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Aug. 3, 2020
If you want this: Hamilton Hall
Wear this: face covering
Gearing up for the fall semester
To keep you in the loop as we prepare to begin fall classes on Aug. 17, we are resuming This Week at Greenlee early. This newsletter, sent every Monday to Greenlee majors, will be the primary way the Greenlee School shares important updates with you throughout the year.

Greenlee and Hamilton Hall-specific updates will also be posted on our Greenlee COVID-19 Updates page and shared on social media: Twitter (@isu_gsjc), Instagram (@isu_gsjc) and Facebook (@greenleeschool). Our goal is to make it easy for you to stay in the know without overwhelming your inbox.

Iowa State's COVID-19 response website remains the most comprehensive source of info on the fall 2020 semester. Find important info, including:
Check your class schedule in AccessPlus today!
Updated class lists, indicating delivery mode and locations, are now available on AccessPlus. At this time, students who wish to change their schedule to achieve more online or in-person courses, or switch sections of the same course, have the opportunity to do so in AccessPlus. (Please note, some courses could still change, however the majority of the fall schedule is finalized.) This graphic illustrates a comparison between delivery modes. Instructors will be in touch with more info as the first day of school nears.

Classes begin on Aug. 17, and students may make changes to their schedules without instructor and/or adviser approval until Friday, Aug. 21. Students who need assistance in changing their fall course schedule should contact their adviser.

Greenlee School main office now open
The main office, located in 101 Hamilton Hall, reopened today. Summer hours (7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) continue through Aug. 7. Regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) resume Aug. 10. Per university policy, face coverings and/or face shields are required if you visit Hamilton. If you forget yours, disposable masks are available in 101 Hamilton.

You can continue to reach the main office staff by phone (515-294-4342) or by email (

Advising and appointments
Advising appointments are by appointment only. Schedule advising meetings with the academic advisers (Jessica Hansen-Moench, Kelsie Poe and Juli Probasco-Sowers) through EAB or by calling 515-294-4342 whenever possible rather than coming into the main office.

Faculty office hours and meetings (including advising meetings, student organizational meetings, thesis/creative component defenses) should take place in a virtual environment this semester unless there is a pressing need to meet in person. Even then, some individuals may still require virtual options. Refer to our faculty directory for contact and appointment scheduling info for individual faculty members. (Updated Fall 2020 faculty office hours will be posted by Aug. 17.)

Laptop requirement
Beginning in fall 2020, all students at Iowa State University will be required to own or obtain a laptop computer or other device appropriate to their discipline. Iowa State University Information Technology Services established an information page about the requirement.

To support students, there is funding available through the CARES Act and loaners available through the Iowa State Library Laptop Loaner Program. For details, visit the ITS information page, and click on “What if I can’t afford to buy my own laptop computer?” Requests must be submitted by 5 p.m. CST Aug. 27 (updated deadline).

Our IT staff has provided additional information on Greenlee-specific recommendations for optimum compatibility with Greenlee lab computers. (These specific recommendations are not required purchases.)

Greenlee labs and equipment
While open campus computer labs will be closed during the fall 2020 semester, the Greenlee School is working on ways for students to safely access the necessary software and equipment for our skills courses. More information will be shared soon.
Cyclones Care: wear a face covering, stay 6 feet apart, wash your hands often, stay home if you are ill
Fall 2020 PIE - online instructions
Passing the Poynter Institute Exam (known in Greenlee as PIE) is a prerequisite for JL MC 201. The exam is part of an online course offered through Poynter’s News University. Passing three assessments in grammar, punctuation, and word use will establish a solid foundation for JL MC 201. Students must receive a score of 78% or more (39 out of 50) on each assessment to pass the PIE.

Students have three attempts to pass each of the three assessments with a 78% or more (39 out of 50). Students must use these attempts by 4 p.m. CDT Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Student can use these attempts with any computer with internet access.

Visit our website for more information on signing up, studying for, and completing the final assessments.

Questions? See the FAQ section and study resources on our website. Other questions should be directed to Kelsie Poe at
Now hiring: Greenlee communications team
Want to gain experience in your field and build your portfolio? Apply for a position on the Greenlee Communications Team. We're currently hiring a multimedia/digital assistant and a graphic design assistant for the 2020-2021 academic year.

For more info, see the complete job postings (04345-20003) and (04345-20004) on the Student Job Board in AccessPlus. Descriptions can also be found here.

Questions? Contact Maria Charbonneaux,
Welcome back to Greenlee
Stop by the Hamilton Hall West Lawn to say hello and grab a cookie to go during the following times:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 19 – 9 a.m. to noon
  • Thursday, Aug. 20 – noon to 3 p.m.

A Greenlee rep will be on hand to answer your questions. Cyclones Care: Face coverings will be required, sanitizer will be available and physical distancing measures will be taken. Please stay home if you are ill.

Throughout the first week of school, we'll also share info about Greenlee student clubs and organizations and student media on our Instagram stories. Follow us (@isu_gsjc) to learn about all the ways you can get involved this semester as you look for opportunities that are the right fit for you!
Important Dates
  • Aug. 17: Classes begin
  • Aug. 19: Welcome Back to Greenlee, 9 a.m. to noon, Hamilton Hall West Lawn
  • Aug. 20: Welcome Back to Greenlee, noon to 3 p.m., Hamilton Hall West Lawn
  • Aug. 21: Last day students can make schedule changes without adviser/instructor approval
  • Sept. 7: Labor Day, classes held
  • Sept. 28: Academic advising for spring semester 2021 begins
  • Oct. 1: Greenlee School Futures Forum (more info to come)
  • Oct. 7: Registration for spring semester 2021 begins
  • Oct. 10: Midterm grades available in AccessPlus
  • Oct. 23: Last day to drop a full-semester course
  • Nov. 21-23, 25: Finals
#WhyGreenlee Student Blog
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Call all Greenlee adventurers! We're looking for standout students to feature on the Greenlee blog and website in spring 2020. Contact Maria Charbonneaux at if you're interested in being featured or would like to nominate a student.
Clubs and Organizations
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Share student club and organization announcements in the newsletter by emailing Maria Charbonneaux at
"This Week at Greenlee" is a weekly newsletter sent on Mondays during the academic year. It is curated by the Greenlee School communications team for Greenlee School students, faculty and staff. Student clubs and organizations relevant to journalism, advertising and public relations are welcome to submit news and announcements for inclusion in the newsletter. Send your news to Maria Charbonneaux, communications specialist, by 11 p.m. on Sunday for inclusion in the next day's newsletter.