Dear Greenlee School Alumni and Friends,
Legacy and digital-born media, along with journalism and communication educational programs such as ours, are in the business of presenting factual information and are critical in today’s society. Here at the Greenlee School, our educational mission of providing students with the necessary tools, skills and technology for seeking truth and telling stories guides everything we do. One way we ensure the success of our students in the face of societal and technological change is to align with industry professionals and create partnerships with alumni and experts in our fields. This fall was no different.
In early October, we welcomed Kim Guthrie, the president of Cox Media Group, as our Futures Forum speaker. Guthrie relayed the importance of professional behavior in the competitive workplace. We also presented the school’s first named faculty fellowship, the Allen Essman Faculty Fellowship, to Associate Professor Joel Geske. Denise Essman, who established the fellowship in honor of her late husband, and other members of our advisory council were in attendance for the ceremony. The Greenlee Advisory Council, with Rick Phillips presiding as chair, addressed the strengths of the undergraduate program.
A few weeks later we presented Bill Tubbs, Greenlee alumnus and publisher of the Eldridge North Scott Press, the 2018 James W. Schwartz Award for his continuous support of the school and excellence in community journalism. In addition, several of our alumni and business associates, including Art Slusark and Dave Kurns, Meredith Corp; Dan Winters, WHO-TV; and the late Henry Ong, an international playwright, were recognized at the LAS Honors and Awards Ceremony during Homecoming Week.
In December, we gained momentum in planning our second Greenlee Summit. Our theme is communication and civility in our democracy. Given the current political environment, the Summit is expected to double in size and engage more students, campus programs, industry and alumni. We will learn how media, advertising and public relations will be used in the 2020 election and their role in influencing society. Watch for major keynotes and industry panels to be announced soon for the event to take place Sept. 5-6, 2019. You won’t want to miss this.
Finally, plans are underway to enhance our technology offerings and create space where we can openly teach multimedia by telling stories across platforms using video, graphics, apps and social media. With this edition of Greenlee Glimpse, we hope you will share in our excitement for these and all our initiatives and become even further engaged. Thank you for helping make our program great and helping us provide the best possible education in advertising, journalism and mass communication and public relations.
Angela Powers, P.h.D.
Director and Professor
Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication