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Year in Review: Today at Greenlee

Author: perkinsk

In case you missed it, view the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication’s 2017 #todayatgreenlee highlight reel.

Lecturer Tracy Lucht stands at the head of a classroom delivering a lecture
Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University


Assistant Professor Tracy Lucht’s lecture on “sob sisters” and “stunt reporters” who broke down gender barriers in journalism appeared on C-SPAN’s “Lectures in American History” program in January 2017. [Lucht was filmed]( when she delivered the lecture to her History of American Journalism (JL MC 461) class in fall 2016. [View it here.](


A mainstay at Greenlee for almost 20 years, [Kathy Box retired]( from Iowa State March 31, 2017, and was honored with a reception at Hamilton. The administrative specialist worked with two directors and witnessed the unit’s transition from a department to a school. She now resides in Colorado.

Alyssa Rutt stands with a group of people from PRSA and holds a certificate
Alyssa Rutt, center, pictured here with PRSA and site team members, accepted the Certification on Education for Public Relations on behalf of the Greenlee School. Courtesy of Public Relations Society of America


The Public Relations Society of America conferred a [Certification in Education for Public Relations to the Greenlee School]( Oct. 7. The certification endorses the bachelor of science degree in public relations. Alyssa Rutt, program coordinator, and Erin Wilgenbusch, APR, senior lecturer, assembled the unit’s self-study and arranged a site visit last year. Rutt attended the ceremony in Boston.

Michael Bugeja is surrounded by family and friends
Photo by Blake Lanser/College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Colleagues, friends and family honored Professor Michael Bugeja for his 14 years of service as the school’s director at an April 2017 recognition reception in at the Brunnier Art Museum. Bugeja is on sabbatical this academic year and will return to teaching at Greenlee in fall 2018.

Julian Neely, junior in journalism, and others gave soapbox speeches at the Feast on the First. Photo by Emily Blobuam
Julian Neely, junior in journalism, and others gave soapbox speeches at the Feast on the First. Photo by Emily Blobuam


The school held its 15th annual First Amendment celebration last April. Events included four [depth and dialogue sessions](, a concert by [Freedom Sings](, the [Feast on the First]( and a demonstrative march attended by students from North High School in Des Moines. [Glenn Smith](, watchdog/public service editor for The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, delivered the keynote.

students and professional network across the table in Hamilton Hall
Photo by Emily Blobaum


The Des Moines chapter of the American Advertising Federation teamed up with Iowa State’s Advertising Club to host a speed dating-style Meet the Pros networking event for Iowa State students and local professionals in March 2017 at Hamilton Hall.

Joe Starita stands at the podium with his book open
Photo by Emily Blobaum


Joe Starita, author and journalism professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, [visited Greenlee]( to meet with students and share his book, A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America’s First Indian Doctor. Lecturer Lisa Oakes, a mentee of Starita, helped arrange the visit.

Lynsey Addario stands at the podium with one of her images of a young boy with bandages on the projector screen behind her
Photo by Emily Blobaum


Lynsey Addario, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and author of It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, [shared her experiences]( covering humanitarian crises and conflicts and stunning imagery at a packed public lecture.


Greenlee graduate students sponsored a [Halloween costume contest]( Sherry Berghefer, Juli Probasco-Sowers and Monica Ernberger earned kudos for their creativity in the faculty, staff and student categories, respectively.

Kelly Winfrey stands on a podium with Ready to Run on the projector
Photo by Maria V. Charbonneaux


As part of her dual appointment with the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, Assistant Professor Kelly Winfrey helped organize [Ready to Run Iowa](, a nonpartisan campaign training program for women. At a spring workshop, Winfrey offered her tips for stump speeches.

two women stand with plaque.
Jaden Urbi (left) and Courtney Crowder. Photo by Emily Blobaum


Jaden Urbi (’17 journalism) and Courtney Crowder of the Des Moines Register received the first [Greenlee School and Kappa Tau Alpha Diversity and Inclusion Award]( in April 2017 in recognition for work that sheds lights on social justice topics.

a female student shakes hands with an employer
Photo by Emily Blobaum


Hosted in the spring and fall, Greenlee’s Jump-Start Internship and Networking Fair connects students with employers in related fields. Meet your next Iowa State intern Oct. 17 at our fall 2018 fair. [Get more information.](

a group of students and representatives from Rockwell Collins pose for a photo
Representatives from Rockwell Collins (front row) named Gem Media (back row) the winning agency at the final presentations in former lecturer Catherine Huggins' Advertising 434 class. Photo by Maria V. Charbonneaux


[Student agencies]( presented their ideas for intern recruitment to representatives from Rockwell Collins in the spring 2017 Advertising Campaigns (ADVRT 434) class. Gem Media took home first place.

students stand at the front of a classroom with their KTA tassels
The 2017 initiates of Kappa Tau Alpha were initiated at the graduation brunch. Photo by Maria V. Charbonneaux


Kappa Tau Alpha initiated its newest members at the 2017 graduation brunch. Chapter leaders also announced a new name: [The Michael Bugeja Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha at Iowa State University](

Robert Picard stands with a projector screen behind him
Photo by Maria V. Charbonneaux


Greenlee welcomed [Robert Picard]( of the University of Oxford
last fall. The renowned scholar met with pre-tenure faculty and graduate students, attended classes and presented his research on the effects of social media.