Edited by: Ana Ramirez 

Happy Valentine's Day
from the Greenlee School
Awards and Highlights:  
Mumtahin Awny 


Congratulations to Mumtahin Awny, a second-year graduate student in the master's program, who has been accepted with full funding to Ph.D. programs in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa and in the College of Media and Mass Communication at Texas Tech University.  

We at Greenlee wish you the best! 

Professors set to go on sabbatical


Soon to be on sabbatical, Dr. Tracy Lucht and Dr. Daniela Dimitrova are excited about their research plans and look forward to bringing their knowledge back to Greenlee when they return.

Dr. Lucht will be going on a Faculty Professional Development Assignment (FPDA) in fall 2019. She plans to research a woman named Amelia Bloomer, who published the first newspaper specifically for women in the United States, titled The Lily. Bloomer's involvement in the temperance movement got her engaged with the larger women's rights movement, turning her paper more radical over time.

This sabbatical will give Dr. Lucht the opportunity to tell a story that has never been told before. She will be writing the first biography of Amelia Bloomer.

"I felt like this is a story that needed to be told and doing archival research takes a lot of time and can't be done on campus, so I submitted my application for fall to have the time to travel to various archives and compile the research for the book," said Lucht.

In order to collect her research, Dr. Lucht will be traveling to Des Moines and the East Coast. Dr. Lucht said this gives her an opportunity to do scholarship that is not possible while teaching, advising students and serving on campus committees. 

"People who go on these assignments usually come back feeling reinvigorated and excited about what they do as academics. Hopefully, I will be able to pass that energy and passion on to the students," said Dr. Lucht.

Dr. Lucht will miss her students and colleagues, but she is excited about the uncertainty of what she might find in the archives.  Dr. Lucht also said this research will allow her to teach Iowans about Amelia Bloomer and the special connection she has to Iowa and United States history. 


Also going on sabbatical is Dr. Daniela Dimitrova, who will be on FPDA for the 2019-2020 academic year and received a senior scholar grant from AEJMC to do so. This competitive grant will fund part of her sabbatical and allow her to travel internationally. During this time, she will be researching refugees, specifically looking at how the media covers the refugee crisis and how NGOs work with refugee populations in Europe.

Dr. Dimitrova's interest in this topic is due to its importance and implications for local societies in Europe, such as Bulgaria. These countries do not have experience with refugees and thus people end up relying on the media to form opinions about the refugee groups.

Iowa State University is one of many organizations that offer faculty members time away from teaching to focus on research. This has benefited Dr. Dimitrova's career because it offers her the opportunity to research topics in depth and travel to the countries most affected by the refugee crisis.

Although she will miss her students, colleagues and community, Dr. Dimitrova is excited about spending time in foreign countries, learning their language and culture as well as collaborating with European scholars and getting book chapters and journal articles published out of this research. She plans to visit Turkey, Germany and Austria.

Her advice to faculty members interested in a sabbatical is to have a well-defined project. Also, she advises faculty to have connections at other institutions because if they invite you with a formal letter your sabbatical application will look stronger.


Graduate students on the go


The Greenlee School's graduate students got around over winter break. From Chicago to the Caribbean and Southeast Asia, Mumtahin Awny, Brad DePrez and Ana Ramirez share their travel experiences.
Chicago, Illinois

Mumtahin Awny, a second-year student in the master's program, visited Chicago during winter break with her loved ones. She had the opportunity to see the splendid urban beauty of Chicago and the blue coastline of Lake Michigan from the Willis Tower.

"Everything looked so tiny when you looked down and the clouds seemed much closer from the Willis Tower. You have to dare to step on the Skydeck. But once you do, you will love it!" said Awny.

Awny also enjoyed some South Asian food at Sabri Nihari, a restaurant that reminded her of the kind of food she eats at home in Bangladesh.
Caribbean Cruise 

Brad DePrez, a second-year student in the master's program, went on a five-day cruise to the Caribbean with his family over winter break. DePrez said he had a great time visiting Roatan and Cozumel. Although he missed spending Christmas away from home, he had a great time lying on the beach and swimming in the ocean.

"We met some incredible people from around the world, watched and listened to awesome performers, ate great food and got to spend time as a family," said DePrez.

His favorite part of the trip was snorkeling in Roatan and the entertainment on the ship.
China, Cambodia and Thailand

Ana Ramirez, a second-year student in the master's program, went on the adventure of a lifetime over winter break. Ramirez got to travel to Shanghai, China; Siem Reap, Cambodia; and Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket in Thailand.

Throughout the trip, she visited numerous temples, iconic cities and small villages. She attended traditional events and had firsthand experience with elephants in a sanctuary.

"I met incredible people who were kind and genuine in nature. I learned immensely about Buddhism and I embraced the culture like it was my own. To say the least, this trip holds a special place in my heart," said Ramirez.

Her favorite part was trying vegan food on the other side of the world and taking the time to learn as much as possible from the local people.
Faculty Spotlight: Jan Boyles
Assistant Professor 


Dr. Jan Boyles has two degrees from West Virginia University and received her Ph.D. from American University. Boyles's research centers on the data-driven newsroom, specifically understanding how the influx of big data has changed internal cultures of journalism organizations as well as how journalists relate externally to the audiences that they serve. 

She has engaged with every research method, but her most recent work has been more qualitative in nature, including in-depth interviews, ethnographic observation and textual analysis. However, prior to this Boyles leveraged surveys and big data approaches at the Pew Research Center. 

She said the warmth and kindness of the Greenlee family was what attracted her to join Iowa State University as well as the fact that she wanted to work at a large research institution that prioritizes students' success. 

"I believe that mentorship is a lifelong relationship. So as long as you need my help -- even after you graduate from Greenlee -- I'll be here for you," said Boyles. In her spare time, Boyles enjoys watching sports, traveling, cooking, baking and DIY projects. 
Student Spotlight: Britney Walters-Chester   
Second-year graduate student

Britney Walters-Chester, a second-year graduate student in the master's program, has taken on various roles that will advance her career. Walters is a full-time graphic designer for the College of LAS communications team at Iowa State University. Her job consists of designing marketing content for the Music and Theatre Department as well as LAS College recruitment efforts.  Additionally, Walters owns a photography, videography and creative business that specializes in weddings, engagements and adventures. 

Whenever she has extra time she does freelance design, trains for a half-marathon and spends time with her family and friends. Her passion for her career has been the underlying motivation that has led her to take on so many roles. Taking on so many projects gives her the opportunity to continue creating and learning on a daily basis. The key to handling all the pressure is finding the right balance between working, studying and personal time. 

Walters said it is very challenging to juggle all her roles, but it has turned her into a planner. Breaking up your day allows you to keep track of every single task, meeting, class time, homework and workout. However, one of the benefits of all this work is that Walters feels more motivated and happier when she is doing the things she loves. 

She said the disadvantage is that sometimes there is not enough time in a day to get everything done. The amount of work that you have to put in drains your energy and it is only natural that parts of your life are going to suffer due to the lack of attention.

Walters is still figuring out how to achieve a healthy work/life balance, but she always manages to find time for her hobbies, such as exercising, cooking, rock climbing and watching her favorite TV show, "Doctor Who." 

"The biggest advice I can give is, to be honest about your abilities and your mental well-being," said Walters. Learning how to be aware of your time, abilities and mental state will help you keep control over your life.  
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