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SJMC Monday Memo | Dec. 11, 2017

Have a good finals week and great winter break! See you in January! — SJMC faculty and staff Public relations students win national recognition Two Drake public relations seniors were recognized at the recent PR News annual awards luncheon in Washington, D.C.  Maddy Gildersleeve was named PR News Student of the Year. The award recognizes “an […]
December 11, 2017

PR students win national honors

Two Drake public relations seniors were recognized at the recent PR News annual awards luncheon in Washington, D.C.  Maddy Gildersleeve was named PR News Student of the Year. The award recognizes “an outstanding student who has demonstrated leadership, talent and passion" for public relations and communications. Sarah Mondello received honorable mention for PR News Intern of […]
December 9, 2017

Drake recognized for outstanding student voting rate in the 2016 election

After a campaign season brimming with politicians and pundits, Drake students cast their votes at an exceptionally high rate in the 2016 presidential election.
December 8, 2017

Drake’s 143rd commencement features nearly 70 Des Moines teachers

Drake University will hold a commencement ceremony this month to celebrate the accomplishments of 325 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students who completed their degree requirements as of the conclusion fall 2017 semester.
December 7, 2017

Campus Compact and Principal select two Drake students for second year of Community Scholars Program

Drake students Jazlin Coley and Maddy Stokes were selected for the 2018 class of the Principal Community Scholars Program.
December 7, 2017

8 Things to Look Forward to in 2018

A new year at Drake University also brings exciting changes to the campus and community.  Let’s explore the top 8 things to look forward to in 2018 at Drake University!
December 5, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Dec. 4, 2017

This week: Mr. Drake Memorial, Mies/Weese Gallery Lecture, and INF Scholarship Information.
December 5, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Nov. 6, 2017

Exhibit showcases history of Meredith Hall A new exhibit opening this week at the Anderson Gallery in the Harmon Fine Arts Center explores how the visions of the famous architects who built Drake's buildings unfolded in real life. "Mies/Weese: How We Live and Work" documents the lived experience of Meredith Hall, designed by famed modernist […]
November 6, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Oct. 23, 2017

Welcome to JMC Days! Today is the kickoff to JMC Days, the annual celebration of all things SJMC! There are a variety of events scheduled throughout the week, plus, of course, daily treats in the Meredith Hall lobby next to the atrium. Tonight, plan to participate in the inaugural Cool Jobs Expo, 5-7 p.m., in […]
October 23, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Oct. 2, 2017

News students cover political rally Students in Public Affairs Reporting covered the Polk County Democrats’ steak fry Saturday afternoon. With their press credentials, they had access to the press tables, sitting alongside reporters and video/photographers from the AP, Iowa Public Radio, Radio Iowa, WHO-TV and the Des Moines Register. Elise Bauernfeind live-blogged the event on […]
October 2, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Sept. 25, 2017

Drake students finalists for national awards Drake student work was once again among the finalists for the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker awards, the top awards in college journalism. The finalists and categories: Online Finalists: Magazine Finalists: Drake Magazine The Annual Best Infographic Finalist:  Linzi Murray, JO’17, Drake Magazine Best Magazine Cover Finalist:  Maddie […]
September 25, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Sept. 18, 2017

SJMC fall social and activities fair is Thursday The annual fall SJMC social and activities fair will be Thursday, Sept. 21, 4-6 p.m. in Meredith 104. There will be snacks, time to chat with other members of the SJMC community and to find out about opportunities to get involved with SJMC student organizations.  Students win […]
September 18, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Sept. 11, 2017

News students cover school board election Students in SJMC professor Jill Van Wyke’s junior-level public affairs reporting class started the academic year off at a sprint with comprehensive coverage of the Des Moines school board election. The students’ stories, posted on the SJMC’s Drake Digital News website, included candidate profiles, coverage of a community forum, […]
September 11, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Sept. 4, 2017

Student Activities Fair set for Sept. 5 The fall student activities fair will be Tuesday, Sept. 5 from 4-7 p.m. in Upper Olmsted. Representatives from campus organizations will be available to provide more information about how to get involved with their groups. Alums on the front lines — of news At least three SJMC alums have been […]
September 4, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Aug. 28, 2017

Welcome back to campus, from the SJMC faculty and staff! The SJMC Monday Memo is a weekly 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 […]
August 28, 2017