Adventures in Teaching and Blogging

Cool stuff about Drake | September 24, 2008

The students in my Public Relations Research class took on the project of finding out what they could about Aunt Ruth, journalism education in the 1940s, 1960s 1980s in relation to what’s happening now (i.e. learning to blog!) and they found some really cool stuff. 

Here is one group’s findings:


Allison Francis, Nicole Freise

Kailyn Heston, Emilee Richardson

Blog Research

Public Relations Research


Interviews with female Drake graduates

This is a link to several interviews that Drake did in 2006 with female students from the 1930s on up. There are several interviews with female students in the late 1930s and 1940s (from the same time period as Professor Lockwood’s aunt.)  Furthermore, there is one woman who was a Drake Beauty with Professor Lockwood’s aunt.  This link also includes pictures, so it is likely that Ruth Lockwood is in some of these pictures as well.

This link provides unique perspective on what it was like to be a female Drake student during the time period that Ruth Chapman was.  Several of these women discuss what college was like for young women during war-time; as most of the male students were drafted over seas these women got very close and creative with campus activities.  These women’s college experience was very unique from the college experience that we all have.  The Drake that these women discuss seems worlds away to a young female attending school in the 21st century.

History of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication

 Drake’s SJMC Web site offered a wealth of information about the history of the school itself.  In 1962, the journalism program became the School of Journalism.  The first television courses were offered two years earlier in 1960.  By the mid-sixties, the newly constructed Meredith Hall became the home of the school and a radio-television department was added.  In 1980, the news-editorial and advertising sequences were accredited again and the public relations sequence was accredited for the first time.  In 1981, the school officially changed its name to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication to reflect its diversity of offerings.

Research from the 1940s and 1960s yearbooks

The research of the 1940s led to finding some different aspects of “feminism” at Drake. In 1941, there was only one female dean, Mrs. Carrie Taylor Cubbage. She was the dean of women. Also, there were only five females on the Board of Trustees out of 40.

Another interesting point from 1941 was that there was an aviation school at Drake, or as the Quax called it a “student pilot training plan.” Men only had to pay $25 for insurance, medical examinations and fees. However, they had to sign a contract that said they would enter the military if asked.

Professor E.L. Callihan was the new dean of the journalism school. He rearranged the structure of the Times-Delphic, changing it to a bi-weekly publication. They published 1,000 copies on each press run.

Ruth Chapman was a liberal arts major and was in the Chi Omega sorority. The Quax said of her: “beautiful Ruth Chapman, new stooge on the stoogent council.”

·      In 1942, the Quax said: “Chi Omega has glamorous Ruth Chapman to boot.”

·      And in 1943, when she graduated, it listed her as a journalism major, rush chairman for Chi Omega and a member of Panhellenic Council, YWCA, the Quax staff and the Times-Delphic staff. She was the desk editor for the society section for the Times-Delphic. And the Quax said of her this year: “Ruth Chapman is still one of the most attractive girls on campus.”

There were professional journalism fraternities and sororities, Sigma Delta Chi and Theta Sigma Phi, respectively. The journalism fraternity meetings were called to order by saying: “If it is bull you want, we’ll sling it… if it is truth, forget it.” That goes to show something about how journalism majors were thought of at the time.

Also, in 1943, Stalnaker became the head of the liberal arts school and decided that camera journalism should be a focus because during the war, people wanted to see what was happening. That year, they started offering camera journalism courses, but don’t continue today. Not sure when photography courses stopped being offered.

In 1986, Michael Ferrari was the new president of the university. He stated that Drake should be a computer intensive university, and Apple Macintosh won the bid to be the computer of choice. PRSSA was now at Drake. They sponsored speakers and went on field trips to public relations firms. There were seven members. Herbert Strentz was also the new dean of the journalism school.

(end of that group’s research, back to Lisa Lockwood blogging again):

I’m learning that blogs need constant care and feeding so I’m SUPER pleased that I had my students do their research…this way I can “feed” the blog with their findings and ease my way into this whole adventure.

That’s all for now….look for more soon.  THANKS for reading, commenting and sharing!


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I'm a first year visiting assistant professor of journalism at Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I'm teaching public relations classes and see blogging as an important p.r. tool. I know very little about blogging and feel I need to learn along with my students. Thus, "Adventures in Teaching and Blogging" is born.







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