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Dear Incoming Class of 2011-12:

I wanted to let you know how happy we are that you’ll be a Greenlee School student this fall. We are looking forward to seeing you on campus in a couple weeks. We are very proud of our reputation as on of the top journalism and mass communication programs in the country, and we’re glad that you have chosen to be a part of our School.

As you begin your journey at Iowa State University and the Greenlee School, we hope that you will take advantage of the many people and resources available to you including your academic adviser, your instructors, our internship and career planning resources, our state-of-the-art computer labs and technology and our Reading Room. We also hope that you will get involved with our student media organizations right away so that you can being to build hands-on experience. These resources are in place to ensure that you have a successful college experience an that you have a job when you graduate in a few short years.

In a few weeks, we will be sending you more information about an ice cream social that we will be hosting for all of our new students. We hope this event will allow you to meet our faculty, staff, and fellow students, and to help you learn more about the School. We hope you will be able to attend.

If you have any questions before you arrive on campus, please e-mail us at or call 515-294-4342.

Kind regards,
Dr. Michael Bugeja

Hello [Dr. Bugeja],

I can’t start off by saying anything but thank you for the opportunity to come to Greenlee and see how things work hands on! I also can’t stress enough how much fun I had there as well as the things I learned. Just from being around you for a matter of a few hours and listening to the advice and things you had to say about journalism really enlightened me and has me thinking about what I want to do and how I want things to go more deeply. I also have been thinking about how I want to start my career and I have my mind set on Iowa State and the Greenle school of journalism as being my jump start to success. I can’t thank you enough for the hospitality as well as wisdom that you have shared with me and cannot wait to have some type of contact with you again.

Once again thank you, and hope to hear from you soon.


Dear Kim McDonough and John Thomas,

I would just like to thank you for taking the time out of your busy Thursday afternoon to visit with me. I really enjoyed my visit to the Greelee School and meeting with you and the faculty of the School, this really was an amazing learning experience for me. I’d also like to add that during my visit with you it really made me make a good connection with the school and because of this I have accepted my offer of admission to Iowa State. I look forward to studying at the Greenlee School for the next four years and also working with you and your fantastic staff.


Just a year ago, Alex Halsted was a prospective student. Now he is a published author! He has given permission to share this email below to inspire more prospective students to study journalism and advertising at the Greenlee School:

Mr. Bugeja,

My name is Alex Halsted, and I’m currently a freshman in Journalism & Mass Communications here at Iowa State University. Last spring I had an e-mail conversation with you, and then met with you individually on a visit as I attempted to make a choice on where I would get my college education. I had previously written for a few magazines to solidify my career choice, and shortly after that visit I decided to attend school in Ames, Iowa.

One month before I was to move and begin my college career at Iowa State, I received an e-mail from an editor at Triumph Books, an imprint of Random House Publishing, asking if I would be interested in writing a book on the Minnesota Twins. After spending a lot of time with research and writing, including many days from the dorm room, the book is set to officially hit shelves in one month on March 1, 2011.

As I began high school as a freshman, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life or where I would attend college. After I started writing for publications as a sophomore, my idea for a career path began to form itself. Authoring a book at the age of 19-years old has been a dream come true, and I am glad to be able to do it as a student at Iowa State University and as a Cyclone.

I remembered our conversation and wanted to pass this along.

Take Care,


Scholarship Support on the Rise!

Friends, alumni and corporations have donated and/or pledged more than $300,000 during the Fall semester, with much of that going to scholarships. The Greenlee School is giving away a record number of scholarships for next year, including some for incoming students. (See the news below this item on how to apply for financial aid.)

On behalf of our benefactors, we wish you and your families a happy holiday and look forward to seeing you in 2011!

Incoming Student Scholarships

Incoming Student Scholarship Applications are now being accepted online. Click here for more information and then click on the application link. If you are going to be attending the Greeenlee School as a freshman starting fall 2011, then please use the “Incoming” student application. You are able to apply for any of the scholarships in that application. You will be considered “enrolled or registered” by the time the scholarships are distributed.

Good luck! Now get some money. …

Your Recent Emails


To Dr. Joel Geske:

“You gave me a tour this past Thursday. … I just wanted to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this for me, and to tell you that you were such a great help. I believe you really helped sway my decision away from the school I was going to select in Illinois and towards Iowa State, because I think it would be a great decision for me to go there.”

To Director Michael Bugeja:

“I am interested in transferring to Iowa State University. I am a sophomore at the University of Iowa. I have acquired quite a few credits in my major-International Studies, as well as the completion of the General Education requirements. My tentative plan for your outstanding University is to study journalism, with my Designated Area of Concentration in International Studies.”

To Director Michael Bugeja:

“Thank you so much for providing me with this information! I have decided to attend Iowa State and I have been accepted! I look forward to attending the Greenlee School of Journalism eventually, and greatly appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions!”