website content, blog posts, marketing materials and more for various clients. My business website is www.danascreativeservices.com. I’m also on Twitter: @DanasCreative. Franklin, WI dana@ danascreativeservices.com.

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This year I celebrated my eightyear anniversary working for the Iowa Credit Union League as the director of communications and marketing. I am responsible for strategy and leadership communications, media relations, legislative and grassroots advocacy, social media and marketing efforts. I am also honored to serve as the chair of Greenlee Alumni and Friends. Our passionate committee of ISU alums is working to connect Greenlee alumni, current students and staffers. In October, my husband and I also welcomed our first child, Thomas, who is such a blessing. It’s been a great year! emily.caropreso@gmail.com.

MARIA (SCHWAMMAN) CHARBONNEAUX, ‘07 7014 Airline Ave., Urbandale, IA 50322


This past March, I joined Post+Beam, an innovation and communication firm, as director of the LA office. (Other offices are located in New York, San Francisco and Calgary.) Post+Beam is known for developing and executing award-winning digital, social and experiential marketing initiatives for leaders in fashion, beauty and retail, including Sephora, Louis Vuitton, Li & Fung and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. As director, I oversee consumer fashion and lifestyle accounts in the L.A. office, playing a key role in the development and execution of media, social media and event programs for a client roster of fashion, beauty and consumer goods brands, as well as helping lead new business development. I’ve also had the privilege of bringing ISU interns out to L.A. each summer for the past two years, providing them experience in the PR and marketing field. 920 N. Kings Rd. #321, West Hollywood, CA 90069 kellylynn3@gmail.com.


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NICOLE SAYLOR, 1992 For Nicole Saylor, moving to a career in the Library of Congress armed with an ISU journalism degree made sense. “There are a lot of parallels between journalism and library science that people do not realize,” Saylor said, listing social justice and freedom of information as just a few. Shortly after graduating from Iowa State in 1992, Saylor began reporting at the Kansas City Star, then moved to Madison, Wis., to work nights for the Wisconsin State Journal. In Madison, she began taking folklore classes at the University of Wisconsin during the day to fill free time. These classes inspired Saylor to go back to school, and through discussion with an adviser, Saylor began working on her master’s degree in library science at the University of Wisconsin. After moving around Wisconsin and Iowa to work at different libraries and archives, Saylor began her career as the head of archives at the Library of Congress American Folk Center just under a year ago. The facility is the oldest and largest archive documenting traditional culture. During her time with the Library of Congress, Saylor has been able to work with many ethnographic works, including those of the famous folklorist Alan Lomax. “Free time? That’s funny,” Saylor laughed when asked how she spends her time outside of work. She considers herself still similar to a tourist in D.C., and likes to walk the streets of the city and see the sights. Saylor is enthusiastic about her job, getting to work with “all kinds of great collections.” Working with ethnographic equipment and records, Saylor applies her experience documenting history from her jobs in the journalism field to the Library of Congress. By Tedi Mathis


Greetings from balmy Minnesota! Since leaving Greenlee in ‘08, I enjoyed a brief career in magazine editorial at Rodale and Meredith before completing my master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism (‘12). Currently in the second year of my Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication. My research focuses on sexuality/sexual health, gender studies, magazines and popular communication. Would love to collaborate for publication or conferences. E-mail preferred. 400 Murphy Hall, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455 reyno492@umn.edu.


Currently in second year of journalism and mass communication doctoral program at the University of Iowa. Presented master’s thesis research in Leicester, UK, in May 2013. andrea-weare@uiowa.edu.


After graduation, I attended NYU’s Publishing Institute and worked in NYC at Sterling Publishing. I published a preschool workbook series in 2012 through the Flash Kids imprint. I returned to ISU to earn my teaching degree and am currently teaching freshman English at East High School in Des Moines. I continue to freelance write. I also am making ground on my memoir. West Des Moines, IA 50265 jmdryden10@gmail.com.


I received an award this year (retroactively) for Excellence in Teaching as a graduate student. I was a teaching assistant for the Women’s and Gender Studies department from 2009-10. After graduating with my master’s degree in December 2010, I was hired as a lecturer for WGS and have been since.


I am a content associate at ESPN and I work specifically work on Sunday NFL Countdown. I produce the video elements for the show. I have been with ESPN since January 2011. 288 Pine St. Apt. D1, Bristol, CT 06010


20 S. 41st St. #118, Council Bluffs, IA 51501

MARY MCGRAW, ‘11 1817 Arthur Cir., Ames, IA 50010


I recently started a new job as a reporter with the Capital Times in Madison, Wis. Enjoying reporting on life in Wisconsin’s capital city. 640 W. Wilson St. #400, Madison, WI 53703 jessieopoien@gmail.com.


