The SJMC Student Advisory Board was formed in Spring 2022 and aims to better represent student views within the school. The board is composed of 5-6 members and meets once a month to discuss challenges and successes in the School and reports these findings back to the director and faculty. The board also plans student-centered events and collaborates with other SJMC student leaders. 

Applications for open positions on the advisory board for the 2024-2025 school year will open in Spring 2024.

2023-2024 Board Members

23-24 student advisory board
Lilly Stence, Zoe Marckmann, Emily Delgado, James McCurtis, Sabine Martin
*Kennedy Lein (not pictured)
Sabine Martin, chair

Sabine Martin (she/her) is a senior at the University of Iowa studying journalism and mass communication and international studies. Sabine is also earning a minor in French. She is from Cedar Falls, Iowa, and wants to be a reporter after obtaining her degree. Sabine stays involved on campus as the Managing News Editor of The Daily Iowan newspaper. She also writes political coverage for PolitiFact Iowa.

Emily Delgado

Emily Delgado (she/her) is a junior studying Journalism and political science. She's also involved as the Financial Director at KRUI.FM, a features student writer for CLAS, a member of the SJMC Student Advisory Board and Communications Intern for Iowa City Community School District! In the future, Emily is looking to work in either strategic communications or government communications.

Kennedy Lein

Kennedy Lein (she/her) is a junior majoring in journalism and mass communication and minoring in international studies. She is involved in The Daily Iowa as an opinions columnist, a social media marketing intern for the SJMC department, and a co-host for the Glocal Vocies podcast with the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council. She joined the student advisory board because she has had so many great opportunities within the SJMC department that I want to make sure other students have just as great of an experience and opportunities. 

Zoe Marckmann

Zoe Marckmann (she/her) is a junior at the school of Journalism and Mass Communication on the Strategic Communication track. Her second area of interest is Business Administration. Zoe is involved in the American Advertising Federation and Karios. She chose Journalism because she has a passion for photography, videography, and creating content for social media. Post graduation she hopes to get a job in social media marketing somewhere in Iowa or Colorado.

James McCurtis

James McCurtis (he/him) is a sophomore, majoring in both Journalism and Creative Writing. He wants to go into the journalism field to shine a light on African-Americans and support his community. In his free time he loves to write fiction, hang out with friends, and order the world-renowned Iowan burrito from Estela’s. He chose to join the advisory board to help other freshman like himself with navigating college for the first time and can’t wait to meet you!

Lilly Stence

Lilly Stence (she/her) is a junior student at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is majoring in Journalism, with a minor in Business Administration and a certificate in Sustainability. Aside from serving on the 2022-2023 Student Advisory Board, Lilly is a photojournalist at The Daily Iowan and is the incoming Assistant Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing at Alpha Chi Omega women’s fraternity on campus. Lilly has a strong interest in magazine reporting and writing, investigative journalism, as well as sustainability studies, and environmental issues.

2022-2023 Board Members

  • Gretchen Lenth, Chair
  • Sabine Martin
  • James McCurtis
  • Lally Morales
  • Lilly Stence


Do you have feedback about SJMC that you would like to share with the Student Advisory Board? If so, fill out the anonymous feedback form. You can also leave your contact information if you would like a board member to reach out.