SJMC Monday Memo

Your SJMC dean’s office is here to help!

As our school year begins, the SJMC dean’s office staff will be available in person to answer your questions during the first two weeks of classes from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. Throughout the year, students are encouraged to schedule virtual appointments via Starfish with dean’s office staff and your faculty advisors. After Friday, Sept. 4, the dean’s office staff will be available for in-person meetings on Wednesdays only. Virtual appointments are available every day, Monday through Friday.

Alumni news

Tiffany Tauscheck, JO’01, has been promoted to chief operations officer and vice president of communications for the Greater Des Moines Partnership. She also recently was recognized as a certified chamber executive by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Kevin Waetke, JO’86, associate vice president of corporate marketing for Sammons Financial Group, has been named to the Public Relations Society of America’s College of Fellows. “This honor signifies and celebrates the meaningful work accomplished, long-lasting impact made and dedication shown by these professionals in their organizations and their communities,” according to PRSA.

A documentary produced by Jon Bowermaster, JO’76, has been nominated for an Emmy for outstanding cinematography. “Ghost Fleet” delves into human trafficking in the world’s fishing industry. Bowermaster is an environmental activist and adventure journalist based in New York.

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The SJMC Monday Memo (and other days of the week as needed) is a newsletter to keep members of the wider SJMC community updated on School news, achievements, events and opportunities. If you have an item for the Memo, please send it to Dean Kathleen Richardson ( or SJMC webmaster and multimedia professor Chris Snider ( SJMC alums and other professionals can also subscribe to the Monday Memo via email here:

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication strives to create a community of scholars that represents the complexity of the human experience in regards to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, political views, gender identification, religion, age and physical abilities. We are committed to creating a welcoming and supportive environment for all our faculty, staff, students and visitors, and celebrating our differences through the lens of the First Amendment value of freedom of expression.