Editor in chief, Drake Law Review, Drake University Law School. 1218 23rd St. #92, Des Moines, IA 50311 torey.robinson@drake.edu.


Co-producer for morning news shows on ABC affiliate KCRG-TV9 in Cedar Rapids, IA. Nominated for Upper Midwest Emmy Award fall 2013. Produced week of “Our Town” series in summer 2013. Cedar Rapids, IA rachel.begle@kcrg.com.


In the fall of 2013, I embarked on a new role with the Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Part community builder, part journalist, I’m working with a small team to experiment with storytelling methods for purposeful, constructive local media. sarah.e.binder@gmail.com.


Proud new owner at Last Call Creative (lastcallcreative. com), a writing, design and production agency. Looking forward to returning to Ames for a football game this year! Los Angeles, CA 90029 chelsea@lastcallcreative.com.


Moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., after 22 years of surviving Iowa winters! Working in account services for The Lavidge Company, an advertising agency in central Phoenix.

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I continue to work at Gannett’s Des Moines Design Studio as a wire copy editor. I got married in June and enjoyed celebrating with many of my former Iowa State Daily coworkers. 5288 Meredith Dr., Des Moines, IA 50310 kdockum@gmail.com.


After graduating from Greenlee last December, I began working in Chicago for Leo Burnett. I work in production on an executional support team, managing talent and rights for broadcast media. Naperville, IL 60565 evonnasweis@gmail.com.


Since graduation I have completed one internship at a PR firm in Chicago and I am currently working at a boutique fashion and beauty firm in Chicago. 159 Newberry Ave., Libertyville, IL 60048

CAMERON JOHNSON, ‘13 I am now working as an account administrator at Intouch Solutions, a digital marketing and advertising agency in Chicago. All Intouch clients are pharmaceutical companies, and the agency is based out of Kansas City. The Greenlee School prepared me immensely for the “real world,” and I am grateful. I miss the ISU campus, and my brothers of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. Go State! 610 W. Briar Pl., Chicago, IL 60657


After graduating in May 2013 and spending a summer interning at The Gazette and KCRG-TV9 in eastern Iowa, I was offered my dream job at the Des Moines Register. I started working there in September 2013 essentially doing the job of a photo editor, working with reporters, photographers and editors to manage the photo schedule. I get to work with a very talented photo staff and help tell stories for Iowa’s largest newspaper. It’s the job I had hoped I would get 20 years from now. It’s very exciting to be doing it today. kelsey.kremer@gmail.com.


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FORMER FACULTY TONI (STEIFF) SCHWARTZ, HOME EC. ED. ‘40 (WIDOW OF JIM SCHWARTZ, ’42, MS ’60, FORMER JOURNALISM DEPARTMENT CHAIR) Have wonderful memories of so many of you and enjoy your updates in the Glimpse. Still play piano for retirees! 7500 York Ave. S., Edina, MN 55435

BOB CROM, ANIMAL HUSB./MINOR IN JL MC ‘50 At age 87, I continue to be extremely grateful for what the Department of Technical Journalism, as it was known in the 1940s and 50s, contributed to my academic preparation as an animal husbandry major and, ultimately, getting my doctorate in communication. 0N801 Friendship Way, Unit 1345, Geneva, IL 60134


Beth and Steve Coon had a wonderful year. In January we welcomed our first grandchildren—twin daughters. Steve was in Burma/Myanmar all March on a Fulbright specialist grant to conduct media training. He received a Fulbright scholarship to Brazil for spring 2014. And he is a Fulbright reviewer for Burma/ Myanmar and Indonesia applications. Beth is on the board of directors of our homeowners association and is busy with several other community services. She is digging deeply into genealogy now that our family is expanding. We visited our daughter Steph and husband Chris several times, as well as our son Scott and wife Gina. When not on the road or entertaining out-of-town guests, we enjoy all the activities that Ames has to offer. 1608 Stone Brooke Road, Ames, IA 50010 scoon42@gmail.com.


“Bill” Williams says his master’s degree opened doors to supervisory positions in television news. His latest accomplishment is writing a true crime novel, Murder by Guile. Based on a homicide investigation, it is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and authorhouse.com. 471 E. 55th St., Kansas City, MO 64110


I was so pleased to learn that public relations has been established as a new major in the Greenlee School. 1003 Kennedy St., Ames, IA 50010

BILL KUNERTH (Submitted in October; see obituary on page 10.) Had great visits from Nancy Anderson, long-ago ISU Daily editor and later an attorney, and Ken Eich, former broadcast journalism professor at ISU. While visiting us, Nancy watched on TV the vicious tornado which hit her hometown of Oklahoma City. Fortunately none of her property was damaged. We’re hanging in there. I’m still recovering from a bout with pneumonia. Willie is in better shape than I am. The paperback of Jeff ’s book: Trout: A True Story of Murder, Teens, and the Death Penalty, has just been published. Jeff was a member of an Orlando Sentinel reporting team which was a Pulitzer Prize runnerup for its coverage of the hazing death of a member of the Florida A&M University marching band. Bill was able to take a few days off as publisher of the Fairbanks News-Miner to visit us. He’s still in his glory fishing Alaska streams while watching out for bear. Jeff and Gret were coming up from the cabin in Lake Okoboji but were thwarted by an early winter blizzard which closed interstates across South Dakota. Myla’s still enjoying her job as a counselor-teacher at the Boys Training School in Worland, WY. She was asked by students to give their graduation address. John’s in Belle Fourche and a big help to us around the house and on the ranch.

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WE REMEMBER MERLE HUNT, AGRON. ’47, died March 21, 2013. He was 91. While at Iowa State, he wrote for ag journalism publications and worked as their sales manager. After graduation, he joined his father’s hybrid seed corn business, J.M. Hunt & Son, Inc., taking over the business after his father’s death in 1952. Surviving him are Leona, his wife of 68 years, two children, three grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren. D. STANLEY “STAN” GEISER, MS ’52, died Feb. 19, 2013. He was 86. He worked at the Meredith Corporation for three years following his Iowa State graduation, then joined Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis. He worked there for 31 years, serving as Elanco’s director of marketing for agricultural chemicals and its director of agricultural communications. After retirement he consulted with agricultural groups and counseled small businesses. He is survived by his wife, Floramae (“Rusty”) ’52, three children, seven grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. WILLIAM J. DUFFY, ’57, died April 2, 2013. He

was 77. At ISU he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and Sigma Delta Chi. He wrote for the Waterloo Courier and the Cedar Rapids Gazette, then became head of the news service at Kirkwood Community College. At Kirkwood, he also served as community education information officer and director of special marketing communications. He received the college’s President’s Award for outstanding professional service in 1997. His survivors include two sons and two granddaughters.

DIANE (ROBERSON) BURCH, ’61, died Oct. 20, 2013. She was 74. Following her Iowa State graduation, she worked in editorial jobs for the Kansas City Pack newspaper, New England Horticultural Society, the Connecticut Bank and Trust Co., Connecticut Light and Power Co., Northeast Utilities, and after moving back to the Midwest, she worked as manager of the Galena Print Center, for the Eagle Window and Door Co., and as a guide at the Belvedere Mansion in Galena, Ill. Her survivors include her husband and a daughter.


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ROBERT (BOB) LEMAY, ’61, died May 5, 2012. As an undergraduate at Iowa State, he served as editor in chief of the Iowa State Daily. Following military service, he worked as a writer and editor for the Galesburg (IL) Register-Mail, then as managing editor of the Decatur (IL) Herald/Herald Review. He spent 16 years working in press relations, media relations and corporate communications for Bethlehem Steel. He and his wife then purchased and ran weekly Iowa newspapers in Dyersville, Cascade and Marion. They retired in 2000 and moved to Ocean City, Md. His survivors include his wife, one son and two granddaughters. JOHN L. KLOPF, ’67, died Feb. 27, 2013. He was

67. While at ISU, Klopf worked in ad sales and as business manager of the Iowa State Daily. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, writing for the Stars and Stripes newspaper. He worked in advertising for Deere and Co., and was promoted to its overseas advertising manager in Mannheim, Germany and Brussels, Belgium. After retiring from Deere in 1992, Klopf started Ditto Data, a company that duplicated on disc programs for insurance companies and manufacturers. He then started and served as president and CEO of Targeted Marketing Internet Sales Inc. He brokered amusement equipment worldwide until July 2012. His survivors include his wife, Sherry, and two children.

MEGAN (MANNING) ANTENUCCI, ’79, died June 29, 2013. She was 56. She began her career as a journalism teacher at Valley High School and editor at the Iowa Development Commission. She graduated from Drake Law School and worked as a trial lawyer and managing partner for the Whitfield & Eddy law firm in Des Moines. She served as president of the Iowa Defense Counsel Association and was a fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers. She is survived by her husband, Mike, and two children. VERNA KERN died March 11, 2013. She was 85. She taught and advised students in ISU’s physical education department for 20 years. She is survived by her husband, longtime ISU journalism faculty member Bob Kern, two children and three granddaughters.

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